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BILLY CORGAN TO MAKE APPEARANCE DURING FIRST RESISTANCE PRO EVENT OF 2013

The following comes from the official twitter account of William Patrick Corgan’s wrestling company Resistance Pro:

RESISTANCE ‏@RESISTANCE_Pro
LAST DAY: Of 2012! Start off 2013 right by getting your STAY HUNGRY tickets NOW at @RESISTANCE_Pro.com! @MATTHARDYBRAND @Kharma @Billy +MORE

If you live in the Merrionette Park area and would like to attend this Resistance Pro taping (and see Billy) you can purchase your tickets below:

http://www.resistancepro.com/

GRUNGEREPORT.NET 2012 END OF THE YEAR AWARDS WINNERS

BAND OF THE YEAR: Soundgarden

Soundgarden are the 2012 GrungeReport.net Band of the Year. They released their first album in 16 years King Animal in November. The runner up was Pearl Jam, but Soundgarden won the voting pretty handily.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Soundgarden- King Animal

King Animal edged out Oceania, Halelujah I’m A Bum, and Blues Funeral.



SINGLE OF THE YEAR: Alice In Chains- Hollow

Alice In Chains released their new digital single “Hollow” two weeks ago, the first song released off of their upcoming fifth studio album. The runner up was Soundgarden’s Been Away Too Long in a close vote.

FEUD OF THE YEAR: Billy Corgan vs. Chris Cornell

BillCo vs. Chris Cornell was the runaway winner for Feud of the Year. BillCo has taken jabs at Soundgarden’s reunion and Chris Cornell frequently this year, with Cornell also getting a couple of shots in. The runner up was Courtney Love vs. Dave Grohl.

FRONTMAN OF THE YEAR: Chris Cornell

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell edged out Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder narrowly.

GRUNGEREPORT YEAR IN REVIEW: A LOOK BACK AT ALTERNATIVE ROCK IN 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at what happened in alternative rock

Soundgarden released their first album in 16 years King Animal in November. This was one of my most anticipated albums of all time, but after nearly 2 months of listening to it, it’s just ‘okay’ to me. While I love “A Thousand Days Before” (one of the best songs of 2012) and a couple other tracks from the album, most of it just hasn’t stuck with me since it came out. I listened constantly during the first few weeks of release. But to me a lot of it just feels like middle of the road rock/playing it safe, it doesn’t sound like Soundgarden pushing their sound forward and in new directions. My favorite Soundgarden album is Down on the Upside, on that album the band really ventured into new territory sonically with songs like “Zero Chance” and “Burden In My Hand.” Chris Cornell pushed the boundaries even further on Euphoria Morning. Some of his best lyrical work ever is on those two albums. I’m happy there are fans out there who like the album more than I do, even though I’m not a huge fan of the album Soundgarden are still better than most bands out there today and I will be seeing them live again in February.

2012 was a quiet year for Pearl Jam, with limited tour dates mainly at festivals. Eddie Vedder did quite a bit of touring though, and other members released albums via side projects like RNDM, Brad, Mike McCready’s music for Fat Kid Rules The World, and Jeff Ament’s solo album. In the last couple of weeks I’ve really been missing Pearl Jam as an active live band/recording unit. Been listening to a lot of Binaural in particular, and Vs./Riot Act/Yield/Vitalogy. I guess that’s most of the discography actually. The one Pearl Jam related show I saw this year was RNDM’s free show in Long Beach, where I got to meet and interview Jeff Ament. It was surreal and a dream come true to meet a member of one of my favorite bands and to get a brief interview with him.

Heading into June, I had very low expectations for the release of the new Smashing Pumpkins album Oceania. The Teargarden By Kaleidyscope era produced some of the worst music in Billy Corgan’s career in my opinion, including: Widow Wake My Mind, Owata, Lightning Strikes, and A Stitch In Time. The mediocre new music didn’t help the fact that I was still disappointed that Jimmy Chamberlin had been fired from the Pumpkins. When Oceania finally came out though, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s his most consistent album since Zwan’s Mary Star of the Sea, the songs have heart and sonically have more power than the Teargarden material. You can still hear the sincerity in Corgan’s lyrics about heartbreak and trying to hold onto love on songs like Pinwheels and Violet Rays. BillCo had some bold things to say in many interviews this year. While I totally agree with his views on hipsters and the music industry today, I don’t agree with some of the things he has said about fellow Generation X bands. I’ve got no problem with it though, it’s great for GrungeReport traffic!

In December fans on Nirvana were in shock as the surviving members of the band (Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear) reunited to perform their first high profile gig since 1994 with Paul McCartney on lead vocals/guitar at the 12-12-12 show in New York. Nirvana also performed on Saturday Night Live, and released the new track “Cut Me Some Slack.” The song to me rocks, obviously it’s not anything legendary but it sounds like a hybrid of the heavier side of The Beatles and Nirvana. The performances to me were very inspired as well. This is not about the money. You can tell that Krist, Dave, and Pat really missed performing together. They did it in the most respectful way possible as well to the late Kurt Cobain as well, not performing any old Nirvana songs.

Stone Temple Pilots’ year was pretty terrible for fans. The band did not start working on a new album like many expected, and did nothing to mark the 20th anniversary of their debut album Core. Actually the only thing that really celebrated it was my retrospective. Scott Weiland also started actively campaigning for the reunion of Velvet Revolver, which seems pointless to me since the group ran its course. He even lied and said the band was back together and Slash said he was out of his mind. Anways, STP did a one month tour with the same stale setlist and no new material. A month or two later Slash claimed that Stone Temple Pilots had fired Scott Weiland. Weiland and STP have made no official statement to deny this.

Alice In Chains had a mostly quiet year on the live front, only performing live one time in May. They spent most of the year recording their fifth studio album, they released a track off the album (Hollow) a couple of weeks ago. I don’t really like the song, it’s pretty forgettable to me, and I was a fan of Black Gives Way to Blue. The bright side though is it’s not the lead radio single, but a preview song/digital single to kick off the promotion of the album. I have faith that the album will be better than Hollow.

Mark Lanegan released his first solo album in 8 years Blues Funeral earlier this year. The album is fantastic, Lanegan’s darkness has not gone away as he has aged. “Ode to Sad Disco” is one of my favorite solo tracks of his, my other favorites include: Quiver Syndrome, Riot In My House, Harborview Hospital, and The Gravedigger’s Song. Lanegan also supported the album with a massive world tour.

2012 saw continued touring from Jane’s Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in support of their latest albums. I saw both bands live (Jane’s for the second time, RHCP for the first time) and both were amazing experiences. Jane’s are still able to deliver live even without key founding member Eric Avery, and Josh Klinghoffer proved to be a worthy replacement live for John Frusciante. Garbage finally returned with a new album and extensive tour, and Bush kept touring as well (unfortunately with Nickelback for part of the year). The Toadies and Local H released new albums, and the Melvins put on a record breaking touring performing in 51 states in 51 days. Mudhoney released their documentary and finished recording a new album. Tool and Queens of the Stone Age were mostly quiet but will have new albums out next year.

When it comes to GrungeReport.net itself, traffic has continued to go up since we started covering more bands in July, and expanded to more of a ‘Grunge era’ alternative rock news site. We had interviews with Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, The Smashing Pumpkins’ Nicole Fiorentino, and the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover which were great as well. Our new reporters Mike, Nicole, and Paul have done fantastic jobs as well. Sometime during the first quarter of 2013 we will be changing our name to better represent the bands we now cover. I’m likely going to set up a donation thing to raise some money to help pay for the expansion of the site. I’m not expecting too much from readers, but ANYTHING will help with the amount of money I’m going to need to spend, and there will be some rewards and stuff like that to people who donate. The goal of the site is to have it grow so it can have a voice in the rock community, a site that covers the great bands that are still active and can break in younger bands who carry on that same spirit as well. And I’m not just talking about ‘new Grunge bands,’ I’m talking about bands influenced by Grunge, alternative rock, basically any good rock that carried on that ethos and spirit.

PICTURE OF THE AFGHAN WHIGS WARMING UP FOR THEIR NEW YEAR’S PERFORMANCE IN CINCINNATI

The following comes from the official twitter account of the Afghan Whigs (@theafghanwhigs)

The Afghan Whigs ‏@theafghanwhigs
Getting ready. @mrgregdulli @TheOtherJC513 @thedaverosser #afghanwhigslive #NYE pic.twitter.com/6R2oQae9

 

If you live in the Cincinnati area and would like your last minute tickets to see the Afghan Whigs on New Year’s Eve you can purchase them below:

http://bogarts.com/event/16004926012B5AEB

THE CRIBS FRONTMAN RYAN JARMAN: “NIRVANA WOULDN’T GET A RECORD DEAL TODAY”

Ryan Jarman frontman of the UK independent rock group “The Cribs” was very vocal about legendary grunge band Nirvana telling The Sun that they wouldn’t be signed in today’s day & age.

“Bands like Nirvana and SONIC YOUTH – that come up from the underground and cross over – the problem is there’s no time to do that now.”

Jarman also added:

“Even underground bands, if people like them, get over-exposed really quickly. Then people move on to the next thing. It’s a concern that bands can’t come up through those channels any more.”

The surviving members of Nirvana reformed with Rock icon & former Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney on vocals for the 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert earlier this December.

SETLIST FROM A PERFECT CIRCLE’S SHOW LAST NIGHT IN LAS VEGAS

Setlist:
1. Annihilation (Crucifix cover)
2. Imagine (John Lennon cover)
3. Weak and Powerless
4. The Hollow
5. Rose
6. Blue
7. What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye cover)
8. People Are People (Depeche Mode cover)
9. The Outsider
10. (What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? (Binsley Schwarz cover)
11. When the Levee Breaks (Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy cover)
12. The Noose
13. 3 Libras (All Main Courses Mix)
14. The Package
15. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie (Black Flag cover)
16. Passive
17. Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums

Encore:
18. By and Down

COURTNEY LOVE SAYS BILLY CORGAN CAN’T WRITE A GREAT SONG ANY MORE, TALKS DAVE GROHL

Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town blog has up a new blog titled Listicle Without Commentary*: The Year in Billy Corgan’s Disdain for His ’90s Alt-Rock Peers, as Told Through GrungeReport.net Headlines. The story is a list of GrungeReport.net articles where Billy Corgan trashed other 90’s bands this year. Yarm posted the story on the Everybody Loves Our Town Facebook and Courtney Love responded in the comments section:

thank you for the kind comments i am taking this page off my feed ive already gotten in trouble once based on someone telling me false information and loving that i reacted, so im just going to go away from this, half the things mark has you reading of corgans are incendiary and not to defend him too much but your making billy look “crazy” when hes probably just really frustrated he cant sell records.

its tabloid crap i have more dirt on jack white than anyone and im not exploiting it ( besides i like his guitar playing too, billy is a great guitarist i listened to pinwheels off oceania and it started all strun and drang and like it was going somehwere and then it was sort of a bleh ok acoustic song i dont underdstand why he cant just write a great song anymore, i mean not to sound too — arrogant but i can. and i will continue to and not complain about other peoples oldies tours, and i take it back sometimes i do get jealous of dave but its nothing to do with why billy does, its because he gets all the good nirvana kickback and i get the bad, but i get the great fans that are loyal and freaks and homos and freaky gurls and sensitive hetori boys dave gets the jocks so i wonder which kc would prefer, i certainly know how stipe felt when the jocks started liking his band and kurt felt the exact same way, im sure its on record.

COURTNEY LOVE SAYS SHE HAS RECONCILED WITH FRANCES BEAN COBAIN, TALKS KURT COBAIN’S STOMACH PROBLEMS

Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town blog has up a new blog titled Listicle Without Commentary*: The Year in Billy Corgan’s Disdain for His ’90s Alt-Rock Peers, as Told Through GrungeReport.net Headlines. The story is a list of GrungeReport.net articles where Billy Corgan trashed other 90’s bands this year. Yarm posted the story on the Everybody Loves Our Town Facebook and Courtney Love responded in the comments section:

i just dont like the unkindness here i dont think its look i know what kirst and dave did, look uop who owns the seattle weekly itll say krist but its part iof nirvanan inc its a couokd 100 MILLION dollars that frances and i dont get and illegal as hell i might if i can do it and find it in all my photos post it and tag you so you can see some of it for yourself. but the point is that im telling the truth so why are you guys calling me “crazy” all the time it hurts my feelings and its not true, my spellings shitty and i wanst all that well until i quit adderall but frances and me are emailing and she didnt even know about the restatinign order she was rightfullly mad at me for trying to protct us by finding the money and allowing people into my lifer that took her dads money, i dont blame her, for being angry with me, but she isnt anymore so please stop it, it really hurts my feelings a lot. i know you guys dont even factor kurts stomach into his death but you didnt see how much pain he was in how people didnt believe him, the whole thing just makes me fucking sad.

COURTNEY LOVE SAYS BILLY CORGAN IS ‘MEAN AND HAS ISSUES’

Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town blog has up a new blog titled Listicle Without Commentary*: The Year in Billy Corgan’s Disdain for His ’90s Alt-Rock Peers, as Told Through GrungeReport.net Headlines. The story is a list of GrungeReport.net articles where Billy Corgan trashed other 90’s bands this year. Yarm posted the story on the Everybody Loves Our Town Facebook and Courtney Love responded in the comments section:

hey at least he didnt go after ME again ok? phew. hes so mean.

i do hate doing the oldies though and all the shit i get for calling it hole so im just going to call it courtney love and get on with it, because im not doing an oldies thing forget it.

but if someone else wants to do it thats not my business, jesus, billys got issues man. i cant stand dave as we know, but i sure as hell am not jealpus of him ,. god – ha- hardly- i know far too much about what puts that guy throught he day, but jesus, hes clearly jealous of him,. thats nutty. i just cant stand him and think hes a thief. and talentless, but hey thats me, otherweise this is funny hers got more fueds than i ever had wow.

oh wait i just read the comments so YOU guys had to bring me up? thanks a lot,. he didnt even do it. rude . i dont talk to bil;ly i havent for many many years whats yoru damage?

im not even mad at billy and whoever you are is talking about wiping my ass? oh do shut up, my band is great and you know it.

Courtney, if you’re reading this, we are down to interview you!  grungereport @yahoo.com

BILLY CORGAN SAYS RICK RUBIN PRODUCED “LET ME GIVE THE WORLD TO YOU” WILL BE RELEASED, CALLS ADORE A SOLO ALBUM

Billy Corgan revealed in a new interview with Crestfallen.com that the Rick Rubin produced version of “Let Me Give The World To You” from the Adore sessions will be released on the Adore reissue. He said it is ‘very nice.’ Corgan also discussed how people’s view of Adore have changed over time, “Adore was a solo album which maybe in time has been able to be seen that way.”

Corgan said he is proud of Adore but has bad memories from what it came out since it basically made him look like an idiot for going away from the Pumpkins formula. He said there are bands that stick to a formula for success that is good for business, but bad for their soul.

MORE ON STONE TEMPLE PILOTS REFERENCES IN NEW PAUL RUDD FILM THIS IS 40

We reported recently that Stone Temple Pilots’ “Vasoline” is played in the new film This Is 40, starring Paul Rudd and directed/written by Judd Apatow. The song is played during a scene while Megan Fox is swimming in her bikini. Paul Rudd’s character Pete also owns a record label and in his office he has up a large framed photo of Dean DeLeo from STP’s iconic House of Blues show from the No. 4 era. There is also a large Purple promo poster up in his house. This isn’t the first STP reference in a Judd Apatow project, on his short lived FOX TV series Undeclared the songs “Down” and “Seven Caged Tigers” were played. Apatow said a few years ago, “I love to write to STP songs. It always gets my juices flowing. Then it makes me want to hit someone.” Apatow also wrote and directed The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up.

13 YEAR OLD’S LETTER TO DAVE GROHL DELIVERED TO COMIC BOOK STORE

For a school assignment in which he had to write a letter to a famous person Sean Woods – a 13 year old from Ireland wrote his letter to Dave Grohl in hopes that it would reach the Foo Fighters frontman. Instead, the letter ended up a local comic book store in the town where Grohl was born reports the Warren Tribune Chronicle. Greg Bartholomew owner of All American Cards and Comics said that he “was floored” when he saw that his store got the letter. Both Bartholomew and Joseph O’Grady – the past president of Main Street Warren both made sure that the letter will get delivered to Grohl’s family as they still live in the area.

You can view Sean’s letter to Dave below:

BILLY CORGAN CRITICIZES 90’S BANDS FOR LACKING ENERGY & ‘MAKING CARBON COPIES OF WHAT THEY ONCE DID”

Billy Corgan discussed 90’s bands and his thoughts on recent Smashing Pumpkins music in a new interview with Crestfallen.com. When comparing The Smashing Pumpkins’ music to other stuff out there Corgan stated, “Certainly nobody’s doing work that’s way better than us.” BillCo also discussed 90’s rock bands, “The bands that are doing 90’s redux from my generation, I don’t see where they’re getting a lot of energy. They might do business and stuff like that, but you don’t feel that energy from up off the street. To me, the DIY artists of the past that’s the real difference maker. People can go on kind of making carbon copies of what they once did, or say that’s what they do and they’re a surf band so they’re just going to keep playing surf music and all that kinds of stuff, that’s not the kind of tradition I’m from.”

TRENT REZNOR BROKE 137 GUITARS ON NINE INCH NAILS TOUR

In a new interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel discussed working as Trent Reznor’s guitar tech in the 90’s. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The only way I’ve seen (a broken guitar) is Trent hauling the thing 30 feet in the air, hitting the lighting truss, doing a triple pirouette into the stage and just shattering,” Howerdel says.

“I did buy new guitars constantly. I think the number was 137 Les Pauls, working for Trent.”

After a while, Howerdel started fixing those broken necks, because Trent was demolishing as many as eight guitars a night.

“You learn how to fix them and save the tour some money,” Howerdel says.

“He let me take a couple of guitars at the end of the tour, and I took the best-sounding of the 137. That’s my main guitar!”