Whew! Glad it’s not Friday the 13th! I am moderating a panel discussion today at the RadioContraband Convention here in Las Vegas and I would be afraid I’d mess things up!
The convention has been excellent, I must say! Great seeing so many of our hardDriveRadio affiliates and folks in our great industry where we all have one thing in mind! ROCK! Lou Brutus and I have been busy hanging with radio friends and interviewing bands. So far we’ve interviewed Killswitch Engage, 3 Doors Down, David Brazil Band (which features Kevin Miller from Fuel and Tantric,) Stitched Up Heart, Thousand Foot Krutch, Wayland, Sunflower Dead and Deftones’ Chino Moreno is happening later today. 75 degrees is also not to hard to take this time of year!
Ran into Otherwise brothers Ryan and Adrian Patrick. They live here in Vegas. Although the one person I still want to meet is producer Kevin Churko. But he’s working away with Hellyeah right now. Other luminaries hanging out at the Hard Rock Cafe last night were Jason Hook of Five FInger Death Punch. Always great seeing him.
On the music news front, The Pulse Of Radio reporting Papa Roach will give fans another dose of F.E.A.R. on March 11th when the band releases a deluxe edition of its eighth studio album via iTunes. The expanded version will include three bonus live tracks: “F.E.A.R.” (Face Everything and Rise),” “Leader Of The Broken Hearts” and “Scars.” The original disc came out in January of last year and featured the Top Five rock radio hits “Gravity” and the title cut. Meanwhile, the band is currently working away on new music they plan to record and release later this year.
Whoa nelly! Pulse also posted when Stone Temple Pilots revealed last November singer Chester Bennington was leaving the band, Highly Suspect frontman Johnny Stevens tweeted he had been contacted by STP guitarist Dean DeLeo about the gig and had turned it down. Now in an interview with Detroit radio station WRIF, Dean said that things went down a different way.
He explained, “The way John tells it is not actually what went down. I did reach out to John. We spoke, and I think John is an immense talent. Great, great singer. But I did not offer him a gig. I merely asked if he was interested in possibly getting in a room, and God bless him, he stuck to his guns, and he had the courage and the confidence to stick with his band, and you know, those guys are up for a couple of Grammys.”
Dean added, “One thing that really saddened me about that is it was very early on. It was all the way back in August, when I spoke to John, man to man. You know, I don’t use that term loosely. Man to man I asked for his confidentiality in this, and well, it shows you what kind of man he is.”
Meanwhile, Dean’s brother Robert will be touring with Delta Deep. I will post in Road Rage when my battery recharges on this laptop!
AFI frontman Davey Havok has joined forces with the instrumental members of No Doubt to launch a new supergroup of sorts. According to Billboard, the quartet, which has yet to select a name, already has completed an album and is seeking a label deal. It will most likely not be called No Doubt, even though bassist Tony Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young have been playing together under that name since the late 1980s. Interesting…….
Blabbermouth reporting on our friends Disturbed first show on their North American tour. The band kicked off its first headlining tour in four years on Wednesday night (Feb 10th) in Fargo, ND, where the band performed its cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence” live for the first time. The group recorded the classic song for its new album, Immortalized, which was released in August and debuted at Number One on the Billboard chart. Watch it here. The guys also got to go to the Boston/Winnipeg hockey game last night in Winnipeg. The band has been posting pics and comments on social media! They are so stoked to be back!
Alternative Nation reporting Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder recently performed The Who’s “My Generation” in Seattle at the Paramount with 90’s Saturday Night Live stars Adam Sandler, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Norm Macdonald and Tim Meadows. Video from the nostalgia-filled performance is now online. Vedder and Pearl Jam will tour North America later this year.
Celebrating birthdays: Saturday: Todd Harrell, former bassist for 3 Doors Down is 44, Henry Rollins is 55, Peter Gabriel is 66. Sunday, possible Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is 74.
Have a great weekend! Stay warm in the northeast. See you again on Monday!