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Friday, Sep, 29 2017
The Pulse Of Radio reporting Stone Temple Pilots spoke with Rolling Stone this week, and they confirmed in the interview they are working with a new vocalist and hope to announce his identity in the next few weeks, nearly two years after the passing of original vocalist Scott Weiland and more than two months following the death of Weiland’s replacement, Chester Bennington.
Bassist Robert DeLeo said, “We’ve been working with someone — I don’t want to name names yet — and we’re making music. I don’t know if he’s well known or unknown; I don’t look at him as ‘well known.’ But we’re writing music and we’re hopefully looking at finishing a record and putting it out soon.”
Robert’s comments echoed that of his brother, STP guitarist Dean DeLeo, who told Los Angeles radio station KLOS last week that STP’s search for a new singer was “looking good, man . . . it won’t be too long.” Two names that have circulated among fans after STP held open auditions last year are one-time X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt and Filipino vocalist John Borja. The members of STP are currently promoting the 25th anniversary expanded reissue of STP’s debut album, Core, which arrives today (Sep 29th) — 25 years to the day of the LP’s original release.
Robert DeLeo told us the band had no idea at the time what kind of impact Core would have: “We had no idea what that was going to do. All we really knew is we sincerely believed in what we were doing, and that’s really what mattered, is we finally had the chance to express what we were going through in life at the time.”
STP has been without a singer since November 2015, when Bennington — who joined in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band Linkin Park. Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour. I will be speaking with the guys next week, so maybe, just maybe, we can get the lowdown.
Now here’s something I wouldn’t have placed a bet on. The Pulse Of Radio says Prophets Of Rage guitarist Tom Morello revealed in a new interview with the Guardian he is good friends with classic rocker and far-right firebrand Ted Nugent. On paper, the two couldn’t seem to have less in common, with Morello a confirmed socialist and left-wing activist, while Nugent remains a strong supporter of Donald Trump and has made vicious comments about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Morello explained, “Ted Nugent’s a good friend to me. We have very similar views on freedom of speech. His libertarian edge and my anarchist edge overlap considerably. Sometimes, if he says something outrageous that will fire up his racist base, I’ll text him to say, ‘Dude. What are you on about?’ We’re able to talk about it as friends as opposed to people on the opposite sides of the barricade.”
Morello insisted you don’t have to be down with Prophets Of Rage’s politics to enjoy their music, saying, “There’s no political litmus test to listening to the music. I’m a fan of bands whose points of view is one that I don’t agree with because I’m a fan of rock ‘n’ roll. Many people were drawn to Rage Against The Machine. People will be drawn to Prophets Of Rage because of the space-tacular guitar solos and the aggression of the music and the power of the band when they may not care about the politics.”
Asked who in the world he does feel a political affinity with these days, Morello told us: “I would say there’s definitely kindred spirits in the anti-fascist movement, there are kindred spirits in the Black Lives Matter movement, there are kindred spirits in every band that gets on a stage trying to kick ass in these difficult times.”
Prophets Of Rage also consists of Morello’s fellow Rage Against The Machine members Tim Commerford on bass and Brad Wilk on drums, along with Public Enemy‘s Chuck D and Cypress Hill‘s B-Real on the mic. The group made their live debut in May 2016 in Los Angeles. They released their debut full-length LP earlier this month and next play at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY on Sunday (Oct 1st.)
Pearl Jam releases its new documentary, Let’s Play Two, today (Sep 29th) and has posted a new clip from the film online. It features footage from a surprise Pearl Jam concert on the roof of a bar outside Wrigley Field in Chicago, just before the band played two sold-out shows there in the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, one review of the film at The Music said it was not so much a concert film or a behind-the-scenes look at the band as it is “a film about frontman Eddie Vedder and his lifelong relationship with his beloved Cubs, an obsession that began as a four-year-old attending games with his uncle.” (Alternative Nation)
A&E Network has set Wednesday, Nov 8th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT for the premiere of season two of Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour, in which Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack travel the world to visit historical sites and off-the-radar locations. Jack said, “I am so excited to be back for a second season because it means my dad didn’t kill me or cause too much destruction last season. But you never know what will happen this time around!”
Blabbermouth is reporting a second compilation of video footage chronicling the life and career of late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, titled Dimevision Vol. 2: Roll With It Or Get Rolled Over, will arrive on Nov 24th. The DVD/CD sequel to 2006′s Dimevision Vol. 1: That’s The Fun I Have will include more raw footage, home movies and classic Dimebag moments, including five previously unreleased demos.
Celebrating life today: Jerry Lee Lewis is 82, Primus’ Les Claypool is 54
Have a great weekend!
posted by: Lou Brutus
Thursday, Sep, 28 2017
Good morning! Here’s da news…..
Blabbermouth reports Avenged Sevenfold will give a “special never-before-seen acoustic performance” at the Clive Davis Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Oct 19th. The band’s set will be preceded by an “intimate conversation” about their career. A very limited amount of tickets go on sale to the public today (Sep 28th) at 12 noon PT/3 PM ET.
Avenged Sevenfold plans to embark on a full North American headlining tour in January and February 2018, and singer M. Shadows told us a while back about their unique new stage show: “What we want to do is bring a new element to our stage production. We don’t want to do all the same things that we’ve been doing. We’re looking at a lot of digital image mapping, we’re looking at inflatables, we’re looking at a show that will be a brand new experience, definitely for rock and metal.”
Dates and venues for the headlining trek have yet to be announced. The Stage, Avenged Sevenfold’s seventh studio effort, was released at the end of last October with almost no promotion beforehand, earning the lowest sales of an Avenged album in 11 years.
Avenged has made The Stage into an “evolving album,” continuously updating the LP with new songs over the past few months. So far they have released cover versions of the Beach Boys classic “God Only Knows,” Mr. Bungle‘s “Retrovertigo,” the 1961 Del Shannon hit “Runaway” and a Spanish-language recording, “Malagueña Salerosa.”
Lou Brutus will be attending Sonic Boom this weekend in Janesville, WI! One of the bands he will be talking is this one! Fozzy will perform three shows in three cities in three different timezones — all in one day — next month as part of a promotional event called “Fozzy Across America.” In addition, the band is allowing fans a chance to buy a seat on the private jet that will fly the group to the three shows on Oct 14th via the band’s new PledgeMusic campaign behind its upcoming album Judas.
The band claims that the three-timezone feat has never been attempted before by any other group — a claim that may not be accurate. The performances will take place at 9:00 a.m. ET at the Ranch in Fort Myers, FL, 3:00 p.m. MT at Star City Studios in El Paso, TX and 11:00 p.m. PT at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas.
Frontman Chris Jericho recently told us Fozzy doesn’t rely on a big stage show to entertain its fans: “We don’t have a lot of production. We have us. We’re the show, and we want to make sure that everybody has a great time. We’re the party hosts, and that, to me, means a lot, because anybody that goes to a show — you might not want to mosh, you might not want to stagedive, but you do want to drink a beer, you do want to chant, you know, ‘Fozzy!’ You want to show your boobs if you’re a guy or a girl, just have a good time and leave with a smile on your face.”
Judas is Fozzy’s seventh studio album and is due out Oct 13th. The title track is currently Number 12 on the rock radio chart. Fozzy is on the road now to promote the LP’s arrival and plays tonight (Sep 28th) at A&R Music Bar in Columbus, OH.
New Motionless In White tune, and bonus…..it features Jonathan Davis of Korn! Love this clip! And love that it also samples “It’s My Party,” a song from 1963 from Leslie Gore! Motionless are on tour now with The Amity Affliction and Miss May I! See Road Rage for all the info!
“Necessary Evil” is off their new Graveyard Shift album. Singer Chris Motionless said about Davis’s guest appearance, “As I was writing some of the vocals, I was writing it hearing Jonathan’s voice as the person I was writing it for . . . I was like, ‘Okay, I’m just gonna risk it and throw it out there and see if he’s interested,’ and he came back and said he was definitely into doing it.“ And we’re glad he did!
Speaking of Jonathan, he wrote the score for the upcoming film, American Satan, which opens Oct 13th. IMDB describes the film as a young rock band, half of its members from England and half from the U.S., drops out of college and moves to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it’s too late?
The cast includes: Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Entourage, Halloween), Andy Black (Black Veil Brides), Ben Bruce and Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria, John Bradley (Samwell Tarly of Game of Thrones), Mark Boone Jr (Sons Of Anarchy), BooBoo Stewart (Twilight, X-Men: Days Of Future Past), Bill Goldberg (WWE), Bill Duke (Predator), Denise Richards and more! What’s even more curious, is the band, fronted in the film by Andy, doesn’t feature his vocals! They’re the vocals of Remington Leitch of Palaye Royale. Definitely worth checking out!
Speaking of films, Of Mice & Men has made a short film about life on the road titled Unbreakable which is set to be released next month. The short film follows the band across multiple continents on their tour earlier this year and will be released on Oct 13th, with fan club members getting earlier access. The film is named after the song “Unbreakable,” which was the first track Of Mice & Men released without former vocalist Austin Carlile. Amperstand members get it now! We’ll have to find out more about this when Lou Brutus talks to the boys this weekend at Sonic Boom!
Celebrating life today: Bridget Bardot is 83, Ginger Fish (Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie drummer) 51, Moon Unit Zappa is 50 and Dita VonTeese (ex-Mrs Manson) is 45.
posted by: Lou Brutus
Wednesday, Sep, 27 2017
10 Years posted their music video for their current single, “Novacaine.” It’s the first single from the band’s upcoming new album (How To Live) As Ghosts. Lead singer Jesse Hasek came up with the concept for the clip and told us he was surprised to see it actually come out as he envisioned: “This one was 100 percent my treatment, but I didn’t know that I could actually get people on board to do something so ambitious. Because this day and age, to try to do a full-on movie, short film for a rock song is — you’ve got to get pretty inventive with your budget, you know? It’s not like you can shoot a Guns N’ Roses video, you know. But I couldn’t be more pleased.“
Hasek said about the track itself, “The song ‘Novacaine‘ was inspired by how the repetition of life can numb you no matter how high or low the peaks and valleys are if you keep going through life doing the same thing over and over . . . If we never get out of our comfort zone or pop our safety bubble, then we’re not living life to its full potential.”
(How To Live) As Ghosts will be released on October 27th and is 10 Years’ eighth studio LP. The set marks the return of guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh and guitarist Matt Wantland as full-time members. 10 Years is heading out next month on a lengthy fall tour, which support coming from Red and Otherwise. The trek kicks off on Oct 13th in Knoxville, TN.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield told Virgin Radio the song “Here Comes Revenge” from the band’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct album was inspired by the tragic death of a fan of the band. Hetfield explained, “There’s a couple that showed up at so many shows, and they got into Metallica because their young daughter was a big fan, and she had gotten killed by a drunk driver.”
Hetfield continued, “It just hit me: ‘How can you guys find something positive in the world to connect you to your daughter again’ — which was Metallica, the music she loved — ’instead of just snapping and wanting to just become bitter and attack whoever did this?’ So I’m kinda putting myself in those shoes and how revenge must feel really powerful and great to do, but it doesn’t satisfy that urge.”
Hetfield had told us previously what some of his favorite lyrics from the Hardwired album were: “You know, for me, lyrically some of the favorite, ‘Moth Into Flame,’ I like ‘Am I Savage’ and boy, I really like ‘Dream No More,’ which is also kind of another Cthulhu reference but in a very different sense (laughs).”
Metallica is currently in the midst of a European tour behind Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, its 10th studio album. The band will reissue its classic 1986 third LP, Master Of Puppets, on Nov 10th via Blackened Recordings.
The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, three-CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, while the digital options will be a Standard CD, a three-CD Expanded Edition, and a Digital Deluxe Box Set. The Expanded and Deluxe packages will come with tons of bonus content.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong performed the Revolution Radio track “Ordinary World” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last Friday (September 22nd). Originally written for the film of the same name, in which Armstrong played the lead role of an aging musician, the song was repurposed as the closing track of Green Day’s latest LP. He said about the tune, “After all of the chaos that’s on the album — whether it’s pop culture or whatever new apps we’re using — everything gets so complicated. At some point you want something simple. That’s sort of what ‘Ordinary World’ is about.”
Blabbermouthreporting the late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell‘s widow, Vicky Cornell, was overwhelmed with emotion as she accepted the L.A. Chefs For Human Rights Hero Award on behalf of her husband on Monday night (Sep 25). Chris was honored at a fundraising event for Program For Torture Survivors (PTV) at the restaurant Cassia for his humanitarian efforts and his original song and music video ”The Promise.”
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Vicky was fighting back tears as she told the crowd: “My husband loved to help people, especially children. He believed it was up to adults to never turn our backs on the most vulnerable and innocent members of our society.”
Vicky added about Chris: “He helped with children and young people who were homeless or abused, suffered from illness or struggled with addictions, were victims of war and strife. His heart was always so full of love compassion and hope.”
Chris wrote ”The Promise” for the film of the same name, a historical drama about the Armenian genocide that was released last April. The video for “The Promise,” presented after Vicky accepted the award, drew parallels between the Armenian genocide and the migrant crisis occurring in Syria and Africa.
The evening also featured testimonials from torture victims and supporters of efforts to help refugees. The fundraising goal of this year’s L.A. Chef’s For Human Rights event was set at $150,000, with $120,000 already raised by the beginning of the dinner.
Blabbermouth also reporting Dave Grohl spoke to U.K.’s Planet Rock about how Pantera was partly the inspiration for Foo Fighters‘ “open-door policy” while making the latter band’s new album, Concrete And Gold, at Hollywood, California’s EastWest Studios — where they drafted in pop singers Justin Timberlake and Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) to guest on the disc.
“Basically, the way the Foo Fighters work, we get along with everybody,” Dave explained. “For years, we’ve always been that band, when we get backstage at a festival, the first thing I do is I pick up a bottle of whiskey and I just walk around banging on dressing-room doors to see who’s fun, to see who’s cool. It could be Tricky, or it could be Muse or it could be… whatever — I just look for pals.
He continued: “Actually, that’s something I learnt from Pantera. Back in the day, we did a show with Pantera and we became friends and I would go see them on tour all the time. And I realized that you’d be backstage at a Pantera show and there’d be, like, Marilyn Manson is in that corner, and Kato Kaelin is in that corner, and Britney Spears is in [that corner]… Everybody loved to hang with Pantera. So, to me, that was the coolest thing about them — they were the sweetest people and they had this open-door policy.
“But also with our band, we don’t really plan too much when it comes to making music,“ Dave said. “So when you’re at a studio, like the studio where we recorded, every week there was someone else in there. Like, Glenn Hughes from Deep Purple was down the hall with Jason Bonham, and then Joe Bonamassa and then Lady Gaga is over there and then Wolf Alice is over here and Rufus Wainwright is over there. So the three months we were there, we were meeting all these people, we were drinking in the parking lot, we were outside smoking, and you just make friends, and it’s literally that easy.”
Happy 39th today to Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down!
posted by: Lou Brutus
Tuesday, Sep, 26 2017
with CROWN THE EMPIRE
10: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11: Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
12: Kansas City, KS @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
13: Minneapolis, MN @ Myth Live
15: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
17: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
18: Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
19: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club Stage
20: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
02: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
03: Portland, ME @ State Theatre
04: Montreal, QC @ M Telus
05: Toronto, ON @ Rebel
07: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
08: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
09: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
10: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
12: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
13: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
14: Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
16: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
17: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
19: Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
20: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
22: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
23: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
24: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
25: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
27: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
01: San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater
02: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues