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Thursday, Dec 31

Thursday, Dec, 31 2015

Happy New Year’s Eve!  Hope yours’ is fun and safe!



Well, the tributes just keep rolling in for Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister! The Pulse Of Radio shares this. Ozzy Osbourne, a friend of the late Motorhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister going back to the latter’s days in early ’70s band Hawkwind, penned a heartfelt tribute to his fallen friend for Rolling Stone. Ozzy wrote in part, “All I’ve done since I heard the news (of Lemmy’s death) was reflect on the times we had together. He was a good guy, a very good friend of mine. I’m still in some shock . . . He lived the rock and roll lifestyle to the max, but still it’s sad when you lose a friend like that.”

Ozzy continued, “You know what? There goes a hero for me. He was my hero. He was f**king great, a good friend. I’m missing him already. I’ll never forget him. I don’t think a lot of people will forget Lemmy. He’ll be so missed in my camp. He was a good guy, a good man, a good friend of mine. He was just a f**king great dude, man. Not enough time for him.”  Motorhead supported Ozzy on his first solo tour back in 1981!

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich – who was just a 16-year-old fan when he met Lemmy — also offered his own tribute at the Rolling Stone website, writing, “When I say that Lemmy is the primary reason that I’m in a band to this day, and that Metallica exists because of him, it’s not some cheap exaggeration. It really was. They took me in, they let me be a part of what they were doing, and it inspired James (Hetfield) and I to form this band based on that kind of attitude and that kind of aesthetic of engaging with your fans and being open and transparent and letting people in and sharing the experience.

Ulrich last saw Lemmy at his 70th birthday party earlier this month and wrote, “Obviously I could tell that he was in deteriorating health but we had a close bond, one that didn’t necessarily need to be reaffirmed or articulated. The less we said the more we knew the connection was there . . . I will always appreciate and forever cherish all the great times we had together, but especially those early days. We were so vulnerable, so moldable because a significant part of who we’ve become, both in the band and as people, is directly due to not just him but all the rest of the people who were inspired and drank from the same bottles and shared the same stories and same space. His spirit will always live in us.”

See  Ozzy’s tribute here and Lars Ulrich’s here.

Blabbermouth reposted a piece published on the web site of the U.K. newspaper The Guardian where Slipknot & Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor wrote, in part: “A lot of people are going to talk about what a tragedy it is that our friend Lemmy died, and lament how sad it is. But I am going to talk about this: the man lived. He lived his life on his terms right up until the day he died. He played the music he loved. He never compromised, on style or volume. If there was ever a man who took no shit, prisoners or safe routes, it was Lemmy Kilmister. He was everything you wanted him to be: raw, loud, rude, funny and ready to play for his fans — which he did even when he had trouble getting on stage. He will never be forgotten, because there is so much to remember: his music, his friendship and most importantly, his life. His name was Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister … and he played rock ‘n’ roll. Rest hard and loud, my friend.

Blabbermouth reports Massachusetts metallers Killswitch Engage paid tribute to the iconic Motorhead frontman during their Dec 28 performance at Lupo’s in Providence, RI. Check out the clip of the band drinking a toast to “one of the godfathers of heavy metal” during the show, which was part of KILLSWITCH‘s “Holidaze Rager” run of dates.

A new rumor suggests Guns N’ Roses may make their reunion official next week with an appearance on ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, podcaster Mitch Lafon hinted on Facebook he would “highly recommend setting your DVRs” for Kimmel’s show next week, later adding, “You’re Crazy if you don’t circle (January 6th) in your calendar.”

“You’re Crazy” is the name of a song from Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 debut album, Appetite For Destruction. It’s rumored that Guns N’ Roses will be revealed as one of the headliners for this year’s Coachella Festival, of which the lineup will be announced on Tuesday (January 5th). So a January 6th performance on Kimmel would not be unrealistic.

Meanwhile, Lafon also teased on Twitter, “For those of you that missed 1986 the first time around — have no fear it’ll be back in 2016 on so many fronts.” Billboard.com  reported on Tuesday (Dec 29th)  Guns has been confirmed to headline Coachella, which is scheduled to take place in mid-April in Indio, CA. Although an email to someone involved in management told me that info is not confirmed yet!

But according to an article I just saw, RollingStone.com is reporting Axl Rose will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live next week to address the talk about the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup getting back together. Multiple sources confirmed Rose’s  Kimmel  appearance to Rolling Stone, but declined to reveal the specific nature of his announcement or taping date. Rose previously appeared on Kimmel’s late-night show in 2012, which marked his first live interview in 20 years.  With rumor talk now centering on everything from a Coachella headlining set to a stadium tour, Rose himself will address the situation on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  So let’s just see what next week brings!

Celebrating more than a Happy New Year’s today:  Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton and George Thorogood are 64, Scott Ian of Anthrax is 52,  and the “Gangnam Style” dude, Psy, is 38.

From all of us here at hardDriveRadio:  Lou, Paulie, Bill and Zak, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here’s to a killer 2016 filled with more of the best new rock for your ears!


posted by: Lou Brutus

Wednesday, Dec 30

Wednesday, Dec, 30 2015

photo credit: metalus.it

Boy oh boy!  The Pulse Of Radio says according to Billboard.comGuns N’ Roses has been confirmed as the headliner for next year’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA which is set for two weekends in  April, the 15th through 17th and 22nd through 24th. The band is also currently in negotiations to do a 25-date football stadium tour in North America next summer for which they’re asking $3 million per show. Tickets for the shows are slated to sell for between $250 and $275. The official lineup for Coachella — which has a reputation for hosting reunions by acts like Rage Against The Machine and Outkast – will be announced on or around Jan 5th.

Billboard reports founding members Axl Rose and Slash will be featured in the lineup, with bassist Duff McKagan also reported to be involved. There is no word on whether original guitarist Izzy Stradlin or drummer Steven Adler will appear, although that seems unlikely. Consequence Of Sound says Adler’s original replacement, Matt Sorum, is also on board, while other reports have suggested current drummer Frank Ferrer and guitarist Richard Fortus will round out the lineup.

Speculation about a reunion tour has been steady ever since Slash revealed last summer that he and Axl had repaired their friendship after being estranged for nearly 20 years.  The last show Axl and Slash played together was on July 17th, 1993 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires. The latest incarnation of Guns N’ Roses, which only included Axl from the original lineup, played a residency in Las Vegas last year but has remained silent since.

Two clues surfaced last week that sent the reunion rumors into overdrive: the Guns website disappeared and was replaced by the original lineup’s logo, while a mysterious teaser showing footage of a concert crowd with Guns music playing in the background appeared in front of selected showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hoping to get Slash on the hotLine sometime next week, so stay tuned!

Pulse also continuing to follow the outpouring of tributes to Lemmy Kilmister, who died on Monday (Dec 28th) at the age of 70 after a brief struggle with cancer. Metallica, whose members credit Motorhead as one of their band’s biggest single influences, posted a video online of Lemmy jamming with the group at a 2009 show on the 1981 Motorhead song “Too Late, Too Late.” The video was captioned, “Our hero.”

Meanwhile, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett penned his own emotional tribute, writing, “When I had first seen pictures of what (Motorhead) looked like, I noticed a certain authenticity about them . . . I remember very distinctly having a realization that moment — I realized that it was OK to be an outsider and that it was OK to not feel like I had to conform to anything that I objected to in my teenage life because clearly the Motörhead guys in this picture looked like they didn’t conform to anything at all and boy it sure looked and sounded like they were enjoying themselves as a result.

Alice In Chains singer William DuVall also shared a story about Lemmy online, writing, “About 15 years ago, I was driving down Sunset Blvd. near where I lived in West Hollywood. I pulled over into a driveway to talk to someone on my cellphone (this was before I had Bluetooth) and looked up to see Lemmy walking toward my car. He leaned in my passenger window and asked me if I could give him a ride to his favorite strip club in Silver Lake. I said, ‘Sure’ . . . When we pulled up outside the club, Lemmy pulled out a couple of $20 bills to hand me. I said, ‘No, man, it’s cool, really.’ Lemmy said, ‘Come on. I see you’re driving on your spare tire (which was true). Go on, take it. You need it. No time to be proud. I appreciate the lift. And the talk.’ So I took the money, let Lemmy out, and drove onward.”

DuVall continued, “The truth was I did need it. I had risked everything to move to Los Angeles with my band, Comes With The Fall. I was driving around in the 1995 Mercury Tracer that my grandfather had left me, the car that had gotten me across the country. I’d gotten a flat a couple of weeks earlier and, as Lemmy noted, was still driving on the ‘donut’ spare tire because I couldn’t afford a proper replacement. I appreciated the simplicity and straightforwardness of Lemmy’s reasoning.”

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who fought off cancer himself three years ago, wrote, “Very sad to hear of the passing of our dear friend Lemmy. He gave so much to the music business and was totally dedicated to his fans. His legend will never die. His life was all about the music, being on stage and a giving pleasure to others.


Motorhead’s manager, Todd Singerman, told Rolling Stone Lemmy was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the brain and neck just a few days before his death. He was given two to six months to live.  Singerman and members of the band’s organization had noticed in recent days Lemmy was having trouble speaking and seemed completely exhausted.  Lemmy had dealt with several health issues over the past few years, including heart trouble, forcing him to cut back on his famous smoking and Jack Daniels habits. The band was forced to cancel a number of shows this year, although they did manage to complete one final European tour on Dec 11th.   Read Rolling Stone‘s account of Lemmy’s final days here.


Foo Fighters notched the sixth million-selling album of the band’s career this week when its 2009 Greatest Hits collection passed the one million mark to re-enter the Billboard 200 album chart at Number 159. Selling 3,000 copies two weeks ago and jumping to 6,000 copies last week, its total sales now stand at 1,009,000 copies in the U.S.   Foo Fighters have been one of the most consistently selling rock acts of the last 20 years.

The Foos’ previous million sellers include 1997′s The Colour And The Shape with 1.9 million, 2005′s In Your Honor with 1.5 million, 2002′s One By One with 1.4 million, 1999′s There Is Nothing Left To Lose with 1.3 million and their self-titled 1995 debut with 1.3 million.

Meanwhile, regarding who sold the most concert tickets in 2015, Taylor Swift may have been the top touring act with her 1989 Tour grossing $250.4 million worldwide, but it was veteran rock act AC/DC that sold the most tickets this year. The rockers sold 2.31 million tickets to beat Swift’s total of 2.27 million. AC/DC did benefit from performing 15 more shows than Swift. AC/DC also held down the Number Two position when it came to gross sales with $180 million.


Unreleased music from late singer Scott Weiland may surface next year from two different sources. A side project from the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman called the Wondergirls, which was formed in 1999, is preparing to issue a song called “Massive Heart Attack” that was originally cut for the Wondergirls’ never completed debut album.

In addition to Weiland, the Wondergirls featured members of 30 Seconds To MarsOrgyPuddle Of MuddPorno For PyrosSugar RayThe Cult and Queens Of The Stone Age. Actor and musician Ashley Hamilton, also a member of the collective, confirmed that a video is being finished for “Massive Heart Attack.”

Hamilton told Alternative Nation legal issues kept the Wondergirls from completing and releasing their album, saying, “The problem was that we were on so many labels, and (the labels) were fighting over money.”  Two tracks did surface from the project, called “Let’s Go All The Way” ad “Drop That Baby.” A video for “Drop That Baby” also found its way online, which was directed by Mark Racco,  a former associate of mine at an LA production firm, who has directed early videos for Perry Farrell, Filter and STP.

Money raised from the release of “Massive Heart Attack” will benefit the MusiCares organization and the trust established for Weiland’s children.

Have a great day!



posted by: Lou Brutus

Tuesday, Dec 29

Tuesday, Dec, 29 2015

photo credit Pep Bonet via Rob Trujillo

Very sorry to start the day off with the news we learned last night about the passing of yet another rock legend.   Our sister company The Pulse of Radio said Ian Fraser Kilmister, better known as Lemmy and the founder and frontman of the iconic heavy rock band Motorhead, has passed away on Monday, Dec 28, at the age of 70. Lemmy, who just celebrated his 70th birthday on Christmas Eve (Dec 24th), learned two days later on the 26th he was afflicted with an aggressive form of cancer. He died two days later at his home in Los Angeles.

A statement issued by the surviving members of Motorhead read, “There is no easy way to say this . . . Our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made its way down the street, with his family.”

The statement continued, “We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words. We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please . . . play Motorhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself. HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT. Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister 1945 – 2015. Born to lose, lived to win.

Lemmy had been dealing with serious health issues for the past two years, including getting a pacemaker in 2013 and suffering from a hematoma last year. But despite 40 years of hard living and drinking, he continued to tour and record at a feverish pace. The band was forced to cancel or postpone a number of shows this year due to Lemmy’s poor health, which also forced him to cut back on his drinking and give up smoking.

Lemmy recently told Classic Rock he had no intention of retiring, saying, “Everyone thinks that becoming an older guy is easy, but you never consider it fully. It comes as quite a shock. But the thing is, I don’t want to give in to it.” Lemmy, who allegedly got his name because he always asked to borrow money by saying “Lemmy have a fiver,” was born in Stoke-On-Trent, England in 1945.

He saw the Beatles perform at Liverpool’s Cavern Club when he was 16 years old and began teaching himself guitar. Playing in a number of bands around the U.K. circuit throughout the mid-Sixties, he also roadied for Jimi Hendrix in 1967. He joined space rockers Hawkwind as a bassist in 1972, playing on four albums and singing on their biggest hit, “Silver Machine,” before being fired in 1975 after an arrest for drug possession while on tour.

He then formed a band initially called Bastard, which later changed its name to Motorhead after the last song Lemmy wrote for Hawkwind. A debut album called On Parole, however, was rejected by the band’s label, leading Lemmy to overhaul the lineup and finally release Motorhead’s self-titled first album in 1977. This version of Motorhead, with Lemmy joined by guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, became a cult sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, recording now-classic albums like OverkillBomber and Ace Of Spades that formed a bridge between the worlds of metal and punk, planted the seeds for thrash metal and influenced countless acts who came after them, including Metallica. Taylor himself, long out of the band, died last month at the age of 61.

With their raw, uncompromising sound, Motorhead never became a major commercial success, but Lemmy and his cohorts remained a popular live attraction for the next several decades while winning a Grammy in 2005 and recording a total of 22 studio albums. The current edition of the band, featuring guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mickey Dee, spent 22 years together, releasing its now-final album, Bad Magic, this year.

Lemmy also co-wrote two of his good friend Ozzy Osbourne‘s biggest hits, “Mama I’m Coming Home” and “I Don’t Want To Change The World” from Ozzy’s 1991 album No More Tears.  While Motorhead itself was revered by metal and punk fans, Lemmy himself became a rock and roll icon and elder statesman, the embodiment of a musician who lived the rock lifestyle to the fullest and never stopped.

Lemmy told Classic Rock, ”I’m pretty happy with the way things have turned out. I like to think I’ve brought a lot of joy to a lot of people all over the world. I’m true to myself and I’m straight with people.”  Asked whether he thought about death in the wake of his recent illnesses, Lemmy replied, “Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? You become more aware of that when you get to my age. I don’t worry about it. I’m ready for it. When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It’s been good.”

Check out Motorhead performing “The Ace of Spades” and  ”Overkill.”

Many of Lemmy’s friends posted messages on Twitter:

“Lost one of my best friends, Lemmy, today. He will be sadly missed. He was a warrior and a legend. I will see you on the other side.”-Ozzy Osbourne


“My friend died today. We’ll all miss you. Your name was Lemmy, and you played Rock n Roll. Rest in Peace, my man.”-Corey Taylor


“Lemmy, you are one of the primary reasons this band exists. We’re forever grateful for all of your inspiration. RIP”-Metallica


“Oh my. Lemmy got let in on the big secret. One of the greatest rockers of all time. Amazingly unique incredible bass player. My hero. Wow.”-Flea


“Lemmy was a true rock icon, singular in voice and spirit. Metal flags fly at half mast tonight as we salute the incomparable Ace Of Spades.”-Tom Morello


“We’ve lost a friend & legend. My heart is broken. RIP Lemmy. Born To Lose, Lived To Win. https://youtu.be/xVFJrOlwdkw  ”-Foo Fighters


“..a true original.. who lived to rock… RIP Lemmy!” – Geddy Lee


“Rest In Peace Lemmy. A hell of a man who suffered no fools. U shall be missed brother, and, THANK u 4 the years of unwavering kick ass R&R.”-Duff McKagan


“Lemmy has passed away. Truly one of a kind. Much more to him than many knew. RIP.”-Paul Stanley


“You were so kind to me, supportive and encouraging and naturally, brutally honest. Thanks, Lemmy. You are a legend and I’ll miss you!”-Amy Lee


“Today we lost the greatest badass in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, Lemmy Kilmister. He was a man who lived his life with no apologies and lived the dream of a life on the road playing music to thousands of fans worldwide. Lemmy loved rock ‘n’ roll and his fans. Never took them for granted and rocked as hard as he could night after night. With his opening line at every MOTÖRHEAD show, ‘We are MOTÖRHEAD and we play rock ‘n’ roll.’ “-Matt Sorum via Blabbermouth

“One of the last true outlaws has left the building. -Rob Trujillo

See more tributes here on Blabbermouth.


Tonight on hardDrive XL, listen as Lou Brutus memorializes our friend Lemmy.



Pulse also reports Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda is working with the Los Angeles Police Department to determine the identity of a person who has recently sent him a series of harassing messages on Twitter. According to Loudwire, Shinoda believes the tweets are coming from Tabitha Boccarossa, who believes she is Shinoda’s wife and who was arrested in 2013 for stalking Shinoda and his wife Anna.

A protective order was issued at the time but Boccarossa violated the order by sending Shinoda letters from prison. TMZ obtained a search warrant issued by the LAPD in the new case, asking Twitter to provide all information behind the user in question.

According to the warrant, Shinoda has been receiving the tweets since October. A sample one reads, “Have you ever not wondered what it was like to miss every emotion you have ever felt and been built from for 30 years?” If Boccarossa is behind the harassment, she could face serious consequences. The protective order against her prohibits any contact with the Linkin Park singer.

With the occasional sad exception of someone like Boccarosse, Shinoda told us a while back Linkin Park has the best fans: We have a running joke going that our fans are better than any other band’s fans. We’ll have a contest to prove it. Whatever you want, be it hopscotch or coloring inside the lines or jump-rope contest, patty-cake contest, our fans will beat your ass for real.”  Linkin Park has reportedly been working on material for its seventh studio album, which will follow up 2014′s The Hunting Party.

Oh man, I wonder if it’s just a matter to time before we read sad news about this dude. The long, sad tale of Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin continued last week as he was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance. According to TMZ, Scantlin was pulled over by police in Beverly Hills, CA for having an expired registration on his vehicle. But when the officers at the scene realized there was also a warrant out for Scantlin’s arrest, the car was searched and the alleged substance was discovered.

Scantlin was taken to jail and booked on misdemeanor drug charges, with his bail set at $51,000. He posted the bail within a few hours. Scantlin was last arrested in early August in South Dakota, where police cited him for driving under the influence and being in possession of marijuana. Previous to that, he was busted in Minnesota on July 26th for driving while intoxicated and leading police officers on a 100 miles-per-hour chase.

He forced the band to cancel a show in Flint, MI in June when he missed his flight. Before that, he was arrested in mid-April on charges of disorderly conduct after an incident at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport.  Scantlin was also arrested last January after taking what was described as a “joyride” into a restricted area on an airport baggage carousel at Denver International Airport.  He previously made news in April 2014 when he melted down onstage, threw a beer and microphone into the audience, and threatened several attendees with violence at a show in Scottsdale AZ. Going back to 2013, his arrests included one for vandalism against a neighbor’s property, as well as one stemming from his 2012 cocaine possession case and another on charges of domestic violence.

Incredibly, Puddle Of Mudd continues to tour, with the band’s next scheduled date on Jan 9th in Corona, CA. An extended tour kicks off across the US on Jan 23 and the band heads to Europe in mid-March. Any bets how long it will be til he gets in trouble again?


And finally today, some good news!  AC/DC still has it!!  Billboard’s year-end sales tally for 2015 has been unveiled and AC/DC came out on top of the hard rock category, leading all contenders for Top Artist and Top 10 Albums. AC/DC’s critical success comes after a series of personal setbacks, including guitarist Malcolm Young’s retirement due to health issues and drummer Phil Rudd’s legal saga (he was sentenced to eight months of home detention in New Zealand for charges ranging from drug possession and threatening to kill). Rudd was replaced in AC/DC back in February by Chris Slade. The band has shown no inclination for Rudd to return.  The band’s Rock or Bust tour continues early next year, beginning on Feb 2nd in Tacoma, WA.

The band’s latest effort, Rock or Bust, outpaced many new but established artists, including NickelbackFoo Fighters and Breaking Benjamin. Another offering from a classic rocker, Iron Maiden, fared well, despite not coming out until late in the year. The band’s The Book of Souls managed to score the 10th spot on the hard rock list.

Here are the Top 10 Hard Rock Artists for 2015 according to Billboard, tracking album sales:

  • AC/DC
  • Nickelback
  • Foo Fighters
  • Breaking Benjamin
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Disturbed
  • Slipknot
  • In This Moment
  • Halestorm
  • Iron Maiden

Happy 50th today to Dexter Holland of The Offspring!

posted by: Lou Brutus


Monday, Dec, 28 2015

30: Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville 2016
01: Fort Myers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival 2016
08: Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion 2016
14 or 15: Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion 2016
20, 21 or 22: Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range 2016


posted by: Lou Brutus


Monday, Dec, 28 2015

New year, new HARDDRIVE XL! Tonight, LOU BRUTUS has guests GODSMACK and SEVENDUST joining him in the studio! Plus, Lou has new POETRY CORNER, RANT OF THE DAY, and WEIRD WORLD NEWS to keep you entertained! Keep up with all that’s happening on the show at www.harddriveradio.com!

posted by: Lou Brutus