Dirt - Tuesday, Mar 22

Waking up to the horror in Belgium is awfully sad and upsetting.  Then to hear a Presidential candidate say really stupid things and not show any remorse or share condolences to the victims’ families and the country to Belgium has just made me SO ANGRY

Ok,  on to the news! That will make me feel better!     And I love sharing this Facebook post by one of the management team members at Strong HQ Management who work with Killswitch Engage, commenting on the first week sales for the band’s new Incarnate album!  ”That moment when a band, of whom you have been a fan for 15+ years, friends with for just about that long, and whose team you have been on for 5+ of those years breaks all previous sales chart records with their incredible new album.

#6 – Billboard Top 200
#3 – Current Albums Chart
#1 – Rock Album Chart
#1 – Hard Music Album Chart
#1 – Canada Album Chart
#10 – UK Album Chart
#5 – Australia Album Chart
#10 – Germany Album Chart

Couldn’t be prouder to be a member of team Killswitch Engage today and every day. Huge congratulations to these incredible gentlemen and all who surround them.”  Our sentiments exactly, Jason!   Congrats to all and to Roadrunner Records!

And singer Jesse Leach said Incarnate was a difficult album to make: We hit a point in this record where I needed to take a break. I needed to walk away from the stuff and sort of just really think about what did I really want to say on this record. And if I wasn’t feeling genuine, if it didn’t feel heartfelt, what’s the point of even putting it out at this point in our career? We can’t phone anything in, and as an artist it’s important to put off stuff that comes from your soul. In this day and age of pop music that doesn’t have a lot of weight, I think it’s important for bands like us to still continue to wear our heart on our sleeves.”

Check out KSe’s new video for “Hate By Design.”

I mentioned a few weeks ago about Bring Me The Horizon getting ready to perform with an orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London next month.  The Pulse Of Radio reporting the band has now confirmed plans to record a new live album and DVD on Apr 22nd, when the British group plays at London’s historic domed venue. The show, a charity gig for the Teenage Cancer Trust, will mark the first time in the band’s career that it will be backed by a full orchestra onstage.The performance will be made available as a two-CD, two-DVD edition, as well as a deluxe five-disc photobook. The set will also be available in DVD, Blu-Ray and heavyweight triple vinyl formats. Bring Me The Horizon: Live at Royal Albert Hall is expected to arrive in September.   Meanwhile, the band has posted footage of itself rehearsing with a choir for the upcoming show.

Bring Me The Horizon recently announced a headlining U.S. tour that will kick off this spring. The band will launch its run on April 30th at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, FL, ending three weeks later at Ohio’s Rock On The Range event on May 22nd.   The British act is supporting its fifth studio album, That’s The Spirit, which debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 62,000 copies in its first week of release.

Pulse also reporting Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi would like the band to play its final show ever in its hometown of Birmingham, England. According to the Birmingham Mail, Iommi expressed that wish during “An Audience with Tony Iommi,” a live conversation with the legendary guitarist that took place on Saturday (Mar 19th) at Birmingham Town Hall.

Speaking about Sabbath’s touring plans after the band’s current final announced date in Phoenix on September 21st, Iommi said, “We are off to Australia in a couple of weeks, but it would be nice to think it could finish back where it all started — in Birmingham.” He added, “When we are home where we started, we have always found it a bit nerve-racking, but Birmingham means such a lot to us.”

Iommi also hinted that a live album or concert video could emerge from the band’s final go-round, saying, “It’s possible, because we are doing a lot of filming during the tour, too.”  Iommi said Sabbath’s farewell tour, which began in January, is truly its last because he is not physically capable of doing long tours any more. But he insisted he would continue to play music.

Iommi told us not long ago his determination has always been the key to his success and longevity: I’ve always been the same. I always have to try to get over that barrier, whatever it may be, and do it, you know. And that’s continued in what I do with the music. Because I’m determined to do it, I’m determined to carry on. And it’s been with everything like that.”

The guitarist was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012 and was treated all through the recording of Sabbath’s reunion album, 13, as well the band’s extensive 2013 world tour. But he admitted last year that he was worried the rigors of the road could bring the disease back.  Sabbath will spend most of the spring and early summer in Australia and Europe, before beginning the second — and possibly final — North American leg of “The End” tour on Aug 17th in Wantagh, NY.

Axl Rose with Mike Guglielmo (photo credit: Mike Guglielmo)

Whoa! Reclusive Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was spotted in Atlanta on Friday (Mar 18th) by a fan who snapped a photo with the vocalist and posted it on Instagram. The fan, named Mark Guglielmo, said Rose told him the reunited Guns was planning to do a “whole tour” following the six shows the band has scheduled for next month.Guglielmo said he wished Rose good luck on those shows, and that the singer responded, “Thanks, man, but we’re going to do a whole tour.” Guglielmo added in the comment thread accompanying the photo, “I don’t want to speculate or spread rumors, but it really looked like he’s been working out a lot. His arms looked muscular.”

So far, Guns N’ Roses has six concerts scheduled so far, all in April: two at the Coachella Music And Arts Festival, two in Las Vegas and two in Mexico City.

The exact band lineup has yet to be confirmed beyond original members Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, although it is almost certain that keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer are on board as well. Original members Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler don’t appear to be involved in the gigs, but Adler’s solo band abruptly canceled a show at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles on Apr 1st, with the venue tweeting, “Stay tuned for a big announcement! #GunsNRoses.” There is now speculation about a guest appearance by Adler with Guns.

Linkin Park have posted this at www.linkinpark.com.
 Rob Bourdin, Stagelight rep, Mike Shinoda Music makers and music fans get ready. We (Linkin Park) are kicking off a year-long music contest with partners at Open Labs for the Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II. This year’s contest will reward both music creators and fans with amazing prizes from Intel and Lenovo + a shot at the grand prize; a day in the studio with Linkin Park.

12 Winners. 12 Months. 1 Grand Prize: studio day with Linkin Park. Now is your chance.  Sign up and enter the contest here.

hardDriveRadio’s YouTube Channel has a new addition!  We just posted the video interview with Richard Patrick of Filter!  Watch it here!

Oh, THIS is priceless:

Bigger than Bieber

A photo posted by Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) on

According to Alternative Press, Marilyn Manson has not been a fan of pop star Justin Bieber in the past, even making public his disapproval when Bieber has been spotted wearing Manson T-shirts. But the two appear to have settled their differences and even become friends. First Manson posted a photo of himself wearing a Bieber T-shirt, then Bieber himself posted a shot of him and Manson hanging out together during what he described as a “night out in LA with the boys.” Could the apocalypse be at hand?

Night out in la with the boys

A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on


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