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  • Friday, Apr 18

    Every large city has it’s own film festival, and every April, New York has the Tribeca Film Festival.  One of the films entered in tis year’s competition for attention is a unique documentary on the life and career of one of rock’s most legendary artists and the film is aptly entitled Super Duper Alice Cooper.   It was directed by Canadians  Reginald HarkemaScot McFadyenSam Dunn, the latter who also did docs on the Iron Maiden and Rush, to name a few. The film will open nationwide on April 30 at select theaters (mostly art houses I’m guessing, like Bow-Tie Theaters).  Great job and one worth finding, even if you wait and find it online…OK so it’s been a few days since I’ve mentioned Dave Grohl.  Pulse of Radio reports with all the recent attention focused on Nirvana‘s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dave’s current band Foo Fighters has slipped off the radar a little bit. But the group is still hard at work on its eighth studio album, with producer Butch Vig telling U.K. magazine Kerrang!, “We’ve been recording at some different locations, but we’re almost halfway done with the recording and it’s going well. It sounds different — we’ve thrown a few things into the mix, in the recording process, that are going to give the record a different sound and a different feel. It’s been a challenge, but it’s also been exciting.”  Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us recently Foo Fighters have never been in better shape as a band: “We as a band, moreso than ever, can walk into a studio and record a song any way we want, as quick as we want, to the best of our abilities. As a band we’re playing better than we’ve ever played. I just know it. I can feel it, I can hear it, and that’s the most important thing, and it’s awesome.”  It’s been heavily rumored Foo Fighters are recording each of the albums’s dozen or so songs in a different famous recording studio.  At least five studios in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Nashville and Seattle were tagged as stops on the Foos’ itinerary.  Vig said the group is experimenting with a variety of recording techniques. The Nevermind producer also worked on the band’s 2011 effort, Wasting Light, which was recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage. Can’t wait for the new music!….Meanwhile, Pulse also reported on Nirvana and a story that ran in Rolling Stone.  Dave and Krist Novoselic  talked about the band’s performances during and after their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction last Thursday (Apr 10th), which featured a series of female singers standing in for late frontman Kurt Cobain. Grohl revealed, “We didn’t even start talking about playing until about eight weeks ago. It just seemed practically impossible. It was hard to imagine jumping onstage and playing those songs. It takes a little bit of musical preparation, and a lot of emotional preparation.” Although they reached out to a number of singers, Joan Jett was the first to sign on. Grohl said, “She took it on like it was her calling . . . She learned every song on Nevermind. She’s everything that Nirvana stood for. She’s a powerful, rebellious, musical force of nature. We couldn’t think of anyone better to join us.”  Once Jett was involved, the other members realized that the singers at the induction had to be “all women,” with Grohl explaining, “It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn’t turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future.”  In addition to Jett, the band was joined by Sonic Youth‘s Kim GordonSt. Vincent and Lorde, with Grohl saying that each woman represented a different era of rock.  The biggest surprise of the night, however, was Grohl’s onstage embrace with Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, with whom he has had a longstanding feud.  Grohl said about the moment, “We’re family, no matter what. And we all love each other, no matter what. It’s a lot bigger than a paragraph or a picture. It’s real. So it was a reunion, and we were there for Kurt. It was a beautiful night. It was good.”  The induction was followed by a 19-song show at a tiny bar in Brooklyn, featuring Jett, St. Vincent, Gordon, Deer Tick‘s John McCauley and Dinosaur Jr.‘s J. Mascis.  That show was filmed and Grohl has that footage, but it’s not clear whether it will be made public any time soon.  As for any future Nirvana reunions, Novoselic said, “You never say never now. We did it. I sure won’t say no. Maybe we can even do some new music one day.” Grohl responded, ”We haven’t even talked about it. We looked at that evening as a night that may never happen again. That’s what made it so powerful and beautiful and meaningful.”….Blabbermouth shared a post from Korn & KXM  drummer Ray Luzier on the loss of his friend and former Korn touring guitarist Shane Gibson.  Gibson passed away from a blood clotting disorder on Tuesday (April 15) at the age of 35. Luzier wrote on his Instagram: “Death is so strange and the timing of it is never right. I’m still in disbelief that we lost Shane Gibson [three] days ago. You were way too young to leave this planet. You were one of the most talented, funniest and caring people I’ve ever known. I’m honored to have shared the stage and travel many places with you for so many years. My heart goes out to the family and friends that you’ve touched in your short life. You will truly be missed and never forgotten. RIP ENAHS.”….Celebrating birthdays!  Today:  Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge, Creed & Tremonti turns the Big 4-0  and Conan O’Brien is 51.  Saturday, James Franco is 36  and Metallica producer Bob Rock is turns 60 (the new 40), and Sunday, Mike Portnoy is 47 and George “Oh My” Takei is 77.  Have a great Easter weekend.  Don’t eat too much candy! lol

  • Thursday, Apr 17

    Good day.  Starting off with Pulse of Radio‘s report that the members of Korn have issued comments regarding the death of Shane Gibson, a former touring guitarist with the group who passed away from a blood clotting disorder on Tuesday (April 15th) at the age of 35. The band released a statement saying, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shane Gibson’s friends, fans and family following the passing of our dear friend. Shane Gibson was Korn’s touring guitarist from 2007 to 2010 and a member of (singer) Jonathan Davis‘ solo band, The SFA’S. He will be greatly missed.”  Gibson, who was most recently a member of a band called Stork, was one of several guitarists who toured with Korn during the eight-year absence of Brian “Head” Welch.  Welch, who rejoined the group last year, said online, “I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Shane, but I’m honored he was able to fill my spot after I left Korn. He was an amazing guitarist. Hopefully we can jam together in the next life. RIP, brother.” Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer added, “Shane Gibson, you were an amazing guitar player and an amazing person. Your kindness and talent will be missed. I’m very fortunate to have known you.”  I remember him now from JD’s solo tour.  He also filled in for Munky when he stepped away from the band for a while.  Here’s a video of Shane in action during JD’s solo tour on a track off the soundtrack to Queen Of The Damned  called “Not Meant For Me.”   (I loved the music from that!) 35, just too damn young.  Condolences to his family and friends….Rob Zombie was on the hotLine yesterday and he told about not only his upcoming tour, first ever live concert dvd (which he also directed) The Zombie Horror Picture Show, but he also revealed he has a new album cooking!  WHAT?!   “I don’t want years and years to go by between records, even though somehow it always seems to happen. And you know, we’re really excited because we really felt that for ourselves as a band, the last record really kind of got back to something that I was looking for, and we were just excited to take it to the next level. When you’re feeling inspired, you kind of want to go for it, because sometimes you don’t feel inspired.”  He said work will resume in May on it and he hopes to have it out in January.  Meanwhile, he said he was sorry the hockey movie he was planning on directing got mired in red tape with the NHL, former hockey stars from the Philly Flyers and just your usual BS that goes along when movies are in the incubation stages.  Not to mention, finding actors who can also skate like  professional hockey players.  Oh well. Next, next, next! as they say.  The DVD will be released May 20th and a photo book by photographer Rob Fenn will be published as a companion piece to the home video release.   hardDriveRadio will have copies of the DVD and BluRay for ya, so stay tuned and keep your beady eyeballs glued here…..Spin magazine reports  Foo Fighters fans from Dave Grohl‘s hometown of Richmond, Virginia have launched a campaign to get the band to play a show there for the first time in over 15 years. The campaign, on crowdfunding website Crowdhoster, is selling 1,400 tickets at $50 a ticket, despite the fact that the Foo Fighters have yet to announce they will play a date in the city. Campaign co-founder Andrew Goldin said, “We have reason to believe they know about it at this point. We haven’t been shut down, so that’s a good sign, right?“….Oh I couldn’t believe this, but Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme has a role in an upcoming episode of IFC’s Portlandia playing the “disappointing” gay brother of Fred Armisen‘s wife on the show. Here’s a clip, and I must say,  he’s pretty funny and a good actor!   Meanwhile, Josh’s wife, Brody Dalle,  has some shows coming up in support of her solo record, Diploid Love, opening for Queens of the Stone Age, starting Jul 12-20….. Yesterday, I had a nice long chat with Troy Sanders of Mastodon.  And this is what a small world it really is.  Was asking him where in Atlanta he’s from, saying that I spend Christmases with my boyfriend’s kids (and ex-wife, yes, we are friends!)  down in Lilburn, GA!  And mentioned some towns around there.  Low and behold,  HE’S FROM LILBURN, literally just a couple of miles from where I stay!    Crazy!    Anyhow, he makes Decatur home now, and if I had to live down there, that’s where I would want to be too!   Sweet little town.  Anyhow,  looking forward to seeing the band at Rock on the Range next month!  The new single, “High Road,” is out Apr 28th, but it has been posted online. (It’s nice & crunchingly heavy!) Be listening for it on the 28th in Smash Or Crash on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!  The album, Once More ‘Round The Sun, is set for Jun 24th…. Devour The Day drop by the hardDriveRadio studios today….And huge birthday wishes go out to Maynard James Keenan who probably just received his AARP card in the mail because today he is 50!  It’s when you get that card in the mail, you really start to feel OLD!  LOL Happy Birthday MJK!

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