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Friday, Oct 30

Friday, Oct, 30 2015

HAPPY HALLOWEEN WEEKEND!  Well, in 1986 the NY Mets lost their first two games.  The first game by 1.  The second game by 6.  In 2015, they did the same thing, only in 1986, they WON THE WORLD SERIES.  Ya gotta believe!  #LGM!  (I remember that vividly.  We were driving across country while I was seeking a new life in Los Angeles.  And I was an AVID Boston Red Sox fan at the time, after living in Boston previously, so I was soooooo upset when I thought the Red Sox had it in the bag!  So as Yogi said, “It ain’t over til it’s over.”)

I LOVE starting out with news about dem Foo Fighters!   The Pulse of Radio announcing the band has launched a countdown clock at their official website that will expire at 1:00 a.m. ET on Nov 22nd. Aside from the clock, a statue of a dog and the Foos’ logo on a U.S. highway sign that resembles U.S. Route 66, there is some background audio in which people — including Foos frontman Dave Grohl – can be heard speaking as if they’re backstage or preparing for some kind of event.  (Hmmm, ceramic Chinese dog?  Could it be an Asian tour?)

Speculators are speculating about what the countdown is leading to, with theories ranging from the announcement of a new season of Sonic Highways to a fresh set of tour dates to the arrival of a new album, either studio or live.  Grohl has said in recent interviews there will be a second season of Sonic Highways, but no official information about that has been released yet either.   He also said at a recent show in Austin the band recorded five new songs there earlier this month, but offered no further information on when or how those tracks might surface.

Drummer Taylor Hawkins told me a while back the Foos are always ready for whatever idea Grohl throws at them next: “The reaction when Dave comes to us with any idea is like, ‘Okay.’ You know, I know Dave and he has a lot of ideas. He’s always thinking and he’s always coming up with ideas, whether it’s a funny T-shirt or an HBO series. He’s creative and he likes to do stuff. He likes projects. He likes to work. And so whenever he says something that he wants to do, I say ‘Hell, yeah.’”

Nov 10th (Lou Brutus‘ birthday!) marks the one-year anniversary of the Sonic Highways album, the recording of which was chronicled in the eight-part HBO series of the same name. An expanded version of the album with additional footage or a deluxe edition of the series has also been mooted for possible announcement next month.  The Foos recently completed a massive North American trek and will kick off a European run next week.

Ozzy Osbourne will play his first solo show in some time on Halloween (Saturday, Oct 31st) at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans. Joining Ozzy as guests will be SlashRage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Ozzy’s Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler on bass. Ozzy gave us a rundown on the lineup: “I haven’t played with Tom Morello but I’ve met him a couple of times and he seems a nice enough guy and I’ve heard nothing but great things about him. I’m looking forward to seeing him. And Geezer and Slash — we all know Slash. Slash is an entity on his own, you know. He’s a great friend of mine as well. And Geezer Butler, I’ve known him since we were about 12.”

For his part, Tom Morello said in a new interview with Maxim the chance to play with Ozzy is “a thrill,” adding, “My first-born son Rhoads Morello is named after the great (late Ozzy guitarist) Randy Rhoads . . . So being able to play with Ozzy on some of Randy’s songs is another check off the bucket list.

Following the Halloween show, Ozzy will rejoin Sabbath in early 2016 for what is being dubbed as that band’s farewell tour, which kicks off on on Jan 20th in Omaha, NE. A second leg of North American dates commencing on Aug 17th in Wantagh, NY was unveiled earlier this week.  Also playing at the Voodoo festival this weekend are Jane’s AddictionModest MouseZac Brown BandFlorence + The Machine,Third Eye BlindGerard WayThe Joy Formidable and many more.  Here’s a teaser from an Ozzy & Friends performance in 2012 in Athens, Greece.

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has confirmed in new interviews with  About.com  and Ultimate Classic Rock the band is in the process of recording some of its new material for the long-awaited follow-up to 2008′s Death Magnetic album. Hammett revealed, “At this point, we’re still just doing basic backing tracks. James (Hetfield) is doing his guitar stuff, and I am just kind of waiting patiently to go in there and do all of my guitar stuff.”

As for what the material sounds like, Hammett said, “It’s heavy. We’ve got some heavy stuff going. It delivers on that front, for sure. You know, I would say a lot of it is along the lines of Death Magnetic. A lot of it seems to be going along those lines. But, you know, with social media now and everything else, I’m a little bit wary to comment too much on the album . . . We’re still working on it.

Drummer Lars Ulrich recently told RollingStone.com  Metallica had written close to 20 new songs for its new album, although he declined to offer a possible release date for the new CD.  Metallica played its last two shows of 2015 last month in Quebec and has no live dates on its schedule for the immediate future.

In other news today:

Avenged Sevenfold has contributed a brand new track called “Jade Helm” to accompany a portion of the multiplayer soundtrack for Call Of Duty: Black Ops III, the third installment in the Black Ops video game sub-series developed by Treyarch. The band said in a statement, “On November 6th, you can pick up a copy of the game and check out our instrumental score while you play multiplayer or in your personal bunk inside the Safe House of the Campaign.“ Call of Duty: Black Ops III is expected be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. (Blabbermouth)

30 Seconds To Mars has announced Camp Mars 2016, the annual summer camp for fans, will return for a second summer from Aug 12th through 16th in Malibu, CA. The band promises full details will be revealed on Nov 4th. Last year’s camp offered activities such as hiking, yoga, meditation and arts & crafts in a rustic setting, as well as experiences with guitarist Tomo Mili?evi? and drummer Shannon Leto. (CBS Local)

Whoops!  I guess Maynard Keenan got into some hot water with some Tool fans over his out of context comments in a recent article in the Phoenix New Times  about some Tool fans being “insufferable.”  He was referring to FANATICAL fans who examine every single work and graphic and infinitesimal thing to have some outlying meaning. And he is SICK of answering “when will there be new Tool music?”  So Tool fans, please relax.  And don’t take things that are out of context so literally.  Deep down, Maynard is a comedian. Meanwhile, I am hoping I get to sit down with the vintner to talk about life, music and wine when his band Puscifer heads to NYC next month.

Lacey (Mosley) Sturm is back with new material and an album, Life Screams, is set for an early 2016 release.   She left Flyleaf amicably over 3 years ago to be a mom to son Jack and wife and now her new project includes her husband, Joshua, on guitar.  The first single, “Impossible,” drops on Nov 9th.

I was listening to the radio one day and I said to myself, ‘If I hear one more song telling people to kill themselves and go to hell, I’m going to have to put a record out!’” exclaims Lacey. “I just think it would be a good thing to have a voice in the mix of all the hopelessness that actually gives you a light at the end of the tunnel; a voice that’s still honest about the pain and struggle, but can also scream, ‘Hey, wake up and be alive because there’s hope!’”   Approaching her latest creative phase with newfound perspective and appreciation, Lacey adds, “I really started to value my relationships and the people around me. We started as a group of artists in our hometown of Pittsburgh and ‘Life Screams’ was kind of an accident.

Out of this new artist community, Lacey’s live band organically formed and features her husband, as well as Tom Gascon (drums) and Ben Hull (bass). Together, they have already performed for crowds in the tens of thousands and are booked for major rock festivals in 2016.   While music fans wait for the tour dates to be announced, Lacey engaged her extensive social community on an Instagram scavenger hunt yesterday for a cover art reveal contest. One piece of the puzzle was featured on Lacey’s Instagram while eight additional square pieces of the new cover were hidden across Instagram’s platform. The first one to find and stitch together the nine images, tagging the cover #LIFESCREAMS, will receive a signed copy of Lacey’s audiobook, The Reason.  For all the latest Lacey Sturm news and tour detail, go to LaceySturm.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Celebrating life:  Today:  Gavin Rossdale of Bush turns the Big 5-0! (And newly single and ready to mingle!).  Chris Slade, new AC/DC  touring drummer is 69!  Sunday, Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers turns 53.

Don’t forget to check out this weekend’s hardDrive HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY and the new hardDrive DL podcast featuring bands on the hardDrive Live Fallout Tour!  Find it on iTunes!  And lots of rock stars on the air tonight on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus talking HALLOWEEN!    Don’t eat too much candy, or rather, your dentist thanks you!


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Thursday, Oct 29

Thursday, Oct, 29 2015

I feel like I am living in a bad dream.  The Mets have lost the first two games of the World Series.  Can this really be happening???  UGH!

Evanescence fans can rejoice! Singer Amy Lee has released her cover version of the song “It’s A Fire” from Portishead‘s 1994 debut album Dummy. Lee posted the track at her newly launched YouTube channel writing, “This song (and all of Dummy, actually) was a huge inspiration to me in my formative years. I listened to the song recently for the first time in a long time, and fell in love with it all over again. The lyrics are so powerful; they helped me through so much. It is my honor to do this little homemade homage to a group I have loved so much for so long.”

Lee told us a while back that music has always been an escape for her: The music is an oasis. It’s a place where I have complete freedom to say anything and everything that my heart wants to. It’s a place for me to just completely let go and emote and things just come out and I don’t always even know what they mean at first, but then listening back I hear my subconscious talking. I mean, that has been the case for me from the beginning. It’s part of the reason I love what I do so much.” (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)

Pulse also reporting today although Black Sabbath initially announced it would record a follow-up to 2013′s Number One reunion album 13 – and even hinted at having songs ready — that talk has faded while the band has instead unveiled next year’s farewell tour. Singer Ozzy Osbourne confirmed to us  the album plans have been scrapped: “We were gonna do one before the tour, but I’m 67 in December, it would take three or four years to write and record an album. And so we decided just to do a farewell tour. If we did an album and it went to Number Two, people would go, ‘It’s over.’ There’s only one more place you can go after Number One and that’s Number Two, you know.”  (Editor’s note:  Did he say 3 or 4 YEARS to make an album? Huh????)

Ozzy told NOLA.com about the chances of a new studio effort, “I don’t want to say there’s going to be another album, because I don’t want you to ask me in another year, ‘What happened when you said you were going to do another record?’”   Ozzy also confirmed to NOLA.com the tour is really the final run for the legendary metal act. He explained, “It’s the end of Sabbath, believe me. In December, I’ll be 68 and I think it’s time to call it the end of the day.”

Ozzy will play his first solo show in some time on Halloween, (Saturday Oct 31st) when he headlines New Orleans’ Voodoo Music Experience. The “Ozzy & Friends” show will include guest appearances from SlashTom Morello, Geezer Butler and others.

Sabbath announced a second North American leg of its The End tour earlier this week. The new leg will kick off on Aug 17th at Jones Beach Amphitheater  in Wantagh, NY, closing out on Sep 21st in Phoenix. The first North American leg will start on Jan 20th in Omaha, NE, ending on Feb 25th in New York City.  13, the first Sabbath album in 35 years to feature original Sabbath members Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, topped the Billboard album chart when it arrived in June 2013 — giving the band their first U.S. Number One album ever.

What is wrong with people!???  Our friends Young Guns had to cancel a show after their van was broken into and gear was stolen in the U.K. city of Leeds. The break-in happened at a shopping center and meant they could not appear at their next scheduled gig in Milton Keynes on Sunday (Oct 25th). Guitarist Fraser Taylor wrote on Instagram, “If anyone has any info or sees any of this stuff for sale for mega cheap or bundled together.All this stuff along with my laptop, hard drives, card readers, headphones all gone too. The guys lost a bunch of iPads, MacBooks, Merch cash and tons of other s**t.”  UGH!   Poor fellas!   That so sucks!  (Team Rock)

 Blabbermouth reporting Deftones turntablist Frank Delgado told a California radio station over the weekend the band’s follow-up to 2012′s Koi No Yokan album is close to completion. Delgado explained, “It’s being mixed now. It started being mixed a couple weeks back. They’re actually going tomorrow to go down and listen to mixes and do things and . . . We’re mixing and we still are in the process of (finalizing the) album title, artwork, songtitles. We haven’t even got there yet. But the music’s done.”  I was originally informed it would  be out next month, but I guess those plans have clearly changed.  Perhaps, tho, we could see a single sometime this last quarter of 2015.  I hope so anyhow!

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Wednesday, Oct 28

Wednesday, Oct, 28 2015

I had to shut the tv off after KC tied the game. I just had a sinking feeling. And actually I am much more rested than had I stayed up til 1 AM.  So thanks KC. #LGM

Pulse of Radio reporting this morning, Stone Sour‘s second covers EP, Straight Outta Burbank, leads the final list of exclusive offerings available at independent record stores on Black Friday (Nov 27th) via the annual Record Store Day campaign. The day after Thanksgiving is typically the busiest shopping day of the year and record stores have been getting in on the act by offering a number of specialty releases.

Also available on Black Friday will be a vinyl reissue of Faith No More‘s debut album We Care A LotNine Inch Nails‘ Halo I-IV vinyl box, the Jaco Pastorius Jaco documentary produced by Metallica‘s Robert Trujillo on DVD, a 25th anniversary 10-inch vinyl edition of Judas Priest‘s Painkiller, plus limited edition items from the ClashJoan JettQueenThe Sword and many more. See the complete list here.

Stone Sour’s EP, Straight Outta Burbank, will feature covers of songs from the Bad BrainsSlayerMotley Crue and Iron Maiden in addition to a version of the Rolling Stone‘s “Gimme Shelter” featuring Lzzy Hale from Halestorm.  Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor told us why recording covers is so appealing to the band:  “They kind of show people like the different sides of the music that we all kind of bring in, you know,’cause our musical tastes are very diverse. Where me and Roy (Mayorga, drums) are very much into punk rock, Josh (Rand, guitar) is into anything that’ll rip your head off and throw it into the audience, you know. So it’s a really good blend, and that’s kind of where our music comes from.”

The regularly scheduled Record Store Day is a celebration of record store culture that takes place every year on the third Saturday in April. This year, the campaign named Dave Grohl as Record Store Day Ambassador 2015.

And now to one of my favorite bands, Korn.   Frontman Jonathan Davis has confirmed to Westword.com  he is working on a project with Big & Rich, the American country music duo composed of Kenny Alphin and John Rich. Davis explained, “I’m doing a country record. It’s a record to commemorate the Bakersfield sound. I’m not going country or touring as a country artist. But it’s a compilation of a whole lot of Bakersfield-sound songs that I’m covering with country artists.‘  He continued, “It’s pretty cool. Big & Rich did ‘Waitin’ In Your Welfare Line’ from Buck Owens. They’re doing the background harmonies and all that shit. It’s not like I’m trying to go country, though. I’m from Bakersfield, and it was a huge thing back in the ’60s. I wanted to pay homage to that.”  Davis’ Dad owns the former recording studio Buck Owens owned in Bakersfield, which is where these recordings are taking place.

JD also spoke about his collaboration with Marilyn Manson, saying, “We’re going to get together and write some music and see what happens . . . We hadn’t talked for a long time and we recently hooked up again. He was one of my best friends back in the day. We just rekindled our friendship and started talking a lot about doing something together. I love the dude to death.”  Manson himself said this past summer he was working on some ”Southern-sounding” acoustic blues material and that some of it would feature Davis. Manson and Davis last joined forces in 2002 on a song called “Redeemer” for the soundtrack of the movie Queen Of The Damned.

As for the next Korn album, Davis said, “The guys have some songs written and I’m starting to work on the vocals, and then we’re going to get with a producer and start recording after the tour’s through. I’m thinking we’ll have something done and out probably somewhere next year.”

Earlier in the month Korn launched a North American tour on which it is performing its debut album in its entirety at every stop. The trek stops in Magna, UT tonight (Oct 28th) and concludes on Friday (Oct 30th) in Oakland. JD definitely enjoys Halloween and spends it in costume with his 2 younger sons, Pirate & Zeppy.

Looks like  Black Sabbath’s FINAL TOUR is continuing to add more dates!  See the Road Rage page for all the details!

Blabbermouth reporting today SlashLemmy KilmisterKerry KingJoe Satriani,   Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake), Zakk Wylde and Lzzy Hale are among the musicians who have been interviewed for “Father Of Loud”, a new full-length rockumentary about how the Marshall amplifier changed their sound and their perspective on rock and roll.

Jim Marshall‘s ascent into the history books as “the Father of Loud” and the man responsible for the “Sound of Rock” is a true rags-to-riches tale.   In 1960, Jim opened a drum shop which soon became a popular haunt for the up-and-coming rock bands of the time. “All the drummers used to bring their groups in with them, which is how I got to meet guitarists like Pete [Townsend] and Ritchie [Blackmore],” Jim recalled. “They kept pestering me to stock guitars and amps so I decided to give it a go.” He quickly became aware of the fact his guitar playing customers were all searching for a sound they just couldn’t get from the amps available at the time.

After five “close but no cigar” attempts, the first Marshall head was built in September 1962. Prototype six became the first Marshall and it was placed in the shop window in September 1962. It was named the JTM45 – JTM being an acronym for Jim and Terry Marshall, Terry being Jim’s son. This game-changing, all-valve head produced 30 Watts of clean power. The JTM45 was an instant hit due to its aggressive but musical tone. In fact, twenty three orders were taken on the very first day it was put out.  “Father Of Loud” is currently in production for a 2016 release.

Have a great day!  Let’s Go Mets!



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Tuesday, Oct, 27 2015

29: San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
30: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
31: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
01: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
02: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
03: Vancouver, Canada @ Rickshaw
04: Calgary, Canada @ Marquee
05: Edmonton, Canada @ Union Hall
08: Minneapolis, MN @ Cabooze
09: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
12: Toronto, Canada @ Danforth Music Hall
13: Montreal, Canada @ Metropolis
14: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
15: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
16: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
17: Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
18: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar
19: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
20: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
21: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
22: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
23: Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
24: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
25: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
27: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
28: San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre
29: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
30: Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
01: Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
02: Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
03: Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
05: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
06: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues


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Tuesday, Oct 27

Tuesday, Oct, 27 2015

They’re giving out flu shots today in our office.   I’m getting one.

Well, I am happy to start out today with a story on my friends in Korn. The Pulse Of Radio reporting Korn bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu said in a recent interview with Do You Know Jack? work on the band’s next studio album is underway, adding, “It’s definitely bringing it back to the integrity of Korn. It’s everything that you would think we would sound like.” Arvizu also noted that Korn writes music in a “very old school” way, explaining, “Everybody just plays their own parts; they create their own parts. Like the way bands used to do it back in the day — where they stand in a room and jam out as a band. That’s how we do it.”

Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told our host Lou Brutus at Rock Allegiance in Philly he has high ambitions for the band’s 12th studio effort: I feel like it’s time to take a little extra time, make a great album and — I don’t want this to sound too egotistical, but I think it’s time to solidify our legacy, ’cause I’m really proud of it, you know. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, not only as musicians in a career but as people.”  Listen for more of Munky with Lou Brutus on hardDrive XL the week of Nov 02-06  as our Featured Artist of the Week!  Click the Listen Now on the home page or find us on the Live Stream on the hardDriveRadio APP!   You can also find the weekend edition of hardDrive streaming on the app.   More reason to download it now for free in the App Store or Google Play because this weekend is hardDrive‘s Halloween Hootenanny!   Do not miss it!

Meanwhile, Fieldy played us a couple of new Stillwell tunes, “Mess I Made” and  ”Raise It Up.” In Stillwell, Fieldy plays the guitar, Spider is on bass, Q is the vocalist and Wuv Bernardo of P.O.D. is on drums.  New music is coming soon!  Check out Lou Brutus with Fieldy and Q here.

I can’t wait for this from DC Comics/WB! Pulse also reports 30 Seconds To Mars frontman and Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto has spoken out for the first time about playing the Joker in the upcoming comics-based movie Suicide Squad. Speaking with the U.K.’s Empire magazine, Leto said about the role, “There was definitely a period of . . . detachment. I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn’t imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful, like giving birth out of my p***k hole.”  (Ouch!)

Leto, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2014 for his role as a transgender woman in Dallas Buyers Club, explained to us a while back how he chooses his film roles: “I know for myself, what I’m interested in as a film watcher — and someone who, you know, is a part of making films — is I want to be proud of what I do. I want to make good films. I want to make great films. I want to work with directors that have a vision and films that have something to say. You know, and I’d like to make films that are entertaining as well, on top of that.”     Leto reportedly stayed in character as the Joker for the entire length of the Suicide Squad shoot.  Check out this trailer from Comic-Con.

To prepare for the role, he listened to 1920s gospel music and read literature associated with shamanism.  He said about his take on the legendary supervillain, “I always get the sense that The Joker may be much older than people think. It’s something different. If you don’t break rules, you’re not going to strike new ground. I think I’ll be cooling down for the rest of my life.”

Director David Ayer said about Leto’s performance, “There’s a power to that character, and by some freaking miracle, through the incredible things Jared has done and the photography and all the other millions of things that went into it, we’ve cooked up something transcendent. He’s scary.”   Suicide Squad is due out on Aug 5th, 2016 and follows a team of supervillains who are secretly recruited to work for the U.S. government.

This is a heavy personal trip Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction is riding.  He’s produced a new documentary on the  1982 murder of his own mother, Constance, called Mourning Son. As Pulse writes, the film focuses on the true story of what happened to Navarro’s mother and the repercussions of her death. The film was written by Navarro and director Todd Newman, and was produced by Navarro, Newman and Larissa Swan. The film will be released via VOD on Dec 1st.

Navarro said in a statement, “Sharing my experiences could serve as a tool to help those who have survived the trauma of losing a family member to murder… or loss of any kind for that matter. Many of us invent our own coping skills. Mourning Son is my journey of discovering which of these mechanisms might send me further into suffering and which would help me recover and heal.”

When Dave was only 15 years old, his mother Constance was brutally murdered by her estranged ex-boyfriend.  The killer, John Riccardi, eluded capture for eight years while Navarro dealt with his trauma and fear through drugs, art and escapism.  The film is described as a “heartbreaking, inspirational journey” in which Navarro “confronts the events that changed his life forever.”  Jane’s Addiction has been touring to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its 1990 album Ritual De Lo Habitual. The band is performing the album in it entirety on the trek, which stops on Thursday (Oct 29th) in Phoenix.

We love Ghost.   I love the Amoeba Records’ feature “What’s In My Bag?”  Watch a Nameless Ghoul here.  It’s awesome!

Gotta dash!  Have a great day!



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