Dirt - Wednesday, Jan 28

Before I split for Las Vegas and the great RadioContraband Convention, where our own Lou Brutus will be hosting the awards show (both he and I are up for awards again this year) and will be interviewing before an audience Noodles and Dexter from The Offpsring, who are dropping a new single on Friday, here is the news:  Pulse of Radio says multiple sources have told Alternative Press  the new singer for Asking Alexandria could be Denis Shaforostov, formerly of a Ukrainian metalcore act called Make Me Famous. Shaforostov would replace longtime singer Danny Worsnop, who officially announced his departure from the group late last week.  Alternative Press has offered several reasons why Shaforostov could be the band’s new frontman. First, Asking Alexandria and Make Me Famous have a similar sound. Second, Shaforostov’s new act, Down & Dirty, is signed to the same label as Asking Alexandria, Sumerian Records. And lastly, Shaforostov posted a message on his Instagram account just before Worsnop left the band, saying in part, “There’s such thing as karma and magic in this world . . . You never know when and how but trust me, your door will open and the future will be yours for the taking — just wait and see.”  Worsnop announced his departure on Jan 22nd, saying in a statement, ”Over the last eight years together, we’ve done some amazing things and created something truly special. I now, same as then, want what’s best for the band and at this point in time, that isn’t me.” ​Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce wrote on Facebook, “This isn’t the end, this is the start of a whole new chapter. This is where we come together and make history.”  Worsnop’s departure came just days after it was announced that his other band, We Are Harlot, will release its self-titled debut album on March 31st. Check out the new lead singer here…Take a look at Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington‘s Twitter page for some up close and personal shots of his ankle surgery. He really did a great job breaking his ankle in several spots.  I am sure when he goes through airport xray machines, the pins will set off alarms. Last day for the  Win A Call with Linkin Parkcontest is tomorrow!…..Well! Pulse also reporting even though he’s still on the road behind last fall’s World On Fire album, Slash has not given up his second career as a horror film producer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist told Billboard his company Slasher Films‘ next project should be out by the end of 2015. He explained, “I’m into bringing back the psychological, the super scary. Especially the things you can’t see going on — character-driven, plot-driven kinda things.”  Slash’s next movie will follow up 2013′s Nothing Left To Fear, which marked his debut as a producer. He told us at the time how it compared to making records: Producing a film is definitely more complex. It’s a slow process, raising money is very difficult, but I mean, I really enjoyed it, a) because I have such a passion for what it is that I want to do in film, and I love being involved in the process of development, and finding the right people, getting all the right components together to hopefully make a great movie, you know.”  Slash also helped oversee a new horror-themed maze at Universal Studios and will appear at Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett‘s second annual Fear FestEvil horror gathering in April.  Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Slash and his reported new girlfriend Meegan Hodges just moved into a new five-bedroom house in the San Fernando area in Los Angeles.  The couple, who previously dated some 25 years ago, also appear to have gotten a matching set of tattoos of GPS coordinates. The numbers correspond to addresses in Woodland Hills, California and Chicago, Illinois, although the locations’ significance is unclear…..Singer Scott Weiland is confused.  A professionally shot picture of Scott with the band members of Art of Anarchy appeared recently, making one believe he was a part of the band, right?  Well according to Pulse,  he’s clarified his relationship with the new “supergroup”  to Billboard.com, saying, “I was never in the band. It was something I did when I wasn’t doing anything. I was asked to write some lyrics and sing some melodies on this project, but it’s not a band I’m in. (The Wildabouts) is my band.”. The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman did record lead vocals for the debut Art Of Anarchy album, which is due out this spring. The group  features Disturbed bassist John Moyer and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, in addition to brothers Jon and Vince Votta on guitar and drums. Weiland said in a Facebook post that he “had a lot of fun” working with the outfit, adding, “When they find their front man to hit the road and play some dates, check them out.”  Thal confirmed that Art Of Anarchy will likely employ a new vocalist when and if the band hits the road later in the year.  Weiland and the Wildabouts will put out a new album called Blaster on March 31st….The Walking Dead exec producer Frank Darabont is 56.  ….I will check in from Vegas when possible.  Stay tuned!

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