BILLY CORGAN SAYS “CELEBRITY SEEMS TO TRUMP REAL IDEAS”

Billy talks about today’s social media/celebrity obsessed culture. He hits the nail on the head, yet again here. For those who don’t watch the video, he talks about how people define themselves through social media and things they like and almost perceive themselves as celebrities due to having a Facebook and a picture where they might look good, rather than having original ideas or art.

BLIND MELON GUITARIST CHRISTOPHER THORN DISCUSSES DEBUT ALBUM’S 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, REPLACING SHANNON HOON

A month ago Blind Melon fan Cody Gipson interviewed Blind Melon guitarist Christopher Thorn.  You can listen to the interview here. Here are some quotes I transcribed.

On the 20 year anniversary of the release of Blind Melon’s self-titled debut album

It’s amazing it’s been that long, for starters. That’s hard to believe just on it’s own. More so, I just can’t believe anybody still cares after 20 years. That’s really really flattering, when you make your first record one of the things you want for your record to stay around as long as possible, you’re making it for those reasons rather than wanting to be famous or rich or all those other things people want that for. But I wanted a record that would stay around for a long time that would still be listenable, something that I wouldn’t be embarrassed of years later and I’m not, I’m really proud of it.

On the Shannon Hoon documentary project

All systems go, we’ve been working nonstop on it, it’s just a long process. We just talked about it recently, it’s on for sure.

On keeping the name when reuniting Blind Melon in 2006, despite replacing the late Shannon Hoon with Travis Warren on lead vocals

We had tons of discussion, it fuckin kept us up at night.

We [did it so we] could go out there and fuckin honor Shannon and honor the career that we had with him, we just felt like why shouldn’t we have the name? We just felt like it was the right thing to do. Also, it just kind of felt weird if we go out and play some of the older albums and songs, for the fans, it would feel weird if we had a different name. At that point we’re like our own cover band.

On Blind Melon’s future

I would love to make more records with those guys, I don’t know where everybody’s heads are at. Everybody’s kind of doing different shit, but I still believe in Travis and in the band in general. I still think we could make great records. Everybody’s got different stuff, it’s important for Brad to do his solo record, he’s doing that right now. He’s super busy doing it, he made a great record, of course he wants to go out and tour the fucking world, and you know he should he made a great record. Rogers is doing some school stuff, I’m producing.

LISTEN TO BILLY CORGAN’S HOUR LONG KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT SUNSET SESSIONS ROCK 2012


A few interesting notes:

-says there will be a popstar who does porn someday, for fame
-says Kiss will eventually tour without any original members, says there could be 5 Kisses touring
-wants Radiohead to get more radio play. Says it makes no sense that they fill 30,000 seat venues yet don’t get played on the radio.
-mentioned fakers from the 90’s and said Better Than Ezra were one of them

THE LATEST ON THE PIXIES’ RUMORED NEW ALBUM

There have been strong rumors that the Pixies have been working on a new album this year. Last month Black Francis stated that he had been working really hard on writing new songs that would wow people, and said he had not written demos like this in years. He has made vague remarks hinting at new Pixies material throughout the year. He originally stated that the Pixies would record a new album back in 2006. Jon Tiven has been rumored as possibly producing, due to some Facebook conversations with Joey Santiago. Dave Lovering stated in a Drum Sticks interview that the Pixies will be back in 2013.

Black Francis posted this on his Facebook a week or so ago:

“We’re all water from different rivers
That’s why it’s so easy to meet
We’re all water in this vast, vast ocean
Someday we’ll evaporate together

-Yoko Ono”

The Pixies have only released one new song since reuniting in 2004, the Kim Deal penned “Bam Thwok,” released in 2004. Their last album was 1991’s Trompe le Monde.

BLIND MELON CLAIM THEY ARE NOT GETTING ANY TOUR OFFERS

Blind Melon drummer Glen Graham posted this on the Blind Melon Forum in response to fans saying they want Blind Melon to tour more:

I think it is important to understand that while we would love to tour Europe, Australia, the Pacific Rim, etc, we can only play where the offers exist and so far, other than Spain, no country including the U.S. has offered us any shows. Believe me, we would love to and will play anywhere, but if there are no offers, our hands are tied.

Blind Melon released For My Friends in 2008 with lead singer Travis Warren and toured behind it. Warren then left the band, but returned and the band have played occasional shows over the last few years. Tomorrow GrungeReport.net will have a story on Blind Melon’s future, a Shannon Hoon documentary, and the 20th anniversary of Blind Melon’s debut album.

Blind Melon 2012 Tour Dates:

November 7, 2012- Barcelona, Spain @ Sala Apolo

November 9, 2012- Santiago, Spain @ Sala Capitol

November 10, 2012- Bilbao, Spain @ BBK Bereziak

November 11, 2012- Madrid, Spain @ Joy Eslava

MARK LANEGAN COVERS VELVET UNDERGROUND & CAPTAIN BEEFHEART ON ‘LAWLESS’ SOUNDTRACK

The soundtrack for the new film Lawless is set for release on August 28th, and Mark Lanegan sings on 3 songs.  The film stars Tom Hardy, Shia LeBeouf, Guy Pearce, and Gary Oldman with Nick Cave writing the script and soundtrack.  Pitchfork has the tracklisting:

01 The Bootleggers [ft. Mark Lanegan]: “Fire and Brimstone” (Link Wray cover)
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2 The Bootleggers [ft. Nick Cave]: “Burnin’ Hell”
03 Ralph Stanley: “Sure ‘Nuff Yes I Do” (Captain Beefheart cover)
04 The Bootleggers [ft. Emmylou Harris]: “Fire in the Blood”
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5 The Bootleggers [ft. Mark Lanegan]: “White Light / White Heat” (Velvet Underground cover)
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6 The Bootleggers [ft. Emmylou Harris]: “Cosmonaut”
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7 Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Emmylou Harris, and Ralph Stanley: “Fire in the Blood” / “Snake Song” (Townes Van Zandt cover)
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8 The Bootleggers [ft. Liela Moss and Emmylou Harris]: “Aim Towards the Sky” (Grandaddy cover)
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9 The Bootleggers [ft. Emmylou Harris]
: “Fire in the Blood”
10 Ralph Stanley: “Fire and Brimstone” (Link Wray cover)
11 The Bootleggers [ft. Mark Lanegan]: “Sure ‘Nuff Yes I Do” (Captain Beefheart cover)
12 Ralph Stanley: “White Light / White Heat” (Velvet Underground cover)
13 Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: “End Crawl”
14 Willie Nelson: “Midnight Run” (bonus track)

BILLY CORGAN DISCUSSES THE DIXIE CHICKS

This is an excerpt from YourGigs‘ recent interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.

Caleb Goman: It seems like artists used to talk about these issues and be applauded for it. Now they get attacked. Look what happened with the Dixie Chicks…

Billy Corgan: Sell records but be smart enough to keep your mouth shut. Otherwise you end up like the Dixie Chicks and have people burning your records because you said something about the president. And I’m no Dixie Chicks fan; I f—ing don’t like them. At all. I couldn’t give a shit about their goddamn music. But let me tell you, when you see that kind of controversy trumped up over nothing, why is that happening? Where is the injustice about the kids who are starving or the people being blown up by drones? It takes your eyes off the target to focus on some other bulls—.

Caleb Goman: Do you think that’s why you get painted as a caricature or criticised for things that your peers get away with? Because it takes the attention off the things you are talking about?

Billy Corgan: That’s exactly it. It’s those systems beyond you that want to marginalise and control the way that you do what you do. But they weren’t there when you had nothing and they weren’t there in the rehearsal space and they certainly weren’t there when the drummer is puking in the bathroom 10 minutes before the show. That imprint of where you came from never leaves you no matter how big you get, no matter how big a man you are, and no matter who’s sucking your d—. It doesn’t f—ing matter. All that matters is what you know and as long as you document that you are just fine. Everything else is f—ing bullshit.

DAVE GROHL SAYS “IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE BEATLES, I WOULD NOT BE A MUSICIAN”

Foo Fighters frontman/former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl wrote this note for The Beatles’ new iTunes collection Tomorrow Never Knows:

If it weren’t for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. It’s as simple as that. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as ‘Rock and Roll.’

Recently I showed my 6-year-old daughter, Violet, the brilliant Yellow Submarine movie. It was her introduction to The Beatles, and she instantly shared the same fascination I felt when I was her age discovering The Beatles for the first time. She wanted to know their names, which instruments they played, who sang what song, etc etc etc….it made me so incredibly happy (and proud!). Within days she knew the verses and choruses to every song on the album. But, there was one song that stood out for her….

‘”Hey Bulldog” is not one of The Beatles’ greatest hits. It’s what most people would consider a ‘deep cut.’ But it is a quintessential Beatles rocker. The rolling bass line, the trademark Ringo drum fills, the gritty distorted guitar, and that sound that only the back of Lennon’s throat could produce. It stomps. It grooves. It makes your head bob. It makes your hips shake. When Lennon sings, ‘If you’re lonely you can talk to me!’ it soothes your heart, like you’ve finally found something to believe in. It’s so raw and real. It is 100% timeless Rock and Roll…

From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time.

Just ask Violet.

UPDATE ON RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ‘STRANGE MAN/LONG PROGRESSION’ SINGLE RELEASE

Red Hot Chili Peppers announced last month that they are releasing 18 B-sides from their most recent album I’m With You over the next 6 months. 2 songs will be released at a time, both digitally and on vinyl. The first release is the ‘Strange Man/Long Progression’ single, and the length of each track has been revealed by Amazon.com. Amazon also lists the release date for the tracks as August 10th, despite the band previously stating that they would come out on August 14th.

Strange Man: 3:36
Long Progression: 3:58

The second pair of sides – “Magpies” and “Victorian Machinery” – will be released on September 11, 2012. The third pair of sides – “Never Is A Long Time” and “Love Of Your Life” – will be released on October 2, 2012. The fourth pair of sides (titles TBD) will be released November 6, 2012. The fifth pair of sides (titles TBD) will be released December 4, 2012 and the sixth pair of sides (titles TBD) will be released December 18, 2012. The final two releases will be released in early 2013.

SETLIST FROM EDDIE VEDDER’S SECOND SHOW IN AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

July 26, 2012 Setlist:
1. Walking The Cow
2. Wishlist
3. You’re True
4. Goodbye
5. More Than You Know
6. Soon Forget
7. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
8. Driftin’
9. Setting Forth
10. Far Behind
11. Guaranteed
12. Rise
13. Long Nights w/Glen Hansard playing bass
14. Immortality
15. Just Breathe
16. Unthought Known
17. Better Days

1st Encore:
18. Bugs
19. Society w/ Glen Hansard
20. Sleepless Nights
21. Falling Slowly w/Glen Hansard
22. Forever Young
23. The End
24. Rockin’ In The Free World

2nd Encore:

25. Hard Sun w/ Glen Hansard and Mirella
26. Dream A Little Dream

NEW EDDIE VEDDER & ALICE IN CHAINS FAN PROJECTS

Jennifer Sando sent along word that she is doing a followup project to her ‘I Want To Take A Portrait of Eddie Vedder’ project, a book. Go to the Kickstarter page for more information.

Alexis sent this: Was wondering if you wanted to advertise International Alice In Chains Day again this year. It’s August 5th & 6th this year. I have the schedule and prizes on intlaicday.weebly.com under the schedule tab. People can sign up there and all info is there.

SMASHING PUMPKINS PLAY ‘OCEANIA’ FRONT TO BACK LIVE IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA

July 26, 2012 Setlist:
1. Quasar
2. Panopticon
3. The Celestials
4. Violet Rays
5. My Love Is Winter
6. One Diamond, One Heart
7. Pinwheels
8. Oceania
9. Pale Horse
10. The Chimera
11. Glissandra
12. Inkless
13. Wildflower
14. Space Oddity
15. Disarm
16. X.Y.U.
17. Tonite Reprise
18. Tonight, Tonight
19. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
20. Soot and Stars
21. Today

Encore:
22. Cherub Rock
23. Ava Adore
24. Zero

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN EARLY 2013, PLANNING MASSIVE TOUR

Since GrungeReport.net is now covering additional bands, if you only want to only keep up with the Seattle Grunge bands you can bookmark the Seattle Bands news category.

Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen stated in a recent interview with Fender that the band plan on releasing their sixth studio album during the first quarter of 2013. The band will complete the album by November, and are planning a tour that could go on for as long as 2 years.

Queens of the Stone Age’s most recent album Era Vulgaris was released in 2007. Frontman Josh Homme recently appeared in a new Jack White music video, and has been involved in a lawsuit with Kyuss Lives over the rights to the name. Queens of the Stone Age toured last year to commemorate the re-release of the self-titled debut album, and they also played at Pearl Jam’s PJ20 festival.

UPDATE ON TOOL’S NEW ALBUM, BAND STILL WRITING NEW SONGS

Since GrungeReport.net is now covering additional bands, if you only want to only keep up with the Seattle Grunge bands you can bookmark the Seattle Bands news category.

Tool drummer Danny Carey was interviewed on the Children of Saturn radio show last week. He said regarding Tool’s upcoming new album, “The Tool thing is happening. Me, Adam, and Justin are banging away. Trying to get enough [material] to get Maynard in there, but there is no wine before it’s time.” This quote seems to indicate that the band are still trying to work up enough music for the album before bringing in their frontman. The band hope to finish the new album by the end of the year. Tool’s most recent album was 2006’s 10,000 Days.

Danny Carey also recently interviewed for Mandala Drum.

GARBAGE MOVE SOLD OUT SHOW IN LOS ANGELES TO LARGER VENUE

Since GrungeReport.net is now covering additional bands, if you only want to only keep up with the Seattle Grunge bands you can bookmark the Seattle Bands news category.

From Garbage.com:

Los Angeles-area darklings,

Due to the speed at which our upcoming October show, as well as the El Rey gigs that started our tour have sold out, we are moving our October 2 date from the Wiltern to the Palladium.

The show of support for this tour has been absolutely overwhelming and we want to be sure that we can play for as many of you as possible within our tight fall schedule.

All tickets purchased for the Wiltern will be honored at the Palladium, and a limited amount of additional tickets will go on sale Friday, July 27 at 10 AM at LiveNation.com.

Thanks and see you then!

SETLIST FROM EDDIE VEDDER’S SHOW IN AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Since GrungeReport.net is now covering additional bands, if you only want to only keep up with the Seattle Grunge bands you can bookmark the Seattle Bands news category.

July 25, 2012 Setlist:

1. Can’t Keep
2. Sleeping By Myself
3. Without You
4. Broken Heart
5. Trouble
6. Sometimes
7. Far Behind
8. No Ceiling
9. Guaranteed
10. Rise
11. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
12. Light Today
13. Man Of The Hour
14. Thumbing My Way
15. I Am Mine
16. Brain Damage (part of it)
17. Dead Man
18. Unthought Known
19. Better Man
20. Good Woman
21. Parting Ways
22. Porch

1st Encore:
23. Society w/Glen Hansard
24. Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard
25. Falling Slowly w/Glen Hansard
26. Open All Night
27. Arc

2nd Encore:
28. Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard

GRUNGEREPORT.NET TO KEEP NAME, LIST OF ADDITIONAL BANDS THAT WILL BE COVERED

I’ve decided that I will keep the name GrungeReport.net, but cover additional bands like I previously announced.  The change will happen sometime soon, I’m not going to announce a specific date though.  Way sooner than the previous timeframe I had talked about though, since we are keeping the name. A new layout though may take a few months.  I asked fans on Twitter last night and they overwhelmingly thought this was the right decision, rather than changing the name.  Honestly, what the fuck does the word Grunge mean anyways?  Most of the bands I cover on this site don’t seem to give a shit about the word or what it means, so why should I?  Rather than GrungeReport.net just covering the Seattle Grunge bands (and STP/Smashing Pumpkins), we will now focus on 90’s Alternative Rock/the Grunge era in general.  A ‘Seattle Bands’ subcategory/section will be created so if people just want to just see news on those bands and avoid all other stories, they can bookmark that section.  I will continue to report on interviews/setlists/videos from the bands we currently cover like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.  I’ll be able to cut down on filler stories though like pictures of Mike McCready on vacation.  The Grunge bands will remain the heart of the site, while the bands we’re adding on will be to help compliment them.  With the bands we’re adding you won’t see as much detailed coverage as bands currently covered, but more so general stories.

The following 8 bands will definitely be covered.  While many of them don’t necessarily have the same sound as the bands currently covered, many of these bands helped break open the doors for 90’s alternative rock scene and had the same rebellious spirit.  I looked at a lot of Lollapalooza lineups as well to help my decision.

Definitely will be covered: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Faith No More, and Rage Against The Machine.  These bands will be covered in addition to bands already covered like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, Mark Lanegan, Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney, and Hole.

These bands listed below I’m a bit more on the fence about.  Queens of the Stone Age are a likely yes due to Josh Homme’s connections with Dave Grohl and the Screaming Trees.  I’m thinking maybe cover some of the Kyuss Lives lawsuit stories as well.  Garbage have a connection to the bands already covered through Butch Vig.  Filter I’m not sure about, they came out kind of late and don’t have as many connections but they definitely have that angsty sound.

Bands that formed later that I’m on the fence about but leaning towards: Garbage, Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss Lives, Filter

These bands here are either looked at as rip-offs, bands that were inspired by Grunge, or coattail riders.  Bands like Local H and the Toadies are looked at in a more positive light from what I can tell.  Bush and Collective Soul in particular are quite polarizing.  Out of the list Bush are the most relevant currently, and personally I’m the biggest fan of theirs out of everyone on the list below.  They definitely ripped off the Grunge sound, but god dammit they did it right to me and nailed it, unlike Puddle of Mudd and Seether.

Post Grunge bands that I’m on the fence about: Collective Soul, Bush, Candlebox, Local H, Toadies, Live

Sonic Youth, Blind Melon, and Pavement are bands I would cover but they’re all currently either broken up or on indefinite hiatus.

Radiohead I thought about, but am currently leaning against.  If they ever start using guitars again and get off their hipster kick, I’ll definitely cover them.  I thought about Green Day too since they came out in the mid 90’s, but I think there might be too much backlash because of their 2000’s output and their sound has always been a bit more on the fun side.