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Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017

Tuesday, Oct, 31 2017

Happy Halloween, Witches and Warlocks!   

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight (Oct 31st). He will be filling in for Kimmel, who is taking time off while he prepares for his son’s second heart surgery. Grohl’s episode will feature Kristen Bell and Alice Cooper as guests, with Cooper also slated to perform on the show. Jennifer LawrenceChanning Tatum and Shaquille O’Neal will also step in for Kimmel this week.

Back in 2013, Grohl filled in for Chelsea Handler and guest-hosted Chelsea Lately for an entire week. But he told me a while back that the job didn’t hold any interest for him: “It’s funny because a lot of people ask, like, ‘Wow, you’re kind of a natural at that, you should do that.’ I’m like, ‘Why? I can fill a stadium in Australia — that’s fun!’

A rep for Kimmel said, “As a precautionary measure, the scheduled second heart surgery for Jimmy Kimmel’s son Billy had to be postponed this week due to the common cold. Jimmy is very grateful to Shaquille O’Neal, Dave Grohl, Channing Tatum and Jennifer Lawrence for filling his very small shoes as guest host this week while he, his wife and children sneeze on each other.”

The Foos resumed their North American tour last Thursday night (Oct 26th) in Birmingham, Alabama, after postponing three shows earlier in the week — in Lexington, Kentucky, Nashville and Memphis — due to an unspecified “family emergency.” They next play Madison, WI on Nov 7th. Foo Fighters are touring in support of their ninth studio album, Concrete And Gold, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last month. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio and The PRP for the report.)

On Saturday I went down to Cape Coral, FL  to hang out with Pop Evil and interview Leigh Kakaty and Hayley Cramer.  The band is psyched their new single, “Waking Lions” off their self-titled album 5th studio album, which is due Feb 16th.

Singer Kakaty said about the new LP, “This is a dawn of a new day for Pop Evil. The new lineup feels like a whole new chapter for us. We could not be more proud to lead off this new album cycle with ‘Waking Lions,’ sending a positive message to our fans.”

Kakaty told us that Pop Evil wants to stretch out every time it makes a new studio album: “It goes back to taking risks and not standing still, you know. We don’t want to just regurgitate past success and sell out to ourselves in a way, you know. We want to keep making different music that still is unique to our identity. But I think that just gives people something they’re not expecting with us.”
He told me the band wanted to explore more of the “evil” part of their name on the new record.  Pop Evil was produced by Kato Khandwalla (The Pretty Reckless.)

The band has been working on the new disc since April, starting with writing up in Union, MI in a rented house on a lake, with bassist Matt DiRito telling Detroit’s WRIF (and hardDrive weekend affiliate) the sessions were the band’s “longest time in the studio ever.”   The new disc marks the recording debut with the band of British drummer Hayley Cramer, who joined Pop Evil in 2016 following the departure of Josh “Chachi” Marunde.    Be listening for Pop Evil as our Featured Artist of the Week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus week Nov 13-17.

Hmmm,  I found this on Blabbermouth. Some would say this is a dis, but he might have a point.  Dunno if Metallica would agree, though!  M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold  says the majority of the people who came to see  Metallica during the two bands’ joint summer 2017 stadium tour are “casual fans” who only have a copy of the San Francisco heavy metal legends’ multi-platinum 1991 album.

Metallica‘s first North American trek in eight years, which was seen by hundreds of thousands people, was also the band’s first stadium run in almost two decades. It kicked off in May in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium.

During an Oct 19 event at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, Shadows and his bandmates spoke about the experience of supporting Metallica on this year’s tour. The singer said: “What you learn is that all the complaining and all the [negativity] online, or in this world, when you actually go to a stadium show, to sell out stadiums, it’s required that you have The Black Album. You can play deep cuts all you want — you can play ’Master Of Puppets’, this and that, but when they’re playing The Black Album songs, every single person there is going crazy. And it’s like sixty percent of their audience are casual fans that only have The Black Album, and that’s one thing that’s never gets reflected by their hardcore fans.

He continued: “To go do stadiums, you have to have a record that’s worked at radio, or crossed over at some point into the consciousness of the human collective, and they had that with The Black Album. As much as we heard this and that, people complaining that they want deeper cuts from them — which I get — but when they play The Black Album, they play ’Sad But True’, ’Enter Sandman’, ’Unforgiven’, it’s just a different vibe, and you can tell that a lot of their audience are casual fans, which is something they’ve done and nurtured really well throughout their career.

“A lot of the metal bands that were around when Metallica put out ‘The Black Album,’ now they’re playing clubs, and Metallica is playing stadiums,” he added.

Metallica‘s self-titled LP in 2014 became the first album to sell sixteen million copies since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

Meanwhile, Avenged Sevenfold will release a “deluxe edition” of The Stage on Dec 15.  It will contain 7 cover tunes and live recordings.  The album was originally released in October 2016 with almost no promotion beforehand.

Avenged Sevenfold s 2018 North American arena headlining tour will kick off January 12 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with special guests Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine. The trek will be North America’s introduction to the electrifying “Stage” spectacle which drew rave reviews in Europe.The stage production was done with experts from Cirque Du Soleil.

I love this feature Amoeba Music in Los Angeles films with rock stars who continue to shop in the store for cds and vinyl.  Blabbermouth reporting Slipknot and Stone Sour  frontman Corey Taylor is featured in Amoeba Music‘s “What’s In My Bag?” segment in which he talks about some of the records, books and movies he is into.

In the clip, Taylor can be seen shopping at Amoeba in Hollywood, where he talks about various records from Electric Light OrchestraFrank ZappaThe Clash and Wu Tang Clan, among others.

Corey is continuing to tour with Stone Sour in support of the band’s latest album, Hydrograd, which came out at the end of June. He is also promoting his new book, “America 51″, which was released on Aug 8 via Da Capo Press. Subtitled “A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside ‘The Greatest Country In The World’”, it was described by its publisher as a reflection of how touring with bands has taught Corey ”what it means to be an American in an increasingly unstable world.”  Taylor is also Lou Brutus‘ guest tonight on hardDrive XL!

Celebrating their birthdays on Halloween, King Ad-Rock, aka Adam Horowitz of The Beastie Boys is 51 and Vanilla Ice is 50.


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weekEnd Oct 28-29, 2017

Monday, Oct, 30 2017


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
“Trouble” and “Jekyll & Hyde”
“Sid Vicious In A Dress”
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY “Room of Nightmares”
MASTODON “Steambreather”
Guest:  ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
Guest:  HALESTORM “Freak Like Me”

Hour 2

HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
Guest:  STARSET “Satellite”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
Guest:  RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
DED “Remember The Enemy”
Guest:  STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
Guest:  AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Nightmare”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  SIN SHAKE SIN “Can’t Go To Hell”


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Week of Oct 30-Nov 03, 2017

Monday, Oct, 30 2017

FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
FOZZY “Judas”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”

10 YEARS “Novacaine”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
MASTODON “Steambreather”
STARSET “Satellite”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”

ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
DED “Remember The Enemy”
DOROTHY “Down To The Bottom”-ADD
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD “California Dreaming”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”-ADD
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
SKILLET “The Resistance”
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”


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Monday, Oct 30, 2017

Monday, Oct, 30 2017


The Pulse Of Radio and The PRP reporting on the tribute concert to Chester Bennington held in Los Angeles on Friday evening. The event was hosted by Linkin Park and with guest singers/performers who included Jonathan Davis of Korn, M Shadows & Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold,  Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon, Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember, Daron Malakian and Shavo Odadjian of System Of A Down, Blink 182 and more! The entire 3 hour plus show is posted above thanks to Linkin Park and YouTube.

The evening also saw the live debut of a song co-vocalist
 Mike Shinoda wrote roughly a week after Bennington‘s passing, called “Looking For An Answer“. Shinoda mentioned during the set he was unsure if the song would surface again in the future. He also stated it is not yet decided if the band will continue on without Bennington.

Several of the band’s biggest hits, including “Numb” and “In The End,” were sung entirely by the audience, while a spotlight focused on a solitary mic stand on the stage. Shinoda thanked the fans at the sold-out venue repeatedly for their love and support over the past few months.

Prior to playing “In The End, Shinoda told the crowd, “Our special guest on this one is our favorite special guest of the whole night. And that’s f**ked up to say because of all these great people that have come out tonight, and if I say that, then that makes them look bad. But I do mean our favorite guests — it’s you guys.”

Chester’s widow Talinda spoke near the end of the show, saying, “Chester and I always loved bringing people together and he was filled with joy when our house was full of family, friends, kids, dogs, cats, birds, turtles — the more the merrier. And he would have loved all of this tonight.”  After thanking her late husband, management, family members, the band and fans across the world for their support, Talinda added, “In the past 14 weeks, you have lifted each other up. You have lifted me up. You have lifted our children up . . . two of the things that brought Chester the most joy in life were spending time with his family and doing whatever he could to help others. He was incredibly proud of the work done through Music For Relief — he knew it saved lives. And saving lives is exactly what we plan to do in Chester’s memory.”

Almost all the night’s performers came onstage for the final song of the evening, “Bleed It Out.”  Proceeds from the concert, which was billed as Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington, will go to Music For Relief‘s One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington.

Here is the set list with special guests noted:

1 – “Robot Boy“/”The Messenger“/”Iridescent”
2 – “Roads Untraveled”
3 – “Numb” (with crowd on vocals)
4 – “Shadow Of The Day” (feat. Ryan Key of Yellowcard) (feat. U2‘s “Without Or Without You” in the bridge)
5 – “Leave Out All The Rest” (feat. Gavin Rossdale of Bush)
6 – “Somewhere I Belong” (feat. Takahiro “Taka” Moriuchi of One OK Rock)
7 – “Castle Of Glass” (feat. Alanis Morissette and Adrian YoungTom Dumont & Tony Kamal of No Doubt/Dreamcar)
8 – “Rest” (new Alanis Morissette song)
9 – “Nobody Can Save Me” (feat. Steven McKellar of Civil Twilight and Jon Green)
10 – “Battle Symphony” (feat. Jon Green)
11 – “Sharp Edges” (feat. Isley Juber)
12 – “Talking To Myself” (feat. Isley Juber) (with “All Along The Watchtower“)
13 – “Heavy” (feat. Julia Michaels and Kiiara)
14 – “One More Light”
15 – “Looking For An Answer”
16 – “Waiting For The End” (feat. Steven McKellar of Civil Twilight and Sydney Sierota of Echosmith)
17 – “Crawling” (feat. Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon and Zedd)
18 – “Papercut” (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
19 – “One Step Closer” (feat. Jonathan Davis of KornRyan Shuck and Amir Derakh of Dead By Sunrise)
20 – “A Place For My Head” (feat. Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember)
21 – “Rebellion” (feat. Daron Malakian and Shavo Odadjian of System Of A Down and Frank Zummo of Sum 41)
22 – “The Catalyst” (feat. Deryck Whibley and Frank Zummo of Sum 41)
23 – “I Miss You” (Blink-182 song) (by Blink-182)
24 – “What I’ve Done” (feat. Blink-182)
25 – “In The End” (with audience vocals)
26 – “Iridescent”
27 – “New Divide” (with Bennington‘s vocals from 2014 live show)
28 – “A Light That Never Comes” (feat. Steve AokiBebe Rexha and Sum 41‘s Frank Zummo)
29 – “Burn It Down” (feat. M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold)
30 – “Faint” (feat. M. Shadows and Synyster Gates)
31 – “Bleed It Out” (feat. nearly everyone who guested earlier in the night)

Five Finger Death Punch has confirmed a Dec 1st release date for its greatest hits collection, A Decade Of Destruction, and has released one of two new tracks included on the album, a song called “Trouble.” Guitarist Zoltan Bathory told Lou Brutus singer Ivan Moody‘s lyrics for the song were inspired by Moody’s own recent struggles to stay sober: Ivan is the hand grenade without the, you know (laughs), without the pin, so he wrote the lyrics obviously and I think it’s about himself, that he is trouble. You know, he’s straightening out. It’s good to see him getting sober, getting straight, and so I guess this song now is in a — now it’s a past tense song.

The other new song included with the set is titled “Gone Away.”  Drummer Jeremy Spencer told our affiliate  Razor 94.7  he was unsure about doing a greatest hits LP at first, saying, ““I was like ‘Do we even have enough hits?’ And then we looked and we have like 13 or 15 radio hits.” He added, “The label thought it was the right time. So we were like ‘Cool, let’s put some new songs on it though.’

The hits collection and an already completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band’s contract with its label, Prospect Park. Five Finger Death Punch’s seventh full-length LP, which was finished nearly a year ago, will follow up 2015′s Got Your Six and will be released in spring 2018.

The band is currently preparing to embark on a European arena tour with In Flames and Of Mice & Men.

Disturbed‘s incredibly successful cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence” is now the soundtrack of a new video released by NASA. According to The PRP, the footage in the clip was filmed from the International Space Station during Expedition 53 and was captured by Commander Randy Bresnik as well as flight engineers Sergey Ryazanskiy and Paolo Nespoli. The song underneath expansive shots of the Earth, views of giant urban electrical grids and flashes of sunlight cresting across the curve of the planet.

Disturbed singer David Draiman told me a while back the cover has been a success beyond the band’s wildest expectations: It doesn’t stop being surreal. Every single step of the way, it’s another incredible surprise, it’s incredibly gratifying, and it’s succeeded way above and beyond our expectations.”

Since it’s August 21st, 2015 release Disturbed‘s take on the track has gone double platinum in the U.S. alone for sales and/or streams of more than two million copies. The video for the track, released in December 2015, has been seen more than 292 million times, a record number of views on YouTube for the group.|   Paul Simon reached out to make contact with Draiman and compliment him for the band’s take on his song after seeing them perform it live on Conan.  “The Sound Of Silence” appeared on Disturbed’s sixth album, Immortalized, which ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at Number One.

The group announced plans earlier this year to record and release an acoustic EP before starting its next full-length studio album, but has not provided any updates since. I’ve noticed some social media posts indicating something is brewing, so stay tuned! (The Pulse Of Radio and The PRP.)

Foo Fighters resumed their North American tour on Thursday night (Oct 26th) in Birmingham, AL, after postponing three shows earlier in the week – in Lexington, KY, Nashville and Memphis — due to an unspecified “family emergency.” Frontman Dave Grohl did not mention the problem during the concert in Birmingham and the band has issued no further statements on the matter.

The show did allow Grohl a chance to bring a fan onstage toward the end of the 22-song set to play guitar with the band on “Big Me.” Grohl explained an audience member guested with them the week before and now everyone thought they could perform with Foo Fighters. Grohl made the new guest, named Jeremy, swear he could play the song and had him demonstrate the chords.

Grohl also led the crowd in a singalong of “Happy Birthday” after discovering it was Jeremy’s big day, before jokingly telling him to “get the f**k off my stage!” Last week Foo Fighters brought up an audience member named Pierce to play drums on a cover of “Under Pressure.”

The Foos recently announced a new leg of North American dates which will begin on Apr 18th in Austin, TX and will conclude on Jul 29th with the band’s return to Wrigley Field in Chicago. The three postponed shows have been rescheduled as part of that trek. Foo Fighters are touring in support of their ninth studio album, Concrete And Gold, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last month. (Thanks JamBase and The Pulse Of Radio.)

Alternative Nation reporting the former bandmates and children of late Stone Temple Pilots  frontman Scott Weiland paid tribute to the singer on what would have been his 50th birthday this past Friday (Oct 27th). Bassist Robert DeLeo wrote on Twitter, “A very gifted young man with such a beautiful voice would have turned 50 today. Happy Birthday and much love Scott.” The band’s official Twitter account posted, “Happy Birthday Scott. 50 years ago today the world was given a gift. Thank you for all you gave us. Happy Birthday.”

DeLeo told us he and the other members of STP were struck by Scott’s energy when they first met him: “He was a lion, you know, he really was. In every way in life, he was almost to the point of being hyper about creating and getting things done. We knew that he had that energy. Not only in the voice — I knew he could sing and he was a real singer — but the energy he brought along with that, it was something that he always had from when I met him.”

Meanwhile, Scott’s children, Noah and Lucy, posted their first public comments since their father’s death on Facebook. The siblings posted a list online titled “Songs That Remind Me Of My Dad,” writing, “Happy Birthday Daddy. Here are a few songs that remind us of you on this special day and every day. XOXO-Noah & Lucy.” Among the tracks the children listed — with commentary from one or both on each — were Weezer‘s “Islands In The Sun,” their father’s version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” the Beatles‘ “Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds,” “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys, “Wake Me Up When September Ends” from Green Day, and several STP songs, including “Dead And Bloated,” “Cinnamon,” “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart” and “Kitchenware & Candybars.”

About one song on the list, Kelly Clarkson‘s “Since You’ve Been Gone,” Lucy wrote, “Every dad with a little girl when this song came out was probably familiar with it. He even took us to her concert and danced with me on his shoulders while I rocked out with my little fists in the air.”

Scott Weiland died in December 2015 from an overdose of drugs and alcohol while touring with his solo act the Wildabouts.  Stone Temple Pilots recently reissued their 1992 debut album, Core, in a deluxe 25th anniversary edition and will be releasing a new song very soon and will announce their new singer. Stay tuned!

Ozzy Osbourne says he can’t decide whether he wants to make a new full-length solo studio album or release standalone singles. Speaking to the Orange County Register, Ozzy said full LPs were not “cost-effective” anymore, explaining, “You actually lose money because people aren’t buying records anymore. A couple of songs, maybe I’ll do that and put that out. I’ll go to Sharon (Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and manager) and say, ‘I want to do an album’ and then I’ll go to her and say, ‘I don’t want to do an album.’ I really can’t make up my mind.” Ozzy’s last solo set, Scream, arrived in 2010. (Blabbermouth)

Happy 52nd today to Gavin Rossdale of Bush!

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Monday, Oct, 30 2017

We’ve got your rock and roll fix with hardDrive XL! This week, Lou Brutus shares the mic with featured artist Avenged Sevenfold! Tonight’s special guest is Royal Blood! Plus, Lou will make you laugh with all new Poetry CornerRant of the Day and Weird World News!

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