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  • Wednesday, Jul 30

    Theory Of A Deadman with Roxy

    Wow. That water main break in LA  was INSANE!  A flood on Sunset Boulevard?! All that precious water, 10 million gallons,  wasted! Tragedy!….What a day, to coin the song title from Nonpoint! Yesterday saw Theory of a Deadman here in the hardDriveRadio studios for a 3 song acoustic set and interview. Had some laughs and certainly the band is psyched to have their new SaVages album out. The day ended with their performance at the I Heart Radio stage and a soiree afterward. Found it interesting that many of the songs were cowritten by the band and Tyler Connolly‘s ex-wife Christine.  Not too often ex’s work together after a divorce, eh? Anyhow,  I got to meet the head of international for Roadrunner Records, a cool dude.  He played me the new Slipknot radio single, which is slated to be released on the 26th of August (25 Aug in Europe.)   The drums are beating and the smoke is rising out of the Knot camp as we speak.  The track is soooooo good, different.  Can’t wait to have it!  Meanwhile, I also was on the hotLine yesterday with Tim McIlrath of Rise Against.  Can’t say enough about their new album, The Black Market, which I am listening to right now and happens to be one of my favorites right now. Being the activist he is, we discussed something that is really crazy. I was surprised to discover there is legislation banning people from reporting violations on the part of large companies with slaughter houses who mistreat animals. What the what??!!!   That’s nuts!  These companies are alleging “Eco-Terrorists” are sabotaging their businesses!  Huh? Tim recommends a new book called “Green Is The New Red” is a good read and eye opening….I have never seen so many reports of stalkers against someone than this!  Pulse Of Radio reports a woman who has allegedly been stalking Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and his wife has been arrested in Tampa Bay, FL, according to TampaBay.comJessica Leigh Robbins was arrested last Friday (July 25th) for allegedly stalking and making threats to Cornell and his family, and is suspected of attempting to enter their home in Miami last fall. Robbins allegedly posted on the Internet that she had driven seven hours to speak with Cornell, but “was unable to enter the elevator in his residence because she did not have the elevator key.” The administrator for Soundgarden’s official website also turned over a series of hostile posts and tweets believed to have been written by Robbins, according to FBI agents involved with the case. The 32-year-old Robbins has been barred from going within 1,000 feet of the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, where Soundgarden is performing next month. She’s also been ordered not to have any contact with the Cornell family or members of Soundgarden. Robbins was released on $50,000 bail, ordered to wear an ankle monitor and to also stay off the Internet. Robbins had previously approached Cornell at a fan event, asking if a manuscript she had sent had been helpful. Later, it was learned that Robbins had posted videos of herself discussing the encounter and alleging that the frontman had plagiarized her writings. She also claimed to be the mother of one of Cornell’s children and had called in a complaint against Cornell’s wife Vicky for child abuse.  Robbins is not the only stalker Cornell has had to deal with either. Last February, a Seattle woman was charged for allegedly tweeting over 100 death threats to the singer, as well as a threat to rape his 13-year-old daughter. The Cornells were also subjected to death threats in 2006 in which a man described how he planned to kill Vicky and the couple’s two children. That’s completely nuts Chris and his family have had to endure this!….The Puscifer instagram revealed Maynard James Keenan and his wife Lei Li are new parents to a baby girl, named after her mom, Lei Li Agostina Maria.  Little Lei Li is seen in her Puscifer onesie (naturally) holding her dad’s finger.  She was born on Friday, Jul 25 at 7:19 PM in Arizona and weighed 7 lbs/19 inches.  Congrats to the Keenans!  Lei Li joins her step brother, 18 year old Devo, Maynard’s son from a previous marriage…..Linkin Park has premiered the new music video for the song “Final Masquerade” via MTV. The track is taken from the band’s latest album, The Hunting Party, which was released last month. Linkin Park will head out next month on a North American tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI. (Alternative Press)…Hit iTunes, not only to download the free hardDriveRadio APP, but to stream the new Godsmack album, 1000hp….Speaking of Slipknot, besides the line-up for Knotfest in October in San Bernardino, CA, the band is planning a ton of attractions that look insane!!! Besides the Slipknot Museum exhibit, there’s a  carnival ride, zip line, masked characters, fire area/Thunderdome, goat petting zoo, tattoo booths and more!   Check it out here….Also yesterday, the new Adelitas Way album, Stuck, dropped.  Don’t forget to check out my friends from las Vegas’ new one!…And only two more weeks left to get to the hardDrive Live Tour!  Check out all the dates and info at the hardDriveLive Tour site!….Happy 80th to Bud Selig, baseball commissioner.

  • Tuesday, Jul 29

    Gee!  Nearly the end of July!   No fair!  I want summer to last another 3 months!…What a busy couple of days here in the hardDriveRadio world.  Today, Theory Of A Deadman stop by for an interview and in-studio performance!  Later today, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against calls in on the hotLine  and Thursday, I’ll catch up with Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon and Alan Jones of Fifth Freedom who are on the hardDrive Live Tour.   Then next week, Gus Wood from Young Guns phones in.  Those guys are putting final touches on their next album.  Heard their new one and it’s great.  Lot of action!   Yesterday, Don Kaye from our sister division, Pulse of Radio, spoke with Noodles of The Offspring.  They kick off the Summer Nationals Tour in Pittsburgh today (Jul 29th), along with Bad ReligionPennywise and either Stiff Little Fingers or the Vandals on selected dates. Epitaph Records put on the first Summer Nationals event in Los Angeles 20 years ago, as Offspring guitarist Noodles recalled: “Epitaph kind of put it together at the Palladium, and we headlined one night, Bad Religion headlined one night — it was largely Epitaph bands. The punk thing had just started to break, it was a chance for all us bands to kind of get together and celebrate that, and also pay tribute to the bands that got us wanting to do this in the first place.”  The Offspring will be performing their blockbuster 1994 commercial breakthrough, Smash, in its entirety on the tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release. (Watch this video for their Rock Am Ring performance. THAT is one huge crowd!)  A deluxe box set anniversary edition of Smash will arrive in mid-August.  This is the Offspring’s first full North American tour in several years.  See Road Rage for all the dates….Speaking of anniversaries, Pulse reports  Metallica‘s second album, Ride The Lightning, turns 30 years old this week and drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett spoke with Rolling Stone about the record and its place in Metallica’s history. Asked if Metallica was trying to make a different album from its debut, 1983′s Kill ‘Em All, Ulrich replied, “It was the first time that the four of us wrote together and we got a chance to broaden our horizons. I don’t think it was a conscious effort to break away from anything musically . . . we were obviously still into the thrash type of stuff. But we were realizing you had to be careful that it didn’t become too limiting or one-dimensional.” Ulrich explained Ride The Lightning was the first album to feature writing contributions from Hammett and late bassist Cliff Burton, who had arrived in the band after most of the material for Kill ‘Em All had been written. He explained, “Ride The Lightning was the first time that both Cliff and Kirk got a chance to add what they were doing. They just came from a different school, especially Cliff, who came from a much more melodic approach.” The varied sounds of the disc, which included the first Metallica ballad in “Fade To Black,” drew mixed responses from some fans. Ulrich recalled, “It did surprise us a little bit, I guess. People started calling us sellouts and all that type of stuff. Some people were a little bit bewildered by the fact that there was a song that had acoustic guitars.” Noting that at least four songs from the album are still part of Metallica’s live set today, Ulrich said Ride The Lightning ”holds up very well,” adding, “There’s kind of a youthful energy that runs through the record.“…I dunno about you, but I really like Jack White‘s tune “Lazaretto.”  You folks in Detroit can see him throw out the first pitch tonight at the Tigers’ game as they take on the Chicago White Sox. A Detroit native, White will also have the Third Man Record Store van parked at the stadium for three hours before game time. In other news, White made a surprise appearance during Beck‘s show at the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday night (Jul 26th). White came onstage to play alongside Beck on “Pay No Mind,” “Loser” and “Where It’s At.” (Rolling Stone/Jam!)…This story I found on Blabbermouth.  (And I gotta say, Corey Taylor aka “The Boogie Knight,” just can’t sit still for a minute!  He can’t.  He smokes cigarettes, drinks coffee and works NON-STOP!  I don’t think the guy sleeps!)   Fan-filmed video footage of Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) performing a solo set on July 25 at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California as part of the “Summer Concert Series 2014″ can be seen here (I picked his cover of “Wicked Game” which you may have heard in the past on a hardDrive Cover It Up special edition.)  In a career now spanning 15 years, Corey Taylor has enjoyed chart-topping success, both with his face masked for Grammy-winning metal powerhouses Slipknot and his soul bared for multiple Grammy nominees Stone Sour.  He has authored a pair of best-selling books (“Seven Deadly Sins” and ”A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven,” and is currently writing his third book and wants to try his hand at a novel as well!) and makes his acting debut later this year alongside horror icon Robert Englund in “Fear Clinic.” Meanwhile, Slipknot  has finished recording its fifth studio album and first since 2008′s All Hope Is Gone. The disc is also the band’s first without late bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010, and drummer Joey Jordison, who was dismissed in late 2013. Stone Sour  has released one last lyric video from its conceptual double album House Of Gold And Bones. The clip is for the title track, which appeared on the second of the two discs, and goes heavy on artwork from the comic books based on the album, which were issued last year by the Dark Horse Comics publishing company. Stone Sour completed most of the touring cycle for the “Gold And Bones” albums earlier this year, while also announcing the departure of guitarist Jim Root from the band lineup. And there you have it.  Smoke is rising out of the Slipknot camp.  Maggots, be warned…..Congrats to Amy Lee of Evanescance.  She gave birth to her first son, Jack Lion, on Thursday, Jul 24th.  He weighed in at 7 lbs, 13 oz….Happy 61st today to Geddy Lee of Rush  and Happy 72nd to Tony Sirico (aka the “original” Paulie Walnuts of The Sopranos fame)!…In stores today:  THEORY OF A DEADMAN SaVages  and ADELITAS WAY Stuck.

  • weekEnd Jul 26-27, 2014


    HOUR 1

    hardDrive Double Dose: KORN “Hater” &
    “Never Never”
    Plugged In:  NEW MEDICINE “One Too Many”
    STARSET “My Demons”
    YOU ME AT SIX “Room To Breathe”
    RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here
    Guest: THEORY OF A DEADMAN ”Drown”
    “Sangre Por Sangre”
    ADELITAS WAY “Dog On A Leash”
    CHEVELLE “Hunter Eats Hunter”
    “Until It’s Gone”

    HOUR 2

    OF MICE & MEN “Would You Still Be There”
    “Picture Perfect”
    Guest: MASTODON “High Road”
    THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Messed Up World”
    SLASH “World On Fire”
    CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide”
    Guest:  SEETHER “Words As Weapons”
    BLACK STONE CHERRY “Remember Me”
    BRING ME THE HORIZON “Can You Feel My Heart”
    Guest: GODSMACK “1000hp”
    WHAT’S IN LOU’S MP3 PLAYER?  EVE TO ADAM “Locked & Loaded”

    On the next hardDrive with LOU BRUTUS!
    Plugged In with ISLANDER
    win a trip to see YOU ME AT SIX in LA!
    The World Famous HARDDRIVE!


  • Week of Jul 28-Aug 01, 2014

    ADELITAS WAY “Dog On A Leash”
    GODSMACK “1000hp”
    LINKIN PARK “Until It’s Gone”
    NOTHING MORE “This Is The Time (Ballast)”
    ROYAL BLOOD “Out Of The Black”
    WE AS HUMAN “Take The Bullets Away” 

    HELLYEAH “Sangre  Por Sangre”
    KORN “Hater”
    OF MICE & MEN “Would You Still Be There”
    THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Messed Up World”
    RISE AGAINST “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”
    STARSET “My Demons”
    YOU ME AT SIX “Room To Breathe” 

    AVATAR “Bloody Angel”
    BRING ME THE HORIZON “Can You Feel My Heart”
    CHEVELLE “Hunter Eats Hunter”
    CROBOT “Nowhere To Hide”
    FRAMING HANLEY  ”Criminal”
    ISLANDER “Coconut Dracula”
    KYNG  ”Electric Halo”
    LIKE A STORM “Love The Way You Hate Me”
    MASTODON “High Road”
    SKILLET “Rise”
    SLASH “World On Fire”

  • Monday, Jul 28

    The crowd was huge!  (Almost as big as Comic-Com!) It was like a huge rock festival, for baseball fans!  Even though most of the folks in the crowd were Atlanta Braves‘, fans from every team in MLB proudly wore their teams’ colors at the 75th Baseball Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, NY!   Was happy to be there for Joe Torre!  It was hot as hell, but good times!  Largest crowd they’ve ever had for the induction ceremony, which had to be held at Clark Field and not in front of the Hall of Fame steps. Guess I was part of history!….OH NO!   We need your help finding these guitars! I just discovered Black Stone Cherry guitarist Ben Wells (currently on the hardDrive Live Tour)  is missing several of his prized possessions. According to a Facebook post via the Glasgow Police Department, eight of Wells’ guitars were stolen in his hometown of Edmonton, Kentucky. The police department, as well as Black Stone Cherry have made posts asking for help in recovering the guitars. In the band’s post, they revealed that the instruments were stolen from their storage shed. The police department’s post said, “Please share this information…Thank you! These guitars were recently stolen in Glasgow. They are highly sentimental to their owner. Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the Glasgow Police Department at 270-651-5151.” You can also reach out to us here and we can contact the police & band as well! The band  has been touring on on the 2014 hardDrive Live Tour  since Jul 11th and has other North American dates into mid-September.   After the North American leg of their tour, Black Stone Cherry will take some time off before touring in Europe in October and November.  See post here and Share!Pulse of Radio also reports Tool guitarist Adam Jones has opened up about the band’s recent lawsuit and the affect that it has had on them releasing their new album. Jones spoke of the suit and told Metal Hammer, “Basically a long time ago, the band paid my best friend to do some artwork for shirts, albums and advertising — we’ve hired many, many artists over the years. And then he decided to sue us for one fifth of the money we’ve ever made. It was just ridiculous!”  Jones went on to reveal the problems Tool faced with their insurance company, who tried to back out of covering the band, “I honestly think it’s like if you buy auto insurance and you’re in an accident, then you go to the insurance company and they say, ‘Well, you drive an SUV and we don’t really consider that an auto, so we’re not covering you.’ Then you try to argue with them and then they go, ‘Well, we’re suing you.‘”   On how the lawsuit has prolonged the release of their album, Jones explained, “This lawsuit has really gotten in the way. All we want to do is get it behind us so we can focus on what we do best. I don’t want to just get it out and worry about the next record and then look back and go, ‘Why did I do that? It’s a piece of crap.’ I want to sleep well at night. It’s my legacy, you know? Some day I’m gonna croak and I wanna look back on what I did and go, ‘I worked really hard, took the time and had integrity.” He added, “I know our fans are frustrated and obviously want to hear new music. You gotta look at that in a good way and think, ‘Wow, they really like us and they want more!’ To be honest, you can’t beat that feeling at all.” …The 25th anniversary of Beastie Boys album, Paul’s Boutique, is being celebrated in the exact spot where the rap trio shot the cover art for the record.  According to Brokelyn, artist Danielle Mastrion began painting a mural celebrating the milestone on a wall outside of the sandwich shop which now stands on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow streets in New York City. The project kicked off on Saturday morning (Jul 26th) thanks to the effort of LeRoy McCarthy — the man who unsuccessfully attempt to get the intersection renamed to be Beastie Boys Square. Mastrion is set to continue working on the mural until her design is complete… Five Finger Death Punch has unveiled a lyric video  for their record “Watch You Bleed.” The track is featured on the band’s album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1. Five Finger Death Punch is set to perform at Germany’s Wacken Festival and Spain’s Resurrection Festival next month before returning to the states. They will then play the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento on September 14th before kicking off their Volbeat, Hellyeah and Nothing More on Sept. 16 in Salt Lake City.  Meanwhile, we hear a video for “The Wrong Side of Heaven,” which will blow you away, is coming soon….Meanwhile, belated congrats to Avenged Sevenfold!  Blabbermouth has reported the latest A7X album Hail To The King has been certified gold in the U.S. The RIAA certified the record gold on July 16th after selling 500,000 units. This is the band’s second album to debut at number one on the Billboard chart. The record was released last year….Seether performed acoustically at Sirius XM, doing renditions of their beautful new song “Crash”  and  a cover of the Deftones’ “Change (in the House of Flies.)” I think the dude who engineered was the original engineer for hardDrive.  Small world!….When I was in Nashville  a couple of weekends ago, my friends Lzzy Hale & Joe Hottinger  from Halestorm had lunch.  At the time, they told me (not to mention) they’d be playing an acoustic set on Jul 26th at The Basement at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music in Nashville.   Blabbermouth posted the story with fan-filmed videos.  Watch ‘em here. They’ll be starting their new album soon in Nashville.  Meanwhile, bassist Josh Smith is getting married next month and Arejay Hale ties the knot in LA in late October, when the album is going to drop….Forgot to mention when I was at Mayhem that Head from Korn is working his dreds off working away on his new book, which is going to be based on these new chapters of his life.    He & Fieldy did a recent interview at the St Louis stop of the Mayhem tour, watch it here…..Happy 38th today to Papa Roach fromtman  Jacoby Shaddix!  And Happy 34th to  Anberlin’s singer Stephen Christian.




    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!

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