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Friday, Aug 22

Morning folks!   First off, my favorite band, Korn premiered their fan-assisted official video for “Hater”–the lead single off their world tour edition deluxe reissue album, The Paradigm Shift: WORLD TOUR EDITION –exclusively on VEVO. Directed by Yarvo Productions, the video features fan-submitted video clips where they share personal experiences of being a victim of bullying, abuse or hatred and how that affected them. Watch the video for “Hater”: On “Hater,” frontman Jonathan Davis’ lyrics address challenges of victims of bullies and haters. In this video clip, the band has broken the fourth wall by providing an opportunity for real fans to speak out about their experiences of being hated. JD said “Almost everyone has felt bullied, pressured and beat down in their life by their haters. This video helps to give a public voice to some of the challenges real people have faced, and reminds us all that self-harm and suicide.”  It’s heavy  and I had to turn away at one point.  You’ll see what I mean.  Korn also recently posted the concert video version of clip.  You can find that on Vevo as well.  Speaking of Vevo, look for my “list” of favorite videos in the coming weeks.  I’ll let ya know when…..Meanwhile, crazy story out of LA regarding Scott Weiland.  TMZ broke a story saying Scott had been arrested for a felony and had been in jail for 30 days.  Turns out, the story was false. According to Blabbermouth, Scott posted a video message on his Facebook page (see the entire report here) in which he called the report a “lie” and insisted he has been “touring, writing and recording” his new album.  Weiland appeared with two band mates and said: “I just got reading something very interesting. A nice piece of fiction from TMZ saying that I was in jail and have been for a month. I’ve actually been touring, writing and recording my new album, at the studio we’re in right now, a Los Angeles studio. So all I have to say to our fans is whether you find it funny, or interesting, or whether you’re sad, don’t worry, don’t fret. It’s a lie. TMZ, you’ll be hearing from my attorneys. Thank you.”  Scott actually looked in really good shape, albeit I think he could use to eat something….I must’ve been asleep and missed that Foo Fighters posted a new 3:30 trailer for Sonic Highways, the album and the HBO mini-series.  Stop and watch.  I am so waiting for this!   Argh!  Gimme gimme gimme……AC/DC’s Phil Rudd told Australia’s Nine Network that his band is DEFINITELY touring to support their forthcoming album and mark their 40th anniversary as a band.  The band recorded their new alb um in Vancouver with Brendan O’Brien.  tour hasn’t been announced, but agents are putting a 40-city tour together as we speak.   Oh yes, I will be bringing earplugs. Meanwhile, Phil is releasing Head Job, his solo album, on Aug 30th. (Thanks Blabbermouth)….Sniff sniff.  Do you smell that?  Something is brewing in the Slipknot camp.  Monday we may know more…..Today would’ve been Alice In Chains’ frontman Layne Staley’s  47th birthday and blues legend John Lee Hooker’s 97th. Saturday, Rick Springfield turns, gulp, 64.

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Thursday, Aug 21

Good morning.  Today we start out with this happy and sad news about everyone’s favorite frontman and sometimes drummer, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.  Pulse Of Radio reports  Dave and his wife Jordyn Blum have welcomed a third daughter into the world, according to Us magazine. Ophelia Saint Grohl (must’ve been listening to some Simon & Garfunkel) born on Aug 1st, but the couple kept the birth quiet except for a single Aug  8th post on the Facebook page of The David Grohl Alley Scholarship Program .  Sadly, on August 6th, just days after Ophelia’s birth, Grohl lost his father, James Grohl, to cancer at the age of 75.  Grohl and Blum have been married for 11 years and are also the parents of eight-year-old Violet Maye and five-year-old Harper Willow. The new Foo Fighters album, Sonic Highways, will be released on Nov 10th.   That’s also the title of the upcoming HBO documentary series that will chronicle the making of the record, which will premiere on the cable network on Oct 17th….WOW!  FINALLY, news on Breaking Benjamin!  Pulse also reporting Breaking Benjamin has posted a new video at the band’s Facebook page in which the group’s all-new lineup is revealed. Songwriter and frontman Ben Burnley is the only original member left in the band, which has been inactive for several years while Burnley battled health issues and was engaged in legal action against two former members. Joining Burnley in Breaking Benjamin 2.0 are drummer Shaun Foist, bassist Aaron Bruch, former Red guitarist/songwriter Jasen Rauch and ex-Adelitas Way guitarist Keith Wallen. Aside from the Facebook video, no further information about a new album, touring plans or record label has been revealed. The last Breaking Benjamin album, Dear Agony, came out in 2009. Jasen has been working with Ben for a long time, at least since Breaking Benjamin’s last album.  Been trying to reach out to Ben, but no word back.  Breaking Benjamin initially went on hiatus in 2010 while Burnley dealt with his illness.  Following the release of a greatest hits album by the band’s label, Burnley accused former bassist Mark Klepaski and guitarist Aaron Fink of approving the set as well as a new remix of “Blow Me Away” without his permission. That touched off a legal fight in which Burnley went to court against Fink and Klepaski over who had the rights to the band’s name. Burnley declared himself the legal victor in April 2013 and announced plans to continue under the Breaking Benjamin name, playing a few acoustic performances later that year. Hopefully, we’ll be hearing new music in the not too distant future…Hellyeah frontman Chad Gray has told Revolver  as well as this producer,  in a new interview his other band, Mudvayne, is not dead yet despite a hiatus of more than four years and the recent dismissal of Mudvayne guitarist Greg Tribbett from the Hellyeah lineup. Asked if this meant Mudvayne was officially over, Gray replied, “I don’t think so. We all still talk. I’m not ready to put a headstone on anything yet.”  Gray did admit that Tribbett’s firing from Hellyeah, shortly before the recording of the band’s new Blood For Blood album, was hard on him. He explained, “He has always been my right-hand man . . . When everything went sideways, it was like losing a great friend. I was filled with fear and I had mixed emotions. At first, I was like, G****mn, I don’t know if I’m ever gonna be able to do this without him.” There was a point where he left the writing and early stages of production in Las Vegas and drove home to Arizona.   After some serious coaxing from the band and Kevin Churko, he made the decision to return to Vegas and get down to making what is the Blood For Blood album.   Mudvayne posted a message on Facebook last March indicating the band was still in existence, writing, “With respect to all the bandmembers, we are all doing something in music that satisfies our appetite right now. When the time is right, Mudvayne WILL be back in action.”…..With headlines swirling about the NFL allegedly instituting a pay-to-play policy for the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, British rock band You Me At Six has an offer for the league, which they outline in the following open letter:

Dear NFL:

We’re sorry to hear that you’re in such dire financial straits. While Coldplay and Rihanna mull your offer, we’re here to help with a multi-tiered proposal:

1.      For $2 Million: We get to play the upcoming halftime show.
2.      For $10 Million, one of us gets to quarterback a set of downs for the team of our choosing.
3.      For $40 Million, the Super Bowl will be played with English football rules, where you must use your feet, and an actual ball.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts once you’ve had a chance to review.  We welcome any of the Super Bowl committee to attend one of our upcoming American concerts. Our tour kicks off September 15th at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA.


You Me At Six

(Josh, Dan, Max Chris, Matt)

Celebrating birthdays today:  Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple/Black Sabbath fame  is 62.  Serj Tankian is 47, Kristen Wiig is 41 and a rich dude named Sergey Brin is also 41 (co-founder of Google.)… And let’s leave you with this, ever wonder who the richest bass players in Rock are? This list is published by The Richest (dunno where/how they compile this info or why Geddy Lee of Rush isn’t on this list, but here ya go).

  1. The BeatlesPaul McCartney – $1.2 billion
  2. The Police‘s Sting – $300 million
  3. Kiss‘ Gene Simmons – $300 million
  4. Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters – $270 million
  5. U2‘s Adam Clayton – $150 million
  6. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea – $115 million
  7. Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones – $80 million
  8. Black Sabbath‘s Geezer Butler – $65 million
  9. No Doubt‘s Tony Kanal – $45 million
  10. Nirvana‘s Krist Novoselic – $40 million
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Wednesday, Aug 20

I’ve had a fly in my apartment now for several days. All my attempts to squash this little irritating winged beast have failed. I’ve even been leaving my apartment door open in hopes he would fly away, but no!   He greets me when I wake up, when I’m in the bathroom, in the kitchen, and right now he’s buzzing me while I am typing.  I CAN’T TAKE IT!   Feeling like a character in a Kafka book…Black Stone Cherry posted a “thank you” video on their Facebook  telling fans this hardDrive Live Tour was their best tour ever!   That makes this lady very proud!  Many thanks again to Black Stone, We As Human, Kyng and Fifth Freedom for a great time!  Share your hardDrive Live Tour pics and memories on the hardDriveRadio APP and our Facebook and Twitter too!….Nickelback has released the lyric video for “Edge Of A Revolution,” the first single from the Canadian act’s upcoming eighth studio album. The yet-to-be-titled disc is due out on November 4th through the band’s new deal with Republic Records. Frontman Chad Kroeger said, “We are very excited to be releasing new music for our fans and feel it’s some of our strongest material to date. During the recording process as we looked toward the next chapter, it became clear that . . . the entire Republic/Universal team had a shared vision and passion for this project. Their track record of artist development speaks volumes to their success and we are honored to be partners with them.”  Check out the lyric video here….Multi-platinum band Bush have announced an Oct 21st release date for their highly anticipated new album, Man On The Run (Zuma Rock Records/RAL). The band’s 6th studio album  will contain thee lead single “The Only Way Out,” which hits radio, iTunes, Amazon and all major retailers on Sep 9th. Bush (vocalist/guitarist Gavin Rossdale, guitarist Chris Traynor, bassist Corey Britz and drummer Robin Goodridge) recorded Man On The Run with Grammy-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Mastodon, Deftones, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains) at Studio 606, the Northridge, CA-based studio owned by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.  Bush has also teamed with PledgeMusic for a special campaign offering fans a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at the new album, along with a number of Pledge exclusives including limited-edition vinyl, hand-written lyrics, pre-order opportunities and more. To view the campaign, please visit this site…..Speaking of Dave,   he is so clever.  He took his Ice Bucket Challenge to the next level with this (which includes Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel & Pat Smear, but no Shifty Shiflett?)  Can’t wait for new Foo Fighters music.  Dunno why they are being so tight-lipped about the single and when it’s coming  but there ya go.  Eddie Vedder, Duff McKagan and Corey Taylor have also done their own ice water bathing.  Wonder where this will all end?….Congrats to Like A Storm and Rev Theory who just signed to the Another Century label, which was founded by the former head of Century Music.  Hearing good things about the new Rev Theory, another former hardDrive Live Tour band, too! ….Happy 66th today to Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame. Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit is 44.

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Tuesday, Aug 19

One of the legendary radio & television voices of all time, Don Pardo, the voice of Saturday Night Live, whose career spanned 6 decades, has passed on.  Can’t fathom who can fill those shoes.  Don was 96…. Pulse Of Radio says Slipknot issued and quickly fulfilled a casting call over the weekend for fans — also known as “maggots” — to appear in the new video for “The Devil In I,” the first official single from the group’s upcoming album. The call for extras to appear as “human maggots,” requiring that applicants be between 20 and 35 years old and “comfortable to be shooting in barefoot,” was issued over the weekend and was no longer accepting submissions yesterday (Aug 18th).  The shoot will take place on either Friday (August 22nd) or Saturday (August 23rd) in the Los Angeles area.  Percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan told us not long ago Slipknot and its “maggots” have a special bond: “I’ve always believed that, you know, we are not a band, we are a culture, and the reason why we are a culture is because, you know, there’s a lot of things in this world people don’t trust, but people trust us. Our fans, our ‘maggots,’ they trust us.”  Singer Corey Taylor told the BBC “The Devil In I” is “completely different” from “The Negative One,” the first song released online from the album. He added, “It’s more melodic, but it’s dark, (and) it’s powerful, man.”  Meanwhile, more news out of the camp is just days away.  Keep alert!….Korn has issued a live video for the song “Hater,” the first clip from the The Paradigm Shift: World Tour Edition. “Hater” is the lead bonus cut from the the special edition, which adds three studio tracks and six live cuts to last year’s Number Eight-debuting LP. Singer Jonathan Davis told us “Hater” was put together via long distance: “I did it here at home in Bakersfield, at our studio that we have, with (producer) Don Gilmore. He came in and me and him just got in there and when it was done, I sent it to Munky and Head and they did their guitar stuff on it, and Fieldy put his bass tracks and Ray played drums and it was done. And it’s really good.”  Here is the fantastic new live video filmed all over the world for “Hater.”  Enjoy!….Well it’s confirmed.  Aerosmith‘s drummer seat normally occupied by Joey Kramer is being filed by his son, Jesse. Sky.  Last week, Joey had an episode which required minor surgery.  Thankfully Jesse is qualified and was there in a flash.  One show that I am aware of is being rescheduled…..Alien Ant Farm are releasing a new song called “Homage” on Sep 2nd. The song is some of the first new music from this band out of Riverside, CA since 2006.  Dryden Mitchell and Terry Corso will drop by today.  They have a tour in progress with Kaleido.  Hit for more….. Happy 68th today to President Bill Clinton and Happy 76th! to Ginger Baker of Cream and Blind Faith.

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Joining Lou every night this week to talk about the upcoming new album is featured artist SLIPKNOT! Tonight’s special guest is AVENGED SEVENFOLD! We’ve got an all new SMASH OR CRASH! Plus, Lou will entertain you with POETRY CORNER, RANT OF THE DAY, and WEIRD WORLD NEWS! All that and more on hardDrive XL! Keep up with all that’s happening on the show at!

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Joining host LOU BRUTUS tonight are featured artist THE OFFSPRING and special guest LINKIN PARK! Plus LZZY HALE answers your questions in ASK LZZY! Get your requests in to Lou at 877-MUSIC-11! Add to your ‘Favorites,’ and stay up to date with the latest in rock!

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