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Friday, Jan 29

Friday, Jan, 29 2016

Yet another rock legend is gone. Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship has soared upward from this mortal coil.  He was the guitarist for the pioneering pyschedelic rock band out of San Francisco.    Their music meant a lot to me in my early years and the Airplane’s After Bathing At Baxter’s remains one of my favorites.  Rest in peace, Paul.   At least he can be hanging out with some pretty awesome people, including his longtime manager who left before him.

The Pulse of Radio reporting today Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and the Black Keys have been added as guests at the 2016 induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which will take place in New York City on Apr 8th. There is no word yet on what either Ulrich or the Keys will be doing at the event, but Ulrich is expected to induct Deep Purple into the Hall during the ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  It is not clear whether the Black Keys will be presenting, performing or both, but at the very least it seems likely that the duo will perform in some capacity.

In addition to Deep Purple, other long-overdue rock artists headed into the Hall this time around include Cheap TrickChicago and Steve Miller, along with rap pioneers N.W.A.   Like previous years,  HBO will film the ceremony and play it back in an abbreviated form in May.

 I love this guy!  Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor said in a new interview it would be “super greedy” of him to launch a solo career — at least for now. Speaking with Rock Sveridge, Taylor explained, “I’ve been getting questions about solo stuff forever. But it’s a good problem to have. But, at the same time, I’m in two fantastic bands. Why would I ever?”    He added, “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.

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.”
Corey also said how N.W.A was one of his favorites as well.  Somehow, I can see him up there in the cap and baggies.

I think it’s find of funny all the people who want to say they helped to put Guns N’ Roses (Axl, Slash and Duff, at least)  back together.  But I say the person most responsible was Duff McKagan.  He remained a good friend to everyone in the band, and Axl invited him to join his newer version in South America a few years back.  THAT is where I believe all of this started.  Just the pure emotion and joy of those two being back on stage together performing the music they made together.  And with Slash never HATING on anyone, but perturbed about the situation, it was like, “take a feather-this could happen.”   And it did.  And we should ALL take credit for the reunion because not one single of those guys has been able to avoid the constant questions from friends, fans and radio folks, “When are Axl and Slash going to bury the hatchet?”  So let’s ALL take the credit and enjoy it, even if we can’t afford to buy a ticket!

Foo Fighter Dave Grohl will appear at the 2016 MusiCares fund raiser on Feb 13th in LA. This year, the event honors Lionel Ritchie.  Dave will be among a huge list of celebs and musicians including  Florence WelchEllie Goulding, Rhianna, Steve Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, The Roots and Pharrell Williams.  MusiCares raises money for industry folk who need assistance in times of financial, medical or personal crisises.   This is their 26th annual event.


Hellyeah has launched a Pledgemusic.com campaign for their new album, which is yet to be titled. You can pre-order the album now along with a number of perks also being offered. Guitarist Tom Maxwell said about the follow-up to 2014′s Blood For Blood, “It’s taken a lot of different turns. We’re doing some new things and we’re thinking outside the box.” The album will be out later this year, although it will be preceded by a new live DVD. (The PRP)

 Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck revealed that the band is working on material for a free five-track EP to be released this year. Tuck told Kerrang!, “We would just really like to have something to keep everybody going between albums. The way music has changed and the way people listen to it is king, and you have to adapt and have something to keep people going.” The EP would follow up the band’s 2015 album Venom. (Metal Hammer)    I will be getting Mr Tuck on the hotLine next week to check in on this and their upcoming tour with Asking Alexandria.

Well, it’s getting close!  We will soon be able to announce the 2016 hardDrive Live Tour!  Hard to believe this is our 9th year of doing these tours.  Very proud of our team!  Can’t wait to fill you all in!

Also, we’ve just posted a new hardDrive DL podcast!  This time, it’s my conversation with Richard Patrick of Filter!  Check it out on iTunes.

Celebrating life this weekend:    today Handsome Dick Manitoba from the Dictators is 62! Good Gawd, I met him when he was 21!   And on Sunday, Happy 60th to Johnny Lydon of the Sex Pistols.

posted by: Lou Brutus


Thursday, Jan, 28 2016

02:  Albany, NY @  The Sawyer Theater at The Egg
03:  Millville, NJ @ Levoy Theater
04:  New York, NY @  City Winery
09:  Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
10   Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
11-12:  Londonderry, NH: Tupelo Music Hall
17:  Lima, Peru
19:  Santiago, Chile: Lollapalooza
30: Jacksonville, FL @  Welcome To Rockville, Metropolitan Park
06:  Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion, Charlotte Motor Speedway

posted by: Lou Brutus


Thursday, Jan, 28 2016

26:  Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
27:  Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
29:  Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
30:  Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock
01:  Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
03:  New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
05:  Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
07:  Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
08:  Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
13:  Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
15:  Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
17:  Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
18:   Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bar
20:  Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
21:  Reading, PA @ Reverb
22:  Albany, NY @ Rock Derby
24:  Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
25:  Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
27:   Shreveport, LA @ Riverside Warehouse
28:  Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

posted by: Lou Brutus

Thursday, Jan 28

Thursday, Jan, 28 2016

What a great day we had yesterday with not only Richard Patrick from Filter stopping by the hardDriveRadio studios, but also attending  his label’s listening party for the new Crazy Eyes album.  Hosted by Matt Pinfield, I actually got a wonderful shout out from Richard from the stage!  We’ve been buds since 1995! Hard to believe, but it is true! I’ve been there for the ups and the downs and right now, it’s a HUGE UP!  He’s been through some rough times with the passing of his dad (on Dec 8th of all days!)  and major back surgery, and as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “that which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  And man, has it ever. The forthcoming Crazy Eyes album, Richard’s 7th studio album, is one of his best works since Short Bus.  If you loved the early Filter stuff, this will blow you away!  Be looking for the video interview with Richard in a few weeks on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel!

BTW: at the Filter party, I was talking to the A&R rep for Wind Up Records and he told me both Young Guns and Crobot will be making their new albums here in the NYC area!  Very exciting!  Machine will once again do Crobot, while David Bendeth will twirl the knobs again for Young Guns!  I have a feeling I will be seeing these fellows out and about in the Big Apple!

Look for Filter tour dates on the “Make America Hate Again” Tour with Orgy, Vampires Everywhere and Death Valley High  in Road Rage.

Then it was off to the Muse concert at Barclays Ctr in Brooklyn.  Now let me start by saying I’ve been to a TON of concerts in my long life, but NEVER have I seen such an amazing, unique, creative display in production as I had last night (ok, maybe Pink Floyd.)  I mean, 3-D projected graphics, lights blazing, a turntable stage (ok, we’ve seen that before) and NO PYRO! (Thank you. I am losing my hearing already, don’t need anymore of that! LOL) And my ears are NOT buzzing today from the show being TOO loud!  (You know that feeling with the bass is so booming, it’s like you are being hit by a soft mallet in the chest? I hate that!)   Anyhow, the above shot from my iPhone 5 does not do the show the justice it deserves, but suffice to say, it was outstanding and no one sat down for the entire show!  I must say, I haven’t been a huge Muse fan in the past and only saw them one other time in a club, but it sure has opened my eyes to how strong they are live and how much they freakin’ ROCK!   When they leave the U.S., they have a 6 night arena stand in Paris!  Amazing!

Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio reporting Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has apparently taken his interest in drones to a new level: according to NME, Bellamy has invested in a new drone racing league. Its CEO, Nick Horbaczewski said that his company plans to turn drone racing into the latest sports entertainment phenomenon. The league hopes to ape the success of franchises like Formula One and NASCAR, using drones, and has recruited Bellamy among their first investors.   Muse named its 2015 album Drones and is currently on a world tour in which drones are part of the stage production.

Drones is Muse’s first concept album and drummer Dominic Howard told us the idea came up early on: “The ‘drones’ concept came in very early. Matt brought it into the rehearsal room when we first started kind of getting the tracks together and, you know, it’s something he had been reading about. You know, we discussed a lot about what we were trying to achieve, I suppose, with this album. I think we just had a bit more of a clearer idea of what we wanted to do. I mean, it wasn’t just, ‘Yeah, let’s get some songs together and just go and see what happens.’ I mean, we wanted it to sound a certain way.”

According to Horbaczewski, Bellamy is among a string of investors who have pumped a collective $8 million into the Drone Racing League (DRL) so far.  The current North American leg of Muse’s world tour in support of Drones stops in Newark, NJ on Friday (Jan 29th) and closes out on Monday (Feb 1st) in Washington D.C. The band will be touring Europe from the end of February through early June.

 It’s official: the name of Deftones‘ eighth studio release is Gore and the disc will be out on Apr 8th. The band confirmed the much-rumored name of the record yesterday (Jan 27th) with a 30-second teaser clip — which has since been blocked — that featured a snippet of new music before the title of the CD appeared onscreen.

Gore had been rumored as a title for some time and frontman Chino Moreno recently had some fun with the rumors by posting photos of Depeche Mode‘s Martin L. Gore and A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger character online with the title “Prayers/Triangles,” presumably the first single.

Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter once told us if it were up to him, the band wouldn’t even bother with album titles:  “I’ll be the guy that’s constantly saying, ‘What do we need a f***ing title for?’ I just don’t, I’m over, you know, naming records and all this and that. You know what I’ve wanted to do with our records? I think it would be cool. I want to put a CD out, it would look and appear to you as a blank CD. Take all the imagery away from the front so you’re purely selling the music.”

The new disc features a guest appearance from Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. (The track is killer!)   Chino Moreno recently told Kerrang! about the new set, “The heavier stuff is a little faster, and the more quaint stuff is a little more lush. It’s extreme in both directions. It’s not happy-sounding. We’ve been enjoying our lives and it’s not coming from a place of anger, or depression, or anything like that. But there’s darker content on it.”   Deftones will tour Texas in March and has some festival dates on tap for May.  I look forward to seeing Chino at our RadioContraband Convention in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks!

Well, it appears the picture of who will be playing in the lineup for the Guns N’ Roses reunion may have just gotten a little clearer. Blabbermouth reports guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboard player Dizzy Reed, both members of more recent iterations of the group, have quit their side project The Dead Daisies. A statement issued by the Daisies said that both musicians left the band in order to participate in “a momentous project in 2016.”

Reed is the longest-serving member of the Guns lineup after singer Axl Rose. He joined the band as a touring member in 1990, during theUse Your Illusion era, and has played with most of the original members.

We asked Reed how he’s managed to stay in the band for so long:  “I get asked that a lot and it’s really just, I just never really thought about doing anything else, you know, on sort of a permanent basis. You know, I kind of feel like I’m in Guns N’ Roses and that’s where I was meant to be.”

Fortus has been a member of the Guns N’ Roses lineup since 2001 and appeared on some portions of the band’s 2008 album Chinese Democracy.

Guns N’ Roses has announced four headlining performances in April, two in Las Vegas and two at California’s Coachella Festival, with original members Axl Rose,  Slash  and Duff McKagan the only members confirmed so far.  The rest of the lineup for the shows — and a potential tour later in the year — remains unclear, although Reed, Fortus, keyboardist Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer are all believed to be involved.  The status of original members Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler remains unknown, although it appears that Use Your Illusion-era drummer Matt Sorum is not involved.

In Dirt “Briefs”:

Hellyeah has shared a snippet from their forthcoming DVD filmed in Australia.  Watch it here.  The band is also working on their new album and have joined forces with PledgeMusic.  Check that out here!  HELL YEAH!

Candlebox are back with a new album and line up. Disappearing In Airports drops Apr 22. For Disappearing in Airports, the band worked with producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, Everclear, Rivers of Nihl) with frontman Kevin Martin, Dave Krusen on drums, Adam Kury on bass and the addition of guitarists Mike Leslie and Brian Quinn, the recommitment to creating music that is ‘pissed and urgent’ as well as bringing a new energy to the live show is at this records’ core.

Candlebox will be embarking on a string of acoustic dates in through Feb with a world tour kicking off in April, including performances at festivals including Lollapalooza Chile, Welcome to Rockville and Carolina Rebellion. Tour dates in Road Rage.

And finally today, check out THIS line up!  SEVENDUST, TRIVIUM and LIKE A STORM!   Woof!   I will be stomping my feet, waving my arms and shouting out loud at that one!  See Road Rage!

posted by: Lou Brutus


Thursday, Jan, 28 2016


13:  San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
15:  Portland, OR @ Dante’s
16:  Vancouver, BC @ Venue
17:  Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
20:  Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
21:  Arlington Heights, IL @ Home Bar
22:  Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
23:  Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
24:  Toronto, ON @ Opera House
26:  Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
27:  Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
28:  Amityville, NY @ Revolution Music Hall
29:  Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s
30:  Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
01:  Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
03:  New York, NY @ The Gramercy
04:  Washington, DC @ Howard Theater
05:  Knoxville, TN @ The International
06:  Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
07:  Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
08:  Nashville, TN @ Exit In
10:  Houston, TX @ HOB
11:  San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater
12:  Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
13:  Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
14:  Omaha, NE @ Bourbon Theater
15:  Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
17:  Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
18:  Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
19:  San Diego, CA @ HOB
20:  Pomona, CA @ Glass House
21:  LA, CA @ The Roxy

posted by: Lou Brutus