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Tuesday, May 15 2018

Tuesday, May, 15 2018

Good morning Radicals! Here’s some music news to start your day:

Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody recently opened up about his struggles with alcohol addiction in an interview with Green Bay radio station and hardDrive affiliate Razor 94.7 FM. Saying that he is now 90 days sober, Moody revealed that he nearly died due to an alcohol-related seizure and woke up surrounded by EMTs and his daughter holding him while crying. Moody claimed that he never relapsed after that, but continued to enter treatment centers after that to avoid relapsing.

Moody explained, “Anyone in recovery knows that isolation is the biggest enemy. And being in the industry that we are, I had to isolate myself. I lived on the bus or a hotel room, an airplane. No girlfriends, no family. My kids are everything to me and I never got to see ’em — I missed tons of moments and years. And so the bottle sang back to me, so to speak. It was the one thing that I could guarantee.”

Moody admitted that he went to rehab five times before the last time finally stuck, saying, “I knew I was done during my detox. It took me seven and a half days just to detox. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t go to the bathroom by myself, I couldn’t smoke a cigarette. I had a staff member actually sleep in the room with me for the first 38 hours just to make sure I didn’t go under.”

The singer said that he “didn’t want to come out of it” the last time he went into rehab, but couldn’t explain why he felt what way: “I don’t know, I really don’t. There was just so many things — minor things — that just accumulated into this one big f**king thing. I truly don’t know.”

Moody said that he worked on fixing his “spirit” this time, adding, “I just don’t want my legacy to be (dying from substance abuse). Chester (Bennington) and Chris (Cornell) and Scott (Weiland) and Layne (Staley) . . . I listen to a Linkin Park song now and I can hear him crying for help. That’s the difference. Why did it take us so long to hear that?”

Moody revealed that he was sober but massively hung over during his onstage meltdown in Europe last summer, with the band sending him home after that and later welcoming him back on a “probationary” basis after both Phil Labonte from All That Remains and Tommy Vext from Bad Wolves filled in on a couple of tours. The new Five Finger Death Punch album, And Justice For None, will be out this Friday, May 18th.

Foo Fighters will headline the 2018 edition of Cal Jam, the once-dormant festival that Dave Grohl and company revived in 2017 as a one-day event featuring the Foos, Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, the Kills and Liam Gallagher. This time out, the Foos will be joined by Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups and many more artists, including Giants In The Trees, a group led by Grohl’s Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic.

The festival will take place on October 5th and 6th at Glen Helen Regional Park and Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. The main 12-hour festival on the 6th will include some 20 bands on four stages, while the Friday night party on the 5th will feature a set by Billy Idol, along with tribute bands and comedy acts.

Tickets for Cal Jam 2018 go on sale this Thursday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m. PST at the festival’s website. More than 30,000 fans came out for last year’s inaugural festival, which revived a brand first made popular with a series of concerts in the 1970s and early 1980s. Foo Fighters opened their touring cycle in support of last year’s Concrete And Gold album at the 2017 Cal Jam, while this year’s event will serve as the band’s last Los Angeles-area show in support of the LP.

Korn will play only three shows in the U.S. this year before embarking on a “cool tour” in 2019, according to guitarist Brian “Head” Welch. Korn has been quiet since completing the touring cycle for its 2016 album, The Serenity Of Suffering, and Welch was asked by Rock & Review if the band intends to return to the road in 2018. he replied, “We’re doing only four shows this year in America. Three — L.A., Vegas, San Francisco — that’s it. We’ve got some plans to resurrect some cool tour plans next year, 2019. But it’s cool to have time off.”

Welch made his remarks at the Nashville Film Festival, where he was promoting Loud Krazy Love, a new documentary about him and his daughter.

Korn singer Jonathan Davis also recently confirmed that the band is working on its 13th studio album. Davis admitted not long ago that he had a hard time getting back into a heavier style for The Serenity Of Suffering: ”I just wasn’t feeling it. I had to go through a process of falling back in love with the heavier style of music of Korn. I had to go through lots of writer’s block. There’s all kinds of things, all kinds of issues, personal stuff. It was all those things going on at once, but it wasn’t that I thought the music was bad. I was just coming up blank.”

Davis himself has been touring to support the upcoming arrival of his new solo album, Black Labyrinth, which will be released on May 25th. The set includes the single “What It Is,” which has climbed into the Top Five on rock radio.

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno confirmed in a new interview with Rock Argentina that the band is working on music for its ninth studio album, saying, “There are six or seven songs, which are still mutating. They are very powerful, and I am anxious because, as I told you before, it has been a collaborative process. I think all our albums were postcards of what we were going through at each moment . . . Today we are older guys, I suppose, but we still enjoy making songs with marked riffs, cool melodies and a lot of groove.”

Moreno also confirmed that guitarist Stephen Carpenter, who had some issues with 2016′s Gore LP, is fully on board this time around. Moreno explained, “We really want Stephen to have a strong role on all the albums, but in (the case of Gore) it did not turn out the way we wanted. Most of his problems were not about Deftones, but about personal things. The best part is that now we are writing songs for the new album, and unlike Gore, it’s been a joint effort.”

Moreno told us a while back that Deftones never enter the studio with a plan: ”We never go in with the idea that this is what kind of record we’re gonna make, this is what it’s gonna sound like. All that stuff would make it way too contrived. I always felt, and I think we always just kind of feel like we just go in and make it happen, and basically what it is is a snapshot of the time that it is we made it in.”

The singer did not set a timetable for when the new Deftones disc could arrive. Gore was released in April 2016 and featured the singles “Prayers/Triangles” and “Phantom Bride.” Deftones is about to embark on a South American tour with Quicksand opening. Deftones bassist Sergio Vega will pull double duty as he is also a member of the latter act.

?Metallica has donated 25,000 euros to the Veikko and Lahja Hursti Charitable Trust, an organization in Finland that arranges food and events for the needy. The donation is part of the band’s All Within My Hands Foundation, which aims to assist and enrich the lives of members of the communities who have supported the band for years. Metallica made the donation while in Finland to play two concerts in Helsinki on May 9th and May 11th. The gift came as a complete surprise to Heikki Hursti, the head of the charity.

Shinedown scored its fourth Top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart on Sunday (May 13th), as new LP Attention Attention bowed at Number Five with first-week sales of 60,000 copies. It’s the group’s fourth consecutive studio album to enter in the Top 10, following Threat To Survival at Number Six in 2015, Amaryllis at Number Four in 2012 and The Sound Of Madness in the eighth spot in 2008.

Disturbed has completed work on its seventh studio album, according to bassist John Moyer. Moyer broke the news by posting an Instagram photo of him, producer Kevin Churko, drummer Mike Wengren and guitarist Dan Donegan at a restaurant, along with the caption: “Celebratory dinner! New @disturbed album tracking done!! Missing @davidmdraiman with @kevin.churko @dandonegan @mikewengren” Disturbed has yet to share a title or release date for the new disc. Thanks Blabbermouth!

The Smashing Pumpkins have announced a national sweepstakes for a 1979 House Party. Inspired by their iconic “1979″ music video, the band will perform an intimate show at a secret residential location in Los Angeles, California on June 28th, ahead of the July 12th kickoff of their upcoming “Shiny And Oh So Bright” tour. The sweepstakes winner and a guest will receive exclusive access to the 1979 House Party, a Yamaha guitar, round-trip flights to Los Angeles, a two-night stay at a Hilton property, and a cash card for ground transportation. More details available here.

That’s a wrap for today! Everyone have a great day!

posted by: Lou Brutus


Godsmack Ask Anything Chat

Monday, May, 14 2018

Godsmack answers YOUR questions in our first Ask Anything Chat!

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Monday, May 14 2018

Monday, May, 14 2018

Good morning Radicals! We’re in countdown mode here at hardDriveRadio, gearing up to head out to Rock on the Range this weekend! Here’s what’s up in music news today:

The members of Tool hosted their first in a series of musical clinics in St. Paul, Minnesota on Friday night, May 11th. The intimate event, which starred guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey, and bassist Justin Chancellor, featured a discussion and demonstration of the band’s songwriting process, along with questions from the audience and information about the band’s long-awaited new LP.

According to a Reddit report, the band members confirmed that every song on the new LP is more than 10 minutes long. The drums have already been tracked, with Chancellor to lay down his bass parts next, followed by Jones. Singer Maynard James Keenan will record his vocals last.

The band was also asked why they rarely change their set list, to which they responded that “certain songs are f**king horrible for (Keenan)’s voice,” adding, “Also, songs that they related to and wrote when they were young and angry just don’t translate to who they are today.”

Further clinics will be hosted in Chicago, Indianapolis, Royal Oak, Columbus, Cleveland and Pittsburgh before finishing in Philadelphia on May 23rd. Collectable merchandise will also be on hand, along with a display of rare Tool memorabilia. Tickets start from $500 and are still available. The new Tool album, its first since 2006′s 10,000 Days, will arrive either later in 2018 or early next year.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performed on Saturday night, May 12th, at Notes & Words, a small benefit festival for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. During the largely acoustic set, Grohl was joined on stage by his daughter, 12-year-old Violet, for a cover of Adele’s “When We Were Young,” with Violet singing and her father on acoustic guitar. They were later joined by Grohl’s nine-year-old daughter Harper on drums for “The Sky Is A Neighborhood.”

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals state that they are “founded on the belief that all children deserve access to world-class medicine . . . We also help ensure the health of our community, advocating for vulnerable children living in at-risk situations and providing early interventions for kids facing challenges like asthma, obesity, and diabetes.”

Foo Fighters just wrapped up the first leg of a North American tour that will resume on July 6th in Columbia, Maryland.

In other news, Grohl told Madison.com that he is planning to record a 25-minute instrumental on which he plans to play everything himself. Grohl explained, “I’ll hit play and the clock will start ticking. I will record the first drum part, then I will run to the next drum set and play another drum part that will record over the first. Then I will do the same with all the guitars, all assigned to a different moment in the instrumental.” He added that everything will be filmed so that “you will see and hear one song being played for 25 minutes, with six different Dave Grohls playing every note, on every single instrument, all the way through in one take.” Grohl did not say if, how or when the piece, which he’ll record at his private studio in Los Angeles, will be released.

Disturbed frontman David Draiman said in a new behind-the-scenes video that the band goes to “war” each time it makes a new album to make sure it’s the best it can be. Draiman explained, “You fight for the strength of your creation, you fight to make the greatest thing you possibly can, and it’s worth every minute, it’s worth every bit of sweat, it’s worth every tear. So that’s what we live for.”

He added, “Every time we put out a piece of art, it continues to define who we are. What could possibly be more important than that and require more of your focus and your time and your energy.”

The video was shot at the Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, where Disturbed is working on its seventh studio LP with producer Kevin Churko. Guitarist Dan Donegan told us a while back that the band doesn’t like to waste time in the studio: ”I mean, we definitely go in there very prepared. We never enter the studio unless we feel like, right now, if these are the songs we record, that we would have an album that we’re proud of and we’re excited about. And we put everything under the microscope and examine it the best we can to make sure that we’re prepared. We don’t like going in there wasting time. We go in there to work, and to try to make the best album we can.”

The new disc will follow up 2015′s Immortalized, which ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at Number One. Immortalized featured the band’s cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence,” a massive hit that introduced Disturbed to new audiences.

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready was honored last Thursday night, May 10th at the Showbox in Seattle, where he was bestowed with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares, the charity that supports musicians dealing with addiction. McCready was presented with the award by Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, who said of his longtime friend, “Whenever I see you playing the guitar, I see the madness and beauty of an addict being set free.”

The all-star event also featured testimonials and performances from Heart’s Nancy WilsonRed Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad SmithMike Ness of Social DistortionMudhoney’s Mark Arm and others there to celebrate McCready as well as their own sobriety. Many in attendance said that McCready helped get them on the path to recovery.

McKagan said that McCready, his former high school friend, was the person he knew he could lean on if “the big red exit sign” of temptation was in sight. In his acceptance speech, McCready spoke of the multiple losses that the Seattle music community has endured over the last 30 years with the deaths of Kurt CobainMother Love Bone frontman Andy Wood and Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell. McCready also paid tribute to his late Mad Season bandmates, singer Layne Staley and bassist John Baker Saunders, by leading a performance of that band’s “River Of Deceit.”

McCready told us a while back that he often wonders what his two bandmates would have done if they had lived: ”It’s an interesting, sad feeling at times, because I wonder what those guys would be like now. You know, I wonder if Layne would be a dad or Baker would be a dad or, you know, those kind of things that are important to me now, as opposed to when I was in my 20s, are so different and I wish they could experience that.”

McCready performed throughout the evening, including numbers with his Stooges tribute band Raw Power and his UFO tribute act Flight To Mars.

The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen, has paid tribute to Chris Cornell nearly one year after the Soundgarden frontman committed suicide in a Detroit hotel room last May 18th. Momsen, whose band was opening for Soundgarden during the tour on which Cornell took his own life, wrote on Instagram, “A year ago today was a day I will never forget. I was sitting outside our dressing room in Indianapolis, when I heard someone say, ‘Taylor?’ I looked up to see a man standing there, with the sun blazing behind him. He looked familiar . . . and then my heart dropped, because it was Chris Cornell.”

She continued, “I’d met him a couple times before in passing, but here he was, actually talking to me. We hung out for a while chatting about things like singing and their record King Animal and how much I loved it. Later that night, after we played our show opening for them, we were watching their set from behind the stage when he started talking into the mic, and my heart dropped again when I heard him say our band’s name…twice. He dedicated ‘By Crooked Steps’ to us and we all were as happy as we could ever be. It was magical.”

Momsen added that The Pretty Reckless’s longtime producer Kato Khandwala, who died last month from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, “was with us that night (in Indianapolis) sharing the experience.” Khandwala produced all three The Pretty Reckless studio albums to date, including 2016′s Who You Selling For.

Despite still reeling from both deaths, Momsen said she and her band will carry on. She remarked, “We have lost so much this year and it has put our passion for music to the test, but as humans, we are all built to handle this pain. It will make us stronger, and we will return, because the music will always live on.”

Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda played his first solo shows since the death of the band’s co-vocalist, Chester Bennington, on Saturday, May 12th at the KROQ Weenie Roast in Los Angeles and Sunday, May 13th at the Identity LA festival, also in L.A. Shinoda mashed up some Linkin Park songs along with his solo material, singing some of Chester Bennington’s parts from songs like “Bleed It Out.” He played “In The End” on piano and let the fans sing most of Chester’s vocal parts, though at times he came in and sang his parts.

Shinoda’s set at the Identity LA festival was nearly twice as long since he was headlining, and featured a guest appearance from Linkin Pak DJ Joe Hahn during the song “Castle Of Glass.” Shinoda and Hahn last performed together at Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington memorial show at the Hollywood Bowl in October 2017.

Shinoda will release a new solo album, titled Post Traumatic, on June 15th. He has revealed that Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and rapper Machine Gun Kelly are among the guests who appear on the LP. Shinoda has said that he wants Linkin Park to continue, but that he isn’t sure how the band would go about doing that at this point in time.

Rob Zombie has finished shooting his next movie, 3 From Hell, and told podcast host Eddie Trunk that he’ll continue to work on it this fall after finishing his summer tour with Marilyn Manson. Zombie explained, “We’re done shooting it. I finished about two weeks ago. And, basically, the process just stops and waits for me. ‘Cause the film will just basically sit and wait till I get back from tour, which is the end of August, maybe . . . beginning of September. And then we’ll start editing. And that’ll take me through the rest of the year.”

3 From Hell is the third part of a trilogy that Zombie started with 2003′s House Of 1,000 Corpses and 2005′s The Devil’s Rejects. Zombie said about making a third entry, “After the second one, I thought, ‘We’re done with it,’ but I always think that with every movie. And then you kind of live with it for a long time, and the movies sort of take on a life of their own, or they start getting popular and the fans really start embracing them and the characters, and you start thinking, ‘Well… Hmmm… What if I did this? What if I did that?’”

Zombie told us a while back why he’s never really sure what his next film might be until it actually happens: ”I mean, movies are weird because, like, people come to you, people that own the rights to things, and they want to do it, but sometimes just getting the funding to make the project go will take forever. That’s why you’re never quite sure what’s next. Basically, whatever’s next is usually whatever you can get the money for next.

3 From Hell is said to continue the story of the Firefly clan – Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding, Bill Moseley as Otis and Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby — whom we saw go down in a torrent of bullets at the end of the last film. It’s not clear whether Zombie plans to resurrect the Firefly trio from the dead in some kind of supernatural fashion in the new film or has found a way to explain that they survived the original movie’s climactic shootout. 3 From Hell is tentatively due out in early 2019. Meanwhile, Zombie’s 29-date North American summer tour with Marilyn Manson will kick off in Detroit on July 11th.

Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez, the Cult singer Ian Astbury and A.F.I. bassist Hunter Burgan! Congrats all around!

posted by: Lou Brutus


Monday May 21

Monday, May, 14 2018

Another week of the best and loudest rock music on your radio is on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus! Joining Lou on the air every night as featured artist is Shinedown! Tonight’s special guest is Godsmack! Take a listen to the absurd, the hilarious, and the downright strange with Poetry CornerRant of the Day and Weird World News!

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Friday, May 18

Monday, May, 14 2018

Friday is the best day on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus! Featured artist Five Finger Death Punch celebrates the release of “And Justice For None!” Special guest Shinedown is here to talk about the new album “Attention Attention!” Lzzy Hale will stop in to answer your questions in ASK LZZY! Call in yours at 877-MUSIC-11!

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