Dirt - Wednesday, Feb 03

Whoops.  Groundhog didn’t see his shadow.  THAT’S why it’s gonna be 58 today in NYC!

Ghost have made a comment about their first Grammy nomination.  Watch the reaction here from a Nameless Ghoul.  Don’t forget the show airs on CBS 2/15 at 8 PM ET.  Another of the Nameless Ghouls told hardDriveRadio how the group felt about the achievement:  It’s an honor — well, especially considering that normally, I guess the Grammys is — especially for such a sort of limited genre that hard rock and heavy metal is, where you get basically there’s just one category — it’s usually British or American bands on there. So it’s quite unusual with a Swedish band in the running, which feels extra exciting.”  The band plans to attend, even though they are aware the metal category is never announced live on the show. (Must be because we are dirty, filthy animals, yes?)

The Pulse Of Radio says Disturbed will kick off its first North American tour in more than four years next Wednesday (February 10th) in Fargo, ND, and singer David Draiman told a radio station in the area what fans can expect to see at the first gig. He explained, “They are going to be able to bear witness to the very first unleashing of the leviathan in every real sense of the word. We have production elements that not only have never been seen before at a Disturbed performance, but several that have never been attempted before in a live scenario by anyone.”

Draiman added, “They get to be the very, very first test crowd of our entire full-production run. So they should prepare themselves for quite the spectacle, because it is going to be unlike any Disturbed show that anyone has ever seen.”

The vocalist also promised a “long set” during which the band will delve “deep into our catalog.”  Disturbed is touring behind its sixth studio album, Immortalized, which was released in August.  The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, making it Disturbed’s fifth effort in a row to enter the chart at Number One, a feat shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.

Following its first headlining run, Disturbed will also share a stretch of shows with Rob Zombie and will hit several major U.S. rock festivals as well. Keep an eye here for some news about Disturbed’s future tour plans, too!

Oh man, I have a sinking feeling no good is coming in the wake of all of this.  Or should we say, is this guy is off his meds? The Pulse Of Radio reporting Puddle Of Mudd‘s Jan 30th concert at the Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta, OH came to an abrupt end after frontman Wes Scantlin berated an audience member for “stealing” Scantlin’s house and then stormed off the stage. According to radio station & hardDriveRadio affiliate WQLZ, Scantlin stopped the show in the middle of a song and began screaming, “This motherf**ker right here stole my motherf**king house and now he’s standing right f**king in front of me laughing at me. And he f**king figures I’m a f**king joke. This motherf**ker right here . . . This guy stole my f**king house.”

Scantlin then walked off stage, ending the show. A message posted online later by the venue read, “Thank you everyone who attended tonight’s show! We apologize for the actions of the lead singer. Unfortunately, it was beyond our control! Please send us a PM and we will issue you a ticket to the next show of your choice!”

Scantlin was arrested in January for the second time in less than a month, this time for trespassing in and vandalizing a house that used to belong to him.  According to TMZ, Scantlin returned to the house — which he lost to foreclosure last year — and was using a hatchet to destroy parts of it before police arrived. TMZ captured footage of Scantlin being led out of the home in handcuffs, telling police, “Come on, this is my house, man.”   Scantlin was also arrested in late December on charges of possession of a controlled substance after being pulled over by police in Beverly Hills, California for having an expired registration on his vehicle. He was booked on misdemeanor drug charges for that incident and was released on $51,000 bail.  Sadly, I fear for this guy. His family and friends and band have all tried to get him help, but he refuses. Seems he is just spiraling out of control now.  Sad sad sad.

Guns N’ Roses has announced its first international show since original members Axl RoseSlash and Duff McKagan reunited. It will take place on April 19th at Foro Sol Stadium in Mexico City, right between the band’s two headlining gigs at the two Coachella Festival weekends in Indio, CA. The band will also play at Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena on April 8th and 9th. Plans for a full North American tour are still rumored to be in the works.

 Metallica announced they will webcast their pre-Super Bowl concert in San Francisco for free live from AT&T Park on Saturday (Feb 6th). The live stream will be available on mobile and desktop devices at webcast.livemetallica.com.  Cage The Elephant will open the performance, with Metallica set to take the stage at approximately 8:30 p.m. PT.

Asking Alexandria has released a music video for “The Black,” the title track from the band’s forthcoming studio album. The clip is the band’s first with new frontman Denis Stoff and is primarily a performance showcase that features Stoff sharing lead vocals with guitarist Ben BruceThe Black arrives in stores on March 25th.

Speaking of Asking Alexandria, Bullet For My Valentine‘s  Matt Tuck joins us on the hardDriveRadio hotline today.  Will check in on the  ”British Invasion” tour with Asking Alexandria and all things Bullet For My Valentine.  Be listening for that on hardDriveRadio soon!

And speaking of listening, we’ve got new podcasts in the ole hardDrive DL podcast stash for you to check out including Anthrax and Filter!  Find them on iTunes and Soundcloud!

And let’s leave you with this! A sneak peak at the Skittles Super Bowl spot airing during this weekend’s game starring Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.  Dream on, indeed!

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