Dirt - Wednesday, Apr 19

Wow!  The kid pulled it off!   Watch Tye Trujillo (yep, Robert‘s kid) hit the stage with my boys Korn in Bogota, Colombia on Monday night.  He did pretty damn good! Korn’s South American run is about a week, so Tye will have some amazing credits on his resume for sure!  And an amazing experience for a kid who hasn’t even reached puberty yet!

The Pulse Of Radio 
also reporting an incredibly rare Green Day demo tape has surfaced, featuring three songs recorded between 1992 and 1993 — after the band issued its 1991 album Kerplunk! but before they released their 1994 breakthrough, Dookie. According to Alternative Press, the recording — which is full of tape hiss and was reportedly recorded on a boom box — contains acoustic versions of “J.A.R.,” “Having A Blast” and “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love.”

All three songs were demoed while the band was preparing to record Dookie, which became their first massive commercial success. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told us a while back that it was important for Green Day to move forward artistically with each new album:  We always want to try to keep reinventing ourselves and come out with something new without changing our clothes. You know, not that we’re trying to, like, have a new image or anything like that. I think we’re just acting our age, trying to make something that’s just the best record that we possibly can.” 

“J.A.R.” eventually showed up on the soundtrack of the movie Angus and was released as a single in August 1995, while “Having A Blast” can be found on Dookie. “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” made it to the B-side of a “Geek Stink Breath” seven-inch single and a compilation called Shenanigans.  The band has apparently forgotten these demos even existed, according to the YouTube user who posted them.  ”J.A.R.,” stands for Jason Andrew Relva, who was a childhood friend of bassist Mike Dirnt that died in a car accident. This version of “J.A.R.” includes the final, full line, “All I wanna do is play.” On other versions of the track, the last word is cut off. “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” was originally on the “Geek Stink Breath” CD single. “Geek Stink Breath” was the lead single from the follow-up to Dookie, Insomniac.

Green Day’s latest album, Revolution Radio, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last October and features the hits “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing.”  The trio heads overseas at the end of this month for dates in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, before kicking off a new round of North American shows on August 1st in Auburn, Washington.  Read the full story at Alternative Press.


The Pulse Of Radio also reporting a new Papa Roach song called “Born For Greatness” has been selected as the theme for an upcoming World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) special called Payback. The track is taken from Papa Roach’s upcoming ninth studio album, Crooked Teeth, which hits stores on May 19th. Payback will air on the WWE Network on Sun, Apr 30th.

The new album follows up 2015′s F.E.A.R. and comes after a somewhat longer break than usual for the hard-working band. Drummer Tony Palermo told hardDrive‘s Lou Brutus taking Papa Roach off the board for a minute was a good idea:  I believe we absolutely needed the break and, you know, people probably feel the same. They were coming up to us, ‘Hey, we saw you 12 times this year,’ and we’re like, ‘We should probably just, you know, go get some rest!’ You know, our whole theory is to come back and hopefully up the profile, and this record is the perfect solution to that.

This isn’t the first time Papa Roach has worked with WWE. The band provided the theme song for its weekly TV show Raw for a three-year period. Papa Roach has already released several songs from the new album, including the title track, “Periscope” and “Help,” which recently hit Number One on the rock radio chart.

The group is set to play at several major rock festivals in late Apr and May, including Fort Rock and Welcome To Rockville in Florida, Carolina Rebellion in North Carolina and Northern Invasion in Wisconsin.


Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher = Royal Blood  

Royal Blood have announced a string of tour dates for Jun, Jul and Aug.  See Road Rage for all the deets so far.  They plan to be in NYC to do promotion and press in early May!  Looking forward to hearing their first full album soon!    New album, How Did We Get So Dark?, drops Jun 16th.

Whoa!  That’s some ROCK!  The Pulse Of Radio per TMZ says Kid Rock is reportedly engaged to his longtime girlfriend Audrey Berry, according to TMZ. The couple is said to have quietly made it official earlier this year, with little publicity, but it was only recently that fans and photographers took notice of Berry sporting a ring during Rock’s Chillin’ The Most cruise.

This would be Rock’s second trip down the aisle after a short-lived pairing with former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson. The couple got married in July 2006 but split just five months later. Rock met Berry a few years after that and they’ve been an item ever since.

Rock has not spoken much about his relationship with Berry, saying in a 2011 interview, “This is somebody who is not a celebrity. It can be a really tough thing to deal with. I’m thinking of somebody else, trying not to be selfish.

Rock is working on its 11th studio album, which is due out later this year and will follow up 2015′s First Kiss. He’s also been chosen to open Detroit’s new Little Caesars Arena with a four-night stand in Sep.


Projected, a “supergroup” of sorts featuring Sevendust guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby alongside Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips and Tremonti guitarist Eric Friedman, will release its sophomore album later in the year. According to Blabbermouth, the new disc follows up the outfit’s debut, Human, which came out in Sep 2012.

At the time of the first CD’s release, Connolly explained, “The idea behind this project originally started as nothing more than a group of us who were friends already, going into the studio to just record some tunes we had laying around and basically just have a good time with it. No pressure from labels or any pre-conceived notions or expectations. Just making music and having a good time.”

Phillips added, “We’ve always talked about collaborating and now it’s finally come to fruition . . . the opportunity to work with a few of my favorite musicians on the planet, and some of my best friends, means the world to me.”  Phillips has been on the road with Alter Bridge behind the band’s The Last Hero album. The group will kick off a new North American trek on Friday (Apr 21st) in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Sevendust performed its self-titled debut album in its entirety at a special hometown show in Atlanta last month to celebrate the disc’s 20th anniversary. The group’s latest effort, Kill The Flaw, came out in 2015 and featured the rock radio hit “Thank You.”

Meanwhile, Sevendust’s other guitarist/vocalist Clint Lowery can be seen this spring on tour with Seether as a new touring member of the band.

Yeah, we sold a million copies, what of it?  

Congrats to Metallica!  Hardwired…To Self-Destruct has gone platinum, with sales of one million copies and growing, acorrding to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America.) The album debuted as expected at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart last Nov, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. Both of the band’s previous outings, 2008′s Death Magnetic and 2003′s St. Anger, sold more copies in shortened sales weeks.   Death Magnetic moved 490,000 copies in a three-day window, while St. Anger shifted 418,000 copies in a similar frame.  I believe this is Metallica’s 17th album that has been certified platinum.  Way to go, boys!   (Thanks Blabbermouth)

Wow.  This is interesting.  Blabbermouth reporting Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine  and Vimic, the new band featuring former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, have both shared photos on social media of Dave and Joey at a Nashville studio, leading to speculation Mustaine will make a guest appearance on Vimic‘s upcoming debut album.

In February, Vimic postponed its previously announced European tour so the group could finish work on its first full-length disc, to be released later this year. Open Your Omen, is described in a press release as “quite possibly the biggest triumph of Jordison’s illustrious career.”

Joining Jordison in Vimic are singer Kalen Chase Musmecci, who has toured with Korn as a backing vocalist and percussionist, and Joey’s former Scar The Martyr bandmates Jed Simon (guitar), Kyle Konkiel (bass) and Matthew Tarach (keyboards). Vimic has also welcomed new guitarist Steve Marshall to the band.

Have a great day!

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