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Tuesday, Sep 27

What the hell IS THAT?

Well, I woke up this morning to discover I am no longer a Sagittarius.  I am now an Ophiuchus.  WTF? Yep.   Here’s the backstory according to CSN:

For the first time in over 3,000 years, a new Zodiac chart is introduced. The world was used to having only 12 astrological signs, as established by the early Babylonians. Basically, astrological signs are determined based on the constellation that creates the imaginary line from the Earth to the Sun on an individual’s birth date.

Each of the 12 signs belong to one of the four elements – Air, Water, Fire, and Earth – all of which provide a description to the personality types related to their sign.

As of today, there are now 13 astrological signs, with the newest one being Ophiuchus. Reportedly, there have always been 13 constellations in the zodiac. However, the 13 constellations didn’t “fit neatly,” “so the Babylonians picked one, Ophiuchus, to leave out,” notes NASA.

Ophiuchus’s elimination was done mainly so that the signs would be even to each month. Furthermore, “the Sun is also aligned with Ophiuchus for about 18 days each year,” adds NASA.

Apparently, 86 percent of the world’s population was born with a different astrological sign. NASA reveals that the movement of the sky has affected all the star signs. Given, a new Zodiac chart has been introduced.

Actually I had heard of this before, but I thought it was just folklore.  What are the traits of Ophiuchii, you ask?:

  • A righteous defiance of Authority, Ophiuchii do not stand for blind obedience to authority (check)
  • A willingness to sacrifice, Ophiuchus’ will fight to the end for a just cause (check)
  • Rebellious (check)
  • Secretive (mmmm, not so much, but maybe)
  • Seekers of Knowledge (check)
  • Holders of Hidden wisdom (meh)
  • Trustworthy, capable of keeping confidences (check)
  • A Great Passion For Justice (check)
  • Natural Healers (check)
  • Empathetic (check)
  • Prone to Longevity  (in my job, yes)
  • Strong in Constitution (check)
  • Prone to receive special treatment (aw, gee)
  • Naturally Likable (check)
  • Wise, intelligent (check)
  • Passionate Lover (ask my BF)
  • Sexual magnetism (oh la la)
  • Vivid Dreamer, Interpreter of Dreams (check)

Now take a look at what your new sign could be!

2016 Zodiac chart

  • Capricorn: Jan. 20 to Feb. 16
  • Aquarius: Feb. 16 to March 11
  • Pisces: March 11 to April 18
  • Aries: April 18 to May 13
  • Taurus: May 13 to June 21
  • Gemini: June 21 to July 20
  • Cancer: July 20 to Aug. 10
  • Leo: Aug. 10 to Sept. 16
  • Virgo: Sept. 16 to Oct. 30
  • Libra: Oct. 30 to Nov. 23
  • Scorpio: Nov. 23 to Nov. 29
  • Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 to Dec. 17
  • Sagittarius: Dec. 17 to Jan. 20

Now if I could only PRONOUNCE the damn thing!


Meanwhile, today is gonna be nutty!   Hanging with one of my favorite bands, Metallica. Yep, from this afternoon til late in the evening, all Metallica, all the time.  I can report in tomorrow, but in the meantime, the band posted a new song yesterday, “Moth Into Flame,” along with a killer video. I mean, if these first two songs are any indication of what the new Metallica Hardwired…To Self Destruct will sound like, I think we have a winner here, people!  Very exciting!

Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is due out Nov 18th and contains a dozen songs and nearly 80 minutes of music spread out over two discs. Drummer Lars Ulrich told us what the band and producer Greg Fidelman wanted to capture this time out: One of the battle cries was to try to again capture something we always strive for — a little looser and a little less precision-based and kind of more about capturing a vibe and a feeling rather than perfection and precision and all that stuff. So I think Greg was sort of really looking out for that for most of the process and trying to make sure that it still had kind of a nice, loose feel around the edges, you know.”

Metallica performs tonight at Webster Hall in NYC. A club show!  Needless to say, the show is sold out and only a lucky handful of industry folk including yours truly and one Lou Brutus will be in attendance. Check!

We got the silver, we got the gold!                                                                                        Photo credit:  Dan Donegan Facebook

Congratulations to our friends Disturbed!  Their Immortalized album has surpassed 500,000 copies sold, meaning it has received the RIAA gold sales status and their single for “The Sound Of Silence” has sold over 1 million copies giving it platinum status!!  Plaques for each were issued to the band over the weekend (as evidenced on their Facebook pages) and it’s something bands do not take lightly!  This album deserves every accolade and award it could possibly get.  Very happy for David Draiman, Dan Donegan, Mike Wengren and John Moyer for this great achievement!  And to producer Kevin Churko who helped them achieve what they never thought possible.

The Pulse Of Radio says the disc was released in Aug 2015 and became Disturbed’s fifth straight album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at Number One — a feat shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.

Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan told us at the time how he felt about joining that very small club: I’m still overwhelmed and shocked. I mean, to not only reach that milestone one time in your career, to do it five in a row and to be on the shortlist of Metallica and Dave Matthews and to be included in that category, it just blows my mind. You know, it’s just reassuring to see that the Disturbed fans stayed loyal and stayed with us even during this break. It’s an amazing feeling.

Immortalized features Disturbed’s version of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence,” which turned into a crossover chart-topping hit for the group.  Disturbed’s record label, Warner Bros., credited the song’s popularity to the video for “Silence,” which has been seen more than 108 million times — a record number of views on YouTube for the group.

Disturbed’s latest single, “Open Your Eyes,” has already climbed to Number Seven. The band has just begun a new round of North American tour dates that will bring them to Salt Lake City tonight (Sep 27th).  Right on, boys!  Can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend in Janesville! 

Charlie Chaplin looks a lot like Billie Joe Armstrong! 

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will make an appearance on the Comedy Central program Drunk History. According to Alternative Press, Armstrong play the role of iconic silent film star and director Charlie Chaplin in an episode titled “Legends” that will air on October 4th at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The show will be fans’ second chance this month to see Armstrong flex his acting muscles. Armstrong also stars in a new comedy called Ordinary World that arrives on DVD and VOD on Oct 14th. Armstrong plays the lead role of Perry, an aging former punk rocker turned family man who wants to revisit his punk roots on his 40th birthday. Armstrong supplied music for the project as well.

  • The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, with Armstrong playing a post-screening concert at which he performed the song “Ordinary World.”
  • The tune is also the closing number on the new Green Day album, Revolution Radio, which arrives on Oct 7th.
  • At press time, Green Day was scheduled to kick off the first North American leg of its world tour last night (Sep 26th) in Columbus, OH. The tour was initially supposed to start last week but the band had to scrap the first four dates due to illness.

Read the full story at Alternative Press

Drunk History is based on the Funny Or Die web series  and premiered on Comedy Central in 2013. In each episode, host Derek Waters and an inebriated narrator played by a comedian struggle to recount an event from American history, while actors enact the narrator’s anecdote and lip sync the dialogue.   (The Pulse Of Radio)

 Oh and this is happening in Las Vegas in early December.  Get your tickets now because if you smooze, you lose.


Sully Erna will join me tomorrow in the hardDriveRadio video studio.  Looking forward to speaking with him about this new solo project, Hometown Life, which is out on Friday. Check out his webisodes here, here, here and here with his dad!   If you have any questions, you can submit them to me via the interact link on the home page or the interact link on the hardDriveRadio APP!

Happy 38th to Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down!


09/27/16     View Comments >
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