Setlist from Dingwalls on Friday:

‘Bridge Burning’
‘Dear Rosemary’
‘White Limo’
‘These Days’
‘Back Forth’
‘A Matter Of Time’
‘Miss The Misery’
‘I Should Have Known’
‘All My Life’
‘My Hero’
‘Up In Arms’
‘Times Like These’
‘Stacked Actors’
‘Cold Day In The Sun’
‘Long Road To Ruin’
‘Big Me’
‘For All The Cows’
‘Monkey Wrench’
‘Darling Nikki’
‘This Is A Call’

Setlist from Dingwalls on Saturday posted by EnoughSpace on the Foo Fighters BBS:

All my life
My Hero
Up In Arms
Enough Space
Times Like These
Stacked Actors
Cold Day in The Sun
Long Road To Ruin
Big Me
I’ll Stick Around
For All The Cows
Monkey Wrench
Hey JP

Young Man Blues
Best of You
This is a call

I think this is right apart from Butterflies and Best of you were replaced with Aurora and something else.



Speaking at the Shockwaves NME Awards – where [Grohl] picked up the Godlike Genius award last night (23.02.11) – he told BANG Showbiz: “Honestly this is the first time we’ve made a record that I actually like to listen to.

“I haven’t listened to Foo Fighters records – the third record [‘There Is Nothing Left To Lose’] I listen to a little bit because it reminds me of my home in Virginia – but for the most part, I can’t listen to them. This one I’ve listened to a lot, I like it a lot.”


From Kerry Brown’s blog:

From Billy Corgan

A Few Thoughts on the Passing of a True Psychedelic Pioneer

I just found out that Mark Tulin died, which is weird because I just
saw Mark Tulin less than 60 hours ago at a worn out deli in Tarzana.
Kerry, Bjorn, Mark and I sat down for a meal just before we went over
to mix ‘Zen Baby’, which was funny because originally that song was
intended to be a song I had for the Prunes. Mark had asked about a
year ago if I had any good ideas that I wasn’t going to use for SP,
and I said “yeah, I got this kind of bluesy, stones riff you might
like.”, and he loved it so we went into Kerry’s submarine to demo it
out. Mark played his walking bass all over it and we worked the idea
back and forth. Towards the end of the song, I had changed a few
chords up, and was doing a guitar overdubub when I hit a series of
unexpected notes that opened the song up into different territory, and
the look on Mark’s face was priceless. He told me later, “when I heard
you hit those notes against those chords I thought to myself ‘I’m
fucked’, because I knew you were never gonna let me have that song
now!” So yes, it was funny that we sat in this broken deli only hours
ago, us all old soldiers of rock and roll, having our usual laugh
about the things that we found funny, and strange, and unfair in the

During our many hours together,- recording, rehearsing, sharing meals,
Mike Byrne, the SP drummer, all of 19 years old at the time,
befriended Mark and they became running buddies, or as Mark would have
you know it, he became Mike’s limo driver. Mark even helped Mike with
his laundry, because he was a kind man and knew what Mike felt like to
be so young and far away from home, playing in a band. Of course Mark
gave Mike shit for helping him, but the guilt was part of the charm.
Mike turned Mark onto all sorts of bands, everything from Grizzly Bear
to My Bloody Valentine, and Mark soaked it all up, happy to see that
psychedelic music was alive and well so many generations down the line
from his. I told those two they should have a reality show, such an
odd couple, but it says a lot about Mark that he could treat a young
man 40 years his junior as an equal.

Mark was part of a movement of suburban kids in the mid to late 60s
that changed the world with their dark musical dreaming, and of course
their Anglophile obsessions. From their imaginations sprang so many
technicolor daydreams and all manner of wishing; wishing that we were
often what we are not. Professor Psychedelic was his nickname, and he
wore it proudly. You don’t always get credit for being one of the
first across the line like the Electric Prunes were, but we all made
sure to tell Mark many times that we understood what he had done was
important and hugely influential. He had signed his first record
contract at 17, and needed a judge to let him do it because he was a
minor. By 19 the record company had stolen the band name away and was
putting out an Electric Prunes band that had none of the original
members. Mark’s band was stolen from him, a fact he had never fully
gotten over. It was a deep wound, but he fought to get the name back
and had to go to court to do so. The judge let him sign his life away
in the first place, and it was a lucky judge who gave him back his
dignity. All those terrible things drove the two friends who had
started the band apart, and after 30 years they came back together to
make music again. As it should be.

He said to me the other day, jokingly, “I am the Electric Prunes”, and
I said laughing back, “well, I’m the Smashing Pumpkins!”, but we said
these things because it had never been easy for both of us, the band
road, the politics, the heartbreak of it all. I know he loved James,
the lead singer of the Prunes, seeing him as someone born for the job,
and I agreed. Some bands just have the ‘it’ factor, and to those in
the know, the Electric Prunes had it in spades before the blueprint
was cast in cliched stone. Check out their album ‘Underground’ to see
what was and also what might have been had they stayed un-fucked with.

Playing music with Mark was always a joy, he was truly a great,
sympathetic musician, a native bass player who knew his instrument and
played with a quiet fire. I loved working with him, and he was very
supportive and complimentary of me as I was coming out of a rough
time. Words can not express how much I enjoyed creating music with
him, and it was a great honor to have him play on some of these recent
SP tracks; ‘astral planes’, ‘widow wake my mind’, and many others,
tons of unreleased stuff. He played a long lost style that was
incredibly responsive to the vocals, and to the song. A lost art.

Mark was an expert deep sea diver diver, had a masters in psychology,
and once ran some family business, carpets or something. I told him,
‘boy, you’ve had an interesting life!’. He was incredibly sarcastic,
but not caustic, but so obviously was a softy, especially when it came
to his daughter and ex-wife, who became his best friend after their
divorce. You got the feeling that there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do
for those he loved. We talked a few days ago about recording a song at
Kerry’s for a new Prunes record, a song called ‘Medicine’ that I wrote
just for them. There is a demo, quite cool and fun and sounding like
the Prunes for the 21st century. Hopefully we can finish that, what we
have there. It will be only a small way to show our love for the man.

Mark played with us when Sky Saxon died, at his memorial. Mark had
mixed feelings about Sky as a person, and it made him a bit
uncomfortable; all the love for Sky after he died, like everyone had
an easy memory in death. So we talked about it, and I asked what he
honestly felt, I could tell it was confusing to him. I could tell by
talking that he thought ‘if everyone only knew the Sky I know!’, but I
reminded him that what he was honoring, with us, was the spirit and
love that Sky had brought through his music, and that he (Mark) was
deserving of the same honor. He gave me a snide ‘alright, alright’ and
that was the end of it. He just wanted to play music, and the rest to
him was a bit of a show, but we played well at Sky’s memorial because
we were brothers, and that’s what brothers are supposed to do for our
own. It was a night of wonderful music; The Prunes played was a punky
spite and The Strawberry Alarm Clock evoked a patchouli soaked world
of innocence. I hope we can do the same for Mark, but who will play

I’ve avoided saying so far how incredibly sad this makes me, his
passing, for Mark was still a fairly young man who had lots of plans
and living to do, and I’m guessing that dying would really piss him
off. In fact I know it would!! He died at least doing what he loved to
do, helping others, as a volunteer, being part of a rescue team that
helped distressed divers off Catalina Island. Mark had even helped
dive for corpses in New Orleans, post-Katrina. He had a certain pluck
and courage that makes sense if you knew him. He wasn’t a hugger or a
hippie, he was mostly interested in making the groove click and ‘why’
you picked one note over the other. He was big on the ‘why’ question.
He reminded me many times, just by him being who he naturally was,
that music is a religion for grown up boys like us, better than any
suburban god or rainbow stories on the horizon.

The last thing I said to Mark when we parted the other day, just out
in front of a music store, was that I’d be back in town probably for
my birthday in a few weeks. “You’re invited of course”, I said, “but
you don’t have to come if you don’t want to.” He laughed quite loud,
enjoying my guilt trip on him and the subtle dig at the same time. I
always tried to make time with him when I was in town, no matter what,
because I just wanted him to know that I saw him as someone worthy of
a lot of respect and admiration. Mark made friends with everyone in my
world, because his sweetness was always right there to be found. That
says a lot to me, that he touched everyone I knew in an individual

One final story…Mark played with SP when we played the Tonight Show,
and just before we were on, they dropped a screen door in front of us,
and pumped some white smoke into our box to make the lights look
better. We were on in 60 seconds, and Mark says to me, “you know, when
my people see a door close and the gas gets pumped in, we get a little
nervous.” Thanks Mark…! And 1-2-3, cue music, we were on live…

God Bless you Mark, you will always be a star.

PS. I wrote this last night. I just woke from a dream that Mark was
in. It was a party in somebody’s backyard, and I found myself staring
at him thinking ‘how is it that he is here?’ I watched him, and he
seemed and acted completely normal. Eventually we were alone on a
couch, and I leaned over and said “you know, it’s funny but I’ve been
sad all day because you had died, and yet, here you are! “ Mark nodded
his head, understanding what I was saying. “Mark, is this a dream?
Because it doesn’t feel like a dream.” He again nodded his head,
concerned that I was a bit confused. He smiled and said, hoping to
explain his being there, “Well, it’s just that now we aren’t in such
a hurry.”


frauleinkill of the forums translated a quote from Alain Johannes in a recent interview he did on a Swedish website.

“Working with Mark Lanegan is a piece of cake. He comes by, lay down a track with acoustic guitar and slush singing, go out, comes back 3 hours later when I’ve recorded some of the instruments, record the lead vocal, we mix it and 20 minutes later we go on to the next song. You don’t see that very often! When he opens his mouth you almost forget what you’re doing because the tone in his voice is so amazing. It’s the same with Gwen Stefani.”

Johannes has had an affiliation with many Grunge musicians for many years now, including Lanegan on Bubblegum in 2004.  He was recently was the touring guitarist for Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and he also worked on Chris Cornell’s classic debut solo album Euphoria Morning.  Alain and his Eleven bandmate/wife, the late Natasha Shneider, also did a funny interview with Soundgarden for their Down on the Upside EPK in 1996.

Last year he released his debut solo album Spark as a tribute to Natasha Shneider.


According to Wikipedia: “On February 26, 2011 Tulin collapsed while helping out at the Avalon Underwater Clean-Up in Avalon, California. Baywatch Avalon and Avalon Fire Department medics responded immediately, but he could not be revived and was pronounced dead.”

Tulin was best known for his work with The Electric Prunes in the 60’s.  Tulin played with Billy Corgan and Dave Navarro in the short lived supergroup Spirits in the Sky in 2009, and later became the temporary bassist of the Smashing Pumpkins in 2010 while the Pumpkins searched for a replacement for Ginger Pooley.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan said the following on his Twitter page regarding Tulin’s passing:

Just got some horrible news, my brother and good friend, Mark Tulin of the Electric Prunes passed away today. I am really sad!

“We just had lunch with Mark 2 days ago in Los Angeles + we were discussing recording a new song for the Prunes 🙁 he will be missed by many!”

Smashing Pumpkins producer Kerry Brown also commented:

“i can’t fix this one. RIP Mark Tulin a great bass player, friend and band mate. We were getting ready to record the Prunes new song this week. I’m in shock.” sends it condolences to the Tulin family and his loved ones during this difficult time.


Great to see that Scott and the guys are getting along so well, here is a very positive review of STP’s show on Friday in Las Vegas that was posted by Laura on the forums:

I will echo CMCracker above: the boys were REALLY on last night. Scott, in particular, was on fire. Based on what I’ve read on these boards, I know that some of you go to many more shows than I do, so my perspective might be a little bit different. Prior to Vegas, I had not seen STP for three months. I attended a few shows in the fall, the last of which was in November, right before the band went to South America. So, in only three month’s time, I noticed a dramatic change in Scott. In a prior post, I talked about him seeming “detached” during concerts. Not so in Vegas. It was almost like a fog had cleared, or a curtain had lifted—he was completely engaged, interacting with the band and showing the love (he and Dean opened the show with an embrace), connecting with the crowd, and singing with his eyes OPEN—really letting us in. He even joked at one point: “This next song is called…I Want You…To Want Me…just kidding.” Later, Dean pulled out a hotel room key and said something like: “Scott, you left this in my room last night,” to which Scott replied: “Wow, now I’m really embarrassed.” Dean then handed the key to someone in the crowd.

I had watched the videos from Thackerville and Biloxi that others posted, and I remember thinking that I was catching occasional glimpses of the “old Scott.” Well, indeed—he is back. I thought he looked just a little bit thinner than he has lately (although others will probably disagree). But I prefer him heftier! Also, it might have just been the lighting, but it looked like his face was slightly bruised, as if someone had recently punched him? Maybe just my imagination. In any case, it was a truly stellar performance, and one certainly worthy of that comparison to Mick Jagger in the article I posted last week. (Just as an aside, I posted that quote on my facebook page because: (1) I was beyond excited to see my two favorite bands of all time mentioned in a single sentence, (2) I thought it was a nice compliment to Scott, and (3) I am a completely obsessed fan-girl. Doug Grean actually asked for the link to the article so he could show it to Scott (!).)

Scott’s smile at the end of the night, during the group hug, said it all. That smile was electrifying! So much so, in fact, that I guess I subconsciously felt the need to “reflect” it back to him. I know this because the guy next to me told me that I was grinning like a complete idiot. Which I was. (This was the same guy who, earlier in the evening, said: “Wow, it’s great to come to an STP show –you have all of these really young fans supporting them, and then you have, well, the people ‘our age.’” Yeah. Thanks, dude.)

It’s really tough on us diehard fans when STP announces one show at a time. You never know if you should just “bite the bullet” and travel to see them, or wait and hope they announce something closer to home. I’m not complaining too loudly, though, because I’d rather them announce one show at a time than no shows at all. That said, I’m not sorry that I chose Vegas. I was blown away. And hell, I’d travel to the moon to see STP.

I had never been to the Pearl before, and it was great to see the band in this smaller but spectacular venue. My only criticisms of the night: (1) Cinnamon was dropped from the setlist, and (2) Trippin’ sounded off for some reason that I can’t really articulate except to say that it seemed like the world shifted into low gear during that song.

I know a lot of you were there, and I hope you all had as great a time as I did. It was kind of a whirlwind for me—I just flew in for the show and flew back out (or at least I intended to—my return flight was delayed due to that freak snowstorm, and since I don’t gamble, I ended up killing the time in the spa). And I would do it all again in a heartbeat.


Photo taken by Brett Buchanan (me) at the Hollywood Bowl on June 24, 2008.

Doug Elfman of the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently did an interview with Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Kretz, Kretz talked about his interest in extreme sports and thrill seeking, here’s an excerpt from the article:

Kretz got inaugurated into that extreme sport at the end of STP’s previous tour, when he took his family to Switzerland.

He and his wife went looking for last-minute excursions, and paragliding was simply available. As fans of extreme sports, they both signed up. But it didn’t come without anxiety.

“When you jump off that cliff, you’re going, ‘Oh, why did I do this?’ Then you realize how beautiful it is.

“You’re a good three-and-a-half-thousand feet above the buildings by the time you get to the top of the wind cycles. And then you start floating down.”

There wasn’t much holding him in place, just a couple of cables connected to his parachute. His instructor told him to relax, but he kept squeezing the support handles really hard, until his powerful drummer’s hands cramped. He was weirded out seeing his feet dangling in the sky.

“You realize if you fall, you’re not going to get hurt at all. You’re going to die. That’s what goes through your brain — not, ‘I’m gonna get hurt or paralyzed,’ but ‘I’m going to die!’ “


Credit: ZeeNews

We have heard stories of how Bollywood stars work extra hard to get into the skin of the character. Ranbir Kapoor seems to be doing just that. He is taking extra efforts to ensure that he portrays the role he plays in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar to perfection.

If the buzz is to be believed, Ranbir Kapoor is presently immersed in studying the biography of rock sensation Kurt Cobain. Kurt Cobain is a legendary name in the work of rock music and perhaps Ranbir is taking some cues from the lead singer and guitarist of his band Nirvana.


Somebody claiming to be Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd commented on a recent story about a rumored Soundgarden release on Record Store Day in April:

There is NOT going to be a Soundgarden record released this year on record store day. Sorry to disappoint.

Obviously it’s possible that somebody was merely impersonating Ben, but I did think this was interesting so I thought I’d post it.  It would be pretty cool if it really was Ben commenting!


Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan had some bad things to say about his former webmaster in a recent interview, claiming that he fired him.  The former webmaster Paul supposedly claimed in a chat room that he was not fired, and supposedly had some unflattering things to say about the Smashing Pumpkins’ legendary frontman according to board member cellarlily:

I wish I had saved a transcript. Basically, PMM (Paul) stated this is the first time he heard he was “fired.” His contract ended and both parties were interested in parting ways so they did. Billy asked for this and that, wanted to change things, somehow make money off the website to pay for PMM’s salary, but all ideas PMM presented didn’t take off and he couldn’t do much because he needed content with which to run certain ideas.

Also, Billy once played “G.L.O.W.” acoustic for Paul at his house and said something creepy when he was leaving about being such an evil genius … something along the lines of “I really am something great, aren’t I” but with that Mr. Burns look on his face with his hands steepled.

There was a lot of venting and talk of behind-the-scenes conversations and decisions. Maybe/hopefully someone else in chat was able to log it all. Was fairly interesting to get the other side’s response.


For the record I didn’t mean to be sensationalistic about the headline, but Billy/William Corgan talking about the evolution of artists and how a mediocre album can lead to a great comeback album to me was very interesting.  The Pumpkins frontman recently did an interview with , here are a couple of excerpts from the interview:

You’re your own best editor.
I have to be. If I’m putting out something, it’s a decision I’ve made, and sometimes it doesn’t have anything to do with musical quality. It has to do with personal satisfaction. I’ve earned the right to f—ing suck. [laughs] I learned that from people like Lou Reed and Neil Young, who both decided, “You know what? This year I’m just going to be me, and I don’t give a f— what you think.”

When people look at that release in a linear timeline, they say, “Oh, that’s the album that wasn’t very good.” But they don’t understand that 4 years later, when the artist makes the “comeback” album, it’s because they made that other album 4 years ago. They don’t understand that for an artist, work is cyclical. Periods revolve around each other. When Neil Young had the acoustic comeback album Harvest Moon [in 1992], it was a return to the Harvest feel, even down to the title. But if he had been doing only Harvest music for 20 straight years, he wouldn’t have been able to revisit it as an older guy with that additional viewpoint. That’s what people don’t understand.

William also said this regarding the former webmaster:

I had a Web guy for a while, not a very creative person, who ultimately got fired. At one point he wanted a raise, and I said to him, “You haven’t grown the Web site. When I write a song that becomes a hit song, I sell more tickets and more records. It’s a results-oriented business. So if 10,000 people visit the site every day and 6 months later there’s only 9,000 people visiting the site, that’s a real thing. I can’t guess what they’re thinking, I can just see the numbers.” He said, “Well, if you would visit the site more often or post something, then our numbers would go way up.” I replied, “Yeah, but there’s a reason they don’t put somebody on TV 24 hours a day. It’s the Scarcity Principle.”