SMASHING PUMPKINS MAY TOUR EUROPE THIS FALL

This is about 10 days old, but hey it’s a Sunday:

In 2010, the Pumpkins performed three runs of dates in the U.S. plus shows in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America. Asked about the band’s touring plans for 2011, CORGAN says: “We had no plans of going on the road this year, but now we may go to Europe in the fall, and if that happens, we’ll play a few select dates in America.”

From latest MSOPR press release.
http://www.msopr.com/?q=node/6331

CHRIS CORNELL COMMENTS ON RUMORS OF SOUNDGARDEN PLAYING AT PEARL JAM’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL

In a new interview with RollingStone.com, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell commented on rumors of Soundgarden playing Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary festival:

“I haven’t heard anything about that,” says Cornell. “Whether it makes sense or not depends on if you’re Matt. He might not want to get carpal tunnel syndrome.”

Cornell also commented on upcoming Soundgarden shows in the RollingStone.com article:

“We’ll probably do some shows before the album even comes out,” he says. “But like I said, we’re not planning things based on the album’s rollout until we feel like the album’s done.”

DAVE GROHL SAYS ROCK AND ROLL IS NOT DEAD

Billboard.com has a lengthy new article up on the Foo Fighters, here is an excerpt:

For now, Grohl isn’t worried about the business side of his music, he’s relishing every moment at the forefront of what some believe is a dying genre. “To me, rock’n’roll is analog. Rock’n’roll is imperfection,” he says. “Rock’n’roll is musicians onstage who aren’t pretty and don’t sing perfectly. They get a little drunk and don’t sound like the record. And they don’t have computers behind them fucking playing things for them. To me, rock’n’roll is fucking real. It’s alive and well.”

FOO FIGHTERS DRUMMER TAYLOR HAWKINS TALKS ABOUT NIRVANA REUNION ON “I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN”

Credit: inmusic.ca

iM: Speaking of older days, let’s discuss ‘I Should Have Known’ because it has Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear playing on it and Butch Vig producing it, was there a bit of Nirvana nostalgia for you? Was their concern that people would dig deep into that track?

TH: Dave knew that especially have Krist on that song that he would definitely invite those questions. When Krist showed up to do his bit on that song, I hung out for a little bit, said Hi, hugged him, talked about whatever and then I left and let them have their moment together. For me, that was a respectful thing to do. I was like you guys do your thing, I don’t need to be here while you do it, I’ve already played my bit on the song, so go for it. I don’t know if it was meant to be some Nirvana reunion or whatever but I think they enjoyed it. I’m sure it brought up memories. I was working in a music store when Nirvana was out, I was so far away from being a professional musician or anything like that. I was just another dork watching MTV.

SETLIST FROM EDDIE VEDDER’S SHOW YESTERDAY IN MELBOURNE (NIGHT 2)

Kat posted this on the PearlJam.com forums:

Eddie Vedder
Palais Theatre, Melbourne AU
Show 2
March 25, 2011

01. Long Road
02. Sometimes
03. Thumbing My Way
04. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
05. Picture In A Frame-(Kathleen Brennan/Tom Waits)
06. Man Of The Hour
07. Just Breathe
08. Driftin’
09. You’re True-(New Song)
10. Soon Forget
11. Light Years
12. Setting Forth
13. Far Behind
14. Guaranteed
15. Rise
16. Off He Goes
17. Lukin
18. Porch

Encore Break 1
19. Tonight You Belong To Me w/ EJ Barnes-(Rose/David)
20. The Golden State w/ EJ Barnes-(John Doe)
21. Society-(Jerry Hannan)
22. The Kids Are Alright-(Pete Townshend)
23. I Am A Patriot-(Steve Van Zandt)
24. Wishlist
25. Arc

Encore Break 2
26. Crazy Mary-(Victoria Williams)
27. Rockin’ In The Free World w/ EJ Barnes & Cecilia Herbert-(Neil Young)
29. Hard Sun w/ EJ Barnes & Cecilia Herbert-(Gordon Peterson)

EDDIE VEDDER ANNOUNCES UNITED STATES TOUR DATES

We are excited to bring you the Eddie Vedder announcement you’ve been waiting for.  In support of his forthcoming solo album, Ukulele Songs, Eddie Vedder will embark on a month-long US tour on June 15th in Providence, Rhode Island which wraps up on July 15th at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Special guest Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, The Frames) will join Vedder on the road.

For more info on Ukulele Songs, visit this link:
http://www.pearljam.com/news/new-eddie-vedder-record-and-dvd-coming-may-31

We are happy to announce a special Ten Club only ticket pre-sale for members active as of Thursday, March 24th at  11:59pm Pacific.  Sorry, If you are not already a member you will not be eligible for the pre-sale.

The Ten Club pre-sale will begin Tuesday, March 29th at 8am Pacific. The pre-sale will end on Wednesday, March 30th at 5pm Pacific or until tickets are gone. Please check www.timeanddate.com for time zone conversion.

***NOTE: In an effort to spread the ticket love around as much as possible there will be a limit of 1 pair (2 tickets) per member for the entire tour on the first day (Tuesday, March 29) of the ticket sale. Starting at 9am Pacific on the second day (Wednesday, March 30th), any remaining tickets will be opened up for purchase regardless of whether or not you have tickets to another show. You will be able to purchase one pair for any or all remaining shows still up on the site at this time.

June 15 – Providence, RI: Providence Performing Arts Center (PAC)
June 16 – Boston, MA: The Wang Theatre
June 18 – Hartford, CT: The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
June 21 – New York, NY: Beacon Theatre
June 22 – New York, NY: Beacon Theatre
June 25 – Philadelphia, PA: Tower Theatre
June 26 – Detroit, MI: Fox Theatre
June 28 – Chicago, IL: The Chicago Theatre
July 1 – St. Louis, MO: Fox Theatre
July 2 – Minneapolis, MN: Orpheum Theatre
July 5 – San Diego, CA: Copley Symphony Hall
July 6 – Long Beach, CA: Terrace Theater
July 8 – Los Angeles, CA: The Wiltern
July 9 – Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Bowl
July 11 – Oakland, CA: The Paramount Theatre
July 14 – Portland, OR: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
July 15 – Seattle, WA: Benaroya Hall

DAVE GROHL TALKS ABOUT REUNITING WITH SURVIVING NIRVANA MEMBERS

Credit: perthnow.com.au

Wasting Light sees former Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear rejoin Foo Fighters, and was produced by Butch Vig, the man behind the classic Nevermind album.

To complete the mini-reunion Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic plays on album highlight I Should Have Known.

“It felt like the right time,” Grohl said of the song. “I couldn’t have done that for the first Foo Fighters album. Had I done that it would have looked like a horrible ploy to exploit Nirvana.

“It’s been 17 years since Nirvana was a band. At same point I had to be ok with making a record with Butch, and feeling OK having Pat and Krist and I in the same room together. 17 years is long enough. I didn’t want to wait forever.”

BRENDAN O’BRIEN TALKS ABOUT WORKING WITH PEARL JAM, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS & SOUNDGARDEN DURING THE SAME TIME PERIOD

TheSkyIScrape.com has up a recap of Brendan O’Brien’s interview on the All Encompassing Trip.  Here are a few notes from their recap:

-They had an idea that Vs would be getting a lot of attention and they knew it would probably “open big” (in terms of first week sales) but they had no idea it would sell in such huge numbers, it was one of the first producing jobs he’d ever done so he had no preparation for that. It was “mind-boggling”. He was working with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Stone Temple Pilots all around that time and success was like “the elephant in the room” for the band members, it was almost frowned on to discuss their financial success. Other bands would’ve reacted very differently.

-They recorded Of the Earth during Backspacer, but they didn’t finish it. Backspacer was a record they wanted to be very concise and he was really happy with that. The idea was to remind people they could write great songs with great choruses. That song didn’t fit in quite as much but it’s still out there and we’ll see.

-He never really wanted to remix Ten. The band were never happy with the original mix but his view was it was an iconic record and people would be attached to the sound of those mixes. When he remixed the tracks for the RVM greatest hits collection, he was just trying to make them sound as good as he could. When he remixed the whole album for the reissue he really wanted to ensure the original mix would be included, he felt uncomfortable with the idea that someone might buy only his remixed version, it was just an amendment to the original in his mind. As to the difference between the earlier RVM mixes and the Ten remixes, he couldn’t really say, just a moment in time. It’s just whatever happens on that day.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS “TAKE A LOAD OFF” TO BE FEATURED ON VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACK

Credit: randomprodinc.com

Shift 2 Unleashed showcases a new style of soundtrack that uses sonic themes to engage the player and represent the driver’s battle. Each composer working on the soundtrack was tasked with the challenge of producing emotional themes, creating a cinema-level score.

“This is a totally unique approach to videogame scores,” said Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing for EA. “We’ve brought together some of the most cutting-edge composers from various film, TV, trailer and gaming backgrounds in entertainment to re-imagine the music of ten absolutely distinctive bands and sonically encapsulate the driver’s emotional journey.”

The soundtrack will also feature:
30 seconds to Mars – Night of the Hunter
Anberlin – We Owe This To Ourselves
Biffy Clyro – Mountains
The Bravery – Ours
Escape The Fate – Issues
Hollywood Undead – Levitate
Jimmy Eat World – Action Needs An Audience
Stone Temple Pilots – Take A Load off
Switchfoot – The Sound

SETLIST FROM YESTERDAY’S EDDIE VEDDER SHOW IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Posted by Kat on the PearlJam.com forums:

Eddie Vedder
Palais Theatre, Melbourne AU
March 24, 2011

01. Don’t Be Shy-(Cat Stevens)
02. Around The Bend
03. Hurt-(Trent Reznor){Nine Inch Nails}
04. Brain Damage-(Roger Waters){Pink Floyd}
05. Sometimes
06. I Am Mine
07. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
08. Just Breathe (dedicated to Karrie, longtime monitor engineer, and other great moms)
09. Sleeping By Myself-(New Song)
10. Without You-(New Song)
11. No Ceiling
12. Society-(Jerry Hannan)
13. Far Behind
14. Guaranteed
15. Rise
16. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away-(Lennon, McCartney)
17. Unthought Known
18. Porch

Encore Break 1
19. Tonight You Belong To Me w/ EJ Barnes-(Rose/David)
20. You Can Close Your Eyes w/ EJ Barnes-(James Taylor)
plays 3 seconds of “I Got You”-(Tim Finn/Neil Finn){Split Enz}
21. The Golden State w/ EJ Barnes-(John Doe)
22. Betterman
23. Wishlist
24. Dead Man
25. The End
26. Arc (partial-stopped because of technical glitch)
27. Immortality
28. Better Days

Encore Break 2
29. Rockin’ In The Free World w/ EJ Barnes, Jimmy Barnes & Cecilia Herbert-(Neil Young)
20. Hard Sun w/ EJ Barnes & Cecilia Herbert-(Gordon Peterson)

CHRIS CORNELL SAYS NEW SOUNDGARDEN ALBUM IS DIVERSE, BAND WORKING AT FAST PACE

Billboard.com has a new interview up with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell where he discusses his Songbook tour and Soundgarden’s new album:

The tour comes after a productive few weeks with Soundgarden, who reconvened earlier this month to work on the group’s first album since 1996’s “Down on the Upside” at Cornell’s studio in Los Angeles. “We’re pretty far into our record now,” Cornell reports. “I don’t really know how to describe it musically, because typically with Soundgarden…every time we write a song we always take it for what it is and try to make it the most it can be. It’s very diverse, I can tell you that.”

But he’s not offering any predictions about when it will be finished and ready to come out.

“We went into this with the idea that we wouldn’t worry about scheduling or timing,” Cornell explains. “We would worry about making a great record; that’s kind of where we’re at. It’s been a pretty fast pace, considering everything. We’ve really gotten very far very quickly, and it’s really exciting. But we’re not putting any pressure on ourselves or around the music and just want it to organically be finished without being concerned that, ‘Oh, we have to master this on this specific date.’ We’re not in a situation where we have to rush, and this is one time we’re lucky enough that we can afford to…let the album decide when it’s done.”

PEARL JAM’S TEN CLUB TO MAKE MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW

Ten Club President Tim Bierman initially said on yesterday’s All Encompassing Trip that a major announcement would be made on Thursday, but on the PearlJam.com forums he retracted his statement and said that the announcement will actually be made on Friday (tomorrow):

Right after I said that on the air, a little birdie came by and sh#t on my shoulder. Gonna have to wait until Friday to cough up the news. (and no, it isn’t PJ20 related, but still very cool)

The announcement will most likely be confirmation of Eddie Vedder’s summer solo tour.

EXCLUSIVE REVIEW OF STONE TEMPLE PILOTS’ SHOW YESTERDAY IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Photo Credit: The Vine: Elleni Toumpas

Thanks to Ally for sending this review in:

Stone Temple Pilots
23rd of March, 2011
Brisbane, Australia
Riverstage
By Ally

It was a hot night in Brisbane, Australia, but we went, as if on a mission to see Stone Temple Pilots, who were playing for the first time ever in Australia. We packed into an outdoor, hilly venue, which was great, as no matter where you stood, you could see the band, and the band could see you. Australian punk-rock band Grinspoon was the opening act. Their simple, radio friendly sound hasn’t always been a favourite of mine, but I found myself singing along, probably because I was so excited to be there.

After a short break, Stone Temple Pilots took to the stage opening with Crackerman and Wicked Garden from their album Core. The crowd was wild at this point and pretty much everyone around me was moshing or crowd surfing, and Weiland was dancing away Weiland style. Following with a quick water break (Weilands shirt was almost see thru from sweat at this point) they started the first notes of Vasoline and the crowd went off and we all sung the words. They followed Vasoline with Heaven and Hotrods, Between the Lines and Hickory Dichotomy from their latest self titled album and although it was obvious many people didn’t know these songs, everyone was still having a great time and dancing away. The night continued with Still Remains, Big Empty and the Led Zeppelin cover Dancing Days.

After Dancing Days, they played Silvergun Superman, and the crowd sung along with Plush. That was a magic moment. They followed this with Interstate Love Song, and for some reason they skipped a verse. I don’t know what happened there? It also seemed mistimed? Huckleberry Crumble followed, with Down and Sex Type Thing. After a short break, the boys came back and ended with Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart.

It was a kick ass night and it’s a shame they couldn’t play longer. I think the band wanted to continue, but a strict curfew was in place. Weiland was in excellent shape, and looks the healthiest I’ve seen him in years. He seemed very present and they all interacted with the audience and stated how much they’ve enjoyed this tour. They also gave away shirts and skins when they bowed good night. Let’s hope we see them more often. I’ll be there in a heartbeat.

Photo Credit: Zo Gay/Austereo and triplem.com.au