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Friday, Jul 31

Friday, Jul, 31 2015

Howdy, people!   Happy Friday!

Many thanks to Saint Asonia’s Mike Mushok who did our second Saint Asonia App Chat this week on the new hardDriveRadio APP!   We are so happy fans get to talk to their favorite artists on this platform.  Hope you get a chance to join in on the next one.  We are looking to get our Kiwi friends, Like A Storm,  to do one on Aug 10th!   Stay tuned for the start time!    And today, their debut album is out!

The band is the brainchild of former Three Days Grace singer Adam Gontier and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, with Gontier telling us the music doesn’t quite sound like either band:  “I’d say it’s some of the heaviest stuff that I’ve ever written, some of the heaviest riffs and heaviest music that I’ve ever, you know, sang on top of, that sort of stuff. And it’s also got a couple of the most straightforward acoustic guitar-vocal tracks. So it’s kind of all over the place, but really it’s mainly, you know, heavy.”

Saint Asonia also includes ex-Dark New Day bassist Corey Lowery and former Finger Eleven drummer Rich Beddoe.  The group’s first single, “Better Place,” is currently Number 10 on the rock radio airplay chart.  Mushok said about the new disc, “I’m really proud that we created such a cohesive body of work. I hope when people hear it they want to see a show! That’s why you do it.”  The group played its first live show at Rock On The Range in Columbus, OH in May, and will kick off its first North American tour on August 14th in Oklahoma City. A fall trek as guests of Seether is also on the calendar.

Yesterday, we hung out with the guys from Atreyu: Alex Varkatzas, Brandon Saller, Dan Jacobs, Travis Miguel and Porter Marc McKnight.  and had a great time. It was great catching up with the entire band after their 4 year absence.  (I didn’t see them last year when they did their first shows at Aftershock and Knotfest.)  Saw pix of Alex’s family.  His son Lukas is adorable!   Their new album, Long Live, drops Sep 18th and be listening for Atreyu on hardDrive XL the week of Aug 10.  Their new tune “Do You Know Who You Are” will be our Smash or Crash tune that week!  So Atreyu fans, get out to vote!

I love this!  A video surfaced yesterday (July 30th) of 1,000 musicians, dubbed “The Rockin’1000,” playing the Foo Fighters hit “Learn to Fly” as a way to ask the band to come and play in Cesena, Italy .Foo Fighters responded via their Twitter account, writing, “Che bello, Cesena,” which translates to “How lovely, Cesena” or “How nice, Cesena.” The band, however, did not commit to performing in the town.  A previous fan attempt to get the band to play in Richmond, VA, by raising money through the sale of tickets, was met with success as the band performed there last September.

Meanwhile, frontman Dave Grohl denied rumors that the Foos were already signed up to headline next year’s Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. after missing last month’s event due to Grohl’s broken leg.  Grohl told magazine, “I read all of those articles saying we confirmed for next year and just laughed. Total f**king bulls**t. Of course, I’d love to come back and play Glastonbury! But don’t believe everything that you read, kids . . .

The Foos will begin the next leg of their North American tour on August 12th in Edmonton, Canada. After breaking his leg in a stage fall in Sweden last month, Grohl has played the first part of the trek while seated on a light-up throne on a dolly track with his leg in a cast.

Well, today the 11th annual Lollapalooza opens in Grant Park, Chicago, IL.  Headliners are Metallica, Florence & The Machine  and Sir Paul McCartney.   Can’t get there?  No problem.  Watch it live here.

Pulse of Radio reporting a story from The PRP  Deftones singer Chino Moreno invited a fan onstage in Toronto on Wednesday (Jul 29th) to sing “Passenger” with him, after Moreno spotted the fan holding up a sign asking if he could come up and perform with the group. The fan handled the parts originally sung by Tool‘s Maynard James Keenan on the studio version. This is the second time in recent weeks that a major act invited a fan onstage to sing in the Canadian city, with Foo Fighters doing the same thing not long ago.

Faith No More has released a live video for the song “Superhero,” taken from the band’s first studio album in 19 years, the recently released Sol Invictus. The performance in the video was captured during a gig at the Fillmore in Detroit. Faith No More’s North American tour continues tonight (Jul 31st) in Raleigh, NC.

Celebrating birthdays:  Today:  M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold is 34,  John 5 from Rob Zombie’s band is 44 and JK Rowling is 50.  Saturday:  Dan Donegan of Disturbed is 44, Chuck D of Public Enemy is 55 and Coolio is 52.  Sunday, Wes Craven is 76.  Have a killer weekend!

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Thursday, Jul 30

Thursday, Jul, 30 2015

Well, Lou Brutus and I got a nice surprise yesterday!  We were both awarded with a gold album plaque from Five Finger Death Punch and Prospect Park Records for The Wrong Side of Heaven, The Righteous Side of Hell. Many thanks! .  It’s very loverly and will hang proudly on our walls!

Meanwbile, frontman  Ivan Moody spoke with Lou Brutus about their new album, Got Your Six, which has moved to a new Sep 04th release.   Ivan said he considers the band’s upcoming album to be the band’s “best material yet.” Moody said  when it comes to the group’s sixth studio album, he’s believing his own hype: ”Everybody’s supposed to say this: we outdid ourselves on this one. I mean, this is just by far the most fantastic piece of music we’ve done since, in my opinion, (2009 second album) War Is The Answer. We went out of our way to make sure there were no additional vocalists or additives or anything like that. We just got back to our roots and made music as a band, and it was so refreshing. This was just going in, having fun and being kids again, so I was really, really proud of how it turned out.”

I think this subject needs addressing, so I am borrowing this story in full from my friend over at Blabbermouth.

LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe has slammed Kevin Lyman over comments the co-founder of the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival made regarding the state of the heavy metal scene and the future of the traveling event.

In an article published on July 8 by Detroit Free PressLyman was quoted  about the difficulties of booking headline-worthy acts for the festival: “The bands at the top all demand a certain level of fee to be on tour. Unlike punk rock, metal never knows how to take a step back to move the whole scene forward. That’s how punk rock was. That’s how we nurtured punk rock. BAD RELIGION would take a little less than they could on their own to bring the whole scene forward, so we could make sure we had a good [touring] package around them. Metal doesn’t seem to have that concern, never has, never has since I was working in the clubs in the ’80s. It’s always about a ‘me, me, me’ thing.”

Lyman added  part of the problem is the fact metal’s audiences have dwindled as the established headlining acts got older. “What happened was metal chased girls away because what happened was metal aged,” he said. “Metal got gray, bald and fat. And metal was about danger. When you went to a metal show, it was dudes onstage; there was some danger in it.”

In a posting on his Instagram account, Blythe addressed Lyman‘s comments, writing: “Y’all know I don’t talk about my band much here — it’s not my thing. This account is for my photography and other creative endeavors — but I must take a moment to speak about something that irked me recently, as I felt it was a bit insulting to our fans and the metal scene that supports my band (especially the females).

“‘What happened was metal chased girls away because what happened was metal aged. Metal got gray, bald and fat.’ “This generalization was recently made by Mayhem Fest co-founder Kevin Lyman about our metal scene. I call bullshit.

“I wanted to wait until we were on tour to address this, soooooooo…. looking at the huge crowds we have played to on this four-band bill [also featuring SLIPKNOTBULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and MOTIONLESS IN WHITE] so far (all singing along to our metal songs and with plenty of girls in attendance), I gotta laugh. I ain’t the youngest dude in the world, but from my vantage point, the metal scene appears to be doing just fine.”

He continued: “I, a dude from the punk scene of the ’80s (ahem… punk rock existed long before Warped tour, [by the way]. I know, because I was there) who somehow became the singer of a metal band, just became a nationally best-selling author, I’ve met plenty of younger fans who have bought my book, and many were female. LAMB OF GOD, a metal band, has a new album out — at this very second, we are in a very tight race with Jill Scott (an awesome R&B singer I am a fan of who has a huge audience) for the very top slot of the Billboard charts, and if enough folks buy the album before Thursday, we will have our first #1 record. Jill Scott has a much larger fan base than us, but metal fans actually buy records. Even if we get a #2 or #3 (again, by the way — not our first Top 10 debut), it will still be huge. There’s tons of younger metal bands too. The metal scene is alive and healthy, and it will continue to grow and the younger bands will become headliners, if the fans support it. So far, that doesn’t seem to be a problem.”

Blythe added: “So, sorry, metal isn’t watered-down pop bullshit for the teenybopper masses, but it is healthy. So thanks for coming out, buying our records, and singing along, y’all! Thanks for forming new bands and keeping it alive! We appreciate and love you! We ain’t pretty, but we are definitely here, and I’m not bald or fat.”

LAMB OF GOD‘s new album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, was released on July 24 via Epic in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Entertainment in all territories outside of North America. The CD was once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by WilburNick Rowe and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, CA.

Had an excellent time yesterday with Saint Asonia’s Adam Gontier and Mike Mushok! We had some good laughs,  connected the boys with some radio stations like The Edge in Buffalo, Q102 in Springfield, MO and 96 Rock in Ft Myers.   Good times for sure!  Then I did a lengthy interview in before they entered the hardDriveRadio video studios to perform two acoustic version:  ”Better Place” and “Waste My Time” from the new album, due out tomorrow!   Next week, we should have the songs ready to post on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.  Subscribe!

Adam did a killer App Chat on the hardDriveRadio APP on Tuesday night, and tonight at 8 PM Eastern, Mike Mushok will jump on!  We had over 1000 fans on there, which is pretty awesome!  So thank you for your participation.  We’re in the process of booking more aritst chats on the app, so stay tuned!!!!!

And don’t forget, get your hardDrive Live Tour tickets NOW on the tour site.   And check out Trivium’s website for some cool reveal today!   .



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Wednesday, Jul, 29 2015

18:  Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
19:  Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
20:  LA, CA @ The Troubadour
02:  Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
03:  Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
05:  Toronto, ON @ Opera House
more TBA


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Wednesday, Jul 29

Wednesday, Jul, 29 2015

WOW!  Thank you for participating in the live App Chat with Adam Gontier last night on the new hardDriveRadio APP!   We had a great number of Saint Asonia fans on board and Adam answered so many of your questions!  If you liked that, then stop back tomorrow night when guitarist Mike Mushok will be on the app.   8 PM Eastern tomorrow, Thu Jul 30.  We love bringing the artists to you!

Today, Saint Asonia hit the hardDriveRadio studios to do acoustic performances of new tunes, and interview with me.  Looking forward to seeing them.  Their debut se;f-titled album drops Friday. Today, the band has released one more song from the disc, called “Fairy Tale.” The collection of veteran rockers from bands like Three Days GraceStaind and Finger Eleven has already released several other songs, including the band’s debut single, “Better Place.” A video for the latter tune will also make its debut on Friday   Hit www.saintasonia.com for links to pre-order the cd.

My buddy  Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl told magazine he is doing his own physical therapy for his broken leg along with what the doctors ordered. Grohl said, “Ever since I started playing the drums my right calf muscle has been twice the size of my left from stomping the hell out of my kick drum pedal. Now it looks like a sad little chicken wing so I’ve been doing a little bit of my own rehab therapy lately, which is air drumming along to Led Zeppelin three times a day.”  Well, I actually heard that rehab taking place at CitiField in the drum room before our interview.   Dave is a maniac.   And what if not a drummer’s kick stand to rehab a broken leg!   The man’s a genius!

One thing that Grohl told us he is not doing during his recovery is writing any new songs: Gus, our tour manager, said, ‘Did you want me to put your guitar in the room with you?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, sure.’ And I sat there staring at it like, that’s the last thing I want to do right now. If I were to write a record right now, it would be a frustrated, depressing mess. No way! I want to write songs that make people boogie — I couldn’t even walk! So no, I have not hit some creative stride.”

Grohl said in a recent interview that he initially envisioned the throne flying above the crowd, saying, “At one point, that chair, we thought about putting these cables on that chair, and like flying around the stadium on one of those spider cam things. I was like, ‘You know what, I already have one f**king broken leg. Maybe I’ll just stay put.‘”  The frontman also hinted at Foo Fighters taking a break at the end of 2015, saying, “The hardest part about touring is being away from home. At this point, we have families, we have kids . . . This year is maybe one of the biggest years of touring we’ve ever done. Right now we go up to I think November, after that, we might take a little bit of a break, no pun intended.”  The Foos next play in Edmonton, AB on Aug 12th.

 kicked off a co-headlining tour with Incubus last week, but don’t expect to hear any new songs on the trek. Although the band has nearly completed work on its eighth studio release, singer Chino Moreno told us why fans will have to wait a little longer to hear the new material live:  We contemplated it a little bit, we talked about it. But with, you know, YouTube and things like that, it’s like, by the time people hear the real recorded version, a live version recorded on someone’s camera phone will be people’s first idea of what our new record sounds like. I really don’t think we wanted to take that step yet. But yeah, it is sort of hard ’cause we’re sitting on all this material that we’re really excited about and really want to play.”
The new Deftones album is scheduled to be released on September 25th and will follow up 2012′s acclaimed Koi No Yokan, although the new disc’s arrival could be pushed back to November.  Keyboardist Frank Delgado told Diffuser  the record does not have a title yet, adding that the band has worked on this album at a much more relaxed pace than before. He explained,”For the last couple of records, we went in and we started writing and we didn’t stop until we finished the record. This one we took our time and it was a good pace . . . It allowed us to think about things longer as opposed to get something done by a deadline.”

As previously reported, Deftones has tapped Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell to lay down a guest guitar solo on the new album.  Deftones play festivals in Toronto today (Jul 29th) and Silver Springs, MD on Friday (Jul 31st) before rejoining with Incubus in Gilford, NH on Saturday (Aug 1st).

 singer Maynard James Keenan‘s other band, Puscifer, will release its third album, Money Shot, on Oct 30th. The outfit has issued a first single called “Grand Canyon” along with an accompanying video. Keenan said, “It’s extremely satisfying to witness simple conversations and ideas transform into completed sonic landscapes. And to have these stories go above and beyond the initial ideas makes my grumpy heart swell three sizes.

We asked Keenan a while back how he manages to juggle all his projects, which also include his wine business and, of course, Tool:  “You just have to make sure that you’re doing one at a time. When I’m onstage I’m doing whatever project it is, that’s what’s happening onstage. Offstage, I can be on the computer, working on digital aspects or information aspects of the other projects. If I’m in the winery making wine, I’m making wine — it’s pretty separated in that way. But again, it’s just a matter of time management and not wasting a lot of time on extra stuff that doesn’t matter.”

Keenan’s son Devo and Primus drummer Tim Alexander appear on the new Puscifer album, alongside Puscifer regulars like Carina RoundJeff Friedl and Matt McJunkins.  Puscifer has existed in some form since 1995 but only began making records in 2007. The act’s last full-length album was 2011′s Conditions Of My Parole.  Tool, meanwhile, will play its first confirmed concert of 2015 on Halloween (Oct 31st) at a one-day music festival called Monster Mash in Tempe, AZ.

Pulse Of Radio reporting  Metallica is the subject of a new comic book biography called Orbit: Metallica. Published by StormFront Media, formerly Bluewater Productions, the book chronicles the formation and early history of the group and joins the company’s line of biographical comics that also includes books on Alice CooperOzzy OsbourneMiley CyrusPrinceHillary ClintonMichael Jackson and more.
The StormFront list of comics includes books featuring current events, biographies of the famous and the infamous, and a growing fiction line. Writer Michael L. Frizell said he’s never written about an artist “with such a rabid fan base as Metallica,” while artist Jayfri Hashim, who counts himself as one of those fans, said, added, “Many people get it wrong when they say Metallica is a rock band. They’re not. They are the very definition of a metal band. They were daring, innovative, and the story of their beginning fascinates me.”  Print copies of Orbit: Metallica start at $3.99 and can be ordered at www.comicfleamarket.com. Digital copies can be downloaded on Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, iTunes, Kindle and more.  Metallica headlines at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival this Saturday night (Aug 1st).

Saw the Rise Against-Killswitch Engage show smack dab in the middle of NYC’s Central Park’s Summerstage last night.   What a great show!   KSe slayed it!  Sort of a hometown event for frontman Jesse Leach, who lives not far from the famed open space.   They ripped through their greatest hits.  Then Rise Against, whose cd The Black Market has to be one of my favorites of this year, showed NYC what they’ve got.   The crowd was in their hand and they soaked up the love (and the sweat) like a sponge! (Man, it was so hot out there!  I was drenched!)   Anyhow, Rise Against announced yesterday they are having such a great time with Killswitch, they’ve added another month of shows in Nov.  See Road Rage. Check out this full concert from Rock In Rio from Rise Against.

Happy 62nd today to Geddy Lee of Rush! 


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Tuesday, Jul, 28 2015

03:  Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
04:  Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
06:  Omaha, NE @ Sokol Aud
07:  Kansas City, MO @ Midland
09:  Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
10:  Detroit, MI @ Fillmore
12:  Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
13:  Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
14:  Memphis, TN @ New Daisy
16:  Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
17:  San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
20:  Las Vegas, NV @ HOB
21:  San Diego, CA @ HOB
23:  Riverside, CA @ Memorial Aud
24:  Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock
25:  Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
27:  Portland, OR @ Roseland
28:  Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
29:  Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

also:  see 3 DOORS DOWN

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