My oh my. I’m a lucky girl! I am going to see Foo Fighters with Royal Blood at CitiField on Thursday. I am too excited! Meanwhile, I will have to find time to get time to hit the Foo Fighters pop-up store in lower Manhattan. They are selling Mets-themed swag! I hear these stores are being set up in every market! How smart! Love those Fighters of Foo.
Meanwhile, frontman Dave Grohl told Rolling Stone he’s making progress in his recovery from the broken leg he sustained last month when he fell from a stage in Sweden, saying, “I’m starting to do a little bit of rehab exercise and the cast is off. The swelling’s down. The pain’s gone. It’s just a matter of getting those kick-drum muscles back, man. I can’t f**kin’ lose those. That’s important to me. So I’m sitting here, moving it around, doing my exercise as we speak.”
Grohl is now using a removable boot and added that in the grand scheme of things, his accident could have ended much worse. He explained, “I could have done some real damage. This is pretty gnarly, but it could have been a lot worse. I’m just blessed to still be talking to f**kin’ Rolling Stone.” He revealed one physical therapist told him, “It was basically like my ankle got into a 40 mile per hour car crash.” The Foos were forced to cancel the last seven dates of its European tour, but have launched its current North American trek on schedule. Grohl is playing the shows while seated on a large throne, his leg raised in front of him on a chair. Grohl added the shows are the “easiest part of my whole day,” explaining, “The rest of the time, I’m hobbling around trying to brush my teeth and pack my bags and walk down the street and get a cup of coffee. The challenge is the other 21 hours of the day.” Foo Fighters currently have North American dates scheduled through late Oct. The band will take a short break and then head to Europe in Nov.
Meanwhile, the band was forced to cancel their Quebec City show after 20 minutes due to severe weather. Watch it here. And I guess that is a sight they would like to have back in California right around now. A lot of rain. It’s really a dire situation out there. Sad.
Sevendust’s Morgan Rose called me yesterday while in LAX on his way home to Atlanta. He sent me two new Sevendust songs to check out (OMG they are amazing) and told me the album is due in early October. He also told me they will be opening for Godsmack on select dates in Sep and Oct. Oh man! Morgan and Shannon? Two of the most powerful rock drummers in the biz! I hope there will be some sort of drum session in the sets. Add Sully in there too, and I can see it happening for sure! See Road Rage for all the dates! I can’t WAIT for the single to be available to play in Sep. You will love it! Thank You!
Speaking of Sevendust, Clint Lowery will be in the studio producing a band while his brother Corey Lowery is getting ready to tour with Saint Asonia! I was told yesterday our next Live App Chat will be with Saint Asonia. Stay tuned for details! Saint Asonia’s selt-titled debut album drops Jul 31. Saint Asonia, of course, is the new band formed by former Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, with Corey on bass and Rich Beddoe, formerly of Finger Eleven, on drums. See Road Rage for ttheir new tour dates too!
Sunday night, BBC 1 Radio premiered a new song from Bring Me The Horizon’s next album. Although not the first single, the tune, “Happy Song,” is a stellar track. The tune is now available on iTunes. In other news, Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oliver Sykes married his girlfriend Hannah Pixie Snowdon on Sunday (Jul 12th) in Tuscany, Italy. The pair, who got engaged on Christmas Day in 2013, posted photo from the wedding on their Instagram accounts, with Snowdon calling the nuptials “the most insane night of my life.” The band recorded their new album in Greece. Look for it in the not too distant future!
Boy, I didn’t report on this yesterday when the story surfaced and I am glad I didn’t! Pulse of Radio reports today Kid Rock is not collaborating with Ted Nugent on a new song in support of the Confederate flag, despite widespread media reports. The website Ultimate Classic Rock originally published Nugent and Rock were recording a track titled “Kiss My Rebel Ass,” claiming it would be available as an instant download from both musicians’ web sites on July 17th. However, the source of the story, a site called National Report, states, “All news articles contained within National Report are fiction, and presumably fake news.” The report suggested that Nugent and Rock joined forces after Rock invited anyone protesting his use of the flag at his concerts to “kiss my ass” — a statement that Rock did actually make.
Rock is a native of Michigan, which aligned with the North in the Civil War, but began using the Confederate flag in his shows as far back as 2001. He was confronted about the flag in 2011 while accepting an award from Detroit’s NAACP branch, saying he did not fly it as a racist symbol: “I wanna move on and take a negative and turn it into a positive. But first, I’ve never flown that flag with any hate in my heart. At all . . . not one ounce.” Well, all I want to say, is my feeling on this is the flag may be a symbol of the sourth, but it is also a symbol of hate to many people. I was just in a 7-11 in Florida, and they are still selling license plate holders, bumper stickers and more.
Blabbermouth reports fan-filmed video footage of Shinedown performing two new songs, “Asking For It” and “Cut The Cord,” has been posted online. The footage was captured during the band’s July 11th concert in The Woodlands, Texas. ”Cut The Cord” serves as the first single from Shinedown’s upcoming new album. The group’s fifth studio effort will come out this summer, although an exact release date and title are yet to be announce.
And my ole pal A.D. Roundtree from the Buzz in Houston posted this incredible video from the Shinedown show mentioned above. Watch it here.
And Blabbermouth also reports Slash has launched a FanBacked fundraising page for his upcoming horror movie The Hell Within, which will be produced by the guitarist under his SlashFiction banner. Rewards offered to investors include private screenings, premiere tickets, film scoring sessions with Slash, set visits, personal production update calls from Slash and, for $2,500, a “Corpse Cameo,” in which a fan’s face will be on a corpse in the film.
D. Randy Blythe from Lamb Of God is in the hardDriveRadio studios today to talk about his new book, “Dark Days.” The book chronicles his terrible ordeal of being tried for the death of a fan in the Czech Republic that occurred back on May 24th, 2010. It’s harrowing! Wow, I just realized, May 24, 2010 is also the day Paul Gray of Slipknot died. That’s freaking me out a little bit.
That’s all for now. Later, taters.