PEARL JAM GUITARIST MIKE MCCREADY TALKS ABOUT LOLLAPALOOZA 1992

Here’s a Mike McCready quote from a new article in SeattleMet.com:

“When we were on Lollapalooza in 1992, we were second on the bill. We had a 45-minute slot at about 2 every afternoon, but when we went on we’d have 50,000 people rush the stage. Maybe not that many every time, but it started happening. It was kind of scary, but it was also totally exciting. That’s when I knew something was up.”

“Some decisions early on—not doing videos, not doing interviews, not going to award shows—I didn’t necessarily agree with. I remember one record company guy saying, “If you guys don’t do a video for ‘Black,’ you’re over.” We felt like that was bullshit, but at the same time I thought, “Maybe a video for ‘Black’ would be cool.” Had we gone the route where we did all of those things, though, we would have broken up. I just remember how tense it was and how much weirdness had happened because we got so big so quickly. We would have ridden that for a little bit, and then given how volatile we all are there would have been a big blowup.”

PEARL JAM FANS CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH FUNDRAISER

PEARL JAM FANS CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH FUNDRAISER

Lake Geneva, WI – Legendary rock band Pearl Jam is celebrating its 20 Year Anniversary by hosting a festival concert series at Alpine Valley Music Theater, WI on Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4. In honor of Pearl Jam’s momentous occasion, the Wishlist Foundation, a Pearl Jam fan nonprofit organization, will be hosting a pre-concert fundraiser on Friday, September 2, at Hemingways in Lake Geneva .

Wishlist Foundation hosts pre-concert fundraiser events across the globe to benefit organizations that Pearl Jam and its fans support. The September 2 fundraiser will benefit several local and national organizations in honor of each member of the band; Save the Turf Foundation and Tosa Skateboarders United for bassist Jeff Ament; Advocacy for Patients With Chronic Illness for lead guitarist Mike McCready ; Guitars in the Classroom music education for drummer Matt Cameron; The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin for rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard; Camp Hope for keyboard player Boom Gaspar and Honor Flight veterans organization for lead singer Eddie Vedder.

The fundraiser will feature performances by Cluthe/Lee, select scenes from the play “The Faithfull”, trivia contests, karaoke, Pearl Jam themed menu, five different bars, BBQ and s’mores cookout and more. Attendees can make donations at the event and receive incentive items like Pearl Jam inspired t-shirts, posters, wristbands, mouse pads and ticket albums and can enter raffles to win fan-donated Pearl Jam memorabilia. There will also be a silent auction that features autographed items donated by band members as well as items donated by our sponsors.

Conceived in 2004 and formalized in 2006, the Wishlist Foundation is a Pearl Jam fan nonprofit 501(c)(3) grassroots organization dedicated to supporting Pearl Jam’s charitable and philanthropic goals. Our ongoing mission is to utilize the collective ability of Pearl Jam fans around the globe to make a difference in the world. Since 2004, the Wishlist Foundation and Pearl Jam fans across the globe have together raised almost a half a million dollars to date through a variety of grassroots fundraising methods.

The festival weekend kicks off a series of commemorative events for Pearl Jam, including a ten city Canadian tour and their upcoming Cameron Crowe-directed film, Pearl Jam Twenty, which captures the band’s journey over its twenty years, along with an accompanying book and soundtrack album in September. A nine city South American tour is scheduled for November.

All ages are welcome to attend the fundraiser at Hemingways, N3270 County Hwy H, Lake Geneva , WI from 5 – 10 PM. For more information, please visit www.wishlistfoundation.org

= GENERAL INFORMATION =


Wishlist Foundation – http://wishlistfoundation.org

Pearl Jam – http://pearljam.com

Pearl Jam Twenty – http://pj20.com

Hemingways – http://www.hemingwaysportofcall.com

Cluthe/Lee – http://www.leeandcluthemusic.blogspot.com

The Faithfull – a PJ Play – http://www.facebook.com/TheFaithfull.play

= BENEFICIARY INFORMATION =

Save The Turf Foundationhttp://savetheturf.com
As one of only two remaining American skateboard parks from the 1970s, the Turf is a unique part of our history. It attracted riders from around the world bringing revenue to the city of Greenfield and the surrounding communities. The Turf’s card-carrying members included top pros like Tony Hawk, Mike Vallely, Lance Mountain , Tony Alva, Jason Jesse and Jeff Kendall. Our first mission is to help fund the immediate protection of the now exposed pools from the harsh Wisconsin winters. Second, we will help fund the restoration of the pools and attract sponsors and investors to the new development.

Tosa Skateboarders Unitedhttp://tosaskateboardersunited.org

The Tosa Skateboarders United skateboard park project began in early 2004 as the Wauwatosa , WI community realized the need for a facility of its type for local kids. There is no legal place for skateboarders and BMX bikers to practice their sport.  A public forum was held on the topic of providing a skateboard park in the city.  Citizen adults & youth, business leaders, teachers, the recreation department and the police department attended in support of the cause.  Soon after the forum, a group of interested community volunteers came together to turn this idea into a reality.  Now, many of the kids are becoming involved with all aspects of the project such as, speaking and demonstrating to the community and planning the construction process.

Advocacy for Patientshttp://advocacyforpatients.org
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.

Guitars in the Classroom http://guitarsintheclassroom.org

Guitars in the Classroom inspires, trains and equips general classroom teachers and specialists to integrate music and music making across the academic curriculum through “song-based instruction” so students of all ages have the opportunity to learn through making music together in class, everyday. Their work prepares and supports educators to lead the way competently and confidently, employing music as a powerful tool for reaching all learners, teaching all subjects, and building character and community in their classrooms.

The Natural Resources Foundation of WIhttp://www.wisconservation.org

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin creates opportunities for individuals and organizations to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Wisconsin ‘s natural resources, support state and local conservation programs, and establish conservation endowments. Since 1986, our Foundation contributed more than $4.5 million to save endangered wildlife, protect natural lands, and support environmental education and outreach. Learn more at wisconservation.org and join us in exploring, protecting and caring for Wisconsin .

Honor Flighthttp://www.honorflight.org/

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America ‘s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington , D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Camp HOPEhttp://www.camphopeforkids.org

Camp HOPE is a wonderful place in central Wisconsin where children and teenagers gather to work through the grieving process after a loved one dies. The camp gently guides the children and teenagers through the complex emotions by showing them that they are not alone.

PREVIEW OF PEARL JAM’S “BETTER MAN” LIVE AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Preview Of Pearl Jam “Better Man” Live At Madison Square Garden Video
(ET Canada)

Pearl Jam’s “Live from Madison Square Garden” music video will be released on September 1 and we have your sneak peek.

The band is celebrating its “Twenty” years of success with a new tour, a new documentary, book, soundtrack and archival releases.

The Cameron Crow-produced documentary, “Pearl Jam Twenty”, is set to make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

FANS LAUNCH PEARL JAM TWENTY MOSAICS PROJECT

Here is a brief description:

pj20mosaics.com

A Pearl Jam fan art site displaying interactive photographic mosaics inspired by the movie poster for the film “Pearl Jam Twenty” by Cameron Crowe. Each mosaic is composed of hundreds or thousands of images of Pearl Jam collected online from 1991-2011. Click, scroll, and zoom through each mosaic to find your favorite memorable moments and timeless portraits. These mosaics provide a engaging 20 year anniversary retrospective of this iconic band.

FRANCES BEAN COBAIN SAYS SHE IS NOT PURSUING A MODELING CAREER

Credit: GossipCop.com

Much has been written about Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of the late Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, and apparently a good portion of it is untrue.

In fact, blogs and other media outlets often take quotes from Cobain’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, except there’s one problem — she’s not on either of them.

In an exclusive, Cobain tells Gossip Cop, “To set the record straight, I don’t use Twitter or Facebook and any and all reports claiming otherwise are erroneous.”

And though she recently posed for a series of portraits (SEE right) for photographer Rocky Schenck, stories about her pursuing modeling professionally are also inaccurate.

Cobain, who just turned 19, tells us that stories “of a career in fashion” are also wrong.

Regardless, we hear the offers are still coming in.

JON STEWART TO HOST Q&A SESSION WITH NIRVANA MEMBERS DAVE GROHL & KRIST NOVOSELIC

Thanks to Ashley:

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart will host a Q&A session with the surviving members of rock band Nirvana to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its album “Nevermind.”

Stewart will host the event on SiriusXM for two hours on Sept. 24. It will feature fans, Nirvana band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, and Butch Vig, the producer behind “Nevermind.” Kurt Cobain, the band’s lead singer, committed suicide in 1994.

“Nevermind” was the band’s second album and has sold 10 million units in the United States. It features Nirvana’s biggest hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Grohl is now the lead singer of the Foo Fighters.

SiriusXM will also launch the all-Nirvana channel, Nevermind Radio, on Sept. 23 until Sept. 28.

MILEY CYRUS’ FATHER SAYS KURT COBAIN WOULD HAVE LOVED HER “SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT” COVER

Frances Bean Cobain needs to knock Miley out.

From SPIN magazine’s Nirvana Nevermind 20th anniversary article:

“I saw Miley’s cover of ‘Teen Spirit’ in South America. The crowd just went crazy. And I thought, ‘How beautiful, man,’ because I do believe Kurt’s spirit is very much still on this earth, through his fans and his music. I did have a very surreal moment watching my little girl do their song, realizing, ‘Wow, these kids are singing along to his in English, every word. And I’m sure that Kurt loves it’.”

PHOTOS FROM THE LAYNE STALEY BIRTHDAY & MIKE STARR MEMORIAL GATHERING IN SEATTLE

Thanks to Stephanie Hammond for these photos and descriptions from the Layne Staley birthday/Mike Starr memorial gathering that was held Monday in Seattle.  To view more of Stephanie’s photos check out her Facebook page.





Rane Stone ~ Nuff said!! 🙂

Demri’s mother, Kathleen. A strong woman who has lost 3 of her 4 children. Her strength is amazing!

Over my shoulder are three pillars of strength ~ Layne’s mom, Nancy…Mike’s mom, Gayle, and Demri’s mom, Kathleen.

Adam Payne, Jonny Smokes, and Shannon Sharp ~ Jammin’ ♥

Shannon, Jason Kertson, Jonny

(l-r) Nina Barber, Gayle Starr, Melinda Starr, Colleen Kennedy-Hardy, Pauline Escudero Shafer, and bottom Miranda.

Beth, Layne’s mom~ Nancy, Mel, Steph

EDDIE VEDDER, JOHNNY DEPP & PETER JACKSON GAVE MILLIONS TO HELP FREE WEST MEMPHIS THREE

From: wm3org.typepad.com

Joe Berlinger, the director of the award-winning 1996 documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills along with Bruce Sinofsky, tells EW that Johnny Depp, Peter Jackson, and Eddie Vedder have not only spent the past several years advocating for the release of the West Memphis Three, but they have also privately donated part of their personal fortunes to help make it happen. “You had the best minds in the business working on this case thanks to Johnny Depp, Peter Jackson, and Eddie Vedder’s financial support,” says Berlinger, who puts the trio’s donations in the neighborhood of “many millions of dollars.”

read the full story here

FOO FIGHTERS REVEAL THEIR NEXT SINGLE OFF OF ‘WASTING LIGHT’

Foo Fighters’ third single off of Wasting Light will be “Arlandria.” A music video will be filmed for the single. I think this is a dumb choice, “These Days” and “Bridge Burning” have far bigger radio hit potential. Sometimes I wonder about band’s/record label’s choices for singles. Another one of my favorite bands, Cage The Elephant, chose “Around My Head” as the second single off of their sophmore album Thank You Happy Birthday when “Aberdeen” and “Right Before My Eyes” sound like surefire hits.

MIKE MCCREADY TALKS ABOUT KURT COBAIN AND SOME JOURNALISTS CALLING PEARL JAM CORPORATE SELLOUTS

Below is an excerpt of the Montreal Gazette‘s new interview with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready:

While the vitality of the Pearl Jam catalogue might seem self-evident now, it was not necessarily in the cards when the group’s debut album, Ten, was released in 1991. At least some of the music press was dismissive, and even doomed legend and fellow Seattle-based rocker Kurt Cobain blew them off as commercial sellouts. Oddly, part of Cobain’s logic was that there was too much lead guitar work in Pearl Jam’s music.

“It was kind of irritating,” McCready conceded, “because (the Seattle bands) were all trying to do this thing together. I was p—ed about it. There was some tension, but at the same time, we were like, ‘Bring it. We’re a really good band and we’ll keep going.’ ”

McCready preferred to remember Cobain as a great songwriter, and said Pearl Jam saw Nirvana early on as a measuring stick of what they should and shouldn’t do as a band. In conversation, his memories of what is now seen as the game-changing year 1991 – when guitar-based grunge bands exploded out of the Seattle scene and buried the synth-pop of the 1980s – seem nothing but fond.

“It turned into a fashion thing after the fact,” he said. “(The Seattle scene) was so close-knit. It’s rainy here, so we were always playing in garages and putting shows on together. The local government was not receptive at the time to having bands playing to all ages. You had to be creative. There was a healthy competition, but we were helping each other. And out of all that, we all became much better bands.”

BUTCH VIG TALKS ABOUT KURT COBAIN’S MOOD SWINGS

Excerpt from Rolling Stone’s new Inside the 20th Anniversary reissure of Nevermind article:

“We had this motel room, and we would go to Smart Studios and work every day,” says Novoselic. The sessions were fruitful but not without difficulties. “Kurt was charming and witty, but he would go through these mood swings,” says Vig. “He would be totally engaged, then all of a sudden a light switch would go off and he’d go sit in the corner and completely disappear into himself. I didn’t really know how to deal with that.”

EMP’S NIRVANA ‘NEVERMIND TURNS 20’ WEEKLONG CELEBRATION EVENTS LIST FOR NEXT MONTH

From empmuseum.org:

Nevermind Turns 20

EMP celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind with a series of events scheduled from September 20-25, 2011.

Released on September 24, 1991, Nevermind exploded out of the Seattle underground, captivating the music world and becoming one of rock’s most influential, genre-defining albums.

Experience Nevermind at EMP with Nirvana film screenings, a panel discussion with radio djs, programmers and record label reps, a benefit concert featuring legendary grunge-era bands, and live performances of songs from the album by a selection of Seattle’s most exciting up-and-coming groups. Tickets for these events are on sale now.

Nevermind Live in Sky Church: A Benefit Show for Susie Tennant

Experience Nirvana’s Nevermind LIVE as different Seattle groups perform every song on the album.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Performers include The Fastbacks, Krist Novoselic, Vaporland, The Long Winters, Visqueen, Valis (former Screaming Trees), Campfire OK, Champagne Champagne, Ravenna Woods, Crypts, TacocaT, Vendetta Red, and more.

This show is a benefit for longtime Seattle music industry maven Susie Tennant, recently diagnosed with cancer.

Donations for Susie Tennant may also be made to:

Susie Tennant Fund

c/o Wells Fargo

13273 Aurora Ave N

Seattle, WA 98133

For regular updates from Susie and her family, friends and media can visit her Facebook page: Friends of Susie Tennant.

Date
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Time
9:00 pm

Ticket Info
$15 for EMP members; $20 general admission; BrownPaperTickets.com

Venue
Sky Church
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Breaking Nevermind: A Panel Discussion

Released in the fall of 1991, Nirvana’s Nevermind soon turned the world of popular music on its collective ear. Hear from behind-the-scenes players how the album was propelled to prominence in a lively a panel discussion with radio djs, programmers, and record label reps, moderated by EMP Senior Curator Jacob McMurray.

Date
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Time
6:30 pm

Ticket Info
$5 for EMP members; $8 general admission; BrownPaperTickets.com

Venue
JBL Theater
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

World Premiere Screening Nirvana: Live at the Paramount

Five weeks after releasing what was to become the seminal album of a generation, Nirvana was on a nationwide club and small theater tour that brought them to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for a very special Halloween 1991 homecoming show.  Launching the nineteen-song set with a brilliant cover of the Vaselines’ “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam,” the band tore through Nevermind hits like “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Lithium,” and “Breed,” plus earlier favorites like “School,” “Love Buzz,” “About A Girl,” and a very early version of “Rape Me.”

The Paramount concert is the only show ever shot of the band on 16mm film and has been mixed in 5.1 surround sound and stereo from the original multi-tracks. Witness the complete concert for the first time ever with Nirvana – Live at the Paramount, available in DVD, Blu-ray and digital long form video formats on September 27, 2011.

September 27, 2011 marks the occasion of Nevermind‘s 20th anniversary. On this date Universal Music Enterprises will release a spectrum of re-releases befitting this pivotal classic. With configurations ranging from a 4-CD/1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition, to a standard digital/CD remaster of the original album, the 20th anniversary reissue of Nevermind makes the most of the occasion, unearthing literally dozens of previously unreleased recordings, obscure B-sides, alternate mixes, radio sessions, studio rarities, and live recordings, including the entire 1991 Halloween concert at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre.

Date
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Time
7:30 pm

Ticket Info
Admission to the screening is FREE, advance reservation is required. To reserve tickets, contact the EMP box office at 206.770.2702, 1.877.EMP.SFM1 or experience@empmuseum.org.

Venue
Sky Church
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Classic Albums: Nirvana – Nevermind Screening

As part of EMP’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nevermind, join us for a FREE screening of the fascinating documentary Classic Albums: Nirvana – Nevermind.

Directed by Bob Smeaton, this 70 minute documentary details how Nirvana came to record Nevermind and features exclusive interviews with the people involved in the project: Butch Vig, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Sub Pop’s Jonathan Poneman, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Steve Diggle of The Buzzcocks, and many more. Classic Albums: Nirvana – Nevermind is the perfect companion piece to EMP’s featured exhibition Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses.

Classic Albums: Nirvana – Nevermind courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Date
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Time
2:00 pm

Ticket Info
Admission to the screening is FREE.
Seating is first-come, first-served.

Venue
JBL Theater
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

TAYLOR MOMSEN’S TEN FAVORITE GRUNGE SONGS

Credit: grungebook.tumblr.com

Eighteen-year-old Taylor Momsen, who played Jenny Humphrey on the first four seasons of Gossip Girl, recently announced she’s quitting acting to dedicate her full attention to her band the Pretty Reckless. A self-described “massive Chris Cornell fan,” the rock provocateur shared her list of Top 10 grunge songs (in no particular order), with this caveat: “I’m talking ’90s bands, ‘cause grunge doesn’t really have a definition. It’s rock without the cheese, I guess.”

TAYLOR MOMSEN’S GRUNGE PLAYLIST
Listen to Taylor’s playlist at Spotify. (Don’t have Spotify yet? Request an invitation.)

1. Nirvana – “Heart-Shaped Box”
“All Nirvana songs are awesome, but this one in particular I’ve loved forever. The lyrics are so great. Not every song has lyrics about ‘meat-eating orchids.’”

2. Alice in Chains – “Rooster”
“An awesome song. No, I don’t know the backstory [about guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s father and his Vietnam experiences]—I’m not ‘that guy’ who can tell you about that. I just like the song and the lyrics.”

3. Soundgarden – “Jesus Christ Pose”
“Chris Cornell at his finest. The vocals are just insane. We play this backstage before we go on—it gets us revved up.”

4. Rage Against the Machine – “Killing in the Name”
“This song has got one of the most amazing intros ever. You know it’s coming—its force is coming.”

5. Smashing Pumpkins – “Disarm”
“The production is great. The lyrics are great. The song is really well-written. It’s close to a masterpiece.”

6. Soundgarden – “Like Suicide”
“It’s about a bird hitting a window and dying. It’s so amazingly written and about something so simple.”

7. Neil Young – “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)”
“Its not technically from the grunge era, but he’s known as the godfather of grunge. I’m a massive Neil Young fan. He doesn’t write a bad song.”

8. Pearl Jam – “Alive”
“It’s about a guy whose dad is dead and another guy’s pretending to be his dad. I think it’s dark, somber, though I can see how people would think of it as uplifting. It’s like ‘Born in the U.S.A.,’ which is actually a protest song, but people think it’s an uplifting anthem.”

9. Temple of the Dog – “Hunger Strike”
“One of the best songs ever written. The lyric about ‘farming babies’—that’s a great line, it says so much. And the very end, when Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder’s voices come together, is great.”

10. Nine Inch Nails – “Hurt”
“It’s a song I wish I wrote. It’s a succinct, simple idea—about pain—done so well. And the Johnny Cash version is amazing, too.”

Stay tuned for next week’s grunge playlist: Community/The Soup funnyman Joel McHale! Pre-order the upcoming book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge here.

BILLY CORGAN HOPES TO RELEASE GISH AND SIAMESE DREAM ‘MAKING OF’ SESSION TAPES

Crestfallen.com has a new article up where Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discusses the Gish and Siamese Dream reissues, set for release on November 15th:

“We also hope to release Gish and Siamese ‘making of’ session tapes, plus every single mix on both albums, so you’ll be able to get all 7 mixes of Soma for example. Each mix is just a little bit different, to where if you listen to all the making of tapes and the varied mixes themselves they do let you peer deeper into our record making process. I know for me, it was coming across a lot of things I’d forgotten about along the way. Even something funny like us playing the riff for ‘bullet with butterfly wings’ while Butch was getting sounds for the Siamese Dream album. It only lasts a minute, but there it is in between us playing Geek and Sweet Home Alabama.”

BILLY CORGAN ONCE ARGUED WITH THE CURE’S ROBERT SMITH ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

Billy Corgan was interviewed on 93XRT yesterday, Crestfallen.com wrote a recap, here is part of it:

They then touched on the new band members and Billy said that he likes the people he is playing with and that he is happiest with the band since the mid 90′s., after which they reminisced about a night when Billy went to see the Cure in ’04 where Rob Smith & Billy argued about if there is a God until 5am at a bar.