“I forgot to say one thing, I really miss Layne and Mike, and we carry them with us in our hearts and in our lives. This song is for them.” -Jerry Cantrell before Alice In Chains’ performance of “Nutshell” on Thursday in Los Angeles.
Grunge is Dead author Greg Prato has published a new book Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets. The book includes quotes/interviews with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and many others.
Cris Kirkwood: “Plateau,” I thought the lyrics in that were great. Curt started writing really bitching lyrics. And it became a hallmark, it made the band what it is.
Curt Kirkwood: Whereas I remember writing “Lake of Fire” and “Magic Toy Missing,” I don’t remember writing “Plateau.” I was experimenting with moving an open G chord up and down the neck, so I came up with that one. “Oh, Me” was kind of a ponderance on something that Derrick [Bostrom] and I were into, which was “me-ism.” Ego-ism. Just worshipping ourselves. Blind faith in ourselves.
Cris Kirkwood: But “Plateau,” those songs have taken on extra cache or whatever, because the Cobain/Nirvana thing [Nirvana would later cover several Meat Puppets II tunes for MTV Unplugged]. And they were good choices by Nirvana. That kid really got Meat Puppets II in the way that I didn’t realize people were getting it back then like that. I didn’t realize that anybody noticed at all, because all the more straightforward punker stuff had an easier time of it in a way.
Curt Kirkwood: We did Meat Puppets II, we had an ounce of ecstasy. We just snorted X the whole time, and it was “MDMA” back then. We were really into putting things into these double locked capsules full of MDMA, and getting high as shit. Nobody knew what X was yet.
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Jesus Christ Pose
Hands All Over
The Day I Tried To Live
Burden In My Hand
Blow Up The Outside World
Fell On Black Days
Let Me Drown
Black Hole Sun
Live to Rise
4th of July
Alice In Chains performed for the first time in 2012 last night in Los Angeles, CA at Club Nokia. It was a short acoustic set at the MusicCares Benefit Show/MAP Awards. Jerry Cantrell was presented with the Stevie Ray Vaughn Award.
Got Me Wrong
Duff McKagan also covered “Heaven Beside You” earlier in the night. He also performed with Mark Lanegan.
Crestfallen.com has these new details on the Smashing Pumpkins’ Pisces Iscariot reissue, set to be released in July:
CD Japan is detailing that the reissue of Pieces Iscariot Deluxe Edition will come with the following items
“14 original tracks feature the latest digital remastering. This edition includes a bonus CD with 17 unreleased tracks, a DVD with 24 live tracks, a cassette with 6 demo tracks. Also comes with liner notes by Billy Corgan and a booklet with unreleased photos. ”
This is from Crestfallen.com‘s recap of Billy Corgan’s interview on MLW Radio:
Billy said that, when they returned in 2007, the Pumpkins felt a lot of pressure to write an album that would be a balance between doing what they felt like doing and still have the feel of the old Pumpkins. Billy said, “so we made that record.. it just didn’t work, it wasn’t that we made a bad record, it just didn’t find that click point.”
Asked about Oceania, Billy said that people who had heard the album had said it sounded like the Pumpkins the way they remembered them but it didn’t sound like them, and that, somehow, seems to have made a classic Pumpkins record without setting out to make one.