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Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 - by Paulie Walnuts

Good morning Radicals! Here’s what’s new in music news:


Highlights from the Chris Cornell tribute concert held last night at the Forum in Los Angeles began to appear online late in the evening.

A slew of artists were confirmed to perform at the show, dubbed “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell,” including Foo FightersMetallicaAlice In ChainsJosh Homme of Queens Of The Stone AgeTaylor Momsen from The Pretty RecklessPerry Farrell of Jane’s AddictionFaith No More‘s Mike Patton, the MelvinsBlack Sabbath‘s Geezer Butler, Ryan AdamsMiley CyrusBrandi CarlileAdam LevineFiona AppleMiguelChris Stapleton and Ziggy Marley, along with members of Cornell’s bands SoundgardenAudioslave and Temple Of The Dog.

Among the highlights online at press time were Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell fronting an Audioslave reunion with help on bass from Geezer Butler and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, while Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard joined forces to play the Cornell solo track “Seasons.”

Actor Brad Pitt, reportedly a close friend to Chris, introduced Chris’ daughter Toni, who played “Redemption Song” with Ziggy Marley.

According to a press release, each artist appearing at the show curated their own performance to honor the singer, who took his own life in May 2017 after a Soundgarden show in Detroit.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation as well as The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for this painful and debilitating genetic disorder.




Disturbed visited Creech Air Force Base, Nevada to meet the airmen behind the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) mission and perform the base’s first-ever concert last October 23rd. Each band member also had the opportunity to fly training missions with the 432nd Operations Support Squadron’s MQ-9 Reaper flight simulator, both as sensor operators and pilots.

The members of Disturbed also met with airmen for lunch and a meet-and-greet event where airmen took photos with the band and brought in personal items for signing. The event ended with a concert by the band in a maintenance hangar with approximately 700 airmen, veterans, family and members of team Creech in attendance.

Singer David Draiman told us that Disturbed is always ready to play for U.S. troops: ”We’ve always made it a blanket policy with us that any opportunities that come up involved with anything USO-oriented, or anything for the troops, that we definitely want to put our hat in the ring first and foremost. So we’re always all about that.”

Senior Airman Tanner Lease, a 12th Air Force Persistent Attack and Reconnaissance Center weather forecaster, said, “It was amazing . . . It feels great that a big band like Disturbed took notice of what we do here at Creech and they think it’s important to show support.”

The next day, the band visited nearby Nellis Air Force Base, participating in a military working dog demonstration and getting an up-close look at military aircraft on base. After visiting various units, Disturbed performed a second show for airmen and their families.

Another day, another festival lineup announced. This time it’s the long-running Rock USA event, which returns for its ninth year at the 350-acre Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The show will take place from Thursday, July 18th through Saturday, July 20th and will feature sets from Five Finger Death PunchRob Zombie, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin and over 30 more acts.

Five Finger Death Punch are festival pros and guitarist Zoltan Bathory told us that it’s important to make fans feel like part of the show: ”You know, the people in the audience watch a show, right? It’s almost there is no difference than they would watch a TV, because they’re watching one static little box, which is the stage, and that’s what they’re looking at. And I think you have to do better than that — to make the audience become a part of the show and have an experience.”

Other bands on the bill include Asking Alexandria, I Prevail, Bad Wolves, From Ashes To New, In This Moment, Clutch, Of Mice & Men, Red Sun Rising, Lacuna Coil, Escape The Fate, Issues, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Starset, Nonpoint and many more.

Festival producer Derek Liebhauser said, “When a fan chooses to spend their hard-earned money on a weekend with us, it’s an honor and a responsibility to deliver BIG. I want this festival to stand in a class by itself . . . I feel we’ve done that with Rock USA, and our fans’ response has clearly shown that.”

The location hosts more than 25,000 fans per day, including nearly 3,000 campsites. Since 2016, Rock USA has nearly doubled in attendance and is still growing, with VIP passes, PIT passes and campsites selling out last year in record time.

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has told SiriusXM that the writing sessions for the band’s new album were cut short late last year due to the Woolsey Fire. The blaze that broke out in November destroyed more than 1,500 Californian homes and other buildings from Ventura County to Malibu and killed four people.

Smith explained, ”We started to work on (the new album), which, for us, is just getting in a room and making some noise and putting some notes together. And then the fires came, and the house we were working in, there was no damage, it didn’t burn down, but we couldn’t get back in there. So that halted our (progress).”

Smith told us a while back that it’s rare for members of the Chili Peppers to write new music on their own: ”We always got ideas bouncing, but until the four of us get in a room together, you know, that’s when we really see how it takes shape. And for the most part when we all get together, that’s when it really starts – get into a groove of jamming and writing.”

To help raise funds for the Woolsey Fire victims, the Chili Peppers performed this past Sunday (January 13th) at a Los Angeles benefit event dubbed “Malibu Love Sesh” at the Hollywood Palladium, along with Beck and St. Vincent.

Smith said about the event, “All the proceeds are going to the people that suffered from the fires and the families and everything that is involved in that . . . Myself and Anthony (Kiedis, Chili Peppers singer) both live in Point Dume. Seventy houses in our neighborhood burned down. Ours was spared, luckly. So it was close to our hearts, and we wanted to do something. And it worked out. And it was fun.”

The most recent Red Hot Chili Peppers album, The Getaway, was released in June 2016.

Nickelback bassist Mike Kroeger spoke with Australia’s Silver Tiger Media about last year’s passing of Pantera and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. The 54-year-old musician, who saw his brother, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, killed onstage by a fan in 2004, died in June 2018 of heart disease.

Kroeger said, “The truth is that I think Vinnie gave up a lot when he had to witness his brother being murdered. I think he lost a lot of his life. And I really felt like he was so sad that he didn’t really wanna be alive anymore. He really struggled until the end; it never got better for him. It was a really horrible experience, obviously, seeing your only brother get murdered onstage while performing.”

The bassist added, “He played in Hellyeah, and he did some things, but I don’t think anything could distract him from how sad he was. He struggled terribly with it after Dime was killed; he really had a hard time . . . ever since that day, I don’t think Vinnie was the same ever again, unfortunately. I think it broke him. And that’s a terrible, terrible thing.”

Kroeger said about his band’s friendship with the Abbott brothers, “It was so fun to know those guys. They were one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life personalities, just how you’d imagine, and liked the odd drink, as we know. And would definitely serve up a few drinks to you . . . The last time I saw Dime, he was trying to incapacitate me with alcohol, and it was working.”

Hellyeah will release its sixth studio album later this year. It features the last drum tracks recorded by Vinnie Paul Abbott, who completed his parts for the album before his death last June.

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Kid Rock and Atreyu frontman Alex Varkatzas!