Wow. Gonna be 83 in NYC today! This is insane! The pumpkins are gonna turn to mush!
Oh look! There’s Dave Grohl, Lisa Loeb and Sammy Hagar!
The Pulse Of Radio revealed Foo Fighters headlined and hosted a private concert on Saturday night (Oct 15th) in Los Angeles that featured guest appearances from Sammy Hagar, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Police drummer Stewart Copeland and others. The concert took place in front of just a couple of hundred donors who gave money to the Foos’ annual fundraising drive for improvements at local schools.
Among the highlights of the show were Hagar teaming with Foos leader Dave Grohl for a duet on Van Halen‘s “Finish What You Started” before they were joined by Jason Bonham for a take on Led Zeppelin‘s “Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
Paul Stanley and Foo Fighters givin’ the crowd some tasty licks!
Stanley tackled Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and the Rolling Stones‘ “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)” in addition to several Kiss favorites.
Dave Grohl told us a while back how he got to know Paul Stanley outside of the music business: “I see Paul Stanley every morning at drop-off ’cause our kids go to school with each other. Paul is not only a great dude, but a great dad. He’s there at 7:30 every morning with his kid and it’s the greatest — I mean, it’s inspiring. Like, of course, I love Kiss and I’m inspired by him as a musician, but when I see him being, like, a dude — being a dad – it’s like, that’s the coolest thing in the world to me.”
The Foos played a selection of their own hits, including “Learn To Fly,” “My Hero,” “Times Like These,” “All My Life,” “Everlong” and “Best Of You.”
Foo Fighters have been on hiatus since the end of their European trek last Nov, but various anecdotal reports suggest that Grohl has been working on new music, potentially for the group’s ninth studio effort. Although Grohl has hinted that HBO was interested in a second season of the documentary series Sonic Highways, which followed the Foos around the country as they recorded the 2014 album of the same name, there has been no official announcement that the series is returning.
Puscifer posted this video yesterday for their tune “The Arsonist” from their Money Shot cd, released in Oct 2015. The animated clip finds Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan about to step into the MMA arena for a battle with former UFC champion Ronda Rousey, with gender reassignment surgery in his future if he loses. But the event is disrupted as “Trumpzilla” rips the roof off the venue, forcing Keenan, Puscifer, Rousey and other female UFC fighters to team up in an effort to defeat the beast.
Keenan told us humor is the best way for him to deal with the current state of U.S. politics: “Comedy is at my core. What just really drives me is, I can’t leave a joke on the table. If I see it, it’s got to be told. When it comes to this election, it’s not even politics, it’s reality TV and it’s a comedy — a sad, sick (laughs), depressing comedy.”
Keenan said about the clip, “Sometimes you grab the Puscifer. Sometimes the Puscifer grabs you.”
Meanwhile, Keenan is about to head out on a book tour tour to promote his new memoir, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things. The tour begins on Nov 9th in Nashville and will stop in cities like New York, Washington, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and others. (NY and DC shows hosted by yours truly.)
At each stop, Keenan will participate in a moderated discussion, with one of his friends acting as the moderator. Among those participating are Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel, Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd and little ole me.
Sister Imperator has spanked the Nameless Ghouls in Ghost! Uncalled for, I say! The band’s Popestar Tour and latest tune, “Square Hammer,” are both doing great!
Despite the band’s success in spreading the word of Satan to the masses, the dreaded Sister Imperator admonishes the band’s Nameless Ghouls in the video for their failure to focus even harder on their mission.
The Sister rages at the Ghouls for giving “insipid” interviews and answering “insipid” questions, all while hiding their true identities, before telling the mysterious musicians that they are supposed to lead their fans “into the murky light of the shadow.” She finally berates them for being afraid of “real change” and for relying too much on singer Papa Emeritus III to spread their unholy message.
The latest vessel for Ghost’s message is the current single from Popestar, called “Square Hammer,” which a Nameless Ghoul told us was written at the tail end of the sessions for the band’s Meliora album: “It was conceived around the end of the conception of Meliora, but I guess by then Meliora had — the conceptual aspects of it was already in place and ‘Square Hammer’ felt like a different song. So we basically saved it until a rainy day, and that rainy day came a few months later and we recorded it.”
New tours announced today! Chevelle have a short January run with Dinosaur Pile-Up and Black Map starting Jan 13-26. Art of Anarchy featuring John Moyer of Disturbed and Scott Stapp kick theirs off Nov 10-Dec 22. See Road Rage for both.
I Prevail wake up to THIS!
And finally today, poor I Prevail! Their tour bus, incidently previously used by Damage Plan, burst into flames on Saturday during their run from Phoenix to Fresno. The rear of the bus caught fire (unknown source) and thankfully, the boys escaped without injury. Although they did lost personal belongings. (Thank God for merch!)
But I Prevail are troopers and they did finish the final two shows with Pierce The Veil with Saturday’s Fresno show and Sunday’s LA date. They are currently headed back to Michigan and plan to take a break before heading back out on their Rebels Without A Cause holiday trek with Bad Seed Rising and Hotel Books. Got them in Road Rage.
Very Happy 90th to the originator, the ground zero for rock, Chuck Berry!