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Tuesday, Dec 05, 2017

Tuesday, Dec, 5 2017

Papa Roach have announced a new tour for 2018. Hot off the news of their run with A Day To Remember, the band has lined up shows for April and May with Nothing More and Escape The Fate.   See all the dates in Road Rage!

Meanwhile, Escape The Fate have a new album, their 5th studio record, I Am Human, coming on Feb 16th, 2018.

Stone Temple Pilots have also plotted out the first leg of their 2018 tour with new lead singer Jeff Gutt.  This will be around the time the band will probably release their first full length album in quite some time.

The trek will kick off on Mar 2nd in Santa Clarita, CA and conclude on Mar 17th in Billings, MT. The band will also play at three festivals in April and May: at Columbus, Ohio’s Rock On The Range, Jacksonville, FL’s Welcome To Rockville and Fort Lauderdale, FL’s Fort Rock.

Meanwhile Gutt was asked in a new interview with Loudwire about how much he wanted to channel late singer Scott Weiland and how much he wanted to put his own identity into the band. Gutt answered, “I don’t really aim to emulate Scott onstage. But I also can’t be fearful of the comparisons . . . I’m a huge fan of Scott and of course remember how he felt the music onstage. I always just try to be me but sometimes it’s unavoidable.”

Asked if he had any personal favorite songs within the STP catalog, Gutt said, “The great thing about the STP catalog is it’s diversity. While this makes it more tricky going forward I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Gutt also spoke about the band’s next album, which is due out in the spring of 2018. He explained, “This record is full of amazing songs and vibes that I feel are really missing in the spectrum of today’s music. It has that STP feeling even though I’m singing. But I also didn’t come in trying to change everything. It was the most rewarding record I’ve ever been a part of.”

Fozzy, led by Chris Jericho, will continue to rock their fans across America on their Judas Rising Tour with newly added tour dates in 2018.  Set to launch Feb 28 in New Orleans, LA, the 25-date trek will take the band (Jericho: vocals, Rich Ward: guitars, vocals, Frank Fontsere: drums, Billy Grey: guitars and Paul DiLeo: bass) from east to west.  Through Fire, Santa Cruz and Dark Star Choir will round out the bill for the night of rock. Tickets for these newly announced dates (see below for list) go on sale to the public Friday, Dec 08.  Find all the dates in Road Rage!

Blabbermouth  & The Pulse Of Radio  report System Of A Down fans may have to start accepting the idea that the band is either finished or needs a new frontman. Singer Serj Tankian, who has two new film scores under his belt, was asked in an interview with Russian magazine Expert if he finds it hard to write music without vocals. He replied, “Screw vocals. I’m tired of it . . . I wrote so many lyrics that it stopped to be interesting. Not because there is nothing I want to talk or sing about. Sure, there are topics I don’t want to write lyrics to, but at least I can pull out some new emotions out of it.”

Tankian, who said he was known as a poet before making music, added, “Poetry is always something that opens yourself up and supports self-determination. I just did it for too long. Now I am more interested in writing instrumental pieces of music.”

Tankian told us a while back that even with System, he worked on his music by himself: “Even with System, I always wrote the songs by myself in my own studio. I would write the songs, and have the vocals, have the whole arrangement done, then I’d take it to the band. But I’d still work the song from its inception to full form by myself. This is something I’d been doing for a very long time.”

The first of Tankian’s two new film scores, for a movie called Intent To Destroy, was released digitally on November 17th, while the second, for a movie titled Furious: The Legend Of Kolovrat, will arrive digitally on Friday, Dec 8th.  Tankian has composed scores for other films, as well as TV and video games. His other solo work includes three rock albums, a live set, a classical symphony and a jazz recording.

Tankian has toured with System Of A Down over the past few years but the band has not released new music since 2006.

And here’s news  from our friends Danny Wimmer Presents!  Look at these line-ups, will ya?  Pretty exciting stuff.   Several major festivals unveiled their lineups on Monday (Dec 4th), starting with Sunrise, FL’s  (formerly held in Fort Myers, FL)  Fort Rock event. Ozzy OsbourneGodsmackFive Finger Death PunchStone Sour,   Shinedown  and Breaking Benjamin will headline the sixth edition of the festival, which will take place on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at Markham Park in greater Fort Lauderdale.  Other acts on the bill include HalestormBullet For My ValentineTriviumHollywood UndeadSevendustPop EvilRed Sun RisingStone Temple Pilots and more.  VIP and early tickets are available now, with general ticket sales beginning on Friday (Dec 8th).

Godsmack, Muse and Alice In Chains will headline the three-day Carolina Rebellion event, taking place from May 4th through the 6th at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Joining the headliners will be Shinedown, Stone Sour, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet For My Valentine, AvatarTremontiIn This MomentQueens Of The Stone AgeIncubusGreta Van Fleet and many others.  Godsmack, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots  and Muse are all likely to have new albums either out or close to release by the time the festival rolls around.

All general admission and VIP tickets as well as hotel and camping options are available now at the Carolina Rebellion website.

Finally, Las Rageous returns for its second year on Friday, Apr 20th and Saturday, Apr 21st. The two-day music festival will take over two square blocks in downtown Las Vegas and will feature performances from A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, GhostBeartooth, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way and more.  Early bird tickets will be available starting on Wednesday (Dec 6th) at 10:00 a.m. PT, for those who purchased tickets to last year’s event. Presale tickets will be available Thursday (Dec 7th) and general tickets will be available starting on Friday at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Celebrating birthdays today:  Little Richard, flamboyant rock star is 85.  Comedian Margaret Cho is 49 and yours truly, Queen Producer extraordinaire of hardDriveRadio (at least ’til Dec 31st)  is 29!  ;> 



posted by: Lou Brutus


Tuesday, Dec, 5 2017

02:  Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon
04:  San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
08:  Pasadena, CA @ The Rose
09:  Las Vegas, NV @ HOB
10:  Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
12:  San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
13:  Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
15:  Portland, OR @ Roseland
16:  Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
17:  Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom
28:  Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
29:  Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Fort Rock
20:  Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range

posted by: Lou Brutus

weekEnd Dec 02-03, 2017

Monday, Dec, 4 2017


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  NOTHING MORE
“Do You Really Want It?” & “Go To War”
Plugged In:  RED  “Still Alive”
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
10 YEARS “Novacaine”
Guest:  RISE AGAINST “House On Fire:
METALLICA “Spit Out The Bone”
SKILLET “The Resistance”

Hour 2

Guest:  BUSH  “This Is War”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
Guest:  PAPA ROACH “Born For Greatness”
Guest:  FOO FIGHTERS  “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  WHILE SHE SLEEPS “Hurricane”

posted by: Lou Brutus

Week of Dec 04-08, 2017

Monday, Dec, 4 2017

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

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”-ADD
I PREVAIL “Lifelines”
RED “Still Alive”
SKILLET “The Resistance”
STONE HORSES “Reckless Ways”-ADD
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”


posted by: Lou Brutus

Monday, Dec 04, 2017

Monday, Dec, 4 2017

and The Pulse Of Radio are reporting 
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix said in an interview with @London that he did not like the band’s recent Number One hit “Help” when he started writing it — but finished the song anyway. Shaddix explained, “I think the music is very uplifting. But I didn’t like the song when we wrote it. I was, like, ‘The music is too pop.’ It’s, like, ‘Ehhh.’ And then Tobin [Esperance], our bass player, was, like, ‘Remember when we wrote ‘Scars,’ we felt the same way about that song. Approach this one in the same way — take your darkness that you’re carrying around with you.’

 Shaddix told Billboard magazine he has never been officially diagnosed with depression, but mental health issues run in his family and his mother has said that it might be why the singer had a habit of self-medicating before he got sober several years ago.

Shaddix told us not long ago where “Help” was coming from: It’s a deep one, man. It’s that old, familiar place I find myself, I guess time and time again, in that dark place and this is for people that struggle, people that have brokenness in their lives, people that struggle with depression, people that struggle with bipolar, people that struggle just with life in general ’cause life keeps on happening, you know, and it’s definitely an anthem for the people walking through the darkness.

Shaddix said in the @London interview, “Our fans f**king dig that song. So it went from most hated to one of my favorite songs.”  “Help” is featured on Papa Roach’s ninth and latest album, Crooked Teeth, which was released last May. The latest single from the disc is called “Born For Greatness.”  The band recently confirmed that it has already been in the studio writing and recording material for its next LP.

Bush‘s new single, “This Is War,” is taken from the expanded edition of its latest album, Black And White Rainbows. Frontman Gavin Rossdale told us he was moved to write the track after watching the horrific events in Charlottesville that erupted last summer when a white supremacist protest turned violent and resulted in a woman’s death: “I saw the riots in Charlottesville and was just amazed at all this level of hatred and bigotry and sort of blaming, you know what I mean? Like blaming a race of people, blaming the Jews for whatever your problem is. It just seems like medieval madness. So that song was born.”

The expanded and remastered edition of Black And White Rainbows was released digitally through Bush’s new deal with BMG, with a CD to follow. A second new song on the disc, “Alien Language,’ was inspired by Rossdale’s divorce from singer Gwen Stefani.  Rossdale recently participated in Linkin Park‘s Los Angeles memorial concert for late singer Chester Bennington, performing the song “Leave Out All The Rest.”

TUNE IN! Listen for Gavin as our Featured Artist of the Week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus next week) Dec 11-15.)

Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio also reporting Mastodon has shared a 75-minute documentary on the making of its latest album, Emperor Of Sand. The film is composed of 12 smaller featurettes released earlier this year, edited together with 30 minutes of additional never-before-seen footage. The band said, “This is a deep look into the making of the album and the inspiration behind the music. With the Grammy nominations Emperor Of Sand has received this week, we thought it was the perfect time to release it. We hope you enjoy the documentary. If you do, feel free to share it!”

Mastodon recorded most of the LP in the band’s hometown of Atlanta, as guitarist Bill Kelliher told us: There was a studio that was just about to close like a month after we started, so we had like an end date and it just worked out great. The studio was a bit of a drive every morning, but I think we preferred to be home. We went out to the Henson Studios in L.A. for 10 days to do all the, any overdubs that needed to be finished and vocals and mixing, and got it all done.”

Emperor Of Sand was released last March and debuted at Number Seven on the Billboard 200 album chart. The disc contained two rock radio singles,  “Show Yourself” and “Steambreather.”   The album has also earned two Grammy nominations this year, for Best Rock Album and Best Metal Performance for the song “Sultan’s Curse.” The 60th annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 28th in New York City.  In September, Mastodon released a new EP called Cold Dark Place, featuring four previously unreleased tracks.

Guns N’ Roses  said so long to their Not In This Lifetime 2017 tour. The  reunion tour ended with a nearly four-hour, 37-song concert at the Forum in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles last Wednesday night (Nov 29th). According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the set featured relatively rare performances of two tracks from the 2008 Chinese Democracy album, “Catcher in the Rye” and “Sorry,” in addition to tributes to Glen CampbellMalcolm Young and Chris Cornell in the form of “Wichita Lineman,” “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Black Hole Sun.”

Lead singer Axl Rose said near the end of the evening, “We want to take a moment to just thank our crew. We want to thank all the fans everywhere. Thank you for coming out tonight, and all around the world. I want to thank our f**king amazing crew and all of our business team and our sound man. And the band! For putting up with my s**t.

Lead guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan – the other two original members of the group who reunited with Rose for the tour — later tweeted their own thanks.

Guns N’ Roses will return next June for a seven-week European jaunt, but the band’s plans until then, and beyond that, remain unknown for now. The three original members have not given a single interview together. The reunited trio, along with four backing musicians from latter lineups, have been on the road almost continuously since the tour was launched with a surprise show at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles on April 1st, 2016.

Although some fans have grumbled that two members of the original lineup — guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler, the latter of whom did appear at a handful of stops on the tour — remain on the sidelines, the trek has been wildly successful, reportedly grossing more than $400 million since its launch a year and a half ago.

posted by: Lou Brutus