CONTESTANT SINGS SOUNDGARDEN ON AMERICAN IDOL, IMPRESSES STEVEN TYLER

Last night on an auditions episode of American Idol filmed last summer in Austin, Texas contestant Caleb Johnson sang Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage” in hopes of getting a ticket to Hollywood. He passed and here is what the judges (including Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler) had to say:

Steven Tyler: Nailed notes, hit notes with passion. Yes, yes, yes from me.

Jennifer Lopez: You’re one of the best we’ve heard.

Randy Jackson: You’re going to Hollywood.

BEN SHEPHERD SAYS HE WANTS SOUNDGARDEN TO PLAY, SAYS REUNION WAS INEVITABLE

This is from a few months ago, but somebody recently scanned the November 2010 edition of Metal Hammer online and there is an article about Soundgarden’s reunion that has quotes from Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd.  My guess is the interview was conducted in September or October of last year.  Here’s a cool quote from Ben:

“I would not be surprised if we came back to Europe and the UK at all.  I think there’s the possibility of a new record; we’re all pretty jazzed on playing together again and working together.  I care about the legacy and how people see us and perceive us, but I want to play.  That’s why we’re here.  We should have done this a long time ago.”

DUFF MCKAGAN SAYS ALICE IN CHAINS FRONTMAN JERRY CANTRELL IS A PITTSBURGH STEELERS FAN

Former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver/briefly Jane’s Addiction bassist Duff McKagan has a new blog up on ESPN.com about Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s strange football fandom, here’s a short quote from the funny blog:

“Jerry grew up in Oklahoma, where everyone around him was a Dallas Cowboys fan. Being the dude he is, Jerry decided to pull for the Cowboys’ archenemy of the ’70s, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

His family then moved to Tacoma, Wash., about the same time as Seattle got its expansion NFL team. From day one, he was a Seahawks fan … as well as a Steelers fan.”

KURT COBAIN TRIED TO WRITE A SONG FOR 90’S CARTOON REN & STIMPY

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Billy West, who provided the voice of the feline simpleton character Stimpy, has claimed that the Nirvana frontman showed up at the Los Angeles offices of Spümcø, the animation company behind the show.

“One day, this scraggly kid came in and said he wanted to write a song for Ren & Stimpy,” he said on podcast Nerdist, “and it was Kurt Cobain.”

West’s account hasn’t been verified by anyone who knew the late singer/guitarist, but whether it was indeed him or not who showed up, the “scraggly kid”‘s song was rejected by the show’s chiefs.

“They [TV bosses] said, ‘Yeah, that’s great,'” West explained, “and they threw it in the wastebasket”.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT PEARL JAM’S VS. & VITALOGY REISSUES

From Sony Music’s Swedish home page, translated by Jeremy’s Spoken of the PearlJam.com forums:

Sony Music, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings celebrates Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary by releasing new remastered editions with bonus tracks of their second and third album Vs. and Vitalogy,

Vs. and Vitalogy will be available as Definitive Legacy Editions, Deluxe Editions and together in a Limited Edition Collector’s Boxed Set from Tuesday 29 March. Both albums will be released on vinyl April 16 In conjunction with Record Store Day 2011th

Pearl Jam is one of the largest and most important bands that have emerged since the 1990s and has sold over 60 million albums.

2011 will be a year full of activities to celebrate the band’s anniversary of 20 years as a group. Anniversary kicks off with the release of a live compilation album, Live on Ten Legs in January and followed up with re-release are the Vs. and Vitology in March. Later this autumn, Cameron Crow movie about Pearl Jam – Pearl Jam Twente y, along with a book and a soundtrack album. Include a large number of other PJ20 events and releases during the year and to keep eruppdaterade, visit www.pearljam.com .

JEFF AMENT AND MIKE MCCREADY ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES

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In support of Three Mountains, Tres Mts. will hit the road on a 5-city tour starting March 16th in Seattle. The tour stops in D.C., Philadelphia, New York and wraps in Boston on March 27th (full dates below). While on the road, Tres Mts. are also scheduled to perform as the musical guest on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, March 24th.

Mike McCready, who plays guitar on Three Mountains, will join Ament, Pinnick and Stuverud on tour.

Ticket sales for the Tres Mts. tour dates begin Friday, February 4th at 10am local time. A Live Nation pre-sale for the New York City date takes place Thursday, February 3rd from 10am-10pm Eastern at www.livenation.com. A pre-sale for the Seattle date takes from 10am Pacific on Thursday, February 3rd through the public on sale time at www.ticketmaster.com.

Tres Mts. Tour Dates:

Date City Venue Ticket Price/Outlets
March 16 Seattle, Wa Showbox at the Market $18 / ticketmaster
March 21 Washington,D.C. Black Cat $20 / ticketalternative
March 23 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts $20 / livenation
March 26 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre $20 / livenation
March 27 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club $20 / ticketmaster

Three Mountains Track Listing:

1. My Baby

2. Oh, Lord

3. God Told Me

4. Makes Me Feel

5. Holes in the Road

6. In the Middle

7. Life

8. Afrosheena

9. She’s My New Song

10. Utah

11. Break

12. Mystery

13. She’s My New Reprise

KORN GUITARIST SAYS HE’S HAPPY SOUNDGARDEN REUNITED

The Monitor have up a new interview with Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer.  Here is what he had to say about Soundgarden:

FESTIVA: You guys have been around for almost 20 years – you guys are veterans. Who are some bands that influence you guys?
MUNKY: Fieldy and I started the band … and this whole hair metal, ‘80s thing was going on at the time. And we hated it. I mean there were certain bands that we liked that are still around, like, Def Leppard and the bands that sort of, like, had real songs, you know? Metallica, they weren’t at all a hair metal band, but we liked their approach to songwriting. Red Hot Chili Peppers were a big influence on us, and Faith No More, just bands that were sort of doing something different and not following this whole glam rock, ‘80s, hair band thing. …Soundgarden, it’s nice to see that band playing again. I really enjoy their music.

FESTIVA: Yeah, I read that your new album sort of has a Soundgarden feel or sound to it.
MUNKY: Well, I said that in an interview, and there were just a couple of parts and pieces that were put together are similar to … just reminded me of Soundgarden. I wouldn’t say it sounded like them.

COURTNEY LOVE’S TWITTER LAWSUIT WILL NOT GO TO TRIAL

To Courtney fans, I am sorry if my article the other day about Courtney appeared to have a negative spin.  I’m a fan of Courtney’s and I wish her all the best.  Roger Friedman of showbiz411.com has up a new article about Courtney Love’s Twitter lawsuit, here’s part of it:

Courtney Love will not go to trial in her Twitter lawsuit.

I’ve learned exclusively that Courtney’s lawsuit, brought by clothing designer Dawn Simorangkir who said she’d been defamed by the Hole singer on Twitter, is in the process of being settled. All that remains are the signatures.

A few months ago there was a lot of speculation that the case would be a first in court. At issue, what happens when you call people names on Twitter?

It turns out: not much.

‘NME ICONS: DAVE GROHL’ MAGAZINE ON SALE FRIDAY

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A new magazine from the makers of NME about ex-Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is out soon.

NME Icons: Dave Grohl is out on Friday (February 4) priced at £4.99. It will be available from UK magazine retailers as well as online at NME.COM/store.

The 100-page magazine features an exclusive new interview with the 2011 NME Godlike Genius on the new album, plus Josh Homme waxing lyrical about his Them Crooked Vultures bandmate.