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Thursday, Mar 31

Thursday, Mar, 31 2016

Busy day around the hardDriveRadio studios!   Visits from Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell and Rob Caggiano of Volbeat!  WOOHOO!  New Volbeat music & tour coming in less than 2 weeks and I’ve been invited to see them perform out in LA!  Meanwhile, Perry is in town to perform at the Music of David Bowie event at Carnegie Hall tonight.  It’s an all-star event with over 40 stars performing the music of the Thin White Duke tonight and tomorrow evening.  All proceeds are going to music education charities.  Good stuff!

Oh man!  I am sorry to hear this!  Five Finger Death Punch has been forced to cancel its Australian tour as openers for Black Sabbath after singer Ivan Moody was hospitalized last week in Denver. A statement issued by the promoter read, “Last Thursday, Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody was hospitalized in his hometown of Denver. He is expected to make a full recovery but it is with deep regret that Five Finger Death Punch will be forced to cancel their appearances in Australia, both with Black Sabbath and as headliners in Sydney and in Melbourne.”

The statement added, “Ivan and Five Finger Death Punch express their sincere apologies to both their fans and to the fans of Black Sabbath.”   Five Finger Death Punch was also supposed to headline two shows on its own in Sydney and Melbourne as part of next month’s trip.

Five Finger Death Punch itself has not issued any comment on Moody’s condition, or even acknowledging that he was hospitalized, and the reason for his hospitalization remained unknown at press time. It is also not known whether he is still in the hospital.

Five Finger Death Punch is next scheduled to team up with Shinedown for a series of co-headlining shows this May.

Hey, if you haven’t seen Muse yet, check this live performance of “Reapers” filmed in Cologne, Germany.  Matt Bellamy shreds!   Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio reports Muse has announced it will play a friendly soccer game against Irish club Cabinteely on Apr 4th, at the team’s home stadium of Stradbrook in Dublin. The band is scheduled to play a show the next day (April 5th) at Dublin’s 3Arena as part of their Drones world tour. Frontman/guitarist Matt Bellamy, drummer Dominic Howard and bassist Chris Wolstenholme will all take the field for the game, along with their crew and Wolstenholme’s 16-year-old son Alfie, a former member of the Cabinteely club.

Admission to the game will be free but the club will be collecting donations that night for a charity, details of which will be announced shortly.  Cabinteely is currently third in the League of Ireland’s First Division.

Muse has also been announced as one of the headlining acts for the 2016 edition of England’s massive, prestigious Glastonbury Festival, scheduled for June 22nd through the 26th.  Other acts on the bill include ColdplayFoalsBeckAdeleDisclosure, M83,  PJ HarveyZZ TopLCD Soundsystem and dozens more.

Muse is touring Europe through the rest of spring and summer in support of Drones, its seventh studio effort.  The latest single from the disc, “Reapers,” is currently Number Three on the rock radio airplay chart.

Ah, now I see why he had to postpone my phoner til next week! Pulse reporting Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will be a guest on tonight’s (March 31st) episode of Join Or Die, former late-night host Craig Ferguson‘s new show on the History channel. The series features Ferguson discussing historical and political questions with three guests, drawn from the world of academia and entertainment. On Thursday’s episode, Ferguson and Ulrich will debate history’s most influential band with comedian Tom Papa and music journalist Alan Light.  

Metallica has some history with Ferguson already, having spent an entire week in November 2014 as the musical guests on CBS-TV’s The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson to commemorate the host’s departure after a decade.

In other Metallica news, frontman James Hetfield has said in a new interview posted at the band’s website that Metallica has recorded such a vast amount of live shows and rehearsals that the band has an almost endless amount of material it could release. Hetfield explained, “We’ve got so much stuff recorded, pretty much every show we’ve ever done since we knew you could record has been recorded . . . Even the rehearsals, the jam room stuff, all that’s recorded.

The band also has the luxury of being on its own label, Blackened Recordings, which means it can release whatever it wants whenever it sees fit.  Lars told us a while ago the band was long past the point where it needed a major label behind it: The great thing about being in a band like us is that we’re in a position to bypass the record company. Basically record companies act like banks. And when you don’t need the bank element of a record company, then you can kind of do it yourself.”

Metallica will issue Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Metallica!  Live at the Bataclan, June 11, 2003 on Record Store Day (Apr 16th) via Blackened Recordings. It’s a live recording of the group’s 2003 show at the Bataclan in Paris, where 89 people were killed in a terrorist attack last November during an Eagles Of Death Metal concert.  All proceeds from the Bataclan release will be donated to the Give For France fund, raising money for victims of last year’s terror attacks.
And now for your daily Guns N’ Roses rumor AND THIS IS ONLY A RUMOR because, well, look at the date, April 1st!!!:  The Pulse Of Radio says the band is rumored to be playing an intimate warm-up show on Friday (Apr 1st) at the Troubadour, one of the Los Angeles clubs where the band first played before the release of its debut album, 1987′s Appetite For Destruction. More information is expected by Friday morning, at which point a limited number of tickets will go on sale to the general public. One source online tweeted that the show will feature “all original members,” although that cannot be verified.

With the first Guns N’ Roses reunion show scheduled for just over a week from now, on Apr 8th in Las Vegas, the band has still not officially announced the lineup of musicians who will take the stage. But a new photo posted at the group’s official Twitter account has sent fans into a frenzy. The picture of Ahead brand drumsticks fueled speculation that original drummer Steven Adler was returning to the group, especially after past and present Guns drummers Matt Sorum and Frank Ferrer both denied they used the sticks.  Fans first approached Sorum on Twitter, with the one-time Guns drummer confirming that he used Ahead sticks from 1991 to 1993 but did not currently use them.  Ferrer also responded to the image, saying the Ahead ones weren’t his and that he used Vater sticks.

That left Adler, who has remained silent about the Guns reunion since it was announced and also did not comment on the photo of the sticks. Adler, like Sorum, has used Ahead sticks in the past but not recently.  Recent reports have suggested that Ferrer, who has been in the Guns lineup since 2006, will play the bulk of the show at the band’s upcoming dates, although Adler could appear as a special guest.  Guns N’ Roses has six shows scheduled in April: two in Las Vegas, two in Mexico City and two at the Coachella Festival in Indio, California. The band has also announced the cities for a 21-show North American tour, although dates and venues have yet to be confirmed.

Happy 61 today to Angus Young of AC/DC!   

posted by: Lou Brutus


Wednesday, Mar 30

Wednesday, Mar, 30 2016

April Fool’s Day is just around the corner.  I have been duped in the past. But, no sirree, I refuse to lose this time!  Pranks, jokes, false rumors….I’m ready for ya!

 

 

Well, this is no joke!  The Pulse Of Radio says Stone Sour is back in the studio, with the band returning to Room 237, the Burbank, California recording facility owned by Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga. The group is working on music for the follow-up to its double concept album, House Of Gold And Bones, which came out in two volumes in 2012 and 2013.

Stone Sour’s most recent releases were two EPs of cover tunes and singer Corey Taylor told us a while back how working on those could affect the band’s approach to its new album: What it did teach us was that we could go into a room and record live, and have it sound tight, have it sound exciting, have it sound like it was recorded together instead of layered in a studio. And I think that’s one of the interesting things that we might try with this upcoming album.”

Although Stone Sour originally planned three covers EPs, the third one — titled No Sleep ‘Till Burbank – appears to have been scrapped. Taylor told the Someone Who Isn’t Me podcast, “Originally we were going to do three (covers EPs), and now it sounds like we’re just going to do the two and just keep the other stuff we recorded as extra content for when we make the next album.”   The two previously released EPs were titled Meanwhile In Burbank… and Straight Out Of Burbank.  Taylor also said in a recent interview that Stone Sour has 14 new songs in demo form and they are “a little more rock and roll, a little more expanding the range again.”

Meanwhile, Taylor still has some Slipknot obligations this year as well. The Knot will head out on a massive North American tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice And Men this summer, starting on Jun 9th in Salt Lake City.

Pulse also reporting  Metallica frontman James Hetfield has said in a new interview posted on the band’s official site that the upcoming deluxe reissues of the group’s first two albums, 1983′s Kill ‘Em All and 1984′s Ride The Lightning, will offer up a treasure trove of previously unheard and unseen material, some of it provided by fans. Hetfield explained, “It’s gonna cost us this much more, and we might have to charge a little more, but who cares, it’s gonna be cooler! No one’s done this. There’s stuff in there that no one’s heard. Cassettes, interviews, things that haven’t ever been unearthed, ever.”

Hetfield added that he wasn’t tempted to tweak the production on some of the old material to make it sound more up-to-date, saying, “Why would I change that? Why? That was where our heads were, that’s where we were sonically. That’s as good as we got it, and could have got it . . . why would you change that? It’s the sound that is a part of the feel, is a part of the history, a part of the time.”

Hetfield also said it was “cool” to sift through the band’s archives while compiling the reissues, remarking, “It’s amazing how a piece of paper, celluloid, something even like a ticket stub, a pass, it brings back a memory. It brings back just this nostalgic feeling, like, ‘Oh my God, I really miss that time.’ You know, ‘Gosh, it was so simple and easy and la la la, and look how complicated it is now’ . . . it makes me relax more now and not worry so much.

The deluxe numbered box set of Kill ‘Em All includes four vinyl records, five CDs, one DVD, a deluxe book including rare photos and a patch.  The deluxe numbered box set of Ride The Lightning includes four vinyl records, six CDs, one DVD, a deluxe book including more rare photos, a mini-book of lyrics handwritten by Hetfield and a set of three posters.  The box sets are limited-edition collectors’ items and both are out on Apr 15th through the band’s web store and at independent retailers for Record Store Day.

Hetfield also spoke candidly about late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a road accident in 1986 and whose death Hetfield still admits to grieving over. Hetfield revealed, “I miss Cliff a lot. I think about him quite often. But it also makes me realize that you know, he’s here in spirit . . . just by (opening up to the) memories, just by thinking about him, feeling his presence, that’s how grieving is happening for me over a longer period of time.”

James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar have announced the lineup for their third annual “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The show returns to the Fillmore in San Francisco on Sunday, May 15th and will also feature Melissa EtheridgeMotley Crue‘s Tommy LeeJohn MayerJoe Satriani and others performing acoustic sets with once-in-a-lifetime collaborations and more. Tickets go on sale this Friday (Apr 1st) at 10:00 a.m.
via LiveNation.com.

Stone Temple Pilots reunited with singer Chester Bennington for a one-off performance last night (Saturday, March 26) at “From Classic To Rock”, a star-studded event to benefit Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools at the Norris Theater and Pavilion in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Video footage of the performance can be seen here.

Richard Patrick of Filter 

Ya know, we usually do not get all political here, but after watching all the debates and town halls, I gotta say, I kind of agree with what he’s saying here.  Blabbermouth reports in a brand new interview with Australia’s Loud magazine, Filter frontman Richard Patrick revealed the band’s upcoming seventh album, Crazy Eyes, was inspired largely by controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He said: “The whole record is about his fucking lunacy. It’s an anti-Trump record… We all fucking know that he’s Hitler 2.0. He’s dividing the country, he’s doing all the tell-tale signs of Hitler‘s. He’s taking everybody and getting them mad at brown people. Whether you’re an immigrant from Mexico or you’re Muslim, he’s just getting everybody riled up, and he’s dividing the country. Unfortunately, for him, there’s a buttload of people, like us, like me and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and all the other Democrats that have been backing Barack Obama this whole time. The Republican Party is absolutely for scorn and full of shit. They are dastardly, desperate people and they need to be stopped. And that’s that.”

He added: “Yeah, the record is about the hysteria that I see in the world. We’ve got riots up here, we’ve got cops shooting black people while they’re running away, in the back. We’ve got all kinds of stuff going on, and it’s not right.  Listen, Justin [Timberlake], Adele  and all those people are singing about how lovesick they are, and how much they love. They’ve got love songs and the sugary pop stuff down. So I’m going to let them do that and I’m going to be the exact opposite, and be strange, weird and heavy, and fucking dig a deeper hole for myself. Because I’d rather be underground and real than full of shit.”

Crazy Eyes will be released on Apr 8 via Wind-Up Records. The follow-up to 2013′s The Sun Comes Out Tonight was produced by Patrick.

On  Crazy Eyes, Patrick collaborated with old friends such as the man behind 1999′s seminal platinum-certified “Title Of Record”, producer Ben Grosse (THIRTY SECONDS TO MARSMARILYN MANSON), and Michael “Blumpy” Tuller (NINE INCH NAILS). He also worked closely with new bandmates Oumi Kapila (guitar, programming), Ashley Dzerigian (bass), Chris Reeve (drums) and Bobby Miller (keyboards), plus former Filter bandmate Johnny Radke and  NIN’s Danny Lohner. Mixing, meanwhile, was taken care of by Brian Virtue (JANE’S ADDICTIONTHIRTY SECONDS TO MARSDEFTONES), with the mastering handled by Howie Weinberg (VAN HALENTHE MARS VOLTATHE WHITE STRIPES).
 Eric Clapton is 71 today.  Guitar God indeed.

posted by: Lou Brutus


Tuesday, Mar 29

Tuesday, Mar, 29 2016

Well, the rumors appear to be UNOFFICIALLY true!  TMZ, you know, that great rock authority with eyes everywhere, captured photos of both Axl Rose and 3 members of AC/DC (Cliff Williams, Stevie Young and  Chris Slade) leaving the Avatar Events Group rehearsal space in the Virginia Highland section of Atlanta. GA.  Now we know from last week that Axl Rose was spotted by a fan at the Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport because he posted a picture with Axl.  Now come these photos taken by TMZ.

Avatar is a large warehouse, rehearsal space where bands can practice using Avatar’s backline and 60′ x 35′ stage area. Now we do not know if Axl is rehearsing to be able to resume AC/DC’s postponed arena tour, which originally had stops tonight in Buffalo, and on Friday in Philadelphia, ending Monday night in NYC at Madison Square Garden.  Plus there are many European dates on the dockets as well.  And AC/DC has been hanging out in Atlanta for a few weeks now, ever since the news surfaced regarding Brian Johnson’s health scare of losing his hearing, and  according to AC/DC, was ordered by doctors to get off the road immediately or suffer permament hearing loss.

But then a rumor came to light from comedian Jim Breuer that Brian’s condition was NOT that severe and perhaps his race car driving was to blame for his loss of hearing and that Brian did not inform the band because he wanted to get off the road.

Now what we DO know is Axl Rose has a couple of commitments already set for the next couple of weeks with Guns N’ Roses, including two shows in Las Vegas Apr 08 & 09, and then the double weekends of the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA  Apr 15 & 22, and they’ve announced a string of U.S. cities that are also set for appearances.  Will be interesting to see how this pans out.  But I, for one, hope the NYC show isn’t Monday night!  It’s the same night as Disturbed at Irving Plaza, and I definitely do not want to miss that either!

The Pulse Of Radio reports Metallica‘s song “Fuel” is featured in a new commercial for Dodge’s line of powerful performance cars, including the Charger SRT Hellcat, Challenger SRT Hellcat and Viper GTS. The 30-second spot, called “Predators,” was filmed in Miami and follows the cars as they drive through empty city streets while a narrator intones, “We don’t have to worry about predators like our ancestors did . . . there are no more monsters to fear and so we have to build our own.”

This marks the second time Dodge has used “Fuel” in one of its commercials. A winter ad featured the song at the beginning of the spot over images of Dodge vehicles cruising snowy roads.

Frontman James Hetfield is an auto enthusiast who has done custom work himself on his own cars. But he told us that he worries whenever any of his cars go out on tour, either with him or to an auto show: “I actually have worries that when my car travels to somewhere, you know, goes on tour in Europe, you know, that it comes back with pings and scratches and you have no idea where or how they happened.”

“Fuel” has proven popular for marketing purposes before. It was used as the official theme song for NASCAR on NBC and TNT from the mid-2001 to the 2003 seasons.  It also appeared as the lead track on the soundtrack to the PlayStation 2 game Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open.

Metallica’s recently announced headlining show at Minneapolis’ new U.S. Bank Stadium on August 20th sold out in less than 10 minutes on Friday (March 25th).  Joining Metallica that day will be Avenged Sevenfold in the middle slot and Danish-American rockers Volbeat in the opening berth.  Metallica continues to work on its 10th studio album, which may or may not be out by the time the band opens the stadium in Minneapolis.

And Dodge also used the music of Pop Evil in their Dodge Ram truck ads last Fall.   It’s great to see American companies use hard rock bands to be a part of their marketing campaigns!   #RockIsNotDead!

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready celebrated his 50th birthday last Friday night (Mar 25th) at the Neptune Theater in Seattle, where he watched a set by one of his favorite bands, Cheap Trick, who he also joined onstage at one point. The group was also joined by Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder for a run through their classic “I Want You To Want Me.”

Also in attendance were Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney and Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin, according to Alternative Nation.

Pearl Jam will begin a North American tour on April 8th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There are also plans in the works to celebrate the group’s 25th anniversary, which also falls in 2016.   The band released its last album, Lightning Bolt, in 2013 and bassist Jeff Ament recently told Rolling Stone that their thoughts are starting to turn toward an 11th studio effort. He said, “There’s talk of getting together and throwing some ideas together . . . It’s just in the planning stages and everyone deciding when the time is.”

Oh we knew if was just a matter of time before THIS happened!  The Pulse Of Radio says the members of Puddle Of Mudd may finally be tiring of frontman Wes Scantlin‘s antics. According to Loudwire, the rest of the band walked offstage mid-set during a recent gig in Doncaster, England as Scantlin had another onstage meltdown. A fan who filmed the incident said, “After a drunken start to a half gig . . . Wes Scantlin announced the band [is] not playing together after he couldn’t perform.” Scantlin is seen in the video flipping off his bandmates as they walk away, while audience members can be heard calling Scantlin “a disgrace.”

As the video continues, Scantlin remains seated alone onstage, trying to talk to the audience, but it becomes clear that his microphone has been turned off and music is playing from the PA system.

This is is the third time in two months that a Scantlin meltdown has prematurely ended a Puddle Of Mudd show.   At a show in Pennsylvania on Feb 18th, Scantlin blasted the soundman before ending the set after just four numbers.  At a club in Marietta, OH on January 30th, Scantlin put an abrupt end to the show after accusing a fan in the crowd of stealing his house. The frontman had lost his house in a foreclosure in 2015 and was arrested for trespassing and vandalism when he unlawfully returned this past January.  These incidents follow numerous arrests and run-ins with the law over the past few years.

David Bowie as Thomas Jerome Newton in 1976′s The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Photo credit:  TERRY O’NEILL/GETTY IMAGES

 
On Thursday & Friday nights here in Nuevo York,  David Bowie producer Tony Visconti  has organized The Music Of David Bowie tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall.   Over 20 performers each night  including Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros frontman Perry Farrell, Cyndi Lauper, The Flaming Lips, Blondie and Debbie Harry, The Roots, Ann Wilson of Heart, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, Jakob Dylan, Patti Smith, Ricki Lee Jones, Michael Stipe of REM, Cat Power, Esperanza Spaulding, Laurie Anderson, Robyn Hitchcock, Mumford & Sons, The Pixies and many more!  Eight charities will receive all of the proceeds.  More here.

In Road Rage, new tour dates for Deftones!   And the HellPop 2016 tour with In This Moment, Hellyeah and Sunflower Dead!

Happy 57th to Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction!   

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HELLYEAH

Monday, Mar, 28 2016

with IN THIS MOMENT, SHAMAN’S HARVEST and SUNFLOWER DEAD

JUN
18: Des Moines, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
19: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
21: Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion
22: Midland, TX @ La Hacienda Event Center
24: Abilene, TX @ Abilene Civic Center
25: El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
27: Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
29: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
30: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
JUL
02: St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
03: N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
05: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
06: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
08: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
09: Inwood, WV @ Shiley Acres
10: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12: Peoria, IL @ Limelight Event Complex

posted by: Lou Brutus


IN THIS MOMENT

Monday, Mar, 28 2016

with HELLYEAH, SHAMAN’S HARVEST and SUNFLOWER DEAD

JUN
18: Des Moines, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
19: Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
21: Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion
22: Midland, TX @ La Hacienda Event Center
24: Abilene, TX @ Abilene Civic Center
25: El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Entertainment Center
27: Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
29: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
30: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
JUL
02: St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
03: N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
05: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
06: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
08: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
09: Inwood, WV @ Shiley Acres
10: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
12: Peoria, IL @ Limelight Event Complex

posted by: Lou Brutus