FOO FIGHTERS MAY HEADLINE LEEDS AND READING FESTIVALS NEXT YEAR

Credit: DailyStar.co.uk

FOO Fighters look set to headline the Reading and Leeds festivals next year.

If Foo Fighters’ top billing slots at T In The Park and Isle Of Wight go well this summer, the US rockers will be back on our shores.

Drummer Taylor Hawkins told me: “We may play Reading in the summer next year, if we get through all of this run OK.

“Festivals are where we cut our teeth and became a good band.”

The 39-year-old loves the backstage chaos festivals bring.

He said: “The sound is crazy because there’s no sound check.

“We have the best crew in the world, but all they can do is try to make it as comfortable as they can for you.

“You get up there and just have to do it.”

SMASHING PUMPKINS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘OCEANIA,’ REISSUE OLD ALBUMS

Billy Corgan made a series of big Smashing Pumpkins announcements in a new video on Facebook.

Smashing Pumpkins will release a new album titled Oceania later this year, the tentative release month is September. The album will contain 9-11 songs. The band will be recording from May to July. The album is its own album, but is part of the Teargarden By Kaleityscope project. Smashing Pumpkins will also be releasing a new song next week, “OWATA.”

The band will likely be touring in August, possibly in America and Europe.

Corgan has finally finished negotiating with EMI, and they have agreed to reissue all of the old Smashing Pumpkins albums. By Christmas Gish, Siamese Dream, and Pisces Iscariot will be out. In 2012 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, The Aeroplane Flies High, and Adore will be reissued, with MACHINA I/MACHINA II being released and possibly remixed in 2013.

LOLLAPALOOZA 2011 LINEUP ANNOUNCED FEATURING FOO FIGHTERS, EMINEM & COLDPLAY

Meh.

* Eminem
* Foo Fighters
* Coldplay
* Muse

* My Morning Jacket
* Deadmau5
* A Perfect Circle
* Cee Lo Green

* Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas
* The Cars
* Ween

* Bright Eyes
* Arctic Monkeys
* Big Audio Dynamite
* Deftones
* Beirut
* Explosions in the Sky
* Death From Above 1979
* Ratatat
* Crystal Castles
* Flogging Molly
* Atmosphere
* Cold War Kids
* Lykke Li
* Cage the Elephant
* Ok Go
* Local Natives
* The Kills
* White Lies
* Portugal. The Man
* Two Door Cinema Club
* Ellie Goulding
* Delta Spirit
* Beats Antique
* The Mountain Goats
* Sleigh Bells
* Manchester Orchestra
* Smith Westerns
* Best Coast
* Grace Potter & the Nocturals
* The Drums
* Black Lips
* Fitz & The Tantrums
* The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
* City and Colour
* Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

* Cults
* Noah & The Whale
* Sam Adams
* J. Roddy Walston and the Business
* Tinie Tempah
* Lissie
* Dom
* The Vaccines
* Foster The People
* Titus Andronicus
* Mayer Hawthorne & The County
* Chico Trujillo
* The Naked and Famous
* Phantogram
* Rival Schools
* Friendly Fires
* DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.
* Reptar
* Maps & Atlases
* Fences
* Tennis
* An Horse
* Young The Giant
* Los Bunkers
* Imelda May
* Grouplove
* Wye Oak
* The Joy Formidable
* Lord Huron
* Disappears
* Walk The Moon
* Gold Motel
* Iration
* Ryan Leslie
* TAB the band
* Skylar Grey
* Christina Perri
* Black Cards
* The Pretty Reckless
* Boy & Bear
* Patrick Stump
* Kids These Days
* Young Man
* The Kingston Springs
* Lia Ices
* The Chain Gang of 1974
* Ximena Sariñana
* Typhoon
* Electric Touch
* Kerli
* Ruby Jane
* Julia Easterlin
* DJ Mel

VELVET REVOLVER IS DEAD, BAND NO LONGER SEEKING REPLACEMENT FOR WEILAND

Velvet Revolver has really been dead for over 3 years now (when lead singer Scott Weiland left the band to reunite Stone Temple Pilots, though the band claimed to have “fired” him to save face), but in this interview with Slash, he confirms that he has “moved on” and if the band ever does continue, it won’t be for at least a couple of years.  Here is the article from ContactMusic.com:

Slash has disappointed Velvet Revolver fans by insisting the band will be absent from the music scene for at least “the next couple of years”.

The band has been without a frontman since Scott Weiland was fired in 2008 and they still haven’t found a singer to take over the role, with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor the latest star to be linked to the job.

Slash has now spoken out about rumours the band is poised to make a comeback with Taylor, revealing the rocker did audition for the group but didn’t “fit right”.

He tells Vorterix.com, “We did work with Corey Taylor, and as soon as that rumour (got around), next thing you know, everybody is saying Corey’s the new singer… All we were doing was just rehearsing with him and trying him out – auditioning him… It just didn’t seem to fit right to me. And he’s great – and I love Corey – but it didn’t seem like the answer to the Velvet Revolver problem.”

Slash also confirmed fans’ worst fears by revealing Velvet Revolver will now take a backseat as he prepares his next solo album, while bandmates Duff MCKagan and Matt Sorum will continue working on their own side projects.

He adds, “Duff’s got his own thing, I’ve got my thing, Matt’s got his thing… Next year I definitely will make another Slash record with Myles Kennedy and go on tour. So at least for the next couple of years, nothing is going to be happening with Velvet Revolver that I can see ’cause I’ll be focused on this. And after that’s over, if something happens… I’m just not really concerning myself with it right now. We had all these different guys try out, all really good singers, but nobody has fit the thing, so, you know, I have to move on.”

PEARL JAM HONORED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EFFORTS

Credit: CBS.com

(CBS) There’s no doubt that Grammy-winning Pearl Jam rocks the earth with its chart-topping music, but now the band is being recognized for really rocking its environmental mission.

Rock the Earth, a Colorado-based environmental organization, awarded its 2011 Planet Defender Awards to the eco-friendly band, as well as environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Josh Fox, the director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland.”

In past years, Planet Defenders in the artist category included Bonnie Raitt, Incubus, Dave Matthews Band, Barenaked Ladies and Jack Johnson.

For two decades, Pearl Jam has made its mark on the music industry while making sure not to leave its carbon footprint.

Lead singer Eddie Vedder often participates in fundraisers and benefits for environmental groups such as, the Kelly Slater Foundation and Jack Johnson’s Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Also a surfer, Vedder is on a crusade to protect our oceans. He’s active in surf-related conservation efforts, most notably Surfrider Foundation, according to Rock the Earth.

Guitarist Stone Gossard has also been an advocate of Pearl Jam’s carbon neutral policy, offsetting the band’s environmental impact. Spearheaded by Gossard, the band established a Carbon Portfolio Strategy, Pearl Jam’s ongoing efforts to advance clean renewable energy and carbon mitigation. The band ultimately hopes to become 0 percent net emissions for all tours and band businesses.

SETLIST & REVIEW FROM CHRIS CORNELL’S SHOW LAST NIGHT IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA

ANUNKIND posted this on the SoundgardenWorld.com forums:

Setlist (not necessarily in order)…

Be Yourself

Ground Zero

Can’t Change Me

Fell On Black Days

Burden In My Hand

I Am The Highway

Say Hello 2 Heaven

Sunshower

Seasons

State Trooper

Man Of Golden Words

When I’m Down

Mind Riot

Billie Jean

All Night Thing

Thank You

Like Suicide

Like A Stone

Doesn’t Remind Me

Black Hole Sun

Scream

Imagine

Redemption Song

The show was fucking incredible, you have to see Cornell live to really get how good he sounds. He’s fucking possessed or something. He honestly sounds better than I think he has since like… 1993. Crystal clarity and unmatched range and energy. I would even argue his singing abilities didn’t peak in the 1990s, but are doing so right now. The Soundgarden shows this summer are going to melt faces.

He had some cool things to say in between songs and made some funny comment about Prince. Great show. Would have loved to hear Cleaning My Gun or Ticket To Ride, but I cannot complain honestly. Only downside was the dumbass who kept screaming during the first twenty minutes of the set and waddled down from his seat to the edge of the balcony to hoot and throw his arms around like an idiot. Security kicked his drunk ass out, thank god. :/

Catch this tour before its over!

REVIEW OF STONE TEMPLE PILOTS’ SHOW IN INDIANA, PENNSYLVANIA

Silvergun Picture Show posted this on the BelowEmpty.com forums:

WOW what a show! It made up greatly for last summer in Burgettstown when the sound guy didn’t turn on Scott’s mic till the end!

Tonight was probably the best show all around I have seen of the band since my first show in 2008…They just ruled and kicked ass. The crowd was eating it up and it showed with each band members performance. The crowd gave multiple STP chants throughout the show and gave loud applause after each song.

Scott was the most energetic I have seen him since the reunion…I think it had to do with a great crowd that was singing along the whole night and he noticed it. Dean, Robert, and Eric were also playing their asses off.

Robert was doing his familiar heart pat all night feeling the love from the crowd and we were certainly giving it!

Despite the arena being half full it was awesome seeing the band in that setting…they sounded great!

If you are on the fence about going you should go because they are great now! No gripes about the setlist because it has a little bit of everything…Also, glad that they are still playing three songs from the new album to promote it.

SETLIST AND REVIEW FROM LAST NIGHT’S CHRIS CORNELL SHOW IN MILWAUKEE

Thanks to Mike:

William Elliot Whitmore opened and was very energetic with some great bluezy/bluegrass originals and a great cover of Ain’t No Sunshine.

Chris Cornell played a 2.5 hour plus acoustic set. He was amazing and had great crowd interaction! The Historic theater had great acoustics and Chris commented at how great of a venue it was. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house, but it helped to be in the 6th row!

-Scar on the Sky (Carry On)
-Ground Zero (Scream)
-Can’t Change Me (Euphoria Morning)
-As Hope and Promise Fade (hidden track from Scream)
-Call Me a Dog (Temple of the Dog)
-Sunshower (Great Expectations Soundtrack)
-Fell on Black Days (Superunknown)
-Blow up the Outside World (Down on the Upside)(someone had it written on a t-shirt and gave it to Chris when he played it)
-I am the Highway (Audioslave)
-Billie Jean (Carry On)
-When I’m Down (Euphoria Morning)
-Seasons (Singles Soundtrack)
-All Night Thing (Temple of the Dog)
-Man of Golden Words (Mother Love -Bone cover with a touch of Floyd)
-Say Hello to Heaven (Temple of the Dog)
-Thank You (Led Zeppelin cover)
-Mind Riot (Badmotorfinger)
-Like Suicide (Superunknown)
-Like a Stone (Audioslave)
-Doesn’t Remind Me (Out of Exile)
-Ticket to Ride (Beatles)

— Encore–

-Scream (Scream)
-Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog) (asked if he could play as long as he felt or if there was curfew)
-Black Hole Sun (Superunknown)
-Cleaning My Gun (unreleased)
-Imagine (John Lennon cover)

thank you,
Mike

CAMERON CROWE DISCUSSES PEARL JAM TWENTY FILM

RollingStone.com has up a new interview with filmmaker Cameron Crowe, below are two shorts excerpts from the article regarding Pearl Jam’s film.

-Crowe was handed around 18 to 20 hours of footage to whittle down, and then he added new material shot over the last year and a half.

-“Pearl Jam is not prone to opening the curtain the same way, and that is the challenge and delight of it.” [Cameron Crowe quote]

SETLIST FROM CHRIS CORNELL’S SHOW IN CHICAGO

Indy23 posted this on the SoundgardenWorld.com forums:

Be Yourself

Ground Zero

Can’t Change Me

As Hope

Call Me a Dog

Sunshower

FOBD

Burden in My Hand

I Am the Highway

State Trooper

When I’m Down/

Seasons

All Night Thing

Man of Golden Words/Comfortably Numb

Say Hello 2 Heaven

Thank You

Mind Riot

Like Suicide

Doesn’t Remind Me

A Day in the Life

Scream

BHS

Hunger Strike

Imagine

Great show, Chris was really into the energy the crowd was throwing his way. The opening act is great. One of my top 5 shows of all time and I’ve been to about 200.

SETLIST FROM CHRIS CORNELL’S SHOW IN TORONTO

Thanks to Bryan:

Hey man,

The Chris Cornell show was awesome!

He had a fever but you would never have known it.

There was no opening act. Just Chris. Here is the setlist:

Scar On The Sky

Be Yourself

Can’t Change Me

As Hope And Promise Fade

Ground Zero

Call Me A Dog

Fell On Black Days

Dandelion

Thank You

I Am The Highway

Sunshower

Hunger Strike

State Trooper

When I’m Down

Seasons

All Night Thing

Man of Golden Words

Comfortably Numb

Say Hello 2 Heaven

Mind Riot

Like Suicide

Like A Stone

Doesn’t Remind Me

Sweet Euphoria

Black Hole Sun

Imagine