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Thursday, Apr 24

Orphan Black is back on BBC America, and I am one happy fan!  And am very pleased with the new episodes of  Nurse JackieGame of Thrones and Madmen. When is Ray Donovan coming back?  Yes, I am that girl. I watch way too much TV…..OK, so last night the Revolver Golden Gods Awards happened in LA.  Slayer opened the show with a 3 song set and debuted a brand new song called “Implode.”  They also announced they are now signed to Nuclear Blast records, and will release a new album later this year.  Terry Date is producing with Greg Fidelman on co-pro duties.  (I think Greg is currently occupied with another formerly produced by Rick Rubin band.) The song is available as a free download as a thank you to fans!  Hit   Back at Club Nokia, there were also performances from A Day To Remember, Joan Jett, The Pretty Reckless, Suicide Silence and Guns ‘N Roses.  And I find it hard to believe that the host of the show, Revolver, hasn’t even posted the winners on their website?  Is that lame?   Thanks to Pulse of Radio,  here are the winners:
Best Vocalist: Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age
Best Live Band: Rob Zombie
Most Devoted Fans: Avenged Sevenfold
Best New Talent: Twelve Foot Ninja
Comeback of the Year: Deep Purple
Paul Gray Best Bassist Award: Chris Kael, Five Finger Death Punch
Best Film & DVD: Pierce the Veil
Best Drummer: Arin Ilejay, Avenged Sevenfold
Song of the Year: Five Finger Death Punch, ‘Lift Me Up’
Most Metal Athlete: Josh Barnett, Mixed Martial Arts
Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist: Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold
Album of the Year: Black Sabbath, ’13?
Golden God Award: Joan Jett
Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award: Axl Rose
In other news, DirecTV’s Audience Network (channel 239)  has announced Guitar Center Sessions returns to the airwaves on Sunday, May 4th with Soundgarden, filmed live in concert from their appearance last month at the SXSW Convention in Austin, TX.  The series, hosted by former KCRW radio DJ Nic Harcourt,  offers intimate performances with candid conversation.  Alice In Chains appears on the show on Aug 3rd…..Speaking of Soundgarden,  Chris Cornell  stops by the studios of hardDrive and hardDrive XL tomorrow.  We’re gonna talk all about he 20th anniversary of Superunknown. Stoked!..Speaking of Austin, TX,  the lineup of this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival has been unveiled.   The long time PBS tv series has been doing this festival for many years and this year Pearl JamOutkastSkrillexBeckEminemLana Del ReyFoster The PeopleChvrchesThe Replacements,   Belle & SebastianInterpolBroken BellsSt. Vincent and others will be there, with Pearl Jam performing both weekends. The show is scheduled for October 3rd through the 5th and the 10th through the 12th and will take place on eight stages spread out across the Texas capital’s Zilker Park. Tickets are on sale now at….Seether are releasing “Words As Weapons”  on May 1st.  Their 6th studio album, Isolate & Medicate, will drop Jul 1st.  The album was produced by Brendan O’Brien……Pulse of Radio reports  our friends & 2013 hardDrive Live Five tour’s Young Guns signed a new major label deal with Virgin EMI Music in February and have since started work on their third album, which will follow up 2012′s Bones. That record came out in the band’s native U.K. seven months earlier than in the U.S., and singer Gustav Wood told us that should change this time: “That’s something we’re actually really looking forward to, because we’ve been blessed with how well things have gone so far in the States, but there’s definitely kind of a split in terms of where we are over here and where we are at home. And I think it’s important to try and synch those things up, because otherwise you’re spending twice the amount of time on a record cycle. So next record should be a worldwide release, and that’s something we’re really excited about ’cause we’ve never done that before.”  Wood told Alternative Press last fall that the music the band was working on was “quite an evolution,” explaining, “This record is really about challenging (ourselves) to be more creative and hopefully a little more unique.”  I’ll check in with them to find out more….Rolling Stone reports The Black Keys will be the musical guests on the May 10th edition of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, just three days before the May 13th release of their eighth studio album, Turn Blue. The episode, hosted by Charlize Theron, will be the duo’s third on the show and first since 2011…..And finally, congrats to Sevendust!  Their  new acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, sold around 15,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to debut at Number 19 on the Billboard 200 album chart. In support of the April 15th release, the band recently launched its first headlining acoustic tour since 2004. They play tonight (April 24th) in Kansas City, MO….Celebrating birthdays:  Brian Marshall of Alter Bridge (who I am seeing tonight!) turns 41.  Billy Gould of Faith No More is 51 and Patty Schemel of Hole is 47.

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Wednesday, Apr 23

Wow.  I was at the 1964 World’s Fair that took place in Flushing Meadows (Queens), NY right near LaGuardia airport.    I was a pre-teen, and I remember the auto exhibit.  It had the “cars of the future.” Oddly enough, they look EXACTLY like the cars today!….Rob Zombie told Pulse of Radio he is working on his next project:  a horror film.  Sadly, his Broad Street Bullies film went in the dumpster after too much red tape.  I was actually interested in that. Zombie also  revealed he was working on a new TV miniseries about the Manson Family murders with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis. But Zombie said his new horror movie will come out first: “The other thing is an original thing of my own which is definitely a horror thing. It’s definitely in the vein, I think, of what fans of what I’ve done in the past would enjoy. So that one’s moving along about a million times faster than the other thing, so that’ll be the next project.”….Was on the hotLine with Michael Poulsen of Volbeat.  He said once he gets home next month for about 3 weeks, he plans to start work on some new songs he hopes the band will start to work into their sets over the summer in Europe. A new record could be in the works for release early next year.  They performed last night at the legendary (and very old) Agora Theater in Cleveland.  As their tour manager said, “I thought they bulldozed that place!”  No, they’re doing that with our beloved Roseland here in NYC. UGH!  Looking forward to seeing Volbeat next month when they come to the area…..Friday, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden hits the hardDriveRadio studios.  Looking forward to speaking with him about the 20th anniversary of Superunknown, the band’s breakout album. Have questions?  Send them along to me via the interact link on the home page!….Today, Lou Brutus will be on the hotLine with Tyler Connolly of Theory Of A Deadman.  Their new album, SaVages, is out Jul 8th.  The guys are in Tampa, FL  rehearsing as we speak….Pulse of Radio also reports on this!   Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker are working with rap duo Run The Jewels on their new album, according to NME. Run The Jewels members Killer Mike and El-P have both posted photos online showing Barker and de la Rocha hanging out in the studio, where the duo are recording the follow-up to their self-titled 2013 debut.  The latest image shows the duo posing alongside de la Rocha and Barker with El-P’s longtime friend Yak Ballz.  El-P posted a separate picture of de la Rocha with the caption, “Yes it really is happening.”  We asked Travis Barker, who has played on a number of hip-hop projects, where his love for the genre came from:  “It came from fifth grade, listening to like Raising Hell, Run-DMC, like listening to Houdini, listening to Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys. You know, growing up, hip-hop, you know, was genuinely lead by a drum machine — that’s what took the place of a drummer. So to even be allowed or given the opportunity or blessed to work with all these people or do all this production or as much as I have in hip-hop, I feel very lucky.”   El-P and de la Rocha were at one point going to collaborate on a project in the early 2000s, but it never came together.  Barker, meanwhile, has been drumming with a number of rap artists, including LL Cool JChuck D, the Cool Kids and Yelawolf.  De la Rocha has kept a fairly low profile since Rage Against The Machine’s last live show, which took place in 2011, while Barker recently did some work in the studio with a new group featuring members of Limp Bizkit and Nine Inch Nails. A new Blink 182 album is also reportedly coming out this year….This is cool. Blabbermouth reports Lzzy Hale will be featured on American violinist Lindsey Stirling‘s new album on a track called “Shatter Me.”    Regarding how her collaboration with Lzzy came about, Lindsey said: “This song is very, very — obviously — different for a Lindsey Stirling track, because I’ve never written lyrics before, I’ve never gotten to blatantly say what I feel. I mean, all my songs have meaning behind them and I try to express that very strongly through the emotion that I want the song to feel for everyone. This time I got to literally say, ‘This is what I want to share.’ It was so important for me to find the right singer for it, becase I had in my mind the idea of who I wanted. I love vocalists like Hayley Williams from Paramore and Amy Lee from Evanescence, so I really wanted a powerhouse, rock-star female vocalist. I came across Lzzy Hale’s videos and Halestorm‘s stuff, and I was just blown away by the energy that Lzzy has on stage, on camera, in her tracks. I immediately got really excited and was just keeping my fingers crossed that she would have a window to come and do this with me. So I reached out to her management, and really quickly, they responded right back that Lzzy was really excited about the track.”  She added: “I had actually never heard of Lzzy before, I’m ashamed to admit it. And it’s even funnier because she had never heard of me, and we both kind of became immediate fans of each other’s work.”  Look for the cd April 29th.


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29: Atlanta, GA @The Masquerade w/ Seether
30: Birmingham , AL @ Iron City w/ Seether
02: Chattanooga , TN @ Track 29 w/ Seether
03: Destin, FL @ Club L.A. w/ Theory of a Deadman
04: Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
07: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
08: Portland, ME @ Asylum
10: Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
13: Lancaster, PA @ The Freedom Hall w/ Seether
14: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ Seether
16: Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
17: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room w/ Seether
18: Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues w/ Seether
20: St. Paul, MN @ Myth w/ Seether
21: Sioux Falls, SD @ The District w/ Seether
24: San Antonio, TX @ River City Rock Fest
25: Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
28: Green River, WY @ Stratton Myers Park
20: Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest 2014
07: Sturgis, SD @ Easyriders Saloon

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Tuesday, Apr 22

Can’t believe it’s like 4 weeks away from Rock on the Range.   Funny thing about covering that festival.  I love it and I hate it at the same time.  So many bands to chase around.  I must get over 250 texts in one day.  It’s nuts.   Lou does all the heavy lifting, but man,  my feet are hurting just thinking about it!  LOL  But hey, I am not complaining!  Gonna get to see many of my friends there.  OK, I am now getting excited!…..Linkin Park posted another video teaser for The Hunting Party, due Jun 17th.  It also revealed a couple of more titles than the 5 I originally knew about.  Added to the list are “A Line In The Sand” and one I think is called “Mark The Graves,” & one I can’t see the first word of, because someone’s hand is in the way, but it’s “(Something) ral  Masquerade.” (“Viral” maybe?)  I knew the single of course, “Guilty All The Same,” “Keys To The Kingdom,”  ”Rebellion” (featuring Daron Malakian of System Of A Down) and “All For Nothing” (featuring Paige Hamilton of Helmet.)  Can’t wait to hear the whole thing.  Meanwhile, Mike Shinoda told me that the state of current music made him think it was time to make a harder-edged record again: “That’s something that has actually been on my mind for a long time, I got really fired up about it and was passionate about our band making that kind of a record — a heavier, louder, more energetic record, and you know, that’s kind of where we’re at right now. The new album will be out this summer and that’s really where we’re coming from.”  Meanwhile, Chester Bennington revealed that drummer Rob Bourdon really had his hands full getting his drums tracks just right for “Guilty All The Same.”  Guess he’s not used to bashing his kit like some other hard rock drummers we know!  If you listen closely, you’ll hear what I mean.  He nails it, but it isn’t the type of drumming he’s used to…..And, another band in the same management stable is getting close to releasing the first single off their next album.   Godsmack’s Sully Erna posted yesterday that their sixth studio album is finished!  They did it with producer Dave Fortman (who did all 4 Mudvayne albums, and I believe he was the Best Man in Chad Gray‘s wedding….but alas, I hear he’s divorcing.)   Dave also did Slipknot  All Hope Is Gone and their greatest hits album,  and worked with Another Animal (with Tony Rombolo, Shannon Larkin & Rob Merrill) Evanescence and Snot.  (And here’s one I had forgotten about, he was a guitarist in Ugly Kid Joe.)The first single from Godsmack is expected next month.  Will a tour be far off?…. Alice In Chains have added some new dates.  See Road Rage…..Alter Bridge is in town this week.  Looking forward to checking their set out at Best Buy Theater….Papa Roach are workng away on their new album, I am assuming, in Las Vegas with producer Kevin Churko.  Oh man, is it a good idea for Jacoby to have so many temptations!  LOL  Probably.  What doesn’t kill you…..Joey Jordison posted an online message he’s holding open auditions for the new singer for his band Scar The Martyr.  If you think you’ve got what it takes, send your audio/video and photo to him at .  Apparently his former singer Henry Derek Bonner left to work on a side project with drummer Jeff Friedl of Puscifer and A Perfect Circle…Today, I’ll be on the hotLine with Michael Poulsen of Volbeat and tomorrow Lou Brutus will be chatting with Tyler Connolly of Theory Of A Deadman, who are in rehearsals n Tampa, Florida.  Poor them!  LOL….Happy 4-0 today to Shavo Odadjian of System of A Down.  And Happy 36 to former Breaking Benjamin guitarist Aaron Fink  and Happy 35th to former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns.

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