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Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017

Tuesday, Jul, 25 2017


Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park revealed this Instagram early yesterday. It just reminds me of the day I interviewed the band at their first NYC show in NYC. Actually, I spoke with Chester. It was backstage at Roseland Ballroom on West 52nd Street (now closed, it’s a condo building.) He was a little nervous and I set him at ease. It had to have been sometime in the fall of 2000 (Hybrid Theory was released in Oct 2000 and they were opening act  on a 3 band bill with Fuel and Puya, I think.)  I gotta find that, I remember it was recorded on a dat player and those have gone the way of the 8-track.  Anyhow, it was a special time.  I am working on getting all of the interviews we’ve done over the years with Chester and plan to air as much as we can, so please be patient and stay tuned.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield has slammed reality TV stars Kylie and Kendall Jenner for selling “vintage” T-shirts with the pair’s faces superimposed over some of rock’s biggest icons, including his band. The T-shirts were unveiled at the sisters’ online shop late last month, and featured images of Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Notorious B.I.G. overlaid with Instagram shots of the model/reality star siblings.

Asked by ET Canada about the shirts, Hetfield said, “I guess what they were thinking is, ‘We can do whatever we want.’ To me, it’s disrespectful. We’ve spent 36 years working hard, doing our best to keep a really close connection with people, make every note count, and someone just throws something up over something that we feel… Not that it’s sacred or anything, but show some respect.

Hetfield told us a while back that Metallica prides itself on the connection between the band and its fans: You know, when I see three generations out in the crowd, and they’re all three singing, like, ‘Master Of Puppets,’ it’s like, ‘Really? You guys really like this? Okay.’ I’ve got to believe them at some point (laughs). But it still blows my mind to go out there and, no matter what country you’re in, they are trying hard to sing along with it, and they just want to be a part of, man.

The shirts. which were being sold for $125 each and featured the logo “Repurposed in the USA,” did not go over well with others either. Voletta Wallace, mother of the late Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G. She slammed the girls on Instagram, calling the shirts “disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst!!!”

The Jenners quickly withdrew the shirts from sale, explaining in a statement, “These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists.”

Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and manager, also made it clear that she and her husband were not pleased with the shirts, saying on Twitter, “Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know…lip gloss.”  Sharon later said on her program The Talk that the Jenners created the line of shirts “for press, like they do everything . . . they know exactly what they’re doing. They’re not kids. They were brought up in this industry.

Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor met with a terminally ill fan of the band named Paula this past weekend at the FYF Fest in Los Angeles on Sunday (Jul 23rd). A GoFundMe campaign was launched last month to raise funds so that Paula could attend the concert. The campaign’s mission statement read in part, “Paula (most commonly known as Peedro Paula in the NINiverse) has been given a prognosis of 6-12 months to live. We would love for her to be able to see her favorite band, Nine Inch Nails, one last time!”

Donations from the campaign, which met its goal, covered the cost of the ticket, airfare, hotel, transportation, food and spending money while Paula was in Los Angeles, and while at the show she also had the opportunity to meet with Reznor.

Nine Inch Nails released an EP titled Add Violence last Friday (Jul 21st). The five-track project was the second installment in the band’s three-part EP series. The first, Not The Actual Events, arrived last December. The third is yet to be titled but is expected to arrive by the end of the year. Reznor has said that all three EPs will connect to tell one story.

The last full-length NIN album, Hesitation Marks, came out in 2013. Nine Inch Nails began a string of live shows last week with a warm-up gig in Bakersfield, California on July 21st, followed two days later by the FYF Fest. Other concerts are scheduled throughout the summer and fall.

Whoa!   I guess it WILL be in our lifetime after all!   Since Guns N’ Roses have been getting on so well and these tour stops have been off the hook, sounds like new music just MIGHT be in their future!  The Pulse Of Radio says guitarist Richard Fortus told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he is looking forward to recording a new studio album with the current lineup of the band, which now features three of the original five members. Fortus explained, “Everyone is excited about it. There’s a really magical thing now with the band. It feels like a new band. It feels like the best version since I joined, and it’s the most fun for me. There’s so much excitement around it.”

The last Guns N’ Roses album, Chinese Democracy, featured just founding singer Axl Rose and a shifting cast of musicians. It came out in 2008 after taking 13 years to produce, and was considered a sales disappointment. There has been speculation over whether this version of Guns N’ Roses will record new material at some point.

Original guitarist Slash, who is now back in the band, told us a while back  he left in 1996 partially because Axl was taking so long to get a new album going: Something with Axl was very insecure and it just kept the band from sort of functioning properly. Although he was wanting to do things, I never to this day really understand exactly what he was getting at, and because it took so long to ever get anything done, I always attribute it to some sort of fear factor.”

The current reunion tour, which also features founding bassist Duff McKagan, has grossed $230 million and counting since launching in Apr 2016. Fortus, who joined the band in 2001, said, “It’s bigger than anything I’ve ever experienced. Doing multiple nights at a stadium is a mindf**k. It’s hard to get your head around that level of craziness. Fans are just so rabid for it.

Meanwhile, there was a big  aftershow party on Thursday (or shall I say Friday in the wee hours of the morning.)  Here is Axl Rose leaving for the evening.

Rock news in brief…..(from The Pulse Of Radio)

    • Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined Roger Waters on stage in Chicago on Sunday night (July 23rd) to guest on a performance of the Pink Floyd classic “Comfortably Numb.” The cameo came at the end of Waters’ second of three concerts there on his Us + Them North American tour. It’s not the first time the pair have shared a stage or played that song together, with the last time at a benefit concert in New York in 2012. (Diffuser)

    • Slipknot has shared a new behind-the-scenes clip of the band rehearsing without its masks from its upcoming concert film, Day Of The Gusano. The film captures the group’s 2015 Knotfest Mexico performance and also focuses on the fans that attended the event. Percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan directed the film, which will have one-night-only theatrical screenings around the country on September 6th. (The PRP)

  • The official trailer for Black Sabbath‘s upcoming film, The End Of The End, is now online. The film chronicles the legendary heavy rock band’s final tour, climaxing on February 4th, 2017 at their very last show in their hometown of Birmingham, England. For one night only on September 28th, over 1,500 theaters worldwide will show a specially edited version of The End Of The End before the film is released in various formats later this year. (Blabbermouth)

posted by: Lou Brutus


Monday, Jul, 24 2017


28: Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
29: Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
30: Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
01: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
03: Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
04: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
06: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
07: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
08: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
09: Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
11: Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
12: New York, NY @ Playstation Theater
13: Uncasville, CT @ The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun*
14: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
15: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
17: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
18: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
20: Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
21: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
22: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
24: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Oct. Grill
25: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
26: San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
28: Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
29: Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
30: Richmond, VA @ The National
31: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory


posted by: Lou Brutus

weekEnd Jul 22-23, 2017

Monday, Jul, 24 2017



hardDrive Double Dose: LINKIN PARK
“Somewhere I Belong” & “In The End”
Plugged In:  PROJECTED “Reload”
Guest:  I PREVAIL “Alone”
Three Song Sweep
DED “Anti-Everything”
ROYAL BLOOD “Lights Out”
RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
THRICE “Hurricane”


Guest:  GRETA VAN FLEET “Highway Tune”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
IN FLAMES “Here Until Forever”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
“Back To The River”
METALLICA “Now That We’re Dead”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  WAYLAND “Through The Fire”

posted by: Lou Brutus

Week of Jul 24-28, 2017

Monday, Jul, 24 2017

GRETA VAN FLEET “Highway Tune”
GREEN DAY “Revolution Radio”
METALLICA “Now That We’re Dead”
RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
ROYAL BLOOD “Lights Out”

DED “Anti-Everything”
HELLYEAH “Love Falls”
PAPA ROACH “American Dreams”
The PRETTY RECKLESS “Back To The River”
BASEMENT “Promise Everything”
IN FLAMES “Here Until Forever”-ADD
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
PROPHETS OF RAGE “Living On The 110”
STARSET “Satellite”-ADD
THRICE “Hurricane”


posted by: Lou Brutus

Monday, Jul 24, 2017

Monday, Jul, 24 2017

Still having a hard time wrapping my head around the death of Chester Bennington. It pains and hurts my heart so much that he was in so much distress, something we never imagined from such a beautiful and compassionate person.  The eye-opener was this interview I watched that Chester did with Los Angeles pop radio station KIIS-FM.

See, this is the tragedy.  That we never realized he was calling it out right here for millions of people to hear.  Now to mention this story my friend Jon Wiederhorn wrote for Yahoo on Chester.  It is very heavy as Jon examines Chester’s lyrics.

And moments ago, I received this message from the guys in Linkin Park to Chester:

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,


Visit Chester.LinkinPark.com

Meanwhile, there have been many internet trolls who have been posting outrageous things about Chester’s death online over the weekend.   Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan has slammed people who are making negative comments about Chester Bennington’s  suicide.

Some have used the opportunity to criticize the Linkin Park vocalist and his music. And Donegan says he finds some of the online comments disgusting.

The guitarist wrote on Facebook: “I’m trying to figure out if the f—ing Internet trolls either haven’t been hugged enough as a kid or not smacked in the mouth by their parents and taught RESPECT!!!!!! How sad is it that we live in a society of so many hate-filled people! Every day we wake up and turn on the TV or go on social media to hear or read comments on politics or people’s battles against their personal demons and everyone is so quick to pass judgement.”

He went on to take up for Bennington’s wife and children who have also been the target hatred and said, “A man died and left behind a lot of people who loved him.” After his rant, he ended his post by saying…”I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and don’t forget to hug the ones you love a little bit tighter and maybe smile at a stranger today. It just may make their day!

“I can’t believe how f—-ing disgusting the insane comments or rumors regarding Chester or his wife and people’s hateful remarks towards the band. Where is your f—-ing compassion? A man died and left behind a lot of people who loved him. Forget about if you were a fan of their music or not. Six children lost their father, a wife lost her husband, his parents lost a son, his band lost a brother, his colleagues lost a friend, his fans lost someone that inspired them and they looked up to.

I am sick to my stomach reading the negative comments dissing him and the band. Where is your f—ing heart?  I admit that when I was younger, I would think – how can someone be so selfish and take their own life, especially someone who appeared to have it all. Success, money, fans, love, from all around the world.  I’m sure a lot of people think, ‘How bad is your life? At least you’re not shoveling horseshit for a living.’ Now I’ve grown to realize that depression does not discriminate against anyone — rich or poor, it does not matter. Money doesn’t erase whatever demons someone is battling.

Most of us may never really understand why someone makes that choice to end it all, and I’m glad and hope that those thoughts never enter your mind.  Most musicians, comedians, actors that I know have come from a very dark past and turn to their craft as a way of dealing with those demons and healing through their work. Unfortunately, not everyone can beat that struggle. I’m sure that probably everyone I know has had some pain in their life and we all look for the inspiration to give us reason to keep pushing forward and hope that tomorrow brings a better day!  Life is full of challenges and money will not solve all your problems. Please, people, show some humanity and respect for one another. I’m tired of seeing so much hate on a daily basis in this world. I’m also guilty of fueling the fire with political debates and opinions, but there is so much division that we ALL seem to have lost a bit of our hearts these days.

“I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and don’t forget to hug the ones you love a little bit tighter and maybe smile at a stranger today. It just may make their day!

Saw Guns N’ Roses on Thursday night in Harlem, NY at the world famous Apollo Theater. Man, what an event!!!   Sirius XM gave us free drinks, a poster and two (TWO) t-shirts to boot!  The band was off the hook, performing for nearly 3 hours performing every single hit and more.  I have to say, the entire group was on their A game.  It was truly a spectacular event and I was glad I got to be there to witness it.  Check out the fan filmed video above and you will see what everyone there is still talking about!

Axl had three or was it four wardrobe changes.  (It was really hot, the hottest day on record in NYC for that day actually.)  But the rest of the band played on.  We never sat down the entire time (although I took a couple of breaks.)  Was surprised I didn’t see more celebs in the audience.  I did see former tennis star John McEnroe  (hung out with him one time in Bring Me The Horizon‘s dressing room) and Mets’ star pitcher Noah Syndergaard (what a fine male specimen), and I guess there were a bunch of models there, but the familiar faces were few and far between.  But who cares!  We were there to see the masters of the 80′s LA metal scene.  Was bummed I didn’t get to say hey to my pals Slash and Duff, but whatever.  A great time was had!  And what was kinda cool, I saw a former Metallica bodyguard who is now working with the band. Wish I had known earlier!  I definitely would’ve been allowed to say hey!

Didn’t get back to my hotel til nearly 3 AM.  Which wiped me out for the rest of Friday!   I was in the office to interview Shaun Morgan of  Seether.  He was in doing press of his 5th annual Rise Above Fest that took place over the weekend in Bangor, ME.  We talked about suicide awareness and certainly Chester Bennington.  We filmed the interview and you can check it out here and on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.  You’ll also get to listen to a podcast of a different interview with Shaun I did after the video.  Be looking over on the hardDrive DL podcast plaforms over on iTunes, Stitcher and Blog Talk Radio.

Hollywood Undead are back and have announced they will release V (Five.)  It will drop Oct 27th.  The number five holds a deep significance. We have five senses. Five points adorn a star. Five represents man in theology. For the five members of Hollywood Undead—Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Funny Man  and Danny—the digit perfectly encapsulates their fifth full-length offering—FIVE [Dove & Grenade Media/BMG].  Fans can pre-order the new album from here: http://smarturl.it/HUFive

“We’re five brothers, and this is our fifth record,” affirms Johnny 3 Tears.  “Nothing gets to the essence of the music like this number does. Numerology has a lot of power. When we said Five, it just made sense. The fact that we could all agree on one word codifies who we are. It also nods back to ‘No. 5’ from our first album, because it was our fifth song. Moreover, it hints at this secret society of fans supporting us for the past decade. The number is significant, and this is a significant moment for us.

The band have just released the first single/video from their forthcoming album called “California Dreaming.”  You can check out the world premiere of the video on Vevo here: http://smarturl.it/CaliforniaDreamingV

posted by: Lou Brutus