Dirt - Wednesday, Jun 15

What else can possibly happen down in Orlando? A two-year old dragged away by an alligator at Disney World?  I don’t even know what to say!  Crazy!

I do know that cyber geeks are really messing with us!  In the past couple of weeks, two different attacks on my personal computer and a huge one on our website on Monday from some ass wipe in the Seychelles!  The freaking SEYCHELLES? Gimme a break! Go get a life, dude, seriously!  But I guess we aren’t alone, as you will see in this next story.

Foo Fighters

The Pulse of Radio reporting Foo Fighters filed a lawsuit on Monday (Jun 13th) in Los Angeles against the world-famous 328-year-old insurance market Lloyd’s of London, along with several insurance companies and the insurance broker responsible for securing the policies, Robertson Taylor. According to Billboard.com, the suit alleges the companies have “failed to pay amounts that even they appear to recognize are due and owing” on insurance claims the band made for several shows canceled during its 2015 world tour.

Some of the shows were scrapped after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg on Jun 12th, 2015, during a show in Gothenberg, Sweden. The injury resulted in the cancellation of seven shows. Three of those dates are mentioned in the suit: two shows at London’s Wembley Stadium and one at Edinburgh’s BT Murrayfield Stadium.

After his leg was treated, Grohl went on to perform 53 concerts, mostly while seated on a custom-made “throne” onstage.

The lawsuit stated, “After paying certain amounts owed under the Cancellation Policy for four of the canceled performances, [the insurers] began searching for ways to limit their payment obligations on the other three performances.”

The complaint also alleged that Grohl’s insistence on carrying out the tour saved insurers “tens of millions of dollars in claim payments” that would have been owed had they canceled the entire trek.

The second part of the Foos’ complaint is focused on four shows canceled in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, alleging, ”Foo Fighters reasonably expected that the Terrorism Policy would provide them coverage for the four November 2015 performances . . . [the insurers] have engaged in a seemingly never-ending series of requests for increasingly irrelevant information.”

The suit claims that seven months later, the insurers “have not paid or offered to pay a single penny of Foo Fighters’ terrorism coverage claim.”  The Foos are seeking damages, punitive damages to cover London Market Insurers’ and Robertson Taylors’ “despicable” conduct, and attorney’s fees.  Foo Fighters are currently on hiatus for probably the rest of 2016 after touring extensively last year.

Meanwhile, TMZ reports the Foo Fighters website was hacked with images of an ISIS flag, an automatic weapon and the words “Be prepared” the day after the Paris attacks occurred.  Crazy!

My Rock Sistas:  Costa Nostra PR’s Kirsten Sprinks, the amazing Lzzy Hale and Costra Nostra PR’s Michelle Kerr at the Golden Gods Awards/London Jun 13  (photo courtesy Michelle Kerr)

Congrats to our good friend Ms Lzzy Hale of Halestorm who was bestowed a Golden God Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award!  So AWESOME!   Yesterday, we reported on Joey Jordison winning his special award, and here is a complete list of this year’s winners as given by Metal Hammer magazine in London. Lzzy is pictured above with her award flanked by the amazing PR team of Kirsten Sprinks and Michelle Kerr of Costa Nostra PR.  They are some of the BEST publicists for rock in the world if you ask me!  ;)


Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2016 winners


Best New Band: Creeper
Best Underground: Enslaved
Best UK Band: Asking Alexandria
Best International Band: Ghost
Breakthrough: Beartooth
Best Live Band: Lamb Of God
Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award: Lzzy Hale
Best Independent Label: Prosthetic Records
Best album: Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls
Riff Lord: Phil Campbell
The Inspiration Award: Anthrax
Icon: Nikki Sixx
Global Metal: Chthonic
The Golden God: Joey Jordison
Best video: Vice Grip by Parkway Drive
Spirit Of Hammer: Triple H


Chino Moreno of the Deftones at Rock On The Range  (photo credit: Suzy Cole)  

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno will play a special solo acoustic set inside an Icelandic volcano on Jun 18th. The intimate show will take place during Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival, where Deftones is headlining a bill that includes 177 acts. Moreno has been picked to play ”Secret Solstice Presents Inside The Volcano,” which will mark the first time in history an artist has performed publicly inside a volcano for just 20 lucky ticket holders.

Twenty people and Chino will fit in here…pretty rad!  

The fans and Moreno will be lowered 400 feet into the magma chamber of the volcano, which is dormant and last erupted more than 4,000 years ago.  There have been several live performances over the years on top of volcanoes, but never inside one. The event sold out in mere days, even before any announcement of an artist was made. Icelandic act Snorri Helgason will open with Moreno with a short set.

Secret Solstice 2016 is held between June 16th and 19th, with Deftones filling the top slot on the 18th.  The festival will mark Deftones’ first-ever visit to Iceland as the band continues its world tour in support of its recently released eighth album, Gore.

In related news, Loudwire says Chino Moreno, whose side projects include Crosses and Team Sleep, has another one called Saudade. The band, which features members of veteran hardcore acts Bad Brains and Cro-Mags, has released one song and has, according to Moreno, another 12 or 13 mostly instrumental tunes written. Moreno said the new music is “more likely to be something that I leak out or let people hear, as opposed to something we’ll package up and try to sell. That’s not the idea behind it.”

In case you missed it yesterday because I added it in after I had posted the early news, Ghost have announced their fall POPESTAR Tour.  Find all the dates in Road Rage.

Finally today,  The Pulse of Radio  reporting the first trailer for Rob Zombie‘s new horror thriller, 31, has been released. Written and directed by Zombie, the film follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game and survive 12 hours against a gang of sadistic clowns. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and will be made available on Sep 16th.

Zombie told Lou Brutus  he came up with the idea for 31 after another movie he was working on failed to take off: This movie grew out of my frustration of spending two years working on this movie about the Philadelphia Flyers that never went, and at that point I was like, ‘I’ve got to think of a simple premise that I know I can get made, and I can make it for a reasonable budget.’ And I came up with the idea for31, which was just, you know, five people being kidnapped on Halloween and taken to this remote location where they have to play, like, this game where they become the prey and they’re hunted. Whoever I told, they were like, ‘Okay, we’re in, we’ll do it.’

31 stars Rob’s wife Sheri Moon ZombieMalcolm McDowellJeff Daniel Phillips and Meg Foster.

Zombie had to submit multiple cuts of the film to the MPAA ratings board to get an R rating, after the group slapped the film with an NC-17 twice. Zombie has said that an unrated cut of the film will be issued on DVD.  Zombie’s other films include The Devil’s RejectsThe Lords Of SalemHalloween and House Of 1000 Corpses.

Zombie’s new album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, arrived in late April. He’ll begin a co-headlining tour with Korn  and In This Moment on Jul 19th in Englewood, CO.


Gotta go.  Skillet’s John Cooper will hit the hotLine today.  Thanks for reading.


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