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Friday, Sep 22, 2017

Friday, Sep, 22 2017

The Pulse Of Radio reporting members of KornSystem Of A DownBring Me The HorizonAvenged Sevenfold and more have been confirmed to appear at Linkin Park‘s upcoming Chester Bennington tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, October 27th. Korn’s Jonathan Davis, System’s Daron MalakianJohn Dolmayan and Shavo OdadjianOliver Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon, Avenged frontman M. Shadows and guitarist Synyster Gates, all three members of Blink-182 and more are all on board, with many of them tweeting their involvement.

Additional guests and details are expected to follow shortly. The concert, which is being billed as Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington, was announced earlier this week.

Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda spoke publicly for the first time about Bennington’s death and the band’s future in an interview on Monday (Sep 18th) with Los Angeles radio station KROQ. Discussing the tribute concert, Shinoda said, “I know that for some of the guys in the band, getting on stage is more scary than (for) other guys in the band, but I will say that for all of us, it’s definitely the thing that we want to do. It feels like the right way to celebrate Chester.” 

Proceeds from the show will go to Music For Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington.

Foo Fighters’ appearance on Carpool Karaoke has been posted online. In the episode, host James Corden and the band take a drive through Los Angeles, singing the band’s classics before dropping into a music store for a quick drumming session with Dave Grohl and Taylor HawkinsCarpool Karaoke is a spin-off of Corden’s late night talk show and airs on Tuesdays, featuring new celebrities weekly.

The new Foo Fighters album, Concrete And Gold, is headed for a Number One debut on this weekend’s Billboard 200 album chart. The final figures will be released on Sunday night (Sep 24th). The band’s ninth studio LP looks likely to move more than 120,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release after arriving in both physical and digital formats last Friday (Sep 15th).

The band’s fall North American tour kicks off on Oct  7th in San Bernardino, California with Cal Jam 17.

Fozzy‘s Chris Jericho has announced plans to launch the inaugural Chris Jericho Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager At Sea cruise aboard the Norwegian Jade cruise ship next year, according to Noisecreep and The Pulse Of Radio.  The boat is scheduled to set sail from Miami on Oct 27th, 2018 and will head to Nassau in the Bahamas before returning to port on Oct 31st.

In addition to Jericho, participants for the cruise so far include wrestlers Jim RossDiamond Dallas PageMick FoleyRicky “The Dragon” SteamboatRey MysterioRaven and more, along with musical entertainment from Fozzy, Phil Campbell and the Bastard SonsKyng and more.

Jericho explained, “The moment I walked off the Kiss Kruise after playing it with Fozzy in 2015, I called my manager with the idea doing a rock and wrestling cruise. My thoughts were that it would feature everything that Chris Jericho is known for: wrestling, rock n roll, podcasting, comedy, paranormal discussion and most importantly, A GREAT PARTY!”

In addition to performances from Fozzy, live editions of the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, and Jericho’s own one-man show, the boat will feature a wrestling tournament featuring 12 wrestlers in a pool deck wrestling ring.

Fans who book the cruise by Jan 15th will receive a photo with Jericho, while those who book the first 400 cabins will take part in an exclusive Q&A session with him. Fozzy is currently on the road to promote its upcoming seventh album, Judas, which is due out Oct 13th. The title track is currently Number 14 on the rock radio chart.

Maynard Keenan and some old lady

Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan discussed the importance of community for creative pursuits in the third installment of Revolver‘s web series, “The Art of Work.” Keenan has previously divulged his hopes of building such a community in Jerome, Arizona, where he lives and has opened the Merkin Vineyards Osteria and the Four Eights Wineworks collective, along with a Puscifer-branded general store and barbershop.

Keenan explains in the clip, “We’ve set up a scenario where people come in, they’re just looking for a job. But hopefully by the time they leave, they’ve made a connection with the Arizona wheat, the Arizona grapes, the Arizona produce, the interaction and the conversation with the barber. There’s commerce and communication that spirals out from there and hopefully we can build on that.”

Keenan has been making wine in the region for years and told us the ultimate goal is to create a self-sustaining community: What we’re trying to do is re-educate people in a way to show them, look, if we can somehow as a culture catch up with where we came from, with small communities, with a cornerstone of a vineyard and a winemaking community, it’s almost like that’s the catalyst. It’s just the cornerstone. And then you start to remember how you can grow your own food and you don’t have to panic about any of this stuff.”

The singer compares his winemaking to music in the clip, saying, “Rather than making Metallica or Slayer wines, we’re making Pink Floyd wines. You’re not gonna get ‘em in 15 seconds. It’s gonna take a whole experience with friends and food — time, investment, focus, presence.

Keenan does not discuss his musical ventures in the video. Both A Perfect Circle and Tool toured earlier this year, with both groups also working on new albums. Neither one has set a release date however.  Watch the episodes here

Video Premiere: ASKING ALEXANDRIA's 'Into The Fire'

The official Jensen Noen-directed video for “Into The Fire” a brand new song from the U.K. metalcore band Asking Alexandria, can be seen above. The track marks the group’s first recording with singer Danny Worsnop since he rejoined the band last fall.

“Into The Fire” will appear on Asking‘s next studio LP, which will be released on Dec 15 via Sumerian. The disc was produced by From First To Last‘s Matt Good and mixed by Taylor Larson.

Guitarist Ben Bruce says: “This is an incredibly exciting period in Asking Alexandria’s career. We have been through hell and back again. It’s been an insanely long road but we couldn’t be more excited that it has brought us to where we are now. We have been given a new lease on life. As individuals, this is the happiest we have been in a very long time.”

Worsnop recently said that he was having “so much fun writing an album I never thought I’d make with people I never thought I’d make on with again. It’s out of the box, out of my comfort zone, out of the ordinary, and out of this world! This is something totally new and unique that I cannot wait for the world to hear. This album has me proud, humbled, reassured, and affirmed. Welcome to a new era, and a new sound which I’m sure in two years will be ripped off by far too many artists (there’s a song about that on here too).”

Danny continued: “You will not hear songs about partying, or girls, or how rock and roll I am. Instead you will hear some of the most carefully crafted songs I’ve ever made that hopefully will live longer than I do.

Thank you to Ben for writing some phenomenal music for me to create stories with, [bassist Sam Bettley], [drummer James Cassells] and [guitarist Cameron Liddell] for their great talent in making this sound so good, and [producer Matt Good] for heading the operation and fooling the world into thinking I know what I’m doing.”

The reunion between Danny and Asking Alexandria was confirmed last October following weeks of rumors and speculation regarding the status of his replacement, Denis Shaforostov, who joined the band in 2015.

Danny, who released a solo album, The Long Road Home, in February while still being involved with his other band We Are Harlot in between acting gigs, told Finland’s Kaaos TV that he is working closely with the members of Asking to ensure that he is able to pursue other projects alongside his touring and recording activities with them.

When Danny’s return to the band was first announced, Bruce said in a video message  Shaforostov had “just stopped talking to us.” But Denis later tweeted, “I left AA because I can’t be in a touring band at this point in my life. There’s no drama and I don’t want to be a part of it.”  (Thanks Blabbermouth.)

Ever wonder what the guys in Metallica use in their rigs on their recent WorldWired Tour?  Well wonder no more, friends! Metallica has uploaded a nineteen-minute video in which guitar techs Chad Zaemisch and Justin Crew walk us through James Hetfield‘s and Kirk Hammett‘s “WorldWired” tour guitar rigs.

The European leg of Metallica’s “WorldWired” tour kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sep 2 and will run through November. After a break, the trek will pick up again on Feb 1, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland.

Celebrating life this weekend!  Today, Joan Jett is 59! God Bless You, Joan!  And Whitesnake’s David Coverdale is 66.  Saturday, Bruce Springsteen is 68 and Sunday, Shawn M. Crahan, aka Clown of Slipknot, is 48.

posted by: Lou Brutus

Thursday, Sep 21, 2017

Thursday, Sep, 21 2017

My pal Sully Erna of Godsmack is back in the news. According to The Pulse Of Radio, he has admitted in a new interview with FaceCulture the band may lose a few fans with the sound of its next album, due for release in 2018. Erna explained, “(The songs) have a lot more of a commercial aspect to ‘em so far. There’s some stuff in there that definitely will service the core fanbase of Godsmack. But we also felt that it’s time to expand a little bit . . . we may lose some (fans) along the way, but hopefully we lose one, we gain 20, and you can do the math at the end.”

Erna added, “We can continue to write the same record, but we’re gonna have the same results . . . from this point forward, we’re gonna try to reinvent a little bit more of our sound, our look, our stage show, and come out with a brand new Godsmack. Because we’ve realized that since we came out 20 years ago, there’s a whole new generation that’s grown up that are now just starting to discover Godsmack.”

Erna told us a while back that he never wanted the band to be pigeonholed: I don’t really wanna be categorized, I don’t think anybody does, but it’s unfortunate that our first record came out during a time when this nu-metal movement was just passing through and it was pretty hot. So I think we just kind of got dumped in that category, but I think as album cycles go by, people are realizing that we’re truly just a hard rock band.”  When I spoke with Sully about this, at the time, we were talking about the fact that Godsmack’s sound defined the sound of active rock radio. 

Godsmack will enter the studio this winter to begin recording its follow-up to 2014′s 1000 Horsepower album. The group’s seventh studio LP will be co-produced by Erna and Erik Ron and will arrive in 2018 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the group’s debut. Godsmack’s self-titled 1998 debut sold four million copies in the U.S. and yielded four Top 10 rock radio hits.

It had to be early in that same year I was the only non-label person to be invited to ride up from NYC with Republic Records execs to see the band perform just after they were signed to the label.  They were so new and exciting to see in Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT.  We hit it off immediately and both Lou Brutus and I have done scores of interviews with the band over the years. See the last one I did with Sully on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.  Subscribe while you’re there.  We’ve got some great new things just posted and coming including Prophets Of Rage, Palaye Royale and Lionize.

Speaking of Prophets Of Rage….

Less than a week after their debut album arrived in stores, Prophets Of Rage have posted a new video for the song “Hail To The Chief.” Not surprisingly, the clip takes a scathing view of the Trump Administration, incorporating photos of Trump hotels, the White House, images of victims hanging from nooses, shots of Donald Trump and Mike Pence glad-handing with Vladimir Putin and more.

MC Chuck D wrote online about the clip, “Pay Attention is what the Prophets Of Rage latest video is saying. Don’t let a new Fascism appear wanted, normal or sane. While TRUMPOTUS appears to be a parody and whipping of mass distraction. The Donald will either be impeached or bow out from his own trumped up reasons. VP Pence is not a clown. He’s dead serious, the heir apparent who knows US governing and the law. The one to watch with the world in his hands.”

As for the band’s self-titled debut LP, Prophets guitarist and former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello told us that making an album was a natural evolution for the supergroup: You know, it was a great chemistry that we felt onstage during the ‘Make America Rage Again’ tour, and we wrote 10 songs in the first two weeks we were playing together. You know, and then a month in the studio with, at Henson Studios with Brendan O’Brien, and it was so exciting, so fun — it’s the most collaborative and fun band record that I’ve been involved in since the first Rage record.”

Prophets also consists of fellow Rage members Tim Commerford on bass and Brad Wilk on drums, along with Chuck D and Cypress Hill‘s B-Real on the mic. Prophets plays songs from Rage, Public Enemy and Cypress in addition to original material.

The group made their live debut in May 2016 in Los Angeles. They next play at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky on Oct 1st.

Meanwhile, Tom Morello is one of the many rock stars who will participate in the third annual Bowl For Ronnie celebrity bowling tournament launched by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Joining Morello on the lanes will be Rob Zombie guitarist John 5, ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven AdlerDio drummer  Vinny AppiceCinderella’s Fred Coury and many more. The event will take place on Friday, Oct 6th at the Pinz Bowling Center in Los Angeles.

Metallica, Metallica, Metallica!  You are the gift that keeps on giving!  They released a previously unheard live recording of its classic song “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” The track was recorded at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA on Aug 3rd, 1986 and is taken from the upcoming reissue of the band’s landmark third album, Master Of Puppets. The concert, which was part of Metallica’s U.S. tour as the support act for Ozzy Osbourne, was unusual in that it featured guitar tech John Marshall on rhythm guitar, as frontman James Hetfield had broken his arm earlier that summer.

The deluxe reissue of Master Of Puppets will arrive on Lou Brutus’ birthday,  Nov 10th, via Metallica’s own Blackened Recordings. And make sure you are a hardDriveRadio Radical because we will be offering up a Win It Before It’s Out contest in early November!  We’ll have a box set and 15 runners-up get the CD.

The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, three-CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, while the digital options will be a Standard CD, a three-CD Expanded Edition, and a Digital Deluxe Box Set.  The Expanded Edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will include a 108-page hardcover book containing never-before-seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, 10 CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.

The reissue is available for pre-order at Metallica.com, where fans can see the full package details and track listing.  Master Of Puppets was released in February 1986 and reached Number 29 on the Billboard album chart, although it has sold over six million copies in the U.S. since.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Patrick Corgan has released a trailer for Pillbox, a silent film set to music from his forthcoming solo album Ogilala, due out Oct 13th. Corgan explained about the film, “I thought it was a different approach to listening to an album, to watch it in essence with a related, albeit non-linear, silent movie. Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself.”

Pillbox was written and directed by Corgan, who will hold four intimate screenings of the film in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Tickets for the screenings will go on sale tomorow, Friday, (Sep 22nd) at 2:00 p.m. ET. Fans who attend the screenings will receive a limited-edition movie poster. Corgan will appear at all but the Los Angeles screening, along with collaborators and cast members from the film.

The Pillbox screenings are: Oct 5 – London, UK – Royal Society of Arts, Oct 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Feliz Theatre, Oct 11 – Chicago, IL – Music Box Theatre, Oct 12 – New York, NY – Tribeca Screening Room

Corgan announced his new solo album last month and released the LP’s first track, “Aeronaut.” The album will be available digitally, on CD and on 180-gram gatefold vinyl.

Corgan will also embark on a solo acoustic North American tour that kicks off on Oct 14th in Brooklyn, New York and wraps up on Nov 11th in Los Angeles. Each night’s show will consist of two sets, with Corgan playing songs from Ogilala in the first and material from across his entire career in the second.

Blabbermouth reporting a previously unreleased Stone Temple Pilots song called ”Only Dying,” taken from the upcoming 25th-anniversary expanded reissue of the band’s debut album, Core, can be heard using the SoundCloud widget. The track was demoed early in STP’s career and the band had planned to re-record in 1994 for The Crow soundtrack. The idea was later scrapped after the star of the film, Brandon Lee, was killed during production.

That song was a little bit of a different direction for us,” bassist Robert DeLeo tells Rolling Stone. “It was based more off jazz-type chordings. As a songwriter, I wanted to spark people into different directions.”

I remember Scott [Weiland, vocals] really wanted to redo the song and quite honestly, the guitar tone we chose on that … I don’t know what I was thinking,” guitarist Dean DeLeo says. “Maybe I was listening to too much Robert Smith or something. It’s a song where I don’t think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song.”

“We wrote it maybe nine months after Dean joined the band, and we recorded it in a studio in north Hollywood before we got signed,” drummer Eric Kretz says. “It’s cool to hear it now. You can hear all the STP elements in there. You could tell it needed to be reworked a little bit, but you can really hear Scott’s voice taking on its character and the band delving into the sound of the guitar, the special effects and everything. It’s a great early indicator of where the band was heading. It was trying to dig into our emotions.”

Stone Temple Pilots roared on to the scene 25 years ago with Core. A breakout success, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts, dominated radio waves with hits like ”Sex Type Thing” and ”Wicked Garden,” and has been certified eight times platinum by the RIAA. The band also took home the 1994 Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for their smash single ”Plush.”

To mark the legendary album’s silver anniversary, Rhino will release two versions on Sep 29, which is 25 years to the day of the album’s original debut. The first is the “Core: Super Deluxe Edition” ($79.98), which includes four CDs featuring a newly remastered version of the original album, plus more than two hours of unreleased demos and live performances, including the band’s performance on “MTV Unplugged”. Also included is the original album on vinyl and a DVD that contains a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the album along with videos for the album’s four singles. The set, limited to 15,000 copies worldwide, comes packaged in a richly detailed hardcover book (12 x 12) with rare and unseen photographs. The music from the Super Deluxe version will also be available via digital download and streaming services.
Celebrating life today:  Writer Stephen King is 70, Ex-Korn drummer David Silveria is 45.

posted by: Lou Brutus


Wednesday, Sep, 20 2017

*w/ 10 YEARS

30: Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont St. Experience
01: Oklahoma City, OK @ Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
28: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works*
29: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen*
01: Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom*
02: Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center*
04: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City*
05: Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore *
06: Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz*
08: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
09: Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
11: Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live*
12: Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
14: St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre*
16: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom @ THE RAVE
17: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues*
18: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues


posted by: Lou Brutus


Wednesday, Sep, 20 2017

with ROYAL REPUBLIC and AYRON JONES only these dates: Oct 24-Nov 13 

29:  Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
30:  Clive, IA @ 7 Flags E Ctr
01: Janesville, WI @ Sonic Boom
03:  Columbus, OH @ Express Live
04:  St Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
06:  Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
07:  Detroit, MI @ St Andrews
08:  Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
10:  Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
11:  Cleveland, OH @ HOB
13:  Stroudsburg, PA @ The Sherman
14:  Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
15:  Portland, ME @ Aura
17:  Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
18:  Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Brawlroom
20:  Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
21:  Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
22:  Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
24:  Atlanta, GA @ Heaven @ The Masquerade
25:  New Orleans, LA @ HOB
27:  Tyler, TX @ Click’s Live
28:  San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec
29:  Houston, TX @ HOB
31:  Dallas, TX @ Canton Co-Op
01:  Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s
03:  Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
04:  Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
06:  Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
07:  Englewood, CO @ The Gothic
09:  Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
10:  Missoula, MT @ The Wilma
11: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
13: Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

posted by: Lou Brutus


Wednesday, Sep, 20 2017

22:  Greenwood Village, CO @ High Elevation
24:  Omaha, NE @ Sokol Aud
26:  Kansas City, MO @ The Midland
27:  Maplewood, MN @ Myth
28:  Fargo, ND @ Fargo Civic Aud
30:  Janesville, WI @ SONIC BOOM
01:  Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life
03:  Bethlehem, PA @ Sands E Ctr
04:  Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater
07:  Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
08:  Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
11:  Tulsa, OK @ The Brady
13:  San Antonio, TX @ Vibes Ctr
14:  Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street
15:  Houston, TX @ Revention Music Ctr
17:  Albuquerque, NM @ The Sunshine
19:  Las Vegas, NV @ HOB
21:  Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock
28:  Toluca, MEX  @ Knotfest Mexico
05:  San Bernardino, CA @ Ozzfest Meets Knotfest

posted by: Lou Brutus