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Friday, Oct 24

Holy moly!  New York has it’s first EBOLA patient and he rode the same subway as I do! He lives just north of me too!   I am NOT fearful of contracting the disease.  People need to get a grip.  And we are NEW YORKERS!  We ain’t afraid of anything! …..It starts TODAY!  The three-day festival known as KNOTFEST!  The best heavy metal and hard rock festival with the biggest band in the land, SLIPKNOT, making their first appearance in years!  It will be exciting to say the least!  Lou Brutus and Paulie Walnuts head out tonight after the show and will be there for all the amazing bands!  I am bummed I have to stay behind this time (my knee is really giving me problems…hello PT!)  and I know my boys will kill it!  Lou will be presenting several of the bands and getting the ONLY interviews that Corey Taylor, Volbeat and Five Finger Death Punch will be doing on site. So we are very honored!  If you are going, PLEASE PLEASE download the hardDriveRadio APP so you can post pictures and keep an eye on the INTERACT LIVE spot because you never know what you will see there! Speaking of Corey, he posted a four-minute video in conjunction with the You Rock Foundation in which he discusses his struggles with depression, homelessness and suicidal feelings, and how he overcame them with the help of music. Taylor says in the clip, ”When I hit 17, I kind of started wrecking myself, and started lashing out at a lot of people. . . I was homeless, off and on, for about two years. And I didn’t know what I was gonna do, I didn’t know how I was gonna do anything with my life.”  He continues, “It was a really, really dark time for me. I definitely got to the point where I was ready to end it all. I had the razor in my hand and I started cutting myself. But it was a pressure valve kind of situation, where it wasn’t like I was going to end it, I just needed to feel something real to snap me out of it.” Taylor admits  he swallowed a “bunch of pills” and ended up in the hospital, adding, “That was probably the lowest moment of my life, because I’d done it to myself. The only thing that really helped was writing. It felt like when I was writing I could work it out and really be able to get my head around it.” Taylor also tried to commit suicide in 2003 by attempting to jump off a hotel balcony while struggling with alcoholism. He told us a while back about how he finally got sober: “It was really bad, man. I mean, there was a solid block of about two years that I was basically drinking every night, and I didn’t even realize how bad it was until my wife kind of grabbed me and said, ‘Look, you’ve got to figure it out. If you don’t figure it out, we’re not gonna be together.’ And I quit, that day. And I haven’t looked back.”  Watch the clip here…….Live stopped by the hardDriveRadio studios yesterday!  Met their new singer Chris Shinn for the first time. Chris, along with guitarist Chad Taylor and drummer Chad Gracey were in for interview and Chad T  and Chris performed a couple of songs in the hardDrive acoustic studio “I Alone” (love that) and the new one “The Way Around Is Through.”  We’ll be posting the new audio interview and acoustic performances  soon! Love talking to those guys.  Did you know Live was discovered by the dearly departed Hilly Crystal at CBGB‘s?  That’s how they also met their producer Jerry (Talking Heads) Harrison.  Chad told me when they were teens and performed at CB’s, he was so nervous when he saw JOEY RAMONE in the audience!  Wait til  you hear some of the stories on hardDrive and the XL in the coming weeks!….Oh this is cool. Foo Fighters have announced additional details about the concert the band is playing at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Aug 29th, 2015. The day-long event will celebrate the musical history of the Windy City and feature performances by local legends Cheap TrickUrge Overkill and Naked Raygun. Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen appears on the song “Something From Nothing,” the first single from the upcoming Foos album Sonic Highways. Meanwhile, the Foos perform tonight in DC at the Black Cat at 11:59 PM. ET.  Watch Sonic Highways tonight on HBO at 11 PM/10 Central….Pulse Of Radio  reports Volbeat has been talking in interviews lately about getting to work on its next studio album, but don’t expect a new disc to surface that quickly, Speaking with SROMaginc.com, drummer Jon Larsen said the group will take an extended break before hitting the “record” button. Larsen said  after the band wraps its current U.S. tour, “We’re gonna go to the U.K. for ten days. And after that we have six months off for the first time in two years. So we’re gonna start focusing on writing new stuff.”   He  added while no full new songs were written, “Michael (Poulsen, guitar/vocals) is already starting and planning, and having small bits and pieces. And once he’s put some flesh on those bones, he and I will go to the rehearsal room and try and get [the songs] into shape and then the two other guys will come in.”   Volbeat’s latest effort, 2013′s Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, has sold 252,000 copies in the U.S. The set features the Number One singles “The Hangman’s Body Count” and “Lola Montez,” as well as the Top Five track “Dead But Rising” and new single “Doc Holliday.” Volbeat performs this Sunday (Octr 26th) at Knotfest in San Bernardino….This is encouraging, Black Sabbath fans!  There may be hope  to see the band reunite with original drummer Bill Ward when they head out on their final tour in 2015. In a new interview with Esquire, singer Ozzy Osbourne said, “What I’m really happy about is, if this is Black Sabbath’s last hurrah, then we’ll have ended it on an up note rather than when I left in 1979 and everybody was f***ed up on one thing or another . . . The only thing sad about it is I hope [drummer] Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this.”   Ward was announced as part of the band’s reunion in late 2011, but dropped out early the following year due to what was assumed to be a dispute over his contract.   Since that time, however, the other three original Sabbath members — Ozzy, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler – have hinted that Ward was not physically up to the task of recording a new album and embarking on a lengthy world tour.  Ozzy said as much when we asked about Ward’s absence a while back: “Bill Ward has got the most physically demanding job of the lot of us, ’cause he’s the timekeeper. I don’t think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something. But I suppose it was something to do with finances as well.”  (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)…..Celebrating life: Today:  former Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman is 78!  F. Murray Abraham of Homeland is 75.  Saturday:  Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers-53.  Austin WInkler (ex-Hinder) is 33 and Judas Priet’s Glenn Tiptpn is 67!  Sunday:  Hillary Clinton and Pat Sajak are 68  and Seth McFarlane is 41.  Have a great weekend!  See ya Monday!


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Lou Brutus's Bio
Lou Brutus, the son of sideshow circus freaks, was brought into this world in Newark, New Jersey during a fierce thunderstorm while women wailed and jackals howled. Raised on a steady diet of cotton candy and things that dropped out of peoples pockets as they strode the circus midway, Lou received his first taste of hard rock at New York's Madison Square Garden where he bore witness to the original Black Sabbath. Following the show, Brutus gladly sold his soul to Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne in exchange for a career in radio and something to eat that wasn't covered in hay and elephant crap.

Lou Brutus' legendary (dare we call it infamous?) career has seen him soil the airwaves of New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC, and Providence, Rhode Island, where Mayor Buddy Cianci once ordered the local police to "shoot the son of a b*tch on sight!"

Lou, who witnessed over 1000 concerts during his life, has travelled the world to bring his listeners first-hand reports from music's greatest moments with broadcasts from North America, Europe, Asia, and the frozen Arctic tundra of Canada where he moshed with Inuit eskimos during a live performance by Metallica. Mr Brutus, the winner of dozens of broadcast awards which he uses to decorate the nest of his pet wolverines, has been the host of hardDrive since it signed on the air in early 1996.

He has no shame and no sense of decency.

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