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Friday, Apr 29

Friday, Apr, 29 2016

Good morning from upstate NY on this Arbor Day.  Just listening to the promos for Rock N’ Derby happening the same weekend as Rock On The Range is pretty exciting for this part of the state!  The Albany region hasn’t seen anything like this festival EVER!  Since Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts are going to Columbus, I guess it has to be my mission to hit The Derby!  Will you be there?

The Pulse Of Radio reports Deftones singer Chino Moreno has just launched a new band — his fifth — with members of the legendary punk rock acts Bad Brains and Cro-Mags. Called Saudade, the ethereal outfit consists of Moreno, Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know, Bad Brains/Cro-Mags drummer Mackie Jayson, jazz keyboardist John Medeski and bassist Chuck Doom, who also plays with Moreno in CrossesThe band has already released a song and video, also called “Saudade,” that is available on BitTorrent.  In addition to Deftones, Crosses and now Saudade, Moreno’s other projects include Team Sleep and Palms.

More details about Saudade, including plans for an album or live performances, remain unknown for now.  Meanwhile, The Deftones will begin a new round of touring behind Gore on May 8th at the Carolina Rebellion in Concord, NC.

Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know was hospitalized last November in serious condition, with what was initially cardiac arrest turning into multiple organ failure as the guitarist was placed on life support for nearly two weeks. After a three-month hospital stay, Dr. Know pulled through and entered rehabilitation, leaving him with a stack of medical bills. According to Loudwire, a crowdfunding campaign was launched to aid the guitarist and donations can still be made here

My friend Full Metal Jackie talked to Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour.  Here’s what he had to say about what else he’s working on these days besides touring Europe and the summer tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men:

I’m doing rehearsals with Stone Sour. We’re working on new material for another album. I’ve actually just started working on my fourth book called ‘America 51′, which my publisher is gagging for right now, just because of the state of nation. It’s almost too appropriate. I’ve got a handful of acting gigs that I’m gonna do. I can’t tell you yet, because it’s kind of a surprise. It was a surprise for me when I got offered it, so let’s put it that way. Yeah, I’ve got a bunch of stuff on the horizon that I’m looking to do, especially on the times off between tours. So, my year is packed with a bunch of good stuff.”  Read more here.  As a matter of fact, I did see Corey Taylor drive by me while I was in LA earlier this month!  Small world.  

Blabbermouth reporting ”X”, a brand new song from Hellyeah, can be streamed here. The track is taken from the band’s fifth album, Unden!able, which will be released on Jun 3 via Eleven Seven Music.

The band gave fans the first taste of  Unden!able with lead single ”Human,” which was welcomed by fans who are embracing the band’s return to form with more than three hundred thousand views on YouTube after two months.

Unden!able marks the first time Hellyeah’s current lineup — vocalist Chad Gray, guitarists Tom Maxwell and Christian Brady, drummer Vinnie Paul and bassist Kyle Sanders — has recorded together as a unit, promising a very special return to their true metal roots.

Thank you, Consequence Of Sound. They posted a boatload of memes on Tool‘s lack of presence.  Yes, it is true, people are getting tired of waiting and hoping for a new Tool album.  Yesterday, Apr 28th, marked the 10th anniversary of the release of their last album, 10,000 Days.  I wonder if it will be 10,000 days til we finally see the album.  We only have about another 6,350 days to wait…..

posted by: Lou Brutus

Thursday, Apr 28

Thursday, Apr, 28 2016

Good morning everyone.   I had the best time last night hanging out with Halestorm, who, along with Dorothy and Lita Ford, KILLED it at the jam-packed Webster Hall in NYC.  I had never seen Dorothy before, and I gotta tell ya, she’s gone from opening for Miguel to Halestorm in a very short time, and has made a ton of fans along the way. After seeing the band perform, I understand why they are getting slots on festivals all over the place.  Time for hardDrive to give them  a little love…….

Then Lita Ford, a pioneer of women in rock from the early 80′s when she was the guitarist for the punk rock band The Runaways.   She has had a solo career now for decades and has a really tight band. (Her drummer, Bobby Rock, is a monster!) Anyhow,  I loved it when she invited Dorothy and Lzzy Hale out for The Runaways’ classic  ”Cherry Bomb” and then, with Lzzy, did “Close My Eyes.”  For not being known as a lead singer, I think Lita did a great job, and she has a swagger all her own. Would’ve been so awesome if Joan Jett made an appearance, but it was not to be.

And sadly, for me, while all this was happening, I had left my cell phone in my coat pocket which I had left in Halestorm’s dressing room, so no pictures of any of this! Boo me!

Then Halestorm came out and blew everyone away.   What can I say.  The band is so tight, so awesome live.  We are so blessed to be in their company, I tell ya!   If you’ve never seen Halestorm, do yourselves a favor and go!  The set of lungs on Lzzy is unlike anything I have ever seen in my lifetime.  All Hail Halestorm!

Whenever I see stories that deal with legal issues that bands have, I am loathe to post anything.  Not really our business, but when the bands respond to allegations that are false and unfounded, I will definitely be happy to spread the word in their defense.

Five Finger Death Punch
 has issued a statement in response to the lawsuit filed against the band last week by its label, Prospect Park. As reported on Wednesday (April 27th), Prospect Park claimed it was suing the band for breach of contract, alleging that the group wanted to rush the recording of a new album without proper creative input from the label and in order to “cash in” before the anticipated “downfall” of singer Ivan Moody, who was revealed to be in rehab.

Five Finger Death Punch’s statement read:

“Desperate people do desperate things.

“We are saddened, but not surprised by the recent lawsuit filed by Prospect Park, LLC against the members of Five Finger Death Punch. It is the latest in a long line of exploitative and abusive bullying tactics used by our former manager and current label CEO Jeff Kwatinetz to extract money from and wield power against the band.

“Jeff Kwatinetz is well-known as a former music industry powerhouse whose erratic behavior and affiliated corporate bankruptcies have caused most of his companies’ clients, including Backstreet BoysKornSmashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction and Azalea Banks to flee in droves. In fact, we also fired Prospect Park management four years ago in an effort to escape an arrangement that more resembled indentured servitude. Five Finger Death Punch’s recordings are now one of Prospect Park’s last remaining and most valuable assets still under contract.

“Five Finger Death Punch is prepared to record and deliver the final album this year under its recording agreement, but instead of allowing us to record, Prospect Park has chosen to sue us, hold us for ransom and squeeze extra money out of its contract rights by attempting to sell an interest in future recordings. What’s worse is that Prospect Park very deliberately filed their meritless lawsuit the same week we are trying to put our fall co-headlining arena tour on sale.

“In its lawsuit, Prospect Park states that Five Finger Death Punch has plateaued and that its sound is stale, yet on multiple occasions and in writing Mr. Kwatinetz referred to the most recent album, Got Your Six, as the band’s ‘best album yet.’ Five Finger Death Punch is the best-selling Active Rock band of the last 24 months and one of the top-selling Active Rock bands of this decade. Every single first week album sales figure has been higher than the last. In fact, there is not one shred of evidence to suggest that Five Finger Death Punch’s career remains on any trajectory other than an upward one. Any statement or suggestion that Five Finger Death Punch is suffering from some kind of slump is untrue.

“Prospect Park does not want us to record our next album with Kevin Churko, who at this point is part of our family and who has produced the last five of our six albums. As for the creative process, Mr. Kwatinetz has never been to the studio during the making of any of our albums, he has never met Mr. Churko and Prospect Park repeatedly failed to pay Mr. Churko on time.

“As for our singer, Ivan Moody, his issues are no secret and were recently and successfully addressed with the love and support of his family and bandmates in a rehabilitation facility. Never once did Prospect Park Management or Recordings support any efforts to get him sober, preferring the band continue making albums and touring.

“We are confident that the evidence will expose the allegations in Prospect Park’s complaint as completely meritless and that the band will recover substantial damages and be released from any further obligations to Prospect Park based on the cross-complaint that we intend to file.”


I was sorry to hear the news of a severe neck injury that has forced In This Moment to cancel their entire European tour.   Chris Howorth, who is the band’s co-founder and guitarist, has done some serious damange over the years.  If you’ve seen his dreads, you know how long they are.   They also weigh something like 10 pounds. So imagine the strain on your next and shoulders, especially if you headbang or hair toss.

Chris will undergo tests immediately, but doctors have already ordered him not to tour now or risk some serious side effects, including nerve damage.   Poor man.  I feel your pain (dislocating neck discs)!!!

Howorth said in a statement, “I have injured my neck and am unable to move my head more than an inch or two in any direction — and I now have the burden of making some pretty weighty decisions for myself. In order to continue performing live, I am aggressively seeking treatment and must remain at home in Los Angeles.

Howorth added, “I am devastated that our European shows are affected by this but in order to keep moving forward with the band, it’s imperative to work on getting better.” Singer Maria Brink chimed in as well, saying, “It’s probably easy for everyone to think, ‘Why don’t you just go without Chris,’ but the truth is, he is my partner, brother and one of my closest friends. I can’t bring myself to do this tour without him. It simply would not be In This Moment.

We wish Chris a speedy recovery.   And shorter dreads!    Won’t be RETURN OF THE DREADS tour without them, that’s for sure! See you this summer!

Do you love Ghost as much as I do?    A fan at their Houston show on Tuesday night posted a boatload of songs over on Blabbermouth.  The band is currently on their U.S. tour, which wraps up at Q103‘s Rock N’ Derby outside of Albany, NY at the Schaghticoke fairgrounds.  I hope to be there to witness their majesty!   Check out the other songs here.

Pierce The Veil

Pierce The Veil has released ”Circles,” a brand new song from the San Diego quartet’s next album, ”Misadventures,” due out May 13 on Fearless Records. Just yesterday, ”Circles” was named the “Hottest Record In The World” on BBC Radio 1′s Annie Mac show, and in less than 24 hours, the track has soared past 100,000 YouTube hits. In addition, it’s trending worldwide on their Facebook. They’ve got new tour dates you can find for June in Road Rage.  Find them on a leg of the Warped Tour this summer where they will perform the new album in its entirety!

Have a great day!

posted by: Lou Brutus

Wednesday, Apr 27

Wednesday, Apr, 27 2016

Good morning all.  Up early as there is so much going on in the world of rock, so let me start by saying you are going to see stories all over the place today about Five Finger Death Punch.  Here at hardDriveRadio, we don’t address legal crap and innuendo. So there ya go.  You can go read that somewhere else in case you were looking for it here.

Meanwhile, I can tell you there will be some kind of announcement on Monday about Ozzfest. I have NO IDEA what it is, but it would be cool to see a large hard rock festival make a triumphant return, raising the flag to the world that once again, ROCK IS NOT DEAD!

According to The PRP,  Stone Temple Pilots are confirmed to play a May 13th charity show at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, CA. It has yet to be revealed who will be fronting the band during the performance. Proceeds will go towards the South Shores Magnet School. Stone Temple Pilots recently began private auditions for a new vocalist, following an open call across the web.

The Pulse Of Radio reports an angry letter written by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in 1992 to the head of his then record label, David Geffen, is set to be auctioned by Julien’s Auctions of America and is expected to fetch somewhere in the $30,000 range. In the letter, Cobain expresses his outrage over a Vanity Fair article in which the author suggested that Cobain and his wife, Courtney Love, were doing heroin while Love was pregnant with their daughter. Cobain asks Geffen in the letter if anything can be done and even threatens to break up Nirvana over the situation, which actually led to the Cobains being visited by social services. I mean, geez, who wants to own something like this and is the estate of Kurt Cobain that money starved they need to do this?  I find it very strange.


RollingStone.com  via Dan Edward‘s Twitter page posted this tribute to Prince from his home team, the Minnesota Twins.  The team promises to have a ceremony in Prince’s honor in teh near future.  But  when the Twins began their three-game homestand against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night, they did so by releasing seven white doves before the first pitch, and then went #PurpleForPrince, with each player choosing one of his songs as their walkup music for the night (props to Oswaldo Arcia for going with “I Would Die 4 U”). The Twins also wore purple sweatbands in honor of Prince, and played his music throughout the game, courtesy of his friend DJ Dudley D.

Celebrating life today:   Ace Frehley, original Kiss guitarist, is 65! Travis Meeks of Days Of The New is 37.  What ever happened to poor Travis? Sadly, I heard he’d sunk to the lowest levels from issues he suffers from.  Such a talented fellow, such a shame.

posted by: Lou Brutus


Tuesday, Apr, 26 2016

with CHEVELLE as noted

05:  Huntington, NY @ Paramount Theater
06:  Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live
07:  N. Myrtle Beach, SC @ HOB
03:  Sioux Falls, SD @ W.H. Lyons Fairgds
04:  Madison, WI @ The Orpheum
05:  Louisville, KY @ The Palace
21:  Walker, MN @ Moondance Jam Festival  w/ Chevelle
23:  Cincinnati, OH 
@ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Ctr  w/Chevelle
24:  Sterling Heights, MI 
@ Freedom Hill Amp w/Chevelle
26:  Indianapolis, IN 
@ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn  w/Chevelle
27:  Columbus, OH @ 
Express Live!  w/Chevelle
29:  Pittsburgh, PA @
 Stage AE in w/Chevelle
31:  Grand Rapids, MI @ O
rbit Room
02:  Niagara Falls, NY @ R
apids Theatre
03:  Boston, MA @ 
Blue Hills Bank Pavilion  w/Chevelle
05:  Asbury Park, NJ @ St
one Pony Summerstage w/Chevelle
07:  Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
09:  Charlotte, NC  @
 Metro Credit Union Amphi w/Chevelle
10:  Richmond, VA @ The National
11:  Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest w/ Chevelle
13:  Portland, ME @ 
Maine State Pier  w/Chevelle
14:  Baltimore, MD @ 
Pier Six Concert Pavilion  w/Chevelle



posted by: Lou Brutus


Tuesday, Apr, 26 2016


18: Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Ctr
22:  Wichita, NE @ Intrust Arena
23:  Denver, CO @ Pepsi Ctr
25:  West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Ctr
27:  Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Arena
28: Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
29:  Anaheim, CA @ Honda Ctr
31:  San Jose, CA @ SAP Ctr
02:  Portland, OR @ Moda Ctr
03:  Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
05:  Tacoma, WA @ TacomaDome
07:  Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
09:  Billings, MT @ Metra Park
11:  Bismarck, ND @ Civic Ctr
17:  Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
18:  Louisville, KY @ KFY Yum Ctr
more TBA

posted by: Lou Brutus