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Wednesday, Nov, 30 2016
Hey Foo Fighters!
Love starting out the day talking about this band! The Pulse Of Radio and Blabbermouth say Foo Fighters has booked a series of live shows for 2017, but that doesn’t mean there will be a new album to accompany them. In an interview with NME, drummer Taylor Hawkins said the Dave Grohl-led band is a “hunker down period” at the moment, explaining, “We know we have those shows next year, and we did a charity event for Dave’s kid’s school a couple of weeks ago that got a little bit of press. We’re fine, we love each other we’re all good. We’re just figuring out when the world’s ready for more Foo Fighters.”
The drummer added, “We will make a new record at some point. We won’t really be ready until Dave’s ready to go. It’s on the books, so we’ll definitely be playing. We never really know, we just wait for a text from Dave saying, ‘Hey, let’s go down to the studio.’”
Hawkins told me a while back that 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.’”
Hawkins himself has just released a new EP titled KOTA and issued a video for the first single, “Range Rover Bitch.” The six-song EP is Hawkins’ first-ever project under his own name, although in the past he has led bands like the Coattail Riders and the Birds Of Satan.
Foo Fighters have been on hiatus since November 2015, but they did perform at a private charity concert in Los Angeles last month and have confirmed a number of European festival appearances for next summer.
In a related story, Blabbermouth revealed Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is one of 25 new additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame, which inducts both singles and album recordings at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Each year recordings are reviewed by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. Also added this year to the Hall’s more than 1,000 recordings are Deep Purple‘s “Smoke On The Water,” David Bowie‘s “Changes,” the Jackson 5‘s “ABC,” N.W.A.‘s “Straight Outta Compton,” Elvis Presley‘s “Jailhouse Rock” and several more.
Linkin Park members Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda teamed with fashion designer and artist Blaine Halvorson of MadeWorn on a special project to benefit Music For Relief, the non-profit charity organization Linkin Park founded in 2005 to aid survivors of natural disasters and environmental conservation around the world. The trio came up with an original design based on the artwork from the band’s 2000 debut album, Hybrid Theory, which is now available on an exclusive line of white and special edition black T-shirts and hoodies.
Shinoda said in a statement, “‘The Hybrid Theory’ street soldier was a team effort between me, Joe and Frank Maddocks . . . It’s an image that’s synonymous with the band’s name at this point, and one that has become a cornerstone of our group’s visual language over the years.”
Linkin Park has been working on its seventh studio album for much of the past year. The follow-up to 2014′s The Hunting Party is expected out sometime in 2017.
Meanwhile, Beastie Boys member Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz has teamed with Los Angeles-based vegan shoe company Keep to design a new pair of sneakers, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. The “Keep x Ad-Rock midtop,” as it’s called, features “a water-resistant, nylon cordura body and is lined with synthetic shearling.” It also includes “an embroidery of Adam’s name, split between left and the right shoes.”
Planned Parenthood has been under attack from the right for several years, and with both Donald Trump and Mike Pence holding strong anti-choice views, the organization has seen a spike in donations over fears that the new GOP-held Congress will defund it. Horovitz said in a statement, “Net proceeds of this shoe will be donated to Planned Parenthood because I support a woman’s right to choose and feel that women should not be punished for making decisions about their own lives and bodies. If you have similar beliefs, you might wanna grab a pair. Or, if you simply support fresh styles, then you too can be part of what peeps in Keeps are doing.”
Horovitz recently spoke at an anti-hate rally held at a part in Brooklyn named after late Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch. The park was defaced earlier this month with pro-Nazi and pro-Trump graffiti.
A hero of the music industry passed away over the Thanksgiving break. His name was Tony Martell. You may be familiar with the T.J. Martell Foundation, a music industry backed charity that has been raising money for cancer, AIDS and leukemia research for decades. Tony, a veteran music industry executive and philanthropist who died Sunday at the age of 90, passed away leaving a wake of mourners from industry folks to people with those diseases whose lives he impacted to rock stars he had a hand in forming their careers.
Blabbermouth reported Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are just some who have paid tribute to Tony Martell. Martell spent four decades as a high-ranking executive at CBS and its subsidiaries, where he worked closely with many major acts, including Osbourne, the Beach Boys, Billy Joel and Stevie Ray Vaughan, before retiring in the 1990s.
Martell created the T.J. Martell Foundation in 1975 after his son, T.J., died of leukemia at the age of 19. It would go on to become the music industry’s biggest foundation for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research, and has raised more than $270 million for its cause, according to the organization’s web site.
Ozzy released a statement to Billboard.com, saying: “It saddened me to hear of my friend Tony Martell’s passing. Tony was the only record executive to believe in me when he signed me to Epic Records as a solo artist in 1980. He will be missed.”
Sharon Osbourne added: “Tony was always a mensch of a guy, one of the few good ones where you kind of thought, ‘Are you really in the music industry?’ [Laughs]
“I met him in 1975 because he’d signed ELO and Jet Records [to Epic] when I was working for my father [manager/Jet founder Don Arden]. When Ozzy started [his solo career in 1980] people turned him down because there hadn’t been a lead singer that had left a band and become successful at that time, but Tony believed in him and signed him — and how many years later are we, and we’re still signed to Epic and it’s all down to Tony. I must add that Ozzy is truly, truly saddened by this.
“I don’t think even Tony at the time realized what he was starting — that [the T.J. Martell Foundation] would become so hugely successful. So many people who were ill reached out to Tony for advice and help — people in the industry that he didn’t even work with would call him and he’d give advice about doctors, about treatment. He’d made a promise to his son and he wanted to see that promise through, and he went on to help probably hundreds of people. People like him are so rare.”
I did volunteer work in the 80′s and 90′s in LA for the TJ Martell Foundation. We used to hold the annual Rockers vs Rollers Celebrity Softball Games at USC’s field where my job was to round up rock stars to play against local radio stations and other celebrity teams. We had teams like Alice Cooper‘s Rockers vs Kip Winger‘s Rollers where I recall enlisting members of a new band, Alice In Chains, to be on the teams. I remember Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell hitting the balls out of the park! We even had Roseanne Barr sing the National Anthem (OY!) We also conducted a Rockin’ The Puck Celebrity Hockey events at the LA Forum, where we got professional and celebrity hockey players to play with folks like 90210‘s Luke Perry and The Hanson Brothers from the movie Slapshot. It was a grand time. I miss those days.
Celebrating life today: Disturbed’s John Moyer is 43! Billy Idol turns 61 and Deep Purple & Rainbow’s Roger Glover is 71.
posted by: Lou Brutus
Tuesday, Nov, 29 2016
Ya know, Lars Ulrich wasn’t kidding when he told me he’s the guy in the band who whittles down the hundreds of riffs James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett bring to the table when the time comes to make new music. According to a post from The Pulse Of Radio, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett told the band’s So What! fan club newsletter in a new interview that he got some “coaching” writing his solos for the band’s new album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, from drummer Lars Ulrich. Hammett recalled, “I would play about 25 or 30 solos, all different, in two or three hours, and then Lars would come in and say, ‘How are things going?’ . . . that’s when Lars would come up with suggestions, coaching me on, maybe going into this direction or to that direction, or talking about when he and James were getting the song together how they might’ve heard the solo sounding.”
Hammett added, “When Lars would come in, typically the solos would change direction, which was a good thing because the first 25 to 30 solos would be in one direction and then the next 20 or 30 solos would be in a different direction because Lars would be in there suggesting something . . . it’s also because Lars is so into lead guitar playing. His favorite musician isn’t John Bonham or Ringo Starr. You know who his favorite musician is? F**king Ritchie Blackmore!”
Hammett famously lost an iPhone during the making of the new album that contained scores of new riffs he planned to offer to the band. He told us it was a strange feeling to not contribute any material for the record: “In terms of my coming to the table with something to contribute, it’s been my first time in decades that I have not had anything to contribute. Thank God I still had my lead guitar playing to contribute, or else I would have felt like just a bystander or something.”
Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, Metallica’s 10th studio album, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart on Sunday night (Nov 27th), selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release. The album has already gone to Number One in 57 countries, with the album going Top Three in 75 nations and Top Five in 105 countries.
The Pulse Of Radio also says Stone Sour will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its second album, Come What(ever) May, by releasing a deluxe edition on Dec 16th. The set will be available via digital download, streaming services, and double-LP black and gold mixed vinyl — marking the first time the album has ever been released on vinyl. The set will contain an array of rare tracks and B-sides, including never-before-heard versions of “Through Glass,” “Zzyzx Rd” and “Cardiff,” as well as an acoustic cover of the Rolling Stones‘ “Wild Horses.” It featured several rock radio hits, including “Sillyworld.” “Made Of Scars” and the chart-topping “Through Glass.”
Come What(ever) May followed Stone Sour’s self-titled 2002 debut and entered the Billboard 200 album chart in the Top Five.
Frontman Corey Taylor told us a while back the success of Come What(ever) May reflected his personal philosophy about making music: “I’ve always had the mentality that if you enter things with no expectations, you will give your best, you will give your all. You’re not worried about, you know, how it’s going to be received or if it’s gonna do well or if you’re gonna make any money at it. You’re just concentrated on making sure that it’s the best thing that you can possibly put out there. And it hasn’t failed me yet, hopefully.”
Stone Sour has written and demoed 18 songs for its sixth studio album, with plans to hit the studio in January for a likely mid-2017 release.
Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn will each headline one night of America’s largest and most-acclaimed rock festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017–fueled by Monster Energy–will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus rock’s favorite comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.
Rock On The Range 2017 presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at www.RockOnTheRange.com.
The Rock On The Range music lineup includes: Metallica, Soundgarden, Korn, The Offspring, Volbeat, Primus, Bush, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed & Cambria, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, Amon Amarth, Pierce The Veil, Sum 41, Skillet, Dillinger Escape Plan, In Flames, Gojira, Biffy Clyro, Motionless In White, Nothing More, Beartooth, Starset, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, Deafheaven, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons, The Amity Affliction, Attila, Norma Jean, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, I Prevail, Turnstile, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Red Fang, Dorothy, Kyng, Radkey, As Lions, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Sylar, Fire From The Gods, Badflower, Wage War, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, DED, Bleeker, Royal Republic, Mother Feather, Aeges and One Less Reason.
The ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent will feature sets from nationally known comedians plus Columbus’s top comedy talent. The full comedy lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.
Jonathan Davis of Korn comments, “Rock On The Range is the pinnacle rock festival in America. I always feel that in the crowd and can’t wait for our headline set in May. We’re gonna come at you with everything we’ve got — expect a few surprises!”
Dexter Holland of The Offspring says, “Great lineup at Rock On The Range this year. The Offspring can’t wait to finally be part of it all.”
“After our record breaking Ten Year Anniversary it was high time to raise the bar and have the world’s best rock bands jump over it. We couldn’t be more honored to have Metallica and Soundgarden at Rock On The Range! But why stop there? To have bands such as Korn, Volbeat, Primus, Papa Roach, The Offspring and so many more truly makes this year’s ROTR our best one yet. May 19-21 can’t come soon enough,” says Gary Spivack, ROTR co-executive producer for Danny Wimmer Presents.
In 2016, tickets for Rock On The Range sold out over two months in advance, marking the fourth consecutive advance sell-out for Rock On The Range — so fans are encouraged to buy early and save. Each ticket price level has a limited amount of tickets available, so fans can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once an allotment sells out, beginning at the presale.
Weekend Field, new Weekend Field VIP, Weekend Stadium, and a limited number of Weekend Stadium 4-Packs are available for purchase now. The ROTR layaway option also allows purchasers to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments. A ROTR presale password to purchase the following tickets can be found on the festival’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages:
Weekend Field VIP: starting at $349.50* + fees
Weekend Field GA: starting at $199.50* + fees
Weekend Stadium GA: starting at $99.50* + fees
Weekend Stadium GA Ticket 4-Pack: $380.00 + fees
* Phase One prices listed
*** Ticket prices automatically move to the next price level once the allotment sells out ***Those looking for an expanded festival experience are invited to purchase Premier Hotel Packages (which include festival tickets and t-shirts) or Camping Packages.
For an even more exclusive Rock On The Range opportunity, fans can purchase the new Uber Ranger Glamping Package for four people, which includes amenities such as a Luxury RV on a double campsite at the Ohio Expo North Campground (May 18, 19, 20, 21), a dedicated concierge with golf cart shuttle, 4 Weekend VIP Field Admission Tickets, a backstage tour, access to the stadium club (with catered lunch and dinner), access to the Side Stage Viewing Platform, access to the VIP Lounge, and more. Full details can be found here: http://rockontherange.com/tickets_camping.html.
The general onsale is this Friday, Dec 2 at 10:00 AM EST. Beginning at that time, tickets will be available at www.RockOnTheRange.com, at Ticketmaster locations and the MAPFRE Stadium Box Office.
Make sure you are a hardDriveRadio Radical so you won’t be left out when we giveaway a pr of the VIP Field passes in the coming weeks! Register now over on the home page! And keep an eye on your email from us to find out when the contest will start!
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posted by: Lou Brutus
Monday, Nov, 28 2016
This week on hardDrive XL, Lou Brutus is joined every night by featured artist Disturbed! Tonight’s special guest is Korn! Plus, Lou has all new Poetry Corner, Rant of the Day, and Weird World News!
posted by: Lou Brutus
Monday, Nov, 28 2016
Your Friday night soundtrack is on hardDrive XL! Tonight, Lou Brutus is joined by featured artist Avenged Sevenfold about recruiting Brooks Wackerman as their new drummer! Special guest Disturbed joins Lou on the air tonight. Lzzy Hale will stop by to answer your questions in Ask Lzzy! Plus your requests & more at 877-MUSIC-11!
posted by: Lou Brutus
Monday, Nov, 28 2016
Countdown to the final days of 2016! Let Lou Brutus rock out your December on hardDrive XL! Featured artist Avenged Sevenfold talk about the the secret recording of “The Stage!” Special guest Thrice marvels at the persistence of “Black Honey!” If you’ve got holiday anxiety, call the XL shoutBox, 877-MUSIC-11!