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Friday, Nov 28

Friday, Nov, 28 2014

Happy Black Friday!   In America, we call it that because for some people, who think they are getting crazy amazing deals that won’t be available at any other time before Xmas, must get up at like 4 AM to go out to the malls.  I have never, will never EVER do that. It’s nuts!  But yes, millions of people are out there this morning?  Me?  I’m going to the office! LOL…..Not a ton of news, but here’s what I got. I was sorta shocked on Wednesday afternoon when hardDrive XL‘s Bill Powell showed me this news coming in from TMZ. Now, I am not one of those people who looks at that site, and it is usually against my credo of no sensationalism, rumor or innuendo here, but THIS is just downright sad.  Scott Stapp of Creed posted a long, sad story online about his current state of affairs.  He is homeless and broke, and apparently is now in a psych ward in a hospital somewhere in Madison County, Florida (outside of Tallahassee)  citing people who were handling his business affairs have robbed him of everything, plus believes he’s a marked man, and his wife says he hears voices and worries his kid will get attacked by ISIS.
Meanwhile, his wife  Jaclyn is divorcing him, citing drug abuse, and his former band barely wants anything to do with him.  It’s pretty sad. He needs help. Check out the whole sad story here.….Meanwhile, over in the Megadeth camp, I guess when it rains, it pours!   Guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover have both left the band to pursue other interests.  And then today comes news the body of  Dave Mustaine‘s missing mother-in-law was found after she was reported missing from a campsite on Oct 4th in Arizona.  She had been suffering from advanced stages of Alzheimers and apparently wandered away.  Sad state of affairs for Mustaine right now…..Did you see Kiss yesterday in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?  I thought the cheerleaders were great!…..Tonight, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways  features the Seattle episode.  We’ll hear one of the first songs Dave Grohl wrote in 1992.  Should be a lot on Nirvana, too. These HBO episodes have been great!  I wish they’d go on forever, spotlighting music in every major city in the U.S. and then THE WORLD!  Come on, Dave! Keep it going!  No doubt, he’ll get an Emmy nomination!…..Have a great weekend! See ya Monday.  BTW: On Tuesday, The Pretty Reckless, who are destined to have the Number One rock song for 2014, will be in the hardDrive studios! Taylor Momsen said she wanted to re-do the acoustic performances they did back in the spring. No problem, Taylor, come on it!  And while you’re at it, will ya bring me one of those cool tops  you are making with the cross on them!  I want one!  LOL

posted by: Lou Brutus

Wednesday, Nov 26

Wednesday, Nov, 26 2014

Wow!  Four day weekend is upon us!  It’s raining like crazy here. Snowing everywhere else in the northeast. Ugh! I feel bad for anyone travelling today to be with family and friends for Thanksgiving!   Me? I’m staying put with friends!  Lou?  He’ll be on his couch eating Cheetos! Speaking of Lou, he recorded a most excellent interview with Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins last night. I will be listening and editing that to air on hardDrive and hardDrive XL the first week of January!……Well, while AC/DC is streaming their new Rock or Bust CD over on iTunesRadio, drummer (or is he) Phil Rudd continues to act erratically!  Check this out from Pulse Of Radio!  A New Zealand High Court judge briefly issued an arrest warrant for Phil Rudd on this morning (Nov 26th) when the AC/DC drummer failed to show up on time for his court appearance to address the charges against him. Rudd was scheduled to appear in court at 9:00 a.m., but arrived several minutes late. Rudd did not enter a plea and had his bodyguard give him a piggyback ride to his car after the hearing was over. Rudd then backed up the vehicle into the path of an oncoming truck, almost causing an accident. Rudd is set to return to court on Dec 2nd, ironically, the day of the album’s release!  Couldn’t come up with a wackier story if I tried!!!! I think Phil is the one with dementia!….Have you been watching the Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways?  It’s been great! Last week, the spotlight was on New Orleans and just made me want to hop on a plane and be there!  Frontman Dave Grohl admitted in a new interview with Rolling Stone  he knew nothing about the history and culture of New Orleans before he and the band traveled there for the sixth episode of their HBO series Sonic Highways. Grohl explained, “Before I turned on the camera with Ben Jaffe from Preservation Hall (Jazz Band), I said, ‘I don’t know s*** about jazz and I don’t know s*** about New Orleans’ . . . A lot of the interviews were like that. I’m a music nerd, but I’m not a musicologist. I love talking about music and hearing these stories, but I also love not knowing everything.”   The New Orleans episode featured interviews with Jaffe, the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Trombone Shorty, Steve Earle,  and Bonnie Raitt, while also focusing on the careers of Big Easy legends like Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers and The Meters.  Asked why he included New Orleans in the series, Grohl said, “The celebration of life in that city is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been . . . there’s a soundtrack to that city everywhere, 24 hours a day. You’re just immersed in music. It makes people smile and dance and drink and celebrate life.”  Grohl added, “After that week, you had to tear me out of this place; I f***in’ went through withdrawal after I left. I was making f***in’ beignets and listening to jazz for a month (laughs).”   Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us the Foos felt more welcomed by the musical community in New Orleans than any other city: The thing about New Orleans is all those musicians — it’s like they all wrapped their arms around us as soon as we got there. They were all like, ‘We’re gonna be part of this too.’ Because they wanna play. They’re there to play. They were involved from second one, and that’s the spirit of that place. We’re here to play, everybody’s gonna play. It’s all about that shared sort of experience.” ….Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith said in a new interview with Music Radar the band is aiming for ”quality and not quantity” when it begins recording its new album this winter. Smith explained, “We probably have close to 30 songs. I think last time we overdid it a little; traditionally we’ve always recorded 25 or 40 songs. It won’t be 50, like last time. We always say, ‘We’re going to do a Beatles thing and just do 10 or 11 songs,’ then it turns into an epic f***ing thing. This time we’ll focus on the quality and not the quantity.” Been a while since we’ve had music from those guys.  Must be nice to have so much $$$$  you don’t need to worry, eh?…..Pulse Of Radio also reports Metallica has revealed the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants have invited the band back for the third annual Metallica Night at the Giants’ hometown ballfield, AT&T Park. The band posted, ”We’ll all be on hand Saturday, May 2, 2015 as the Giants take the field against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and as always, the night will kick off with the National Anthem and first pitch.”  The band will be on hand all evening during the game and will participate in several events throughout the night, which will also feature special giveaways and souvenirs. Special event tickets for the game go on sale Friday (Nov 28th) at 8:00 a.m. PT.  A portion of the proceeds from every Metallica Night special event ticket will benefit a local charity.  In other news, Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has launched a PledgeMusic campaign to raise the last batch of funds needed to complete production on his documentary about legendary progressive rock bassist Jaco Pastorius. Trujillo has funded much of the project himself and told us why it’s important for him to get it finished: “When you take on a project like this, you know, it’s from the heart, so it is for the right reasons. This is not the next Transformers. It’s not like ‘the blockbuster.’ It’s a story that I wanted to share with as many people as possible, musicians or non-musicians. I know this story’s powerful, it needs to be told.”….Also from Pulse: The first fully authorized documentary about late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, titled Montage Of Heck, will premiere on HBO in 2015, according to RollingStone.com. The film is written, directed and produced by Brett Morgen and is the first to be made with the cooperation of Cobain’s family. Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, has signed on as an executive producer for the project.  Morgen and his team were given access to Cobain’s entire personal and family archives, and the film will include footage from numerous Nirvana performances, along with previously unheard songs, never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos and songbooks.  Morgen, who has been working on the project for some eight years, said in a statement, “Once I stepped into Kurt’s archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4,000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.”  Morgen told NME back in 2013 that the movie would feature a mix of animation and live-action footage, although it’s not clear whether that is still the case.  The movie has the same title as a musical and sound collage that Cobain created around 1988, which recently surfaced online. The collage exists in both eight and 36-minute versions and combines original sounds and effects with Nirvana demos, songs recorded from the radio and tracks sampled from Cobain’s record collection.  A biopic about Cobain, produced in conjunction with his widow Courtney Love, has been on and off in development for years, although there are no signs that it is going to emerge any time soon….Joe Perry of Aerosmith told me last week in a phone conversation we had he’s recording a handful of Christmas tunes, something he’s wanted to do for ages with Aerosmith, but it never came together as a band, so he decided to take it on himself.  Poor Joe, he had a really bad cold, too!   Hope you’re feeling better, Joe!  Can’t wait to hear what you’ve done!….Marilyn Manson has announced The Definitive Box is available for pre-order now.  It’s a limited edition set of the forthcoming album, The Pale Emperor,  (due Jan 20) and will come in a grey cloth bound collectors’ box with a debossed logotype and high-gloss cover photo flip-in.  The back cover will feature black foil-stamped Marilyn Manson monogram logo, two discs pressed by RTI on HQ-180, audiophile grade white vinyl, with 3 bonus tracks.   Fold out photo printed on newsprint, 5 lithograph photos by Nicholas Cope wrapped in tissue with a wax seal, and a collectible MP3 download card with bonus tracks. Want it now?  Hit this.…..Celebrating life over the next four days:  Thanksgiving Day:  Mike “Puffy”  Bordin of Faith No More/ex-Ozzy is 52.  Charlie Benante of Anthrax is 52.  Friday, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron is 52.  Jon Stewart of The Daily Show is 52.  Jade Puget of AFI is 41. Paul Shaffer of the Letterman show is 65.  Sunday, Billy Idol is 59, Roger Glover of Rainbow and Deep Purple is 69, Ridley Scott is 77  and our friend John Moyer of Disturbed is 41. (Hey, I think I’ll play 52 in the numbers today!)    Have a great Thanksgiving weekend, everyone! Drive safe!  Please don’t text and drive, especially if you’ve had a few!  It’s not worth your life or someone else’s!

posted by: Lou Brutus

Tuesday, Nov 25

Tuesday, Nov, 25 2014

Man, usually I am traveling the day before Thanksgiving, but this year, I am staying in the city!  I mean, who wants to miss the chance to see Kiss  in the Macy;s Thanksgiving Day Parade be wheeled down Sixth Avenue on a freezing cold morning in those spandex outfits?  Wonder if Paul Stanley will wear a coat? It’s supposed to be super windy, so let’s hope Gene Simmons’ balloon head doesn’t blow away! (I keed, I keed!)…iTunesRadio is streaming AC/DC‘s Rock or Bust album now!  It drops officially on Monday…..System Of A Down have announced a tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary  (April 24th) of the Armenian Genocide that happened during the Ottoman Empire rule in Turkey. They have been staunch supporters of trying to raise awareness and justice for the 1.5 million Armenians (many relatives)  who were killed during that awful time and make Turkey accountable.  They will do a string of 7 shows, starting in England and running through Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Russia and end with a free show in Armenia, with the band performing there for the very first time.  I am sure that will be a very emotional show for the guys. The band issued a statement that reads in part:

We will not allow the crime of despots coupled with the greed of world powers and their interests in resource acquisition to pen our history.

Despite the UN Genocide Convention and numerous ad-hoc international bodies, including the U.S. Atrocities Prevention Board, this worst of man-made diseases continues to spread because the world’s response to genocide is viewed as a political choice, not a moral necessity.

By demanding a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide we are saying Never Again to all genocides.  Never again will we stand by while people are murdered for belonging to a select race, ethnic, or religious group as they were in Turkey, Nazi Europe, Cambodia, East Timor, Rwanda, or Darfur.

There are already brave souls within Turkey, who – at risk of prosecution, persecution, and even violence – are openly calling for recognition and reparations for the Armenian Genocide.  Many other Turkish citizens share these humanitarian values, but have not yet spoken out – intimidated by a government that has, for too long, obstructed the peace that only truth and justice can bring. It’s time to break this silence.

As we mark this solemn centennial, please join us and the good people of conscience in Turkey to take a stand for truth and justice, and ask their President and Parliament to accept the Republic of Turkey’s moral and material responsibility for the Armenian Genocide.

With your help, such a historic step taken by the people of Turkey in the spirit of human solidarity, heartfelt compassion and justice will not only heal the wounds of one genocide, but will more broadly represent a truly transformative step toward a new age – an era without genocide.”

….Wow! Check this out!  Touring bands run into all kinds of danger and drama on the road, but it doesn’t usually manifest itself in the form of small appliances.  hen Powerman 5000’s frontman Spider One turned on the air conditioning unit in the Radisson Hotel in Marietta, Ga., Friday, November 21, an electrical fire started, according to Loudwire. Guitarist Nick Quijano says the band escaped unharmed and then went the extra mile, helping others escape. Quijano issued a statement about the experience on Blabbermouth.net:  “I just wanted to let you know that we were all involved in a 10th-floor fire at the Radisson [hotel] in [Marietta], Georgia this evening around 6 p.m.  We checked into our rooms to relax before our show at 120 Tavern and Spider One went to turn off his air conditioner unit in his room when an electrical fire broke out within the unit, shooting large flames across the room and filling the entire 10th floor with smoke. To make matters worse, the alarm and sprinkler system in the hotel was defective and didn’t go off to warn anyone in the hotel of the fire. We had to run down the hall and yell to all the other inhabitants to get them to clear the floor and get to safety.  Other than some smoke inhalation, we are all okay and will still be playing the show tonight at 120 Tavern and continuing our tour through the USA with American Head Charge.  We are left wondering what will happen next on this run, but we want to let everyone know that the tour is STILL RUNNING as planned and expect to see everyone out at the remaining shows through North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.”  Powerman 5000 is touring in support of Builders of the Future, the band’s first release of all-new material in five years. Static-X was supposed to be on these dates, but were forced to cancel after the tragic death of Wayne Staticfrom an undisclosed episode…..Glad to read this on Pulse Of Radio!  Deftones spent most of 2014 touring and waiting for the muse to send them back to the studio. According to Loudwire.com, fans will soon be able to get their hands on some new material.  They are officially back in the studio writing again, and they may even be getting a hand from Black Sabbath’s drummer, Bill Ward. The band posted a photo with Ward, but it’s unclear if he was just stopping by, or if a more formal collaboration is in the works. The new disc, as yet unnamed, is poised to hit the market in 2015. It is a follow-up to 2012’s Koi No Yokan album.  In April, Deftones posted a previously unreleased song called “Smile” online to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of the band’s original bassist, Chi Cheng. The track is taken from Eros, the album that the group was recording when Cheng was gravely injured in a November 2008 auto accident. Cheng was left in a semi-comatose state — from which he never fully woke up — and the recordings were shelved. He passed on April 13, 2013…..And finally,  thank you Rolling Stone’s David Fricke for posting this article on Dave Grohl.Ten Things We Learned Hanging with Dave Grohl” over at RollingStone.com.  Dave is the cover boy of their current issue.  Sigh.

posted by: Lou Brutus

weekEnd Nov 22-23, 2014

Monday, Nov, 24 2014



hardDrive Double Dose: NICKELBACK
“Million Miles An Hour” & “Edge Of A Revolution”
Guest:  NONPOINT “Breaking Skin”
ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out”
Guest:  LIVE “The Way Around Is Through”
GODSMACK “Something Different”
FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing”
SLIPKNOT “The Devil In I”


OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever”
Guest:  PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise”
BUSH “The Only Way Out”
LINKIN PARK “Rebellion”
POP EVIL “Beautiful”
Guest:  SEETHER “Same Damn Life”
MASTODON “The Motherload”
Guest: AC/DC  ”Play Ball”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down”

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Week of Nov 24-28, 2014

Monday, Nov, 24 2014

AC/DC                                           PLAY BALL
ROYAL BLOOD                          FIGURE IT OUT
SEETHER                                    SAME DAMN LIFE
SLIPKNOT                                  THE DEVIL IN I
VOLBEAT                                   DOC HOLLIDAY 

BUSH                                           THE ONLY WAY OUT
GODSMACK                                SOMETHING DIFFERENT
HELLYEAH                                    MOTH

IN THIS MOMENT                      SICK LIKE ME
LINKIN PARK                            REBELLION
POP EVIL                                    BEAUTIFUL

CHEVELLE                                  AN ISLAND
FLYLEAF                                      SET ME ON FIRE
LIVE                                              THE WAY AROUND IS THROUGH
MASTODON                               THE MOTHERLOAD
NONPOINT                                  BREAKING SKIN
NOTHING MORE                        MR. MTV

OTHERWISE                               DARKER SIDE OF THE MOON
PAPA ROACH                              FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE

STARSET                                    CARNIVORE
YOUNG GUNS                           I WANT OUT 




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