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Tuesday, May 22 2018

Tuesday, May, 22 2018

Good morning Radicals! We’re in full recovery mode after this past weekend at Rock on the Range… which means we’re posting all of the videos we shot! Keep your eyes on the hardDriveRadio YouTube channel as we relive the glory all week! We’ve got great videos with Lou Brutus chatting with Josh Rand of Stone Sour:

Matt Tuck of Bullet for My Valentine:

and Alex Varkatzas of Atreyu:

The upcoming Nine Inch Nails release, Bad Witch, will be issued as a full-length album and not an EP. This is happening despite the fact that it is relatively brief and is the third entry, following 2016′s Not The Actual Events and 2017′s Add Violence, in what was originally billed as a trilogy of EPs.

Posting in a Nine Inch Nails fan forum under the name “teitan,” NIN main man Trent Reznor responded to a user named “Quantum550,” who wrote that an album consists of seven tracks at minimum and runs over 30 minutes in length. Reznor replied, “Want to know why it’s being labeled an LP instead of an EP? EPs show up with singles in Spotify and other streaming services = they get lost easier. EPs feel less important in today’s music-isn’t-as-important-as-it-once-was world. Why make it easier to ignore? We’re not charging any more for it so why get worked up about it?”

Also apparently answering Quantum550′s comment that the EP was delayed by a “lack of inspiration,” Reznor retorted, “Quantum550: suck my entire c**k.” Bad Witch in fact contains six tracks and runs 30 minutes and 11 seconds. It arrives on June 22nd.

Nine Inch Nails will embark this fall on the “Cold And Black And Infinite” 2018 North American tour in support of the disc. The trek will launch on September 13th in Phoenix and feature two-night stands in a number of cities, wrapping with four dates in Los Angeles in early December.

Rise Against has announced the upcoming release of Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1, a collection of reimagined versions of their songs in more stripped-back arrangements. The band has just shared a video for the first single from the set, a new version of “House On Fire” that places more emphasis on acoustic guitars and also features drummer Brandon Barnes playing his kit with brushes.

The Chicago-based act said in a statement, “You’ll find the songs stripped down, with alternate instrumentation, unique orchestration and a surprise or two.” The album is set to drop on July 27th.

McIlrath told us a while back that despite Rise Against’s success, the band’s mission has not changed from its early years: ”The bands that I grew up listening to and watching, they would always take the stage with more in mind that just selling records and selling T-shirts. What we do today is just an extension of that. It’s really just giving back to the scene that gave so much to us, you know, and trying to carry on that torch to the next generation of punk rock so they can see and understand what this music is, and what our responsibilities and our obligations are.”

Rise Against has been touring in support of its eighth studio album, Wolves, which came out in June 2017. The set featured the Top 10 rock singles “The Violence” and “House On Fire.” The outfit will spend the month of June in Europe, before returning for a summer North American trek with AFI that kicks off in late July.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl acted as a judge at the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis this past weekend. Grohl met with a number of fans, even briefly jamming with some. He also played a bit with country singer Tim Montana.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins told us not long ago that Grohl remains approachable and down to earth despite his success: ”He’s definitely not a rock star in any way, shape or form, you know. He doesn’t have that…so much sense of entitlement with so many guys out there that I see. Just, like, playing festivals and stuff, you see some of these people and you’re like, ‘Dude, you’re just a f***ing musician.’ And most of the time people who act like that aren’t even good ones.”

Foo Fighters recently confirmed that they will headline the 2018 edition of Cal Jam, the once-dormant festival that Grohl and company revived in 2017 as a one-day event featuring the Foos, Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, the Kills and Liam Gallagher. This time out, the Foos will be joined by Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups and more, including Giants In The Trees, a group led by Grohl’s Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic. The festival will take place on October 5th and 6th at Glen Helen Regional Park and Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Foo Fighters opened their touring cycle in support of last year’s Concrete And Gold album at the 2017 Cal Jam, while this year’s event will serve as the band’s last Los Angeles-area show in support of the LP.

Blink-182 singer/bassist Mark Hoppus was asked in a new interview with Las Vegas magazine if former guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge would be invited to participate in the band’s upcoming Las Vegas residency. Hoppus replied, “We haven’t really talked about that at all. I mean, there’s no hard feeling or bad blood between us and Tom. He’s doing his thing and we support him entirely, but we haven’t talked about him coming out at all.”

Blink parted ways with DeLonge in early 2015 after he refused to commit to recording and touring plans with the group. DeLonge decided to spend more time pursuing his interests in the paranormal and conspiracy theories involving UFOs.

Meanwhile, the residency itself, dubbed “Kings Of The Weekend,” will take place at the Palms Casino Resort and last for 16 dates, starting on May 26th and continuing on select weekends through November 17th.

Hoppus revealed in the interview that the band is considering doing some recording when it’s in Vegas, saying, “The Palms has a great studio in the building, and since we’re going to be there so much we talked about spending time in Las Vegas after and before the shows, getting into the studio there and working out ideas or recording songs for the next record.”

The trio has kept a low profile since wrapping up its 2017 tour in support of 2016′s California, the band’s first album without DeLonge. With Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba joining on guitar and vocals, the album hit Number One on the Billboard 200 and the tour behind it was one of the bigger rock attractions of last year.

Guns N’ Roses has released a previously unseen music video for the song “It’s So Easy,” from the band’s 1987 debut album Appetite For Destruction, through Apple Music. Filmed live in 1989 at the infamous Cathouse in Los Angeles, “It’s So Easy” was never completely finished and remained in the vaults, unseen and unreleased. The footage was recently uncovered for inclusion in the upcoming box set reissue of Appetite and has been digitally restored in 4K UHD from 16mm film transfers. In addition, the original conceptual scenes were edited back in with the live footage, just as the band had originally intended.

The newly announced “Locked N’ Loaded” deluxe boxed set of Appetite For Destruction is due out June 29th. It also includes B-sides from the Appetite sessions, the 1986 Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide EP and three of the four songs from the band’s 1988 acoustic EP GN’R Lies.

The deluxe set will contain 73 songs — including 49 tracks that never before been released — spread out across four CDs and seven 12-inch 180-gram vinyl LPs. A super deluxe version will also include a 96-page book with unreleased photos from Axl’s personal archive, new lithographs and a plethora of memorabilia. Appetite For Destruction is one of the most successful albums in recording history, selling a reported 28 million copies worldwide since its original release.

Guns N’ Roses will return in June for a seven-week European jaunt and in November for an Asian tour, but the band’s plans beyond that remain unknown for now.

Stay tuned for more!

posted by: Lou Brutus

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday, May, 21 2018

Whoa man, what an incredible weekend at Rock on the Range! Lou Brutus has been beackstage all weekend, talking with the bands and showing off pictures of Darla the Wonderdog! Keep your eyes on the hardDriveRadio YouTube channel for lots of interviews with your favorite artists from this past weekend!

Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky, his children LilyToni and Christopher, plus his bandmates Matt CameronTom Morello and Alain Johannes returned to his grave at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday, May 18th for a vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of Cornell’s death. Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda and Johnny Ramone’s widow Linda were also in attendance, along with other friends and a number of fans.

Vicky Cornell announced the vigil via social media last week, stating, “All of us who loved Chris know how special he was and how much he gave to all of us. Your love for him, your sympathy and support for us has carried us through these 12 months. We welcome all to join us in remembrance.” Fans who could not make it were encouraged to share their memories of the vocalist via posts and videos.

Meanwhile, Matt Cameron paid tribute to his fallen bandmate on Instagram, writing, “Can’t believe it’s already been one year since I lost my musical soulmate and special friend Chris Cornell. Chris always led by example — his work ethic, his sense of humor, his love of animals, his love of the Cascades, his love of family. Bands are nearly impossible to get right, but Soundgarden felt incredibly fierce and so right for me on day one, mid February 1986.”

After describing his first audition for the band, which took place in Cornell’s living room, Cameron wrote, “I will forever praise him for the decades of encouragement he gave me and for the fierce friendship we forged. I love you buddy.”

During their set at Columbus, Ohio’s Rock On The Range festival on Friday night, Alice In Chains paid tribute to Chris Cornell by performing two Soundgarden songs, “Hunted Down” and “Boot Camp.”

Cornell was found dead in a Detroit hotel room on May 18th, 2017, shortly after completing a show with Soundgarden in the city. The cause of death was suicide by hanging. He was 52 years old.

Greta Van Fleet is reassuring fans that the group’s first full-length album will be out this year, with a late summer release in the works. Guitarist Jake Kiszka told Loudwire, “We’re in the mixing process, so it’s going to be quite soon. We’re wrapping it up, so we’re hoping to release that absolutely this year.”

Bassist Sam Kiszka added, “We had all these songs we wrote three to five years ago that we were just going to put on the album. It very quickly became all new material, so I’d say about three-quarters of the songs are songs we wrote in the studio. It just happened very quickly, we got everything done in two weeks.”

Greta Van Fleet played in Michigan clubs for six years before rocketing to the top of the rock radio charts last year with “Highway Tune.” The track is taken from the Black Smoke Rising EP. Their latest single is the title track. The band will wrap up a spring headlining tour this week with a three-night stand in Detroit on Tuesday (May 22nd), Wednesday (May 23rd) and Friday (May 25th).

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis will take a number of his fans through a sensory deprivation experiment employed to test ESP abilities, known as the Ganzfeld Experiment. Davis recently spoke about the experiment with Ticketmaster UK, saying, “That’s something that’s been going on for a long time, if you deprive yourself of visual and audible stimulus you’ll start to hallucinate. You cut a ping-pong ball in half and put these white globes over your eyes, and you listen to white noise, after twenty minutes you start to hallucinate. Every experience is different, but the brain can’t handle not hearing or seeing anything.”

Davis added, “I’m doing these pop-up things where I grab a couple of kids and pull them through the experience. It’s just the whole thing, it’s meant to be entertaining and not to be taken overly seriously. But it’s a really dope concept. I wanted something different, and to be more immersive. I think I’ve pretty much pulled that off now.”

To get a chance to participate with Davis you’ll have to submit proof that you pre-ordered his new solo album, Black Labyrinth, which arrives this Friday, May 25th. Send your proof to blacklabyrinth@sumerianrecords.com. Winners will be chosen at random and notified this Wednesday, May 23rd at noon PT. The first Davis-led experiment will take place in Seal Beach, California on Friday, when the new LP is released.

Davis heads to Europe next month in support of his new disc. Korn will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its classic third album, Follow The Leader, with three shows this fall in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

All four members of Halestorm will participate in what’s described as “an intimate evening of music and conversation” on May 31st at Sony Hall in New York City, starting at 7:00 p.m. ET. The band members will discuss their current tour, new projects, stories from the road, and much more. The event will include a long-form interview, an opportunity for audience questions and a short exclusive performance.

Tickets can be purchased at SonyHall.com. Fans who are unable to attend the event in person can see it streamed live at youtube.com/guitarworld. Halestorm is putting the finishing touches on its fourth studio LP and singer Lzzy Hale told us that the record shows personal growth for the members of the band: ”It’s very rock. Against the other stuff, it’s just, it’s definitely a step forward for us, which I guess we’ve always really done naturally. But time moves a lot faster for us because we’re on tour and the three years is like one year, you know, and then you realize you’re a completely different person on the other side of a record cycle.”

Hale told Boston radio station WAAF that the upcoming album will be “the most Halestorm record that you’re gonna hear from us as of yet.” A first single is expected from the album soon. The new disc follows up 2015′s Into The Wild Life.

The Apocalypse Blues Revue, a band featuring Godsmack guitarist Tony Rombola and drummer Shannon Larkin, will release its new album The Shape Of Blues To Come on July 20th. Larkin said about the LP, which follows up 2016′s self-titled debut, “We’re very excited about this second record. I’ve never seen four wills join so strongly with one intent as I have in this band. That’s something special.”

The other members of the group are frontman Ray “Rafer John” Cerbone and bassist Brian Carpenter. Larkin first heard Rombola play the blues in 2010, saying a while back, “I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even know he was into blues or could play the way he does. My reaction was immediate. We had to officially start a blues band.”

Larkin told us not long ago that he’s never held another job aside from playing music: ”I started playing nightclubs when I was 13 years old, and I’m one of those lucky musicians that have never worked a day job. I’ve always been a musician and always been able to pay my rent through playing music. So I’m a one-percenter.”

Godsmack singer Sully Erna has also worked on side projects, releasing two solo albums in 2010 and 2016. The new Godsmack album, When Legends Rise, arrived on April 27th and entered at Number Eight on the Billboard 200 album chart. This marked Godsmack’s seventh Top 10 debut on the Billboard survey. Godsmack is performing at several music festivals this spring and summer, before launching a tour with Shinedown on July 22nd in Clarkston, Michigan.

Ok! Recovery day, the we get back to it tonight on hardDrive XL! have a great Monday everyone!

posted by: Lou Brutus

weekEnd May 19-20

Monday, May, 21 2018



“The One You Know”
“Them Bones”
RED SUN RISING “Deathwish”
MUSE “Thought Contagion”
GHOST “Rats”
STONE SOUR “St. Marie”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Straight Jacket”


FOZZY “Painless”
PEARL JAM “Can’t Deny Me”
GUEST: GODSMACK “Bulletproof”
THE FEVER 333 “Walking In My Shoes”
What’s In Lou’s Mp3 Player?
10 YEARS “Burnout”

posted by: Lou Brutus

Week of May 14-18

Monday, May, 21 2018


GODSMACK “Bulletproof”
PEARL JAM “Can’t Deny Me”
RED SUN RISING “Deathwish”

FOZZY “Painless”
GHOST “Rats”
MUSE “Thought Contagion”
ROYAL BLOOD “Hole In Your Heart”
THE FEVER 333 “Walking In My Shoes”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Straight Jacket”

DOROTHY “Flawless”
ESCAPE THE FATE “Broken Heart” - ADD
MESSER “Make This Life”
SHAMANS HARVEST “The Devil In Our Wake”
STONE SOUR “Saint Marie” - ADD
TRIVIUM “Endless Night”
TREMONTI “Take You With Me

posted by: Lou Brutus

Monday, May 28

Monday, May, 21 2018

Another week of the best and loudest rock music on your radio is on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus! Joining Lou on the air every night as featured artist is Ghost! Tonight’s special guest is Fozzy! Take a listen to the absurd, the hilarious, and the downright strange with Poetry CornerRant of the Day and Weird World News

posted by: Lou Brutus