This will be the September 16th show in Kansas City. This is an announcement from the Westboro Baptist Church:

“WBC to picket the Foo Fighters at the Sprint Center. The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the people in this doomed nation: hard-hearted, Hell-bound, and hedonistic. These people have a platform and should be using it to encourage obedience to God; instead they teach every person who will listen all things contrary to Him: fornication, adultery, idolatry, fags. The people in this nation have sinned away their day of grace and have so enraged their God that you are seeing new outpourings of His wrath continually. We will be there to remind you that the day of your destruction is upon you, even as you vainly seek comfort in the frivolities of this life.

Your doom is coming, america! Repent or Perish!”


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Joel McHale, host of E!’s clip-fest The Soup and star of the NBC sitcom Community, grew up in the Seattle metropolitan area (specifically Mercer Island) and enrolled at the University of Washington in fall of 1991, just as punk was breaking. “As a kid, I didn’t know any better—I just thought every city had great music,” he says. While Joel cites the hilarity of many of his playlist selections, he cautions, “Please don’t put this together like, ‘He’s a comedian, so he likes funny music.’ That is not what I like about it. I like it because there was a hopeful youth to it, which was expressed through not taking itself so seriously, while bands like Extreme took themselves very seriously.” (Photo: Emmy magazine)
Listen to Joel’s playlist at Spotify. (Don’t have Spotify yet? Request an invitation.) Meanwhile, be sure to pre-order Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge (out September 6).

1. Mudhoney
“Touch Me I’m Sick”
“It’s really a great song, and it fucking rocks. And it’s a great example of how funny the Seattle scene was. The phrase ‘touch me I’m sick’ is funny.”

2. Soundgarden – “Burden in My Hand”
“It has one of the best drums riffs in any song that’s ever been made. And it’s just the coolest song. It’s. So. Dang. Cool.”

3. Young Fresh Fellows – “Amy Grant”
“I wouldn’t even count the Young Fresh Fellows as part of the grunge movement, but ‘Amy Grant’ is one of the best Seattle-scene songs ever made. Ever. ‘She comes home from church/She takes off her pants/That’s what I like/About Amy Grant.’ It’s so funny—and an incredible piece of music.”

4. Nirvana – “Sliver”
“It’s about being taken care of by your grandparents: ‘Mom and Dad went to a show/They dropped me off at Grandpa Joe’s/I kicked and screamed/Said please, don’t go.’ It’s just hilarious. And that was a rock song that won song of the year on KCMU when it came out.”

5. Nirvana – “Sappy”
“One of my favorite songs by them. It’s not as inherently funny at the other ones. It’s just a really good rock song.”

6. Alice in Chains – “Man in the Box”
“Even though that was the big hit. There’s a reason why big hits become big hits. It is creepy. But the drummer, Sean Kinney, could have been a standup comic if he wanted to. He’s remarkably funny.”

7. Supersuckers
“I Say Fuck”
“It’s really funny, and it’s short. It’s just ridiculous. Another band that didn’t take themselves seriously—their lead singer is named Eddie Spaghetti.”

8. Screaming Trees
“She Knows”
“It’s beautifully done. And I love [Mark Lanegan’s] voice.”

9. TAD – “anything off of 8-Way Santa
8-Way Santa is the funniest album name in history.”

Previously: Celebrity Grunge Playlist No. 1: TAYLOR MOMSEN



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


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


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.


Pearl Jam’s destination weekend festival is this weekend on Saturday and Sunday in Alpine Valley. I am looking for correspondents who can cover the event for me. I need somebody who can relay Saturday and Sunday’s Pearl Jam setlists live as they are happening (via texting) and who can also text me random stories about other stuff going down at the festivals. I’d also like some pictures too. E-mail me at grungereport @yahoo.com


==Alpine Valley Music Theatre FAQs==

Q: What are the times I need to know for the Pearl Jam shows?

A: Parking lots, will call windows, and the box office will open at 9:00am on Saturday and 11:00am on Sunday. Do not arrive to the theatre or surrounding roadways prior to this time. Early entry to the parking lots will not be offered for the Pearl Jam shows. Gates to the theatre will open at 11:00am both days, and the bands begin at 12:00pm both days. The show is expected to end at 11:30pm.

Q: What can I bring into the theatre for the Pearl Jam shows?

A: You may bring the following into the theatre for the show: extra clothes, small blankets, small backpacks or bags, purses, factory-sealed or empty water bottles up to 1 gallon in size, empty Camelbaks, food in clear Ziploc-style containers, soft cooler, low level lawn chairs (no more than 5″ off the ground), small personal umbrellas, and non-professional cameras.

Q: Is re-entry permitted to and from the parking lots throughout the day?

A: Re-entry will not be permitted for these shows.  Once you have left the theatre, you will not be permitted to re-enter.

Q: What bands are performing, what stage, and when?

A: A downloadable venue map and complete lineup with tentative set times is on http://s3.amazonaws.com/com.pj20/AlpineMap.pdf. Keep in mind that the reserved seating and lawn areas for the main stage will open at 3:00pm.

Q: Where do VIP or Expo Pass guests enter the theatre?

A: These guests should enter at the VIP entrance which is located under the canopy to the main Expo building next to gate #1.

Q: Where do I park?

A: VIP Parking, motorcycles, and oversize vehicles should enter at the main theatre entrance and you’ll be directed to the proper parking area. All other vehicles will be directed to the closest available parking lots based upon traffic flow.

Q: I am a Ten Club member, can I use a special gate to get into the theatre itself?

A: Yes! Gate #1 is reserved exclusively for Ten Club members.

Q: I am bringing a bus, RV, camper, or other oversize vehicle to the show; do I need to do anything special?

A: Yes, you should enter only at the main theatre entrance and you will be directed to the proper parking area.  Also, oversize vehicles are subject to a $100 parking fee (cash only) upon entry.  Limos are subject to a $75 fee. In addition, oversize vehicles are not permitted to park in the VIP and Premium Parking areas.

Q: What are things I cannot bring in to the Pearl Jam shows?

A: The following is a list of common items that will not permitted into the theatre for these shows: All audio and video recording devices; any cameras with detachable lenses; cans or bottles of any kind (other than factory-sealed or empty water bottles); large blankets and tarps; high lawn chairs; golf umbrellas; strollers; sharp, studded or pointed jewelry or clothing; weapons of any kind including pocket knives, pepper spray or wallet chains; laser pointers or glow sticks; banners, flags, or signs; fireworks of any kind; and any other items deemed to be unsafe by theatre management. This list is subject to change at any time per tour requests. Our information line at 262.642.4400 is updated with this information as soon as we receive it from the tour.

Q: I need disabled accessible parking. What do I do?

A: Enter at the Alpine Valley RESORT entrance which is ½ mile east of the theatre entrance and you will be directed to the proper parking area.  This is located at an entrance that has an “A-Frame” structure over it. Shuttle service is provided from the disabled accessible lot to the theatre and the second stage areas (but not to/from the other parking lots).

Q: Can I park overnight at Alpine Valley? Can I camp at Alpine Valley?

A: Unfortunately, county ordinances prohibit us from allowing overnight parking and we are not offering camping for any shows this season.

Q: Where are nearby campgrounds or lodging?

A: Visit http://www.reserveamerica.com for local campgrounds.  Search popular travel sites for hotels in East Troy, Elkhorn, Mukwonago, Delavan, Lake Geneva, and surrounding areas for lodging options.

Q: I lost something at an Alpine Valley show, what do I do?

A: Send an e-mail with a description of what you lost with as many details as possible along with your contact information to lost@alpinestaff.com.

Q: I just got my tickets and my lawn seats have rows and seat numbers on them, what does this mean?

A: All lawn seating at Alpine Valley is general admission.  The row and seat numbers on lawn tickets are for record keeping purposes only.

Q: I just got my tickets and my seat numbers are not sequential, what’s does this mean?

A: Reserved seats are numbered as follows: Sections 101 & 201- Odd numbers (1,3,5…) with lower numbers beginning at the center aisle. Sections 103 & 203- Even numbers (2,4,6.) with lower numbers beginning at the center aisle. Sections 102 & 202- Sequential numbers (100,101,102.) beginning with 100, moving from stage left to stage right.

Q: How do I buy tickets for Alpine Valley shows?

A: Tickets for all Alpine Valley shows are available at livenation.com, ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 800.745.3000.

Q: How do I get to the theatre, I cannot find anything online?

A: Visit www.livenation.com, search for Alpine Valley, then click “Driving Directions.”


Alpine Valley Music Theatre


From The Smashing Pumpkins:

Hello, friends.

We are pleased to announce the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club (SPRC).  What is the SPRC?

Sign up for free with your email address and the SPRC will release special digital media to members throughout the year. Free media might include bonus tracks, rare cuts, live recordings, demos and alternative mixes. Billy is kicking off the SPRC with a special one…the 8-track demo recording of “Drown.”

Please go check it out at www.smashingpumpkins.com.

In music we trust,



Scott Weiland’s solo band guitarist and co-runner of his Softdrive Records label Doug Grean tweeted this:

Completely unbekownst to me, the Scott weiland covers record was released yesterday. I played on and produced 10 of the 12 tracks.

He also told Tyrant of BelowEmpty.com:

According to Mr.Doug Grean, “Frances Farmer”,”Personality Crisis”,”Let Down”, “Dead Flowers” and “I Am The Resurrection” were recorded this February. All the others are outtakes. “Waiting For Superman” was recorded in 2002 for “Happy In Galoshes”.

The newer songs were done with the current solo band. The others are all different players, except Doug.

“Jean Genie” wasn’t recorded by Doug.