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Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

Wednesday, Dec, 13 2017

 It’s getting to be that time of the year!  Billboard has listed the top hard rock and top rock albums of the year and here are the winners!

Metallica‘s 10th studio album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, has topped  Billboard  magazine’s year-end Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. The disc, which came out in November 2016, sold 1.1 million copies in the 2017 chart year, the only rock album to top 800,000 units. Metallica also ranked second on the Mainstream Rock Artists survey for 2017. Five songs from the LP made the list in the chart year, with “Atlas, Rise!” topping it for two weeks in February.

Frontman James Hetfield told us a while back the band wanted to record an album that had something for all Metallica fans on it: “Making any record, you’re trying to get a broad paintstroke of everything that the band is capable of and loves to do. So between the ballady stuff, the extremely fast and extreme stuff, and super-heavy…there’s a bit of everything on this record.”

The Top Rock Artist of 2017 was Imagine Dragons, (who?) with the band earning the title for the second time since 2013. The Las Vegas act was also Number One on the Hot Rock Songs Artists, Rock Streaming Songs Artists, Rock Airplay Artists, Rock Digital Song Sales Artists, Alternative Albums Artists and Alternative Songs Artists rankings.   Its third album, Evolve, topped the Alternative Albums chart and placed at Number Two on Top Rock Albums, while lead single “Believer” lorded over Hot Rock Songs, Rock Streaming Songs, Rock Airplay, Rock Digital Song Sales, Alternative Songs and Alternative Digital Song Sales.

Portugal. The Man also saw significant chart action thanks to the 15-year-old band’s breakthrough single, “Feel It Still.” The track was Number One on the Adult Alternative Songs chart, Number Two for the year on Rock Airplay and Number Three on the year-end Hot Rock Songs and Alternative Songs surveys.

Also making notable appearances on Billboard‘s year-end tallies were The Revivalists, who were named Top New Rock Artist of 2017, and Linkin Park, who were Number Three on the Top Rock Artist chart and Number Seven on the Top Rock Albums list with One More Light.

Linkin Park also surged on the Hot Rock Songs chart thanks to a sharp uptick in the sales, streaming and airplay for nearly two dozen of their songs following the July suicide of singer Chester Bennington.

Billboard‘s year-end music recaps are based on chart performance between the December 3rd, 2016 and November 25th, 2017-dated charts.

Top Hard Rock Albums Artists Of 2017:

1. Metallica
2. Linkin Park
3. Foo Fighters
4. Queen
5. Guns N’ Roses
6. Nickelback
7. Disturbed
8. Five Finger Death Punch
9. Led Zeppelin
10. Journey

Top Rock Albums Of 2017:

1. Metallica - Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
2. Imagine Dragons - Evolve
3. Twenty One Pilots - Blurryface
4. Soundtrack - Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
5. Soundtrack - Suicide Squad: The Album
6. Panic! At The Disco - Death Of A Bachelor
7. Linkin Park - One More Light
8. The Lumineers - Cleopatra
9. The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome
10. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits

(Thanks Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio)

Blabbermouth & The Pulse Of Radio also reporting Stone Sour and Slipknot  frontman Corey Taylor will release a full solo performance online at   TheCoreyTaylor.com on Dec 18th. The solo acoustic set took place at Koko in London, England and featured songs from Taylor’s entire catalog, as well as covers of tunes from The CureVan Morrison, the Grateful DeadCreedence Clearwater RevivalKissR.E.M. and others.

Although he’s resisted recording a solo album for years, Taylor told us a while back what he thought a solo album from him might sound like: “For me, the stuff that I write is, it would be like a cross between the Foos, Social D. and the Replacements, you know. I mean, real Midwestern rock. Real, just open chords, good time rock, you know. And damn the critics, basically. That’s the stuff I write and that’s the stuff I’ve always tried to write.”

Taylor said in a 2016 interview with RockSverige it would be “super greedy” of him to launch a solo career, explaining, “I’m in two fantastic bands. Why would I ever? Unless I wanted to get super greedy, why would I try to split off and do something else. I’m very fulfilled by the music that I get to make with both bands. Is there a solo album in me? Yes. But it’s not gonna be for a few more years.

In other news, Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan hinted on the Jamey Jasta Podcast that the next Slipknot album could be his last. Crahan said, “I just spent four months thinking about my life and where I’m at now because I’m at a real honest place of admitting of what I don’t want to be . . . I feel like this could be it for me. We’re all getting older.

Crahan and other members of Slipknot are writing music for their sixth studio LP now, although it’s unclear when they’ll record and release it.

Aw man!   Tom Morello got to do what most of us WISH we could do! He got to hear the instrumental music recorded so far for the next Tool album!  Sigh…..I love that Tom is a fan too!   He is the best!

Morello wrote on Monday (December 11th) at his Instagram page, “Had the honor of being the first outsider to hear new #TOOL music today!! Still just instrumentals but sounded epic, majestic, symphonic, brutal, beautiful, tribal, mysterious, deep, sexy and VERY Tool. Really great. So excited to hear the record when it’s finished.”

Morello and the members of Tool have history together: he and Tool guitarist Adam Jones played together in band called Electric Sheep while they were in high school. And they remained close as they both moved to Los Angeles, and through Tom, met Maynard Keenan, who Tom asked if he wanted to be in the band that would eventually become Rage Against The Machine. (MJK said no.)

But that’s not where it ended.   Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan later sang on the Rage Against The Machine track “Know Your Enemy” from the band’s 1992 self-titled debut.

Speaking of Keenan, he gave a one-word response on Twitter — “Burp” — to the news that Tool drummer Danny Carey said the band’s new LP would “definitely” arrive in 2018 when asked by a fan if the news was true.

Carey revealed to Loudwire last week, “Yes. I’m saying definitely. We’ll probably have it done in the first half (of the year) if things go as planned. There’s setup times and manufacturing — I can never predict all that, it seems like it’s constantly evolving. (What time of year it will be out), I can’t tell you.

Tool has not released new music since 2006, although the band has reportedly been working on a new disc for at least the past year.

MONSTER MAGNET To Release 'Mindf**ker' Album In March

Ya know, this band has always had a special place in my heart.  To most, they’re a one-hit wonder, I guess.  But they’ve not stopped since they formed in 1989 in Red Bank, NJ.  Blabbermouth reporting Monster Magnet will release its 11th album,  Mindf*#ker,   on Mar 23, 2018 via Napalm. According to a press release, the disc “is different, a step forward and a step back at the same time to the almighty roots of hard rock music, kindled by the unpretentious proto-punk era. Up-tempo, savage in both sound and spirit, ‘Mindf*#ker’ is the real deal! The album has the potential to surprise and to whip up the love for the genre, while still giving the sludgies and stoner freaks exactly what they wish for in a new Monster Magnet album.”

Commented Monster Magnet leader Dave Wyndorf: “Mindf*#ker’ is a fuzzed out, headbangin’ celebration of hard rock and 21st Century paranoia. Ten fuel-injected, nitro-burning tracks of fiery rock ‘n’ roll and garage psych madness, all done Monster Magnet style. It’s also an album that gets right to the point: the world is out of its f-ing mind and I’m livin’ it…. for better or worse. It’s simple, really. In these crazy times, I’ve been wanting to just drive my car at 100 miles per hour and howl, you know what I mean? So I wrote songs I can do that with. And with lyrics that don’t deny the times we’re living in. Feels good, feels right. Rock is alive, baby!

Now go listen to “Space Lord” and have a nice day!

posted by: Lou Brutus

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017

Tuesday, Dec, 12 2017

posted by: Lou Brutus

weekEnd Dec 09-10, 2017

Monday, Dec, 11 2017


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  I PREVAIL
“Lifelines”  and “Alone”
Plugged In:  TOOTHGRINDER “Let It Ride”
BUSH “This Is War”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
Guest: POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
STARSET “Satellite”
10 YEARS “Novacaine”

Hour 2

SKILLET “The Resistance”
Guest:  NOTHING MORE “Go To War”
PAPA ROACH “Born For Greatness”
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
Guest:  ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When You Love Me”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red, Violent Blue”
Guest:  METALLICA “Spit Out The Bone”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  OF MICE & MEN “Defy”

posted by: Lou Brutus

Week of Dec 11-15, 2017

Monday, Dec, 11 2017

10 YEARS “Novacaine”
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
SKILLET “The Resistance”

METALLICA “Spit Out The Bone”
PAPA ROACH “Born For Greatness”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”

ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
BUSH “This Is War”
I PREVAIL “Lifelines”
RED “Still Alive”
RISE AGAINST “House On Fire”
STONE HORSES “Reckless Ways”
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”


posted by: Lou Brutus

Monday, Dec 11, 2017

Monday, Dec, 11 2017

Josh Homme at KROQ show (photo: Chelsea Lauren)W

Whoa!   I just read this in RAMP.  Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was trending over the weekend, and not in that good way — Homme was captured on video kicking a female photographer’s camera into her face on Saturday night during the first night of Los Angeles Alt rock station KROQ‘s Almost Acoustic Christmas show. According to an extensive piece in Variety, Chelsea Lauren, a photographer for Shutterstock says the incident was unprovoked and Homme was even smiling before he struck her. In the video, Homme can be seen walking past Lauren, and then backtracking a step to kick away her camera. This photo was taken by Lauren seconds before the incident.

“I saw him coming over and I was shooting away,” Lauren recounted. “The next thing I know his foot connects with my camera and my camera connects with my face, really hard. He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full-blown kicked me in the face.” Word of the incident spread quickly — back in the press room, Variety says a rep for KROQ received a text from an audience member, asking, “Did the guitarist for Queens Of The Stone Age kick a photographer in the face?”

Photo credit: RexFeatures-Shutterstock

And then things got weirder — minutes after the incident, Lauren said Homme took out what appeared to be a knife and deliberately cut his own forehead, dripping blood for the rest of the performance. The Variety piece said, “It’s unknown if the 44-year-old Homme was under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Saturday. At one point, he called the audience ‘retards’ before insulting the night’s headlining act, Muse. ‘F — Muse!’ he exclaimed. Homme also encouraged the crowd to boo him, and told everyone to take their pants off, saying, ‘I want to give you all a night you’ll never remember.’” Lauren was later treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Yesterday, Homme released a statement that read, “Last night, while in a state of being lost in performance, I kicked over various lighting and equipment on our stage. Today it was brought to my attention that this included a camera held by photographer Chelsea Lauren. I did not mean for that to happen and I am very sorry. I would never intentionally cause harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows and I hope Chelsea will accept my sincere apology.” Lauren said she was planning to file a police report.

In a follow up piece, Variety did report Homme, weathering a firestorm of criticism for kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren in the face while she shot his band’s performance at the KROQ Acoustic Christmas concert on Dec 9, has posted an emotional video on Instagram apologizing for his actions.

“I would just like to apologize to Chelsea Lauren,” he says in the first of a two-part clip posted on Dec. 10. “I don’t have any excuse or reason to justify what I did. I was a total d— and I’m truly sorry. I hope you’re OK.”

The 44-year-old also apologized to his bandmates, family, wife and kids, adding, “I made a lot of mistakes in my life and last night was definitely one of them. … “I wanna be a good man, but I think last night I definitely failed at that. … I’m gonna have to figure out some stuff, I think.


Just got this press release on this festival! Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle and Alice In Chains lead the incredible lineup for the fourth annual Northern Invasion, Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 at Somerset Amphitheater  in Somerset, WI, just outside the Twin Cities.

Northern Invasion 2018 will be bigger and better than ever with over 12 hours of music per day from the biggest and best rock bands on three stages, as well as a top tier camping experience. The Northern Invasion Good Eats area includes food offerings from top regional and national restaurants and vendors.

 The music lineup for Northern Invasion 2018 is as follows (subject to change): Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, A Perfect Circle, Alice In Chains, Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, The Used, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, I Prevail, Parkway Drive, Black Stone Cherry, Red Sun Rising, Andrew W.K., Atreyu, Anti-Flag, 10 Years, We Came As Romans, The Bronx, Dance Gavin Dance, Butcher Babies, Hawthorne Heights, New Years Day, Senses Fail, Stick To Your Guns, Miss May I, Like A Storm, The Fever 333, I See Stars, Wilson, Mutoid Man, Cane Hill, Black Foxxes, Counterfeit., The Blue Stones, Joyous Wolf, Spirit Animal, Stitched Up Heart, and Big Story.

Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle said, “Looking forward to playing material from the new A Perfect Circle release at Northern Invasion. Bringing new songs to life in a live setting is always exciting.”

Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots commented, “Stone Temple Pilots are beyond thrilled to be playing Northern Invasion 2018. We are back! It’s going to be a killer weekend of great music–great fun.

“We spent a lot of time listening to our loyal Invasion fan base over these last several months to create a lineup that celebrates some of the rock legends along with delivering on our reputation for inviting the hottest up-and-comers in the genre,” said Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Northern Invasion. “Having heroes like Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots matched with new sensations like Parkway Drive, Black Veil Brides, and Red Sun Rising, I think the fans will respond well. It’s going to be an unforgettable weekend!”

Northern Invasion General Admission and VIP tickets (including layaway options), as well as Hotel Packages and All-Inclusive Camping options, and Tent or RV Camping add-ons are on sale now at http://northerninvasion.com/tickets.html. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save. New for Northern Invasion 2018: Each ticket price level has a limited number of tickets available, so attendees can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once a price allotment sells out. The layaway purchase option also allows fans to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments.   

Current ticket pricing levels are as follows while supplies last:

Weekend VIP: $199.50 plus fees
Weekend General Admission: $99.50 plus fees
Monster Energy Weekend General Admission 4-Pack: $319.00 plus fees

Specially priced tickets for Northern Invasion will be available for active military through partner GovX (www.govx.com) while supplies last.

The Northern Invasion campgrounds will be open from Friday, May 11 through Monday, May 14. Festival doors open at 11:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday.

In a related story, The Pulse Of Radio says Tool drummer Danny Carey has confirmed that the band will “definitely” release a new album in 2018. Discussing tour plans for his side project Legend Of The Seagullmen with Loudwire, Carey said, “At this point, it’s tough (to decide when Legend of the Seagullmen will tour) because we’re getting close to going in the studio with Tool, so we kind of have to work around each other’s schedule.

When asked if that meant fans can expect a new Tool album in 2018, Carey revealed, “Yes. I’m saying definitely. We’ll probably have it done in the first half (of the year) if things go as planned. There’s setup times and manufacturing — I can never predict all that, it seems like it’s constantly evolving. (What time of year it will be out), I can’t tell you.”

Tool’s last album, 10,000 Days, came out in May 2006, more than 11 years ago. The instrumental members of the band have been working steadily on music for the past year, according to reports, with singer Maynard James Keenan rumored to be getting more involved in recent months.

Meanwhile, Legend Of The Seagullmen, which also features Mastodon‘s Brent Hinds, will issue their self-titled debut album on Feb 9th. The first single is out now and called “Shipswreck.”

My friends Alice In Chains have announced a new tour for 2018.  See Road Rage for all the details and you can find ticket info here.

The band has been working on their new album with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who also produced their last two albums, Black Gives Way To Blue and The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.  A spring release is expected.

Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio reporting Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy has released the official video for the title track of his debut solo album, Year Of The Tiger. The clip is based on a concept created from a discussion between Kennedy and his manager and follows a reflective Kennedy as he travels through the memory of the loss of his father in 1974 a.k.a. the year of the tiger.

Year Of The Tiger
 will be released on Mar 9th, 2018 via Napalm Records. The 12-song concept record, which was inspired by the death of Kennedy’s father when he was a child, taps into influences such as the blues and folk music.

Kennedy, who also fronts Slash‘s solo touring band, played lap steel, mandolin, banjo and bass in addition to the guitar on the record.  He is joined on drums by a member of Myles’ first band, The Mayfield Four.

Year Of The Tiger is actually the second solo album Kennedy recorded, with the singer starting a previous effort in 2009 and completing it over a period of several years, only to decide in 2016 not to release it.

Meanwhile, Kennedy’s bandmate in Alter Bridge, guitarist Mark Tremonti, is gearing up to release a new LP from his self-named solo act in 2018. The band just issued a new trailer and a site where fans can get involved in opportunities surrounding the album’s rollout. The new disc will be the band’s fourth and follow up 2016′s double release, Dust.

On Friday, Avenged Sevenfold released a video of the band performing the song “Roman Sky” acoustically. The track is taken from the group’s new Live At The Grammy Museum album, which arrived digitally on Friday (Dec 8th). The LP was recorded on Oct 19th at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. A portion of the proceeds from the release will benefit the education initiatives of the Grammy Museum, which seek to inspire youth via the enduring qualities and cultural significance of music. (Loudwire)

Surviving Nirvana members Dave GrohlKrist Novoselic and Pat Smear reunited for a one-song performance during the Foo Fighters show at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, OR on my birthday, Dec 5th. The song they played was “Big Me,” which Grohl said he recorded an early version of with help from Novoselic and Smear before including a version on the Foo’ 1995 self-titled debut. The three last regrouped for Nirvana’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014. (HenneMusic)

Stone Sour has released a 360-degree performance video of the song “Taipei Person/Allah Tea,” filmed live last June 29th at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. “Taipei Person/Allah Tea” is taken from the band’s latest album, Hydrograd, which was released on Jun 30th. Stone Sour recently announced a new North American tour for 2018 that begins in late Jan and will feature shows with both Halestorm and Red Sun Rising. (Blabbermouth)

Celebrating life today:  Zacky Vengeance is 36, while Nikki Sixx is 59.

posted by: Lou Brutus