Note to Cee Lo Green: stop overbooking yourself!

Grammy winner and ‘The Voice’ judge, Cee Lo Green was scheduled to perform at the 2011 Hangout Music Festival this past weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Unfortunately, he was not on time for his performance, forcing event organizers to have to scramble.

The event organizers came onstage about 30 minutes after the ‘Forget You’ singer was supposed to show up, and announced that he would not be there, but that the Foo Fighters (who were headlining the show) would do a ‘2nd’ concert. Perhaps the extra, early set would appease the concertgoers.

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters’ lead singer happily came out on stage:

“Looks like we’re playing two shows today. Let’s make this the fun one, what do you say?”

The band started with a set of covers that included music by Queen and Alice Cooper. Within half an hour, Cee Lo finally showed up, hopped on stage and sang a cover of Prince’s ‘Darling Nicki’ with the rockers.



I just finished Scott Weiland’s book Not Dead & Not For Sale, I probably read it 15 minutes at a time over the span of several days.  In total it took me an hour and a half to read.  The book has some very good stories, including Scott’s childhood growing up in high school, and then moving back to Orange County for high school.  He talks a lot about his tough relationship with his birth father, and also tells the infamous story of being raped by a 20 year old that everybody has heard about.  Scott mentions hanging out in many locations where I’ve been frequently throughout my life living in Orange County, so I found his high school stories about hanging out in Newport and Irvine (my hometown) a lot of fun.  One fun story in particular is about Scott’s parents finding pot and coke in his room and Scott, at school, getting taken and then strapped to a gurney and sent to a mental ward for 3 months.  I also though his descriptions of his early days in music was fun and the evolution of STP, I would have liked though if he used specific years at least to clear up STP’s early days timeline.

Back in 1992 in an interview Scott claimed that he and Robert DeLeo met at a Black Flag show in 1986, and then mentioned that at some point they figured out they were dating the same girl and moved into an apartment.  He could have been making this up back then, since there’s no reference of it in this book.  He mentions that he and STP’s original guitarist Corey Hitchok saw Robert play live and met him, but they weren’t able to get him to join their band until at least a year or so after meeting him.  Then after Robert joined they found Eric, and a photo is shown of an early STP lineup featuring Scott, Robert, Eric, Corey, and another guy whose name escapes me.  A confusing thing is that Scott claims he talked with Robert about joining and Robert insisted that Scott kick out Corey and the other guy from the band, and Scott obliged.  Yet there are pictures of STP, featuring Corey Hitchok on guitar, performing live in early 1990.  I wish Scott had been a little more clear about the order of events.  He said Dean originally helped the band book gigs and was retired as a musician, but they were able to eventually get him to join the band.  He said the first time they jammed with Dean they wrote “Where The River Goes.”  I’m guessing this was in 1990, Scott seems to hint it was 1989 but that doesn’t make sense because of the picture with Corey on guitar in 1990.  Despite some of Scott’s confusing series of events, I thought the book up to this point was pretty good with information I had never heard before and rare photos of STP’s early evolving lineup.  Scott says that STP wrote a lot of Core during their early days with Dean in the lineup in 1990/1991, he claims Plush was written around then.

Something random I thought was worth mentioning is Scott definitely seems to be a big Nirvana fan.  He mentions that the first conversation he really had with Mary, his second wife, was telling her he was going to put in a cassette of Nirvana’s Nevermind and Mary saying she liked it.  Scott also mentions Soundgarden when talking about how STP were categorized early on as metal but he didn’t think that would hurt them that bad since Soundgarden was categorized as metal early on.  He also talks about how in March 1994 he was looking to get clean and go to rehab, and he was about to go to the rehab where Kurt Cobain and the singer of the Butthole Surfers were at, but decided against it because he and the Butthole Surfers singer had used a lot during STP’s 1993 summer tour.  Who knows what would have happened if Scott had gone there and met Kurt, who ultimately ended up escaping rehab and killing himself days later.  Scott says that Kurt’s death devastated him.  He also quoted the Nirvana song “Frances Farmer” in the book when talking about the passing of his brother Michael.  In the book Scott seemed pretty fond of the Grunge/alternative era that was kicking in the 90’s, he’s not as cynical about it as others are.  Scott also writes briefly about spending a month in a hotel with Courtney Love in 1995, he claims they didn’t have sex but that whenever Courtney would nod out she would spread her legs.  He mentions it made him think of the Rolling Stones sing starfucker.

Regarding STP, Scott doesn’t really go in detail about the recording processes of any of the albums.  He does talk about the meanings of certain songs (there are factual errors, like “Creep” is called “Creed” and the author says at one point that Shangri LA DEE DA came out in 2002).  Regarding his relationship with the band, he says it got strained in 1996 when they called that press conference when Scott going to rehab caused them to cancel gigs.  He said they demanded he pay them for the money they’d lose and bashed him in the press, Scott claimed this caused a strain on their relationship that even lasted when they regrouped for No. 4 and Shangri LA DEE DA.  He even says ultimately his anger about it came out in his near fight with Dean that caused STP’s breakup in 2002.  He said the fight was instigated by Dean saying Scott sang like shit right after a show after some weird looks.

Scott’s Velvet Revolver story is a funny one.  He said he didn’t really have interest in joining another band when STP were in turmoil again in early 2003, but Mary kept bugging him and he ended up listening to a demo.  Scott thought the demo sounded like shit, like Bad Company.  Scott doesn’t like Bad Company.  He then got a new demo that made him reconsider and once being told they could make a lot of money off of a soundtrack deal, he decided to jam with them.  The jam turned into a big wig record label type meeting that sort of made him join the band.  Scott says the first record is good but there were big commercial motivations behind it, they wanted to be big.  When talking about Velvet Revolver’s downfall he says the band was a “manufactured product” that wasn’t formed for artistic purposes.  He seems very happy about STP’s reunion, he says he wants to grow old with them and keep STP going for a long time.  He mentions quite a few times how great it is for STP to be back together again, while he alludes to money playing a part in the reunion, it seems like they WANT to be together rather than just a cash grab.

Overall, the book has some good stuff, but it seems more like a good basis for a book.  While the book claims to be around 240 pages, there are TONS of blank spaces and every page has extra blank space on the top you wouldn’t normally see, and there are big block words used to fill space.  The book is organized more by short stories than chapters, which leads to even more ways to fill pages.  Scott has just lived such an extraordinary interesting life and had such a great career, that it seems like the book only scratches the surface.  I’d like to see him talk more about his individual relations with Dean, Robert, and Eric.  What was the story behind that show at the PNC in New Jersey in 2008 when he had a meltdown?  I could have just used a bit more detail on certain parts and also some tighter editing.  David Rits (the co-author) doesn’t know much about STP, Scott has said this in interviews.  I think having somebody who is knowledgable about Scott’s musical history could have made the continuity of the book a little easier to understand.  I think we would get a more complete story of STP if Robert, Eric, and Dean were involved.  I understand that Scott wanted to tell the story of his life and STP, but he even admits there is a lot he has forgotten.

Overall, despite the book being a letdown in the sense that many things are skipped over or only briefly mentioned, the book does have some great stories and it makes you understand Scott a bit more.  He actually has a good sense of humor, especially in a story about how he was almost murdered by thugs in late 2007 in Paris.  He basically decided to go to a party with some strangers and in the car he realized things were going to get bad, and he jumped out of the car and ended up fighting them and escaping death.  The hilarious part is at the end of the story he tells his managers that despite all of this, he’s staying in Paris for another 4 days. At the end of the book there are random photos, drawings, and little things from Scott and one is a pasted news article that says “Pilot Weiland Crashes” and Scott wrote “Fuck off” on it.

The sad part is near the end Scott talks about how miserable he’s been over the last couple of years, even when he has downtime from touring.  As the book ends Scott says he is 2 months sober (he got sober in late September, so I’m guessing he finished the book in late November or December) and hopes that he is still sober when the book is out.  Sadly Scott said on Howard Stern he is drinking, so it makes the ending a bit depressing rather than happy.

The book is a fun read, but far too short and lacking in detail. Mary Weiland’s book Fall to Pieces was far more in depth regarding Scott’s life from the late 90’s to present day. Obviously it’s from her perspective, but she had some really whacky stories like about Scott and Dave Navarro hanging out about 10 years ago and other things. Also her timeline seemed more coherent than Scott’s.


Ten Club President Tim Bierman posted this on the Ten Club board yesterday:

In regards to postings about buying season ticket packages in order to secure incredible seats for PJ20, there has been a mix-up in the Live Nation ticket office. Those who purchased these packages and offered box seats as close as the 6th row, WILL NOT BE receiving those promised seat locations. All NEW season ticket package purchasers will be re-located BEHIND the Ten Club seats.

Please keep in mind that Alpine Valley does have a number of existing season ticket holders who have priority options to purchase those tickets. The Ten Club respectfully acknowledges these pre-existing ticket holders and their right to purchase their tickets. Some of these tickets may be located in front of Ten Club allocated tickets.

Live Nation and their ticket office have been very helpful in securing as many tickets as possible for The Ten Club. Their representatives feel horrible about this miscommunication and they apologize for any misunderstanding.

Thanks, Tim


Thanks to Mark for sending this, it’s an excerpt from his upcoming book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, to be published by Crown Archetype in September 2011.  He posted this on his blog.

Soundgarden’s last studio album, Down on the Upside, came out 15 years ago today. In honor of that anniversary, here’s a short excerpt from my book in which poster artist/video director Frank Kozik talks about the little-seen clip he shot for the album’s first single, “Pretty Noose”:

Soundgarden, they were super-nice guys. I did a music video for them, for “Pretty Noose,” which was from their last album. You could tell that those guys were getting really burned out by the mechanism at that point. They definitely didn’t want to do the dog and pony show one more time for this fucking video.

So I was like, “Okay, if you were not a rock star and it was a Saturday afternoon, what would you be doing?” And the big guy with the beard was like, “I’d be shooting pool,” so he was shooting pool. And the other guy was like, “I’d be riding my motorcycle,” so he’d be riding a motorcycle.

I asked [Chris] Cornell, “What would you be doing?” and he was like, “I’d be sitting here getting shitfaced.”

The way it worked with the video was this weird dude, who was the label/MTV guy, came in and was like the producer or something. The guy was a retard. He was asking Cornell, “Can you take your shirt off?” Cornell was like, “I don’t want to be the pretty guy with the shirt off. I want to be the asshole.” He just really wanted to go have a cheeseburger and not take his shirt off.

So the compromise was, okay, he’ll take his shirt off, but only in the context that he’s just brutally raped and murdered his girlfriend in the video. It got filmed, and then they cut that part. They refused to show the video in the U.S., except when MTV had the show where they’d air the weird videos once a month or whatever.


In yesterday’s story about a fan meeting Billy Corgan at a professional wrestling show I said that I would post further stories of fans meeting Billy if people sent them in since I would like to be fair to Billy since one instance may not be a good example of his interaction with fans and also one account of events may have bias thrown in.  I’m personally a big fan of Billy’s work so I would like him to get a fair shake on here.  Here are the fan accounts that readers commented on the story.:

Linda commented this:

I call bullshit- I was there. He and Mike were talking with everyone, taking pics, and signing things before the show. He neither had a table nor charged for autographs, just the wrestlers were. During the show he was talking and taking pics with some of the wrestlers upstairs (when he wasn’t by the ring). Most of the tables were packed up after the show, but I can’t say for sure if he came back out later- looked like most people were leaving when I did. Bummed me out when I heard later that Matthew Leone played there that night, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Billy hung out there a bit with the band. But as for the story above, don’t buy it.

Gauphil said this:

Bullcrap. I met Billy once, FOR FREE, and he was totally cool. Really. I wonder why Billy attracts that much of bashing, he sure doesn’t deserve that. I’m telling you the guy is cool with his fans.

Mills commented this:

I’ve met him before. He is indeed a total dick. I had his new drummer and bass player sign a drumhead for me, in front of him. When I asked him to sign he said “I don’t sign musical instruments.” I said I understood but what if he made it out to me, and personalized it with my name on it? Nope, he said and walked off. Total dick. I wouln’t piss on him if he was on fire.


neutro posted this on the forums:

(taken from a short interview of this month >may 2011)

“Mark is like a brother to me,” says Dulli, who owns two bars in Los Angeles and another one in New Orleans. “We get along so well. We like a lot of the same stuff and we really enjoy writing songs together. He’s my neighbor in Los Angeles. I see him all the time.

“I can tell you that of all the musicians I’ve worked with in my whole life, I would be hard-pressed to find one that I get along with better and have enjoyed traveling around the world with more.”

In a city that is obsessed with the Lakers, it’s telling that both Dulli and Lanegan choose to place their allegiance behind the perennially woebegone Los Angeles Clippers. Eschewing Los Angeles’ glamour squad in favor of the city’s workingman’s team seems to reflect their own lives outside of the pop mainstream.

“We have season tickets to the Clippers,” he says. “It’s tough to watch them, but we are united in our love for the Clippers. We go to games together all the time.”


frauleinkill posted this on the forums:

This is from (Aarhus Festival) official site, so I guess it’s ok to post :)

“To follow up on the huge succes the concerts have had in Denmark, The DeSoto Caucus now head to the North Atlantic, playing shows in Iceland and Greenland in the beginning of September this year, immediately after this year’s concerts at the Aarhus Festival.
While the performer’s for this year’s Medium-Rare shows are still unknown, The DeSoto Caucus have gathered a group of names from previous Medium Rare sessions for the North Atlantic mini tour, consisting of Howe Gelb, Mark Lanegan, Giant Sand, The DeSoto Caucus and Nive Nielsens.


From Nick: – mp3 download
Brand new and unfortunately the last official Noiseheads release, “Divination” – a dark acoustic tune that reflects influences from Foo Fighters and Alice in Chains. Video includes pictures from the band’s last photo shoot and last concert.

Photos courtesy of Dustin Nelson (,, and PictureMe! Studios


May 18, 2011 Setlist:

Bridge Burning
The Pretender
My Hero
Learn to Fly
White Limo
Cold Day in the Sun
I’ll Stick Around
Stacked Actors
Monkey Wrench
Hey, Johnny Park
Let It Die
Shake Your Blood
This Is A Call
All My Life

Long Road to Ruin (acoustic)
Best of You (acoustic)
Times Like These
Young Man Blues
Miss The Misery
School’s Out
For All The Cows
Skin and Bones
Tie Your Mother Down (Taylor on vocals)


Thanks to Johnny Thunder:

The show that Billy of The Smashing Pumpkins appeared on, is a indy that I attend sometimes, AAW. Two bits on news.
The show he was on will be on gofightlive. idk if you wana promote that.
But also, that music video with the wrestlers in it, is being taped on Friday, May 27, 2011 in Berwyn, IL. People are needed for it. I figure i’d pass this along.
AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined
The Smashing Pumpkins Music Video Taping

Friday, May 27, 2011
Berwyn Eagles Club
6309 W. 26th St.
Berwyn, IL

The 1st 65 people who preorder front row tickets to our event on 6/17 at the Berwyn Eagles Club get in to the music video taping.

Click HERE to purchase tickets to the 6/17 event.

Featured in this taping is:

Cheerleader Melissa
Shelley Martinez
Silas Young
Shane Hollister
Dan Lawrence
Keith Walker
Jordan McEntyre
Knight Wagner

and of course…The Smashing Pumpkins