NEW ALICE IN CHAINS ALBUM WILL COME OUT IN LATE 2012 OR EARLY 2013

From Grammy.com‘s new interview with Alice In Chains frontman Jerry Cantrell.

Your last album, Black Gives Way To Blue, spawned two GRAMMY nominations. What did that mean to you?
Well, we were very happy to be nominated and lose two GRAMMYs again. I think that put us at zero and eight. Hey, look, dude, it’s the old cliché, but it’s totally true, it’s an honor to be thought of. To be considered one of the [best hard rock performances] of the year, we achieved something. But we were very happy with that, we were very happy with the success that we had. It just felt good, it was hard work and it was worth every bit of it. And we’re looking forward to doing it again.

Do you think the new Alice In Chains album will be out this year?
It’ll depend on when it’s done. We started writing stuff last year. I think we’re all good with that now, so now it’s time to cut it. So we’re gonna try to, but if not it’ll probably be out early next year. It’ll be out about three or four minutes after we’re finished [laughs]. Give the record company time to set it up and plan the attack and tour for hopefully a year, year and a half.

So the writing is pretty much done though?
The thing that set me back is I had some bone spurs [and] cartilage issues in my shoulders. I had the same issue in the other shoulder about six years ago so I’ve had them both done now. It’s a repetitive motion injury from playing. But the repair takes a year [laughs]. So that kind of set us back a little bit, but it takes time anyway — my body started a vacation.

JERRY CANTRELL DISCUSSES MARK LANEGAN & METALLICA’S JAMES HETFIELD

From Grammy.com‘s new interview with Alice In Chains frontman Jerry Cantrell.

I saw you play with Metallica at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit in 2006. That was obviously a special performance, but I know you’ve been to a number of these shows. Are there any favorite memories for you?
Yeah, that one is obviously a classic. I’ve been a fan of Metallica and friends with those guys for a long time and that was just great — half Alice In Chains and half Metallica playing together. Obviously, on a more serious note, it’s inspiring to see James [Hetfield] take control of his issues, some of the same things I have issues with. And it’s just inspiring to see somebody make the effort and make a turn for the better.

Tell me about the other artists playing at this year’s benefit concert.
Ann and Nancy [Wilson of Heart] are the top of the heap. They’ve been there for us and we’ve been there for them too. Any time we got a chance to remind people how important their role has been to music and the world and what that means to us, we’re always there for them. I look at them as my older sisters, they’ve given a lot of great advice and they fought through a lot of adversity and I’m very much looking forward to having them play.

When they told me I was gonna receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, they asked me if I would make a little list of the people I would like to see play. I had just seen [Mark] Lanegan out in Silver Lake and he killed it. God, it was amazing. I hadn’t seen him in some years and it was a really magical experience, so I gave him a call and asked him. Duff [McKagan]’s been a friend for years and been very involved with our band as well in various ways. And I don’t know Billy [Idol] personally, but I do know Billy Morrison and Steve Stevens, the guitar player. I jammed with Steve a couple of times as well.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS TO HOLD MEET & GREETS ON CORE 20 TOUR

Stone Temple Pilots are offering VIP packages for their Core 20th Anniversary Tour.  So far only the VIP Tour package is available for Huntington, but I’d expect the Meet & Greet package to be available for future shows.  STP haven’t done meet and greets since the early 2000’s, Velvet Revolver did them but Scott Weiland didn’t take part in them.  If they do a meet and greet ticket package for LA I’ll probably do it so I can bother them about making a new album/changing their setlist/releasing the Shangri LA DEE DA documentary and telling Scott not to reunite with Velvet Revolver.  Here are the packages.

Meet & Greet Package (Price: Unknown)

* One reserved ticket in the first 10 rows of the stage (OR general admission with early entry)
* Exclusive Meet and Greet with Scott Weiland
* Personal photograph with Scott Weiland
* Autographed 8X10 photo
* Specially designed tour shirt
* Collectible tour poster (limited, numbered)
* Official Meet & Greet laminate
* Commemorative ticket
* Exclusive merchandise item
* On-site VIP host

VIP Tour Package (Price: $150)

* One general admission ticket with early entry*
* Specially designed tour shirt
* Collectible tour poster (limited, numbered)
* Commemorative tour laminate
* Commemorative ticket
* Exclusive merchandise item
* On-site VIP host

STONE GOSSARD SAYS NEW SOUNDGARDEN SONGS ARE “SO FREAKIN GOOD YOU CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT”

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard was interviewed over a week ago on WMMR. Somehow I missed it then, but here’s a quote:

“Soundgarden has just recorded a new record that I’ve had the honor of hearing a few tracks of that’s so freakin good you can’t even believe it. When people hear it they’re going to freak out, because it’s just a testament to how creative those guys are and how great Chris is as a singer and as a songwriter. That band is just going to blow people away.”

PEARL JAM GUITARIST STONE GOSSARD SAYS HE’S EXCITED TO PLAY WITH JAY-Z AT MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard was interviewed over a week ago on WMMR. Somehow I missed it then, but here’s a quote:

“We’re really excited about getting back to Philly, these dates just kind of came up about a week ago it got presented to us and everybody said yes let’s do it. So we’re real excited about doing it, it’s kind of thrilling to play the same weekend as Jay-Z I’ve got to admit I’m pretty excited about that as well.”

He also reiterated that Pearl Jam’s new album will be out next year, and talked about how thankful he is to be in two great bands like Pearl Jam and Brad. He also mentioned that his wife will be thrilled that Drake is playing with Jay-Z at the Made In America festival in Philly.

ALICE IN CHAINS AND MARK LANEGAN TO PERFORM TOMORROW IN LOS ANGELES

Alice In Chains, Mark Lanegan, Heart, Billy Idol, and Duff McKagan will perform tomorrow in Los Angeles, California tomorrow at Club Nokia for the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert. Jerry Cantrell will be honored at the show with the Stevie Ray Vaughn Award. Don’t expect AIC or Lanegan to perform too many songs, Jane’s Addiction headlined last year’s MAP Awards and only played two songs.

LISTEN TO CLIPS FROM NEW SMASHING PUMPKINS ALBUM ‘OCEANIA’

EVENING UPDATE: Somebody ripped the pulled Amazon clips and put them online. I’m surprised Billy isn’t releasing “Quasar” as a single, musically it sounds like Siamese Dream and would probably get some airplay. There seems to be some potential here, we’ll see when the album is released next month. Quasar, Panopticon, Pale Horse, Oceania, The Chimera, and Inkless seem to have the most potential. Quasar and Inkless especially.

Thanks to Andrei:

Click here to listen to clips from Oceania on Amazon

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ANNOUNCE CORE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW IN CONNECTICUT

Tickets go on sale Friday.  From Ticketmaster:

August 25, 2012- Mashantucket, CT- The MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino

I’m surprised they’re not rolling out all of the dates at once. STP have terrible management, and are awful at communicating with their fans. Not one of the four Core 20 tour dates they’ve announced is on their website. Here are the dates so far for the Core 20th Anniversary Tour.

August 25, 2012- Mashantucket, CT- The MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
August 27, 2012- Huntington, NY- The Paramount
August 29, 2012- Huntington, NY- The Paramount
September 1, 2012- Hershey, PA- Rock Allegiance @ Hersheypark Stadium

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT HER LOVE OF GRUNGE

Credit: Spinner.com

“You know those stupid school pictures that you’d always forget about until you got there?” Underwood confesses to Spinner. “I wore those wide-legged jeans, like skater wide-legged jeans and a black and white oversized plaid shirt. And I remember when I got my picture back, one of my friends saying I looked like I was going to go rob somebody. Like I was a menace!”

Underwood’s not-so-secret grunge past goes a lot deeper than the collection of plaid shirts she still keeps in her closet. As it turns out, the Oklahoman was raised on rock ‘n’ roll.

“I grew up listening to ’80s glam hair metal. And then, when I got older in the ’90s, the whole grunge thing was huge and I was totally into it. I was all about Pearl Jam, all about Alice in Chains and Nirvana and all of that stuff.”