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Tuesday, May, 31 2016


01: Lexington, KY @ The Manchester Music Hall
02: Fredericksburg, VA @ Hard Times
07: Belvidere, IL @ The Apollo Theater
15: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
19: Greensboro, NC @ The Cone Denim Entertainment Center
20: North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
22: Dewey Beach, DE @ The Bottle & Cork
23: Sharon, PA @ Quaker Steak and Lube
26: Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
28: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 2


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Tuesday (but it feels like a Monday) May 31

Tuesday, May, 31 2016

Right?  It feels like a Monday!   LOL   And I would like to start today with a comment on an entertainment news story I just saw.  British pop singer Adele scolded a fan at one of her recent shows who actually had to balls to bring a TRIPOD and a video camera to record her show.   What is it coming to?   Fans making DVD’s of shows?  I mean, come on people!  I guess we’re ALL guilty of holding our cellphones up to take pictures and video songs of some of our favorite bands, but 9 times out of 10, when you look back at the stuff, the quality is lousy.   And is it something you ever watch a second time?  No! We usually delete, correct?  What ever happened to going to a show, ENJOYING what you see and hear,  and calling it just that, an experience!


Well, this is great news!  The Pulse Of Radio reports Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in a new interview with Metal Forces  June will be a decisive month for the band’s long-awaited 10th studio album. Ulrich revealed, “We’re now coming towards the end of the musical creative process and we’re starting to look ahead and the process of how we’re gonna share this record with the universe. The month of June is basically when we’re gonna sit down and figure what we’re gonna do with it all; what we’re gonna call it and what’s gonna be on it.

Ulrich cautioned fans, however, that he is not sure if it will actually be released this year. He explained, “If the record doesn’t come out this year then it won’t be because it’s not done. It will be because there’s some sort of cosmic reason that it would be smarter to hold onto it until next year. But the record will be done this summer.”

The group has been recording at Metallica HQ in San Rafael, CA with Greg Fidelman, who was the engineer on the band’s last studio album, 2008’s Death Magnetic.  The band has one live date on its schedule at the moment, at the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Aug 20th with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.

ROCK IS NOT DEAD, despite what some would like to make us think……

Meanwhile, on a positive note, speaking of the recent swell of destination festivals, read this fantastic article from Billboard magazine. They posted a positive story on heavy metal and hard rock making a resurgence. Thank you!

Still can’t believe Chino is a blond! (Photo credit: Suzy Cole) 

Deftones have chosen “Phantom Bride” as the second single from the band’s recently released eighth album, Gore. The track features a cameo from Alice In Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and will impact at rock radio on June 7th. The song will follow up the band’s first single off Gore, “Prayers/Triangles,” which made it into the Top 10 at rock radio.

Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham explained in an interview with North Carolina radio station WXQR how Cantrell came to contribute to the song, saying, “We had this song. It was pretty much done. It could have been left as is, but it sort of had this big kind of a gaping hole in the end, like a gap, that could have just been or we could have filled it up with something . . . we started brainstorming: ‘Man, what if we got someone to play a badass solo on that?‘”

Cunningham added, “(Jerry’s) a good friend and we just kind of rang him up and he was with it. And he came and hung out with us. And we were barbecuing still, and he joined the barbecue and went in there and he kind of banged it out and it was a lot of fun.”
The drummer continued, “(We had) tears of joy when he was laying it down . . . When he plays, you know immediately it’s him, and that’s a rarity.”

Gore came out in April and debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 album chart. It is the band’s highest-charting effort since their self-titled fourth album reached Number Two in 2003.  The first single from the new disc, “Prayers/Triangles,” is Number Eight on the rock radio chart.  Deftones will be touring Europe throughout June but will kick off a new round of North American dates on Jul 31st in Buffalo, NY.

I wanted to share this little ditty from Hollywood Vampires from their recent show in Finland.  Yes, the band with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Johnny Depp, some actor, I think.  LOL  Here they are, joined by drummer Matt Sorum and bassist Robert Deleo of STP who is filling in for Duff McKagan who is off touring with some new band, Guns N’ Roses.  ;>  Here’s their cover of The Who‘s “My Generation.”  Enjoy!

I love the guys in Disturbed.  Here’s a great interview David Draiman did with Cameron Buchholtz from our affiliate Rock 100.5 The KATT/Oklahoma City from this weekend’s Rocklahoma!

This week, Nonpoint join me in the hardDriveRadio studios here in NYC.  They are promoting their upcoming album, The Poison Red.

Gotta dash.   More tomorrow!

posted by: Lou Brutus

weekEnd May 28-29, 2016

Monday, May, 30 2016


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  VOLBEAT
“The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” & “The Hangman’s Body Count”
Plugged In:  THRICE “Black Honey”
Guest:  BEARTOOTH “Aggressive”
GHOST “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”
DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence

Hour 2

SHINEDOWN “Asking For It”
Guest:  KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Hate By Design”
ESCAPE THE FATE “Remember Every Scar”
DEFTONES “Phantom Bride”
SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns”
Guest:  CHEVELLE “Joy Ride (Omen)”
SAINT ASONIA “I Don’t Care Anymore”
Guest: BREAKING BENJAMIN “Ashes Of Eden”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  LIKE A STORM “Break Free”

posted by: Lou Brutus

Week of May 30-Jun 03, 2016

Monday, May, 30 2016

GHOST  “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Dark Necessities”
SHINEDOWN “Asking For It”

CHEVELLE “Joy Ride (Omen)”
POP EVIL  “Take It All”
SICK PUPPIES “Stick To Your Guns”

AVATAR “The Eagle Has Landed”
BLINK 182 “Bored To Death”-ADD
DEVOUR THE DAY “Lightning in the Sky”
KALEO “No Good”
ESCAPE THE FATE “Remember Every Scar”
MONSTER TRUCK “Don’t Tell Me How To Live”
SEVENDUST “Death Dance”
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Running With Giants”
THRICE “Black Honey”
TRIVIUM  “Dead And Gone”-ADD

posted by: Lou Brutus

Monday May 30 Memorial Day!

Monday, May, 30 2016

Today we salute and honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country and celebrate America!  The GREAT America!

And I’ll telll what is great!   U.S. Navy and Marine troops who were on the Today show today, won 21 front row tickets to an upcoming Five Finger Death Punch concert as part of a program segment on the weekday NBC morning show.  And we all know how much 5FDP loves and cares for our service men and women!  Right on!

Well, not so great for our friends Korn!  According to The Pulse of Radio, technical difficulties forced the band to cut their set short at the Rock in Rio Libosa festival in Libson, Portugal on Friday (May 27). The group had just started their performance of the song “Blind” when a power failure stopped them. After a short break to address the issue, Korn gave it another shot, but the power cut out during the opening verse. The group was able to play about six songs after a second break, before having to give up for good.

Then they tried AGAIN!

The band later addressed the issue on social media, stating, “TO EVERYONE AT ROCK IN RIO LISBOA: We had a number of issues with stage power tonight and unfortunately couldn’t finish our set. Sincere apologies to all the KORN fans!” WAH! Had to be, what, around 80,000 fans there? Damn!

Poster for “Officer Downe” directed by M. Shawn Crahan

Blabbermouth reporting “Officer Downe,” the new film directed by Slipknot‘s M. Shawn Crahan, will receive its word premiere as part of the Nightfall competition at the 22nd Los Angeles Film Festival, which begins next week in Culver City, CA.

M. Shawn Crahan, courtesy of Blabbermouth

This year’s edition of the fest runs from June 1 until June 9 at the newly opened ArcLight Culver City. Regal L.A. LIVE in downtown hosted LAFF for the last several years.  The screenings are Friday, June 3 at 11:15 p.m. at Arclight Cinemas Culver City (world premiere) and Tuesday, June 7 at 9:10 p.m. at Arclight Cinemas Culver City. Passes for the festival are on sale to Film Independent members and the general public.  For more information visit link text.

“Officer Downe” stars Canadian actor Kim Coates — who is best known for playing Tig Trager on the FX series “Sons Of Anarchy” — as an L.A. supercop who is killed in the line of duty but who is repeatedly resurrected and sent back onto the streets. “Officer Downe” is based on the “Man Of Action” imprint/Image Comics graphic novel written by Joe Casey — who also penned the film’s screenplay — and illustrated by Chris Burnham.

The film, which also features Tyler RossLauren VelezReno Wilson and Bruno Gunn in the cast, is produced by Man Of Action EntertainmentSkip WilliamsonCole Payne“Crank” co-director Mark Neveldine and Slipknot manager Cory Brennan.

Coates told Entertainment Weekly about working with Crahan: “He’s crazy. We hit it off from the get-go. We had dinner, and he truly believes that we’ve worked together before in some other universe. Sure, alright, sure. He was ready to learn and share, and he had an incredible kinetic energy. He’s ferociously talented.”

Regarding his vision for the film, Crahan told our hardDrive affiliate 103.9 The Bear radio station in South Bend, IN: “I follow the story. That was my biggest thing. Everybody needs to know… I wanted to represent the story. That was my first prize — to make sure that it has justice. That people that are in love with the comic book and in love with the writer watch the movie and go, ‘Yup. That was the story. And Clown brought the visual and brought these crazy outfits and this crazy way of acting and these techniques.’ So I think the world’s gonna like it.

Back in February, Neveldine declared on “The Movie Crypt” podcast that “Officer Downe” is “better than any Marvel movie or DC movie ever made.” And Casey recently told Entertainment Weekly the film “makes ‘Crank’ look like ’The English Patient’.”

Crahan told The Pulse of Radio a while back he’s been working his way toward directing a feature for a long time. “I’ve been preparing myself with art my whole life, and preparing myself for directing and scriptwriting, and this is what I’ve been doing for 10 years, is learning and studying and taking it in,” he said. “You know, I honestly believe that, you know, we are gonna create the next ’Clockwork Orange’ and I’m gonna die trying because that’s my life.”

Crahan has directed a number of music videos, concert DVDs and behind-the-scenes featurettes for Slipknot.

Celebrating with America today, wish these guys Happy Birthday!

  • Tom Morello (guitarist, Rage Against The Machine, The Nightwatchman,  Audioslave, The Prophets of Rage) (52)
  • Patrick Dahlheimer (bassist, Live) (45)
  • Nicky ”Topper“ Headon (drummer, the Clash) (61)


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