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Thursday, Sep 18

Ya know, last time I interviewed Chad Kroeger,  it was backstage at Madison Square Garden when he said he proposed to Avril Lavigne.  And like the good mom I can be, I said, “Really?  How long have you known each other?”  And when they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a wedding in a villa in the south of France, I said to myself, “I hope this lasts!”  But viola!  Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and pop singer Avril Lavigne are reportedly headed for divorce after a year of marriage, according to Us Weekly. Inside sources revealed, “It’s over. He has been going around L.A. telling people that they are divorcing.” The 39-year-old Kroeger proposed to the 29-year-old Lavigne in August 2012 after dating for just a few months. The couple were married in July 2013. There has been no public hint of trouble in the marriage, with Lavigne just this past July showing off a 17-carat emerald-cut ring that Kroeger gave her for their first anniversary. But a source told E! News that the couple is having “a lot of issues,” explaining, “When they met, they were in work mode. They were doing a collaboration and that’s where the attraction stemmed from. She was in the studio and he was producing her. She was also coming off some bad relationships where she didn’t really feel appreciated as an artist. She felt she and Chad connected on that level.”  So how did Avril’s album do, mmmm, not so well.  The same source told E! that Lavigne “was hoping, after this album, to take time off and start a family.” That could conflict with Kroeger’s own career plans. Nickelback is set to release its eighth studio album, No Fixed Address, on November 4th, and plans to hit the road in early 2015 for a lengthy world tour in support of the new record. Lavigne was married once before, to Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley. That marriage ended in 2009 after three years.   Mom’s advice, stay single for a while….People are so gullible, (yes, I am one) but this story is downright stoopid!  Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix gave a surprising if not outright disturbing answer when asked by Hit The Floor magazine if he could remember his first kiss. Shaddix replied, “My first kiss was when my uncle kissed me and he gave me herpes. It was terrible. Anybody else got herpes? Yeah, you do. Don’t lie to yourself. I know you got it, you watching this.” Shaddix did not elaborate on the incident or whether he was even joking or not (Oh, come ON!) Asked what message he has for fans, Shaddix stated, “If I’ve got a message to my fans, it’s go be yourself. You know what I’m saying? No matter what’s going on out there in the world, believe in yourself and go be yourself, because that’s what the world wants from you — is you to be you, and not you to be a copy of somebody else. You know what I’m saying? That’s what P-Roach is about. We’re just us.” Waiting to find out what the deal is with their new single and album.  I know Kevin Churko produced it out in Vegas, and a single is coming in the near future.  More on that as I get it…Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor recently tried his hand at acting in the new horror film Fear Clinic, and now fans who will be in Los Angeles next month will get a chance to see if he’s got the talent to make in that business. The film will have its worldwide premiere on Oct 22nd at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles.  The film stars Robert Englund, best known as Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street movies, as a doctor who uses unorthodox methods to treat patients at his clinic who suffer from fear-based phobias. Taylor appears as a clinic employee named Bauer who struggles to keep things under control when all hell breaks loose. He told me the part was only going to a small role, but once they started to film, the director wanted more from him and gave his character a larger role.  Taylor told us his first time acting in a film was a great experience: “I really kind of lucked out because the scenes that I had with Robert, we’d be talking eye lines and ‘you should react like this’ and ‘you should, you know, kind of do this and that.’ And Rob Hall, the director, I mean he was very, very specific about what he wanted to see and what he wanted to capture, but at the same time very loose. He was like, ‘Make it feel normal.’ And the cast was great, so it was very cool.”…Metallica has announced via the band’s official website that it will release all 27 shows it played in 2014 on CD before the year is out. The band’s statement said, “Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we’ve played in 2014 will be released on CD! We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays.” The shows will be released in order, starting with a Mar 16th gig in Bogota, Colombia and ending with a concert at the “Heavy Montreal” festival in Montreal on Aug 9th….Avenged Sevenfold has released a video for the song “Chapter Four,” featuring black and white live footage of the band shot over a decade ago and highlighting the late Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan on drums. The song is included on the recently released deluxe reissue of the group’s second effort, Waking The Fallen, which contains the entire 2003 album, 11 never-before-heard songs and a 30-minute documentary….And finally today, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will join Alice CooperJoan JettDarlene Love and others on Oct  23rd for the sixth annual Little Kids Rock Benefit in New York. Jett will be honored as “Rocker of the Year” at the event, with proceeds going toward Little Kids Rock, which inspires children in disadvantaged public schools by overhauling their music programs. (Special thanks to Pulse of Radio for the help in my reporting today.)

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Wednesday, Sep 17

Slash!  What can I say, the guy is so awesome!  He’s one of the most down to earth, unaffected rock stars you will ever meet.  His management emailed me after they left to say such nice things! “Over the years, you’ve developed a great thing with Slash and you know he goes out of his way to support those who support him.”  Aw, gee. (I did wear my Chuck Taylor’s in his honor.) So be listening tonight on the XL  for a previous interview and hang on for the new video interview and our new interview on the air with Lou Brutus! Slash is a sweetheart and he is vey dedicated to the plight of the elephants who are being killed by rich game hunters and poachers who kill them for their ivory. (Don’t quote me, but I think the tune “Beneath The Savage Sun” is about that.) Anywho,  check out the album, World On Fire, which I believe is still streaming at USA Today. (See yesterday’s blog for more on that.)  His next stop is Friday at Universal Studios in LA  for the launch of Halloween Horror Nights.  He composed the music for the 3-D maze with terrifying clowns!  ARGH!…..Pulse of Radio reports Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor said in a new interview with Metal Hammer firing founding drummer Joey Jordison in 2013 after 18 years was “one of the hardest decisions” the group ever made, adding that Jordison is “in a place in his life” which is “not where we are.” Taylor said he could not get into specifics for legal reasons, but admitted, “It’s when a relationship hits that T-section and one person’s going one way and you’re going the other. And try as you might to either get them to go your way or try and go their way, at some point you’ve got to go in the direction that works for you. This is me speaking in the broadest terms, with respect to Joey. I guess to sum it up, it was one of the hardest decisions we ever made.” Taylor said the band is “happy right now and we hope that he is . . . he’s just in a place in his life, right now, that’s not where we are.” The singer would not answer whether drug use played a role in Jordison’s dismissal, and confessed he had not been in touch with his former bandmate. Taylor said, “I haven’t talked to Joey in a while, to be honest. That’s how different we are. It’s not because I don’t love him and I don’t miss him. And it is painful; we talk about him all the time, but at the same time, do we miss him or do we miss the old him? That’s what it really comes down to.”  Slipknot releases its fifth studio album, .5: The Gray Chapter, on Oct 21st. It’s the band’s first without Jordison and late bassist Paul Gray.  The identities of the band’s new bassist and drummer have not yet been revealed, but both appeared — disguised in the same newly designed mask – in the video for “The Devil In I”, the first single from the new album.  Nonetheless, it is widely believed that the new bassist is Alessandro “Vman” Venturella, who sports the exact same tattoo on his hand that was spotted on the hand of the new bassist in the video….So if you are wondering where the new Foo Fighters song is on the radio, we are wondering the same thing!  I find it strange no one involved with the project  is even saying WHAT the single will be or WHEN it will come out! My friends in radio seem to think it will drop next month when the first HBO special airs, around Oct 17. Remains to be seen….The next Three Days Grace single is coming Sep 29th called “I Am Machine.”  I do know that!.. I also know Bush will reissue four of its previous albums on Oct 14th in remastered editions, including 1994′s Sixteen Stone, 1996′s Razorblade Suitcase, 1999′s The Science of Things and the 1997 remix LP, Deconstructed. Frontman Gavin Rossdale told us putting the reissues together has been a bittersweet experience: “We’ve done some remastering of the stuff and we’ve got some nice things planned, some alternate versions of things. It’s been quite nostalgic for me, going back into the past, I mean looking through oceans of old photographs and being maybe quite nostalgic when I try not to be nostalgic. It’s fun and enlightening and heartwarming and sad all at once.”….Meanwhile, just a reminder the new hardDriveRadio APP is where you can finally LISTEN to the weekend edition of hardDrive!   We post the weekend show on Mondays after it’s aired on our partner stations, and you can get it FOR FREE to listen to at your leisure!  So grab your iPhone or Android and download NOW at the app store or Google Play!….Happy 63rd to the Queen of Halloween,  Elvira aka Cassandra Peterson  and Happy 69th to The Zen Master,  basketball coach Phil Jackson.  Years ago, in the 80′s when I lived in LA, I did a Halloween radio special with Cassandra and the guy who play “Jambi” on PeeWee’s Playhouse tv show John Paragon  and SNL star, the late, great Phil Hartman.  We had an absolute laugh RIOT making it.  Hmmm, I wonder if I saved a copy.  It was back in the day when we still pressed our shows on VINYL!   Yes, I am that old!  LOL  Quick side note, that was back in the day when Rob Zombie was working in at the art department on PeeWee’s Playhouse!  Have a great day! 

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Tuesday, Sep 16

Today’s the day our friend Slash drops by the hardDriveRadio studios here in NYC.  He is the hardest working man in show biz, lemme tell ya!  Last night, the band performed at a tiny club downtown called Santo’s House Party (co-owned by Andrew WK) to an invitation only crowd.  And Saturday night,  if you have DirecTV, you can watch a documentary on the making of Slash’s World On Fire cd, which drops today, as the fine folks over at Ernie Ball, who created the webisodes REAL TO REEL with SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS (hmmm, did they steal that title fro Dave Grohl?) made it into an hour long film.  It air Saturday, on AXS TV 9 PM ET/5 PM PT.  As mentioned, World On Fire is out today on Slash’s own label Dik Hayd International, distributed through Caroline. Listen to the new album streaming in full on USA this week (HERE).  The title track “World On Fire” marks Slash’s fastest-climbing song at radio ever; the album’s first single hit the Top 10 this week. Listen to the song “World On Fire” HERE and watch the fun NSFW video HERE.   On Friday, Sep 19, Slash will be on hand at Universal Studios Hollywood to unveil the new maze “Clowns 3D Music By SLASH” at “Halloween Horror Nights.” This collaboration with the prolific guitarist marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event.  Later that night, he’ll receive an “Eyegore Award” which honors influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries. Slash will join a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons at the show including Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, Grindhouse) and John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, The Blues Brothers) and many more. Following the annual “Eyegore Awards,” Slash and Myles will perform “Nothing Left To Fear,” the title song for his first-ever motion picture (2013) he co-produced through his film/TV production company Slasher Films. Beginning Tuesday, Sep 23, Slash will celebrate the release of WORLD ON FIRE by returning to the iconic guitarist’s stomping grounds with a series of three very special sold-out club shows: Sep 23 (The Troubadour) and then, moving up the hill to the world-famous Sunset Strip, Sep 25 (The Roxy) and Sep 26 (The Whisky A Go Go).  These shows are presented by and honor the 50-year anniversary of the beloved musician retailer Guitar Center. For more information, go to: Fans can be a part of history as Guitar Center will present SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators “Live From the Roxy,” to be broadcast on national television on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Ch 239) Nov 9th at 8pm. The 90-minute full rock concert will be filmed in stunning 4k and 5.1 surround sound. Fans can enter to win a VIP trip for two to see The Roxy show and take home an Epiphone Les Paul signed by the legendary guitarist, visit to win. See, Slash, he kicks ASS!….Dave Grohl and his merry music makers Foo Fighters closed out the Invictus Games, and Prince Harry‘s 30th birthday spectacular, over in Merry Ole England (wasit last night or the night before?)  Man, that had to be AWE-some too!  And there’s good and sad news.  Sad news regarding the passing of Sound City owner Tom Skeeter.  Sound City, the legendary studio in which numerous classic rock albums were recorded that was the subject of Dave Grohl‘s 2013 documentary, Sound City: Real To Reel. It was posted on the studio’s Facebook page on Saturday (Sep 13th) that  Tom Skeeter passed away at the age of 82. Skeeter was prominently featured in Grohl’s film, recalling stories from the studio’s history and handing off the studio’s famous Neve console to Grohl, who bought it as the facility was closing down. The board was built in 1972 and was used for more than 40 years to record albums by Neil YoungFleetwood MacCheap Trick, Guns N’ RosesNirvanaRage Against The MachineSlipknotNine Inch NailsMetallica and countless others, many of whom Grohl interviewed for the documentary. The Facebook post read, “We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him to all of you. Thank you to all of the people who have stopped by the office to meet Tom in the past few years — he enjoyed the visits, and loved hearing how far people had come.”  A message posted at the Sound City Movie Twitter page and all the Foo Fighters‘ social media accounts stated, “Thank you, Tom. For all the music….Tom Skeeter RIP.” Although the studio closed its doors in 2011, Grohl told us his fond memories of just hanging out there: “You know, Sound City was a place that I would go visit when I had nothing better to do. They had barbecues every Friday so, you know, you’d get there — go on a Friday to meet your buddy Nick who’s the engineer and T-Bone would be smoking a joint in the parking lot and someone would be cooking up some burgers, and it was Sound City, you know. It was a hang.”….Meanwhile, the unbelievable charitable folks they are, Linkin Park has launched a campaign to aid the West African Ebola outbreak.   Mike Shinoda said:

Hey guys, hopefully you’ve been following our journey on the road during Carnivores Tour thanks to Chideo. For those of you who don’t know much about it, Chideo is the first online interactive charity broadcast network where fans can get access to exclusive video content and experiences with their favorite celebrities while doing some social good.

Giving back is incredibly important to me and to Linkin Park. In 2005, we started a nonprofit organization, Music for Relief, in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated many of the places we had just played on tour. Through Music for Relief, we are committed to utilizing our connections with other bands, people in the music industry and, most importantly, our fans to raise awareness for those in need around the world.  Since its inception, Music for Relief has raised over $6 million to aid survivors of natural disasters and planted over 1 million trees to reduce climate change.

Right now, Music for Relief is responding to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  One of the most crucial aspects of fighting this deadly virus is having the protective gear to help those who are sick. Music for Relief is raising money for goggles, masks, gloves, full body suits and more for the brave aid workers responding to the crisis. The more gear they have, the better the chances there are of getting the virus under control and preventing it from spreading.

I want to encourage you all to get in on the conversation, and Chideo is a perfect place to get started.  You can register on or download the Chideo app and you’ll gain access to behind-the-scenes video content (like our backstage dance party during Rob’s drum solo or Dave’s weirdest backstage tour ever), not to mention you’ll be the first to hear about future sweepstakes opportunities to get up close and personal with the band. On top of all that, your generous donation will support our charity Music for Relief. A full protective suit costs about $350, but with all of you contributing, the impact can be great.

It’s been a lot of fun reading your questions and creating our video responses – we hope you’ve enjoyed them, too. Please know that you are making a difference by donating to Music for Relief on Chideo and helping people in the greatest need around the world. Thank you.

Also today,  Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat kick off a fall North American co-headlining tour in Salt Lake City. Five Finger drummer Jeremy Spencer told us why he thinks the Denmark-based Volbeat has taken off in America: “It’s a fresh sound, I think. They poke out as being something that’s new and exciting and different and people are relating to them. People are really excited about them, they were always emailing us, ‘When are you guys gonna tour with Volbeat? Volbeat! Volbeat!’ And we were like, we started to take notice of that and we tried to make it happen before and we just couldn’t until now. But we’re really excited about it.”  Check out  the new interview video with Jeremy talking about his book, his favorite football teams and more!    Watch!  And enter to win an autographed copy of Jeremy’s “Death Punch’d:  Surviving the Five Finger Death Punch Metal Mayhem.”  Make sure you are a registered hardDriveRadio Radical, yo!….Avenged Sevenfold has set Oct 16th as the release date for the band’s mobile game, Hail To the King: Deathbat. It will be available via the App Store and on Google Play. A new trailer has been released as well. The game includes nine new pieces of music created by the band, but frontman M. Shadows said, “It’s purely throwback video game music. A lot of 8-bit sounds but a lot of instrumentals. We made songs that reminded us of our youth playing Castlevania or Mario Brothers.” ….Happy 89th to guitar legend B.B. King!

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Joining Lou every night this week is featured artist SLIPKNOT! Tonight’s special guest is THE PRETTY RECKLESS! 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 SLASH and special guest GODSMACK! 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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