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Friday, Dec 29, 2017

Friday, Dec, 29 2017

My bud Jerry Cantrell, guitarist for Alice In Chains, as part of  this year’s edition of the Museum of Pop Culture’s Founders Award honoring the late-60′s rock band The Doors, joined the iconic rock band’s surviving guitarist Robby Krieger for a performance of “Love Her Madly.” The Dec 7 event also saw Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic bring out his accordion to perform “Light My Fire” with Robby and drummer John Densmore.

The Founders Award celebration is the signature event for MoPOP, formerly Seattle’s Experience Music Project, started in honor of Seattle native, the late Jimi Hendrix. It honors the life’s work of living legends while raising money for the institution’s education programs.

The Doors recently released a 50th-anniversary edition of their second album, Strange Days. (I remember buying that album!) Like the 50th-anniversary reissue of the band’s debut album that came out earlier this year, the Strange Days  re-release contains both the original mono and stereo mixes of the set on two CDs, while the original mono mix was made available on vinyl. There are no bonus tracks or unreleased material, but the package includes new liner notes and additional photos.

Meanwhile, Alice In Chains recently announced a headlining North American tour that will begin on Apr 28th in Boston and wrap up a dozen dates later on May 19th in Philadelphia. The quartet also recently started recording their sixth LP with Nick Raskulinecz at Studio X in Seattle — the first time the band has recorded in its hometown in years — and first since 2013′s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.

Speaking Of Alice In Chains, some rockers are coming together to help raise money for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Some of the items up for sale include a Signature Superhawk Guitar signed by all members of Alice In Chains. Estimated at a value of $5,000, it was played at the NFC Championship halftime show in 2015.

Another item is from ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony who donated a Jack Daniels guitar, a laminate and a poster from Sammy Hagar’s Inner Circle tour signed by both he and Hagar. The package has an estimated value of $9,500.

One of the most unique items was offered by Marky Ramone of the Ramones, he’ll create a drum-head art piece and incorporate the winner’s name into the artwork.

The Rock Against MS Foundation online auction is in progress through Jan 4th. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio.)

GIBSON Sues FUNKO Over Unauthorized Use Of Guitar Designs In METALLICA, KISS, GUNS N' ROSES Figures

Oh man, ya gotta be kidding me!  Gibson Guitars has filed suit against Funko over its use of Gibson-like guitar designs with their vinyl figures for various rock and metal icons. The guitar company filed suit against the toy manufacturer in a California federal court earlier this month, reportedly after Gibson says it unsuccessfully attempted to initiate a retroactive licensing deal for the inclusion of the designs with the figures.

Gibson stated in its complaint, “The misuse of the Gibson trademarks by Funko was intended to cause, has caused, and is likely to continue to cause consumer confusion, mistake or deception including the misleading of consumers into mistakenly believing that the defendant’s unauthorized products are made directly by Gibson . . . or Gibson has authorized or licensed the use by Funko of the Gibson trademarks for those products.

The suit alleges “repeated” unauthorized use of its company’s guitar designs in Funko figures, including those based on the likenesses of Guns N’ Roses guitarist SlashAce Frehley and Paul Stanley of Kiss, and Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield – all former or current Gibson guitar clients.

Gibson, which has trademarked the shapes of a number of guitars, claims to have contacted Funko in October with an offer of entering into a retroactive licensing agreement, but those discussions were unsuccessful.  Headquartered in Everett, Washington, Funko designs, sources and distributes licensed pop culture products across multiple categories, including vinyl figures, action toys, plush, apparel, housewares and accessories.

Gibson is seeking injunctive and monetary relief and demands a jury trial on all issues. According to the company, trademarks for the guitars were all registered in the U.S. and that applications were pending for its own toy figures and toy model guitars. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio.)

Stone Sour and some old lady

Poor Corey Taylor.  It’s in the news, so I will share it.  And I know this has been a personal rough time for the Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman, and now the word is out about his 10 month separation from his wife, Stephanie.  He told me back in May they had separated, and at the time, they were trying to work it out, but alas, it didn’t go that way.  Corey is so awesome, and I just hope he finds personal happiness sometime in the near future.   I am pretty sure he will.    All the best, my friend, all the best.

It’s a slow news day, so I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this!

The videos above were found on the MetalSucks.net site. Is this a find or what?!?!

This is an extravagant light show set to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” coordinated and built by a fellow with way too much time on his hands named Chris Callahan. What’s more, in addition to the usual head-on house shot, Callahan recorded a video of the side of his home as well, which is done up with a guitar-playing snowman. Maybe hit play on both at the same and turn the volume off on one? I dunno, it’s a free internet, you do what you want with it. Enjoy!

Celebrating life today, The Offspring’s Dexter Holland is 52.

And lastly today,  this is my final Dirt column.  I’ve tended to Dirt for as long as we’ve had it on the website.  It always gave me a chance to share not only the daily rock news, but personal experiences with so many of these bands we’ve played over the years on hardDriveRadio.  As the producer for hardDrive and hardDrive XL since their respective inceptions (1996 and 2007, to be exact), I’ve had the ability to program the music and bring you the artists for these shows,  and have taken pride in every one that we helped to make a success.  I could name many, but I won’t.   It has been a pleasure doing my job and presenting these most excellent radio shows to you, and I do hope you’ve enjoyed listening to them.  Although in my heart, I don’t feel ready to retire, I do believe that old adage, “Go out on top” applies here.   I’m happy to say I’ve won several awards over the years as the programmer of hardDrive and hardDrive XL, as well as being named in the Rock Radio Hall Of Fame. I have no regrets except to say I always wished my shows would’ve been played in LA and NYC, but alas, we never had a rock station there with the good sense to try us out.

My appreciation goes out to my awesome associates, Zak Tranese, Paul Spagna aka Paulie Walnuts, Bill Powell, and to the guy I chose to be the host of hardDrive way back in 1996 when I had discovered his air check in a box filled with contenders for the job, Lou Brutus.  I also wanted to say thank you to those that were involved with hardDrive in the early days, Chris Gibbons (who now produces all the in-studio performances for Howard Stern), Mike LoBasso and Chris Caulfield.  We sure had some fun times! And more recently, thank you to Randy Hawke from WJJO in Madison for your programming savvy and funny one-liners!  I’m leaving the music programming in very capable hands!

I also want to say thanks to our many affiliates, including our international ones in Germany and Canada, for believing that a syndicated show could be a part of their daily/weekly programming.  I was always thrilled to hear we won in the time slots when ratings would be released.  It was heart-warming that my vision was being accepted by our listeners!

Funny, how a woman, of all people, and one of an age that clearly one wouldn’t think would be into hard rock, was producing shows like this.  I’d often get a kick out of fans scratching their heads when they’d see me at shows.   I was usually approached with questions like “What are you doing at this show? Do you like this band??” or “Are you (one of the band member’s) Mom?”   To which I would reply, “No, I’m their lawyer!”  That always shocked them!

Interestingly, hardDrive  is now the longest running syndicated rock radio show (that record is held by RockLine, which was on the air for a massive 33 years!)  hardDrive was a part of three different radio networks, starting with SW Networks, back in 1996 when the show was morphed from a more metal show we created back in 1994 called Pure Concrete.  My associate producer then was a guy named Don Kaye, who now is our rock/alternative editor at The Pulse Of Radio, so Don and I have worked together the longest over the years and I share his stories every day on the site.  Thanks Don! (And thanks Blabbermouth.net.  I’ll miss being in touch so frequently!)

I also want to say thank you to my associate and boss, Andy Denemark.   He came to the rescue when a previous syndicator was going to cancel the show back in 2001.  It was amazing that, without hesitation, he said yes!

I hope to be able to contribute to hardDriveRadio in the future.  God only knows in what capacity, but I hope I can give a hand when needed.  If you missed any of my interviews, you can watch or hear them on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel or the hardDrive DL podcasts.  If my column helped to bring the “rock” to your daily routine, that’s cool. I’m passing the baton over to Paulie Walnuts!    Meanwhile, I’ll be on the beach.  Thanks for reading.

HAPPY 2018!

posted by: Lou Brutus

Thursday, Dec 28, 2017

Thursday, Dec, 28 2017


Slash has purchased a new home in Encino, CA for $6.25 million, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. The 9,400-square-foot residence is located in a suburban enclave where many celebrities have houses. The house is completely walled and gated, with two driveways, a wraparound motorcourt and three-car garage.

The home contains 10 bathrooms and six bedrooms, including a master suite with an outdoor balcony, a living room with high ceilings and fireplace, a family room, a screening room, a game room, a home office and library, and a covered area for outdoor lounging. Check it out here.

Slash picked up the place shortly after selling his old home, in which he lived with ex-wife Perla Hudson, to rapper Big Sean for $8.7 million. The Guns N’ Roses guitarist had originally put the Beverly Hills estate on the market for $11 million in 2015, cutting the price to $9.5 million in 2016 and again this year. He bought it for $7.3 million in 2009.  Perla Hudson, meanwhile, has moved into her own $3.5 million, 6,113-square-foot mansion, also in Encino. Slash reportedly purchased that one as well, perhaps to make sure his two sons with Perla were nearby.

Guns N’ Roses just finished an 18-month world tour that begin in April 2016 and ended last month, earning the reunited band more than $400 million.  The group will return to Europe next summer, although the rest of its future plans are shrouded in secrecy for now. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio.)

Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael has defended A Perfect Circle‘s strict no-phone and no-camera policy at all concerts, telling Finland’s Radio Rock, “If it says on the wall that the artist doesn’t want you to use the cell phone on there . . . A lot of the reason that (APC singer Maynard James Keenan)’s able to do what he does is he comes out and will play brand new songs that have not been released yet.” Kael added, “You also don’t want the fans’ first experience of a brand new song to be on an iPhone with crap, garbage sound.”

Kael said that Five Finger Death Punch never plays new material live before its released, so as a result his band is more relaxed about fans recording the show with their phones. Kael himself admitted to recording concerts on his phone in the past, saying, “There’ll be times when a friend or whatever, if I’m at a show and I know their favorite song, I’ll film that song for ‘em . . . Does anybody ever go home and watch the full thing? No way! Absolutely not.”

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory told us a while back that Five Finger Death Punch works hard to create a live show that fans will want to see: “You have to come up with something different. You have to come up with something more. You have to push the envelope in order to (get) people to actually really react. Everybody did everything already, there is no new things under the sun, so to speak, you know. So I think you really have to go out of your way. You have to think creatively and you have to think from the perspective of the fans. I’m a fan of music, I’m a fan of these events, you know, so if I’m in the audience, what would I want to see? And that’s what I want to create.”

It was reported in early November that more than 60 concertgoers were ejected from an APC show for taking photos in violation of the band’s stated policy. A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel later said that it’s “rude” for anyone to be “sticking your phone up in front of the face of the person behind you.”  Maynard James Keenan has also enacted a strict ban on photos with his other groups, Tool and Puscifer. Acts such as DisturbedStone Sour and Red Hot Chili Peppers have also spoken out against fans using phones to record their shows. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio.)

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl reached out on Tuesday (Dec 26th) to the Sweet Charity Choir U.K. to acknowledge their performance of the Foos song “Come Alive.” The tune, originally an album track on the 2007 Foo Fighters album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace, was chosen as a fitting theme for the choir’s message of suicide prevention.

After seeing the video of the choir singing the song, Grohl wrote on Facebook, “Thank you Sweet Charity Choir & Music Support for such a beautiful rendition of ‘Come Alive’…and for making this song of hope even more hopeful. Perfect way to ring in the new year.”

The choir said in a statement, “We were moved by the beauty of ‘Come Alive’ by Foo Fighters and wanted to promote the physical and mental health benefits of singing as well as encouraging those in need to reach out. You have a voice; we are all here to listen.”

The choir explained in an additional statement, “Every year we lose incredible artists in the music industry to suicide. Over 50% of roadies or other music industry professionals have attempted or considered suicide, and most of them have not sought help . . . We want to raise awareness of Music Support: a charity in the U.K. run by volunteers within the music industry who provide a confidential help line for anyone in the music profession who needs help.

The clip ends with links to the Music Support and Samaritans USA organizations as well as a Wikipedia link to Suicide Crisis Lines in a number of countries. Foo Fighters will play in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve (Dec 31st) and will launch a spring 2018 North American tour next April.

I knew it was a matter of time.  In This Moment vocalist Maria Brink has told Metal Hammer she is mulling the possibility of doing her first solo album. Asked about her musical plans for 2018, Brink told the magazine, “I’m actually thinking, for the first time, of doing a solo album. I’m starting to slowly write, no hard plans. I’m not exactly sure when I’m gonna do it, but it’ll be more of the obscure, intimate, quiet side of me.

Brink added, “Probably the only drums in it would be tribal drums and probably no distorted guitars. Just the softer side of me. That’s who I am. Chris (Howorth, In This Moment guitarist) would not want to do an obscure, artistic, dreamscaping album. That’s not who he is.

Maria Brink was asked by Metal Hammer whether she’s a spiritual person and what spirituality means to her, with Brink replying, “I am really spiritual. I pray and meditate a lot, and I believe in love and God and the universe and energy. I’m a total hippie.” Brink added, “I’m not one specific religion. As long as it’s about good vibrations and love, and I feel like it’s elevating my psyche more and my heart, then I love it.

In This Moment recently released a music video for the song “Roots,” the latest track taken from the band’s recently issued sixth studio album Ritual.  In addition to the singles “Roots” and “Oh Lord,” Ritual includes a cover of Phil Collins‘ “In The Air Tonight” and a duet with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford called “Black Wedding.”

In This Moment will headline the Witching Hour Tour early next year with P.O.D.New Years Day and Ded appearing on select dates. The trek kicks off on Jan 16th in Charleston, SC and closes on Feb 18th in St. Paul, MN. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio.)

Celebrating life today is Stan Lee (Marvel Comics co-founder; co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men and other characters) who turns 95!


posted by: Lou Brutus

Week of Dec 25-29, 2017

Wednesday, Dec, 27 2017

10 YEARS “Novacaine”
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
SKILLET “The Resistance”

METALLICA “Spit Out The Bone”
PAPA ROACH “Born For Greatness”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”

ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
BUSH “This Is War”
I PREVAIL “Lifelines”
RED “Still Alive”
RISE AGAINST “House On Fire”
STONE HORSES “Reckless Ways”
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”

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weekEnd Dec 23-24, 2017

Wednesday, Dec, 27 2017


Hour 1

PLEDGE DRIVE “Christmas Rhapsody”
PAPA ROACH “Won’t Be Home For Christmas”
Guest:  POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
HALESTORM “Mistress For Christmas”
BRENT SMITH “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)”
TOTOM “Rudolph The Paranoid Reindeer”
BOB RIVERS “Have Yourself An Ozzy Little Christmas”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”
TOADIES “Santacide”
Guest:  ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”

Hour 2

BLACK STONE CHERRY “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”
THE VOICE DUDE “Carol Of The Burgers”
Guest:  AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Wish You Were Here”
ROCK SUGAR “Don’t Stop The Santa Man”
Guest:  BUSH  “This Is War”
JIM BREUER “Santa Ain’t Coming To Town”
SPINAL TAP “Christmas With The Devil”
Guest:  GREEN DAY “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  GHOST “Cirice” (Live)

posted by: Lou Brutus

Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017

Wednesday, Dec, 27 2017

Happy Belated Christmas!  Hope your’s was awesome!

Papa Roach decided to gift their fans with this music video for the song “Traumatic.”  It’s another track from the band’s latest album, Crooked Teeth. The slightly off-kilter performance video includes images such as frontman Jacoby Shaddix hanging upside-down in a straightjacket and drummer Tony Palermo duct-taped to a wall, along with fire-breathers, farm animals and some more standard concert footage.  Crooked Teeth is Papa Roach’s ninth studio album and was released last May.

Shaddix told us Papa Roach always supports an album for the long haul instead worrying about first-week sales: It’s always about the long game, you know what I mean? It’s like, I’d love to have big, massive record sales the first week and who knows what it would look like, but it’s like, it’s all about the course of the entire record that will speak what this record’s about.”

Shaddix recently told The Rave TV  and our pal Borna Velic of The Hog in Milwaukee (hope it’s not too freezing up there!) Papa Roach will hit the studio in summer 2018 to work on its next studio effort, explaining, “In June and July, we’re gonna step in the studio and continue working on the next record — we’ve already started work on the next record — and pick up where we left of with Crooked Teeth and just keep kicking ass and taking names.”  The band has been playing a new song called “Geronimo” at some of its recent concerts.

Before recording again, Papa Roach will head out on a spring North American tour next year with guests Nothing More and Escape The Fate. The trek kicks off on Apr 5th in Raleigh, NC and will hit 25 cities before wrapping up in Corpus Christi, TX on May 13th. See our Road Rage page for all the dates! (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio.)

 has released a decidedly not-safe-for-work short documentary online called The Devil’s Hands. The film, which has been shown at fan gatherings throughout the past year, focuses on key members of the Swedish band’s road crew at work, including their tour manager, backline techs and wardrobe mistress. The tongue-in-cheek doc also includes a few fleeting glimpses of full frontal male nudity — which is what makes it unsafe for workplace viewing — while the actual members of the band are hardly seen.

The film also points out that the band’s backstage area includes separate dressing rooms for singer Papa Emeritus and the rest of the band, along with a sauna and a “cat petting room.”

A Nameless Ghoul from the band — although it was probably founder and singer Tobias Forge, a.k.a. Papa Emeritus — told us a while back that debuting a new live show can be nerve-wracking: I mean, it’s always a little bit hairy when you’ve not done it like on an every-night-to-night basis. So you never really know during the show if it’s actually going to happen or not. It’s always exciting starting up a new tour with new gadgets and new stuff, but it’s always a little bit more enjoyable when you’re a few dates into it and you’ve done it a couple of times.

Earlier this month, Ghost surprise released the digital edition of a live album called Ceremony And Devotion. The physical version of the LP will be out on Jan 19th.
Ghost has been working on the group’s fourth studio album for a tentative April 2018 release. The new disc will follow up 2015′s Meliora, which featured the Grammy-winning hit “Cirice,” and last year’s Popestar EP, which included the chart-topping “Square Hammer.”

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the Ghost documentary here(Thanks Metal Underground and The Pulse Of Radio.)

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich told Music Week the band could bring back its Orion Music + More festival, which the group staged in Atlantic City, NJ in 2012 and Detroit in June 2013. Ulrich said, “‘Orion’ is our thing. At the right time and right place, we would definitely bring that back.” He added, “We rolled the dice and neither of the set-ups we threw ourselves into was ultimately the right set-up. We gave it two shots in America and neither were right. I think we’ve talked about maybe doing something in Europe.”

Ulrich said in a Canadian interview the band hoped to possibly resurrect Orion Music + More in Europe, Canada or Mexico.

The drummer’s latest comments come two years after Metallica frontman James Hetfield said that the band “lost millions” of dollars by staging Orion, making it unlikely the band would get involved in such a project ever again.  The June 2013 Orion event at Belle Isle in Detroit drew at least 40,000 people over the course of two days to see Metallica, Red Hot Chili PeppersDeftonesSilversun PickupsRise Against and more.

Asked if Metallica would make the festival less diverse and more focused on metal than in the past, Ulrich replied, “The one thing that we talked about doing would maybe be to do something that was a little smaller and do something that was more . . . like a boutique, where it’s more full-on Metallica. Maybe it’s just Metallica and some stuff, like museum stuff, and just maybe making it only Metallica for a whole weekend, but making it smaller.“   (Thanks Music Week and The Pulse Of Radio.)

Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio reporting our pal Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy said in an interview with Eddie Trunk that he hopes there are no existing recordings of his 2008 studio sessions with the instrumental members of Led Zeppelin. Guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham were looking to keep working together after Zeppelin’s one-off December 2007 reunion concert and invited Kennedy to write music and rehearse with them over the course of two sessions.

Kennedy told hardDriveRadio a while back what it was like to play with the members of Led Zep: “It was so surreal, it was just unbelievable. I spent the day there in a studio with those guys. playing songs, and next thing you know, I believe in September that year we got together again and spent what I like to consider probably the greatest week of my life playing with those guys. And any time I’m having a bad day, I think about those days and suddenly everything feels a lot better ’cause I got to experience that.”

Although Kennedy confirmed that the sessions were not filmed, he also told Trunk that he hopes no recordings exist either, explaining, “I actually hope (it) didn’t (get recorded), because I was actually pretty sick. I had come off a tour in Australia, and I remember I got there and I had bronchitis or something, and I remember it took a few days for my voice to come back. So I hope there is nothing that exists.”

Kennedy previously revealed he played the Zeppelin classics “No Quarter,” “The Rain Song,” “Kashmir” and others with the three musicians, calling it “a lot of fun.”  The singer, who also fronts the solo touring band of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, said on That Metal Show a few years back that the project would never have been called Led Zeppelin if it had gotten off the ground, adding, “They just wanted to play . . . they weren’t sure what it was, but it was never going to be Led Zeppelin with a new singer, I mean, obviously.

Kennedy will release his debut solo album, Year Of The Tiger, on Mar 9th, 2018.

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