SETLIST FROM SOUNDGARDEN’S FINAL SHOW OF SUMMER TOUR AT THE GORGE

No Temple of the Dog unfortunately, but what a great tour!

The Gorge, Washington Setlist from HurtFamily’s Twitter:

Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Spoonman
Gun
Jesus Christ Pose
Blow Up The Outside World
The Day I Tried To Live
My Wave
Burden In My Hand
Hunted Down
Drawing Flies
Black Hole Sun
Outshined
Rusty Cage
Head Down
Pretty Noose
Superunknown
4th of July
Room A Thousand Years Wide
Beyond the Wheel
Slaves and Bulldozers

CAMERON CROWE TALKS PEARL JAM’S FIGHT AGAINST TICKETMASTER & NIRVANA FILM

Here are some excerpts from Cameron Crowe’s press tour for Pearl Jam’s new film from HitFlix.com:

11:14: Crowe talks about the battle against Ticketmaster, which didn’t quite work out at the time but helped build a new fanbase for the band because of the small towns and odd venues they went to while fighting Ticketmaster. “They redefined what the fan experience was.”

11:15: Crowe showed the band the movie in October, “And you could more than hear a pin drop. It was like the oxygen disappeared from the room.” At the end of the film, one of the band wives said, “It’s fucking great! I wouldn’t touch a frame of it!” He wanted to get under the band’s skin a little bit, or else it would have felt like a publicity tool. Wishes he’d filmed them watching the film, but they talked about the movie after, and it was cathartic; they thanked him for putting a mirror up to the band.

11:16: Matt Cameron is the only drummer whose interview appears in the film. Crowe said there was so much to say about the band’s many drummers that he wanted to take “a comic approach,” which rifles through the shifts very quickly. “I sort of didn’t want to get waylaid into a lot of the well-established avenues that a rock documentary gets into. If you’re a fan, you know what’s being said.” But it’s an issue they wrestled with.

11:18: What would Crowe say to people who think he should have profiled Nirvana ahead of Pearl Jam? “I would say go to Charlie Cross’s writing about Nirvana. Maybe Charlie or a filmmaker who was close to that epicenter would be the person to make that film. I would be first in line to see a Nirvana film. But my experience was seeing Pearl Jam from the beginning. If I can get that on film, then that’s the film I should be making.” To Pearl Jam, Nirvana “was both an inspiration, an obstacle, a source of discontent and jubilation and ultimately shock and pain when Kurt died.” He tries to show what it was like to be close to Nirvana, but he’d love to see someone really dig into Nirvana.

11:26: “They never stopped caring, even if you weren’t there,” Crowe says of the band’s efforts during their less commercially-successful periods.

11:27: Was there anything that struck him about the early ’90s music scene that we’ve forgotten in the last 20 years? He says when Cobain wrote “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Something shifted in the world of rock. As powerful as Lennon’s greatest work. This was something that said, ‘There’s a new ground here.’ I don’t know that that’s happened since in the same way.” What comes through is how different rock was “a minute before ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,'” with Bon Jovi and the other hair bands. Cobain said, “‘That’s bullshit,’ and a lot of people were feeling inwardly that way.”

11:29: In the film, the band is dismayed to be on the cover of Time, but they were excited to be on “American Masters” because they’re older and more interested in their legacy. Like being part of a series that has profiled Neil Young, Bob Dylan, etc. Eddie watched footage of himself as a young man diving into the crowds and wondered, “What am I trying to prove?” He was a little embarrassed about himself back then, but also wanted that version of him to be on display.

11:31: What was the band like in its very earliest days, from his point of view? Crowe always had access to them and knew them very well at that time. He was a big fan of Mother Love Bone, the band featuring Stone and Jeff, “And I knew them when they were lost” after Andy Wood’s death. He says “lightning struck twice.” first with Wood, then when they got a demo recording from Eddie. “The guys were in shock, suspicious, inspired and tentative about moving forward… and this magic started to happen. But I don’t think any of them knew that it would turn into the success that it did.” Crowe says Jeff in particular is such a fan of music that he said the band couldn’t make the same mistakes the other bands made. “They were so personally invested in doing it right that they never flew off the rails.”

11:44: Why didn’t other bands follow Pearl Jam in the fight against Ticketmaster, and was the fight doomed to failure? Crowe says a lot of bands promised to follow them at first, “And tumbleweeds were blowing across the street when the time finally came.” Thinks years later, some bands are sorry they didn’t, “but at the time, people were laughing behind Pearl Jam’s back!” And though they lost the fight, they did create that new generation of fans. “A lot of people have scoffed at their business decisions every step of the way,” he notes, quoting a derisive interview Bono gave. But because they didn’t chase the traditional format, “They’re still here with a different audience, playing their shows in their own way… They were right. They did it their own way.”

TRACKLISTING FOR REISSUE OF NIRVANA’S NEVERMIND

For Nirvana fans who didn’t quite feel they got enough with the massively extensive four-disc With The Lights Out rarities release a few years ago, a Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition of Nirvana’s Nevermind is due to arrive in September, with a very extensive selection of tracks.

A digital/CD remaster of the original album, a 2-CD Deluxe Edition (complete with B-Sides, pre-Nevermind demos captured at Butch Vig’s Smart Studios, lo-fi rehearsals, etc.), and a limited-edition Super Deluxe Edition will be made available for fans of varying walled size. The Super Deluxe includes all of the above along with the Devonshire Mixes version of the album produced and mixed by Vig (which is different than the commercial/released version mixed by Vig with Andy Wallace) as well as a CD/DVD of the band’s Halloween 1991 show at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, a 90-page bound book, the four original Nevermind videos and more.

While rehearsal sessions are rare, it demands noting that the Nevermind package arrives without a single new song or previously unheard track. There’s absolutely no value whatsoever found in the reissue, in terms of musical stones left unturned within the band’s history. But hey, a book!

The reissued Nevermind hits Sept. 27 via Universal. The Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions will also be available as downloads. The Paramount concert will also be available in various versions: Blu-ray, DVD, and digital long form video.

Thanks to Paul:

Tracklists:

Nevermind Deluxe Edition:
CD1
Original album
01 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
02 “In Bloom”
03 “Come As You Are”
04 “Breed”
05 “Lithium”
06 “Polly”
07 “Territorial Pissings”
08 “Drain You”
09 “Lounge Act”
10 “Stay Away”
11 “On A Plain”
12 “Something In The Way”

The B-Sides
13 “Even In His Youth”
14 “Aneurysm”
15 “Curmudgeon”
16 “D-7″ (Live At The BBC)
17 “Been A Son” (Live)
18 “School” (Live)
19 “Drain You” (Live)
20 “Sliver” (Live)
21 “Polly” (Live)

CD2
The Smart Studio Sessions
01 “In Bloom” (previously unreleased)
02 “Immodium (Breed)” (previously unreleased)
03 “Lithium” (previously unreleased)
04 “Polly” (previously unreleased)
05 “Pay To Play”
06 “Here She Comes Now”
07 “Dive” (previously unreleased)
08 “Sappy” (previously unreleased)

The Boombox Rehearsals
09 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
10 “Verse Chorus Verse” (previously unreleased)
11 “Territorial Pissings” (previously unreleased)
12 “Lounge Act” (previously unreleased)
13 “Come As You Are”
14 “Old Age” (previously unreleased)
15 “Something In The Way” (previously unreleased)
16 “On A Plain” (previously unreleased)

BBC Sessions
17 “Drain You” (previously unreleased)
18 “Something In The Way” (previously unreleased)

Nevermind Super Deluxe Edition:
CD1
Original album
01 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
02 “In Bloom”
03 “Come As You Are”
04 “Breed”
05 “Lithium”
06 “Polly”
07 “Territorial Pissings”
08 “Drain You”
09 “Lounge Act”
10 “Stay Away”
11 “On A Plain”
12 “Something In The Way”

The B-Sides
13 “Even In His Youth”
14 “Aneurysm”
15 “Curmudgeon”
16 “D-7″ (Live At The BBC)
17 “Been A Son” (Live)
18 “School” (Live)
19 “Drain You” (Live)
20 “Sliver” (Live)
21 “Polly” (Live)

CD2
The Smart Studio Sessions
01 “In Bloom” (previously unreleased)
02 “Immodium (Breed)” (previously unreleased)
03 “Lithium” (previously unreleased)
04 “Polly” (previously unreleased)
05 “Pay To Play”
06 “Here She Comes Now”
07 “Dive” (previously unreleased)
08 “Sappy” (previously unreleased)

The Boombox Rehearsals
09 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
10 “Verse Chorus Verse” (previously unreleased)
11 “Territorial Pissings” (previously unreleased)
12 “Lounge Act” (previously unreleased)
13 “Come As You Are”
14 “Old Age” (previously unreleased)
15 “Something In The Way” (previously unreleased)
16 “On A Plain” (previously unreleased)

BBC Sessions
17 “Drain You” (previously unreleased)
18 “Something In The Way” (previously unreleased)

CD3
The Devonshire Mixes
01 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
02 “In Bloom”
03 “Come As You Are”
04 “Breed”
05 “Lithium”
06 “Territorial Pissings”
07 “Drain You”
08 “Lounge Act”
09 “Stay Away”
10 “On A Plain”
11 “Something In The Way”

CD4
Live At The Paramount Theatre
01 “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam”
02 “Aneurysm”
03 “Drain You”
04 “School”
05 “Floyd The Barber”
06 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
07 “About A Girl”
08 “Polly”
09 “Breed”
10 “Sliver”
11 “Love Buzz”
12 “Lithium”
13 “Been A Son”
14 “Negative Creep”
15 “On A Plain”
16 “Blew”
17 “Rape Me”
18 “Territorial Pissings”
19 “Endless, Nameless”

DVD
Live At The Paramount Theatre
01 “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam”
02 “Aneurysm”
03 “Drain You”
04 “School”
05 “Floyd The Barber”
06 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
07 “About A Girl”
08 “Polly”
09 “Breed”
10 “Sliver”
11 “Love Buzz”
12 “Lithium”
13 “Been A Son”
14 “Negative Creep”
15 “On A Plain”
16 “Blew”
17 “Rape Me”
18 “Territorial Pissings”
19 “Endless, Nameless”

Music Videos
01 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
02 “Come As You Are Music”
03 “Lithium”
04 “In Bloom”

KIM THAYIL SAYS SOUNDGARDEN WANT TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN EARLY 2012, OCTOBER SHOWS BEING PLANNED

Here’s part of Seattle Weekly‘s interview with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil.

What’s the timeline on the new record?

There’s no timeline, except that our target—roughly—is early 2012. We are focused on this tour and these shows and we have a few dates in October, but in the interim, we’ll do some studio work. We have a few more guitars to do and some vocals. And some of the songs are still being arranged. We want to make sure it’s absolutely the most satisfying for us, and put the best foot forward that we can put. I would assume our fans will also get into it then.

How has your approach to writing together changed?

It’s actually not much different, because we really didn’t have a set way we wrote in the past. The only thing that might have been consistent is a band member being a complete author—meaning words and music—which Chris did a lot of. But even if Chris writes a complete song, or Ben writes a complete song . . . sometimes we wrote a song as a jam. All the different combinations were always there; there was never a set thing like “Jagger/Richards,” you know?

KURT COBAIN’S HOMETOWN REFUSES TO RENAME BRIDGE IN HIS HONOR

Credit: Guardian.co.uk

Kurt Cobain’s hometown has decided against renaming a bridge in honour of him. Aberdeen, Washington council turned down a proposal that would have seen North Aberdeen Bridge take Cobain’s name, choosing instead to rename a small area of land after the late Nirvana singer.

“Leave the [bridge] as it is and let old history live with new history,” said representative Doug Paling. Council officials voted almost unanimously against a resolution to honour the city’s most famous son. Despite a recommendation by the local parks board, councillors argued that renaming the bridge would glorify Cobain’s drug use and suicide. “Is this the legacy we want to leave to our children?” asked pastor Don Eden, according to KXRO Radio.

North Aberdeen Bridge, which crosses the Wishkah river, is known locally as Young Street Bridge. Among Nirvana fans, it’s famous for its appearance in the song Something in the Way; Cobain reportedly slept under it for a time. Although the council refused the Cobain proposal, they also rejected an amendment that would have seen the bridge formally renamed after local pioneer Alexander Young. “We don’t need to strip another part of our history away,” said Aberdeen Museum director Dan Sears.

The council did approve renaming a small strip of land that borders the Wishkah river, as a place for grunge pilgrims to pay their respects. An electric guitar statue already stands in a nearby park, with a memorial plaque.

SCOTT WEILAND SAYS HE’S MADE UP WITH FORMER VELVET REVOLVER BANDMATES

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland recently told Classic Rock Magazine that he is on good terms with his former Velvet Revolver bandmates and wouldn’t rule out doing “some shows” in the future. Hopefully this never happens as no matter what anybody says, it would hurt STP big time. Velvet Revolver reuniting would equal a longer break between STP albums and tension between the members. I think supergroups like Velvet Revolver and Audioslave should be left in the past, everybody is back where they belong now.

I honestly don’t see a full on Velvet Revolver reunion happening because there really isn’t much money to be made with a Velvet Revolver reunion, and money would be the sole motivation behind it. Scott even mentioned in his book that Velvet Revolver wasn’t really “music from my soul” like STP is. Velvet Revolver never headlined any big festivals when they were active, and with only one big hit album under their belt and maybe 3 hit singles, I can’t imagine them getting any big festival headlining gigs which bring in the big bucks because there’s not enough nostalgia to play off of. Also after the initial reunion shows they’d probably end up playing venues slightly smaller than STP are now, so ultimately Scott would be making less money with Velvet Revolver. The DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz have also showed that they will stick by Scott at this point, with all his rehabs and meltdowns over the years (including last fall), they continue to work with him. The Velvet Revolver guys kicked Scott to the curb during his first and only relapse with the band in 2008. Anyways, here’s part of the article:

In a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, Weiland reflected somewhat wistfully on his time in Velvet Revolver, which paired him with former principal members of Guns N’ Roses, saying, “That was a magical thing, too. That was right when I was getting off dope and those guys were all sober and clean, and I had a very special kind of kinship because we’d all experienced the same things.”

Weiland intimated that there was a fraternal camaraderie in the band: “It felt like us against the world: ‘We’re gonna play just pure rock ‘n’ roll.’ And I think we did a really good job of it. It was a great band to see live, and I think we made two exciting albums.”

So it’s great to see that after the expected nastiness that follows a breakup, the musicians are all friends again, even staying in contact thanks to technology. Weiland admitted, “We patched things up and we get along. I see them every now and again, we text each other.”

He also offered up a little sliver of hope to diehard VR fans, saying, “And you know, we can never say never. Who knows, maybe we’ll do some shows some time.”

LISTEN TO AUDIO PREVIEWS OF UNRELEASED SCREAMING TREES SONGS FROM NEW ALBUM ‘LAST WORDS’

Click here to listen to audio previews of all ten songs from the new Screaming Trees album Last Words, coming out online on August 2nd. The album contains unreleased material from the band’s 1999 recording sessions. Many of the songs leaked several years ago, but quite a few of the songs on Last Words have never seen the light of day.

There’s been little to no promotion for this release (nudge nudge I’d like for any Screaming Tree member do an interview with GrungeReport to talk about it!), so hopefully word of mouth spreads and fans find out about the album.  I think it would have been beneficial for them to do a couple club reunion shows together in Seattle, which would have definitely gotten the album some attention.

REVIEW OF PATTY SCHEMEL/HOLE DOCUMENTARY ‘HIT SO HARD’ WITH NEW FOOTAGE OF KURT COBAIN

This is from Jason of MediaDecay.com‘s review of Hit So Hard:

One section shows and discusses Patty’s life with Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. She lived with them for a while right after Francis Bean Cobain was born and this footage is extraordinary. Nirvana fans (of which I’m one) will find this breathtaking. You have this wonderful footage of Kurt being a father and being in glee. You see them all being a family. And there’s a never before released Courtney/Kurt collaboration song performed. That’s worth the price of admission alone. And if that wasn’t enough there’s an original Kurt Cobain film within the film featuring him voicing Francis Bean talking back to him. It might be easy to write this off as just amazing footage that you’d have to include in a film if you had it, but it actually really ties into the story as you learn that Patty was a very close friend of Kurt’s, and as Nirvana fans probably know was almost a member of Nirvana. It also shows how as Patty is fighting her addictions Kurt loses his battle.

From there more extraordinary footage discusses Patty’s closeness with Kristen Pfaff, Hole’s bassist on “Live Through This”. There’s a very nice extended piece on their relationship and where the various band members were at at the time and how close she was to kicking heroin before she ultimately overdosed. This is the second hard loss for Eric, Courtney, and especially Patty in 2 months. And then they start a world tour. Right when Patty is 27. I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the 27 club, and that’s discussed.You really get a feeling for the emotional craziness that was going on and how hard staying sober had to be. This also is a theme throughout the film of Patty’s attachments and losing them. It also really brings me to another thing I loved about this movie.

HISTORIC GRUNGE LANDMARK IN PORTLAND TORN DOWN

Thanks to Jake Sheffer:

I thought I would pass on some local news that happened yesterday that you might be interested in. Here in Portland the famous Satyricon rock venue was completely tore down yesterday. This club is where Courtney Love met Kurt Cobain as well as the site of the very first Foo Fighters show. This is also the club where the live Deluxe editon of Bleach was recorded in 1990 and was just gaining speed as a band. Thought you would like to know.

SHORT REVIEW OF STONE TEMPLE PILOTS’ SHOW LAST NIGHT IN BIG FLATS, NEW YORK

This was posted by MrF33n3y on the BelowEmpty.com forums:

Overall, it was a great show, probably tied with Ottawa ’09 for my favorite so far. Bi-Polar Bear and Dead & Bloated were cut again, presumably because of time restraints, all of which came about because the opening bands played too long. Frankly, I don’t think the opening bands should be doing 45 mins/50 mins respectively, when STP only did 75 mins. If both openers cut their set by 5 mins, STP would stop having to trim theirs.

We were on the barrier, dead center, caught 3 picks from Robert and one from Dean, one of Eric’s drumsticks, and got Scott’s setlist! 8) Tonight was also my first time trying out my new P&S camera for concerts; the results of which I’m very happy with! I’ll post some pictures tomorrow once I have them on my computer.

MUDHONEY GUITARIST TALKS ABOUT MEETING EDDIE VEDDER DURING MOOKIE BLAYLOCK DAYS

From grungebook.tumblr.com

“When I saw Mookie Blaylock, I’d already met Ed [Vedder] ‘cause he came over to the house that we lived at for a photo shoot Mudhoney was doing with Chris Cuffaro, a photographer from L.A. He came over as Chris’s photo assistant—he knew him from his time in L.A.—and he was this super-cool, nice guy that we were hangin’ out with all day long…. And after that, we found out he was actually the singer for Mookie Blaylock. It was a perfect way to meet Ed. He didn’t want it to be known who he was so that we could get to know him without any kind of preconceived notion of him as their new singer. He’s a very astute guy.”

– Mudhoney guitarist Steve Turner (outtake from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge)