WIN A CHANCE TO SPEAK TO GROHL, NOVOSELIC & VIG AT NIRVANA Q&A SESSION

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On the evening of September 24th, SiriusXM will pay tribute to Nirvana at a very special and intimate two-hour LIVE “Town Hall” event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of one of popular music’s most iconic releases, Nevermind.

Nirvana’s Nevermind album is still regarded as one of the most influential musical releases EVER.  Its release forever changed the landscape of rock music and the band’s impact on fans and musicians alike continues to this day.

SiriusXM wants to give YOU the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to speak live and in person with members of Nirvana – Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl – along with one of music’s most respected producers, Butch Vig, who produced the 1991 release that went on to sell 30 million copies worldwide.  You’ll have the chance to ask all three a question at this rare event for SiriusXM subscribers.  A select group of Nirvana’s biggest and most knowledgeable fans will have the opportunity to be part of the intimate studio audience at the event, which includes a meet-and-greet with Novoselic, Grohl, and Vig.

To qualify, we’re asking SiriusXM subscribers to submit their most creative and insightful questions about Nirvana’s re-issue of Nevermind or their musical career, for the chance to pose the question in person to Novoselic, Grohl, and Vig directly at the event.  We’ll choose twenty (20) of the best questions and invite those people to meet up in New York City, where they will be face to face with Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and Butch Vig to ask their question LIVE during this very special event on September 24th (see Official Rules for details).

Each of the twenty (20) winners will receive a copy of Nevermind: 20th Anniversary Edition 2011 Remastered (2CD Deluxe Edition) as well as a copy of the Nirvana: Live at the Paramount DVD.  For more information, visit www.nirvana.com.

There will also be a chance to call in with questions during the live broadcast, giving SiriusXM listeners the chance to speak to speak to Novoselic, Grohl, and Vig as well.

If you’re the ultimate Nirvana fan, it doesn’t get better than this!  Enter for your chance to win below.

SOUNDGARDEN BASSIST BEN SHEPHERD SAYS HE HAD A “BAD FEELING” ABOUT KURT COBAIN WHEN HE HEARD HEART SHAPED BOX

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I had just put my bags down in our hotel room in London and turned on MTV. I saw the video for ‘Heart-Shaped Box.’ That was the first time I’d heard the song, too. I freaked out and was like, ‘I need to get ahold of Kurt right now.’ Yeah, I can feel Kurt. A million miles away, and in one song. One note, one little drain of his voice, that’s when I could feel it. It was a bad feeling. Like, It’s either him or me. Kurt, don’t. That’s what I felt like. So I tried to get ahold of Kurt for our entire European tour. But no one helped me get ahold of him from our camp. No one paid attention.

– Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge

SMASHING PUMPKINS FRONTMAN BILLY CORGAN DISCUSSES HIS MEMORIES OF WRITING “DISARM”

Here is a quote from ‘Bill’s Corner’ on Crestfallen.com, where you can read a new short Q&A with Corgan every Monday:

“The story of the song is pretty basic. I wrote it sitting on my bed, in my 2nd floor apartment which was on the corner of Janssen + Irving Park in Chicago. What was once that window (on the Southest corner) in now sadly bricked up. But that’s where I wrote Disarm and Today, in the apartment where I lived with Hippie Bob. Kerry Brown lived across the street, and we had all sorts of crazy parties there.  Anyway, my bed sat in this kind of nook. The song came out in one fast rush, so fast I don’t remember writing it (Today I do remember writing). I think maybe the lyrics were adapted from some poetry I’d written. It was one of those songs when you finish putting it together you kind of sit back and wonder where it came from. It is obvious to me now what I was trying to say.”

READ A FULL CHAPTER FROM THE NEW BOOK ‘EVERYBODY LOVES OUR TOWN: AN ORAL HISTORY OF GRUNGE’

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The release of my book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge is a little more than a week away (September 6). But you can read a full chapter—on the making of Nirvana’s Nevermind—right now by “liking” the ELOT Facebook page.

Pre-order at AmazonBarnes & Noble or Indiebound.

I’ll have my review up of the book on GrungeReport.net this weekend, I would have had it up sooner if it wasn’t for school starting.  We’ll also be doing a give away for the book early next week.

EDDIE VEDDER DISCUSSES FANS BEING KILLED AT PEARL JAM’S SHOW AT ROSKILDE FESTIVAL

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Eddie Vedder did some “deep soul-searching” after nine people were killed at a Pearl Jam show.

In 2000, the group played the Roskilde Festival in Denmark as part of their European tour. Organisers asked the group to stop playing due to crowd concerns, but they didn’t do so at first.

Nine people were crushed to death and Eddie says it was one of the most difficult things the rock band ever dealt with.

“I disappeared for a year. I had to do some deep soul-searching on my own. I did a solitary process that I felt like I had to go through. I couldn’t go about business as usual because that would’ve been going around the issues. I had to go through them,” he explained.

Eddie wondered if the group should continue after the tragedy.

He has thanked Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry for their support, revealing he was in a “foetal position” after the tragedy.

“The day of the tragedy and the day after [were the hardest],” he told Q magazine. “You can’t go 30 seconds without thinking about it. After a week, you could maybe go a minute without thinking about it. After a month, you could maybe go three minutes. You were constantly brought back there.”

SCOTT WEILAND RELEASES NEW COVERS ALBUM ONLINE FEATURING NIRVANA & RADIOHEAD SONGS

Scott Weiland has released a collection of cover songs without any promotion. There had been talk of a bundle with his book back in May, but it never came to be. Now his store on ScottWeiland.com is selling a digitial version of the the album ‘A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs.’ You can buy it by clicking here. There is also a bundle pack where you can buy the book and get the digital album. Here is the tracklisting, with studio recorded covers. Most of the covers have never before been released, outside of Revolution, But Not Tonight, Reel Around The Fountain, and Fame:

1. I Am The Resurrection (Stone Roses)
2. Personality Crisis (New York Dolls)
3. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (Nirvana)
4. Let Down (Radiohead)
5. Into Your Arms (Lemonheads)
6. Dead Flowers (The Rolling Stones)
7. Waiting For Superman (The Flaming Lips)
8. Revolution (The Beatles, this is Stone Temple Pilots’ cover they recorded in 2001)
9. But Not Tonight (Depeche Mode)
10. Reel Around The Fountain (The Smiths)
11. Fame (David Bowie)
12. Jean Genie (David Bowie)

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF SCOTT WEILAND’S NEW COVERS ALBUM

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GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF A COMPILATION OF SCOTT WEILAND’S COVER SONGS
WRITTEN BY GRUNGEREPORT.NET OWNER BRETT BUCHANAN

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland unexpectedly released his covers album digitally online yesterday (it could have even been a few days prior since there has been no advertising for it whatsoever, not even a message to his mailing list) in his store in ScottWeiland.com.  So this is the second surprise release we have had this week, the first being Chris Cornell releasing his new song “The Keeper” yesterday.

Scott’s cover of “Jean Genie” is really good, a really rocking feel. Very raw sounding vocals, his voice sounds great without too much production. Some cool megaphone stuff near the end. His other Bowie cover on the album “Fame” (which originally appeared on Happy in Galoshes) I’ve always thought is just a bit too weird. Sure Scott sounds fine, but it just sounds corny.

His cover of Nirvana’s “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” has his vocals mixed a bit low, I prefer the live version. The studio version is still good, but it lacks the urgency of the live version. This could be because of the mix though with Scott’s vocals being mixed low.

Listening to the cover of “Let Down” really makes you realize that there was a bit of Radiohead influence on Happy in Galoshes. Scott vocally gives the song a little bit of a countryish vibe vocally, which I’m sure will piss of some of hipster segment of Radiohead fans, the cover is good. Scott covers another 90’s band with the Lemonheads song “Into Your Arms” which is also pretty good, stays faithful to the original.

Scott’s cover of “Dead Flowers” also features Scott’s countryesque vocals. This doesn’t have the same power as Scott’s cover of “Can You Hear Me Knocking” he did with Santana a couple of years ago, which was phenomenal. Scott’s voice sounds similar to how it did on Velvet Revolver’s Libertad here, especially on the hidden track on that album’s hidden track “Don’t Drop That Dime.”

The album features Scott’s Smiths cover from Happy in Galoshes, “Reel Around The Fountain.” I always have thought Scott’s version of it is pretty boring. I remember it putting the crowd to sleep when he played it during a solo performance I was at in 2008. “But Not Tonight” by Depeche Mode is another Scott cover that has already been released, back in 2001 on the Not Another Teen Movie soundtrack. I’ve always loved Scott’s version of this and actually prefer it over the original. His cover of the Stone Roses’ song “I Am The Resurrection” is okay, his vocals aren’t that great on it. Scott’s cover of the New York Dolls song “Personality Crisis” is fun, nice creepy/Grunge sounding vocals from Scott. He lets out some nice screams on it.

If you’re a die hard Scott Weiland/STP fan like I am, buy this.  If you’re just a casual fan this probably isn’t for you.  This is a nice gem though for STP die hards.

PHOTOS OF SCOTT WEILAND AT PRIVATE PARTY IN MASSACHUSETTS

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Irene wasn’t invited, but more than 600 of Ernie Boch Jr.’s nearest and dearest ignored the hurricane warnings Saturday night and descended on the car czar’s Norwood manse for a rockin’ end-of-the-summer bash featuring a performance by Stone Temple Pilots’ main man Scott Weiland, belly dancers, a near-drowning and lots of scandalicious behavior. All in all, the party of the year!

The Auto Mile magnate transformed his expansive grounds into an outdoor nightclub for the fete, which got rolling under drizzly skies and unbearable humidity. But the approaching storm didn’t exactly put a damper on the festivities.

The free-flowing watermelon mojitos and tons of Asian-inspired cuisine whipped up by chef Tony Ambrose’s Ambrosia Events & Catering and the staff from Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger put everyone in a party mood. Everyone except Weiland, who was in full-on rock star mode!

Word is, the temperamental frontman refused to do a meet-and-greet with his host and 40 handpicked pals, offering to instead do one for 12, then cutting it to just two. He also had the usual list of rock star demands, including a fleet of SUVs for him and his posse — which, when you think of it, probably wasn’t a problem for the Boch Automotive empire heir.

“There were many ‘Get Him to the Greek’ moments,” Ernie told us. “And that’s all I want to say.”



CHRIS CORNELL RELEASES NEW SONG “THE KEEPER”

GrungeReport.net was the first to report that Cornell was doing this song, back in May.

The song is unbelievable and it sounds like it could have been on Euphoria Morning. For my full review click here.

This is from ChrisCornell.com (you can also listen to the song streaming there and buy it with proceeds today going to charity):

Chris Cornell is pleased to announce the release of his new song “The Keeper”, lead track on the original motion picture soundtrack for forthcoming movie Machine Gun Preacher. Based on a true story, the movie is directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball) and stars Gerard Butler (300, The Phantom of the Opera) as Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to East Africa. Shocked by the mayhem in Sudan, Childers becomes a crusader for hundreds of refugee children fleeing death and enslavement.

For 24 hours exclusively on ChrisCornell.com, all proceeds from the donations generated will go directly to Sam Childer’s Angels of East Africa charity. On Tuesday, August 30 the song will be available for sale on iTunes® and the full soundtrack album is released September 20. Machine Gun Preacher hits select US theatres on September 23.

For additional information on the film, please visit:

http://www.machinegunpreacher.org/movie/.

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF CHRIS CORNELL’S NEW SONG “THE KEEPER”

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF NEW CHRIS CORNELL SONG “THE KEEPER”
WRITTEN BY BRETT BUCHANAN

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell released a new acoustic song today called “The Keeper” for the Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack, to listen to it go to ChrisCornell.com.

The song is Cornell’s best release in years. I’m a die hard fan of Cornell, but to me the last time he really released something I loved was probably “Doesn’t Remind Me” off of Audioslave’s Out of Exile in 2005. I wasn’t too big on Audioslave’s final album Revelations, Carry On, or Scream. There were some songs here and there that I liked, like “You Know My Name,” but Chris’ voice just didn’t seem the same to me and the vibe just seemed to go away from the style he created in the 90’s, which is fine but I just wasn’t as in to it as his 90’s stuff.

This song sounds straight out of the 90’s. On “The Keeper” Cornell collaborates with Alain Johannes, who worked with Cornell on his 1999 classic Euphoria Morning. This song sounds like it could have been on Euphoria Morning (or even Temple of the Dog), Chris sounds like he did in the 90’s. The lyrics are just great and so inspired, here are some great ones from the song:

“Beauty and truth collide where love meets genocide. Where laughter meets fear. Confusion all around as I try to feed these mouths that have never known singing”

“And before I let one more tear hit the ground. I will be the one standing between you and the sound of the rounds. Echoing out, out of the dark. The smoke and the spark, aimed at the heart of the flame. I am the keeper.”

“And before I let one more life get embraced. From the ashes I will rise for you and the ghosts of the names. Faces and frames, the love and the pain for you I remain, though I’m not worthy of being the keeper of the flame.”

Grunge lovers, the Chris Cornell we all love is back. This makes me even more excited about the new Soundgarden album.

FOO FIGHTERS WIN BEST ROCK VIDEO AT VMA’S, GROHL SAYS TO NEVER LOSE FAITH IN ROCK

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It was the vets against the new rockers on the block at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, as the Foo Fighters, the Black Keys and Mumford & Sons faced off against Foster the People and Cage the Elephant for Best Rock Video. Foo took home the prize, and delivered an impassioned defense of rock music along the way.

Miley Cyrus and Shawn White were on hand to bestow the Moonman on Dave Grohl and company, whose “Walk” video bested the Black Keys’ “Howlin’ for You,” Cage’s “Shake Me Down,” Foster’s “Pumped Up Kicks” and Mumford’s “The Cave.”

“We’d like to thank Sam Jones, the director; Joel Schumacher, the director of ‘Falling Down,’ which was the movie we based the video on; and all our friends at MTV,” Grohl said during his acceptance speech. “I just want to say: Never lose faith in real rock and roll music, you know what I mean? Never lose faith in that. You might have to look a little harder, but it’s always going to be there.”

The win for “Walk” proved to be something of an MTV awards-show full circle for the Foos, who busted out the tune off their album Wasting Light during a hard-charging in June.

CHRIS BROWN DANCES TO NIRVANA AT MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

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Dressed in a white formal suit, the performer slow-shuffled down to the dance stage, and once he landed in the middle of the dance floor, he was flanked by full-skirted dancers. He gyrated and danced and sang his hit “Yeah 3X,” while Kanye West jumped to his feet and clapped his approval.

On the psychedelic set, Brown high-stepped his way through the track, and eventually was joined onstage by tuxedo-clad dancers. He then moved into the 1993 Wu-Tang Clan classic “Protect Ya Neck,” moving to the ’90s backbeats in traditional hip-hop dance breaks.

His routine then moved to 1991, making the unexpected to choice to dance to Nirvana’s “Teen Spirit,” and one of Brown’s dancers jumped on a trampoline to the rock classic.

COURTNEY LOVE INFATUATED WITH 64-YEAR OLD AUTHOR & “DETERMINED TO LAND” A RICH BOYFRIEND

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Courtney Love has reportedly become “infatuated” with acclaimed novelist Salman Rushdie.

The Hole rocker was spotted “flirting heavily” with the 64-year-old, best known for his controversial 1988 book The Satanic Verses, at a recent literary event in New York.

“She finds him intellectually thrilling,” a source told The Mirror. “She regularly quotes classic literature and is a huge fan of Salman’s work.

“She is infatuated with Salman. He truly is her ideal chap. She is looking for love, while Salman’s an incorrigible flirt and willing to see how their friendship develops.”

Love briefly dated Alan Partridge creator Steve Coogan back in 2005.

The 47-year-old declared in May that she is “determined to land” a rich boyfriend.

STORY ABOUT NIRVANA MEETING BILLY CORGAN & COURTNEY LOVE IN 1991

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When I was filming Sonic Youth or Nirvana or Dinosaur or whoever, they weren’t censoring themselves. People were just enjoying this brief two-week tour. There was a lot of drinking going on. A lot of hash smoking. Everyone was having fun backstage.

At the time, Madonna’s Truth or Dare was in theaters — this big cultural moment. So we decided to reenact scenes and we had the idea where Kurt, pretending to be Kevin Costner, meets Madonna backstage and he says, “You guys were really neat.” But he had this champagne bottle and decided to fling it around the room. That was an add-on. It wasn’t rehearsed. He didn’t break it but everyone thought he was going to smash it through a window. Dave and Kim ran out of the room as if it was going to be set on fire. It was hilarious.

Kurt wasn’t with Courtney [Love] at the time but she showed up at Rotterdam. I think she hitched a ride with the Smashing Pumpkins. She was sort of seeing Billy Corgan. You can see it in the bluescale version of the movie I’ve been working on. Krist [Novoselic], Dave, and Kim are all gossiping: “Courtney’s here!” And — boom! — she comes in backstage arm-in-arm with Corgan, who was introduced to Sonic Youth. Kurt and Billy had never really met and, you know, maybe were even competitors. Kind of like Dylan in Don’t Look Back where you see him tapping on Donovan.

When Courtney and Billy left the room, you see Kurt graffitis on the wall “Courtney Plus Gish,” the name of the Pumpkins record. And everyone proceeded to lightly make fun of Billy. Krist said, “I can’t go on living! I thought Courtney was in love with me!” Maybe Kurt had a crush on her at the time and didn’t know how to approach her, I don’t know.

I didn’t have a personal rapport with Kurt. He was just another guy in the band, quiet. We chatted a bit and I could detect this really dark sense of humor, but he was very nice. You look at the 1991: The Year Punk Broke, and Kurt is just smiling through the whole thing. Those are some of the last smiles you’d see from him before Nirvana became this huge success.