HOLE MEMBERS TO REUNITE FOR PERFORMANCE IN NEW YORK

According to Times Union Eric Erlandson, Melissa auf der Maur, and Patty Schemel will reunite for a performance in Hudson, New York at the Basilica Hudson on April 8, 2012 (Easter Sunday). This is 3/4 of Hole’s classic 90’s lineup, Courtney Love will not be in attendance. Eric Erlandson will do a reading from his new book ‘Letters to Kurt’ at 6PM and there will also be a screening of Patty Schemel’s documentary Hit So Hard.

MIKE MCCREADY’S UFO TRIBUTE BAND FLIGHT TO MARS ANNOUNCES WEST COAST TOUR

From PearlJam.com:

Flight to Mars, a tribute to 1970s English heavy rockers UFO featuring Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready, hits the road this May in celebration of the band’s 10th anniversary. The tour kicks off on May 14th at The Observatory in Santa Ana and wraps up on May 23rd in the band’s hometown of Seattle at the Showbox at the Market.

Proceeds from the tour will benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Camp Oasis and Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness — two non-profits that McCready has supported for nearly a decade.

FLIGHT TO MARS MAY 2012 TOUR DATES:

Date City Venue
May 14 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
May 15 San Diego, CA The Casbah
May 16 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip
May 17 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
May 20 San Francisco, CA The Independent
May 22 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
May 23 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market

 

TICKETS

Tickets for all shows except Seattle go on sale on Friday, March 2nd via local ticket outlets. Tickets for the Seattle date go on sale Friday, March 9th at 10AM PST. Please visit venue websites for details.

NEW SMASHING PUMPKINS ALBUM OCEANIA TO BE A “FULL ONLINE EXPERIENCE”

Credit: Mashable

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will use next week’s South By Southwest as a springboard to announce the band’s latest album, Oceania, which promises to be a “full online experience.”

“Our aim is to turn the ‘social’ into a new way to experience an album,” Corgan told Mashable. “By taking the medium one step further we will create an experience with Oceania online and off-line that transcends the single and the single mentality in all ways.”

Corgan plans to outline his vision of the album (plus the release date) during a session moderated by Altimeter Group Principal Brian Solis.

Corgan says that the Pumpkins plan to “[bring] back the album experience through fan engagement in a whole new way with Oceania.” He added that the band is, ‘Working closely with Superfans as gatekeepers to help interaction on a fan-to fan level by promoting their Smashing Pumpkins related blogs and enlisting their help in maintaining a few official Smashing Pumpkins social media sites.”

UPDATE ON RECLUSIVE ERA LAYNE STALEY PHOTO

GrungeReport.net has posted some articles recently on a new Layne Staley photo that is confirmed to be from at least September 1998 at the earliest (when the shirt Layne is wearing in it was released with a video game). The guy who e-mailed me the story about the photo being from 2001, Scott Farro, has been revealed to be a liar. His e-mail is scott.farro@yahoo.com.

It’s looking more likely that the photo may be from Halloween 1998, somebody claimed they talked to the guy Jimmy in the photo and he said that’s when it was taken. I contacted Jimmy myself but got no response. The story is that Layne was backstage at Jerry Cantrell’s solo show on Halloween 1998 in Seattle. Obviously don’t take this as fact, the only 100% fact about the picture we know is it was taken sometime between 1998-2002 because of the shirt.

When I dig into stories like this, I always run the risk of disinformation being sent to me and posted on here since there’s so much mystery behind this period of Layne’s life. Since I solely run the site it’s just the way it goes, but my hope is that with stuff like this it eventually leads us to the truth.

I really do apologize, I just had a little bit too much faith in people I guess. Didn’t think anybody would be low enough to make up stuff like that, and then leave a comment saying they were going to send Layne’s mother more photos.

COURTNEY LOVE HAS REACHED OUT TO EX-HOLE BANDMATE ERIC ERLANDSON TO MAKE NEW MUSIC

In a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter about his upcoming book Letters to Kurt, former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson said Courtney Love reached out to him to make new music together, but things didn’t work out.  The classic Hole 90’s lineup of Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson, Melissa auf der Maur, and Patty Schemel briefly reunited for a Q&A at the premiere of Schemel’s film Hit So Hard last year.  Since 2009 Courtney has been touring and releasing music under the Hole name with a new lineup:

Erlandson said he hasn’t talked to Love about the book; the former colleagues clashed over control of Hole after the group’s 2002 breakup. He was not included in Hole’s 2010 album, Nobody’s Daughter, though Love has since asked him to make music together again.

But Erlandson wasn’t feeling it, saying, “I felt like there was no transformation in our relationship at all.” He’s on good terms with former Hole bandmates Patty Schemel and Melissa Auf der Maur.

BID ON A COPY OF ‘EVERYBODY LOVES OUR TOWN’ SIGNED BY KRIST NOVOSELIC, DUFF MCKAGAN & OTHERS

From Mark Yarm’s blog:

Bid on a hardcover copy of my book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge signed by Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Loaded, the Fartz, etc.), Kurt Danielson (TAD), Jack Endino (producer; Skin Yard), Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks), Kim Warnick (Fastbacks), Marco Collins (radio DJ), Chris Ballew (Presidents of the USA), Jason Finn (Love Battery, Skin Yard, PUSA), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Ben London (Alcohol Funnycar) and yours truly!

All proceeds go to the Susie Tennant Fund. Make sure to check out the other cool items being auctioned off to benefit Susie, Nirvana’s former Northwest promotion rep, who is fighting ovarian cancer.

Thanks to Rocket:

OVERCAST HYPE is a weekly, grunge-focused radio show on award-winning college internet station, Radio DePaul.Hosted by DJ Rocket, the show focuses on everything grunge, riot grrrl, 90’s nostalgia, the ‘Seattle Sound,’ as well as the underground music of the 90’s Northwest in general. Although the show usually follows the format of half music history lesson and half music, Rocket has also broadcasted a couple of interviews on Overcast Hype featuring 90’s artists such as BRAID and ALCOHOL FUNNYCAR, which are currently uploaded and archived on Overcast Hype’s website, http://rockethype.net. This upcoming month on Saturday, March 11th, you can expect to hear a live interview with Mark Yarm, author of best-selling oral history novel, Everybody Loves Our Town.

The interview will be broadcasted from Chicago, 3-5 PM on Saturday, March 11th, and you can listen live on Radio DePaul, http://radio.depaul.edu. In case you miss it, the interview will also be uploaded and archived for download on Overcast Hype’s website, http://rockethype.net. Mark your calendars and make sure to listen! Also make sure to check out Overcast Hype this upcoming Saturday, 3-5PM CST on Radio DePaul, Chicago’s College Connection!

NEW YORK METS OUTFIELDER JASON BAY TALKS TEXTING EDDIE VEDDER & HIS LOVE OF GRUNGE MUSIC

Eddie Vedder playing at fantasy baseball camp last year

NJ.com has a new interview up with New York Mets outfielder Jason Bay about his texting relationship with Eddie Vedder and love of Grunge. By the way, go Angels! We’ve got Pujols and CJ now, no stopping us!  Here are some excerpts:

So how did you get to know Vedder?

I was a huge Pearl Jam fan. I grew up in the Northwest. They’re huge there. I mean, they’re huge everywhere, but especially there. And that’s always what I listened to.

Eddie’s a huge baseball fan. Huge Cubs fan. There’s a lot of guys who have met him. Sean Casey, who’s a diehard Pearl Jam fan, he’s hung out with Eddie numerous times. When I got traded to Boston, we played a game and that night Eddie was playing somewhere in Boston on his solo tour. And he signed this poster, “Hey, Jason, welcome to the Red Sox.” And then Casey gave me his number. So we text back and forth.

Were you nervous when you first met?

I’ve never met him. I’ve never actually technically met him. And that’s the funny part. Casey was like, “Hey, here’s his number, he said text him.” So he was like “Hey, sounds good man. If I’m ever up in Seattle recording . . .” He’s never up there.

He’s got a lot going on. I’m probably the last person [on his mind]. “Oh, I’ve got to call Jason Bay!”

What music did you listen to growing up?

Anything you could listen to. Nirvana. Sort of alternative, grunge, and actually some Canadian bands. The Tragically Hip. Some obscure stuff. You’ve heard of them.

[The Star-Ledger nods.]

They’re not real big, but they’re huge in Canada. A lot of Canadian bands. And then a little bit of Alice in Chains. Soundgarden. All that stuff. Stone Temple Pilots.

SETLIST FROM MARK LANEGAN’S SHOW YESTERDAY IN HELSINKI, FINLAND

February 26, 2012 at The Circus, Helsinki, Finland on February 26, 2012

Setlist:

1.When Your Number Isn’t Up
2.The Gravedigger’s Song
3.Bleeding Muddy Water
4.Sleep With Me
5.Hit the City
6.Wedding Dress
7.Resurrection Song
8.Gray Goes Black
9.Crawlspace (Screaming Trees)
10.Quiver Syndrome
11.One Hundred Days
12.Creeping Coastline of Lights (Leaving Trains)
13.Riot in My House
14.Ode to Sad Disco
15.Wish You Well
16.Phantasmagoria Blues
17.Tiny Grain of Truth

Encore:

18.Harborview Hospital
19.Fix
20.Methamphetamine Blues

LAYNE STALEY’S MOTHER NANCY ASKS FOR STOLEN BELONGINGS TO BE RETURNED TO HIS ESTATE

GrungeReport.net posted an article a few days ago about an eBay auction for Layne Staley’s sunglasses and TV Guide magazine (some new photographs that were used as proof that they were Layne’s glasses). The glasses sold for $1,800. Layne’s Mom Nancy McCallum posted this comment on David de Sola’s blog.  For the record David verified to me that Nancy did indeed leave the comment:

“This is ghoulish. Layne’s things still belong to him, and should be returned to his estate, where his belongings are lovingly cared for by his family in “his room”.

The items can be returned to PO 63, Mukilteo, WA 98275, no questions asked.”

There have been rumors online for years that many of Layne’s belongings were stolen around the time of his death, and this is obviously an example of that. So whoever won the auction, please send the glasses to Nancy!

Also if Nancy is reading this, I just want to let you know that the articles I’ve been posting recently about the Layne Staley picture from 2001 are in no way intended to disrespect Layne or his memory. The photo has been on message boards for a year or two now, and I simply was able to put a date to it. Fans are just very curious to know about some of Layne’s activities during this time of his life, besides the obvious that moronic publications like Rolling Stone have beat into the ground. For fans I think it really is a closure thing, since we really do not know much about what Layne was up to in his last 5 years.  I’m trying to avoid posting anything that may be specifically drug related or anything nasty like that.  Finding out new things about Layne is a way of keeping his memory alive.  Regardless of what Layne looked like or what he was doing, we all love him!  Rest in peace Layne.

FOO FIGHTERS CANCEL SHOW IN SINGAPORE

Foo Fighters have canceled their March 2nd show in Singapore. The band released this statement:

‘We deeply regret having to cancel. It wasn’t an easy decision by any stretch but, after carefully considering medical advice, we felt we had no choice. Dave’s been told by more than one doctor that he has to take it easy on this voice.

‘We hate to disappoint our fans in Singapore and hope you’ll all understand and that we’ll see you all in the not too distant future.’

REVIEW OF MIKE MCCREADY AND STAR ANNA’S SONG “KEEP ON”

Thanks to Andy Frisk who sent this to me, he originally wrote it for his blog:

Given Mike McCready’s affinity for alt-country, dirty blues, and Americana it is no surprise that he’s a huge fan and supporter of fellow Seattle musicians Star Anna and The Laughing Dogs. In fact, Mike likes them so much that he played guitar on several of the songs on Star Anna’s last album, Alone In This Together. Mike has even lent the star power of his name, as a headliner on the song art, to a collaboration between himself and the band that was released on Valentine’s Day this year. “Keep On” plays like a slower, sultrier version of his Pearl Jam gem “Down.” The rustic, acoustic, and slight low key grunge sound of the song perfectly meshes both McCready’s Pearl Jam sound and that of Star Anna’s Americana. It’s a great track that should help get the word out on this great band. Followers of Pearl Jam and their individual members’ musical likes and side projects already know a great deal about, and have a strong affinity for, Star Anna and The Laughing Dogs’ music. Those plugged into the Pacific Northwest’s music scene know even more about this great band, and their vocally gifted lead singer, especially because they’ve been lucky enough to get to see them live. Hopefully, with the wider recognition that is bound to come from Mike McCready’s name being listed prominently next to theirs, those of us living outside the Pacific Northwest will get to see them. They did briefly tour outside the Seattle and Portland areas in 2011, but the majority of the shows took place in that region.

The coolest thing about Mike helping out of one of his favorite local bands is that he and the guys in Pearl Jam still look to their local music scene for inspiration, and lend a hand to the bands that really have promise. One gets the feeling that Mike, Eddie, Stone, Matt, and Jeff do this, not as A&R types looking to expand their personal holdings off of the next potential big thing, but because they truly are music and rock fans at heart still, and just really want to collaborate with people that stoke their own musical interests.

Their 2011 release, Alone in This Together, was a major step up from their first album Crooked Path, moving away from an alt-country focus while embracing a wider genre of American blues, rock, AND alt-country. It gave them a more interesting and varied sound. As the video above demonstrates, and despite a little bit of a joyful outburst of soloing overkill by Mike (that completely rocks and fits the song though), “Wolves in Disguise” is one of the strongest tracks off an album full of strong tracks. I really like this band and can’t wait to hear more from them.

LAYNE STALEY STALEY LATE 90’S/EARLY 2000’S PHOTO RUMORS

UPDATE: Scott is full of shit and has been revealed to be a liar. He admitted to his story being a hoax. The photo itself is still confirmed to be from September 1998 or later due to the shirt Layne is wearing not being released until then, but the new RUMOR is that it is from Halloween 1998.

Click here to read Scott Farro’s (scott.farro@yahoo.com) work of fiction:

The photograph is including of Layne Staley. I was an acquaintance (who shall remain nameless at the moment) of the girl who took this photograph (described by Layne as someone he knew from “The Rainbow”) and I was present at the time it was taken in Seattle. It was, in fact, during the month of October, 2001. The photo was NOT taken at or near the place that he spoke of.

Though I was only around Mr. Staley a few times during this particular week, I can confirm that he was wearing these glasses, as well as the same clothing (including grey cargo pants w/black boots) the entire time.  He also did not speak much because he appeared to be missing all of his top front teeth and had few remaining at the bottom front of his jaw. He did not want to make a full smile but had nothing against the picture being taken.

We are not sure how the pictures had ever been leaked – nor can we disclose how Mr. Staley was carrying out his life during this week, but it is important that fans not pay attention to the “works” of Adriana Rubio in particular. My brief time around Layne holds memories of a tired, yet warm and friendly man who was not as reclusive as people may think and seemed to enjoy the company that he was keeping that week.

I then followed up with an e-mail and Scott gave me more information:

The reason I spent time with a small group of his friends is because my acquaintance and I were involved with a similar lifestyle for a period of time. Being familiar with the music his band had made, I was asked by our mutual friend not to mention this at any point during the days we were around him. He came across as a very nice person and did not seem depressed. It was not strictly business, but apparently, he had severed those relations and I was to approach him as I would anyone else. It was not hard to distinguish his few friends from those who may have been of another importance.  I will not disclose the activies that took place during the week, except to add Layne Staley frequented a couple of places by night and that we were present with him.

The reason we have decided to provide this information (even though limited) to a few media outlets, is due to the fact that with Mike Starr’s passing, and of Alice In Chains working on possible new music – questions of interest about Mr. Staley have once again started to make rounds in the community such as people who may or may not be involved with much larger media.  The original owner of the photo wishes to remain completely anonymous and has sought only to offer a small amount of insight to what fans have been wondering amidst various rumours triggered by mainstream and local media in the past. No severe, physical disfigurements were ever known of Layne Staley except for weight loss and missing teeth – nor was he truly known to be reclusive.

Though we believe the leak of this photo may have been accidental, we hope this helps people to have a little more understanding of things regarding his last period of time.

RUMOR: ALICE IN CHAINS ALREADY HAVE RECORDED MATERIAL FOR NEW ALBUM

This is from an anonymous comment on GrungeReport about Alice In Chains’ new album, I checked out the guy and he’s actually commented on here before and doesn’t seem like a troll type, but take this for what it’s worth:

they already got a lot recorded…i am associated with a studio in which they have already worked with plenty in the past couple months

MARK LANEGAN & AFGHAN WHIGS TO PERFORM AT IBYM IN NEW JERSEY

For more go to ATPfestival.com

I’ll Be Your Mirror New Jersey 2012 curated by Greg Dulli & ATP – Line Up
Friday 21st Curated by ATP

* Line-up To Be Confirmed…

Saturday 22nd Curated by Greg Dulli

* The Afghan Whigs
* Louis C.K.
* The Roots
* José González
* Mark Lanegan Band
* Dirty Three
* The Antlers
* The Dirtbombs
* Scrawl
* Sharon Van Etten
* Emeralds
* Vetiver
* Quintron And Miss Pussycat
* Charles Bradley And The Extraordinaires
* DJ Questlove
* Reigning Sound
* + more TBC

Sunday 23rd Curated by ATP

* The Make-Up
* Hot Snakes
* The Magic Band
* Autolux
* Thee Oh Sees
* Factory Floor
* Death Grips
* I Break Horses
* + more TBC