Wednesday, May 04
May the 4th be with you, friends!
Chevelle: Dean Bernardini, Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler Photo credit: mindequalsblown.net
Whew, what a week so far! Yesterday, started off with a phoner with Sam Loeffler of Chevelle. Talked about the new album, which is still waiting for his brother’s Pete Loeffler to christen with a title. No release date was yet revealed either, but we do know the single, “Joy Ride,” is coming next Friday, May 13th, and you will be able to hear it as well as part of the interview with Sam on hardDrive the weekend of May 14-15. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Chevelle has already announced tour dates, both separately, on festivals and co-headlining shows in July with Bush. Chevelle is looking forward to some big shows this year, with bigger production than they’ve ever had, too! Cool stuff! BTW: The band’s official website, ChevelleInc.com, has now become www.getmorechevelle.com.
Sevendust: Vincent Hornsby, Morgan Rose, Lajon Witherspoon, John Connolly, Clint Lowery (circa 2015)
Also had Clint Lowery and Lajon Witherspoon in the hardDrive Studios yesterday. So awesome to catch up with one of our long time friends and a band who has spent their entire career on hardDrive! They are in town on their run with Like A Storm and Trivium. We did an interview, which will be turned into a hardDrive DL podcast, as well as a video surprise that we will be posting in a week or so. So be sure you are a subscriber to the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel!
We had a good laugh over Lajon’s new fascination with Ghost. As you know, Sevendust was nominated for a metal Grammy this year, which Ghost won. I asked the guys if they had met or spoken with Ghost, turns out there is a new camaraderie brewing. Be listening for the anwer on hardDrive weekend May 14-15! So be sure you are a subscriber to the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel!
Then Paulie Walnuts and I headed over to the venue to talk to Matt Heafy of Trivium. I didn’t realize I’ve been mispronouncing his last name! Yikes. Anyhow, we caught up wit him and he teased there is a special event the band will be involved with this fall! Mum’s the word for now.
Like A Storm will be dropping by the hardDrive Studios today, so be listening for fresh new interview material with them on both hardDrive and the XL shortly!
A thrilled Corey Taylor at yesterday’s National Concert Day event at Irving Plaza in NYC
Corey Taylor made a brief appearance in NYC yesterday for something concert promoters Live Nation held called National Concert Day. Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Wiz Khalifa and more were also on hand for the event at Irving Plaza. I wasn’t aware it was happening. Man, I wish I had Corey’s frequent flyer miles. I told you I saw him pass by me when I was in LA a couple of weeks ago, driving a white SUV talking to into his phone. Funny small world we live in….
Art Of Anarchy
In other news, The Pulse Of Radio reporting Creed singer Scott Stapp has confirmed he has joined Art Of Anarchy, the band that released a self-titled debut album last year which featured vocals from late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. The group also features Disturbed bassist John Moyer and ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal in addition to brothers Jon and Vince Votta on guitars and drums respectively.
Stapp’s involvement with Art Of Anarchy was originally going to be announced in July, but Stapp decided to reveal it now to “clarify” recent speculation that he might have joined Stone Temple Pilots as that band’s new singer. The STP rumor was apparently semi-started by Stapp himself, who said he could “neither confirm nor deny” when asked in a radio interview earlier this week if he had been recruited by STP. But STP shot that down in a brief statement on Monday (May 2nd), saying, “Despite recent comments, Scott Stapp is not, nor has he ever been considered as the singer for STP.”
Stapp’s new statement said, “I wanted to clarify any confusions on STP and my comment. First off, Scott Weiland in STP is irreplaceable. I was recently asked what I’m currently working on in an interview and could not reveal details or announce this new project. This led the interviewer to assume it was STP and he eagerly kept asking for more details. Evidently my response caused confusion.”
Stapp added, ”Art Of Anarchy is the project that I was referring to in the interview, not STP. Scott Weiland was a part of Art Of Anarchy and that’s the six degrees of separation I was referring to. Always been a fan of STP and I wish them all the best in their search for a new singer.” According to Stapp, his first single and album with Art Of Anarchy will arrive later this year.
Stapp went through a highly publicized, drug-enhanced meltdown in 2014, after which he entered into an intensive rehab program and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Stapp is now sober and in intensive therapy, although he recently began touring as a solo artist again.
Gotta dash! Another busy day in the office. We’ve got Avatar in this morning and a phoner this afternoon with Pierce The Veil!
Happy 44th to Mike Dirnt of Green Day!
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