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Friday, Sep 30

Friday, Sep, 30 2016

Are we ready to rock!  Oh hell yes!  On the way to Wisconsin, both Lou Brutus and I, he’s first headed to Edgefest for Razor 94.7‘s big show today, where he jumps on the Sevendust bus to head down the road to catch up with me in Janesville for 94.1 JJO‘s Sonic Boom two-day extravaganza. It’s gonna be a blast seeing all our ole and new pals.  Totally excited and congrats to our Sonic Boom winner Gary Wright (not the “Dreamweaver” one) who listens to X105.7  who will join us for the fun.  More on all that next week!

Billboard reports a Nameless Ghoul from Ghost has revealed the band is already writing for their next album, the follow up to Meliora.  I finally get to see the band live this weekend and will get more info as I sit down with a Nameless Ghoul myself.   The band is very excited to have their Popestar become the very 1st EP debut Number 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart, the very first band to ever release an EP (not a full album) to go to Number 1 first week out.  Very exciting time for the band. Now if only they will let me be one of the sisters on stage to serve drinks. I would LOVE that!

If you didn’t stay up or forgot to watch Metallica last night on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, you’re welcome.  Bummed they didn’t bring them over to the couch. But they did perform their 5:47 song so I guess that was a nice chunk of airtime.  Surprisingly, it wasn’t “Hardwired.”  What I loved was when guest Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) said she LOVES SLIPKNOT and has seen their shows!  How awesome!  Apparently the actress is a bit of a metalhead!  She also professed of never seeing Metalllica live before, another band she loves, but she did last night!

As Lions, funny they don’t look like lions…..

Blabbermouth is reporting U.K. rock outfit As Lions will release its debut EP, Aftermath, on Oct 14 via Better Noise Records. The EP will be available digitally in the U.S. and physically in Europe. In conjunction with the announcement of the EP, the band has also unveiled the title track and first single, Aftermath. Watch the visualizer here.

Comprised of vocalist Austin Dickinson (son of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson), guitarist and keyboardist Conor O’Keefe, guitarist Will Homer, bassist Stefan Whiting and drummer Dave Fee, As Lions is the evolution of British rock. Standing by their mission to create “the biggest, baddest hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale,” the band has worked with award-winning producer David Bendeth (Of Mice & Men, Bring Me The Horizon) and Kane Churko (Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch).

The EP’s four dynamic tracks are a study in contrasts, mixing thick, grinding riffs and rhythms with majestically sweeping strings, stately piano tinklings and a hefty dose of atmospheric electronics, all shot through with Dickinson’s soaring vocals and introspective lyrics. Aftermath has Dickinson asking: “What have we created / what have we become?” as guitars churn and crash around him. “Conceptually it’s about trying to navigate your way out of disaster, be it personal, collective, or in the case of the video, a war zone,” Austin says. Another track, the crushing ”Deathless” targets the Internet culture’s obsession with image.

Atreyu building Foundation

And lastly today, because I have to pack yet, California metallers Atreyu are hosting, curating, and headlining the first-ever Foundation Fest, a weekend of shows. Foundation Fest will be held at The Observatory in Santa, Ana, California ahead of the Christmas holidays. They plan for it to be an annual event.

The shows are scheduled to take place on Friday, Dec 16 and Saturday, Dec 17. Atreyu will headline both nights, with special guests on each bill. On Friday evening, they will play a special set featuring their A Death-Grip On Yesterday album, celebrating the record’s tenth anniversary.

Foundation Fest is a way for us to have some hometown fun around the holidays and put together a lineup that showcases some of our favorite Orange County bands, as well as some great acts from around the globe,” said Atreyu guitarist Dan Jacobs. “We’re really looking forward to its debut year, as well as many more to come.”

Drummer Brandon Saller added: “The mix of old and new has us really excited. Having Adamantium reunite with original members to play songs off of From The Depths Of Depression, an album we grew up singing along to, as well as Death By Stereo, who we’ve listened to since high school, is amazing. Juxtaposed with some of the heavy music scenes best up and comers The Word AliveAssuming We SurviveCapsize and Aeges, this is going to be a great event for music fans of all ages.”

The lineup for each show is below. Tickets for Foundation Fest go on sale on today, Sep 30 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

Thanks to Blabbermouth and Pulse Of Radio for today’s news.   Have a great weekend! I’ll return on later on Monday to fill in the blanks on all things rock.

posted by: Lou Brutus


Thursday, Sep 29

Thursday, Sep, 29 2016

HE IS NUMBER ONE!

OK, so some of you followers of the Clergy will get that!  The Pulse Of Radio reporting this morning that Ghost, who I can’t wait to finally see perform this weekend, have topped Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums chart!  The Swedish band’s new Popestar EP debuted at Number One on  the chart yesterday (Sep 28th), marking the first time that they have ever topped that survey. The release is also the first EP to enter in the top spot in the chart’s 10-year history. Popestar‘s first-week sales of 21,000 copies also landed the EP at Number One on the Hard Rock Albums list, and “Square Hammer” is climbing the rock radio singles chart as well.

Popestar includes the original track “Square Hammer” as well as covers of songs by EurythmicsEcho & the BunnymenSimian Mobile Disco and ImperietA Nameless Ghoul told us why the band chose such an eclectic group:  We always try to find songs that are interesting for us to work with. There must be some sort of ignition, a spark somewhere, where you want to change it or — I hate to say like make it better, but at least I am drawn to songs to cover when there’s something in there that I feel like, ‘Well, you can definitely do another version of this that isn’t necessarily just a straight-up rock cover that most bands unfortunately end up doing.‘”

Ghost launched a new North American tour last week in support of Popestar, with the trek pulling into Kansas City on Friday night (Sep 30th) and this weekend at Louder Than Life in Louisville and Sonic Boom in Janesville, WI.

The band, whose singer is known as Papa Emeritus III and whose other members are all just called Nameless Ghouls, is debuting a new bassist on this trek, which reports have suggested is Megan Thomas from the New York-based Led Zeppelin tribute band Lez Zeppelin.

Metal Hammer has the world premiere of Korn‘s “A Different World” featuring Corey Taylor from their new album, The Serenity of Suffering, due Oct 21available to pre-order now – it’s a heavy, brooding, almost sinister track, that is still unequivocally Korn.

Speaking about the song, Jonathan Davis told Metal Hammer lyrically it’s about finding “your happy spot” when “shit gets crazy”, offering a sense of release and escapism.

But how did the collaboration happen?

When I was working on this song, Corey texted Nick [Raskulinecz, producer] and it popped in my head that he would be the perfect person to collaborate on the record,” reveals Jonathan. “I’ve collaborated with everybody I’ve cared to collaborate with so far in my career, so it was hard trying to think of someone, but it so happened that Corey texted at the right time.

“I’ve been friends with him for a long long time, he’s covered my ass a couple of times, when I got really sick back in 2006 with that crazy blood disorder he came out and did a couple of songs with the band so we could at least show up and say that we tried to play.

“We’ve had a long relationship over the years, he’s a good guy and a great singer.

Having heard the entire album, I can honestly say, IT FREAKIN’ ROCKS!!!!     Which is reminding me of the fact that all these great bands are back with new music:  Korn, Metallica, Green Day, Alter Bridge, A Day To Remember, Of Mice & Men, I mean, the list goes on and on.  I mean, for those critics who said ROCK IS DEAD,  they can start eating some serious crow……CAW CAW!

Today, The Pretty Reckless  also premiered a new music video for their scorching single “Take Me Down,” which recently landed #1 on the Rock Radio charts, marking the band’s fourth consecutive #1 single.  ”Take Me Down” is the first single from The Pretty Reckless’ highly anticipated third studio album Who You Selling For, also due on Oct 21 on Razor & Tie.

The video, shot by Meiert Avis, sees front woman Taylor Momsen and the band at Water Music Studios in Hoboken, NJ, where the album was recorded. Avis has directed videos for artists such as Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, U2 and Avril Lavigne, among many others throughout his illustrious career, spanning over four decades.

The video, shot in black and white with subtle glimpses of red, shows Momsen in top form with her voice as powerful as ever. The 60′s – tinged rock guitar and Taylor’s soulful, smoky delivery makes “Take Me Down” a complete, blistering track that further cements the band at the forefront of rock.

The New York Times recently wrote, “The Pretty Reckless have steadily established itself as one of the most consistently enjoyable rock bands in the country…As rock by and large collapses, how does this group, with its faithful revisiting of louche 1980s power rock, continue to thrive? Find out on its third full-length album, ‘Who You Selling For.’ “ 

The Pretty Reckless will hit the road this fall in support of the album, beginning Oct 20th playing major markets in the US before wrapping up on Dec 6th in Los Angeles. See Road Rage for all the dates!  

 in the name of rock, that happened!  Cage The Elephant frontman Matt Shultz and Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach joined Prophets Of Rage onstage in Nashville on Tuesday night (Sep 27th) to perform the MC5’s “Kick Out The Jams.” Dave Grohl has previously performed the song with the band, which features members of Rage Against The MachineCypress Hill and Public Enemy. (Alternative Nation)

Mmmmm, I’ll have one please! 

Deftones have announced that they have partnered with San Diego’s Belching Beaver Brewery to create a new beer called Phantom Bride IPA - a hoppy West Coast style India Pale Ale loaded up with Mosaic, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra hops, all handpicked by Deftones frontman, Chino Moreno.

Really excited to see our Phantom Bride IPA hit the shelves. As a huge beer connoisseur it was a privilege collaborating with Belching Beaver on the flavor profiles and coming out with a beer that I would put right up with any of my favorites. Good stuff!” -Chino.

The beer ships from the brewery to distribution outlets in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii, and California today and will be available to retailers and consumers where all great craft beer is sold on Oct 3rd. Phantom Bride IPA will be available on draft and in 22-oz. bottles. It is brewed and bottled by Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista or Oceanside, California. San Diego County. 

The beer is named after the multiplatinum, Grammy Award-winning alt-rock band’s latest single “Phantom Bride,” from their current album Gore, which is currently Top 10 at Rock Radio.

 And finally, Sully Erna was in town yesterday to do a promo event for his new album, Hometown Life, which drops tomorrow.  We hung out in the video studio for a while and before that, just as ole friends hanging out and catching up. I was very touched when he paid me a huge thank you for being the passionate music person that I am. He’s a good dude.  He showed me pictures and told me he is renovating a family property in their hometown in Sicily.  He’s pretty psyched about it.  I’d be too!  If you were a fan of Avalon, then definitely check out his new solo music.   (And I didn’t even raze him about his Patriots!  lol  That was a first!) 

 

posted by: Lou Brutus


Wednesday, Sep 28

Wednesday, Sep, 28 2016

What a night!  Metallica Day in NYC!  They started out with taking photos with journalists and radio industry elites at the world famous Electric Lady Studios on W 8th Street.   Then we got to list to about half of the album (titles can’t be revealed) but I am telling you, the music is OUTSTANDING.  The best in years if you ask me!  That ole spark is back and I don’t know if they are like a fine wine, getting better with age or the addition of former engineer, now producer Greg Fidelman had something to do with it, but I will confirm with you that they pulled out all the stops!   James even calls out the Ktulu in one song.  Love it!

After that, we were wined and dined and plied with fireball shots before heading over to Webster Hall for the show.  I galloped upstairs to find a great perch in the balcony so I could get video for Facebook, but for the life of me, I do not know why the first 7 minutes had no audio. (Poor reception in the venue perhaps?) But once it kicked it, I know I made many people very happy to be able to watch it on their phones and one friend actually pulled it up on his SmartTV.  Anyhow, they performed “Moth Into Flame” and “Hardwired” from the new album, along with all the great ones we know and love from the band.It was just so amazing to be able to see them in a venue that wasn’t an arena!

Set List from setlist.fm:

  1. Breadfan
    (Budgie cover) (First time played live since 2013)
  2. Holier Than Thou
    (First time played live since 2013)
  3. Battery
  4. Harvester of Sorrow
  5. Fade to Black
  6. Moth Into Flame
    (Live Debut)
  7. Sad But True
  8. Orion
    (First time played live since 2014)
  9. One
  10. Master of Puppets
  11. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  12. Enter Sandman
  13. Encore:
  14. Whiskey in the Jar
    ([traditional] cover)
  15. Hardwired
  16. Seek & Destroy

    (Followed by very brief “The Frayed Bits of Insanity”)

                                   RIP  Cliff Burton

Sadly, yesterday was also the 30th anniversary of the death of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed in 1986 at the age of 24 in a bus crash while the band was touring in Sweden. Frontman James Hetfield reflected on the somber date in a new interview posted at the official Metallica website, saying, “I miss Cliff a lot. I think about him quite often. But it also makes me realize that, you know, he’s here in spirit. He’s not here physically, but there are people that are here physically, and let’s have some good times now.”

Hetfield admitted he and his bandmates avoided dealing with their grief for a long time, saying, “We drank a lot. And then when Cliff passed away, it was doubled, you know? Took twice as much to stuff it down. And (I) never, ever really grieved. We just went back out, started touring again, and that was supposedly the remedy to shake it off and to get back on the horse, all the clichés.”

Hetfield acknowledged it was his 2001 stint in rehab that finally allowed him to begin processing his grief over not just Burton, but also Hetfield’s late mother. The singer/guitarist remarked, “I think just by (opening up to the) memories . . . that’s how grieving is happening for me over a longer period of time.

Burton was replaced a month after his death by bassist Jason Newsted, who stayed with the group until 2001. Robert Trujillo took over the bass spot in 2003.  All three bass player, including Burton, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as Metallica members in 2009. Burton’s father attended the ceremony on behalf of his son.

At a January 2009 press conference announcing Metallica’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, James Hetfield was asked to speculate on what Burton would have thought of the induction: I hate playing what-ifs. I love being here right now. You know, the spirit of Cliff lives in us, we take him everywhere we can, so I want to think that he would love this, the fact that Metallica is being recognized as something to reckon with.”

Burton was not Metallica’s first bass player: that honor belonged to Ron McGovney. But Burton caught the eye of Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich when they saw him play in a band called Trauma in his hometown of San Francisco.  They asked him to join Metallica and he said he would only do it if the group relocated to the Bay Area, which they did.  Burton, who played on Metallica’s first three studio albums, was renowned for his ferocious live presence and extended bass solos on songs like “Orion” and “Pulling Teeth.”

BTW:  Metallica revealed during a town hall meeting for fans on Monday (Sep 26th) at Sirius/XM in New York City that the song “Murder One” from its forthcoming  Hardwired… To Self-Destruct  LP is a tribute to another fallen comrade, late Motorhead  frontman Lemmy Kilmister, with the track apparently using many Motorhead song titles in its lyrics. James Hetfield said, “Motorhead had a lot to do with Metallica sitting here right now. But just Lemmy as an entity, as kind of a father figure, he helped us a lot. He was unafraid. And he was a character. And he was himself. And we all respected that so much. He did his own thing to the last breath. No matter who you are, how could you not be inspired by that?”

And the other big band to have new music and a new tour is Green Day!  They kicked off their promo run up to the release of Revolution Radio on Monday in Columbus, OH after delaying the start of their new tour by a few days so band and crew members could recover from an illness.   According to Diffuser, the band opened its 25-song set with two songs from the new Revolution Radio album, current single “Bang Bang” and the title track.

Only one other cut from the new album made the set list, and that was “Ordinary World,” which appeared in the acoustic second encore just before “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).” The rest of the set drew heavily from 1994′s Dookie and 2004′s American Idiot, with the band playing five and six songs respectively from those two classic records. The trio also reached back to their second album, Kerplunk!, for three numbers while ignoring 2012′s Uno!Dos! and Tre! discs entirely.

Here’s the set list from the opening night of Green Day’s tour:
1. “Bang Bang”
2. “Revolution Radio”
3. “Know Your Enemy”
4. “Holiday”
5. “Letterbomb”
6. “Longview”
7. “2000 Light Years Away”
8. “Welcome To Paradise”
9. “Christie Road”
10. “Burnout”
11. “Scattered”
12. “Hitchin’ A Ride”
13. “Waiting”
14. “Are We The Waiting”
15. “St. Jimmy”
16. “When I Come Around”
17. “She”
18. “Basket Case”
19. “King For A Day”
20. “Shout” / “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” / “Hey Jude”
21. “Minority”
Encore 1:
22. “American Idiot”
23. “Jesus of Suburbia”
Encore 2 (acoustic):
24. “Ordinary World”
25. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”

Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt told us how the band approaches its vast catalog these days when putting together its live set:  We try to keep it fun for ourselves, you know. We’ll mix it up if we feel like it’s getting too — you know, we don’t want to ever going through the motions ever, either, so you know, we won’t do it. We’ll stop in the middle of a set and go, ‘You know what? We’re gonna playDookie in its entirety.’ But you know, we just keep it fun. It definitely is a good problem to have, to have such a big discography.”

The concert also featured a medley of the Isley Brothers’ “Shout,” the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.”

Green Day’s tour continues tonight (Sep 28th) in Sayreville, NJ. The band also announced the shows postponed from last week in St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit will now take place at the end of October.  Revolution Radio comes out Oct 7th. The band will be in NYC next week!


Today Sully Erna stops by to talk about his new Hometown Life album, due on Friday.  Looking forward to seeing my friend, even though he’s a Patriots’ fan. Ugh. (I always bust his cannolis about them!)   Anyhow, be looking for a video interview with Sully soon.

Soundgarden: Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Ben Sheperd

The Pulse Of Radio also reporting today my good friend Full Metal Jackie (she’s getting married on Saturday!)  interviewed Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil on her radio show on KLOS in Los Angeles about the state of the band’s next studio album, which will follow up 2012′s King Animal. Thayil explained, “Right now there are some other projects that are taking up band members’ time . . . Over the past year we’ve had a number of songwriting and jam sessions, Soundgarden, getting together to simply exchange ideas and document and record them. So we’ve had some rough demos of a dozen or so songs. We’ll continue to do this as everyone’s schedules open up. Hopefully next year we’ll find ourselves in the studio fleshing out these ideas.”

Thayil cited drummer Matt Cameron‘s other job as the drummer for Pearl Jam and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell‘s solo tour as two projects that are taking up time, along with the Temple Of The Dog reunion tour that both Cornell and Cameron are part of.

Thayil mentioned that, following the recent reissue of several Soundgarden albums on vinyl, other projects are coming up as well. On the schedule are a 25th anniversary edition of 1991′s Badmotorfinger and a remixed version of the group’s first full-length disc, 1988′s Ultramega OK.

The guitarist told us that he and producer Jack Endino have been working for a couple of years on the latter project: “Jack and I have spent a lot of time remixing Ultramega OK, which, if you’ve ever read interviews with the band, nobody in the band was ever really happy with the mix. We always wanted Jack to remix it, and now it sounds bigger and warmer, it’s great.”

Soundgarden reunited in 2010 after a 13-year layoff, touring and then eventually writing new material that became the basis for 2012′s King Animal, its first new studio album in 16 years.

Temple Of The Dog, the legendary Seattle supergroup featuring members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, begins a five-city trek on Nov 4th in Philadelphia. The outfit is hitting the road to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its self-titled 1991 album. A deluxe reissue of the disc arrived on  Friday, Sep 30th.

Gotta dash.  See you tomorrow!

posted by: Lou Brutus


Tuesday, Sep 27

Tuesday, Sep, 27 2016

What the hell IS THAT?

Well, I woke up this morning to discover I am no longer a Sagittarius.  I am now an Ophiuchus.  WTF? Yep.   Here’s the backstory according to CSN:

For the first time in over 3,000 years, a new Zodiac chart is introduced. The world was used to having only 12 astrological signs, as established by the early Babylonians. Basically, astrological signs are determined based on the constellation that creates the imaginary line from the Earth to the Sun on an individual’s birth date.

Each of the 12 signs belong to one of the four elements – Air, Water, Fire, and Earth – all of which provide a description to the personality types related to their sign.

As of today, there are now 13 astrological signs, with the newest one being Ophiuchus. Reportedly, there have always been 13 constellations in the zodiac. However, the 13 constellations didn’t “fit neatly,” “so the Babylonians picked one, Ophiuchus, to leave out,” notes NASA.

Ophiuchus’s elimination was done mainly so that the signs would be even to each month. Furthermore, “the Sun is also aligned with Ophiuchus for about 18 days each year,” adds NASA.

Apparently, 86 percent of the world’s population was born with a different astrological sign. NASA reveals that the movement of the sky has affected all the star signs. Given, a new Zodiac chart has been introduced.

Actually I had heard of this before, but I thought it was just folklore.  What are the traits of Ophiuchii, you ask?:

  • A righteous defiance of Authority, Ophiuchii do not stand for blind obedience to authority (check)
  • A willingness to sacrifice, Ophiuchus’ will fight to the end for a just cause (check)
  • Rebellious (check)
  • Secretive (mmmm, not so much, but maybe)
  • Seekers of Knowledge (check)
  • Holders of Hidden wisdom (meh)
  • Trustworthy, capable of keeping confidences (check)
  • A Great Passion For Justice (check)
  • Natural Healers (check)
  • Empathetic (check)
  • Prone to Longevity  (in my job, yes)
  • Strong in Constitution (check)
  • Prone to receive special treatment (aw, gee)
  • Naturally Likable (check)
  • Wise, intelligent (check)
  • Passionate Lover (ask my BF)
  • Sexual magnetism (oh la la)
  • Vivid Dreamer, Interpreter of Dreams (check)

Now take a look at what your new sign could be!

2016 Zodiac chart

  • Capricorn: Jan. 20 to Feb. 16
  • Aquarius: Feb. 16 to March 11
  • Pisces: March 11 to April 18
  • Aries: April 18 to May 13
  • Taurus: May 13 to June 21
  • Gemini: June 21 to July 20
  • Cancer: July 20 to Aug. 10
  • Leo: Aug. 10 to Sept. 16
  • Virgo: Sept. 16 to Oct. 30
  • Libra: Oct. 30 to Nov. 23
  • Scorpio: Nov. 23 to Nov. 29
  • Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 to Dec. 17
  • Sagittarius: Dec. 17 to Jan. 20

Now if I could only PRONOUNCE the damn thing!


Meanwhile, today is gonna be nutty!   Hanging with one of my favorite bands, Metallica. Yep, from this afternoon til late in the evening, all Metallica, all the time.  I can report in tomorrow, but in the meantime, the band posted a new song yesterday, “Moth Into Flame,” along with a killer video. I mean, if these first two songs are any indication of what the new Metallica Hardwired…To Self Destruct will sound like, I think we have a winner here, people!  Very exciting!

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is due out Nov 18th and contains a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music spread out over two discs. Drummer Lars Ulrich told us what the band and producer Greg Fidelman wanted to capture this time out: One of the battle cries was to try to again capture something we always strive for — a little looser and a little less precision-based and kind of more about capturing a vibe and a feeling rather than perfection and precision and all that stuff. So I think Greg was sort of really looking out for that for most of the process and trying to make sure that it still had kind of a nice, loose feel around the edges, you know.”

Metallica performs tonight at Webster Hall in NYC. A club show!  Needless to say, the show is sold out and only a lucky handful of industry folk including yours truly and one Lou Brutus will be in attendance. Check!

We got the silver, we got the gold!                                                                                        Photo credit:  Dan Donegan Facebook

Congratulations to our friends Disturbed!  Their Immortalized album has surpassed 500,000 copies sold, meaning it has received the RIAA gold sales status and their single for “The Sound Of Silence” has sold over 1 million copies giving it platinum status!!  Plaques for each were issued to the band over the weekend (as evidenced on their Facebook pages) and it’s something bands do not take lightly!  This album deserves every accolade and award it could possibly get.  Very happy for David Draiman, Dan Donegan, Mike Wengren and John Moyer for this great achievement!  And to producer Kevin Churko who helped them achieve what they never thought possible.

The Pulse Of Radio says the disc was released in Aug 2015 and became Disturbed’s fifth straight album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at Number One — a feat shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.

Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan told us at the time how he felt about joining that very small club: I’m still overwhelmed and shocked. I mean, to not only reach that milestone one time in your career, to do it five in a row and to be on the shortlist of Metallica and Dave Matthews and to be included in that category, it just blows my mind. You know, it’s just reassuring to see that the Disturbed fans stayed loyal and stayed with us even during this break. It’s an amazing feeling.

Immortalized features Disturbed’s version of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence,” which turned into a crossover chart-topping hit for the group.  Disturbed’s record label, Warner Bros., credited the song’s popularity to the video for “Silence,” which has been seen more than 108 million times — a record number of views on YouTube for the group.

Disturbed’s latest single, “Open Your Eyes,” has already climbed to Number Seven. The band has just begun a new round of North American tour dates that will bring them to Salt Lake City tonight (Sep 27th).  Right on, boys!  Can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend in Janesville! 

Charlie Chaplin looks a lot like Billie Joe Armstrong! 

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will make an appearance on the Comedy Central program Drunk History. According to Alternative Press, Armstrong play the role of iconic silent film star and director Charlie Chaplin in an episode titled “Legends” that will air on October 4th at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The show will be fans’ second chance this month to see Armstrong flex his acting muscles. Armstrong also stars in a new comedy called Ordinary World that arrives on DVD and VOD on Oct 14th. Armstrong plays the lead role of Perry, an aging former punk rocker turned family man who wants to revisit his punk roots on his 40th birthday. Armstrong supplied music for the project as well.

  • The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, with Armstrong playing a post-screening concert at which he performed the song “Ordinary World.”
  • The tune is also the closing number on the new Green Day album, Revolution Radio, which arrives on Oct 7th.
  • At press time, Green Day was scheduled to kick off the first North American leg of its world tour last night (Sep 26th) in Columbus, OH. The tour was initially supposed to start last week but the band had to scrap the first four dates due to illness.

Read the full story at Alternative Press

Drunk History is based on the Funny Or Die web series  and premiered on Comedy Central in 2013. In each episode, host Derek Waters and an inebriated narrator played by a comedian struggle to recount an event from American history, while actors enact the narrator’s anecdote and lip sync the dialogue.   (The Pulse Of Radio)

 Oh and this is happening in Las Vegas in early December.  Get your tickets now because if you smooze, you lose.


Sully Erna will join me tomorrow in the hardDriveRadio video studio.  Looking forward to speaking with him about this new solo project, Hometown Life, which is out on Friday. Check out his webisodes here, here, here and here with his dad!   If you have any questions, you can submit them to me via the interact link on the home page or the interact link on the hardDriveRadio APP!

Happy 38th to Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down!

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MONDAY, OCT 03

Monday, Sep, 26 2016

This week on hardDrive XLGreen Day joins Lou Brutus on the air every night as featured artist of the week! Tonight’s special guest is Sick Puppies! Plus, Lou will entertain you with Poetry Corner, Rant of the Day, and Weird World News! Keep up with all that’s happening on the show at www.harddriveradio.com!

posted by: Lou Brutus