TODAY IS GRUNGEREPORT.NET’S 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, SOME NEWS ABOUT THE SITE

^Brett Buchanan (me)

GrungeReport.net launched exactly 2 years ago today!  Back in the summer of 2009 GrungeReport.net averaged only a few hundred hits per day, and 2 years later the site averages thousands of hits per day.  I really have to thank the loyal readers of the site for the support, especially the cool people who send in news and reviews like Paul, Terri, Ben, Andrei, and everybody else.  Sometimes it takes a few days but I try to get to every e-mail.  Also of course thanks to all of the bands I cover for continuing to kick ass like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, and everybody else I cover.  And to the haters like the ones who like to take thinly veiled shots at me on Twitter, quoting Chris Cornell in “Ty Cobb,” fuck you all!

Like I have mentioned a few times before on here, I do plan on launching a big more mainstream rock site sometime this year as a companion site to GrungeReport.net.  By mainstream I don’t mean Nickelback and Coldplay, I mean basically a rock site that covers good bands outside of just our favorite Grunge acts.  I’ve been working on concepts for the site for months and have been taking my time to make sure the site is unique and successful, I don’t want to rush it.

Also like you have seen recently, my Dad and I launched a site called GrabLoot.com that is a viral internet marketing site that has contests where people can win prizes.  Not exactly a musical website, but in this economy it would be nice if the idea ends up working out!

On a random note I actually had a long phone conversation with Billy Corgan several months back.  I never thought to mention it on the site but thought I would now since this is a news and notes type article, it was about a project idea that didn’t end up working out.  We talked about some other stuff too about the history of the Pumpkins.  It was pretty trippy to talk to Billy though, interesting to say the least.

Anyways, that’s it.  It should be an exciting third year for GrungeReport with Soundgarden’s tour/new album and PJ20.  Feel free to shoot me an e-mail as always to grungereport @yahoo.com

-Brett

SETLIST & REVIEW FROM STONE TEMPLE PILOTS’ SHOW LAST NIGHT IN TENNESSEE

STP92 posted this on the BelowEmpty.com forums:

First things first, here’s the setlist (if my memory serves me correctly):

Crackerman
Wicked Garden
Vasoline
Heaven & Hot Rods
Between the Lines
Hickory Dichotomy
Still Remains
Big Empty
Silvergun Superman
Plush
Interstate Love Song
Huckleberry Crumble
Down
Sex Type Thing
ENCORE:
Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart

Overall, the band was kickass and sounded tight. They played the same set as some of the more recent shows, but I got to hear ones that I’ve never heard live before. Heaven & Hot Rods and Still Remains were two in particular that blew me away. Both choruses were just so powerful that it sent chills down my spine. Rob’s bass was extremely loud on Still Remains so it beefed up the chorus a bit and gave it more of a harder edge which was a cool change from the studio version. The band also played a lot of jams; some were really cool, but others were just ‘meh’ and took up time. My only complaint would be that every song (with the exceptions of Sex Type Thing and Crackerman) was very slow in tempo and sometimes dragged on the song. I was a little disappointed with the slow tempos of Silvergun Superman and Interstate Love Song. Also, at one point Weiland rambled on for a while which was kinda strange, but Rob also referred to Weiland as Dr. Weiland, which was pretty funny.

It was a fun night, the band didn’t disappoint, and I’m totally worn out. Goodnight, Below Empty, I’ll see ya later!

NEW SOUNDGARDEN ALBUM WILL BE FINISHED BY THE END OF MAY

Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron told MTV this according to 96xRock the following 2 weeks ago, I’m surprised nobody picked up on it until now. If you click the link you can hear audio of Matt saying it:

“We’ve got about 13 tracks in various stages of completion. We’re going to finish it up at the end of this month, and for the month of May as well. So by the end of May we should have it done.”

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS FROM NIRVANA’S NEW EMP EXHIBIT IN SEATTLE

Thanks to Joseph (Pino) from Italy for sending this in:

I’m in Seattle now, to attend some shows (John Mascis, Chris Cornell, Mike McCready). Yesterday I’ve visited the exhibit “Nirvana: taking punk to the masses” at the Experience Music Project. I send you some pictures. You could post them on Grungereport, if you like.

050: Kurt’s shirt, wear for the Smells Like Teen Spirit video;

053: in Utero man;

058: the original picture used for the Bleach cover;

071: pictures of early Nirvana in their rehersal room;

096: early Nirvana outside the Vogue, in Seattle.

REVIEW OF CHRIS CORNELL’S SHOW IN MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA

NWOntario posted this on the SoundgardenWorld.com forums:

One word: “Unreal.” A few more words: never in a million years did I imagine I’d get to see Chris solo in a setting like this, playing some of the most important songs of my life. I’d been in Setlist Blackout Mode since he started the Songbook tour and had no idea what to expect; I’m glad I did that, because I had no idea “Man of Golden Words” or “Mind Riot” were in play, and when both came out I got about as close to God as when I first saw “Alive” live. Thanks for a great night! Can’t wait for Toronto SOUNDGARDEN!

EDDIE VEDDER & DAVE GROHL PLAYED SURPRISE ENCORE AT MIKE WATT’S SHOW IN SEATTLE LAST NIGHT

Above is the only photo I could find with Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder (well the back of him) in it (Krist Novoselic is in it too), from 1992.

Credit: Seth Kolloen and TheSunBreak.com

Grunge lives! Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear joined Mike Watt and his band for an encore tonight at the Triple Door. It was the second encore. Confidential to the people who left at the end of Watt’s set of rock opera: You are bad at life.

I recognized Grohl first–wasn’t hard, he’s got that long hair and immediately stationed himself at the drums, where he began whacking away as only Dave Grohl can do. Next I noticed Smear, whose name I couldn’t recall, but whose face I remembered from early Foo Fighters, and from his brief time with Nirvana (he was present for Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York show). Then there was this short dude in a baseball cap playing guitar and occasionally chiming in on backing vocals.

“Holy crap!,” I said suddenly to my lovely companion, “That’s Eddie Vedder!”

Watt, Vedder, Grohl and Smear played “Big Train,” the first track from Watt’s 1994 album Ball-Hog or Tugboat?, an album Grohl, Vedder and Smear (and Flea, and Henry Rollins, and Ad-Rock, and Thurston Moore) all appeared on.

SETLIST & REVIEW FROM STONE TEMPLE PILOTS’ SHOW LAST NIGHT IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

JugeSTP posted this on the BelowEmpty.com forums:

just got back to the show seconds ago. I’m in a hotel about a 5 minute walk from the venue… that’s how I roll. Anyway, setlist first:

Crackerman
Wicked garden
Vaso
Heaven&hotrods
Between the lines
Hickory dichotomy
still Remains
Big empty
Dancin days
Silvergun
Country lick into plush
Ils
Huckleberry crumble
All in the Suit intro into Down
Stt
D&b
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[/size]What made this one special was the intimate venue for sure. It was crowded as F and literally it was hard to move from anywhere in the room. Rose Hill Drive, the opener, was insanely good. Those guys are killer musicians, blew me away. The best STP opener I’d seen before them was Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and this band was even better. Anyway, pretty standard STP show by now. Robert did look a little slimmer than usual and he was the most energetic. He was really moving ALL OVER THE PLACE. Eric’s hair dye job is really bad. Scott still has the pooch belly but it looks like his weight is staying steady now. The guys smiled and seemed to get along. Musically the band is tight, and Scott sounded excellent.
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[/size]Someone threw a cup of beer at the stage. Scott handled it really well, but Dean seemed a little rattled and pissed off. He shook his head and seemed bothered for most of the show after that. Scott just picked the cup up, dropped it in front of the crowd and waved his finger suggesting that was a no-no. It was a pretty funny move right in the middle of Dancin’ Days. After the song, Scott said “this isn’t the county fair, and you don’t get a stuffed animal for hitting the band with a cup of beer. In fact, you just lose $60-$70 and in this economy that’s not good” or something like that.
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[/size]The peak of the night started with Interstate. I don’t normally say that but the version they played tonight was on fire. They carried that momentum right into Down and Huckleberry. Huckleberry was played a little sloppily, but the raw energy they had behind it more than made up for it. Scott also sounded as good as I’ve heard him since the #4 tour at the end of the night on trippin’. He belted it out and really gave it his all. I was surprised to see how well he sang that one. Down too. In the last 3 years I’ve seen STP maybe 5 times and that was the best Trippin version, by far, that they’ve done.
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[/size]There were TONS of random licks and jams that I didn’t list above. My personal favorite, the ride the cliche lick in the bridge of still remains, happened.
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[/size]Scott alternated drinking between a bottle of Fiji Water, Orange Gatorade, and a random thermos bottle with an unknown liquid inside. He seemed sober but who knows what was in the bottle… not that I care.
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[/size]After STT they took an encore break. When they came back Dean kept trying to get Eric to play guitar, and it looked like he was saying he’d take drums. It was funny. Dean pleaded to switch roles about 2-3 times before Eric started ignoring him and then he gave up. Very funny moment.
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[/size]That’s about all I got. I see them next Wednesday in Richmond so I’ll give a report on that too.
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VIDEO OF CHRIS CORNELL COVERING PEARL JAM’S “BETTER MAN” AT SHOW IN EDMONTON LAST NIGHT

Zod posted this on the PearlJam.com forums:

I just got back from the acoustic Chris Cornell show (which was pretty good btw). Anyways during the encore he played hunger strike.. then after he said he’d play one he didn’t know, one of eddie’s, then covered Better Man.

It was pretty cool. I’ve seen alot of concerts, I’m pretty sure thats the first time I’ve seen a PJ song covered. Good Stuff.

WIN PEARL JAM’S VS./VITALOGY SUPER DELUXE BOX SET FROM GRUNGEREPORT.NET

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE CONTEST

My Dad and I have launched a website called GrabLoot.com where businesses/websites run contests to help promote their website/business. The concept for contestants is to win you sign up and you get a unique click trackable link that links to the contest page, and whoever gets the most clicks to the contest page wins the prize. We are able to track how many clicks you are getting for the page by the unique link you get when you sign up. The contest is basically, whoever promotes the contest wins the contest. I hope that isn’t too confusing, still trying to work with my Dad to simplify it.  For any corny verbiage/stories on GrabLoot, blame my Dad, he’s writing a lot of the stuff.

GrungeReport.net is running a contest as kind of a guinea pig for the model where the winner will receive a free Pearl Jam Vs./Vitalogy Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition Box Set. The contest has NO AFFILIATION with Pearl Jam or the Ten Club.