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Thursday, Dec 29

Thursday, Dec, 29 2016

Well, there are no words how sad we are about not only Carrie Fisher‘s passing, but within 24 hours, the news of her own mother’s death. And to be the son whose mother was at his home to discuss funeral arrangements for his sister when this happens! God works in mysterious ways. Unsinkable Molly Brown and Princess Leia, together again.  RIP Debbie Reynolds.

And in the time of year for Peace On Earth, Good Will Toward Man.  (Luke 2:14) According to Consequence of SoundPearl Jam has given a donation of $70,000 to help a man with his medical costs some 15 years after the man himself actually rescued singer Eddie Vedder in a boating mishap. Vedder and five friends were sailing in Hawaii a decade and a half ago when strong winds capsized their boat. Although the craft was turned right side up, Vedder and two women were left stranded in the water when the winds pushed the boat out of their reach.

After two hours of treading water, Vedder and the women’s cries for help were heard by a girl named Ashley Baxter and her father Keith, who were boating nearby. The Baxters found Vedder and the women, got them aboard, then went after the windswept boat and rescued the others trapped on that craft as well. The whole ordeal inspired Vedder to write “Future Days,” a track from 2013′s Lightning Bolt album.

Recently, Keith Baxter was in his own boating accident in which he nearly lost his leg and was left with a bad bone infection. By chance, his daughter ran into one of the women she and her father had rescued that day. The woman, Kacky Ovrom Chamberlain, helped set up a GoFundMe page that raised $70,000 for Baxter’s medical expenses.

Chamberlain then reached out to Vedder, which led to the members of Pearl Jam matching the fundraising with their own $70,000 donation, bringing the grand total to $140,000.

And, that’s not all, Vedder made headlines earlier this week when he sent a check for $10,000 to a struggling single mother so that she could buy Christmas presents for her six children.

Now let’s turn out attention to 2017, shall we?   The Pulse Of Radio says new efforts from Tool and Stone Sour lead a list of more than 30 of the most anticipated rock and metal albums of 2017. Leading the pack is the fifth studio outing from Tool, despite the fact that the band’s first set of new music since 2006 does not yet have a release date and in fact is not even close to being recorded yet. The band members plan to reconvene and continue assembling the material in January.

Guitarist Adam Jones told us not long ago that everyone in Tool respects the fact that the other members also have lives outside the band: Everyone’s got their own lives. We have kids, we have other projects, we have other interests. You know, it’s like a marriage, you know, as you get older you kind of have to work at it and, you know, your partner changes and you have to kind of work to keep it going and keeping it positive and keeping the communication going and compromising and the respect and all that stuff.”

Also high on the list is the new album from Stone Sour, the band led by Slipknot  singer Corey Taylor. The new Stone Sour record is due out by the summer and will be its first since the two-part concept project House Of Gold And Bones in 2012 and 2013.

Other bands aiming to get an album out in 2017 include SoundgardenFive Finger Death PunchLinkin ParkAlice In ChainsNine Inch NailsMarilyn MansonPapa RoachIn This MomentIncubusSeetherThree Days GraceThe OffspringHalestorm30 Seconds To Mars and possibly System Of A Down.

Right new discs with set release dates are Starset‘s Vessels and AFI‘s self-titled  AFI/The Blood Album, which are out Jan 20th, and a 3rd cover EP from Halestorm, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP, due Jan 06. Read on!

Meanwhile, our friends Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale and drummer Arejay Hale were asked in a recent interview with Canada’s A Music Blog, Yea? about the progress of the band’s next album. Lzzy replied, “It’s in the demo stages, but it’s all kind of starting to gel together. ‘Cause, really, initially what happens is that, ‘All right, everyone just write for the sake of writing. Don’t even think about anything thematic. Just go.’ And now it’s starting to all kind of take form.”

Arejay added, “On our last tour, we had one of our friends, Scott Stevens, come out with us, who is an amazing writer . . . We wrote ‘I Miss The Misery’ with him, wrote a lot of songs with him. So it was cool having him on the road with us while we were kind of all frantically demoing and writing separately. And he kind of helped bring us all together in the writing process.”

Although the band’s last effort, 2015′s Into The Wild Life, was criticized by some fans for being too experimental, it still debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 album chart when it came out.

Halestorm achieved success after spending nearly a decade together and Lzzy Hale told us the band is proud of the journey it’s taken: We’re a very stop-and-smell-the-roses type band, where we find ourselves reminiscing a lot and talking about stuff that we did and the RVs that, you know, we had that were breaking down and before that touring in a seven-seater conversion van. So it’s like, you know, regardless of the commercial success and, you know, having some Number One songs and the Grammy and everything, besides that, it means a lot that we’re still a band.

Arejay told United Rock Nations previously that he was surprised by the success of Into The Wild Life, saying, “We were kind of doing something very different from our last record . . . I felt like our hardcore fans that liked our first two records would have hated it. But they actually liked it.”  The new Halestorm album is due later in 2017. And don’t be surprised if they come hard and heavy!

BTW: Halestorm  third covers EP, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP, will be a six-song set featuring songs from artists like Metallica, Soundgarden, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Sophie B. Hawkins, Twenty One Pilots and Whitesnake. Halestorm’s take on the latter band’s classic “Still Of The Night” is available for streaming now and as an instant download for fans who pre-order the EP.

 

The Pulse Of Radio  also says Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell was interviewed recently by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready for Pearl Jam Radio, where Cornell reflected on the early days of Soundgarden. He recalled, “It was one of those brand new band things, where we wrote probably 10 to 15 songs in a few weeks, really quickly. I got a sense of the sound of the three of us, and that it had its own unique identity, and it wasn’t like anything else. I just remember that as being this really euphoric moment, that we were inventing our own thing.”

Cornell also analyzed the success of Seattle’s music scene at the time, saying, “There was a lot more to that scene that was happening than what people sort of understand it to be. I think what it became known for is chiefly four bands: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Alice In Chains . . . there was a lot more going on.”

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil told us a while back what he missed from those days: I think I miss that sort of camaraderie that was shared with other bands in the music community. I mean, that kind of started disappearing when all the bands started getting bigger and hitting the road. Of course, it is easier now with email and cell phones, but sometime in the ’90s that really changed and I kind of miss that sense of community that we had in Seattle back then with a dozen or so bands.

Cornell concluded about the Seattle era, “Over time I think it deteriorated, as all scenes do, but it was pretty exciting, and I also don’t think that any of us knew that it wasn’t the same way in every other city our size in the U.S., but it really wasn’t.”

Soundgarden has been slowly working on material for its seventh studio album and will enter the studio sometime in 2017 to begin recording. The disc will follow up 2012′s King Animal.

Happy 51st today to Dexter Holland of The Offspring!

posted by: Lou Brutus


Wednesday, Dec 28

Wednesday, Dec, 28 2016

The world is mourning the passing of Carrie Fisher. I heard the news while at the Atlanta Zoo with family.  The first thing I thought of was her beloved dog, Gary!  ”Who will take care of Gary!” Thankfully her daughter Billie Lourd.


She was a funny and talented actor and woman who set the example for strong women with her role as Princess Leia in four Star Wars films. Her legacy will live long.

Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio reports rock stars posted about Carrie’s passing including Stone Sour and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor, who tweeted one long expletive in response to the news, while All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte wrote, “Rest in Peace, Your Highness.”

Other rock artists who posted their thoughts on Fisher’s passing included Brent Fitz and Todd Kerns from Slash‘s solo band, Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave NavarroPaul Stanley of Kiss, Courtney Love and members of Anthrax.

Fisher’s death comes just days after that of legendary pop singer George Michael, who passed away from heart failure at the age of 53, and continues 2016′s heartbreakingly long string of creative artist deaths that has included David BowiePrinceAlan RickmanMuhammad AliGene WilderAnton Yelchin and many others.

The  beloved actress and writer passed away on Tuesday morning (Dec 27th), three days after suffering a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Her death was announced on Tuesday morning by a publicist for her family.  Hopefully we can see one of her final appearances on The Graham Norton Show on BBC America. Check local listings.

My neck is better now!

Slipknot guitarist Jim Root is the second member of the band to recently undergo neck surgery, following singer Corey Taylor earlier this year. Root revealed what happened in a new interview on The Jasta Show podcast, explaining, “I had this really sharp pain in my shoulder blade for, like, two and a half, three months. It just would not go away, and it was starting to freak me out; like, this is bad. And that evolved into my left arm kind of going numb a lot. And it just got to the point where I couldn’t ignore it anymore and I went and got an MRI.”

Root continued, “I think it’s exactly the same thing that Corey went through just previous, so I went to the same doctor that he went to.” After undergoing an MRI, Root was told by the doctor that he needed surgery as soon as possible, explaining that the guitarist had blown out several disks in his neck and needed to replace three of them or face permanent nerve damage.

With its intensely physical live show, everyone in Slipknot has always been prone to injuries, as percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan told us a while back: Broken bones, broken fingers, broken arms, clavicles, ACLs, pelvic bones, tailbones, ribs, vertebraes…injuries go on, but every band’s got that. I don’t like to really glorify it, as much as I like to just say, ‘This is real.’

Root says he is about “90 percent” recovered now, although he still has some residual pain in his nerves and is not sure if he’ll be able to bang his head while playing live again.

Root and Crahan intend to begin writing the follow-up to Slipknot’s 2014 album .5: The Gray Chapter in Feb, with Root saying, “I don’t know how to even begin to approach the next stuff that we’re gonna start working on. I definitely think a lot more of the members need to be a lot more involved; I think it’ll be a lot cooler that way.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield told Revolver magazine in a new interview that the band wanted its new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct to be more “palatable to the ear.” Hetfield explained, “I wanted the new one to have a little more layers than (2008)’s Death Magnetic, but I also wanted it to be more simple — and I wanted it to be more palatable to the ear. I think Death Magnetic is very, very powerful, and I love it, but it abuses the ear quite a bit. This record sounds loud and powerful, but in a warmer way.”

Death Magnetic was produced by Rick Rubin and many fans complained the album’s volume levels were too loud, resulting in an unpleasant listening experience. Drummer Lars Ulrich told us at the time that he didn’t understand the fuss: I listen to this record, and I listen to it every couple of days. And when I hear it, it puts a smile on my face and it blows me away, and I don’t understand what people are talking about. Somebody told me the other day that there were 12,000 people that had signed a petition to remix the record. We’ve sold two and a half million copies of Death Magnetic. You do the math yourself.

For Hardwired…, Metallica did not work with Rubin again but promoted Rubin’s engineer, Greg Fidelman, to the role of producer. He also mixed the sound for the band’s 2013 concert movie, Through The Never. Hetfield said about the collaboration this time, “We really enjoyed his sonics and the approach he had on the movie. The Through The Never stuff sounds really, really warm and powerful, so it’s easy to turn up. That’s what we were going for this time, and Greg stepped up.

Hetfield also applauded Fidelman for being able to work with him and Ulrich, saying, “I‘ve gotta give him credit, because it’s not easy to hang out with us. It can be pretty rough jumping into the mix between Lars and I. He did a good job of being the swing vote, or the referee, or whatever you want to call it.”  Hardwired… To Self-Destruct debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 291,000 copies in its first week of release.  Metallica will head out on a major world tour in support of the set next year, with North American dates rumored to begin in the spring.
Phil Rudd from RollingStone.com

In the whole, should they or shouldn’t they AC/DC debate, The Pulse Of Radio reporting while the future of the band remains unclear at this point, one person is adamant the band should continue: ex-drummer Phil Rudd. In an interview with the Rich Davenport Rock Show, Rudd was asked whether or not co-founder and sole original member Angus Young should keep AC/DC going with a largely new lineup. Rudd replied, “No, I don’t think (stopping is) a good idea. Angus has never played better (than he did) on the ‘Rock Or Bust’ album. He’s playing f**king great. What’s he gonna give it up for? That’s like f**king Napoleon not finding somewhere else to f**king conquer.”
Rudd was the second member of the band’s classic lineup to depart, following guitarist Malcolm Young‘s 2014 retirement due to him being afflicted with dementia. Rudd went next, forced to exit the group in late 2014 after he was arrested and convicted on charges of threatening to kill and drug possession.

Earlier this year 35-year singer Brian Johnson had to leave the band’s North American tour after doctors told him he might lose his hearing, while 40-year veteran bassist Cliff Williams announced his retirement at the trek’s conclusion.

The lineup that completed the tour consisted of Angus, Williams, Axl Rose on vocals, Chris Slade on drums and Angus’ nephew Stevie Young on guitar. Angus has not yet indicated whether he will continue with the latter three players, rebuild the group or call it a day.

 Stan Lee, Marvel Comics co-founder,  is 94 today and Seth Meyers is 43.  Wish them well!

 

 

 

posted by: Lou Brutus


weekEnd Dec 24-25, 2016

Monday, Dec, 26 2016

NITEMARE ON XMAS SPECIAL EDITION

Hour 1

Harddrive Double Dose: BOB RIVERS
“Most Fattening Time Of The Year” & “Have Yourself An Ozzy Little Christmas”
Guest: BRING ME THE HORIZON
“Santacide” TOADIES
“The Season’s Upon Us” DROPKICK MURPHYS
“Rudolph The Paranoid Reindeer” TOTOM
“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” SHINEDOWN’S BRENT SMITH
Guest: POP EVIL
“Naughty Christmas” LACUNA COIL
“No Presents For Christmas” KING DIAMOND
“Christmas Rhapsody” PLEDGE DRIVE
“X-M@$” COREY TAYLOR
Guest: A DAY TO REMEMBER
“I Won’t Be Home For Christmas” BLINK 182
“Santa You Suck” BIGGER THAN PLASTIC

Hour 2

“Santa Claus Is Back In Town” BLACK STONE CHERRY
“Carol Of The Burgers” THE VOICE DUDE
Guest: KORN
“Christmas With The Devil” SPINAL TAP
“Smells Like Christmas Spirit” DR. DYKE & THE CINNAMON COWBOYS
“Mr. Grinch” 16 SECOND STARE
“Blue Christmas” COLLECTIVE SOUL
Guest: DISTURBED
“Santa Ain’t Coming To Town” JIM BREUER
“Feliz Navidad” IT DIES TODAY
“Jingle Bell Rock” THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
“Oh Christmas Tree” STRIP MIND
Guest: AVENGED SEVENFOLD
“Don’t Stop The Santa Man” ROCK SUGAR
“Christmas Is Here” BUCKCHERRY
What’s In Lou’s Mp3 Player? “Oh No” GOODBYE JUNE

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Week of Dec 26-30, 2016

Monday, Dec, 26 2016

XL
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “The Stage”
GHOST  “Square Hammer
GREEN DAY “Still Breathing”
METALLICA “Atlas, Rise!”
SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love”
THRICE “Black Honey”
VOLBEAT “Seal The Deal”

MED
ALTER BRIDGE “Show Me A Leader”
CHEVELLE “Door to Door Cannibals”
A DAY TO REMEMBER “Naivety”
DINOSAUR PILE-UP “11:11”
KORN “Take Me”
RED SUN RISING “Amnesia”

SM 
ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)” AFI “White Offerings”
AFI  “White Offerings”
BEARTOOTH  “Hated”
DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom”
FROM ASHES TO NEW “Breaking Now”
GEMINI SYNDROME “Remember We Die”
IN FLAMES “The Truth”
LIKE A STORM “Pure Evil”
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE “This Light I Hold” ftg Jacoby Shaddix
POP EVIL “If Only For Now”
THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God”
STARSET “Monster”
THROUGH FIRE “Breathe”

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Monday, Dec 26

Monday, Dec, 26 2016

Hope you had a great Xmas!  I guess wasn’t so great for George Michael! (What? Too soon??)

The Pulse Of Radio reporting Nine Inch Nails released a new track called “Burning Bright (Field On Fire)” on Thursday (Dec 22nd), one day ahead of the arrival of a new five-song EP called Not The Actual Events. “Burning Bright” is the last cut on the EP, which is the first new set of Nine Inch Nails music since the 2013 album Hesitation Marks. A full album and tour are expected from the group in 2017.

Not The Actual Events is on sale at the Nine Inch Nails website, where it has been issued digitally, on one-sided vinyl and as what a press release described as a “physical component.”  Reznor called the disc “an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make. It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”  Other tracks on the EP include “BranchesBones,” “Dear World,” “She’s Gone Away” and “The Idea Of You.”

Nine Inch Nails is also releasing The Fragile Variations 1, a four-LP vinyl set featuring a “unique version” of the 1999 album containing 37 instrumental, alternate and unreleased songs, many of which reportedly have never been released elsewhere. It’s due out in spring of 2017.

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has said there is “no way” that his band will not be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at some point. Asked about the chances of Linkin Park going into the Hall during an interview with Boston radio station WZLX, Bennington replied, “A hundred percent. There’s no way that we can’t be. Biggest-debuting album of the 21st Century. I mean, how can you not get in?”

Linkin Park started as part of the nu-metal movement but showed staying power while many other groups from that time fell away. Singer Mike Shinoda explained why: When we look back at it, we’ve really gotten to a point where we can say, you know, that’s fine that things were influential. We were inspired by somebody else, somebody else was inspired by us. But we owned our thing. And to be able to look at that and say, whatever else happened, that’s fine, but when we comes to our sound, we made our sound, we own our sound and we’re gonna be comfortable with that — who we are.”

Linkin Park’s debut album, Hybrid Theory, arrived in 2000 and in August 2012 joined the 10-million-sellers-club. It became the best-selling album of 2001 in the U.S. alone, with 4.8 million copies sold.

Bennington added that he had “no idea” if the band could be inducted in its first year of eligibility, which is 2025. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.

The singer was also asked for his opinion on the 2017 class of inductees, which includes Pearl JamJourneyElectric Light OrchestraYesJoan Baez and the late Tupac Shakur. He answered, “There isn’t a single artist in that list that I disagree with — honestly. Tupac was the most surprising to me, but, nonetheless, I do see the cultural and musical connection that he’s made.”

Linkin Park has been the studio for much of the past year working on its seventh studio album, which is expected in the new year. I expect a single will be out by February.

The Pulse Of Radio also says Red Hot Chili Peppers had to postpone two concerts in Dublin last week after frontman Anthony Kiedis was diagnosed with the flu. The shows, which were scheduled for Tuesday (Dec 20th) and Wednesday (Dec 21st), have already been rescheduled for next Sep. A message at the band’s website stated, “Anthony has been fighting off the flu all week and after the show last night (in London) it was clear that he has to stop touring and recover, hence the decision to push back the shows to next year.

This isn’t the first time this year that illness has sidelined Kiedis and forced a show to be postponed. Earlier this year, the Chili Peppers had to cancel a gig in Los Angeles when Kiedis was hospitalized due to “complications from the intestinal flu.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers are touring in support of the band’s chart-topping 11th studio album, The Getaway.  The band will kick off a North American tour behind the disc on Jan 5th in San Antonio, TX, with dates confirmed all the way into late Jun.

Meanwhile, in the above video, apparently Anthony forgot lyrics to “Go Robot,” but guitarist Josh Klinghoffer came to the rescue.

 

Trivium has reportedly parted ways with its drummer of the past year, Paul Wandtke. According to Blabbermouth, Wandtke’s replacement is rumored to be former Battlecross stickman Alex Bent, although there has been no official confirmation of that. Wandtke made his live debut with Trivium on December 5th, 2015, after stints with the musical Rock Of Ages and the band Kill Hannah.

Wandtke replaced previous Trivium drummer Mat Madiro, who was replaced for reasons of “creativity.” Trivium frontman Matt Heafy told Loudwire earlier in the year, “For the first time in our careers, everything we’re playing sounds like the record . . . with someone like Paul, who comes to the table with a full set of a musical pedigree, it allows us to play anything.”  Madiro was the featured drummer on Trivium’s most recent album, 2015′s Silence In The Snow, which featured the Top 10 rock radio hit “Until The World Goes Cold.”

Trivium has climbed as high as Number 24 on the rock chart with singles from previous albums, but cracking the Top 10 was a career high for the 13-year-old act, which made its recording debut in 2003.  If the reports about Trivium’s drummer are true, this will be the third time the band was switched drummers since 2010.  Wandtke’s reported firing comes shortly after he began posting about a studio project that he was creating during Trivium’s off time.

 

Happy 52 to Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam.  And Happy 73 to Harry Shearer.  

RIP George Michael.

I interviewed George back in around early 1987 when I first moved to LA.  I had a freelance gig writing for an R&B magazine and George Michael (Panayiotou) was launching his solo career after leaving Wham! in 1986.  I went to his then manager’s home off Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills.  I was nervous as hell as he was a huge superstar.  And I thought he was hubba hubba.  Anyhow, I remember walking up to the front door of this lavish mansion thinking, “what if I choke?”  and he answered the door.  Be still my heart!!!!  He made us some tea.  We sat in the kitchen to do the interview and he was so kind, humble and very sweet.   When the interview ended, he walked me to the door and we hugged.   It was a special moment for sure.   Rest in peace.

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