Monthly Archives: March 2015

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 3/28/15

HRD Radio Report - Tremonti

HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 3/28/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 1 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 1929
2 2 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 1749
3 3 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 1710
4 4 OFFSPRING “Coming For You” 1595
5 6 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 1130
6 10 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 1120
7 13 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 1091
8 5 PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise” 1059
9 11 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 966
10 8 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 939
11 12 ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well” 901
12 14 INCUBUS “Absolution Calling” 893
13 15 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 882
14 9 AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” 774
15 0 BREAKING BENJAMIN “Failure” 762
16 7 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 753
17 16 STARSET “Carnivore” 709
18 17 KID ROCK “First Kiss” 642
19 18 TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back” 608
20 20 WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails” 601
21 22 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 597
22 21 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 501
23 23 AWOLNATION “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” 470
24 24 ISLANDER “New Wave” 442
25 25 OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne” 401
26 19 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Cigarette Daydreams” 400
27 26 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 378
28 27 DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith” 312
29 29 10 YEARS “Miscellanea” 284
30 28 SLIPKNOT “Custer” 247
31 0 THREE DAYS GRACE “Human Race” 245
32 38 HELLYEAH “Hush” 237
33 32 SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande” 230
34 34 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 220
35 33 BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Goodbye Agony” 220
36 31 ARCTIC MONKEYS “R U Mine?” 197
37 42 IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie” 181
38 0 MUSE “Dead Inside” 180
39 40 STARS IN STEREO “Fair-Weather Friend” 172
40 44 FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above” 171
41 36 FLYLEAF “Thread” 168
42 39 APOCALYPTICA “Cold Blood” 153
43 41 FRAMING HANLEY “Collide” 150
44 45 PERIPHERY “Alpha” 136
45 47 ADELITA’S WAY “I Get Around” 134
46 48 BRIDGE TO GRACE “Bitch” 133
47 43 CHARM CITY DEVILS “Karma” 130
48 51 HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD “Day Of The Dead” 110
49 46 IN FLAMES “Paralyzed” 103
50 53 HIGHLY SUSPECT “Lydia” 93

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

Tremonti – Another Heart

With Alter Bridge’s three-year album cycle, fans will have to wait until 2016 for a new music from the band, but that doesn’t mean that the individual members are taking a break.  Quite the contrary!

Active Rock radio programmers have embraced the work that frontman, Myles Kennedy is doing with Slash, and they would be wise to do the same for Tremonti, the side project of guitarist, Mark Tremonti.  The band’s first single, “Another Heart,” off of their upcoming album, Cauterize, not only features the inspired guitar playing that we’ve come to expect from Tremonti, but also impressive lead vocals and a powerful band which includes Wolfgang Van Halen on bass.

“Another Heart” features a nice blend of speed and melody, and would offer a welcome infusion of a different kind of sound to Active Rock radio.  Given that Alter Bridge is largely under-appreciated by Active Rock radio, it’s hard to say what kind of traction “Another Heart” will generate, but hopefully some smart programmers will add the song into rotation.

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

No surprise to see Foo Fighters’ “Congregation” hold on to the top spot on this week’s Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart.  Mildly surprising is the fact that Halestorm, Pretty Reckless and Offspring remained in the same order for the next three positions on the chart.   The song to watch as a future chart topper might just be the one at #7 from Zac Brown Band, “Heavy Is The Head.”

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

A stellar debut for the return of Breaking Benjamin.  The massive overhaul of the band’s lineup certainly seemed to have no effect on radio’s reception of them, as they debut as the only new entrant in the entire Top 30 …

A new single from Three Days Grace just missed cracking that layer of the chart and seems likely to be in the mid-20s or higher a week from now …

A total of five songs enter (or re-enter) the Top 50 overall this week, including the first single from Brooklyn-based (by way of Cape Cod) newcomers Highly Suspect

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Zac Brown Band f. Chris Cornell – “Heavy Is The Head”

Breaking Benjamin“Failure”

Three Days Grace – “Human Race”

 

 

DROPPING DOWN

Papa Roach“Face Everything And Rise”

AC/DC“Rock Or Bust”

Marilyn Manson“Deep Six”

 

 

 FUTURES REPORT

The most likely outcome next week seems to be a fairly stable chart in the upper reaches … we’ll see if radio manages to surprise us with a plot twist.

 

 

WRAP-UP

That’s all for this week.  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/

That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 6: Mark Tremonti, Taylor Momsen, Frank Hannon, Jay Jay French, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza, Eddie Ojeda

That Metal Show - Season 14 Episode 6 - Mark Tremonti, Taylor Momsen, Frank Hannon

MUSICAL GUEST – Frank Hannon (Tesla)

Frank Hannon discussed his power trio (The Frank Hannon Band).  They are currently touring the east coast, and to support his album, World Peace.  Hannon has a big summer tour coming up with Tesla and Def Leppard (the bands toured together in 1987 doing the first tour in the round).  Tesla will also be appearing on the Monsters of Rock Cruise this summer.

 

OPENING – Tribute to A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob)

The time that is usually allotted to the TMS Top 5 was used to pay tribute to drummer, A.J. Pero, who passed away suddenly on 3/20/15.  The set was visited by Pero’s Twisted Sister bandmates Jay Jay French, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza and Eddie Ojeda.  Each shared stories about Pero…

 

Jay Jay French – Told a story about AJ being from Staten Island and his mangling of the English language, and shared a joke that AJ used to tell in his Staten Island accent.

 

Mark “The Animal” Mendoza – Talked about how funny and crazy AJ was, and that he was the funniest personality in a band full of characters.

 

Eddie Ojeda – Told story about Cooch (a friend from Long Island who is part of the Fingers Metal Shop crew) and AJ wrestling on the bus.  AJ told Cooch to throw him on top of Eddie.  They rolled on top of him and then Dee joined in.  This is the kind of stuff went on all of the time.

 

Eddie Trunk – Talked about how he and AJ were huge fans of the New York Mets, and how he’d get so excited when he showed up with Mike Piazza.  He also talked about Dee Snider saying that “the nice guy in Twisted Sister is no longer with us.”

That Metal Show - Twisted Sister - A.J. Pero Tribute

 

 

GUESTS – Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge) and Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless)

 

MARK TREMONTI  

Talked about his new Tremonti album coming out, which features Wolfgang Van Halen on bass.  The band just released the first single (“Another Heart”) off of their album, which drops on June 9th.  Tremonti talked about Wolfgang being disappointed that he won’t be able to tour with the band because of the upcoming Van Halen tour.  He came to join the band after being turned on to Alter Bridge by Morgan Rose (Sevendust).  Wolfgang invited Tremonti to come to a Van Halen practice at Eddie Van Halen’s studio.  He admitted to being a little nervous playing in front of Eddie Van Halen for the first time.

With Tremonti, Mark sings and plays guitar at the same time.  He said that the toughest thing for him is having is having to work the crowd, and not just entertain the people on his side of the stage.

Talked about sharing Myles Kennedy with Slash, and the incredible following that each band has on their own.  He said that Myles is living the dream.  He has no kids, so he brings his wife out on the road with him.

Dispelled rumor that’s been floating around about a band featuring him, Jamey Jasta and Joey Jordison.

 

TAYLOR MOMSEN

Taylor talked about inviting herself onto TMS.  She has been touring constantly since last year with The Pretty Reckless.  She discussed coming into the music industry at a difficult time, but that this has always been her passion.  Other people made decisions for her since she started in the entertainment business at the age of two.  When she was finally able to choose for herself, she quit acting to pursue music full time.

Her dad, who was a roadie for Aerosmith, got her into hard rock and metal.  She grew up on his vinyl collection.

The Pretty Reckless is wrapping up their tour and heading back into the studio.  They will be going out with Halestorm before going off of the road.

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE – Mark Tremonti and Taylor Momsen

If you could be in any other band, what band would you choose, and what would you play?

Mark – Metallica (guitar)

Taylor – Led Zeppelin (she’d be Jimmy Page)

 

What is your one vice?

Mark – Pinball (has 12 machines in his house)

Taylor – Smoking

 

What is the first album that you bought with your own money?

Mark – J. Geils Band – Love Stinks

Taylor – Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger

 

What is your favorite new band?

Mark – Conquering Dystopia

Taylor – Said that she’s so busy that she doesn’t follow much new music, but loves the new Soundgarden album.

 

 

PICK OF THE WEEK – Reissues

Eddie – Super deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti

Don – Judas Priest’s 30th anniversary edition of Defenders Of The Faith

Jim – Didn’t pick, just held up Physical Graffiti album that he took from Eddie

 

 

THROWDOWN – Soundgarden vs. Pearl Jam

Don was the only one to choose Pearl Jam.  Frank Hannon, Mark Tremonti, Taylor Momsen, Eddie and Jim all chose Soundgarden.

 

 

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Music Discovery Monday – 3/30/15

Music Discovery Monday - POYNTE

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 3/30/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the 70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

This week, Poynte guitarist, Matt Bryant discusses the inspiration and meaning behind the first song off of the band’s latest release, “Take Control.”

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

POYNTE – “Take Control”

Like many hard rock artists today, Poynte has had to deal with challenges to get to where they are today, not the least of which is finding the “right” lineup to move forward with as a unit.  It took a while for the current lineup to come together, but it was worth the wait.  With a solidified lineup, Poynte is poised to build upon the success that they have already achieved.  The band won the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands and in that same year, also won Cabo Wabo Your Shot to Rock.  From the band’s latest release, Discreet Enemy, “Take Control” offers a taste of what the solidified lineup is capable of creating together…an edgy sound featuring big hooks, vocal harmonies and meaningful lyrics.

In a Hard Rock Daddy exclusive, founding member/guitarist, Matt Bryant, offers insight to the inspiration and meaning behind “Take Control”

“This is the opening song of the album, and also the inspiration for the album title.  The song is about taking control of YOUR life and not letting anyone else determine your destiny.  To most people, it carries a political overtone, but we prefer to leave the lyrics open to interpretation.  We feel that it’s important to write songs that the listener can find their own way to identify with.

The pre-chorus of the song says…‘discreet enemy, don’t let them take control,’ which is the underlying story to nearly every song on the album.  It’s hard to recognize an enemy when they promise you the world.  Every song speaks to a different situation where we learned who our friends and enemies were, and tells stories of overcoming and triumph.

‘Take Control’ was the first teaser track that we released from the album.  We felt it was a fit to give a glimpse into the album as a whole.

Our first official single from the album, ‘Hold On,’ will be released in the next couple of weeks, accompanied by our first official music video.

We are currently involved in the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands to earn a slot on Rock On The RangeCLICK HERE to give our tracks a listen.  If you like what you hear, and want to support us, share the page and leave a comment letting us know what you think!”

 

BREAKING BENJAMIN – “Failure”

In 2010, while touring to support their album, Dear Agony, Breaking Benjamin went on hiatus due to Benjamin Burnley falling ill, and unable to tour in support of the record.  After dealing with legal issues and a number of lineup changes (Burnley is the only original remaining member), Breaking Benjamin has finally returned.  Released on March 23rd, “Failure” is the first single off of the band’s much-anticipated upcoming album, Dark Before Dawn, which will be released in June.  With “Failure,” Breaking Benjamin is picking up right where they left off before the extended hiatus and lineup changes.

 

 

 JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

MELLOWTOY (f. CRISTIAN MACHADO) – “Chain Reaction”

Hailing from Milano, Italy, the band’s latest release is heavy on screams/rough vocals, but really shines to me on the clean choruses.  The guest appearance by Cristian Machado from underappreciated “Latin Metal” standouts Ill Nino is welcome, but doesn’t take away from the song.  Enjoyment will likely depend upon your tolerance for the vocal style, but there’s enough here to warrant a listen to see whether it fits into your own personal listening rotation.

 

THE TAKING – “Never See Me Again”

Self-described “electronic rock” band from San Antonio, Texas delivers more punch than the genre label might suggest on this track from their debut album.  While they cite sonic similarities to bands including Linkin Park, Imagine Dragons and Breaking Benjamin, this track comes over more to me as a lighter/more electronic version of Device.  Hard to explain but that’s what I hear every time I listen to this particular song, which works better than I would have guessed.

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

THE POODLES – “House of Cards” 

Swedish melodic rockers, The Poodles, released their new album this week, Devil in the Details.  “House of Cards” is an early favorite, boasting the hooks and drive that they’ve become known for, along with some gritty guitar work.

 

TALON – “Sin City Sister”

Talon pounds out old school hard rock for the modern era.  On their fourth album, Fourplay, they reunite with original lead singer Michael O’Mara, and from start to finish, everything continues to click.  His soaring vocals melt right back in with the grooving guitars of Kory Voxen and Jim Kee.

 

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

PHOSPHENE – “Anti-Hero”

New release from Phosphene.  Captivating voice and great energy from one of Chicago’s up-and-coming metal bands.  Signature sweet vocals rising above the edgy, heavy rhythm line.  You’ll get a charge out of this one!

 

OSTROGOTH – “Clouds”

Belgium’s Ostrogoth has been around since 1976.  This track is old-school metal with a glory theme.  Great guitar work, especially on the intro.  It’s rare for them to record; this is the first studio work since 1987.

 

 

 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

BLACK ‘N BLUE – “School Of Hard Knocks” (1984)

Many people know Tommy Thayer as the guitarist who replaced Ace Frehley in KISS, but long before he donned the Spaceman makeup for the first time, he co-founded the Oregon hard rock outfit, Black ‘n Blue.  The band garnered early attention for their song “Hold On To 18” (which is still a popular rock anthem), but couldn’t sustain their early success.  By 1989, the band went their separate ways, but have since reunited, albeit with varying lineups.  And though KISS is Thayer’s top priority these days, he does reunite with his original band from time to time.  “School Of Hard Knocks” is a classic hard rock anthem that still holds up to this day.

 

LITTLE CAESAR – “Hard Times” (1990)

Back in the late 80s, when L.A. rockers Little Caesar arrived on the scene, the expectation was that they would become a household name.  By all rights, they should have, especially given the team of heavy hitters that they had behind them (Jimmy Iovine, John Kalodner and Bob Rock).  As the saying goes…timing is everything.  While some speculated that their gruff appearance didn’t quite match their sound, the more likely explanation is that they fell prey to the machinations of the music business.  Musically, the band deserved a much better fate.  Though they ended up parting ways, they stayed close and eventually reformed.  Here’s hoping that the “hard times” are behind them as they take a second bite of the proverbial apple.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

STATE OF SHOCK – “Have A Nice Day” (2011)

Perhaps the best illustration of how wide the border between Canadian success and U.S. success can be is this Vancouver-based band.  A multi-format success in Canada, the group never really broke through into the U.S. mainstream, and that’s a shame, if not an outright disgrace.  Talented, personable, highly accessible, with smartly written lyrics and hooks that could snag a whale.  Arguably my favorite song of all of 2011, and certainly one of my most-listened to and most talked about.

 

ANTHRAX – “Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t” (2011)

Over the past few years, this legendary member of The Big Four has quietly scored at least a half dozen “hits” that landed on either on the Active Rock or Mainstream Rock airplay charts.  Conventional wisdom would be that it’s hard to have a “hit” that’s relatively unknown, but such is my perception of this track from the album Worship Music.  Perhaps not a groundbreaking song, nor an all-time great, it’s still a contemporary take on a popular theme (zombies) and worthy of more recognition than it received.  Sometimes great really is the enemy of good.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

SALUTE – “Heart Of The Machine” (2010)

Mikael Erlandsson of Last Autumn’s Dream contributes vocals and keyboards while Martin Kronlund mans the guitar on this, the title track, from Salute’s 2010 album.  The hooks are big, there’s a monster chorus, and they’ve even got David Reece (Accept, Tango Down, Bangalore choir, and soon…Bonfire) on backing vocals.

 

REECE KRONLUND – “Magic Pudding” (2011)

Having collaborated previously in Gypsy Rose and Salute, guitarist Martin Kronlund and vocalist David Reece reunited in 2011 for the album, Solid. “Magic Pudding” was my favorite from that undeniably “solid” album, highlighting the incredible skill of both artists in an aggressive piece with some bluesy undertones. Watch for Reece later this year fronting a new album for German melodic rockers Bonfire.

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

NEVERLAND – “Take My Advice” (2007)

Swiss power/prog metal band Neverland released this gem back in 2007.  Hard driving from the start, “Take My Advice” establishes a sense of urgency that is the undertone of this confident and inspirational tune.  This is a tight, skilled band that doesn’t miss a beat through many tempo changes customary to the prog genre.

 

WESTWORLD – “Illusions” (1999)

Another Tony Harnell project from back in ’99 featuring Mark Reale from Riot and Bruno Ravel from Danger Danger.  Excellent musicians with rock in their DNA belting out a inspired melodic metal.

 

 

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 3-28-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 3-28-15.

The 3-28-15 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “Another Heart” – TREMONTI

#14 –  “Psycho” – MUSE

#13 –  “Human Race” – THREE DAYS GRACE

#12 –  “Never Giving Up” – OF MICE & MEN

#11 –  “Failure” – BREAKING BENJAMIN

#10 –  “Sex Metal Barbie” – IN THIS MOMENT

#9 –   “Blank Space” – I PREVAIL

# 8 –   “Heavy Is The Head” – ZAC BROWN BAND f. CHRIS CORNELL

# 7 –   “Bent To Fly” – SLASH f MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS

# 6 –   “Darkest Part” – RED

# 5 –   “Jenny” – NOTHING MORE

# 4 –   “Hush” – HELLYEAH

# 3 –   “Angel” –  THEORY OF A DEADMAN

# 2 –    “This Probably Won’t End Well” – ALL THAT REMAINS

# 1 –   “Untraveled Road” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

 

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Tremonti – “Another Heart”: Hard Rock Daddy Review

Tremonti Band

For the legion of Alter Bridge fans around the world, the three-year cycle between albums can seem like an eternity.  The silver lining is the music that comes out from the band members’ various side projects, the latest one being Tremonti’s second album, Cauterize, which will be released in June.  Ahead of the album release, the band has just released the first single, entitled “Another Heart.”

Mark Tremonti has gotten a tremendous amount of well-earned acclaim for his guitar work, which shines as usual on “Another Heart.”  Adding to the intrigue of Tremonti is the fact his vocals are front and center, unlike Alter Bridge where they usually take a back seat to frontman, Myles Kennedy.

“Another Heart” not only showcases Tremonti’s vocal ability, but also a powerful group of dynamic musicians who have the ability to seamlessly blend melody and speed.  Featuring Wolfgang Van Halen (bass), Garrett Whitlock (drums) and Eric Friedman (rhythm guitar), Tremonti is a force to be reckoned with in its own right, not just a side project to fill the void between Alter Bridge albums.

In an interview with Mark Tremonti around the time of the release of Fortress, he talked about the benefits of Alter Bridge’s various side projects, most notably how challenging yourself to go and tackle something new results in a renewed sense of excitement when the band regroups to record.  He also talked about his passion for speed metal and the bands that influenced him like Slayer, Metallica and Celtic Frost.

With “Another Heart,” Tremonti’s passion for speed metal is readily apparent, but he uses it to complement (rather than replace) the sound that Alter Bridge fans have grown accustomed to throughout the band’s history.

“Another Heart” is a nice introduction to Tremonti and his band.  The good news for Tremonti fans is that they won’t have to wait long for more new material.  The band recorded enough songs for another full album, which Tremonti says is the second part of a two-part album.  Dust (the follow-up album to Cauterize) will be released sometime in 2016.

Check out the newly-released lyric video for “Another Heart” below…

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums – 4/4/15

Billboard Top 15 Hard Rock Albums

Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart for the week ending 4/4/15.  Top 15 albums ranked by sales data and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. ***Click on the hyperlinked titles to read full album reviews***

THIS WEEK’S TOP 15:

      1. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Madness
      2. AC/DC – Rock Or Bust
      3. FALLING IN REVERSE – Just Like You
      4. RED – Of Beauty And Rage
      5. NICKELBACK – No Fixed Address
      6. MARILYN MANSON – The Pale Emporer
      7. CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Melophobia
      8. SLIPKNOT – .5: The Gray Chapter
      9. FOO FIGHTERS – Sonic Highways
      10. ALL THAT REMAINS – The Order Of Things
      11. IN THIS MOMENT – Black Widow
      12. PAPA ROACH – F.E.A.R.
      13. THE PRETTY RECKLESS – Going To Hell
      14. SKILLET – Rise
      15. ROYAL BLOOD – Royal Blood

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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 3/21/15

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HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 3/21/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 2 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 1910
2 1 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 1723
3 3 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 1681
4 5 OFFSPRING “Coming For You” 1538
5 4 PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise” 1382
6 6 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 1186
7 8 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 1060
8 7 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 1043
9 9 AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” 1042
10 12 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 1005
11 11 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 944
12 10 ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well” 928
13 20 ZAC BROWN BAND (f. Chris Cornell) “Heavy Is The Head” 904
14 13 INCUBUS “Absolution Calling” 890
15 14 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Angel” 823
16 15 STARSET “Carnivore” 737
17 16 KID ROCK “First Kiss” 667
18 18 TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT “Take It Back” 577
19 17 CAGE THE ELEPHANT “Cigarette Daydreams” 576
20 19 WE ARE HARLOT “Dancing On Nails” 543
21 21 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 509
22 28 ROYAL BLOOD “Little Monster” 479
23 22 AWOLNATION “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” 456
24 23 ISLANDER “New Wave” 427
25 25 OTHERWISE “Coming For The Throne” 394
26 27 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 328
27 32 DEVOUR THE DAY “Faith” 297
28 29 SLIPKNOT “Custer” 279
29 30 10 YEARS “Miscellanea” 276
30 24 NICKELBACK “Million Miles An Hour” 257
31 31 ARCTIC MONKEYS “R U Mine?” 232
32 34 SONS OF TEXAS “Baptized In The Rio Grande” 229
33 33 BLACK VEIL BRIDES “Goodbye Agony” 220
34 35 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 217
35 26 BLACK KEYS “Weight Of Love” 192
36 38 FLYLEAF “Thread” 178
37 37 HINDER “Hit The Ground” 176
38 51 HELLYEAH “Hush” 162
39 36 APOCALYPTICA “Cold Blood” 156
40 43 STARS IN STEREO “Fair-Weather Friend” 154
41 39 FRAMING HANLEY “Collide” 154
42 48 IN THIS MOMENT “Sex Metal Barbie” 147
43 40 CHARM CITY DEVILS “Karma” 139
44 45 FALLING IN REVERSE “God If You Are Above” 134
45 42 PERIPHERY “Alpha” 131
46 44 IN FLAMES “Paralyzed” 117
47 47 ADELITA’S WAY “I Get Around” 109
48 46 BRIDGE TO GRACE “Bitch” 108
49 41 BEARTOOTH “Beaten In Lips” 91
50 50 DANKO JONES “Do You Wanna Rock” 83

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

Adrenaline Mob – “Dearly Departed”

Adrenaline Mob was in the news this week because of the sudden passing of legendary drummer, A.J. Pero, who passed away suddenly just hours before the band was scheduled to play a gig with Drowning Pool.  Filling the shoes of original drummer, Mike Portnoy, was no easy task, but Pero (the driving force behind Twisted Sister) was up for the challenge.  At the age of 55, he was still one of the most punishing, skilled drummers in hard rock today, as evidenced by his work on “Dearly Departed.”

You might be thinking that choosing this song as the pick of the week is more about honoring the memory of A.J. Pero than it is a recommendation for Active Rock programmers to add this into their rotations.  While the timing is associated with this tragic passing, the fact of the matter is the “Dearly Departed” should be in heavy rotation based on its own merits.  There is a definite Foo Fighters quality to the song, albeit with a unique Adrenaline Mob twist.  If this song was actually a Foo Fighters track, it would most likely rocket up the charts just as “Something From Nothing” did when it was released, and like the follow-up single off of Sonic Highways, “Congregation” (which tops the charts this week) has done.

The photo pictured above is atypical of what is usually featured on the HRD Radio Report, but it was chosen because it illustrates what matters most in rock and roll…a bond based on being a part of a culture that is often misunderstood by those on the outside.  To appreciate the significance of the photo, please read the following message posted by the members of Adrenaline Mob…

“We write this with tears in our eyes & our hearts broken to pieces…our beloved brother AJ Pero peacefully passed away in his sleep this morning on the bus.  We are in complete shock & our hearts & prayers go out to his family.  It has been nothing short of an honor to have shared the stage with such a beautiful soul & legend!  We love you AJ, rest in peace.

We will cherish this last picture we all took together on tour forever! What a great night we had…we’ll miss you buddy!”

 

 

 

THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Another week, another new #1 song on the Mediabase Active Rock Airplay chart.  As the early week numbers suggested would happen, Foo Fighters’ “Congregation” knocks Halestorm from the spot after a single week in the top position, just as Lzzy & Company did to Papa Roach the week before.  Counting the end of the run at #1 by Three Days Grace, that’s the fourth song topping the charts in four weeks.  It might be a while before we see it change again however, as radio loooooves Foo Fighters!  Neither Pretty Reckless’ “Follow Me Down” nor “Coming For You” by Offspring – the two highest charting songs still showing growth – appear to be serious contenders to dethrone Dave Grohl and company anytime soon.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

As volatile as the top spot has been lately, the rest of the chart is highly stable.  No changes in the Top 20 songs other than some shuffling of positions…

Only one new song managed to break into the Top 30 this week.  Congratulations to Devour The Day on that accomplishment …

So stable is the chart at the moment, that just a single song debuted in the entire Top 50 this week, with Hellyeah more than doubling their previous spins for “Hush” to arrive at #38

The lack of movement in the chart isn’t for a lack of candidates, with around a dozen songs outside the published chart making notable gains in airplay from the previous week or scoring their first official adds to station playlists …

However slow it may be to occur, change does appear likely in the next few weeks as 6 of the top 9 songs are trending downward on airplay, while 13 of the next 14 were still showing at least a small amount of growth in spins …

One other notable detail this week that caught my eye was the chart movement on “Heavy Is The Head” by the Zac Brown Band (f. Chris Cornell).  As explosive and impressive as the growth has been for this track (up to #13 in just three weeks), it is not that uncommon.  Offspring did essentially the same thing (reaching #14 by their third week in the chart), and Halestorm did even more in the same time frame (reaching #9 at the same point in their chart history).

 

 

 THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP

Slash f. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – “Bent To Fly”

Zac Brown Band f. Chris Cornell – “Heavy Is The Head”

Royal Blood – “Little Monster”

 

 

DROPPING DOWN

Papa Roach“Face Everything And Rise”

Three Days Grace – “I Am Machine”

Black Keys“Weight Of Love”

 

 

 FUTURES REPORT

Next week we’ll see whether Halestorm can hang on to the top spot on the chart, and see whether the surge of support for Zac Brown continues.

 

 

WRAP-UP

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Music Discovery Monday – 3/23/15

A.J. Pero Music Discovery Monday

Hard Rock Daddy presents Music Discovery Monday – 3/23/15.

Each week, the HRD team shares songs that fly below radio’s radar, ranging from lesser-known artists to deeper cuts from both up-and-coming and established artists.

In addition to exposing the Hard Rock Daddy audience to new music that isn’t getting the attention that it deserves from radio, Music Discovery Monday also features a segment called “Hard Rock Music Time Machine,” which showcases older songs (from the 70s to today) that hard rock music fans may have missed at the time of release.

In addition to appearing on the embedded YouTube playlists beneath each section, all songs featured on Music Discovery Monday can be listened to by clicking on the hyper-linked song titles.

This week, we pay special tribute to A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister, Adrenaline Mob) who suddenly passed away hours before he was scheduled to take the stage with Adrenaline Mob.

 

 ADAM WALDMAN – (Publisher, Hard Rock Daddy)

ADRENALINE MOB – “Dearly Departed”

On March 20, 2015, the members of Adrenaline Mob tried unsuccessfully to wake drummer, A.J. Pero, for their gig at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The rock world was dealt a crushing blow when Pero died at a Poughkeepsie hospital.  In a sad twist of irony, the title track of the band’s latest album (released February 15th) is the first song featured on this week’s Music Discovery Monday.  Also ironic is the fact that the song is about a fair-weather friend, which by all accounts, is the polar opposite of what A.J. Pero was to those who knew him.  Time had not at all diminished the pure power that Pero was known for, as evidenced by the intense drumming featured on “Dearly Departed.”  Like this track, all of my selections this week pay tribute to a man who truly is “dearly departed.”

 

ADRENALINE MOB – “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”

Rock fans in the late 70s had a wealth of music to choose from, and most never gave country music a second thought.  Of course, there is an exception to every rule, and for a brief moment, The Charlie Daniels Band made country “fans” out of everyone with their signature song, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”  For nostalgic reasons, the original version of the song still holds up to this day, but Adrenaline Mob’s cover is much more in line with the taste of most hard rock music fans.  Opening with a thunderous drum intro by A.J. Pero, who paces the song with an urgency that simply didn’t exist in the original, this full-throttle remake of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” puts the adrenaline in Adrenaline Mob.

 

NOTE:  Rather than having an interview segment this week, we have included the thoughts shared by the members of Adrenaline Mob and Twisted Sister (in the Hard Rock Music Time Machine segment) about the tragic loss of their bandmate and friend.

 

Adrenaline Mob

“We write this with tears in our eyes & our hearts broken to pieces…our beloved brother AJ Pero peacefully passed away in his sleep this morning on the bus.  We are in complete shock & our hearts & prayers go out to his family.  It has been nothing short of an honor to have shared the stage with such a beautiful soul & legend!  We love you AJ, rest in peace.

We will cherish this last picture we all took together on tour forever! What a great night we had…we’ll miss you buddy!”

 

 

JON LOVELESS – HRD Music Scout

KISKE/SOMERVILLE – “City Of Heroes”

More than four years after the first electrifying album from the vocal pair of Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic) and Amanda Somerville (Trillium, Avantasia) comes a follow-up album due for worldwide release next month.  As with the first effort, songwriting has been largely handled by Primal Fear mates Mats Sinner and Magnus Karlsson, with predictable quality immediately evident on the first pre-release single.  Another combination formed in the mind of Frontiers Records President, Serafino Perugino, Kiske/Somerville is one of his best concoctions to date.

 

SCREAMING FOR SILENCE – “The King Is Crowned”

Another band from the heartlands of the United States, this Nebraska-based outfit describes themselves as “Hard Rock and Metal” with “Nu-Metal and Alternative tendencies.”  I’d suggest that they consider just describing themselves as “band that will musically kick your ass!”  The guitar work shines on this track from their debut album, a solid introduction to their work for many who first heard of them when received some degree of airplay across the country.  Certainly a band to keep an eye on for the future, as they seem poised for a breakout.

 

 

ROB DELL’AQUILA – HRD Music Scout

LONELY ROBOT – “God vs. Man”

John Mitchell (It Bites) brings his distinctive voice and guitar style to a new progressive rock project. Borrowing the name from a lyric by Sting’s daughter, Eliot Summer, Lonely Robot explores our loss of human connection in this age of technology. There are several guests on the album, including Marillion’s Steve Hogarth, who lends his piano.

 

EVIL INVADERS – “Stairway To Insanity”

There is nothing new under the sun in the debut album from Belgian speed metal band Evil Invaders, but they shine brightly all the same.  Mad riffs and perfect execution mark their work here, with shades of Iron Maiden, Agent Steel and of course, Razor, whose 1985 album they borrow their name from.  They are over-the-top and in-your-face, but catchy and melodic at the same time.

 

ADRENALINE MOB – “Dearly Departed”

RIP A.J. Pero, drummer from Twisted Sister, and here, Adrenaline Mob.  In the mix of soaring vocals by Russell Allen (Symphony X) and blazing guitar riffs by Mike Orlando, the precision and frenzied intensity of Pero’s drumming always beats through.  He will be missed.  This, the title track from last year’s album, showcases his technique for a fitting, if far too early, farewell.

 

 

   CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH – HRD Music Scout

ALL THAT REMAINS  “The Greatest Generation”

Lyrics, power and lead vocals (Phil Labonte) stand out on this recent release from All That Remains.  This metal outfit from Springfield, Massachussetts pays a grungy (yet melodic) tribute to the hard-working ethos of a past generation.

 

MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK  “Lord Of The Lost And Lonely”

The third studio album from Michael Schenker’s supergroup features vocals and keyboards/guitars from Doogie White & Wayne Findley (Rainbow), and the rhythm line from Herman Rarebell & Francis Buscholz (Scorpions).  Classic-themed metal from this famous bunch.  Doogie has shown to be another great compliment to the masterful MSG sound.  Also notable from the album is the track –“Vigilante Man.”

 

 

HARD ROCK MUSIC TIME MACHINE

 ADAM WALDMAN

CITIES – “Cruel Sea” (1986)

Although Twisted Sister has a long and storied career, their catalog of studio albums with the famous lineup that included A.J. Pero is relatively small.  While the other members of the band were recording the album that ultimately led to their breakup (Love Is For Suckers), Pero was busy with his side project, Cities.  If ever there was a band that was tailor-made for the Hard Rock Music Time Machine segment of Music Discovery Monday, Cities is it.  Although there are shades of Twisted Sister to the band (due in large part to Pero’s distinctive drumming), the band also incorporated elements of thrash and speed metal.  “Cruel Sea” is a nice introduction to a band that released its only album in 1986.

 

TWISTED SISTER – “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll” (1983)

In 1983, Twisted Sister released the first of what would become their trademark comedic music videos.  The title track from their second full-length album set the tone for what was to come from this legendary Long Island band.  Fueled by AJ Pero’s relentless power, “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n Roll” is raw, balls-to-the-wall, energetic hard rock at its best.  This is the track that introduced many “MTV Generation” rock fans to Twisted Sister, although they wouldn’t become a household name until the following year.

 

TWISTED SISTER – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (1984)

Even those who have no interest in 80s heavy metal are well aware of “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” the iconic anthem that defined a generation, and took MTV videos to an entirely different level.  Realistically, this is one of the last songs that you would ordinarily expect to see featured on Music Discovery Monday, but this week (for me) is about honoring the memory of A.J. Pero.  More often than not, hard rock anthems are defined by guitars and vocals, but “We’re Not Gonna Take It” is one of those rare tracks that is easily identified by the opening drum beat.

From 1982 until his untimely passing on 3/20/15, A.J. Pero left an indelible mark on the world of hard rock with his powerful drumming.  I didn’t know him personally, and never got the chance to meet him, but he made an impact on my life.  It seems most fitting to close this week’s Music Discovery Monday with the heartfelt words shared by his bandmates after learning of his tragic passing.  Rest In Peace, AJ!

 

John Jay Jay French – Twisted Sister

“AJ Pero was a force, the likes of which I doubt I will ever have the chance to play in front of again.  His drumming was legendary but his heart, as a human being, was even greater.

This April 1st would have been his 33rd year as a member.  In the Twisted Sister world he was always affectionately known as “the new guy.”  That is how long and deep our history was/is.  In our hearts he will always be the engine that drove the train.  I loved him and today my heart has been ripped out. RIP”

 

Dee Snider – Twisted Sister

“Today I lost a brother. Anthony Jude Pero passed away.  A.J. was the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage.  His sledgehammer assault on the drums helped drive Twisted Sister and I to greatness and inspired me to rock every single show.  My heart breaks knowing I will never feel the power of his beat behind me, or turn to see his face smiling broadly from the sheer joy he got from doing what he loved.  I will always remember that smile. RIP my friend.”

 

Eddie Ojeda – Twisted Sister

“My family, extended Twisted Sister family, and I are heartbroken and devastated to hear the news of Anthony Jude Pero’s passing.  A.J. was a dear friend and brother to me, and in my opinion, one of the most talented drummers of all time.  I will always remember the amazing experiences and great laughs we shared.  A.J. always had an amazing sense of humor and did his best to please everyone he came in contact with.

Back in the day, when the band first started touring, we were often room-mates and he never failed to keep me smiling.  It’s very difficult for me to talk about this right now.  However, I feel that out of respect for his legacy, it’s important for us to let the world know how we all felt and will always feel about him.  I know I will dearly miss him, but I’m grateful to have been his friend and musical partner for thirty three years.

At this time, my sincerest sympathies go out to his family.  Heaven just got a great drummer, one that will live forever in our hearts.”

The Ojeda Family

 

Mark “The Animal” Mendoza – Twisted Sister

“This morning I received the tragic news about AJ’s passing.  As anyone would be, I am devastated. With such a loss, even I broke down and cried, allegedly the tough guy in the band.  One statement says it all, “AJ was my band mate, my friend and my brother and I will miss him forever.”

On the day of A.J. Pero’s passing, Mark Mendoza called into WBAB on Long Island to speak to the band’s longtime friend and supporter, Fingers.  To those outside of the Long Island area, Fingers is an institution in his own right to hard rock and metal fans.  His show – Finger’s Metal Shop – has been on the air since October of 1983.”

 

Fingers – WBAB

“Everywhere he was a rock star. On Long Island he was family.”

Click here to listen to a real, emotional moment between friends sharing a painful loss.  In a world where radio has become less personal, kudos to WBAB for allowing Fingers to break format during a time of tragedy.

 

 

 

JON LOVELESS

TWISTED SISTER – “I Am (I’m Me)” (1983)

Before breaking out with hits in 1984, eventual legends Twisted Sister were building a foundation in the northeast with both live gigs and a pair of early albums.  Memorable songs can be found on both Under The Blade (1982) and the follow-up You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll a year later.  The first single from the latter is my trip back in time this week, in both remembrance and honor of drummer A.J. Pero. Rest in peace.

 

 

 

  ROB DELL’AQUILA

HELLOWEEN “March Of Time” (1988)

With a driving beat and a glorious chorus, power metal pioneers Helloween remind us that our time here is limited, and the world will one day go on without us.  But in the meantime, there are so many joys and so much amazing music, including the entire Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 2 album, chock full of classic pieces like this one, that somehow manages to lift you up even when they’re exploring a sad theme.

 

 

 

 CHRIS HERZEGOVITCH

SHADOW GALLERY – “Digital Ghosts” (2009)

U.S.-based progressive metal band Shadow Gallery puts their bright and highly skilled musicianship on display with “Digital Ghosts,” an epic jam with outstanding guitar work and terrific vocals from Brian Ashland (who is very much like Geoff Tate).

 

BLUE OYSER CULT – “Astronomy” (1978)

Taking the time machine back to the early days of metal for a B.O.C. classic. “Astronomy” has gone through some metamorphosis in a couple of recordings since the original back in 1974, but it remains one of the band’s greatest songs, especially this live version from Some Enchanted Evening.  Extra time on this one for an excellent and long Buck Dharma solo.

 

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That Metal Show – Season 14, Episode 5: Jamey Jasta, John Bush, Joey Vera, Jason Becker, Michael Angelo Batio

That Metal Show - Season 14, Episode 5 - Jamey Jasta, John Bush, Joey Vera, Jason Becker, Michael Anthony Batio

Michael Angelo Batio – Musical Guest

While every TMS musical guest is impressive, Michael Angelo Batio showed off insane shredding skills on both a single guitar, and his unique double neck guitar which he plays right and left handed at the same time.  He got the idea for the guitar when he saw a boy playing two saxophones at the same time.  Watching a single guitarist play harmonies with both hands simultaneously is mind-boggling.  Batio has been touring all over Europe recently, and will have a new album coming out on 4/14/15.  The album, entitled Shred Force 1, is being released by George Lynch’s Rat Pack Records.  The album features over 20 guest musicians including: Lynch, Mark Tremonti and Rudy Sarzo.

 

 

Take It Or Leave It – Tiered Pricing VIP Packages

Jim – Take It.  Album sales are down, bands have to do what they can to bring in money.

Don – Take It.  When we were kids going to concerts, there were no opportunities like this.  If you have the money, you can do it now.  He doesn’t think that the extreme amounts of money are worth it though.

Eddie – Take it (to a degree).  It used to be that the most passionate, hardcore fans were the people that got up early to get front row seats.  Now, it just goes to the people with the most money who aren’t usually as into it.  The most passionate fans are now in the back.

 

 

TMS Top 5 – Replacement Members (not including singers, and came after the debut album)

  1. Neil Peart
  2. Adrian Smith
  3. Eric Carr
  4. Jason Newsted
  5. Marty Friedman

TMS Fans

  1. Neil Peart
  2. Jason Newstead
  3. Eric Carr
  4. Zakk Wylde
  5. Kirk Hammett

 

 

GUESTS:  Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), John Bush & Joey Vera (Armored Saint)

Jamey Jasta

The guys discussed how hard-working Jasta is, working simultaneously on Hatebreed and a podcast that he launched.  He has also hosted Headbanger’s Ball in the past.  Although Jasta is definitely metal, his podcast features a variety of artists, including those who are considered very commercial.  He believes that any promotion that hard rock and metal get in the mainstream helps everyone, so he doesn’t hate any bands.

Hatebreed will be opening for Motorhead on the Motorboat cruise in September and October, and will also be opening for Slipknot on arena tour dates in April and May.  The band will also be playing Rock On The Range.  For VIP packages, check out www.HatebreedVIP.com.

 

 

John Bush & Joey Vera

Both guys were first-time TMS guests.  Armored Saint has a new album coming out on 6/2/15 entitled Win Hands Down.  A video is being shot for the title track soon.  The band will be going out with Saxon to support the album beginning in May.  The tour will include a date at the Los Angeles House Of Blues, which will be closing shortly afterwards.  The guys are best friends who have also played together in Anthrax.  An interesting fact about John Bush was revealed.  In between his work with Anthrax and Armored Saint, he did over 300 voiceovers, and he was the voice of Burger King for a while.

 

 

PUT IT ON THE TABLE – Jamey, John, Joey

If you could be in any other band, what band would it be, and what would you play?

Jamey – Slayer, bass and sing

John – Judas Priest, singer

Joey – Judas Priest, drummer on the Hell Bent For Leather Tour

 

What was the best concert that you’ve ever attended?

Jamey – Metallica at Bowery Ballroom and at The Apollo.

John – U2, San Diego Sports Arena, All That You Can’t Leave Behind Tour (he and his wife consummated their relationship after the show at the Holiday Inn Express across the street from the arena)

Joey – Roger Waters, The Wall tour

 

What was the first song that you learned to play?

Jamey“Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple

John“Feels Like The First Time” by Foreigner

Joey“Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent

 

 

PICK OF THE WEEK – (Non music)

Eddie – Lyve App for photos (www.MyLyve.com)

DonThe Zombie Horror Picture Show book (all photographs)

Jim – Andrew Dice Clay’s autobiography – The Filthy Truth

 

 

METAL MODEM – Jason Becker

Jason Becker is an accomplished guitarist who has played with Marty Friedman, Richie Kotzen, David Lee Rother and others.  He was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) around 1990, and was given only 3-5 years to live.  After losing his ability to speak, his father developed a system for him to communicate with his eyes.  It started out with a simple letter grid, and has now advanced to a product called EyeSpeak, which exceeded its goal on Kickstarter.  With his mother interpreting his eye movements, the guys discussed the documentary about his life entitled Not Dead Yet, his time with David Lee Roth and his work with Marty Friedman.  He talked about how he still writes music, and how it is healing for him, and also that a number of his guitar player friends show up every year on his birthday and play for him.  His is currently working on a new album with Chris Broderick on classical guitar, and a number of other guests.

 

 

THROWDOWN – Black Sabbath’s Dio Classics – “Heaven & Hell” vs “Mob Rules”

Jamey – Heaven & Hell

Joey – Heaven & Hell

John – Mob Rules

Eddie – Heaven & Hell

Jim – Heaven & Hell

Don – Mob Rules

 

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown – Week of 3-21-15

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Octane Big ‘Uns Countdown for the week of 3-21-15.

The 3-21-15 Big ‘Uns Countdown playlist can also be found on www.HardRockDaddyNetwork.com (the HRD YouTube channel), in addition to archived playlists dating back to 2013.  Links to reviews of songs from the countdown are featured at the bottom of the page.

#15 – “Darkest Part” – RED

#14 –  “The Last Garrison” – ENTER SHAKIRI

#13 –  “Never Giving Up” – OF MICE & MEN

#12 –  “Carnivore” – STARSET

#11 –  “Bent To Fly” – SLASH f. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS

#10 –  “Heavy Is The Head” – ZAC BROWN BAND f. CHRIS CORNELL

#9 –   “Apocalyptic” – HALESTORM

# 8 –   “Blank Space” – I PREVAIL

# 7 –   “Wish You Hell” – LIKE A STORM

# 6 –   “Custer” – SLIPKNOT

# 5 –   “Angel” – THEORY OF A DEADMAN

# 4 –   “Stars” – SIXX: A.M.

# 3 –   “Drop Dead Cynical” –  AMARANTHE

# 2 –    “Untraveled Road” – THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH

# 1 –    “This Probably Won’t End Well” – ALL THAT REMAINS

 

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