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Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday, May, 26 2017

T G I F!  And T G I A H W!  (Thank God It’s A Holiday Weekend!)   Oh yeah!


After teasing a big announcement this week, Guns N’ Roses has unveiled 15 additional tour dates on the next North American leg of its “Not In This Lifetime” trek, extending the band’s itinerary well into the fall. The new string of mostly stadium-sized shows starts on October 8th in Philadelphia and concludes with two arena gigs in the group’s hometown of Los Angeles over Thanksgiving weekend. Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, Jun 3rd.

The previously announced summer leg of the tour kicks off on Jul 27th in St. Louis and wraps on Sep 8th in San Antonio.

Guns N’ Roses have also announced the special guests for the summer shows, including ZZ Top on three Texas dates, Deftones on the St. Louis and Minneapolis dates, Sturgill Simpson on the Denver, Little Rock and Miami gigs, Royal Blood in Vancouver and George, WA, Live on the Winston-Salem, NC and Hershey, PA dates, and Our Lady Peace on four Canadian shows.Opening acts for the fall shows have yet to be revealed. See Road Rage for all the dates!

Wow.  This is heavy!  Blabbermouth reporting today Corey Taylor appeared on this past Monday’s (May 22) episode of Viceland‘s “The Therapist” to talk in depth about his life behind his public persona, including his history of self-harm and his suicide attempt.

Asked about the significance of wearing a literal mask when he is performing with Slipknot, Taylor said: “With Slipknot, at least for most of us in the band, the mask is part of the art — it’s not just the visual and the shock; it’s a representation of who I am in that album. So, for me, it’s as natural as having a different hairstyle for one album and tour cycle, wearing different clothes for an album and tour cycle. It’s a part of the dynamic. It’s one of the things that you look forward to. Not just writing the songs, not just putting the music together, not just putting the visuals together, but what… who am I in this album? And on the last album [2014's '.5: The Gray Chapter'], the one that dealt with Paul‘s [Gray, Slipknot bassist] death, the mask that I had was two layers, so I could pull one off and there was another mask there. And it was the mask behind the mask — being open to a point, but never really sharing that pain. Even when push comes to shove, pulling that layer away, and it’s still… there’s still something behind it that I’m not willing to share. And that album, ’The Gray Chapter’, was basically my way of processing everything and hopefully helping the band process it and putting it into perspectives that we can understand. It was me trying to give my friends a voice and letting them know that I was with them and that things weren’t gonna be okay, but we were gonna move on.”

In the program, which premiered on May 8, Los Angeles-based licensed therapist Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh sits down with some of today’s most influential musicians and artists to take a deeper look into their psyches, their pasts and their presents to discover what makes them tick. He leads them through compelling discussions, inviting them to look at how they’ve faced some of the most formative, troubling or difficult experiences from throughout their lives.

Each of the artists who sit with Dr. Siri quickly realize they are in the presence of a man who is knowledgeable, deeply sensitive, compassionate and highly intuitive. This fact alone provides them with an unparalleled level of comfort allowing them to truly be a part of the experience.

Aside from a cameraman, there was absolutely no one else in the room throughout each shoot. There were no “re-takes,” no “re-shoots,” no “producing.” Each artist was fully immersed in a full-length therapy session which enabled Dr. Siri to truly engage them and break down the emotional barriers and walls we all carry.

There has long been a stigma surrounding mental health care. Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh and his patients take steps forward to normalize a process which they feel all people should be able to take advantage of, asking for help and trying to truly understand oneself.

Alternative Press says Beartooth have released  a new music video for the single “Sick Of Me” that presents a powerful message about depression and anxiety. The clip documents four people battling depression and shows their individual journeys in overcoming the mental health affliction. Part of the way through the video, the music fades to the background as frontman Caleb Shomo details his own battle with the disorder, saying, “Depression and anxiety isn’t something you just get away from. It’s not something you can run from; it’s just inside you. For me it’s just always in my brain, it’s always in there churning.”

He adds, “You can’t run away from it, you have to deal with it and it’s choosing how to deal with it. This song is a big way to help. At least for me, music has been implanted in my body. I come from a musical background. When I go onstage everything goes away.

Shomo co-wrote “Sick Of Me” with John Feldmann and told us how the latter helped bring the song to life: Usually when I write with him, we like talk for 20 minutes and he’s just like, ‘What’s going on with you? What’s something that you’re like dealing with or something you want to write about?’ And we just started talking, and as we’re like talking, he’s just writing stuff down and he’s like, ‘Yeah, man, keep going.’ And then he just lays down a rough idea of this chorus he had, and it was pretty cool.

“Sick Of Me” is from Beartooth’s latest studio album, Aggressive, which is being re-released on Friday (May 26th) in a deluxe edition.

To further raise awareness for mental health issues, Beartooth have released a new line of “Sick Of Me” T-shirts, donating all proceeds to the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI).  Beartooth is currently in Europe and will hit Australia after that, but the band can be seen next in North America on this summer’s Warped Tour, with their stint on the trek starting on Jun 28th in Metairie, LA.

Blabbermouth also reporting today that Projected, the project featuring Sevendust  members John Connolly (guitar) and Vince Hornsby (bass) alongside Alter Bridge/Creed drummer Scott Phillips and guitarist/vocalist Eric Friedman (a.k.a. E-RockTremonti; Submersed), will release its sophomore album, Ignite My Insanity, on Jul 21 via Rat Pak Records. The two-disc collection is currently available for pre-order in various configurations at this location.

The follow-up to 2012′s “Human,” ”Ignite My Insanity” features twenty-one all-new tracks from Projected and continues to build upon the sound the band established with its debut. It is an album designed to resonate with fans from the members’ original projects and guaranteed to garner new fans along the way. From the melodic piano interlude of the opener “Strike” to the raucous ending of closer “Battlestations”, the new album takes the listener on a journey inside the minds of the band. Songs like “Six Feet Below”“Gomorrah”“Inhuman” and “Upside Down” are infectious rockers. The first single, “Reload”, is a frenetic composition that showcases the musicianship of these accomplished performers. Alter Bridge/Tremonti songwriter Mark Tremonti co-wrote “Rectify” and “Call Me The Devil” and  Sevendust‘s Morgan Rose co-wrote “Concede” with Projected.

On the subject of Projected‘s new record, Connolly comments: “There are four very strong personalities in this band. Everyone has been in the business doing various things, from Alter Bridge to Creed  to Sevendust to Tremonti, and it took all those elements and sounds to make this album what it is!”

Phillips adds: “We’re all part of other bands that we’ve put our heart and soul and life into and this was just a chance to extend that into somewhat of a different direction.”

Friedman comments: “When I think Projected, the first words that come to my mind is a very raw and honest band. Things aren’t overthought. It’s very organic.”

Hornsby says: “We’ve been playing so long together, you know it’s kinda like a marriage to a certain degree. It really warms my heart to be able to play with my friends and these great musicians.”

Celebrating life this weekend:  Friday:  Lenny Kravitz is 53, Matt Stone (South Park) is 46.  Saturday, Sean Kinney of Alice In Chains is 51.

Have a safe and great Memorial Day!   Thank you to our veterans and the men and women serving all over the world!  We’ll be back on Tuesday morning!

posted by: Lou Brutus

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday, May, 25 2017

Hard to believe we are almost to Memorial Day weekend and that means one thing around here:  hardDrive’s Cover It Up Special Edition this weekend!   It’s our semi-annual all cover songs, all the time on hardDrive!   Hope you get a chance to listen on your local station!

Yesterday,  we posted a killer acoustic music video on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel from Hell Or Highwater doing “I Want It All”  filmed in the hardDriveRadio studios! (Video James and Paulie Walnuts did a great job!!)  Check it out and please subscribe to the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel!

We also posted our Metallica WorldWired Contest winner, Tressa E. from Madison, WI, a ‘JJO listener, backstage with Lars Ulrich and Lou Brutus at the Philadelphia stop May 12th. Pretty cool stuff! Love that Lars ended up interviewing HER!   Thanks all!

Photo credit: Sharon Osbourne Instagram

Wedding Bells Are Ringin’ AGAIN!  The Pulse Of Radio says Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne renewed their wedding vows on May 14th, Mother’s Day, one year after the couple’s 34-year marriage was nearly wrecked by the revelation Ozzy had been caught in an affair with a celebrity hairdresser. The ceremony was held at the Wynn resort in Las Vegas, with Sharon posting on Instagram, “The best Mother’s Day ever.”

A source told U.K. tabloid The Sun that the Osbournes “are obviously used to doing everything in the spotlight but made a conscious decision to keep this quiet. It was just an intimate family get-together at the hotel with their children and very nearest and dearest there.”

Sharon broke the news of the impending celebration last December when she announced, “Ozzy has asked me to renew our wedding vows and I’d like to. I’m happy, and, to be honest, that’s all I want for Christmas this year.

Ozzy and Sharon, who were married on July 4th, 1982, separated last May when Sharon discovered evidence of Ozzy’s affair with Michelle Pugh. She turned out to be one of several women that Ozzy had been seeing and claimed that she and Ozzy had fallen in love.

Ozzy later told Sharon that he would “go to any lengths necessary to repair the damage” that he had caused by his alleged affair. The couple went to marriage counseling and Ozzy reportedly checked into rehab for sex addiction.

Ozzy later apologized publicly to the women with whom he had extramarital sexual relationships. Sharon continued to manage Ozzy’s career throughout their marital crisis.
The singer recently completed a year-long farewell tour with Black Sabbath and is preparing to hit the road with his solo band.

In other news, Wednesday (May 24th) marked the 20th anniversary of the first show on the first full Ozzfest tour. After Ozzy had been rejected by the organizers of Lollapalooza, Sharon was inspired to start an all-metal festival. Ozzy recalled a while back how it went down:  “She tried to get me on Lollapalooza, and they turned around to Sharon and said, ‘You know what, we don’t think there’s a spot for Ozzy in this music anymore.’ So she came home, pissed off, and she said, ‘We’ll do our own damn show.’ So she booked me a few shows, it sold out overnight, and everything after that Sharon did on her own, you know.”

Following a successful two-date trial run in Arizona and California in October 1996, the first of 22 Ozzfest shows kicked off in Bristow, VA on May 24th, 1997.  I can’t even count the Ozzfests Lou and I have covered over the years!  They were the model of so many festivals we have today!

The initial main stage lineup of that first tour featured a reunited Black SabbathPantera, Type O Negative, Fear Factory, Machine Head and Powerman 5000, with Marilyn Manson on selected dates.  Ozzfest was a major triumph, hitting the road with different lineups for the next decade before falling victim to the U.S. recession. The Osbournes have sporadically staged one-off Ozzfest events since.


System of a Down on stage in 2015

Yesterday we posted news about System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan opening his Torpedo Comics store in Las Vegas.  Today Blabbermouth and The Pulse of Radio report John says it’s “very disheartening” that the band hasn’t released a new album in nearly 12 years. Speaking to Las Vegas radio station X107.5, Dolmayan said, “In our band, the difficulty really isn’t, ‘Is one of us gonna fall off the wagon or get into a bad situation?’ It’s really a matter of, ‘Are we gonna come together and make something happen?’ It’s been about twelve years since we’ve put out an album.

He continued, “I don’t know why we aren’t coming out with an album. It’s very disheartening, because it seems like we all get along, we all have a great time touring, we still are putting together really good music. I think that we can put out a fantastic album.”

Dolmayan revealed in a 2016 interview with Kerrang! magazine that System Of A Down had written more than a dozen new songs for a possible follow-up to Mezmerize and Hypnotize, which came out in 2005.  The band went on hiatus in the fall of that year, although they have toured most summers since 2011.

Singer Serj Tankian – long speculated to be the holdout on recording — told us not long ago that a new album was not on the radar: As far as a System record, there’s nothing in the plans right now. It’s something that we’ll do down the line when it’s the right time. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now on my own, and trying to get all those releases out and work on them. But we’ve really been enjoying playing together on tour and having a blast, and I think our performance is actually better than it’s ever been in our heyday.

Dolmayan maintained that music for a new System album does exist, and that he feels it can “match or beat anything we’ve done in the past . . . It’s a matter of getting together and putting aside whatever differences, or whatever problems people have — which don’t seen to surface when we’re together, by the way.”    The band will return to Europe in June and July to play summer festivals and select headline dates.  Maybe the discussion will arise then.  Let’s hope so!

A bunch of Hollywood based musicians got together to pay tribute to Chris Cornell at the Whisky A Go Go.  Check out Living Colour, doing “Blow Up The Outside World.”

Chris’ funeral is tomorrow and there will be a public viewing at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.  Meanwhile, Chris’ wife VIcky wrote a heartbreaking letter to her late husband. I am sharing:


To My Sweet Christopher,

You were the best father, husband and son-in-law. Your patience, empathy and love always showed through.

You had always said I saved you, that you wouldn’t be alive if it were not for me. My heart gleamed to see you happy, living and motivated. Excited for life. Doing everything you could to give back. We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.© (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

I’m broken, but I will stand up for you and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you. You were right when you said we are soulmates. It has been said that paths that have crossed will cross again, and I know that you will come find me, and I will be here waiting.

I love you more than anyone has ever loved anyone in the history of loving and more than anyone ever will.

Always and forever,

Your Vicky

Sigh  ;(  I am so sad…..

On that note…..Please have a good day……..

posted by: Lou Brutus

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May, 24 2017

One more week down here in the Sunshine State before we head back up to the Adirondacks!  Hard to leave the beach, but it is starting to get hot ‘n sticky, so who am I to complain about getting up to cooler climes?  And I will NOT miss the No-See-Ums!

In the news today:

Sharing this The Pulse Of Radio story:   Rock musicians responded quickly in the last 24 hours to the horrific incident in Manchester, England on Monday night (May 22nd), in which an apparent suicide bomber set off an explosive device at the entrance to the Manchester Arena as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert. 22 people were killed and at least 59 injured in the bombing, which was allegedly perpetrated by a British citizen named Salman Abedi.

Although authorities at press time believe Abedi acted alone, the terrorist organization ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. This attack is the deadliest in the history of Manchester and the worst act of terrorism on British soil since 2005.  The fact that it was at a concert struck the musical world hard, bringing back memories of the 2015 attack in Paris in which terrorists slaughtered 89 concertgoers at an Eagles Of Death Metal show.

Slash wrote, “I can’t believe this horrible tragedy in Manchester. My heart goes out to all the victims, their families & friends.”

Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy posted, “Sending love across the pond to victims and families of the Manchester attack. Beyond heartbreaking.”

Skillet ’s John Cooper wrote: “Prayers for Manchester and all of England. Heartbreaking. We are sending our love and thoughts to u from all of the skillet family-JLC”

Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington wrote in a series of tweets, “My heart goes out to the victims and families of those who lost their lives and were injured last night in Manchester. As of today, my life’s purpose is one of love and understanding. The world needs to change and that change comes from within. Hate, pride, vengeance, and fear are the plague of the earth. Love, kindness, compassion, empathy and service to others are the cure.

Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach: “Wow, our hearts go out to everyone affected by the explosion in Manchester.”

Duff McKagan: “Watching the news this AM. As a father, I can’t imagine the pain. My heart goes out 2 those families in Manchester. Just beyond awful.”

Pulse also reporting Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows said in an interview with Green Bay, WI radio station and hardDriveRadio affiliate Razor 94.7 that the band will embark on a full North American headlining tour in Jan and Feb of 2018. Shadows explained that the trek, which will be announced after the completion of Avenged’s current stadium run as support for Metallica, was originally “supposed to happen this summer until we got that call from Metallica, so we decided to put it on hold.”

Shadows added that postponing their own tour was a difficult decision for Avenged, saying, “We had just paid for the whole stage to get built, and that was a lot of money to build that stage set . . . but then we got the call from Lars [Ulrich, Metallica drummer], and it was, like, ‘We can’t pass that up.’ It’s just too big of a tour, it’ll be too much fun.

The singer told us that the live show is based on the band’s latest CD, The StageWe built the live show around it. So you know, you’ve got the space theme, you’ve got what look like floating cubes and great video content. You feel like you’re in outer space and then it kind of takes you into robot world for a little bit, you know, the artificial intelligence world. It takes you back into space, we’ve got a huge flying spaceman, a skeleton guy that comes out…it’s an experience.”

Avenged Sevenfold worked with the producers of Cirque du Soleil on its new stage production, with Shadows saying that the band may have to tour “two weeks on, two weeks off” to keep the trek on schedule. The group will rejoin the Metallica tour on Jun 7th in Denver after a three-week break.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield said in an interview with Boston radio station WAAF that the death of Chris Cornell by suicide last week was a “sad story,” adding, “It makes you realize that, you know, there is a darkness that anyone and everyone can find and feel that they’re trapped in. And when you’re there — and at least I know the depth of my darkness at times — it is difficult when you’re in that space to even fathom that there’s someone there that can help you or has been through that before. Sometimes you’re at such a loss.

Hetfield continued, “I can’t — obviously can’t explain what he was going through, but we all have our darknesses. And check in with each other — check in with each other. Let each other know how you’re doing.”

Hetfield battled his own demons for years until going into rehab in 2001. He told us a while back about the moment he made the decision to get help: My wife threw me out of the house and I went to rehearsal, and she could not believe that I had done that, and said, ‘You’ve got to check yourself in somewhere,’ and I said, ‘Nah, no way, I’m the singer for Metallica, I can’t get help. I don’t need help.’ A lot of denial. She was very adamant about me seeking the help and I went in, I think, for her and for my family.

Chris Cornell apparently committed suicide on the night of May 17th, shortly after Soundgarden played a show in Detroit.  The 52-year-old singer had been clean since 2002, although he was taking Ativan for anxiety. A lawyer for the Cornell family said that Ativan has been known to cause suicidal thoughts as a side effect. Cornell will be laid to rest this Friday (May 26th) in Los Angeles. The funeral will be private.

A full autopsy and toxicology results are pending, although Cornell’s wife has said he may have taken more Ativan than he was prescribed. His family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if “substances contributed to his demise.”

Meanwhile, Chris Cornell‘s remains were cremated yesterday in Los Angeles in preparation for his funeral and internment in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery there.   A small group of family and friends stood by, but the rock icon’s legion of fans will also get a chance to memorialize him … TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the ceremony … tell us 4 people were at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery — Chris’ brother, Peter, his wife, Vicky … as well as his friends Linda Ramone and singer J.D. King.

The group was there for about an hour, and they’ll gather again Friday with other family members at the cemetery. The service will be private, and Chris’ ashes will be buried — and afterward, we’re told fans will be allowed entry to visit the burial site.

Cemetery officials tell us they’re ready for a huge crowd. Cornell joins legends like Mickey RooneyJayne Mansfield and Linda’s late husband, Johnny Ramone … already laid to rest at Hollywood Forever.

System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan has just held a grand re-opening of his comic book store Torpedo Comics in a new Las Vegas location that is double the size of its previous space. Dolmayan, who has been selling comics for more than 20 years, told local outlet Vegas 7, “I don’t want 18 locations, I want the best location. The first time I walked into a store, everything came to life. It was like this fantasy world that I walked into. I want to replicate that.”  (http://www.torpedocomics.com)

Dolmayan told us a while back that he first became interested in comics at the age of 12: Yeah, you know, like most kids I bought toys, Star Wars, Matchbox, you name it, whatever pretty much came out during that time. Eventually I progressed onto comics, and once I discovered comics, I discovered a real passion for it. I remember walking into a comic book store for the first time and being amazed by the colors, the books themselves, the interesting characters, and I just gravitated towards that fantasy aspect of it.

Dolmayan explained his history of selling rare comics to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, saying, “Initially, I started off by losing a lot of money trying to sell books at conventions and stuff like that until I figured out how to do it. By the time System got signed, I was making $55,000-$60,000 a year. I took a huge pay cut to join System.”

Dolmayan first launched Torpedo online in 2003, while the physical shop currently stocks 60,000 modern and vintage issues.

Meanwhile, Dolmayan revealed in a 2016 interview with Kerrang! magazine that System Of A Down had written more than a dozen new songs for what could be its first new studio album in more than a decade. Since then there has been no further info on a new System album, although the band will return to Europe in Jun and Jul to play summer festivals and select headline dates. (Thanks Blabbermouth & The Pulse Of Radio)

Guns N’ Roses has been streaming a series of short videos this week previewing an announcement related to the band’s “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour. At press time the news was scheduled to be unveiled on Wednesday (May 24th). Titled “The Beginning,” “It Doesn’t End Here” and “We’re Just Getting Started,” the clips trace the band’s history from its origins to the present tour.

  • The trek launched with a series of warm-up dates last year, starting with a rare club show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Apr 1, 2016.
  • The band played half a dozen shows in Las Vegas, Mexico City and at Indio, California’s Coachella Festival before officially launching the tour on June 23rd in Detroit.
  • Since then, Guns — featuring original members Axl RoseSlash and Duff McKagan – has traveled to South America, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, with a European leg beginning in Ireland on May 27th.
  • The band has beefed up security for the show in Ireland this weekend following Monday night’s (May 22nd) terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande show in Manchester that left 22 dead.
  • According to The Irish Sun, Saturday’s concert at Slane Castle will see more than 400 police and 1,200 security team members patrolling the area for the first Guns show in the area in 25 years. A number of items, including backpacks, waistpacks and air horns, are now prohibited from the concert.


Have a great day.  Enjoy life.  Hug a friend.  Smile.  

posted by: Lou Brutus

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May, 23 2017

Heartfelt sympathies to the victims of the horrific terrorist bombing in Manchester, England last night.  We need to be vigilant.  If you see something, say something.  We can’t let this fear ruin our lives, making us fearful when we go to concerts or events. Damn you people who’ve lost your sense of right and wrong.

Blabbermouth reporting Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe posted a message on his Instagram that I wanted to share today.  He wrote about his horror at the news that at least 22 people were killed and more than 50 others injured after a reported explosion took place at the  Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England last night.  Authorities are still investigating the incident, but it is believed that the attack was carried out by a lone suspect carrying a bomb.

Blythe took to his Instagram account to repost the news headline:  ”Explosion, Panic And Death At Ariana Grande Concert In England”, and wrote in an accompanying message:

“I am so sick of reading headlines like this. We as a race, THE HUMAN RACE, have to do better than this.

“A music concert is supposed to be a place where people gather to forget their problems for a few hours, not somewhere to roll the dice with your life.

“At times like this, I think the only thing a normal person can do is try to be the best, most moral, human they can be- —in our jaded era, I believe this is more necessary than ever.

“For instance, this evening after I read this headline, I ran into a very loose acquaintance at the grocery store and mentioned the news. This person joked, ‘Maybe they did it because it was an Ariana Grande show.’ I was too shocked to even say anything — I utterly fail to find the humor in the fact that at least 19 people (note: now 22)  are dead and many more injured, whatever you may think of someone’s music.

“I know nothing about Ariana Grande or any of her songs, but I can guarantee that people of many different races, religions and beliefs were at that show for the same reason — to have a good time. Some of them won’t go home tonight. This is not fucking funny to me. This sort of jaded, joking mentality is evidence to me of the continual chipping away of our humanity by the pathetically low standards of our era. We are better than this, people. It’s dehumanizing, just like the freakish and twisted beliefs that allowed this asshole terrorist to kill a bunch of people they didn’t know.

“Everything you do and say has consequences, even if you don’t believe that.

“Make sure you do your best to think and speak with a moral heart — maybe your kindness will prevent someone from going down a dark path. You never know who you may affect positively.  My thoughts and prayers are with y’all in the U.K. tonight.”  Amen, Randy, amen.  :( 

The Pretty Reckless was touring with Soundgarden and Taylor Momsen and the band did a a cover version of Audioslave’s ”Like a Stone” on May 20 at a show in Camden NJ. TPR opened for Soundgarden in Detroit Wednesday night, only a few hours before Chris Cornell was pronounced dead.

The Pretty Reckless frontwoman Taylor Momsen wrote in an Instagram post: “Still in a state of shock. I have no words right now except my heart pours out to his beautiful family and friends.”  The Pretty Reckless also posted a tribute to Cornell on the band’s Twitter, writing: “Our deepest sympathies to family and new friends we just had the privilege to join for an all-too-brief moment. Our hearts are with you.

Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio says the Detroit Police Department has revealed some of the details of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s final moments. A police report obtained by The Detroit News reveals Chris went to his hotel about 15 minutes after the bands concert on Wednesday night. His bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, had worked on Cornell’s computer for a bit and gave him two doses of the prescription anti-anxiety medicine, Ativan.

At 11:35 he was on the phone with his wife. Then at 12:15am, concerned because he was slurring his words and sounded groggy, she called and asked Kirsten to go check on her husband.

After talking to Cornell’s wife, Kirsten walked two doors down and found the room door locked. Hotel security stated they could not let him into the room because he was not registered to that room. At this time Kirsten kicked in the door and went to the bedroom door and had to kick that door open as well.

He found Cornell on the bathroom floor with blood running from his mouth and a red exercise band around his neck.” Hotel medic, Dawn Jones, was on the scene by 12:56 a.m., she untied the band from around Cornell’s neck and began CPR on the singer, who was not breathing.

A short time later, an EMS Unit arrived on the scene and an emergency medical technician also tried to perform CPR. By 1:30 a.m., Cornell was pronounced dead by a doctor on the scene. Homicide detectives also arrived to investigate while an officer called Vicky Cornell to report on her husband’s death.

Later that day, the medical examiner pronounced his death a suicide. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.

Meanwhile, Chris Cornell, 52, will be laid to rest on Friday, May 26 in Los Angeles. Confirmation came from his attorney Kirk Pasich. Cornell’s body was flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday, and the singer will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The funeral will be private.

A full autopsy and results of toxicology tests are pending, although Cornell’s wife has said he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. His family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if “substances contributed to his demise.”

Soundgarden had been working on material for their seventh studio album and had plans to record it later this year. No word on what will happen with that material  or what state it was in before the band left on this recent tour.  All in all, it is so sad.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, Vicky and three children, a daughter named Toni, a son named Christopher and a daughter named Lillian from his previous marriage to former Soundgarden manager Susan Silver.

In brief:  Soundgarden reunited in 2010 after a 13-year hiatus, first touring and then writing and recording King Animal, their first new studio album in 16 years. In addition to Soundgarden, Chris Cornell sang with Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog, while also recording four solo studio albums and one live set on his own.

He formed Soundgarden in 1984 with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, originally playing drums in addition to singing until drummer Matt Cameron joined the lineup.  Soundgarden became one of the first and most successful bands to emerge from the Seattle scene.  The band first broke through to rock radio with its 1991 third album, Badmotorfinger, which featured the singles “Outshined”, “Rusty Cage” and “Jesus Christ Pose.” That paved the way for 1994′s five-million-selling Superunknown, which included “Black Hole Sun”, “My Wave”, “Spoonman” and “Fell On Black Days”.

Cornell also contributed solo songs to a number of films, including Great ExpectationsMachine Gun Preacher12 Years A Slave and the recent The Promise. He also sang the theme song, “You Know My Name”, to the 2008 James Bond movie, Casino Royale.  Cornell and his wife also started the Chris And Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Chris when he was promoting the 20th anniversary of Superunknown back in 2014. I remember thinking how tall and handsome he was.   My hour long interview was made into three parts. I’ve posted them below in case you missed them.  (They are also on the hardDriveRadio YouTube Channel.)

Makes me sad when I watch them…..

I also found this video above:  Dave Grohl  remembers Chris Cornell.




If you’ve never seen Muse before, you’re in luck!  Watch that video for starters. They just kicked off a tour on Saturday in West Palm Beach, FL with 30 Seconds To Mars (hello Jared Leto!)   Muse opened their show with a brand-new song called “Dig Down.” Among other global ills, according to Billboard the lyrics indirectly reference President Trump.

30 Seconds To Mars in Tampa, FL

The band’s summer concerts will include songs from their discography, as well as some five tracks from their new album. Muse is set to play 25 more summer dates with their next stop in Nashville on June 3. See Road Rage for more!

I understand there is a new 30 Seconds To Mars record waiting to be released.  I am searching for info.  Stay tuned.

Stone Sour has released the music video for their current radio single, “Song # 3,” from the forthcoming Hydrograd album, due Jun 30th.  It was directed by Ryan Valdez.

Blabbermouth reporting today the band has announced a 21-date European winter tour. The trek will kick off in Copenhagen, DK on Nov 15 and wrap up in Milan, IT on Dec 15. Support on the tour will come from The Pretty Reckless with the exception of the Paris show on Nov 24.

Singer Corey Taylor previously stated about Hydrograd: “We have six singles on this album. I’m really excited. This album is great because it’s got elements of everything. It’s got the heavy energy of the ’80s, there’s punk moments, there’s hard rock moments — all the great amalgam of music. There’s even jazz and hip-hop moments; it’s really, really cool. It’s probably the coolest album I’ve made since the first Slipknot album. I feel very confident making that statement because it’s so good.”  

Hydrograd was recorded at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, CA with producer Jay Ruston, who has previously worked with Anthrax and Steel Panther.  The band tracked the album live in the studio, cutting a total of 18 songs from which 15 will make the CD.

Bassist Johnny Chow described the disc as “a straight rock and roll album” in an interview with Detroit radio station and hardDrive affiliate, WRIF, adding, “It’s just very groove-oriented, very melodic (with) big choruses. We’ve got some mellower songs on there too, which are equally just as amazing and have a lot of groove to them.” Chow called the record a “bit of a departure” from previous Stone Sour albums.


Finally today, my friends Five Finger Death Punch were joined by Phil Labonte of All That Remains (as seen above.)  The show was last Wednesday night in Corpus Christi, TX at the Concrete Street Amphi.  (Hey Monte Montana!)

Blabbermouth reports prior to the ”Wash It All” performance in Corpus Christi, Ivan Moody addressed the crowd, telling them: “This is the first show I play with Death Punch in six months in America. And about six months ago, I had a complete meltdown, and I’m willing to admit it. And luckily for me, my band understood and they told me to take some time to myself. Now here’s the best part. They asked me, if there was one person that they would pick to front this band if I was dead, I picked one of my oldest, greatest friends and one of the greatest fucking singers in heavy metal today, Phil from All That Remains. Now while I was taking my vacation, I realized something. Death Punch isn’t just about us — it’s about you motherfuckers. So I’m gonna give credit where credit is due. Make some noise for my best friend and one of the greatest of all time. Phil, come on out here.”

Rest In Peace: Actor Roger Moore, 89, who portrayed James Bond from 1973-1985.  

posted by: Lou Brutus

weekEnd May 20-21, 2017

Monday, May, 22 2017


Hour 1

hardDrive Double Dose:  GREEN DAY
“Revolution Radio” & “Still Breathing”
RISE AGAINST “The Violence”
AS LIONS “Aftermath”
Guest:  I PREVAIL  ”Alone”
THRICE “Hurricane”
OF MICE & MEN “Unbreakable”
VOLBEAT “Black Rose”
STARSET “Monster”

Hour 2

METALLICA “Now That We’re Dead”
SOUNDGARDEN “Burden In My Hand”
ROYAL BLOOD “Lights Out”
SKILLET “Back From The Dead”
Guest: MASTODON “Show Yourself”
Guest:  STONE SOUR “Song # 3″
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player?  CHEVELLE  ”Rivers”

posted by: Lou Brutus