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Friday, Mar 31

Friday, Mar, 31 2017

WOW!  It’s actually RAINING here!   Hard!   Florida has been in a drought state recently and I am glad to have a day of gray skies.  Too much sun is just, well, okay.

I knew this news was imminent, I just was surprised at the details.  The Pulse Of Radio announced A Perfect Circle has announced it has signed a new worldwide recording deal with BMG Music. The band is currently in the studio working on material for a new full-length album, to be released later in the year. The last full-length set from A Perfect Circle, a collection of cover songs called eMOTIVe, arrived in 2004, while the band’s last collection of all-original material, Thirteenth Step, came out in 2003.

Since then, A Perfect Circle has been largely inactive on the recording front for 13 years, with only a new song titled “By And Down” surfacing in 2013. The band’s previous albums were released through Virgin Records.

The group, which toured in 2010 and 2011, will embark on its first full-fledged tour in six years starting on April 6th in Las Vegas. The schedule will include sets at the Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock and Carolina Rebellion festivals in late April and early May, along with a closing night stop at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on May 7th.

Guitarist Billy Howerdel told Billboard fans may get to hear some new music on the tour, saying, “We’re not promising anything, but I have every intention of doing my best to have us playing some new tracks during this run.”  Singer Maynard James Keenan has also reportedly starting laying down vocals for the long-awaited new album from his main band, Tool, although the release prospects for that remain uncertain at the moment. And Billy told me back in January the plan was to have vocals recorded last month in LA for APC.

 Pearl Jam are celebrating their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a video montage set to their classic single “Alive.” The band’s official videographer, Kevin Shuss, wrote about the clip, “To celebrate Pearl Jam’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I made this video to look back at the band’s first 25 years . . . Can’t wait to see what the future holds.” The clip contains footage from throughout the band’s career and features many of the guests who have joined them onstage over the years, including Neil Young, Pete Townshend, Keith Richards and more.

Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron spoke for the first time about the recent controversy over Pearl Jam’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which will include just two of the band’s five drummers. Cameron, one of the two going in, told Italian publication Rockol about the situation, “Things are out of my control, I have no idea what will happen with the drummers. I just know that the ones who enter the Hall of Fame will be me and Dave Krusen. It is an honor. It will be fun.

Krusen was Pearl Jam’s original drummer and played on its debut album Ten, while Cameron has been with the band since 1998. The other three drummers – Dave AbbruzzeseJack Irons and Matt Chamberlain – were invited to attend but will not be inducted during the Apr 7th ceremony in Brooklyn, NY.

According to Alternative Nation, Cameron was also asked by Rockol how work on the next Soundgarden album was going, to which he replied, “Very well, although we started working on it rather slowly because of Chris (Cornell)’s commitments, but also mine. We recorded demos of six, maybe seven songs, and now we will write the same number. We carved out some time to write before entering the recording studio.”

While juggling his duties in Soundgarden and Pearl Jam can be demanding, Cameron told us not long ago that he worked even harder in the early days of his career: “You know what? I’ve actually been a lot busier in my life. When I was in my 20s, I used to play in a bunch of different bands at once and it’s just part of the job of being a drummer — sometimes you’ve got to do a little juggling. But I’m certainly happy to do it.”

In recent months Soundgarden has reissued its classic albums Badmotorfinger  and Ultramega OK in new deluxe editions, with the latter remixed entirely. Soundgarden’s last all-new studio album, King Animal, came out in Nov 2012. Pearl Jam’s most recent effort, Lightning Bolt, arrived in Oct 2013. Read the full story at Alternative Nation here and here.

Blabbermouth is reporting items from Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett‘s extensive collection of horror and sci-fi art will go on display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA this summer and fall. The exhibit, titled “It’s Alive! Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection,” will feature 90 works that highlight the history and evolution of horror and sci-fi films and how they impact modern society and contemporary fears. The exhibition will run from Aug 12th through Nov 26th, and will include film posters as well as collectible electric guitars, monster masks and sculptures.

Themed sections of the exhibit will include “The Undead,” “The Collector,” “Classic Tales,” “Other Realms,” “Women And Power” and “Mad Science.”  Published in tandem with the show will be a 120-page exhibition catalogue with 90 color illustrations, titled It’s Alive! Classic Sci-Fi And Horror Movie Posters From The Kirk Hammett Collection.

Hammett, a lifelong horror fan, staged two editions of his own horror convention, Fear FestEvil, in recent years. But he told hardDriveRadio his schedule with Metallica has put the project on ice for now: “Fear FestEvil is something that I intend on doing again in the future, when I actually have more time. It’s something that I’m very hands-on about, and so I’m just going to just chalk this one up as, we’re not going to do it next year, maybe we can do it the following year, but we’ll definitely do another one, or two or three.

Hammett is currently on tour with Metallica in support of the band’s latest album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, with the trek expected to last throughout the rest of 2017. Hammett released a coffee table book in 2012 called Too Much Horror Business that featured photos of his extensive collection of monster and horror memorabilia.  He also displayed a portion of his collection in the “Kirk’s Crypt” exhibition during the 2012 and 2013 Orion Music + More festivals curated by Metallica.

I love Mastodon!  The band releases its seventh studio album, Emperor Of Sand, today (Mar 31st). Bassist Troy Sanders from the Atlanta-based band told us about the meaning behind the album’s cryptic title:  We believe that sand represents time, and this record is themed around the idea of time, and over the past couple of years what time has meant for us as a band has been extremely precious, and we focused on how we deal with what time we had to work together, to create together. It’s what we have to work with at the moment, and we just felt that that captures what the four of us have been dealing with for the past couple of years.”

Emperor Of Sand follows up 2014′s Once More ‘Round The Sun and features the rock radio single “Show Yourself.”  Mastodon kicks off a spring U.S. headline tour in support of Emperor Of Sand on Apr 14th in Missoula, MT, with support from Eagles Of Death Metal & Russian Circles. The tour also includes stops at several festivals, including Carolina Rebellion on May 5th.

Each pair of tickets purchased online for Mastodon — excluding festival dates and a May 6th gig in Philadelphia — includes a choice of a physical or digital copy of Emperor Of Sand that can be redeemed on the set’s release date. Mastodon will perform on the ABC late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, Apr 3rd, with an in-store performance scheduled for Apr 4th at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA.

Rolling Stone‘s three-and-a-half star review of Emperor Of Sand calls it Mastodon’s “most ambitious” set in years, saying that at its best it’s a “glorious metal miasma.” Exclaim gave it an 8 out of 10 rating, calling it “at once emotionally powerful and musically arresting.”  Yes!

Papa Roach have posted two more new songs from their forthcoming Crooked Teeth album, due May 19th. Check them out above.  I am so psyched for the band. This record is really great.  They worked really hard with new producers RAS and Colin, who are primarily pop writers/producers who have helped the band look at the way they write and record in a new way.   Still Papa Roach.  Probably drawing from their roots.  Fans will dig for sure!

According to Blabbermouth, the new music on Eleven Seven Music will be available digitally and physically, as a standard (10 tracks) and deluxe (10 tracks + 3 brand new tracks + 16 Live tracks Live at the Fillmore Detroit) editions.

The first time we met up with RAS and Colin, they said that [2000's] ’Infest’ was on constant rotation when they were growing up and they wanted to bring back some of that fire,” says Jacoby Shaddix. Adds Furlong, “The whole idea was to take the classic elements of Papa Roach that everyone loved and revamp them into a modern version of the sound through the creative process, and we ended up with a bold, courageous and more adventurous version of Papa Roach.”

The Furlong/Brittain production team worked to bring in elements of music from different genres and parts of the world, and pockets of rhythm people associate more with rap or reggae, while still staying true to Papa Roach‘s sound. “The people who have wanted to hear me rap for years are gonna love some of the viciousness on this record,“ Shaddix proclaims.

From the instantly infectious nature of the title track to the atmospheric sheen of the moody ballad ”Periscope” (featuring Skylar Grey) and the acoustic/ hip-hop rock mashup of ”Sunrise Trailer Park” (featuring Machine Gun Kelly adding a verse to Shaddix rap) ”Crooked Teeth” displays the various sides of Papa Roach and illustrates why they’ve managed to remain relevant while other musical trends ebb and flow. “We didn’t go into this album with the intention of trying to write radio singles,” guitarist Jerry Horton explains. “This collection of songs was really about bookending everything that we’ve done prior to this album and reintroducing Papa Roach to people who didn’t realize the depth that we have,” says drummer Tony Palermo.

In many ways making Crooked Teeth reminded Shaddix of the band’s earliest days, well before they sold millions of albums and became a household name. “When we were in the rehearsal space I wasn’t thinking about who I needed to impress, I was thinking about how much I love making music with the guys in this band.” “It [the album] feels honest and pure and that’s all we could hope for,” adds bassist Tobin Esperance.

Finally today,  those miserable hackers out there have a new one.  A “CRITICAL CHROME UPDATE” they are putting out there.  Appears to be legit, it ain’t.  SO don’t fall for it.  Luckily for me, I haven’t mastered the opening the zip files so well, so THANKFULLY, I didn’t execute it or I wouldn’t be here today…….

Celebrating life today, my friend Angus Young of AC/DC.  He turns 62 today!

posted by: Lou Brutus

Thursday, Mar 30

Thursday, Mar, 30 2017

Oh.  Gonna continue to be in the 80′s today.   Don’t hate on me.

That’s Shifty, second on the left.  

The Pulse Of Radio says Foo Fighters guitarist Chris “Shifty” Shiflett was asked about the current political climate in an interview with European publication Powerplay, and he replied he understands how the sense that the working class has been ignored could lead to certain types of leaders coming to power. Shiflett explained, “There’s a worldwide populist backlash against the power elite, heading all of us in a certain direction . . . That rears its head in the ugliness of Donald Trump and I know you guys have your own version of that and all over Europe there’s a populist, right-wing parties popping up, and it’s f**king scary.

Shiflett continued, “I’m an old-fashioned Democrat . . . I don’t view Trump supporters as the enemy. I don’t agree with them politically but a lot of people who voted for Obama turned around and voted for Trump, so we need to find out why that is. If the left don’t reach those people, we’re in really big trouble. Working people are not our enemy.”  Shiflett admitted, “The reality is that I haven’t been part of the working class in a f**king long time, but I don’t wanna shake my roots. I like my roots, I like where I came from.

Foo Fighters in general have been staunch supporters of Democratic candidates in the past, playing fundraisers for both John Kerry and Barack Obama in past campaigns.

Band leader Dave Grohl told us a while back why he feels it’s important for the band to get involved: Before we were ever in this band, we were American citizens, we were human beings, and there’s some things that are important to us outside of the band, like the future of the country and the future of the environment and the world that our children have to live in in 15 or 20 years. And it’s our responsibility to do what we can to try to better that.

The Foos broke a year-plus hiatus last month with a surprise U.K. club show to celebrate their confirmation as headliners for this year’s Glastonbury Festival. The show was the first official Foo Fighters gig since Nov 2015, although Grohl has done a few low-key solo appearances and the band played at benefit events last Oct and last month.

A string of European dates in the summer have also been announced, along with one U.S. festival appearance in California, but the Foos have yet to announce plans for a new album.  Read the full story at Alternative Nation.



The Pulse Of Radio
also reporting Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale told Loudwire in a new interview that the band’s latest album, Black And White Rainbows, is not all about the end of his 13-year marriage to singer Gwen Stefani. Rossdale explained, “It’s about starting fresh. It’s about the dark before the light. It’s a really transitional record. I made sure it’s by no means a breakup record . . . It’s about all the positive sides of life when you’ve had everything sort of going backwards when the building’s falling down and you have the flat level of land and you build your house and your world and your life and your family back up.”

Rossdale told us that he was interested in writing less from a personal perspective on this album: You know, I was really happy to find ways to discuss things on the record that shifted away from my own life and to sort of this sympathetic, empathetic perspective of other people, other situations, other worlds. And I think that it was really important to have a real element of hope and repair and sunshine.

Rossdale did admit that the record drew a certain amount of inspiration from his own personal troubles, saying, “Of course! That’s all over the record. I can’t disassociate myself with someone from 20 years of my life.”

Black And White Rainbows is the seventh studio album from Bush and features the single “Mad Love.” The disc follows up 2014′s Man On The Run. Bush’s headlining tour of North America kicks off May 4th in Dallas.

Whoopsie! Saw this over on Blabbermouth.  Ghost’s Papa Emeritus III  slipped off the stage.  But it seems like he landed on his soft cat paws without any injury.  Luckily the drop was short or he could’ve hurt himself.  He lost his balance while singing the song “Mummy Dust” during the band’s concert Tuesday night (Mar 28) at O2 Academy Leeds in Leeds, causing him to fall into the space between the barrier and the stage. Naturally, the incident was captured on video by a fan and was posted on YouTube for everyone to see.

The new lineup of Ghost gave its first live performance on Friday night (Mar 24) as the Swedish-based band kicked off its 2017 “Popestar” European tour in Norwich, England. As previously reported, rumors have circulated for several months that Forge fired the entire previous lineup at the end of the band‘s fall 2016 North American tour. I have to say, sounds like new energy is in the live performance.  Excited to see them this year!

Since the musicians wear masks and are only identified as Nameless Ghouls, personnel changes in the group over its eight-year existence have gone unannounced. BTW:  Ghost added some new headline dates and they are in Road Rage!

BTW:  some of you have been wondering what has happened to the streams of hardDrive and hardDrive XL on this site and on the hardDriveRadio app.  WELL….the company we have been using has had some licensing issues with the record companies and can’t continue to stream until all that has been resolved. Just know we are doing everything we can to find a solution.  So please be patient.  We hope to be back online very soon!

Guitar God Eric Clapton is 72 today!

posted by: Lou Brutus

Wednesday, Mar 29

Wednesday, Mar, 29 2017

HUMP DAAAAAYYYY!!!!!  Sorry I am alittle later than usual.  Electricians who didn’t show yesterday, came today and shut everything down.  Then, of course, I bought the wrong dimmers and light bulbs.  SO….yet another Home Depot stop.  Or was it Lowe’s?  I can’t keep track anymore!

Don’t watch this if you have just eaten! According to The Pulse Of Radio and Spin,  Papa Roach appeared in a video interview for the website First We Feast in which the band members were invited to eat actual insects on camera. Among the delicacies served were crickets, june bugs, scorpions and more, although despite the band’s name cockroaches were not part of the menu offered by host Sean Evans. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix and the boys dug in nonetheless.

The video refers to eating bugs as “the latest revolutionary food trend,” while Bugible‘s Aly Moore explained that insects have all the essential proteins, but less fat and calories, and may become an important food source as resources become more scarce in the future.

Papa Roach is out doing the promotional rounds for its new single, “Help,” currently Number Four on the rock radio chart.  The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album, Crooked Teeth, which bassist Tobin Esperance called a fusion of two of its best earlier albums: “It’s like old school and new school. It’s like if Infest and Getting Away With Murder had a baby, it would be Crooked Teeth. We’re just really genuinely excited and proud of this record, and it’s been hard to like just wait, you know, for it to be heard.”

Crooked Teeth is Papa Roach’s ninth studio album and will be out on May 19th. Papa Roach is set to play at several major rock festivals in late Apr and May, including Fort Rock and Welcome To Rockville in Florida, Carolina Rebellion in North Carolina and Northern Invasion in Wisconsin.  I will get to check them out at Fort Rock!

Old lady with Ben Phillips, Taylor Momsen and Mark Damon of The Pretty Reckless   They never smile in their pics

The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen said in a new radio interview she has no plans to act again, saying her previous career as an actress is “so a part of my past.” Momsen began acting as a toddler and was best known for her role on the TV series Gossip Girl, but has not pursued any further acting jobs while recording three albums with the band and touring behind them.

Asked if there were any acting roles she wouldn’t turn down, Momsen replied, “I don’t think so, no. Acting is so a part of my past at this point, it really legitimately was my childhood . . . When I got to an age that I realized I could make my own decisions, that’s when I quit acting and solely committed to the band.”

Momsen told us not long ago that her family always knew this was what she really wanted to do: “They knew that music was always where I was headed, and what my — that was my passion and my goal. I mean, acting was a day job, essentially, while I worked on writing a record’s worth of material that I wanted people to hear, and finding the right people to work with and the right band and all that. So they weren’t surprised when I jumped ship.”

The singer told Music Radar a few years ago that acting was “something that paid bills,” adding, “I never considered myself an actor — I was a musician who just happened to be on a TV show.”

The Pretty Reckless’ third album, Who You Selling For, arrived last Oct. The current single, “Oh My God,” is Number Five on the rock radio chart.  The Pretty Reckless will launch a new North American tour on April 26th in Washington D.C., including a number of dates opening for Soundgarden.  They’re another band I will get to hang with at Fort Rock!


Mastodon crack me up!   And I have got to hand it to them, they always come up with some cool way to promote their new album art.  I remember when I think it was either  The Hunter  or maybe Blood Mountain was released, they had a draw-by-the-numbers cover for fans, and now this one has coloring page you can pull out the crayolas on.  The new album, Emperor Of Sand, drops on Friday!  Check it out!

Green Day and Abramorama announced today the collaboration to distribute the upcoming film TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK to be released across the USA in tandem with Green Day’s Revolution Radio World Tour during the Summer of 2017.  Abramorama will release the film, Executive Produced by Green Day, in theaters across North America and will work with the filmmakers on the global release across all platforms.  Coming off their recent success with Ron Howard‘s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years, Abramorama has proven time and again that they are specialists at handling marketing and distribution for music driven long-form documentaries. This is the second time they will partner with Grammy® Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day, the first being on the 135 city release of John Roecker’s Heart Like A Hand Grenade.

 “Turn it Around gave us the opportunity to tell the story of the East Bay punk rock scene, a scene that’s a sacred thing to me, Mike and Tré and to a lot of others who were there at the founding and who helped to shape the genre,” said Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong.  “We’re proud to bring the history of this movement to the world and hope the film inspires people to create their own music and to build an artistic community.”

Abramorama’s West Coast Head of Acquisitions & Business Development Evan Saxon and EVP & CCO Karol Martesko-Fenster added, “It’s an honor to again be entrusted by Green Day to engineer the release of their films.  Turn It Around, directed by Corbett Redford, is a documentary very dear to the band and gives fans of all kinds of music an inside look at the fertile East Bay Punk scene from which Green Day rose to be one of the biggest bands on the planet. “

Narrated by Iggy Pop and directed and produced by Corbett Redford,TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK features Grammy® Award-winning Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong, Grammy® Award-winning Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, Grammy Award®-winning producer and Rancid front man Tim Armstrong, Kathleen Hanna, Miranda July, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and Spearhead front man Michael Franti, Minor Threat and Fugazi‘s Ian Mackaye and over 100 more interviews with artists and musicians from California’s East Bay punk music scene. Executive produced by Green Day and written by Corbett Redford and Anthony Marchitiello,TURN IT AROUND: THE STORY OF EAST BAY PUNK spans over 30 years of the California Bay Area’s punk music history with a central focus on the emergence of Berkeley’s inspiring 924 Gilman Street music collective. More information available at www.eastbaypunk.com. 

Celebrating life today, our friend Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and Porno For Pyros is 58.

posted by: Lou Brutus

Tuesday, Mar 28th, 2017

Tuesday, Mar, 28 2017

Good morning!  Sitting on the lanai, waiting on electrician.  Certainly a change from the little NYC office in my apartment.   They have these lawnmowers you can stand up in and mow.  Like a segway with blades.  Nifty.

Ok, Corey!  Done!  Excited to hear what Stone Sour have in store for us!  As you can see, Corey Taylor posted to the minions the good news that the first new music from the band’s upcoming album Hydrograd will arrive next month.  Taylor did not name which song will be debuting next month. Hydrograd itself, Stone Sour’s 6th studio effort, is coming out in Jun although an exact date has yet to be unveiled (I’m guessing 6/9.)  ”Fabuless”!  Indeed!  

Taylor told us recently about the new material: It is the best stuff that we’ve ever written. It’s got a lot of different directions, but at its core it’s very hard rock, almost in a modern/classic sense. There are some hints of punk in there. There’s some cool hard rock/heavy metal. There’s just all of these really cool elements that we’ve never maybe allowed ourselves to kind of go to.”

Why Hydrograd? Corey told Lou Brutus that in 2007-2008, while running through a Scandinavian airport trying to find his gate, he noticed an old-fashioned departure board. While running by a gate, he thought it read “Hydrograd.”   He stopped dead in his tracks to figure out “where the hell is Hydrograd?”  But he didn’t actually see the word “Hydrograd,” he saw “Boston,” and in his haste, read it incorrectly.  And remembering this incident, he conjured up the name for the new record.  You will hear this interview with Lou very soon on hardDrive and hardDrive XL.  

Bassist Johnny Chow recently described the disc as “a straight rock and roll album” in an interview with our Detroit  hardDrive affiliate WRIF, adding, “It’s just very groove-oriented, very melodic (with) big choruses. We’ve got some mellower songs on there too, which are equally just as amazing and have a lot of groove to them.” Chow called the record a “bit of a departure” from previous Stone Sour albums.

The band recorded the album live in the studio, cutting a total of 18 songs from which 14 or 15 will make the CD. Stone Sour will play the Rock On The Range Kick-Off Party on Thursday, May 18th at Express Live! in Columbus, OH. Can’t wait to be there to see the band!  The event will start the Rock On The Range weekend, with Metallica,  Soundgarden and Korn headlining this year’s festival.

Stone Sour will also be special guests of Korn on the latter act’s “Serenity Of Summer” trek, which starts on Jun 16th in Salt Lake City and wraps on Aug 2nd in Cleveland.

The Pulse Of Radio reporting Royal Blood is at it again. The British duo has posted another video clip online to tease their upcoming second album, following a clip that the band posted back in Dec right before the holidays. The new video is a 48-second montage of behind-the-scenes footage from the studio where the pair have been working since last year on the follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut.

The duo’s celebrated debut LP became one of the fastest-selling albums in British music history and was a success in the U.S. as well, yielding the hits “Figure It Out” and “Out Of The Black.”  It was nominated for the Mercury Prize, one of the most prestigious music awards in the U.K.

Singer/bassist Mike Kerr told me a while back that he was astounded at the success the duo had in such a short time: ”We didn’t anticipate any response really when we started the band, and we had no real agenda at all from the beginning. We were just having a bit of fun. So when I look back and see how far it’s come, it’s pretty amazing really.

The only new music we’ve heard since the release of the band’s debut disc was a song called “Where Are You Now?” which appeared on the soundtrack for HBO’s now-canceled music series Vinyl.  Royal Blood already has a string of live appearances coming up this summer, including the Governor’s Ball in New York City on Jun 2nd through the 4th and the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee on Jun 11th, as well as a full slate of European festivals.


Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said in a new interview with Rolling Stone that although he does not shy away from expressing his feelings about Donald Trump, he prefers not to create a negative experience at the band’s concerts. Armstrong explained, “For us, we want to try and keep the energy in the room positive and create a form of unity. First and foremost, I want people to have a really great experience away from the negative press and negative stuff that you see on the news and Facebook.”

When it’s pointed out he shouts out a “f**k you” to Trump every night during the song “American Idiot,” Armstrong said, “People know how I feel. I feel like going negative is just throwing fuel on the fire. I feel like the government is trying to create a culture war between us in a lot of ways . . . I want people to feel unity when they come to a show. At the same time, I’m not going to puss out on saying what I feel about him and his administration.

Bassist Mike Dirnt added, “I mean, American Idiot wasn’t f**k George Bush . . . And I certainly won’t give Trump the credit of saying this is a Trump record.”

The band’s latest album, Revolution Radio, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last October and features the hits “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing.”  Following its current North American leg of dates, Green Day will take a break before heading overseas and then returning to this continent for another round of shows in August.

 BTW: Like many of his contemporaries, Billie Joe Armstrong is not a fan of audience members using mobile phones to film the band’s shows. Armstrong called out a fan in the front row for filming the show with his phone, saying, “If you’re looking at me through a screen, you aren’t looking at me. You stare at that cell phone for 24 hours a day. Not tonight!”  (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio.)

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will join Sammy Hagar, the Grateful Dead‘s Bob WeirFleetwood Mac‘s Mick Fleetwood and other artists who will perform at the fourth annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure show, a Bay Area benefit concert held by Hagar and Metallica‘s James Hetfield to raise money for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Grohl will actually replace Hetfield on this year’s lineup, as Metallica’s WorldWired tour will prevent the Metallica frontman from participating for the first time in the event’s history. Other appearing this year include Sarah McLachlanSteve Vai, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and Pat Benatar. The show will take place at San Francisco’s Fillmore on May 15th. Tickets for the Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert go on sale Friday (March 31st) at 10:00 a.m. PT via Live Nation.

The show features almost exclusively acoustic performances, such as the one in 2014 during which Hetfield played a surprise cover of the Beatles‘ “In My Life” before being joined by Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong for Bob Seger‘s “Turn The Page.”

The 2015 concert featured Hetfield performing Adele‘s “Crazy For You” alongside his teen daughter Cali. The benefit was created by Hagar and Hetfield, while other artists who have appeared in the past include Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, John Mayer, Joe Satriani, RHCP’s Chad Smith and more.

Our friends Black Stone Cherry just posted their music video for “Cheaper To Drink Alone” off their awesome Kentucky cd.  Blabbermouth reporting the clip was filmed on Feb 21 at Spillway Bar And Grill in Bowling Green, KY and directed by Blake Judd

This video is the first time we have stepped outside of our comfort zone, only to end up further into our comfort zone,” commented BLACK STONE CHERRY. “It’s funny, it’s light hearted, it’s rock ‘n’ roll. It shows a side of the band that exists on a daily basis, and that is our love for ridiculous humor and not taking ourselves too seriously. We hope y’all enjoy it as much as we did creating it! We are also honored to have appearances of our friends from Number JUAN Tequila, Against The Grain Brewery, and Lzzy and Joe from our longtime buddies Halestorm.”

Lastly today, I posted European dates for Seether in Road Rage.   Have a great day!

Happy Birthday to Lady Gaga, who turns 31 today.







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Monday, Mar, 27 2017

Lou Brutus has the rock music you love on hardDrive XL! This week’s featured artist is Chevelle, joining Lou on the air every night! Tonight’s special guest is Ghost! Plus, Lou has all new Poetry CornerRant of the Day, and Weird World News!

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