Dirt - Wednesday, May 13

Duff McKagan and Roxy!

Duff McKagan was in yesterday.  Always the gentleman and always so kind with his time! He was in promoting the new book, How To Be A Man (and other illusions.)   And I know I’ve said it before, but the book is great and you should grab a copy.  He offers interesting advice along with personal stories of his life.  Be looking for a video interview with Duff soon! Oh and Duff also said the new Walking Papers music is done, they just need to figure out how to release it.  And could Duff be writing the book about a famous rock band (not one he’s played in before)?  Time will tell.

Meanwhile, I was on the phone with Corey Taylor yesterday.  Always a pleasure to chat with him and his lovely wife Stephanie!   We were on about the cover tunes his Stone Sour brothers released for Record Store Day called  Meanwhile in Burbank.  Be listening for some of our chat over Memorial Day weekend when we unveil the 2015 Cover It Up special edition of hardDrive.  Got some exclusive music, too, from Breaking Benjamin covering Tool‘s “Prison Sex”  and Starset‘s version of David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity,” both recorded live in the hardDriveRadio studios! You will enjoy it very much!

Well, we’re just days away from the kick-off of Rock On The Range, and I can’t believe this is the first year I won’t be there when so many of the bands I love will be performing.  And a SPECIAL GUEST is performing on May 16th.  Hopefuly we will have an interview with that SPECIAL GUEST when Lou  Brutus returns next  week!   He’ll be interviewing 35 bands while there. So stay tuned!  This weekend is our Rock On The Range Review on hardDrive, looking at bands past and present on the bill.

It’s baaaacccckkk!  Pulse Of Radio reports The Guitar Hero video game franchise is coming back after a five-year hiatus this fall with Guitar Hero Live, featuring a list of songs that includes tracks from The Pretty Reckless, The Black Keys, System Of A Down, Pantera, Green Day, Alter Bridge, Black Veil Brides, Rage Against The Machine and many more.   According to Rolling Stone, the first 24 songs featured in the game include a mix of hard rock, metal, alternative, classic rock and pop. Additional artists represented include the Rolling Stones, the Lumineers, Ed Sheeran, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, My Chemical Romance and others. More new songs will be unveiled each week leading up to the game’s release.

  • Guitar Hero Live has plenty of new features as well, including a more realistic controller and a first-person perspective, allowing gamers to almost interact with the crowd and their bandmates on screen.
  • FreeStyle creative director Jamie Jackson told Rolling Stone, “If you start dropping notes and messing it up, not only are the crowd gonna turn on you, but so are your band members as well, because you’re effectively ruining their career as well as your own.”
  • The game also boasts its own 24-hour video network called GHTV, which will allow participants to play along to official videos across various genres and challenge other online players of the same skill level.
  • Guitar Hero Live will be available from Activision for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and, for the first time, mobile devices.
  • Guitar Hero was a monster hit in the mid-2000s, with numerous versions and even artist-specific games for Aerosmith, Metallica and Van Halenall flooding store shelves and becoming best sellers.Have a great day!   Gotta dash!  More interviews to schedule!

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