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  • Thursday, Jul 24

    Trivium at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival

    What?  I can’t hear.   I was at Rockstar Energy Mayhem last night and I think I was bombarded by sound.  In a good way!  Had a blast at the Mayhem stop in Saratoga Springs.  It was hot, sticky and rockin’!  Got there just in time to see Islander bring it to the Victory Records’ stage (that also had some killer performances from Ill Nino and Emmure.)  Interviewed Mikey Carvajal from Islander.  Sweet dude.  Then I hustled over to Trivium‘s bus to hang with Matt Heafy.  Nicer man you’d ever want to meet. Told me he and the band are already working out riffs for the next record.  But the coolest thing is he holds yoga sessions that some members of the bands on the tour attend in the afternoon. I was thinking:  years ago, these tours, Ozzfest for example in the 90′s,  was when everyone would get smashed before and after their shows!  It was total mayhem!   BBQ’s going 24-7, beer bongs,  you name it.  Now, people are making smoothies,  working out,  eating vegetarian and no booze in the dressing rooms, and some of the bands, like Korn, have brought their kids with them and are doing sight seeing trips during the day.  It’s funny how times have changed!  Speaking of Korn, their set was great!   They have this new production with lighting that is killer.  I videoed some, and maybe I can upload it later. And I hear Jonathan Davis and his camp are working on a clothing line called Team JD.  Will have more on that in the coming weeks!   I spent some time on Asking Alexandria‘s bus with Danny Worsnop.  He cracks me up.   Now he definitely makes up for all the other bands who are NOT partying!   That guy likes to get his drink on!  And I think he still thinks it’s the ’80′s!  LOL Funny fellow.  We had a bunch of good laughs.  He’s brought out his gal and his beautiful golden retriever puppy called Cowboy. Even Cowboy was getting into the act eating wild mushrooms!  LOL   Danny has perfected the microwave steak. (Ew.) He told me about his band’s performance at the AP Awards on Monday in Cleveland.  Wish I had DirecTv to watch it on AXS.  They did the Duran Duran tune “Hungry Like The Wolf” with special guest Jonathan Davis.  Danny was bummed his band did not win the awards they were up for.  Looks like Bring Me The Horizon won for Album of the Year for Sempiternal and International Band of the Year! (Watch this and I  think I counted 50 f-bombs! LOL) And let me interject with this info if you didn’t catch it.  The Gibson Brands AP Music Awards were held on Monday night on the pier next to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, OH. During the event, which was hosted by Blink 182‘s Mark Hoppus,  the event also featured performances by A Day To RememberAll Time LowFall Out BoyFalling In ReverseJoan Jett & the BlackheartsMachine Gun Kelly,  Misfits,Sleeping With Sirens,  Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco and others. Several awards were giving out with Joan Jett receiving the Icon Award,  Billy Corgan was honored with the Vanguard Award and Slash accepted the Guitar Legend Award from Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry. Slash said via Twitter, “Receiving the Gtr (Guitar) Legend award from APMA was quite the honour. Receiving it from friend & mentor Joe Perry put it over the top.” Getting back to the Mayhem tour, another highlight for me was meeting and talking to Arin Illejay of Avenged Sevenfold.  He wins the most popular guy on the tour.  So welcoming.  Was great getting to know him. I also briefly hung with M Shadows (I call him Matt.)  Asked him what was up with the mobile game.  He said in about two weeks they hope to make an announcement with a firm date for it, so stay tuned! Their stage show was unreal.  I gotta say, if you are in the vicinity where this tour is going, you MUST get out to see itI  Unfortunately, I missed seeing Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coaltion, Miss May I and Body Count, all of whom I did want to see but was over backstage or on someone’s bus at the time.  Next time for sure!  But I did get to see Ice-T and Coco with their two STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS bulldogs, Spartacus & Maximus (see them on Twitter)  in catering.  OMG, those dogs were AWESOME!  They even had their own doggy sized laminates!  LOL….Happy 51st today to manager Paul Geary (former drummer for Extreme.)

  • Tuesday, Jul 22

    Good morning!  Coffee’s brewin’!  News is flowin’! Lou Brutus posted a very thorough description of what happened in Cadott during Rob Zombie‘s set.  He posted this on his Facebook: I know that it sucks that Rob Zombie was unable to finish his set at Rock Fest this weekend. It sucked for the fans. It sucked for the nice people who put on the show. And it also sucked for Rob Zombie. I was there in the photo pit, just a few feet from Rob during the performance, and from very soon into the set it was apparent that something was wrong. At first, I thought he had monitor problems or some tech thing like that. However, it quickly became clear he was in distress. After the second number, contrary to what some people are saying, Rob explained he couldn’t finish the set because he didn’t want to put on a “shit show.” His voice sounded to me then, albeit in the pit where the hearing is actually the worst, like he had gargled with razor blades. Rob Zombie does not need me, or probably even want me, to defend him. I’m not pals with Rob, though I always find him pleasant and interesting to interact with. However, I believe it’s my duty to to help set the record straight. The man is a consummate professional, a dedicated and hard-working entertainer, a top-notch showman. He doesn’t party. He’s not a diva. He doesn’t fly off the handle. Rob’s as level-headed as anyone I’ve ever met in the business. It simply is not in his nature to stop a show unless something is very, very wrong. Rob Zombie did not trek to Central Wisconsin, at great expense of time and money, to get out in front of tens of thousands of people to piss them off. It would be ridiculous to suggest otherwise. So if you were there in Cadott WI like I was, it’s alright to be disappointed that Rob couldn’t finish his set, but don’t be angry with him about it. As bad as you feel about this, I’ll bet that Rob feels a thousand times worse about letting you down. Well put, ole bean, well put.   Zombie had performed just two songs when he stopped the gig, telling the audience, “I’ve never done this before. I can’t even talk, man. There’s no way I can do this show, I’m sorry. It’s f***ing bulls***, I know. We don’t want to give you a s*** show, I’m sorry. What can we do?” Zombie was the closing night headliner of the four-day festival, which also featured Sammy HagarFive Finger Death Punch and Aerosmith on the three previous evenings. Zombie, who doesn’t tour again until this fall, later issued a statement saying, “Sorry, everybody. I wish my voice wasn’t so f***ed. I knew from the first second we started that it was impossible to get through the show.” As I mentioned yesterday, Rob would NEVER cancel a show unless it was dire.  And this was…Meanwhile, among his many interviews over the weekend,  Lou interviewed Corey Taylor at Rock Fest (Stone Sour did one of their last shows of this record cycle) and here’s what I can share.  Slipknot is totally stoked about finally having new music after 6 years.  They are planning an amazing event at Knotfest in California Oct 24-26.  Corey was saying he wants to try to take the festival to other destinations next spring as well.  Possibly the south, midwest and east coast.  He wants it to be a destination event like Rock On The Range or Download.  Have 60 bands in three days.  (Oh please, not 60 bands…..that’s 60 interviews!)   Corey also won’t yet reveal any album title or even confirm who the new drummer is.  At least not yet.  But he did say Jim Root, Clown and the new drummer have really stepped things up and taken this thing to a whole new level.  Obviously, this is the first album without Paul Gray and Joey Jordison.  The band had to move studios at least 3 times while recording in the Los Angeles area: stops in West Lake, one in Malibu and another in LA.   They just didn’t want anyone to hear it outside of the camp.  And Corey took a moment to thank all of their fans, who have hung with them and waited this out.  Be listening on Tuesday Aug 5th for a special edition of hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus,  and you will hear Corey Taylor as our only guest for the entire night….Have you downloaded the hardDriveRadio APP?  What are you waiting for an invitation?  iPhone and Android: iTunes and Google Play….And finally, here is the blooper reel of ESPN/Sports Center-Metallica spot.  Fun….This sucks! Avenged Sevenfold is back in control of its Twitter account after it was hacked and taken over by a group of racists. According to Team Rock, the band’s followers were subjected to vile slogans, images and video clips by an organization calling itself Clan Vv3 Ape Squad. The organization took responsibility for the hacks on its website, writing, “Another couple Twitters got popped by your fellow neighbourhood apes. Mastodon, 131,000 followers — A7X, 1,230,000 followers.”  Mastodon also confirmed that its account was hacked.  Some followers were apparently unaware that the hackers had changed the Avenged account’s username and avatar, somehow believing instead that a major mainstream rock band would begin posting racist remarks and images.  Both bands managed to get control of their accounts back within 24 hours, deleted the inappropriate posts and released brief statements on the situation. I’m heading to the Rockstar Mayhem stop in Saratoga Springs, NY tomorrow to interview a bunch of the bands there.  Looking forward to seeing them there!…Pulse Of Radio also reporting this morning Godsmack has released a second new song from the band’s upcoming album, 1000hp, called “Generation Day. Sully Erna told me the tune is one of his favorites from the new disc,  and was quoted at Grammy.com saying, “‘Generation Day’ is really unique for me because not only is it this six-and-a-half minute epic, but it has these really cool textures and colors in it. The middle section has this cool, Zeppelin-y kind of breakdown, drifty and trippy. The song has this really fat, cool opening riff, and it’s something I almost think we want to open the live show with.”  Erna added the song was inspired by the idea that his generation will be possibly the last to experience “analog” music and not just digital recordings and copies. He explained, “‘Generation Day’ is about realizing that this new era is taking over . . . when I think about that whole world, I feel sad and wish my daughter and the people (who) are younger could have had that experience of putting on an album and pulling out the lyrics and looking at the artwork. It was such an experience back then.”  1000hp is due out on Aug 05th and follows up 2010′s The Oracle.  Sully said in our video interview, which you can find on the new hardDriveRadio APP,  how he thinks the sound of 1000hp compares to earlier Godsmack records: “This one just became a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer, the production was really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I’m really, really excited about these songs.”….Two major characters celebrating a birthday today:  Parliament-Funkadelic leader George Clinton is 74!  Hung out with him in the 70′s in Boston.  He was a card!  And actor Willem Dafoe is 59….Back at ya on Thursday….Go download the app, dammit!

     

  • MONDAY, JULY 28

    Joining Lou every night this week, it’s featured artist AVENGED SEVENFOLD! Tonight’s special guest is KORN! 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 www.harddriveradio.com!

  • FRIDAY, JULY 25

    Wrapping up the week as featured artist, SEETHER returns to talk once more with our host LOU BRUTUS. Tonight’s special guest is AVENGED SEVENFOLD! Plus LZZY HALE of HALESTORM will answer your queries on ASK LZZY! Add www.harddriveradio.com to your ‘Favorites,’ and stay up to date with the latest in rock!

  • THURSDAY, JULY 24

    Featured artist of the week SEETHER is back with Lou tonight! Plus special guest ADELITAS WAY is here! Call in with your requests or questions for ASK LOU at 877-MUSIC-11! Hit up LOU BRUTUS at  www.harddriveradio.com and don’t miss a beat on the show!

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 23

    Featured artist SEETHER is back to talk more about his new album! Tonight’s special guest is SKILLET! Lou also has POETRY CORNER and his RANT OF THE DAY to entertain you! Hit up www.harddriveradio.com to stay on top of everything hardDrive!

Coming Up on HardDrive XL
  • MONDAY, JULY 28

    Joining Lou every night this week, it’s featured artist AVENGED SEVENFOLD! Tonight’s special guest is KORN! 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 www.harddriveradio.com!

  • FRIDAY, JULY 25

    Wrapping up the week as featured artist, SEETHER returns to talk once more with our host LOU BRUTUS. Tonight’s special guest is AVENGED SEVENFOLD! Plus LZZY HALE of HALESTORM will answer your queries on ASK LZZY! Add www.harddriveradio.com to your ‘Favorites,’ and stay up to date with the latest in rock!

  • THURSDAY, JULY 24

    Featured artist of the week SEETHER is back with Lou tonight! Plus special guest ADELITAS WAY is here! Call in with your requests or questions for ASK LOU at 877-MUSIC-11! Hit up LOU BRUTUS at  www.harddriveradio.com and don’t miss a beat on the show!

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