PEARL JAM’S MIKE MCCREADY TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT ANGELS BASEBALL GAME

I’ll likely be at this game, go Angels!

Credit: WishlistFoundation.org

On Thursday, July 7th, 2011, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready will be performing the National Anthem at the Anaheim Angels game against the Seattle Mariners at Angels Stadium. The game begins at at 7:05 PM PDT.

The Anaheim Angels have donated 150 tickets in section T-233 ($24.00 face value) to Mike McCready for Advocacy for Patients as part of a special fundraiser event. Join the Angels as McCready’s hometown Mariners come to Angels Stadium for American League West showdown!

Tickets are $10.00 each with a maximum of 4 tickets per person.

For an additional $40.00 donation, you can receive a baseball autographed by Mike McCready himself (maximum of one baseball per ticket).

About Advocacy for Patients:
Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness, Inc. is the only advocacy organization in the United States that provides free information, advice and advocacy services to patients with chronic illnesses in all areas of need including health and disability insurance, Social Security disability, employment discrimination, school-based accommodations, resource location, and more. For more information, please visit advocacyforpatients.org.

Rules:
– You must pick up tickets/balls under the Gate 3 Hat (the giant hat by Gate 3). They will not be shipped. Pick up only.
– A valid photo ID is required to pick up order.
– Baseballs will NOT be personalized.
– One baseball per ticket maximum.
– We accept PayPal donation payment only.
– Special needs ADA seating will be available behind the section.
Pease contact us at info@wishlistfoundation.org for more information.
– No exchanges, transfers or refunds.
– Special charity pick up area under the Gate 3 Hat will only be open from 4:30pm-6:30pm.
– We will NOT ship baseballs. They are pick up ONLY.

Maximum of 4 tickets per person. If you exceed this limit your order will be refunded.

Please select if you would like to donate an additional $40.00 for a baseball autographed by Mike McCready. One baseball per ticket. If you exceed this limit your order will be refunded.

Thank you!

KIM THAYIL SAYS NEW SOUNDGARDEN ALBUM HAS ELEMENTS OF DOWN ON THE UPSIDE & LED ZEPPELIN

Here are a couple of quotes from Guitar Player magazine’s new interview with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil.

“There are some things that sound similar in a sense to Down on the Upside, so it’s kind of like picking up where we left off. There are some heavy moments, and there are some fast songs.”

“I will say that Chris tracked a mandolin part last night. Rest assured, though, it was more in a Zeppelin way than a Renaissance way. After that, I grabbed the mandolin and we all had fun jamming acoustically. It will be interesting to see where we wind up.”

CHRIS CORNELL TALKS TEMPLE OF THE DOG & RECORDING NEW SOUNDGARDEN ALBUM

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has done a new 28 minute video interview with 3news.co.nz where he discusses his acoustic shows, Soundgarden’s reunion, MTV’s role in the Grunge explosion, and Temple of the Dog. Chris says that he loves experimenting with new things musically as far back as the early Soundgarden days when he would write strange songs that didn’t quite fit Soundgarden. He said before doing Temple of the Dog he didn’t know if he could successfully make music outside of Soundgarden, but Temple of the Dog proved to him that he could do it and it made him eager to explore further musically in the future with projects like Audioslave.

When talking about Soundgarden’s reunion he mentioned that their new music is neither nostalgic or latching onto a current trend, it’s the music they want to make. He also said that there now aren’t bottles of Jack Daniels around when they’re making music, he said it wasn’t a conscience decision they discussed but it’s made their writing and recording far more productive.

Another interesting thing Chris talked about was how MTV was vital in the success of bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden during the Grunge explosion. He also mentioned that Bleach is his favorite Nirvana album. He also discussed the Songbook shows, saying how much he enjoys the interaction with the crowd. Great interview, it’s always interesting to hear Chris talk.

Click here to watch the interview.

UPDATE ON NEW SOUNDGARDEN SONG CLIP BEING PLAYED ON RADIO STATION STORY

Yesterday I reported a story about Chris Cornell playing a clip of a new Soundgarden song on New Zealand radio station The Rock.  The article featured a tweet from a fan named Ashlee Grigg saying she heard the clip on the radio during the radio interview, and the station’s website also claimed Cornell played a clip. Vicky Cornell then told me that this was completely untrue, now the Twitterer who claimed she heard the clip (Ashlee Grigg) commented this on GrungeReport.net:

woah! that was my tweet. I’m not making this up, he played like a 5 second clip of what he said was a new soundgarden song, I just tweeted what I heard on the radio!!

I didn’t hear the interview myself so I don’t know the context, Chris may have been joking but I thought I’d post Ashlee’s comment since she (and the radio station’s website) originated this rumor. Most likely the listener misunderstanding Chris.

SETLIST FROM EDDIE VEDDER’S SHOW LAST NIGHT IN HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT

From the Ten Club board:

Eddie Vedder
Bushnell Memorial Hall
Hartford, CT
June 18, 2011

Set List

01. Waving Palms
02. Can’t Keep
03. Sleeping By Myself
04. Without You
05. More Than You Know-(Rose, Eliscu, Youmans)
06. Goodbye
07. Broken Heart
08. Light Today
09. Trouble-(Yusuf Islam)
10. Sometimes
11. Just Breathe
12. I Am Mine
13. Betterman (for Clarence Clemons)
14. Long Nights w/ Glen Hansard playing bass
15. Far Behind
16. Guaranteed
17. Rise
18. Immortality
19. Unthought Known
20. The End
21. Arc
Encore Break 1
22. Wishlist
23. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
24. Sleepless Nights w/ Glen Hansard-(Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant)
25. Society w/ Glen Hansard-(Jerry Hannan)
26. Speed Of Sound
27. Lukin
28. Porch
Encore Break 2
29. Hard Sun w/ Glen Hansard-(Peterson)
30. Dream A Little Dream-(Gus Kahn, Wilbur Schwandt, Fabian Andree)

ANDREW WOOD DOCUMENTARY TO FINALLY BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH

July 19, 2011 is the official RELEASE DATE for my film “Malfunkshun – The Andrew Wood Story”. 10 years in the making and 6 years in the waiting.

It will be released on DVD in a Boxed Set along with “Melodies & Dreams” the Andrew Wood solo album, and Malfunkshun’s “Return to Olympus”.

A sincere THANK YOU to the family, friends and fans… of Andy, who helped make this dream come true.

Long Live L’Andrew !

Scot B

CHRIS CORNELL DEBUTS FIRST CLIP FROM NEW SOUNDGARDEN ALBUM ON NEW ZEALAND RADIO STATION (UPDATE: UNTRUE)

UPDATE: Vicky Cornell has informed me that this is not true. I was skeptical myself before seeing that the radio station’s website listed that a clip was played, but it looks like The Rock station’s website was incorrect in its description.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was interviewed by Tracey Donaldson on The Rock FM.  Twitterer AshleeGrigg said the following about the interview:

At work.. Cant wait for 2! Chris Cornell interview on the rock

Takes requests. omgicantwait. And he played a clip of NEW SOUNDGARDEN!

There is an empty link to the interview on The Rock website. It says it’s there, but it isn’t.  I have a feeling it may be limited to only people who live in New Zealand being able to listen, if my theory is right hopefully a reader from New Zealand knows what to do!

KIM THAYIL SAYS NEW SOUNDGARDEN MATERIAL IS HEAVY AND BAND HAVE 14 NEW SONGS

Sterogum.com has a new interview up with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil.  Here are a few quotes from Kim regarding Soundgarden’s new album:

“We’re recording. We’re kind of doing it in stages. We have about 14 songs in various stages of completion. Previously, we’d just block out a bunch of time and go and track everything at once, but we can’t really do that right now. Matt has commitments to Pearl Jam, Chris has a solo tour happening and Soundgarden is touring in July. So we do the studio thing around those other engagements, which actually is turning out to be a lot better for us. It takes the pressure off in some ways. It’s not like, OK you’ve got three weeks and everything needs to get done in those three weeks. We can work at our own pace right night and take things one step at a time. We’re really enjoying it. We don’t have a record company or management pressuring us to hurry up, so we can really savor the process this time.”

“The vibe of the songs is definitely very heavy. We’ve always tried to explore how to make this really heavy, aggressive music without sounding like a bunch of knuckle-dragging meatheads. I think these songs are kind of exploring that idea. Ways of emoting aggression and anger and hostility in ways that feel new. You know, we never were really chipper guys. We were never the party band, or even a particularly social band. We were always really just hard workers and a kind of musician’s band. That’s what we wanted to be that. We wanted to play for an audience that reminded us of ourselves back when we were young, I always liked the idea that our fans were that guy or girl who collected records and wanted to start a band of their own and play good music. I always imagined we were the band that made the party end. Like, ok guys it’s time to leave now, someone just put on Superunknown! I always felt like we made music that was good for driving, good for listening to really loud. Wait, does that answer your question at all? The new songs sound really heavy. I’ll just say that.”

“Touring next month, finishing our record sooner rather than later. You know, it just feels good to be doing this stuff. I like the idea that we’ve all come back together to tie up the loose ends and sort of attend to our legacy, such as it is. We want to see that our back catalog is treated with care, that our fans aren’t ripped off, and we want to make really vital, creative, excellent new music together. Also, as the sort of unofficial custodian of the Soundgarden archives, I want to make sure that our unreleased material is handled in the right way. It really bums me out to think about all the material that never got released by Nirvana. They were one of my favorite bands ever — a band that felt like our little brothers and were simultaneously our peers and also an incredible influence on us. To think that there was all this unfinished work that can’t be shared and people will never hear, it’s just a shame. It really makes me want to do the right thing with Soundgarden. It makes me thankful to be in a band. For a long time I just didn’t want to think about record contracts and managers and publishing—I just wanted to jam with my friends and drink some beer and enjoy my life. But it feels good to be doing this again. I think we all feel that way. “

PHOTO OF COURTNEY LOVE AND HER NEW ROCKER BOYFRIEND

Credit: NYDailyNews.com

Courtney Love surprised guests at the black-tie amfAR New York Inspiration Gala on Tuesday night. The rocker took the stage to sing an impromptu cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb.” A source tells us that Love, 46, who arrived holding hands with Salem front man Jack Donoghue, agreed to the performance only earlier that day. She took the stage between mini-sets by Jennifer Hudson and a very quirky Liza Minnelli. (The event raised $700K.)