STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ANNOUNCE NEW SHOWS IN LAS VEGAS, CALIFORNIA & MORE

August 21, 2011- Avila Beach, CA- Avila Beach Resort Arena
September 2, 2011- Virginia Beach, VA- 5th Street Beach Stage
September 11, 2011- Albany, NY- The Palace Theatre
September 13, 2011- Cincinnati, OH- PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend
September 14, 2011- Louisville, KY- Iroquois Ampitheater
September 17, 2011- Concho, OK- Lucky Star Casino
September 24, 2011- Las Vegas, NV- The Pearl Concert Theatre
September 25, 2011- Tuscon, AZ- Tucson Electric Ball Park

PEARL JAM’S FILM WILL FEATURE KURT COBAIN AND NEIL YOUNG

Pearl Jam Twenty

Cameron Crowe
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Language: English
Runtime: 120 minutes
Format: DCP(D-Cinema)
Executive Producer: Michele Anthony
Producer: Cameron Crowe, Kelly Curtis, Morgan Neville, Andy Fischer
Production Company: Vinyl Films
Principal Cast: Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Eddie Vedder, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain, Neil Young
Screenplay: Cameron Crowe
Writer:
Cinematographer: Nicola B. Marsh
Editor: Chris Perkel, Kevin Klauber
Sound: Dennis Hamlin, Frank Lugo
Music:
Production Designer:
Canadian Distributor: Films We Like
US Distributor:
International Sales Agent: WME

PEARL JAM TWENTY KICKS OFF WITH WORLD PREMIERE AT THE 2011 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

PEARL JAM TWENTY KICKS OFF WITH WORLD PREMIERE AT THE 2011 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
07.26.11

In celebration of their 20th Anniversary, Pearl Jam will debut Pearl Jam Twenty, a definitive portrait of the band as told by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and music journalist, Cameron Crowe, at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday September 10, 2011. Information on purchasing tickets, dates and times for the world premiere of Pearl Jam Twenty at the Toronto International Film festival, as well as two additional festival screenings of the film can be found at http://www.tiff.net.

Pearl Jam is set to release the documentary Pearl Jam Twenty worldwide on September 20th in select theaters for one night only, with a full week run of the film beginning Friday, September 23rd in key markets. The film will be shown at the highest caliber of theaters in select cities in the U.S. and internationally. For the latest update of theaters and cities showing Pearl Jam Twenty, visit http://www.PJ20.com.

In keeping with this unique theatrical release in select cities and theaters in September, Pearl Jam Twenty will then roll out in an accelerated fashion with the film’s U.S. television premiere Friday, October 21st at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), as part of the prestigious PBS “American Masters” series, airing during the first-ever PBS Arts Fall Festival. Following, the DVD of the film will be released worldwide by Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment October 25, 2011. Pearl Jam Twenty will also be available on Movies On Demand timed to the theatrical release.

The Pearl Jam Twenty soundtrack, released by Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, is currently available for pre-order at http://www.PJ20.com for its release date of September 20, 2011. Comprised of a selected track listing by Cameron Crowe—the album is a true companion piece to the film.

In addition, as part of their year-long celebration, Pearl Jam is releasing a Pearl Jam Twenty book on September 13, 2011. Published by Simon & Schuster in the U.S. and in Canada, and Atlantic Books in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, the Pearl Jam Twenty book is an aesthetically stunning chronicle of the band’s past two decades. Compiled and written by veteran music writer Jonathan Cohen with Mark Wilkerson, the book includes a foreword by Cameron Crowe (and material from all his own band interviews) as well as original interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Dave Grohl. The book is also available for pre-order now at http://www.PJ20.com.

The film, Pearl Jam Twenty, is told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, and chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after being catapulted into superstardom, their step back from the spotlight with the instinct of self-preservation, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them—giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. The film celebrates the freedom that allows the band to make music without losing themselves, their fans, or the music lovers they’d always been.

“We put so much into the film – moments, pieces of footage shot by band members, audio snippets, visual bursts, new and old interviews – many different formats, all meant to present an emotional scrapbook of what it felt like to be a member of the band on this twenty-year journey,” said Cameron Crowe. “The richness of the footage made our path very clear – just tell the story of the band and let the music guide us. It was a joy to make this film, and we’re thrilled share it with the fans.”

The captivating documentary gives fans and audiences an intimate first glimpse into Pearl Jam’s journey culled from more than 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, over 24 hours of recent interviews with the band, as well as live footage of their spellbinding concert performances.

Pearl Jam Twenty is a Vinyl Films production in association with Monkeywrench Inc. and Tremolo Productions. The film was produced by Cameron Crowe, Kelly Curtis, Morgan Neville, and Andy Fischer and executive produced by Michele Anthony.

REVIEW OF JANE’S ADDICTION’S SHOW IN NEW YORK AT LG THRILL LAUNCH PARTY

Note from Brett: This doesn’t mean we are covering Jane’s Addiction, this is because GrungeReport.net was offered tickets to this show.

GRUNGEREPORT.NET JANE’S ADDICTION AT TERMINAL 5 IN NEW YORK SHOW REVIEW (JULY 25, 2011)
Written By Rebecca Terán

It’s 2011, and over twenty-five years after forming, Jane’s Addiction are older, richer, lacking their original bassist, and have been on reality TV shows. These are reasons that people have dismissed Jane’s Addiction and Perry Farrell. The naysayers should shut the bleep up and give them the credit that’s due. The thing about Jane’s Addiction that I will always respect is that they are unapologetic for their decisions as a band. With their new album “The Great Escape Artist” on the way and their current tour rolling, they continue proving themselves the reigning gods of art rock; they will continue to knock down the doors for other rock bands and musical platforms.

This Monday the band was a part of the first 3D user generated rock show to be broadcast live on YouTube. I was really excited that Jane’s Addiction would be the first band to be a part of a project like this versus a young gun band like The Kings of Leon or something like that. I was also pumped to experience my favorite dance move, the Perry Shimmy! The boys kicked off the show with an energetic rendition of “Whores.” They then got the whole crowd dancing/shimmying to “Ain’t No Right.”

Like usual, Perry’s banter was solid. Younger bands take note, engaging the crowd with spastic dance moves and rants is the way to go. If Perry can do it post knee surgery/in his 50s, so can you! He responded to his own behavior with the question “ain’t you heard of rock n’ roll before?” We sure have! After “Ted Just Admit it,” Perry read my mind and gave a rant about how that song is what sex sounds like and rambled a whole bunch of naughtiness. Perry’s wife Etty and another dancer kept the show’s heat level high and inspired every woman in the room to get into a cabaret or burlesque class stat! “Ocean Size” set off a somewhat geriatric pit that I enjoyed watching. The show ended with “Jane Says” and a shower of confetti, laser balloons, and doggie balloons. It was a lovely finale.

This was not the best Jane’s Addiction show I have seen. I discovered that they are much better seen in an arena or amphitheater setting where they can go further with set pieces and video projections. Regardless, as always, Perry provided Terminal 5 and fans online with a great party and I can’t wait to see the boys of Jane’s again soon for another celebration of rock and roll!

Checkout the rebroadcast of the show on YouTube if you haven’t done so already!

CHRIS CORNELL DISCUSSES SOUNDGARDEN’S UNRELEASED SONGS & TOUR SETLISTS

Here’s an excerpt from Ernest A. Jasmin’s new interview with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell in The Seattle Times.

Q: Fans have “Black Rain” (a new song from “Telephantasm”) by now. But I remember an interview with Kim a couple of years ago suggesting you’ve got a lot of stuff in the vaults. What kind of unreleased goodies do you have, and when can fans expect to hear them?

A: We do have other stuff. I really don’t know how much. There are some songs that haven’t been released that I can say are completely arranged; I wouldn’t change anything. And then there are a lot of B-sides that people haven’t heard that were often, like, bonus tracks for a Japanese release or a European single. Our core audience right here in North America couldn’t necessarily hear those songs.

One of the first things we talked about was releasing rarities and B-sides (and) bonus content. What could that be? And what can we release, especially to the fan club and people that have been following us there and supporting us? But then we started working on a new album, so that’s kind of taken precedence over everything.

Q: On your tour, how have you put together your set lists? What’s the focus been?

A: We started with the set list from Lollapalooza and just played through that. And I guess, in a sense, that was kind of a shortlist. And then we had a long list that was maybe three times that much. … Anytime anybody threw out an idea or song that would be cool to play, we would try it. So we rehearsed until we had, I don’t know, about 40 songs that we could play. And we would go day to day, whatever we’d feel like doin’.

REVIEW OF LAST NIGHT’S STONE TEMPLE PILOTS SHOW IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Thanks to Frank:

Stone Temple Pilots – Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn, NY

The doors were early at 5:30pm but it was pouring rain out. We got in around the time the opener was finishing. The rain cleared up and STP went on around 8:30pm as the sun was setting on the NYC skyline which the stage was facing. They opened with Crackerman and went into basically the same set list that they have been playing on the whole tour minus Bi-Polar bear. Scott looked like he was in good spirits along with the rest of the band through out the whole show. Big Empty and Interstate Love Song sounded a little slowed down tonight. Scott would comment on how they are looking at the most beautiful skyline in the world from the stage. Dean’s guitar sound, sounded great and twangy as usual. Scott would go into his little world singing by himself between songs. Before the encore the whole band walked off stage and he stayed on singing random stuff in the mic for at least another minute before he walked off.  They came back on after a few minutes and the big STP lights lit up behind the stage. Scott pulled some random guy from the side of the stage to sing the opening to “Dead and Bloated”. They said his name but I never heard of him before. Some Chris Cornell look a like named Constantine Maroulis. After that, Scott went back into his little mumbling/singing thing until Eric Kretz counted in “Tripping on a hole in a paper heart”. They finished with thanking the crowd again and they all bowed together. Scott then ran off stage, came back and grabbed Robert’s mic and started telling the crowd how beautiful NY is again and thanked all the troops who went to war and fought for the country. He sounded very emotional. I noticed he was wearing a cross around his neck and when he walked off stage he blew a kiss and blessed the crowd. The band went off exactly at 10pm because of the time restrictions in the park. Overall the show sounded great and the energy was great. The crowd was rowdy with at least almost 4 fights breaking out in front of us but it ended up being a great show. Living right around the block from the park and seeing the usual picky “hip people” who hang out there, I was glad to see so many people show up for an old nineties band who can still put on a phenomenal show!

There ya go man. Sorry its so short. Hope you got something out of it.

-Frank
Morning Fuzz
morningfuzz.com

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF ‘MALFUNKSHUN: THE ANDREW WOOD STORY’

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF ‘MALFUNKSHUN: THE ANDREW WOOD STORY
WRITTEN BY GRUNGEREPORT.NET OWNER BRETT BUCHANAN

I just finished watching ‘Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story” for the first time and it is a brilliant documentary. In many Grunge related documentaries you see, Wood is merely a footnote that is mentioned before the formation of Pearl Jam, but this documentary really dives into his life and music.

There are interview with his brothers Brian and Kevin, mother Toni, Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Regan Hagar, Bruce Fairweather, Jack Endino, Kelly Curtis, and many others who knew Andy. A lot of the interview footage (of Cornell and Thayil in particular) appears to have been done sometime around 1999-2000. The documentary starts off talking about Andy’s childhood and many of the problems his family had. His mother says that regardless of the problems Andy would still try to bring some happiness. It’s clear that his troubled childhood led to his problems later in his life. During his teen years Andy had a unique fashion sense at school, and was comfortable with his feminine side. Andy was a huge Kiss fan and at a Kiss/Cheap Trick concert he told his brother Kevin he wanted to be a rock star. This led to the formation of Malfunkshun, where Andrew transformed into ‘Landrew.’

There is a very interesting portion in the documentary where Jack Endino describes a chart (which is shown) of all of the Seattle bands that were active in the mid 80’s and where they ended up all going. Chris Cornell talks about his relationship with Andy while they were roommates in the late 80’s, despite some of their differences they became best friends. Chris talked about how he and Andy would write music together, someone even joked that if one of them had been female they would have been the perfect couple. Andy eventually met Xana, who ended up becoming his fiancee. They had a passionate and volatile relationship. The documentary goes into Andy’s drug history in detail, even showing some documents and writings from Andy’s trips to rehab. He started smoking pot at the age of 12 and by the late 80’s he was using heroin. Andy was described as always wanting to get more high while using heroin, even though it’s supposed to bring you down.

Malfunkshun dissolved when Mother Love Bone, which was initially a project, blossomed into something more. Andy had huge dreams of rock stardom, there are videos of Andy talking about wanting to play arenas, even if they had to tour with a cheesy act like Warrant. Just to be able to play in front of an enthusiastic audience that is pumped up no matter what he’d say. Andy is funny in much of the video footage shown of him, holding stuffed animals and talking about his Game Boy portable gaming device. When his rehab counselors are shown in his documentary they say Andy often used humor to hide his sadness or his drug addiction. Andy was always very apologetic about his addiction, and would get angry at himself when he would relapse in the last year or two of his life. Near the end of his life Mother Love Bone were on the brink of superstardom with a huge record deal and a completed record. Stone and Jeff talk about how there was a lot of tension in the band due to the strong personalities and creative visions. Andy’s girlfriend Xana describes how Andy hid his addiction during this time period because he didn’t want to hurt the success of the band, but he would come home to her crying constantly and saying he was going to die. Xana tried to tell Andy’s friends and family but they believed she was over dramatizing. Andy overdosed in 1990 and initially at his home was pronounced dead, but was revived and sent to the hospital where it was thought he would survive. The situation quickly went bad though and his brain activity disappeared, they were about to pull the plug but the family waited until Chris Cornell could fly in from New York to be there. Chris talks about how it was a creepy situation.

Overall this is a fantastic documentary, it’s engaging and really lets you know what kind of guy Andy was. It has great interviews and footage of Andy. Along with the documentary it comes with Malfunkshun’s CD Return to Olympus and a great CD full of Andy’s demos. This is a must buy for any Grunge fan, the 3 DVD/CD set is available for purchase now on Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. It lists it just as a CD but it is indeed a DVD/CD combo pack with the documentary and two CD’s.

FOO FIGHTERS SCORE TWO SONGS ATOP THE BILLBOARD ROCK CHART

(RTTNews.com) – “Walk,” Foo Fighters’ second single off of their latest album, Wasting Light, is number one on the Billboard Top Rock Songs chart, beating out the album’s first single, “Rope,” which slotted in at number two.

Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig and released through RCA Records, debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, selling 235,000 copies its first week out this past April, and making it the band’s first ever number one album in the U.S. The release of Wasting Light also marked the band’s second highest sales week ever, second only to In Your Honor’s first week sales (311,000) in 2005.

The album was Foo Fighters first since 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace.

Rounding out the top five of the Billboard Top Rock Music Songs Chart were Seether’s “County Song,” Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kids” and Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall.”