Credit: The Fix
Courtney Love’s control over the estate of Kurt Cobain continues to slip. In 2009, Cobain’s drug- and alcohol-troubled widow lost custody of their only daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. Now, according to sealed documents exclusively obtained by The Fix, 19-year-old Frances has taken over control of the publicity rights for the Nirvana icon’s name, likeness and appearance.
“Publicity rights are potentially worth a fortune,” says Jonathan Faber, an attorney and managing partner of Luminary Group, who once represented Kurt’s estate in policing copyright infringement and investigating licensing opportunities. “They amount to the intellectual property rights.”
The documents show that Love agreed to step down as Acting Manager of End of Music LLC—the business entity responsible for generating cash from Cobain’s publicity rights—once she’d received a $2.75 million loan from Frances’ trust fund in 2010. The massive loan was transferred from Frances’ fund to EOM in Los Angeles, and then into an account held by Courtney’s then-lawyers, Pryor Cashman, in New York. Until Courtney pays it back, she won’t receive a dime from Kurt’s name, likeness or appearance from the deals formed by Frances and her advisers since December 2010.
Frances also has the final say-so in business agreements negotiated by the attorney and now acting manager of EOM David Byrnes, of Ziffren Brittenham in LA. Love remains a company member, but without the power to make decisions on anything bearing the likeness of Cobain, who committed suicide on April 5, 1994.
Scott Weiland Solo Band guitarist Doug Grean commented on Scott Weiland’s new song “Breath” and Soundgarden on his Facebook:
“[Breath] is not in the movie. None of the other tunes are in the movie. There is only one song in the movie and that’s the Sound Garden song in the end credit. We were neck and neck with SG for the end credit but ultimately they won out because reformation of SG is a way bigger deal then solo Weiland. Their song is mediocre if you ask me.”
For the record Scott Weiland himself has had nothing but nice things to say about Soundgarden over the years, despite Soundgarden members making some negative statements about Stone Temple Pilots in a 2010 interview with Spin magazine.
Funny that Wolfmother are opening a couple of shows. I think Wolfmother have had even more lineup changes than the Smashing Pumpkins already, and Andrew Stockdale is WAY young than Billy Corgan.
Secret Sounds Presents
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
With Special Guests WOLFMOTHER*
Presented by triple j, Max Street Press Australia & fasterlouder.com.au
(Wolfmother play Sydney and Melbourne only)
Thursday 26 July – Challenge Stadium, Perth
With Special Guests to be announced
Tickets: ticketmaster.com.au, 136 100
Tuesday 31 July – Entertainment Centre, Sydney
Special guests – Wolfmother
Tickets: ticketmaster.com.au, 136 100
Thursday 2 August – Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Special guests – Wolfmother
Tickets: ticketek.com.au, 132 849
Saturday 4 August – Vector Arena, Auckland
Tickets on sale at 9am on Wednesday 9 May (local venue time)
Pre-order ‘Oceania’ for a special price with every ticket purchase.
‘Oceania’ will be released on June 22, 2012 through Create/Control.
You have two Twitter accounts, one public and one private. The bio on your private account says, “As long as I don’t use this when I get pissed off, we’ll all be fine.” [Ed note: Love’s private account was deleted after press time.]
CL: Yeah, well, I’m not a social network genius, as evidenced by being the first and only person ever to have a Twitter lawsuit. At the time that lawsuit happened, I didn’t even really fully get what Twitter was for or how it worked.
I know this investor guy who’s very serious about Twitter and he lectures me like, “Oh no, you should only tweet on certain days at certain times, and you should only have a certain amount of people who can follow you and a certain number of people you follow.” What? There are so many rules.
But you’re pretty interactive with people on your public Twitter account.
CL: I have a girl who helps me with it. I can’t do that by myself. Sometimes she does dumb things, though. Like, if I want to work with Cobra Starship, I’ll ask them. I sent her an email about what I wanted her to write back to them, but she still put something dumb like, “Hopefully we can work together some day!” If I want to kiss some ass, I’ll kiss some ass. Don’t go kissing ass for me. I’m snarky — that’s part of who I am. I was like, “Look, dude. Just pay attention. It’s nuanced.”
Here are some notes from Greg Prato’s new Rolling Stone interview with Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland.
On new Stone Temple Pilots album: “Yeah, I’m sure that will happen,” says Weiland. “Although it’s odd because we used to tour to promote our records, and now we put out records to promote tours. Which is the way of the world, though.”
On more Velvet Revolver reunion shows: “”Yeah, I definitely would, some time,” says Weiland. “If Maynard [James Keenan] can do it with A Perfect Circle and Tool, then there’s no reason why I shouldn’t go and do it with both bands.”
On Stone Temple Pilots’ upcoming Core 20th Anniversary Tour: “”I’m looking forward to it,” he says. “We’re going to play the album in its entirety. I think it’ll be really fun, because the one thing that I got tired of was sort of playing the same basic set list every night. It was like, ‘the hits.’ This way, it’s something different, and I think it will be cool.”
8.28.10 Live @ Robinson Center Music Hall, Little Rock, Arkansas
Free The West Memphis Three Benefit
Here’s an excerpt from Variety‘s new article on Dave Grohl’s Sound City Studios documentary:
“‘Sound City’ is a film about America’s greatest unsung recording studio,” Grohl said. “Deep in California’s sun-burnt San Fernando Valley, it was the birthplace of legend. It was witness to history.”
Grohl conceived the film after purchasing the Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. That console, built in 1972, is regarded as a “crown jewel” of analog recording equipment and has been used for recording Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns N’ Roses, Fear, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica.
“Sound City” will include interviews with the artists and producers, focus on the albums recorded there, discuss the human element of music in an age of technology and feature performances from many of the artists.
Martina Topley Bird from Twitter @martinatb tweeted this: just heard rough mix of my collab with Mark Lanegan and Warpaint ladies Jen and Stells. Super fucking sexy. Super fucking excited.
@FreakSceneNet tweeted this: Now that it has been confirmed I can say the new @SweetAppleSongs album will have Robert Pollard & Mark Lanegan. Also, more than one album!
Mike McCready Plays the National Anthem at Safeco Field on 5/4 for CCFA Night
Mike McCready will play the National Anthem before the Mariners vs. Twins game this Friday, May 4th as part of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (www.ccfa.org) fundraising night at Safeco Field.
A portion of the tickets sold at www.mariners.com/ccfa will benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Please note: This special offer is online only and is not available at Team Stores or box office outlets.
Receive a FREE T-Shirt (while supplies last)* when you purchase through this special offer!
Be sure to arrive early – Mike’s National Anthem performance happens before the game starts (7:10pm game start time)!
Twins vs. Mariners
Friday, May 4 – 7:10 p.m.
DEADLINE TO PURCHASE: Thursday, May 3 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific.
$20 View Reserved Seating
$40 Field Level Seating
$6 from each View Reserved ticket sold & $7 from each Field Level ticket sold will benefit the CCFA.
*To redeem your t-shirt, present your ticket stub from this special offer at the table on the concourse outside at Section 112 by the 4th inning.
Pearl Jam, meanwhile is closing in on completing its next studio album, Gossard reports. “We really want to finish a record this year. [It’s] now between half and three quarters done, but we got some new material and we’re excited about hopefully doing some more work on that later in the year.” Among that new material, he divulges, is a brand new hard-edged rocker by fellow Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, “that’s fantastic that reminds me of Motorhead. I hope that that one is in the mix coming up.”
No release date is set for the as yet untitled follow up to 2009’s “Backspacer,” but Gossard explains Pearl Jam hopes it will be out in the first half of 2013, “if all goes according to plan.”
GrungeReport.net owner Brett Buchanan (me)
GrungeReport.net launched 3 years ago today. This year has had some of the biggest days in GrungeReport.net traffic history, including the PJ20 Festival weekend and Courtney Love claiming Frances Bean Cobain slept with Dave Grohl. Yes, that TMZ shit draws in readers. Personally in the last year I met Jerry Cantrell and moshed with Dave Grohl at a Soundgarden show. My goal for a Year 4: Bang Frances Bean Cobain!
I’ve mentioned wanting to launch a more broad rock news website over the last year or so, and it will happen. It’s taken time because I need to figure out everything that will be on it. If I go into it flying by the seat of my pants it won’t work. The general idea though is to cover the bands you see here along with other alternative rock artists like Jane’s Addiction, Jack White, Cage The Elephant, Wolfmother, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, Faith No More, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, The Strokes, and many others. I’ll probably launch it sometime this year, by January 1, 2013 at the latest. I hope this doesn’t turn into my Chinese Democracy! I’ve also got an idea for a site called OldFartRock.com that covers older rock bands. I want a toothless Eddie Van Halen as one of he banner pictures.
I hope that we can have more stuff like the ‘Remembering Layne Staley’ series we had last month on GrungeReport in he coming year. I was very proud of that, it may have been the best thing on the site yet. David Bronstein has got something else in the works and I’m hoping to write some more stuff. If anybody has any suggestions for the site please comment below!
I’d like to thank David and also many of the readers including Andrei, Ben C, Ben D, John M, both of the Pauls, and many others who always send me stuff and support the site. Also thanks to Courtney Love and Billy Corgan for always speaking their minds and giving GrungeReport.net endless content.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have unveiled the album cover artwork for their new album OCEANIA, out June 19 via Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution. The hauntingly beautiful image (see above) was photographed by Richard Shay, son of Chicago legend Art Shay.
OCEANIA was recorded at singer/guitarist BILLY CORGAN’s private studio in Chicago with his bandmates: guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE and bassist/vocalist NICOLE FIORENTINO. The powerful 13-song collection (see track listing below) was produced by Corgan and Bjorn Thorsrud and mixed by David Bottrill. Marking THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ 7th studio record, it is “an album within an album,” part of their 44-song work-in-progress TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE.
Here’s a Q&A with CORGAN about the making of OCEANIA.
Can you talk about how the recording of ‘Oceania’ may have differed in any way from previous Smashing Pumpkins albums?
“We worked for a time in an empty movie theatre in Sedona during the winter months of early 2011, sketching out some primary versions of the songs while trying to dial in the emotional terrain we were seeking. In that kind of process it wasn’t that unusual from past records where I’d worked with a band as a unit to help me define a set of templates to work towards. We’d just come off the road, and had a good sense of what was no longer working in our eyes from a dynamic point of view. We worked hard to create space in the music, but not lose any of the emotive power that I like to have behind my songs.”
You finished ‘Oceania’ before deciding to team up with EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution, so that would mean you were completely artistically free to create the album you wanted to make. Want to tell us about your creative mind-set during the recording?
“From a production standpoint I was dead set on making an album where every song was just as valuable as any other, ignoring the typical claptrap you hear about needing a single. The only way to make the case that every song on Oceania is worth hearing is to put your heart into the sequence as a cohesive whole. Once we felt we’d achieved that balance, only then did we let anyone outside our world hear the record we’d made. The chance to work within the EMI system again felt right to me. But unlike years in the past where I was under a set contract and beholden to a set of external forces which didn’t always fall in our favor, in this set-up they are now our partners in putting Oceania out to a wider marketplace than we could reach on our own.”
What you feel your bandmates have added to the album?
“I’ve been adamant in stressing that as a group, first and foremost, we are here to make new music together. I’m proud to say that on Oceania I feel we’ve cut our own path forward. Jeff, Mike, and Nicole have all made significant contributions to the tone and texture of Oceania, which is an album that is unlike any I’ve ever made. Yet at the same time I believe it upholds the same musical values I’ve always pushed for with The Pumpkins, be they progressive, emotional, epic, or restless.
Do you feel the recording of the album benefitted by the band having played some of these songs on the road first?
If we’ve learned anything from playing as an intact unit now for over two years, it’s that unless we create our own sound and our own legacy, it’s a given that people will default to what they know; whether it’s my past or someone else’s. We know we have much more in us to share than being an alluring, virtual jukebox. Being in The Pumpkins will always be defined by what we can create from our hands and hearts right now, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
In touring news, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS were announced last week as a headliner at the Splendour in the Grass festival July 27-29 in Australia at Byron Bay’s Belongil Fields. The event is already sold-out. The band will also headline shows in Australia and New Zealand (TBA).
Here’s the OCEANIA track listing:
My Love is Winter
One Diamond, One Heart
About The Smashing Pumpkins:
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy awards in the process. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group’s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The PUMPKINS returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist. They have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases.
Billy could be doing this to fund Oceania or the Oceania promotion, or many of the Pumpkins reissues. I don’t see anything listed on any of the auctions stating it’s for charity. Billy has done plenty of charity type things in the past, so let’s not burn Billy from the cross quite yet! I believe these auctions have been going on since late last year, but nobody had let me know about it until now.
John sent me this:
Billy Corgan is now selling his own autograph on Ebay.
The seller is selling personalized Billy Corgan merch. Meaning: To Brett – Billy Corgan
The name of the seller is Official SP Memorabilia.
Backstage passes and tour posters from around the globe and all lineup’s from SP.