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Friday, Dec 06
Hello all! Sad news of the passing of the great leader, fighter of apartheid, South African leader Nelson Mandela. He was an inspirational hero for liberty and freedom. Spent 27 years in prison for the good of his country and left a legacy we can never forget….Forgot to mention the other day I spoke with Brent Smith from Shinedown on the hotLine. We talked about the year the band has had, the highlights, the accomplishments, and more. Brent also wanted to let fans know to check out Shinedown.com to check out their merch that is having deep discounts right now. Listen for Brent as Shinedown will be the Featured Artist of the Week on the XL the week of Jan 06-10…..Pulse of Radio reports Stone Temple Pilots have released a live video of the band performing the new song “Black Heart” off the group’s recently released EP, High Rise. The clip was filmed at the Hard Rock Live festival in Biloxi, MS (home of hardDrive station 97.9 ‘CPR) on Nov 1st and gives many fans the chance to see the band performing with new singer Chester Bennington, in case they did not get to see the group on Bennington’s debut tour with STP this fall. Bennington told us that STP fans have been won over by the new lineup after seeing them live: “People come in, they all have their judgment goggles on to a certain degree, and then they watch the show and they’re all chanting ‘STP’ and losing their minds and going out and being vocal about what they saw. They’re seeing that this is real and that this is legitimate, and what we’re doing, we’re doing with a lot of joy and we’re doing with a lot of emotion and passion, and we’re having fun, and we’re connecting with them in a way that I think they haven’t had a chance to do with STP in a very, very long time.”…It was my birthday yesterday, and my fellow Sagittarian friend Corey Taylor turns the big 4-0 on Sunday, Dec 08th! In addition to being a singer in two different bands, Taylor has also written two non-fiction books, has written comic book adaptations of Stone Sour‘s House Of Gold And Bones albums, has done solo musical and spoken-word performances, has launched a film production company and will make his acting debut in 2014. We asked Taylor how, at his advanced age — just joking — he manages to keep so many different projects going: “You know, the weird thing is, is that I get a lot done on the road. You know, I finished my book on the road. I was able to do the comic book adaptations on the road. I get a lot done in the weirdest times. Usually I only strike when the iron’s hot, so I’ll let the inspiration come to me when it needs to. So I don’t push anything, and I think that’s one of the keys for juggling several different projects. So for me, when I get the inspiration, that’s when I strike.” …Five Finger Death Punch was joined onstage last night (Dec 5th) at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England by Judas Priest singer Rob Halford for a rendition of “Lift Me Up.” Halford also appears on the studio version of the track, which was the initial single from the first volume of Five Finger’s recent two-album set, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell. (Blabbermouth)…Nine Inch Nails has issued a compilation of 77 minutes of footage shot last month at the band’s Los Angeles show during its recently completed Tension 2013 tour. The full two-hour set featured a total of 28 songs. A Blu-ray, DVD and digital release filmed on the tour is tentatively set for release next April. Watch this. (Loudwire)…In This Moment has released the official " target="_blank">music video for “Whore,” the third single from the band’s breakthrough 2012 album Blood. Singer Maria Brink said about the disturbing yet erotic clip, “I knew how amazing placing the visual arts to ‘Whore’ would be when we wrote it, and I have been waiting to release this video since we recorded the song . . . ‘Whore’ is a song that pushes boundaries, and I needed the video to do the same.” The track recently entered the Top 20 on the Active Rock radio chart. (Blabbermouth)….Other Sags celebrating birthdays this weekend: Today: Director/writer/producer Judd Apatow is 46, Don King is 80. Saturday, Tom Waits turns 64 and my former idol Larry Byrd will be 57, and Sunday, in 1980, John Lennon was killed in front of his apartment building, The Dakota on W. 72nd Street, by Mark David Chapman when the former Beatle returned home from recording his album and in 2004, another beloved musician, Dimebag Darrell Abbott, of Pantera and Damageplan, was shot point blank during a show in Columbus, OH at Al Rosa Villa nightclub by Nathan Gale, who was killed by a police officer. Gale also killed three other people including a Damageplan crew member. Rest in peace.
Thursday, Dec 05
Hey! It’s my birthday! WOO HOO!
As previously reported, Stone Sour guitarist Jim Root has chosen to sit out the band’s early 2014 North American tour so that he can concentrate on writing music for the next Slipknot album. Lou Brutus spoke with Root and asked him to explain his decision in a little more depth: “You know, unfortunately I’m only one person. I can’t really be in two places at one time and the amount of focus that I need to put into Slipknot makes it really difficult for me to be on tour with Stone Sour. It’s crushing and it’s heartbreaking and I really don’t like the idea of not being out there, but I don’t really see any other way to really do it without — I mean, this is like the best way that we could come up with for a compromise.” I just know this next Slipknot record is gonna be off the hook!
Metallica added more European dates. Europe 14 USA 0. See Metallica’s site for complete list
.Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was forced to cancel his solo acoustic concerts in Miami, Florida on Thursday (December 5th, my birthday) and St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday (December 6th) after a shoulder injury he sustained last week got worse. Cornell scrapped a show in Delaware on November 27th after injuring himself, but returned to the tour in Atlanta on Tuesday (December 3rd). However, the injury worsened and on Wednesday (December 4th) doctors advised complete rest for the singer. There is no word on how exactly Cornell sustained his injury
Pearl Jam will offer a selection of rare items for sale this Saturday (December 7th) at a one-day pop-up store that will be set up at Seattle’s Showbox Market, right after the band wraps up its current tour on Friday (December 6th) with a hometown show at Seattle’s Key Arena. Proceeds will benefit The Vitalogy Foundation and a number of local charities. The shop will include rare, limited-edition Pearl Jam and Ten Club collectable items, as well as an on-site raffle for a Gibson bass signed by all members of the band. Other items up for sale include: the original out-of-print deluxe editions of the documentary Pearl Jam Twenty on Blu-ray and DVD; a boxed set of vinyl recordings of Pearl Jam’s historic 2003 concert at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall; a limited edition 2011 Pearl Jam backpack from Patagonia; and various Pearl Jam or band-related albums on colored and limited edition vinyl. Four pieces of original artwork are also being auctioned off online, with the winners to be announced at the pop-up shop
Consequence of Sound reports the streaming music service, Beats Music, announced in December 2012 as a partnership between Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor, rap mogul Dr. Dre and others, will finally launch in January 2014. Originally called Daisy, the service has been renamed. According to CEO Ian Rodgers, a select group of artists and other guests are currently testing the service in beta mode and providing feedback, although visitors to the site can now pre-register and claim their username. Reznor, whose title at the company is Creative Chief, is in charge of curating the music. Check it out at https://beatsmusic.com/ I’m interested in checking it out as a former WRIF jock, Suzy Cole, works there and she gave me a rad Beats Pill at SXSW last year and I love it!..Rob Zombie joins Kiss, Alice Cooper, members of Twisted Sister, Cinderella, Ratt and many others on tonight (December 5th, my birthday) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas for a concert that will benefit the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy. The school’s mission is to offer “children of the Boys and Girls Club a unique opportunity to not only learn about musical instruments, but to also grow and gain confidence by performing and working in groups.” Nice!
.Besides my birthday today, Little Richard is 81! Johnny Rezeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls and Margaret Cho are 48. And Walt Disney, well, he’s dead. See ya tomorrow!
Wednesday, Dec 04
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree will be lit tonight and the city is all abuzz! Hey, that’s a good Word With Friends word!….Lou Brutus was on the hotLine last night with Stone Sour/Slipknot guitarist Jim Root on his decision to stay home to write Slipknot music rather than tour with the next round of Stone Sour dates. He said Slipknot was finally going to get down to business: “It’s looking like we’re probably gonna be doing some random touring throughout the next year, but we’re also gonna really try to get an album going, you know. I mean, I know I want to. I know it’s past time. I know we need to for ourselves, we need to for the fans and most importantly, for the legacy of Paul Gray. I mean, he would be looking at us right now going, ‘What are you idiots doing? Get in the studio. Start writing.’“ A post at Stone Sour’s Facebook page yesterday (Dec 3rd) stated, “With an impending Slipknot album on the horizon, Jim will not be touring with Stone Sour this winter . . . It was a difficult decision, but as the fans have wanted another Stone Sour tour and Jim had responsibilities to the writing process with Slipknot, we feel this is the best decision where everyone wins.” Slipknot’s long-awaited fifth album will be its first since 2008′s All Hope Is Gone and first since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray. Christian Martucci, an LA based guitarist and friend of the band, will fill in for Jim on the January-February run. (Thanks to our UK reader Ed for sending in the tip!) Meanwhile, Blabbermouth reports Corey Taylor has joined the cast of the feature film “Fear Clinic” from Dry County Entertainment, founded by director Robert Green Hall (MTV‘s “Teen Wolf”, “Laid To Rest”, “Lightning Bug”), and Fear Chamber LLC. “Fear Clinic” began as a 2009 horror series for FearNet that consisted of five episodes starring up-and-coming talent like Lucas Till (“X-Men: First Class”) and Kate Nauta (“Transporter 2″) as well as horror icons Danielle Harris (“Halloween 4″), Lisa Wilcox (“A Nightmare On Elm Street 4″) and Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees). The series and upcoming film stars Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in the “Nightmare On Elm Street” franchise) as Dr. Andover, a fear doctor who treats patients afflicted with crippling phobias by inducing hallucinations inside his exposure therapy invention; The Fear Chamber. The series, which focused on a different phobia every episode, received critical acclaim including two 2010 Streamy Awards (“Best Sound Design” and “Best Visual FX” for Hall’s company Almost Human) and reached over five million hits on FearNet.com. It has since been added to On Demand and mainstream channels YouTube and Hulu, making it the most-watched horror web series in history. The project has been in active development for a feature film, written by Hall and Aaron Drane. The story has seen a shift from the series, however; instead of the episodic nature of the original show, the film will focus on a variety of phobias that all stem from one traumatic event. “Fear Clinic” will see Taylor in the role of Bauer, one of the employees of the clinic who struggles to keep things under control when all Hell breaks loose. Felisha Terrell (“Days of Our Lives”), who wowed viewers with her recurring role as Kali on MTV’s “Teen Wolf”, will reunite with director Robert Hall as she joins “Fear Clinic” to take on the role of Osborn, a therapist at the clinic and second-in-command to Dr. Andover (Robert Englund). The film may be a more mature realization of the concept from the series, but at the heart of the story it focuses on the cerebral nature of fear itself and the manifestations it can take for different people. “Fear Clinic” is currently filming for a Halloween 2014 release. …. Now here’s a birthday party I think I can crash! Singer Maynard James Keenan is throwing himself a 50th birthday party on May 14th, 2014, and he’ll celebrate by performing with two of his three bands: A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. Also on the bill will be reunited early ’90s alternative act Failure. The birthday party will take place at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and so far Keenan’s other act, Tool, does not seem to be on the guest list. Keenan said, “Making it to the half century mark can be equal parts daunting and relieving. I figured I would remove the sting of officially being referred to as Gramps by throwing a party and outlasting all of my rude friends. I have heard Failure (Ken Andrews’ band) was reuniting. So that will be a cool show. Never have seen Puscifer before either!….My friends in Bullet For My Valentine have posted the music video for their new tune, “Raising Hell.” It is designed to give fans a taste of the new heavier and thrashier direction the band is taking for their 5th album they plan to record next year. Me likie…..Randy Blythe of Lamb of God has announced the release of his Da Capo Press recount of his nearly year long manslaughter trial held in Czech Republic last year.. The book is aptly titled “Dark Days: My Tribulations and Trials.” It is centered around the accidental death of a Lamb of God fan at a show back in 2010 when an overzealous fan jumped onto the stage and Randy pushed him back into the audience, where he accidently hit his head and suffered a fatal injury. With the differences in language and the bias against and misunderstanding of heavy metal, the trial lasted nearly a year and Randy was very close to losing everything and spending his life behind bars in that country. He and his manager had to mortgage their homes and borrow money to help fund this legal nightmare. Thankfully, Randy and his attorneys convinced the judge and jury Randy was not at fault, that the fault was with the promoter and the lack of security, along with the misunderstanding of a gesture to evoke more audience response vs inviting fans leap on to the stage. I’m looking forward to reading this one…..Happy 44th to Jay Z.
Tuesday, Dec 03
What happened to my New Orleans Saints last night? Ugh. Although not as bad as how Alabama is feeling I guess…..The guys from Blacklite District stopped by yesterday. As they were waiting for the interview to begin, with the lights out in our green room, the poor fellas fell asleep! Never had that happen before! But I guess you catch a cat nap when you can in rock and roll! Or that’s what happens after a night on the town in NYC. Good guys who are loyal hardDrive and hardDrive XL listeners to X Rock 101-1 & 103-5 in South Dakota! Love that! Check them out on the shows early next month…Stone Sour and Pop Evil announced a tour that kicks off Jan 14th in Orlando and ends on Feb 15th in San Antonio. See Road Rage for complete deets!….Metallica‘s reps sent around a press release yesterday saying the band has added a couple more dates to their European summer festival schedule, including Sonicsphere in Knebworth, England over the 4th of July weekend. They also have a week or so of dates in early June doing the usual big festivals in Europe. So, in the Metallica Bowl: Europe 7, USA 0. Now this morning on Blabbermouth comes this news: According to The Detroit News, Metallica will not reprise its two-day Orion Music More festival in Detroit, MI next year. A spokeswoman for promoter C3 Presents confirmed the festival will take a year off, due to the band’s commitments to the previously mentioned festivals during the time period Orion was held the last two years. The event may return in 2015, C3′s spokeswoman said, although it is unclear whether it will return to Detroit. Frontman James Hetfield told us it difficult to predict if Orion could be an ongoing annual event. “You never know with adventures like this,” he said. “But we also know, and history tells us, that you’re not gonna break even for a few years. So that’s the goal. Our goal is to make a cool event, get some cutting edge bands in front of a lot of people and break even with it. That would be great.” So now let’s consider this: after spending beaucoup bucks on their 3-D movie, and doing these shows, perhaps they are going to stay home the rest of the time to work on their next album??? Oh, let’s hope so!….I was sorry to read this last night. Pulse of Radio reports Andrew Youssef, the Nine Inch Nails “superfan” who Trent Reznor called from the stage at a show in Las Vegas because he was too ill to attend the concert, has died at the age of 38 from colon cancer. According to Rolling Stone, Youssef died on Saturday (Nov 30th). In a post at the Facebook fundraising page NIN Fans for Andrew Youssef, his brother Pat wrote, “He was surrounded by his family and loved ones and went peacefully . . . I can honestly tell you, that your efforts and love have made a big difference for the family and Andrew.” Youssef, a pharmacist who worked freelance as a concert photographer for California newspaper OC Weekly, made headlines after Reznor did a Facetime call with him onstage during NIN’s Las Vegas concert on Nov 16th and dedicated the song “In This Twilight” to him. Youssef had stage four colon cancer and had written about his battle with the disease in Last Shot, his OC Weekly column. Reznor began following Youssef on Twitter in August. The two soon became friends and had lunch together when Nine Inch Nails was rehearsing for its current tour in Los Angeles. Youssef penned his last column on October 10th after attending those rehearsals, writing, “One of my many favorite moments was being able to eat with Trent and talk about everything from Breaking Bad to my journey fighting colon cancer and how I refuse to give up without putting up a fight. Those moments are something I will always cherish.” At press time, Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails had not issued any official statement about Youssef’s death….In another sign of fan love, a fan with extremely long dreadlocks got his head shaved onstage by Eddie Vedder during Pearl Jam‘s concert in Spokane, Washington this past Saturday (Nov 30th). Vedder noticed the fan holding a sign that said he would cut off his hair if Pearl Jam performed “Brain Of J.” The group obliged and the man was brought onstage, where Eddie went to work with a handy clipper. The show itself was Pearl Jam’s first in Spokane in over 20 years. (Jambase)….My boys in Korn have posted a recap of their recent induction in to the Guitar Walk of Fame, which happened out in LA back on Oct 8th in conjunction with the release of their 11th album, The Paradigm Shift. They were inducted by Rob Zombie and John 5. Zombie said, “About 20 years ago I remember flipping on MTV and seeing this band called Korn. 20 years later they’re still constantly reinventing themselves, reinventing the wheel . . . There’s not a lot of spectacular bands who have survived the past twenty years. Korn is definitely one of them.” Check out a brief video recap here….. Set your DVR for Friday, Dec 16th at 11:35 PM ET/PT/10:35 PM CT for ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live for Megadeth who will be the guest performer of the evening!….Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero has announced details of his two-song solo release titled for jamia . . . , which includes covers of Johnny Cash and the Ronettes and is set for a December 10th release digitally and on limited edition vinyl. Vinyl pre-orders will begin on Friday (Dec 6th). Iero wrote at his blog about the EP, saying, “I recently recorded 2 songs for my wife’s birthday. i have decided to release these songs and dedicate my first ep to her.” (Alt Press)….Blabbermouth also reported my friends Alter Bridge will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Jan 6 with the release of “Alter Bridge X”, a massive, 27-disc box set that will be limited to just 3,000 copies worldwide. The set will include the band’s four studio albums, along with DVD, Blu-ray, and vinyl audio copies of “Live From Amsterdam” and “Live At Wembley”, including a 3D version of the latter. Also in the box will be every webisode to date, hours of unreleased interviews and documentary footage, a coffee table book, a signed poster, and much more. The complete set will contain 16 DVDs/Blu-rays, seven CDs and four vinyl discs. The hardcover coffee table book will contain more than 100 pages of exclusive photos spanning the group’s decade-long career. The 3,000 copies will be split between 1,500 for Europe, 1,000 for the U.S. and 500 for the rest of the world. Any copies that remain unsold after a pre-order period will be offered for general sale. The second teaser for “Alter Bridge X” an intimate behind-the-scenes piece from the upcoming tour documentary that will be included in the box set can be seen here….Happy 65th today to “The Prince of Darkness” Ozzy Osbourne! God bless you, Ozzy!
w/ POP EVIL
14: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
15: Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
17: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
18: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
19: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
21: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
22: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
24: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
25: Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
26: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
28: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
31: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
01: Sioux Falls, SD @ The District
03: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
05: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
06: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
08: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
09: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11: El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
13: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
14: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
15: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
hardDrive playList: weekEnd Nov 30-Dec 01, 2013
COVER IT UP SPECIAL EDITION!
hardDrive Double Dose: ASKING ALEXANDRIA
“Youth Gone Wild” and “18 To Life”
Guest: DEVICE “Close My Eyes Forever”
with LZZY HALE of HALESTORM
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE “Holy Diver”
LIMP BIZKIT “Faith”
Guest: FOO FIGHTERS “Fortunate Son”
with JOHN FOGERTY
POP EVIL “Interstate Love Song”
SOUNDGARDEN “Come Together”
PEARL JAM “Love Reign O’er Me”
Guest: SHINEDOWN “I Feel The
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Bad Company”
Guest: VOLBEAT “I Only Want To Be With You”
SICK PUPPIES “Cherub Rock/Everlasting Gaze”
Guest: HALESTORM “Gold Dust Woman”
ART OF DYING “Sweet Emotion”
Guest: A PERFECT CIRCLE “Diary of a Mad Lovesong”
PANTERA “Cat Scratch Fever”
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE “Whole Lotta Rosie”
Guest: AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Walk”
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player? EVE TO ADAM “Immortal”
On the next hardDrive with Lou Brutus:
A PERFECT CIRCLE
Plugged In: FALLING IN REVERSE
What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player
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