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Wednesday, May, 31 2017

Headlining, otherwise noted  * = festival

03:  Las Vegas, NV @ Scars @ Stripes *
25:  Battle Creek, MI @ The Music Factory
30:  Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater (support for Fate’s Warning)
11:  Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
18:  Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s
22:  Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
27:  Oklahoma City, OK @ Thunder Alley
31:  Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
10:  Ft Wayne, IN @ Rusty Spur
16:  Spring Grove, IL @ KC’s Cabin
17:  Madison, WI @ The Majestic
18:  Glen Flora, WI @ Northwoods Rock Rally*
24:  Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s
31:  Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
13:  Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep

posted by: Lou Brutus

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday, May, 31 2017

Tomorrow, we leave to start the long drive north to the Adirondacks.  Both looking forward and not.  Hate leaving paradise, but it’s getting hot as hell.  And I need to smell some lilacs!  So hope I don’t miss them all!

This morning, I saw this Facebook post from my friend David Draiman of Disturbed!  Looks like another cool tie in with with “The Sound Of Silence,” except this time, it’s celebrating the music and art of Paul Simon, who wrote the song!  Sounds like a wonderful event!

Peter Cornell meeting his older brother Chris for the first time

Last time Peter and Chris Cornell were together. Photo credits: Peter Cornell

Oh my.  This is sad. The Pulse Of Radio via Alternative Press says Peter Cornell, younger brother of late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, posted the following message on Facebook a few days ago, following the death of his sibling earlier this month. Peter wrote, “It’s been difficult to put words together. My heart is broken. Chris was always just my brother. We just ‘were.’ No pretense. No dog and pony show. We didn’t have to get deep all the time. Sometimes we only needed to just be in the same room and just be present. That was enough.”

Peter added, “It wasn’t until this week, it really hit me how he belonged to the world. That he is an icon and a legend. That being said, I am so sorry to YOU for your loss. Artists, actors, musicians. We rely on these people to lift us up. To inspire us and distract us in times of trouble. Chris protected us when we needed him to. His one of a kind-ness surrounded us like a suit of armor. He was a warrior and a wizard. A howling wolf and a trusted mentor.

Peter continued, “My brother gave freely of his gifts and it was never a struggle. He kept himself from the saturation of celebrity in such a humble way. The power and anger and passion of my brother’s music was always genuine, original and legitimate. He was the powerful, sensitive, fragile, angry, mystical creature that will exist forever in his body of work. And he did it for ALL of us.”

Peter concluded by thanking all of Chris’ fans for their “kindness and condolences,” saying, “I will never wrap my head around his passing.”

Chris Cornell died in the early hours of May 18th, the victim of an apparent suicide by hanging, shortly after Soundgarden played a concert in Detroit. Toxicology and autopsy reports are pending and will determine if the anti-anxiety drug Ativan, which Chris was taking, was somehow a factor in his death.  His funeral took place last Friday (May 26th) at the Forever Hollywood cemetery in Los Angeles, attended by bandmates, fellow musicians and actors such as Brad Pitt and Josh Brolin that he had befriended.

And the photo posted above was a Twitter post from Nancy Wilson of Heart, a fellow Seattle musician and friend of Cornell’s.  The members of Audioslave, Prophets Of Rage and Rage Against The Machine, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford, performed Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” without vocals as a tribute.  Watch it here on DJ Lord’s Facebook page.

Ozzy OsbourneProphets Of RageFive Finger Death PunchRob Zombie and Incubus will top the bill for the fourth annual Louder Than Life destination festival, set to take place Saturday, Sep 30th and Sunday, Oct 1st at Champions Park in Louisville, KY. Ozzy will headline on the first day while Prophets Of Rage will close out the second, while the massive lineup also includes Stone SourRise Against,  MastodonHalestormThe Pretty RecklessIn This MomentHollywood UndeadOf Mice & MenStarsetBeartoothNothing More and many others.

Rob Zombie said, “The Zombie and his horde are ready to throw down and get weird at Louder Than Life. Zombie and Ozzy together again! Dig it!

Zombie and Ozzy have a long history together, with Zombie telling us that he first met the Black Sabbath singer over 20 years ago: “I don’t even remember why I was meeting him. It was very early on, I mean, it was ’95 maybe or something, and I went over to his house…not the house that they had on the TV show The Osbournes, but the house they lived in before that, the one next door to Pat Boone. And it was great. You know, I’d always loved Ozzy, loved Black Sabbath, and it was just me and Ozzy in his house and he played me this entire album he had made with (producer/songwriter) Mark Hudson that was very Beatles-sounding. It’s never been released, but it was fantastic.”

Prophets Of Rage guitarist Tom Morello said in a statement about Louder Than Life, “Prophets Of Rage are psyched to bring a brass-knuckle Marshall stack beatdown to the Louder Than Life festival. We are gonna unleash the rage, bring the noize and take the power back so come on down and get some.”

Single-day and weekend tickets for Louder Than Life will be available at LouderThanLifeFestival.com starting on Friday (June 2nd) at noon ET.

Corey Taylor and Lou Brutus

Blabbermouth  reporting Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor told Oklahoma City radio station and hardDrive affiliate 100.5  KATT the band’s new studio effort, Hydrograd, was “the most fun I’ve ever had making an album,” adding, “It was the easiest album I’ve ever made, and yet it is so strong, it’s so badass. It is tight, it’s fast, it’s rocking, it’s crushing, it’s melodic, there’s songs for the ladies. I mean, it’s got everything you could ever want in a rock and roll album, man. And it’s probably one of the things I’m most proud of in my life.

Taylor told us that the band felt more confident than ever in its own abilities when it began recording: “When you know what you want to do, and you have the talent to pull it off, you know, you get right to it. You do exactly what you hear in your head. And so between that, you get the live vibe. You also get the swagger. So you get a certain type of dangerous edge that comes to it. Even with some of the sweeter stuff, like it really has that element of bringing back a big sound.”

Hydrograd is Stone Sour’s sixth studio album and will be released on Jun 30th. The disc features the single “Song #3,” which is already Number Nine on the rock radio chart.

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

Meanwhile, Corey Taylor’s new book, America 51: A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside ‘The Greatest Country In The World,’ will be published on Aug 8th. The singer said the book was originally “supposed to be this love letter to America . . . and then, politically, all hell broke loose, and I kind of had to change the entire tone of my book . . . It’s probably my angriest, weirdest book ever.”  Taylor has published three previous books, all of which made the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list.

Ok, it’s not ROCK news, but it is good news.  After the terrifying and tragic event at Ariana Grande‘s Manchester, UK stop last week, the singer wanted to do something for her fans. Coldplay will reportedly join a bill of A-list stars joining Ariana Grande at her charity concert to benefit victims of the terrorist attack on Manchester Arena. Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Usher and Niall Horan are set to show up alongside Grande for the “One Love Manchester” show set for the city’s Old Trafford cricket ground this Sunday (Jun 4th).

The grounds have a 50,000-person capacity. The show will air live on BBC TV, BBC Radio and Capital Radio Networks. A streaming partner will be announced soon. All proceeds will benefit the victims of the May 22nd bombing that followed Grande’s concert Manchester Arena, leaving 22 dead and more than 100 wounded.

The singer postponed her European tour through June 5th in the wake of the attack. Fans who were at the Manchester show will be offered free tickets, while general admission tickets go on sale Thursday (Jun 1st). (The Pulse Of Radio)


Happy Lifeday to American acting treasure Clint Eastwood who turns 87 today.

posted by: Lou Brutus

weekEnd May 27-28, 2017

Tuesday, May, 30 2017

Special Edition

Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  COREY TAYLOR
“Rainbow in the Dark” and “Gimme Shelter” ftg
Guest:  THRICE “Helter Skelter”
I PREVAIL “Blank Space”
DISTURBED “The Sound Of Silence”
ALIEN ANT FARM “Smooth Criminal”
Guest:  RED SUN RISING “Uninvited”
ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
FOO FIGHTERS “Darling Nikki”
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Midnight Rider”
Guest:  THREE DAYS GRACE “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”

Hour 2

ANTHRAX “Carry On”
Guest:  VOLBEAT “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
RACHEL LORIN “All The Young Dudes”
Guest:  HALESTORM “Still Of The Night”
SEETHER “Careless Whisper”
Guest:  GODSMACK  ”Come Together”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”

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Week of May 29-Jun 02, 2017

Tuesday, May, 30 2017

MASTODON “Show Yourself”
METALLICA “Now That We’re Dead”
ROYAL BLOOD “Lights Out”
SKILLET  “Back From The Dead”
STONE SOUR “Song # 3”

AS LIONS “Aftermath”
RISE AGAINST “The Violence”

BASEMENT “Promise Everything”-ADD
BLACK STONE CHERRY “Cheaper To Drink Alone”
DED “Anti-Everything”
OF MICE & MEN “Unbreakable”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”-ADD
RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup”
STITCHED UP HEART “Catch Me When I Fall”
THRICE “Hurricane”


posted by: Lou Brutus

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday, May, 30 2017

Gregg Allman Dec 8, 1947-May 27, 2017

Hope your Memorial Day weekend was a good one. It was strange for me thinking about the passing of Gregg Allman on Saturday, considering we randomly had put his song, “Midnight Rider,” in the hardDrive Cover It Up special edition over the weekend. Who knew the legendary frontman would leave this mortal coil to join his bandmates, brother, guitarist Duane and bassist Berry Oakley, who left before him.  Thank you, Gregg, for all you left us.

Ya know, you can tell Dave Grohl missed the road.  The Pulse Of Radio reporting Foo Fighters had the plug pulled on them during the band’s headlining set at the BottleRock festival in Napa Valley, CA on Sunday night (May 28th). The group kept playing, however, finishing their final encore of “Everlong” even without power. The  Foos headlined the third and final evening of the event, following previous nights’ headliners Tom Petty and Maroon 5.  

The San Francisco Chronicle reports promoters “promptly shut down the speakers and video screens” halfway through “Everlong” because the band had played past a strict 10:00 p.m. curfew. The festival began implementing a strict curfew after residents previously complained about sound levels. The Foos finally bid farewell to the audience after finishing the song.  The group warmed up for the BottleRock event with an unannounced, invite-only gig at the nearby Blue Note jazz club on Friday (May 26th). The Blue Note and BottleRock shows were the first official Foo Fighters concerts in the U.S. in two years, although the band did play a brief benefit gig earlier this year. The band has yet to schedule more U.S. shows for 2017.

150 lucky fans got to watch the two-hour club show, which took place just hours after Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins attended the funeral f Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell in Los Angeles.

Besides Grohl and Hawkins, the rock and Hollywood royalty turned out for 
Cornell‘s funeral, which was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Friday (May 26). Attendees included his widow Vicky and two younger children, Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica, Nirvana‘s Krist NovoselicDave Navarro of Jane’s AddictionChester Bennington and Brad Delson of Linkin ParkJoe WalshCourtney LoveBush‘s Gavin RossdaleAlice In Chains‘ Jerry Cantrell, members of SoundgardenAudioslave and Pearl JamPharrell WilliamsJames FrancoBrad PittJeremy RennerChristian BaleJosh Brolin and more.

Bennington performed Leonard Cohen‘s ”Hallelujah” for the gathering, with many in attendance brought to tears.

Eulogies were given by Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil, Pearl Jam’Jeff Ament, Audioslave‘s Tom MorelloBrolinBennington and Delson, and Eric Esrailian, producer of the movie “The Promise.”

The title song to that film, which Chris wrote and performed, was also played at the service. The Temple Of The Dog song ”All Night Thing” played as mourners walked from the service to the garden where Cornell’s remains were interred.

Morello said during his eulogy, “Chris was as melodic as The Beatles, as rocking as Sabbath and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe.”

Flowers and several red roses were placed on Cornell‘s grave marker, which read, “Voice of our generation and an artist for all time.”

Fans gathered outside the cemetery’s gates hours before the start of a public memorial scheduled for 3:00 p.m. PT.

His widow, Vicky Cornell, has spoken out briefly on Twitter following her husband’s funeral last Friday (May 26th). Vicky first thanked fans for their “love and support” in the days following Chris’ May 18th death, then added in a second tweet that “contrary to media reports it is untrue that (Chris)’s last words to me were ‘I’m very tired.’”

In an account published online by TMZ, sources said that Chris’ last conversation with his wife by phone, shortly before he was found dead in a Detroit hotel room, ended with those words after becoming increasingly incoherent and slurred.

Chris’ manager, Ron Laffitte, told CNN about his client’s death, “Nobody saw this coming, his bandmates didn’t see this coming. It’s totally out of character for the Chris that I’ve known and worked with for the last 10 years. It’s incredibly bizarre. I have to think that something threw him off the tracks . . . he must have been out of his right mind.

Laffitte told CNN  he last spoke to Cornell on the afternoon of his death when they discussed plans for Chris to perform at the 2017 Global Citizens Music Festival this September in New York. The manager recalled, “He was just really excited about this specific idea that we were going to do. He said, ‘We aren’t just going to make pop history with this one, brother. We are going to make real history.’ I would say the last couple of months, he was as optimistic and happy as I can ever recall him.”

In a story published over the weekend at Rolling Stone, some of Cornell’s musical colleagues described their feelings about the loss and recalled their last interactions with him.

Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello last saw Cornell when that band reunited to play three songs at the Anti-Inaugural Ball in January. He recalled, “We hung out after the show . . . The last thing he said to me was, ‘I had such a great time. I would love to do this again. You just let me know.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s figure it out!’”

Although Audioslave ended on somewhat contentious terms in 2007, Morello told us a few years later that he still had great affection for Chris: “You know, Chris I consider a good friend and I love that guy, you know, and we went through a lot together, both musically and personally. And it was, you know, my belief that the band’s friendship and roots were deep.”

Morello added to Rolling Stone about Cornell’s passing, “It’s unbelievable. I don’t know what the phases of mourning are, but I’m in the first one. I still expect this to be some kind of mistake.”

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian spent time with Cornell at Elton John’s 70th birthday party on March 25th, saying, “We had this long chat . . . He had plans, man.

Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who lost his own singer, Layne Staley, in 2002, said that Chris was “the last guy in the world I thought that would happen to,” adding, “That’s not the way that book was supposed to end. And it was not the way that book was going.”

They’re baaaccckkk!  Tool performed over the weekend in Boston, MA at the Boston Calling festival.  And their frontman Maynard James Keenan had some choice, if unusual, words for the crowd  on Sunday night (May 28th), when the band headlined the final night of the event. According to Alternative Nation, Keenan said, “As artists, we interpret and report, that’s our job. We are merchants of emotion. We have the privilege to do that because of active and former law enforcement and military defending our right to do so.” 

He continued, “Those of you who are law enforcement and military, your job is to defend our right to act like whining, entitled snowflake a****les. Myself being one. Snowflakes, your job is to respect that I’m f**king doing that for you. Divided we fall. Don’t believe the hype dumb-dumbs, we’re all in this together.” Keenan did not elaborate further on his comments.

The Boston Calling show was the fourth of Tool’s current tour and marked the band’s first show in the Boston area in more than a decade. The tour will also bring the act to New York City next weekend for the Governor’s Ball and its first show in that city since 2006.  Tool’s tour continues in Rochester, NY on Tuesday (May 30th). The trek will wrap up with a large show in San Bernardino, CA on Jun 24th which will also feature Melvins, Primus, The Crystal Method and more.

Although there have been more hints than usual lately that we might be closer to the first new Tool album since 2006, there has been no concrete evidence of a release date yet. Sigh.

Happy 53rd today to Tom Morello and Happy 46th to Live bassist Patrick Dahlheimer. 


posted by: Lou Brutus