RECAP OF JON STEWART’S Q&A SESSION WITH SURVIVING NIRVANA MEMBERS

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Nirvana’s surviving members — drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic — along with producer Butch Vig commemorated the 20th anniversary of the release of the classic “Nevermind” with a Town Hall meeting at SiriusXM headquarters last night, moderated by Jon Stewart. It was a loose, free-flowing night that offered plenty of insight into the album that led the alternative rock revolution of the ’90s. It also made a lovely memorial to the late Kurt Cobain.

-Jon Stewart proclaimed his love of “Nevermind” and its “sonic menace.” As he described it, “It was like The Beatles swallowed Black Flag.” That’s pretty accurate.

-Even though “Nevermind” was Nirvana’s major-label debut, it was still a pretty low-budget affair. Vig said the studio was rented for $600 a day. Grohl said he recently learned Vig stayed at a $90 a night hotel while Nirvana stayed at a $70 a night hotel. “$70 divided by 3,” Novoselic quickly pointed out. And even in those meager surroundings, they still felt lucky. “It didn’t really seem like this would happen,” Grohl said. “It was almost like a scam.”

-Also staying at the Oakwood Corporate Apartments with Nirvana: Europe (Grohl delivered a bit of “The Final Countdown”), various child actors and rappers Kid ‘n Play, whom Grohl met at the free breakfast buffet.

-Grohl said its success was in its simplicity. “By today’s standards, it’s a very simple record… That’s why it sounded so huge. It was as simple as we could possibly make it.”

-Vig asked Grohl to use a click-track (a metronome to guide his drumming) on “Lithium.” “It was like getting stuck in the heart with a rusty fork,” Grohl said. They did use the click-track, though, on “Lithium” and “Something in the Way.”

-The finalists for “Nevermind” producers: Vig, Neil Young producer David Briggs and the great Don Dixon, who produced R.E.M. and The Smithereens. They went with Vig because of his work with new artists.

-The idea for the album cover came from Cobain’s late-night TV watching, Grohl said. One show was a special on underwater child birth and Grohl said that after Cobain saw it, he became fascinated with images of kids in water.

-They struggled with the idea of being so successful in the mainstream while being products of the counterculture. Novoselic said they tried to inoculate themselves from criticism by saying, “We’re promoting the revolution.” (Grohl said they knew things were changing when they started seeing “people that just looked normal” at their shows.)

-They still miss Cobain. “I wish Kurt was here,” Novoselic said. “There’s a big hole here.”

SETLIST FROM LAST NIGHT’S PEARL JAM SHOW IN VANCOUVER

Posted by Drop The Leash 10 on the PearlJam.com forums:

Pearl Jam Canadian Tour
September 25, 2011
Pacific Coliesseum
Vancouver, BC
Relayer: Joelinnocal

Soundcheck: World Wide Suicide, No Way, Pilate, Unemployable, and Chole Dancer/Crown of Thorns!

MAIN SET:
1. Small Town
2. Hail Hail
3. Save You
4. Animal
5. Got Some
6. Given to Fly
7. Pilate
8. Unthought Known
9. Garden
10. Even Flow
11. World Wide Suicide
12. Setting Forth
13. Corduroy
14. Unemployable
15. Present Tense
16. Wishlist
17. Glorified G
18. Lukin
19. Porch

ENCORE:
20. Bee Girl
21. Just Breathe
22. Off He Goes
23. Mankind
24. State of Love and Trust
25. Ole
26. Alive

ENCORE II:
27. Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns
28. Smile
29. Search and Destory w/ Mudhoney
30. Rockin’ in the Free World
31. Yellow Ledbetter/Little Wing (Stone on guitar/Matt on guitar)

CHRIS CORNELL SAYS TODAY’S MUSIC SCENE ISN’T AS CREATIVE AS IT USED TO BE

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was interviewed The Covino and Rich Show in Sirius XM 104 on Friday and said this:

“It’s this weird time of music contests and televised contests and maybe there’s a generation of kids learning how to sing that are just thinking about learning how to sing and not thinking about writing music and being in a garage with their buddies making music. It’s not as creative as a time necessary.”

Spot on comment by Chris.  When asked about the intangibles of being in a successful band, he said don’t think about what others will think when you are writing music.  He said write music that inspires you, and it will inspire other people.

PHOTO OF BILLY CORGAN HOLDING WORLD TITLE BELT AT TNA IMPACT WRESTLING SHOW

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan attended the TNA Impact Wrestling live event last night in Hammond, Indiana. The above photo was posted by Jeremy Borash on Twitter.

Corgan tweeted about the event:

Just left a TNA house show. Great to catch up with Jeff Hardy backstage and watch Styles/Daniels put on a heck of a main event.

Also, Bully Ray is totally on his game right now E-C-Dub!

Jeff Hardy is a Grunge/90’s alternative rock buff, he’s said before that he’s a huge fan of Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots.

Corgan himself is launching his own wrestling promotion soon, where he will take part in creating the storylines.  On November 25, Resistance Pro will makes its debut at the Excalibur in Chicago

PEARL JAM HALF WAY DONE WITH NEW ALBUM, WILL FINISH RECORDING BY EARLY NEXT YEAR

This story’s a few days old, sorry!

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Pearl Jam have reached the halfway point of the recording of their new album and are hoping to complete the sessions by early next year.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, bassist Jeff Ament said that the grunge veterans have made a “great, great start” on their 10th studio LP, which will be the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Backspacer’.

The band have been recording the album with longtime producer Brendan O’Brien, although they have been working on the material in Los Angeles rather than their usual native Seattle – something Ament said has helped them work efficiently.

Ament commented:

We made the bulk of our records in Seattle, so it’s just great to get out of Seattle for me. Everybody leaves all their stuff at home and you just go down for 12 days and it’s all you do.

He added that hitting the studio has given the band added impetus at a time when they’re promoting their new documentary Pearl Jam Twenty and accompanying book. “It’s been really important for us that in the middle of all this, we got together and recorded a bunch of songs. It sort of gave us a breath to go, ‘OK, we can go back and get ready for the show and book and movie and all that stuff’,” Ament remarked.

CHRIS CORNELL SAYS NEW SOUNDGARDEN ALBUM COULD COME OUT IN MAY 2012

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Do you have a sense of when the Soundgarden record might come out?
Sometime in the spring. Right now we’re talking about May.

What can fans expect from the album?
It’s varied. Like any Soundgarden album it’s pretty broad. There certainly isn’t one mood. There’s a feeling that I’m getting from the record as a whole and it’s different than anything I’ve ever done. It’s fairly broad.

SOUNDGARDEN TO TOUR IN AUSTRALIA NEXT YEAR

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On the eve of his first solo acoustic tour of Australia, Chris Cornell chatted to Triple M’s Lee Simon about striking out on his own and the future of Soundgarden.

“It’s really different for me,” said Chris of the acoustic thing. “It’s different approaching these songs from my entire career, learning new songs, and taking requests [from the audience]. It’s the perfect contrast to Soundgarden.”

Touring wise beyond Chris being out here for the Songbook tour there’s interest in whether Soundgarden will also play Australia next year. Is there anything that is firming up in that regard?

“We’re trying to put together an Australian tour right now,” he said. “I can’t give you the 100% confirmation of ‘yes, we’re doing it now’, but we’ll definitely get there. It will be sooner rather than later.”

The intimacy of his acoustic tour is something he wants to keep going with Soundgarden. Chris doesn’t want a repeat of the insanity that ensued when they toured with Guns N’ Roses on the Use Your Illusion tour. Was it weird being on the road with such a volatile act?

“The volatility played out on stage but it wasn’t anywhere else,” he remembered. “Everybody was friendly and supportive, even their crew, and that’s not usually the case when you have a big band.

“Then [Guns N’ Roses] would go on stage and… bad stuff would happen,” he laughs. “There were times when their manager would tell us to get in our bus and leave because they might not play and there would be a riot and he didn’t want us to get caught up in it.

“But it was an important time for Soundgarden because we saw [what happens] when rock music gets that big [and] we didn’t want that. [It] didn’t feel comfortable and it wasn’t something that we wanted to achieve.

“The way that Soundgarden does it now makes sense. Doing festival shows is fun, doing a headlining show I think there’s a limit on how big it should be for what we do and getting that across.”

His acoustic shows will be something special. And, of course, we can’t wait to see Chris return with Soundgarden next year.

Chris Cornell begins his Australian tour on October 7 before making his way around the country. A new record of live songs from his acoustic tour will be released in November.

NIRVANA’S NEVERMIND WAS RELEASED 20 YEARS AGO TODAY

Nirvana’s landmark album Nevermind was released 20 years ago today. What are you first memories of hearing Nevermind, and what’s your favorite track?

As a kid I’d hear Nirvana and see some of their music videos. One one of my Beavis and Butthead video tapes I remember there being an ad for their Unplugged performance. At the time though I didn’t know who they really were though, I was too young to know the full story about them. Sometime around 6th or 7th grade (2003 or 2004) I started really getting into Nirvana. I just remember first listening to the hits, and then when the big box set came out I borrowed it from a friend and never gave it back. Discovering Nirvana eventually ended up being the catalyst for me to delve further into Grunge and finally put names and faces to the music I heard my Dad play in the car throughout the 90’s.

My favorite song off of Nevermind is “On A Plain.”

SETLIST FROM LAST NIGHT’S PEARL JAM SHOW IN EDMONTON, CANADA

From the Ten Club board:

Pearl Jam
Rexall Place
Edmonton, AB.
Sept. 23, 2011
Set List

01. Wash
02. Why Go
03. Given To Fly
04. Got Some
05. Severed Hand
06. Setting Forth
07. Not For You
08. Evenflow
09. Marker In The Sand
10. Down
11. U
12. Present Tense (for Nathan)
13. Black
14. 1/2 Full
15. Last Kiss-(Cochran)
16. The Fixer
17. Wasted Reprise
18. Life Wasted

ENCORE BREAK 1
{Ed has the crowd wish Bruce Springsteen a happy birthday}
19. Just Breathe
20. Come Back {Ed mentions the song was written for Johnny Ramone and that they were going to play it for him and for the guy that has been holding the “come back” sign.}
21. Unthought Known
22. Daughter/WMA/Another Brick In The (part 2)-(Waters)
23. Do The Evolution
24. Alive

ENCORE BREAK 2
25. Once
26. Betterman
27. Kick Out The Jams w/ Mark Arm, Steve Turner and Guy Madison of Mudhoney-(Davis, Kramer, Smith, Thompson, Tyner) {Ed carries Mark Arm on his shoulders for part of the song}
28. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young)
29. Yellow Ledbetter/Little Wing-(Hendrix)

KRIST NOVOSELIC SPEAKS CANDIDLY ABOUT KURT COBAIN’S SUICIDE

Krist Novoselic commented on Duff McKagan’s new Seattle Weekly article.  Krist has commented on Seattle Weekly articles before, if this turns out to be an imposter though please comment or e-mail me:

Dear Duff,

Thanks for the kind words. I love you! Great performance by Loaded and all others. Of course I was chill – I was totally stoked about the evening.

I used to be so cynical. But more than anything, Kurt’s death changed that. I still can’t make sense about what happened and I was truly shocked by his suicide. I went to the funeral home to say goodbye and it was hard to see him like that. They fixed him ok, but you could see his head was busted up. They folded a kerchief over his eyes and forehead. I held his hand and it was so cold. I left feeling really bad. I drove home alone and out of habit I tuned on the CD player. The Pixes tune sang “Break my body, hold my bones, hold my bones.” I gasped as if my heart stopped so I turned it off. I got home and thought I was going crazy. Even after like 20 times at the sink, I couldn’t wash that cold off my hands. I called Dave and he said I wasn’t going crazy and that it was shock I was experiencing. That realization made me feel a little better. I crawled to bed dazed.

I just don’t give a fuck after that. Maybe I shouldn’t put it like that. So some bands want to play – for free- Nirvana tunes in this cool venue and that’s somehow wrong? Can’t people get together for an evening to help somebody dealing with Cancer? What would Kurt say? I can’t image that he would skip the benefit. Kurt cared, he loved Susie. And Susie did a lot for him and Nirvana.

I try to be a positive person. One thing I also do is try to laugh at myself when I see all of the silly things I did in my life. How can you forgive anybody when you can’t forgive yourself? I still can be silly because it’s a manifestation of joy. I am serious too, better believe it.

Kurt put a shotgun to his own head. It’s so unbelievably fucked up – but that’s what happened. I hope I have a long life and I want to live it as best as I can. And I know you feel the same about yourself, my friend. Tuesday night was great and again, I had such a good time among so many great folks!!!!!!!!!!

–Krist

WATCH HOLE’S NEW “SAMANTHA” MUSIC VIDEO

Hole – Samantha (Music Video) from MORGUEzine on Vimeo.

Several months after filming it, Hole’s music video for “Samantha” has been released, a year and a half after the release of Nobody’s Daughter. This is Hole’s first music video since 2000’s music video for “Be A Man.” Courtney looks pretty damn good in the video for a 47-year old, she looks identical to how she looked in 1998.

PRO WRESTLER BRET HART PRAISES PEARL JAM & ATTENDS CALGARY SHOW

Here is some news that is sure to interest Billy Corgan.

Professional wrestler Bret Hart posted this on his Twitter:

Checking out Pearl Jam in concert tonight. From what Edge told me, the show’s amazing so we’ll see what happens

Hope they play “Indifference” & “Learn To Fly”

Ok, “Given to Fly” 😉

Favorite Pearl Jam song: Yellow Ledbetter

@BretHart I remember an old WWF Magazine where you wrote a review of “Vitalogy” What’s your favorite Pearl Jam album?

Ten’s still the best album

Had fun at the concert last night. Fav. part for me was when they paid tribute to R.E.M. Gym time

PEARL JAM & FOO FIGHTERS TO PERFORM ON JIMMY FALLON’S PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE NEXT WEEK

Pearl Jam’s performance was taped when they did their recent appearance.

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NBC announced on Thursday (Sept. 22) the lineup for Floyd Week, with artists including The Shins, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, MGMT and Dierks Bentley, who each night will perform classic tracks from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band.

Better still, founding members Roger Waters and Nick Mason will be stopping by early in the week to chat with Fallon. Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of the festivities (9/26-30), according to NBC.

Monday: The Shins will kick off the week and perform “Breathe” from “The Dark Side of the Moon.” This will actually be the band’s first TV appearance in four years. Floyd drummer Mason is stopping by for a talk segment with Fallon.

Tuesday: Roger Waters is teaming up with Foo Fighters (for the first time ever) to perform “In the Flesh,” off the singer-bassist’s opus “The Wall.” Fallon will also get a crack at interviewing Waters during the show.

Wednesday: MGMT will take the stage to perform the early Floyd track, “Lucifer Sam,” off 1967’s “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” The echo-heavy song, written and sung by original frontman Syd Barrett, was only performed by the band in the year of its release, but it’s since been covered by the likes of The Flaming Lips and Jay Farrar (Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo).

Thursday: “Late Night” will go country when hugely popular country charmer Dierks Bentley takes the mic to handle the Floyd staple, “Wish You Were Here.”

Friday: Pearl Jam will round out the week with their take on “Mother,” another massive track off “The Wall.” PJ recently made their Fallon debut by unveiling the new track, “Ole.” Eddie and co. are riding high as they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut, “Ten,” along with the release of “Pearl Jam 20,” a film, book and soundtrack.

This weeklong celebration of Pink Floyd is timed for the release of the band’s 14 remastered studio albums, a 16-CD box set with those releases, and an ambitious 6-disc box set focused solely on “Dark Side of the Moon,” which includes previously unreleased audio and video.

CHRIS CORNELL SAYS NEW SOUNDGARDEN ALBUM WILL “NOT SOUND LIKE A FAILED ATTEMP AT NOSTALGIA”

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In the lead-up to his Song Book tour next month, Chris Cornell has told FasterLouder that the new Soundgarden album is in the final stages of completion and assured us that “and it’s not going to sound like a failed attempt at nostalgia.”

Chatting with FL writer davidswan, Cornell spoke candidly about his rocky history as a member of the legendary 90s band and revealed more information about Soundgarden’s forthcoming record, the first since Down on the Upside in 1996: “Soundgarden’s trying to wrap up a new album too, so that’s been my focus. To me it always felt with past Soundgarden albums we were going in a few new directions at the same time… and it feels a lot like that. It feels like it sounds very much like us, but at the same time there’s definitely elements of music that we’re doing that we’ve never done before. It doesn’t sound like anything else, or anyone else, and Soundgarden was always that way, I’m really happy with it. I think it’s going to surprise people, mainly in that it’s not going to sound nostalgic, and it’s not going to sound like a failed attempt at nostalgia or a failed attempt at trying to sound like we did 15 years ago. It doesn’t have that feeling to me at all.”

The full interview with Cornell will be published on FL this Monday 26th September.

SETLIST FROM PEARL JAM’S SHOW LAST NIGHT IN CALGARY

Pearl Jam
Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, AB
Sept. 21, 2011
Set List

01. Release
02. Go
03. Last Exit
04. Given To Fly
05. Lukin
06. Insignificance
07. Big Wave {Dedicated to Kelly Slater who won his fifth Hurley Pro at Trestles title today}
08. Unthought Known
09. Evenflow
10. Deep {Ed says “this is a song we don’t play much anymore but we’d like to play it in hopes that a young man named Shawn can hear it}
11. Light Years {Ed says “This one’s for Shawn too.}
12. Daughter
13. It Happened Today-(Buck, Stipe) {dedicated to REM}
14. Setting Forth
15. Corduroy
16. Brain Of J
17. Johnny Guitar
18. Alive

ENCORE BREAK 1
{Ed thanks crowd for their enthusiastic response. Talks about the new Calgary hockey team that is getting into fights right at the top of a pre season game and relates it to a story about Mike smashing a ’57 Stratocaster after a shredding solo during a sound check. Ed asks,”Who does that?}
19. Just Breathe {for Patty}
20. Parachutes {Ed brings Joe, a fan from the crowd that has been holding a sign requesting the song. Ed has Joe hold the lyric sheet for him}
21. Rats
22. The Fixer
23. Rearviewmirror

ENCORE BREAK 2
24. Jeremy
25. Crazy Mary-(Williams)
26. Search And Destroy w/Mark Arm & Steve Turner of Mudhoney-(Pop, Williamson)
27. Fuckin’ Up-(Young)
28. Yellow Ledbetter

FORMER SMASHING PUMPKINS DRUMMER JIMMY CHAMBERLIN TALKS SILVERSUN PICKUPS & INFLUENCES

Here’s an excerpt from Modern Drummer’s new interview with former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin where he talks about his new band Skysaw and more:

MD: What are some of your other influences in terms of the writing of the record?

Jimmy: Roxy Music, ELO, Queen, T-Rex, Bowie. For me it’s cool to take that stuff and churn it through the Jimmy and Mike machine, because we’re such strong personalities that it ends up sounding like us. I’m happy to slightly rip off those bands and use them as an impetus for writing. It’s a lot easier to write with an idea to do something along the lines of, say, Roxy Music than to just be like, “What am I going to write today?” with this white sheet of paper in front of me.

MD: Have you gotten to check out your label mates Silversun Pickups?

Jimmy: I saw them once a long time ago, and then again about six months ago at a benefit in Milwaukee, just doing an acoustic thing.

MD: The band’s drummer, Chris Guanlao, cites you as an influence in the Modern Drummer piece. What’s your attitude toward other drummers picking up on things you’ve played?

Jimmy: I think other people hear that stuff more than I do, but that’s what we all do. My thing is that I don’t want to sound like anyone else. Even if I have to play sloppy to do it, I’m prepared to do that, because first and foremost what’s important to me is to not sound like anyone else. Obviously, if you listen to the Jimmy Chamberlain Complex stuff, there’s a lot of Tony in there, but at least poorly executed enough to where it sounds more like me. [laughs] It is what it is, and I often get chastised for telling people that the only point to practicing is to learn to be yourself. But I really feel that way. It’s like I tell my daughter: “Once it stops being a joy to play the piano, let’s just move on.” There’s no point in playing something that’s not an absolute joy. I play my drums every morning, and it’s still the greatest thing that ever happened to me. If it wasn’t I would start looking for other stuff to do. Playing out live has its ups and downs—sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s a drag. But going downstairs and playing in my studio—that’s still fantastic.