Thursday, Aug 25 - by roxy

Trivium with the one and only Lou Brutus

Morning friends.  Matt Heafy from Trivium is in today.  Looking forward to speaking with him.  Good man, that Matt!  He’s making an appearance tonight at Sam Ash Music in NYC  for Epiphone.

The Amity Affliction

Paulie Walnutswas on the hotLine yesterday  with Ahren Stringer, bassist/vocals, for The Amity  Affliction.  Their new album, This Could Be Heartbreak, dropped on Aug 12 and the new single is “All Messed Up.”  You’ll hear the new song on hardDrive and hear Ahren in Plugged In the weekend of Sep 10th, so be sure to check it out. And don’t forget, if you don’t get hardDrive in your town, you can always give a listen on the our hardDriveRadio APP.  We stream both the weekend edition of hardDrive, as well as the nightly hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus on the app.  So download away!

Kirk Hammett usually doesn’t make this face

The Pulse Of Radio says Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett told Minneapolis radio station 93X he is staying away from reading comments online about the band’s new single, “Hardwired.” Hammett explained, “As soon as I go on to my computer and turn it on, and think to myself, ‘Should I read what other people are saying?’ or ‘Should I read some comments (on whatever web site)?’ I instantly say to myself, ‘Don’t go there,’ because I’ll just get, first, angry, then frustrated, then confused, and then wanna just write it all off as just f**king useless bulls**t, and why did I even waste my time.

Hammett added the reaction he has gotten has been largely positive so far, saying, “I kind of feel the excitement. I can kind of feel the energy in the air. I mean, we all kind of are picking up on it. I’m getting a tremendous amount of texts from friends, saying, ‘Great song. Wonderful song.’ . . . I know there’s a great buzz out there, and I’m totally, totally thankful that the song is so well received.

Frontman James Hetfield gave his interpretation of what “Hardwired” is about: “Sometimes I feel like no matter how hard I try to be different or to do something right or a better way or something, it just seems like the default is hardwired to just screw it up sometimes (laughs). So man in general sometimes I think, I just feel we’re hardwired to self-destruct.”

“Hardwired” is taken from Metallica’s 10th studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, which is due out Nov 18th on double CD, vinyl and digital download.

Asked about touring behind the new disc, Hammett said, “For us, going out and playing shows, it’s really, really fun for us, really, really great, but over time, the mileage we have on ourselves, on our personal odometers, they’re way up there. So, having said that, we have to take care of ourselves, and we have to make sure that going into this next little phase that we do it correctly and we do it in a healthy way that ensures much more longevity.”  Metallica will begin touring in support of the record in Jan 2017.

Ya know, I’m glad rock stars aren’t just focused on their shows.  They truly care about what is going on in the audience. And when they see something, they SAY something, which can usually get a person in the wrong ejected.  Case in point: Pearl Jam fans were treated to a wild night on Monday (Aug 22nd) during the band’s show at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In addition to a massive 36-song set, the crowd was treated to the sight of Chicago Bulls legend Dennis Rodman walking onstage during “Black, Red, Yellow” and lifting singer Eddie Vedder into the air.

Later in the set, Vedder ordered his bandmates to stop the song “Lukin” as he shouted into the audience, “Hey, mister, get your finger out of that woman’s face, motherf**ker. Hey, mister, all the fingers are pointing at you. Clear out, mister.” Vedder had the man ejected and made sure the woman was okay before continuing the song. Finally, Vedder paid tribute to late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley before performing “Man Of The Hour,” saying, “It’s the birthday of a guy called Layne Staley tonight, and we’re thinking of him tonight too. 49 years old.”  (From Loudwire/Alt Press/The Pulse Of Radio)

Well!   Looks like Dave Grohl must’ve taken his jet to Toronto to catch Prophets of Rage‘s show.  He jumps on stage with the band for the MC5‘s “Kick Out The Jams.” Why couldn’t I have been there?  This link has the entire show and Dave arrives around 2 hours into the set.

That’s a lot of tickets…..

Guns N’ Roses’ North American “Not In This Lifetime” summer stadium tour sold over one million tickets, a staggering amount for a rock band in 2016, with the band awarded a special plaque for the occasion after concluding the trek earlier this week in Los Angeles. The band celebrated the end of the tour by partying with some 200 guests at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel, where it was reported that “Axl Rose and Slash were accompanied by scantily clad models to the rooftop for pizza.”

They’re holding the cards close to their chests

Blabbermouth reporting Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows said in a recent interview with Grand Rapids, MI radio station WGRD the band is not yet finished working on its new album, saying, ”We’re writing, we’ve been throwing stuff around. You know, we’ve been working, and that’s all I can really say about it. I think there’s a lot of speculation online, and we’re just kind of leaving it that way. But when there’s something to be heard, we’ll let the world know. But right now, we’re just still working on stuff.

Hmmmm.   I seem to think he’s playing poker with us.  I bet there is music just ready to show it’s little head in the coming weeks.  I mean, their tour kicks off Sep 12.  Wouldn’t it make sense for a single to be on the radio at that time too? I’d put money on it if I was in Vegas.  Let’s wait ‘n see!

Rolling Stone reporter Jon Wiederhorn did a stellar interview with Austin Carlile and Of Mice & Men.  Please check it out here.  Meanwhile, the band released the music video for their new single, “Real,” this week and it’s great.  The band is getting ready to release their Cold World album, Sep 09th and Austin told me this album was a very daunting task to take on (see the Rolling Stone article just to get an idea of all the things Austin has had to deal with in the past decade.)  I am looking forward to having the band in the studios on Sep 16th.

Gotta dash.   Hope you have a great day!