Wednesday, Nov 25 - by roxy

Well, for most folks, if you haven’t already started your holiday travel, well, you are screwed.  LOL   Flying?  Good luck!  But hey, Happy Thanksgiving!

So today, Blabbermouth reporting Papa Roach has dropped off the remaining European tour dates with Five Finger Death Punch due to “logistical challenges and uncertainties” in the wake of the Nov 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and continued terrorist threats against France and Europe.

In a statement, Papa Roach said: “It is again with a heavy heart that we are announcing the postponement of the remainder of our European tour.

“We pride ourselves for rarely canceling shows, but our crew is an essential part of our organization and because they, unfortunately, could not continue the tour due to their logistical challenges and uncertainties, we could not either. We respect them and have had to accept their difficult choice to return home. We shall return next year. We will announce more details on rescheduling as soon as we are able to. “

Five Finger Death Punch said  in a separate statement: “Despite some significant challenges in Europe since the horrible events in Paris recently, we have continued on our tour and remained dedicated to our mission of providing you, the fans, the highest quality show in the safest possible show environment. As a result of new and increased travel/transportation restrictions and challenges, in some cities we are scheduled to play, we are unable to fulfill this promise, so we were forced to postpone those shows. We continue to face additional challenges but remain committed to finishing out the tour as best as we can.

“We are not a band that is used to postponing or canceling shows. In fact, we have always prided ourselves on showing up onstage no matter what, so these extenuating circumstances have been particularly challenging for us, as artists, given the high standard we place on ourselves to deliver for the fans.

We will finish out the remaining European tour dates without Papa Roach and Devil You Know in Düsseldorf, Germany and at Wembley Arena in the U.K. The lineup for Düsseldorf will include Eskimo CallboySkindred and Nothing More. For Wembley it will be with Skindred, As Lions and The One Hundred. The show in Brussels will be postponed, but we will be back soon to play for our Belgian fans.

“We appreciate everyone’s support as we continue to navigate these largely uncharted waters. Nothing gives us greater satisfaction than delivering the best show possible in the safest conditions.”

Five Finger canceled a show in Milan, Italy on Sunday (Nov 22) amidst rumors that the Islamic State (ISIS) was planning to attack the show as part of a series of multiple attacks spread across several countries.

The hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have uncovered plots by ISIS for several terrorist attacks to occur on Sunday, including at a pro wrestling event in Atlanta and other locations in Paris, Rome, Lebanon and Indonesia, in addition to the concert in Milan.

Love Corey Taylor.   He really is the King of Karaoke! Here he is performing Radiohead‘s “Creep” at Ozzfest Japan with Japanese rock band SIM (Silence Iz Mine.)  Blabbermouth posted In a 2012 interview, Taylor said about his appreciation for other styles of music: “I had a kid ask me the other night, ‘What kind of music is your guilty pleasure?’ I said I don’t have any. I don’t feel guilty about the music I love. If you feel guilty about something you dig, then you should stop feeling guilty about it. One of my favorite albums to this day is the tenth anniversary ensemble cast of ‘Les Miserables’, the ultimate cast recording, and it is still something I love listening to top to bottom.”

The Pulse Of Radio says Jack White‘s Third Man Records is expanding its operations into White’s hometown of Detroit. The Nashville-based label has announced plans to open a vinyl record pressing plant in the Motor City, saying, “Third Man is thrilled to announce that we will be opening a vinyl record pressing plant, and in it we will run brand new record presses. There’s a bottlenecking in the record pressing industry right now — so much glorious demand, so few presses. We want to help ease the flow, and we want to bring more real-life manufacturing jobs back to Detroit.” The plant — which will be the first vinyl record pressing plant in Detroit since Archer Record Pressing back in 1965 — is slated to open around the middle of next year. The announcement of the plant comes just in time for the grand opening of Third Man’s new retail record store in Detroit this Friday (Nov 27th). The opening day will feature performances from local acts.  In addition to the complete Third Man catalog, the store will offer special repressings of vintage titles from the Tamla label, Motown’s early imprint.  White himself began an indefinite hiatus from live performances earlier this year, although his band The Dead Weather released its third album in September, titled Dodge And Burn.

And also from Pulse,  Guns N’ Roses-themed slot machine is coming on Jan 21st, 2016 from Swedish casino games developer NetEnt. According to Blabbermouth, you can choose several songs to listen to as you lose your money, including ”Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Paradise City” and “November Rain,” as well as the title track of the band’s last album, 2008′s Chinese Democracy.  Based on a video teaser released for the machine, it only features images of singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan – the only original members rumored to be taking place in a reunion tour next year. Reports have surfaced recently that original members Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler will not be participating. Rumors about a reunion of the classic Guns lineup have been heating up ever since the summer, when Slash revealed that he and Axl had repaired their relationship after nearly 20 years of estrangement.

Slash told us a while back what he’s most proud of when it comes to Guns N’ Roses: “The most proud I am would have to be just the sense of accomplishment from getting from these sort of nomadic gutter rats that we definitely were, to manage to get from that point and make a record and go out and start touring and doing all that stuff and then to actually succeed, to have that record succeed, it was definitely an accomplishment that I’m very proud of.”

Metallica and the San Francisco Giants have announced the fourth annual “Metallica Night,” to be held on Friday, May 6th, 2016 at AT&T Park in San Francisco as the Giants take the field against the Colorado Rockies. Metallica will once again throw out the first pitch and perform a version of America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The band said, “We’ll stick around all night to cheer on the orange and black with all the loyal fans and keep your eyes peeled to spot us participating in some in between inning action.”  Special-event tickets for this game go on sale as part of Orange and Black Friday (Nov 27th) at 8:00 a.m. PST. The ticket package includes a ticket to the game and a limited-edition Metallica/Giants goodie, the details of which will be revealed at a later date. A portion of the proceeds from every “Metallica Night” special-event ticket will benefit the Surfrider Foundation and Amnesty International. There is a pre-sale for Met Club members on today, Nov 25th at 10:00 a.m. PT.

We just posted a new video on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel with Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown‘s in-studio performance of the title track from their Wayside EP.  Hey, subscribe while you’re there!

On behalf of all of us, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We are thankful for your support of all things hardDriveRadio!