Happy President’s Day! Since I am the president of my own company, I guess I am celebrating in my own way!
(warning: may contain F bombs)
Well, Lou Brutus did it again! The legendary host of hardDrive and hardDrive XL, collectively known as hardDriveRadio, has once again done it! He hosted the awards dinner at RadioContraband in Las Vegas last week, and won his 4th award for Syndicated DJ of The Year. (Warning: Turn the volume down on the intro since he says some words we normally do not say on the radio because we would be thrown off the air!)
Lou Brutus with Papa Roach! Jerry Horton, Tony Palmero, Jacoby Shaddix and Tobin Esperance
And yours truly also won a very special award as I was inducted into the Rock Radio Hall of Fame. See that at around 45 minutes into the video above. Very honored to be awarded the top prize.
Alter Bridge: Brian Marshall, Mark Tremonti. Myles Kennedy, some old lady, Scott Phillips
Meanwhile, we got to attend some pretty awesome panels with our radio and record friends, and interview the bands who were in attendance like Papa Roach, Incubus, All That Remains, Alter Bridge, Scott Stapp and Citizen Zero. We also met for the first time DED, Shallow Side (who Lou performed with), Rachel Lorin, Radkey and Righteous Vendetta. We also got to hear brand new music from Papa Roach and Incubus.
Incubus: Jose Pasillas, Jr, Paulie Walnuts, Mike Einziger, some old lady, Brandon Boyd at RadioContraband
Tool……they are working. We think.
Hold on, wait a minute! TOOL posted a new message on their website according to the Pulse Of Radio! The update has indicated progress on the band’s long-awaited fifth album has entered a new phase, with singer Maynard James Keenan finally joining his bandmates to begin working on vocals for some of the group’s new tracks.
The band’s webmaster posted. “In speaking with Danny (Carey, drummer) last night, he told me that the band has temporarily MOVED some of their gear into a larger space (across town) where MAYNARD is working on VOCALS for some of the new Tool material. I’m sure that he has already been doing this to some extent, but now he has more room to breathe and a better vocal booth.”
It’s been nearly 11 years since Tool released its last studio effort, 10,000 Days, and while the band has toured since then, the process of making new music has been hindered by unrelated lawsuits, illnesses and the group’s notoriously slow and painstaking method of crafting music.
Keenan told us a while back he has gotten restless in the past with Tool’s slower pace of working: “I can’t sit still, so when those guys hesitate, it takes us so long to do stuff, and it’s like a snake eating its own tail situation, ’cause then I get distracted and I go off and do a thing, and then I get blamed for not being around to do the (Tool) thing. But nothing was getting done when I was standing there, so I got bored and left. It’s just an endless cycle.“
Keenan, in the meantime, has released and toured behind three albums with his side project, Puscifer, and is also prepping a tour and new music with A Perfect Circle for this year. I was told by Billy Howerdel that Maynard planned to be in LA to record vocals for their next record. So perhaps Maynard is working double time on both records at once? Oh man!
The singer/vintner/restaurant owner/dad/husband/rabble rouser also went on a book tour last fall to promote his authorized biography, A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things, which made the New York Times best sellers list of hardcover non-fiction releases. I was lucky to be chosen as one of his moderators for 3 stops on that tour.
In one of Keenan’s most recent interviews, he spoke about the process of making music for his various projects, saying, “For some I see a plan and for others, I just see roadblocks.” He did not say which project had the roadblocks out of “respect.”
A report at Blabbermouth suggests that Swedish occult rock group Ghost will debut an all-new lineup on its headlining European tour that begins next month. Singer and band leader Papa Emeritus – who is believed to be Swedish rock musician Tobias Forge – is rumored to have fired all five of the instrumental players in the band, who are only known as Nameless Ghouls.
Since none of the musicians in the band are ever identified, personnel changes in the group have gone unannounced since Ghost first began recording and touring. It is believed that the lineup has changed a few times over the years, with the latest overhaul allegedly happening at the end of 2016.
Papa, who writes almost all of the group’s music and does most of the act’s interviews disguised as a Nameless Ghoul, discussed lineup changes in general in a new interview with Metal Wani, saying, “From a practical point of view, you’re interested in, on the one hand, preserving the sound, or the elements that make up the sound, and you still want to progress . . . we don’t necessarily have to have the same six people in the room to make that sound, which helps.”
The Ghost leader added, “Performing Ghost and recording Ghost has never really been the same thing. So that we can preserve our sound; we don’t have to rely on… if some people come and go, which is good.”
Ghost will begin recording its fourth full-length album in August, after the band returns home from a North American tour with Iron Maiden. The leader of the band described the sound of the new material as “darker” than its 2015 album Meliora, adding, “It’s thematically set in a different . . . in a darker setting. Meliora was supposed to reflect some sort of utopia/dystopia in the modern society, whereas this new one is gonna be a little bit more apocalyptic, a little bit more back to the medieval times, which, obviously, is associated with darkness. ”
Meliora was a commercial breakthrough for Ghost, earning the band its first American hit on rock radio with “Cirice,” which also won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance. The band also issued the Popestar EP in late 2016, whichatured four cover songs and the Number One rock radio single “Square Hammer.”
Linkin Park has set “One More Light” as the title of its seventh studio album. The disc is due out on May 19 through Warner Bros. The band debuted the first single, “Heavy”, on Los Angeles radio station KROQ Thursday morning (Feb 16), followed by a performance of the track later in the day on Facebook Live. The track features guest vocals from Kiara Saulters, who is best known for recording stop-motion, hip-hop-inspired electro-R&B under the name Kiiara and who performed with the band during the Facebook event.
The song “Heavy” sees the band teaming up with pop songwriter Emily Wright, who has worked with artists like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Flo Rida. Vocalist Mike Shinoda told The Pulse Of Radio about the concept behind the song and its very different sound: “The question popped into my head, what would it be like, first of all, to write with people outside the band? What would it be like to really approach things with our arms kind of wide open, wrapped around a larger audience? And still make it a hundred percent LINKIN PARK and a hundred percent true to what we do. Almost a year and a half later, this is the first taste of what that sounds like.”
Asked what the rest of “One More Light” is like, Shinoda told Billboard: “One of the reasons why we chose ‘Heavy’ as the first single is because it is really the core sound of the album. This wasn’t a scenario where the whole album sounds one way and the single sounds different. This is how the album sounds. So we wanted to go out with a song like that, where everybody can get a sense of the direction of this body of work.”
Shinoda also talked about the band’s decision to collaborate with other writers this time around. “The thing that really drove this album was we kind of flipped our writing process backwards,” he said. “Historically for us the (instrumental) track usually comes first, like we’ll make a body of music and the music will inspire the lyrics. In this case, we actually flipped that around and the very first thing we’d do each day is we’d get into the studio and say, ‘What’s on my mind? What do I want to sing about and write about?’ and that defined a whole different kind of writing. It builds a wonderful foundation to put everything else on top of. And the soundmaking is actually one of the most fun parts for me, so then it’s like icing on the cake. I know I’ve got a strong song, a strong foundation and then it’s just icing to put on top of it.”
Other tunes on the new CD include “Nobody Can Save Me”, “Good Goodbye”, “Talking To Myself”, “Battle Symphony”, “Invisible”, “Sorry For Now”, “Halfway Right”, “Sharp Edges” and the title track.
Linkin Park has already started booking dates in Latin America, Europe and Asia, but has yet to announce North American dates. (Thanks, Blabbermouth)