Monthly Archives: January 2013

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LAYNE STALEY’S 2000 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM IS BEING SOLD BY HIS FATHER

The late Layne Staley’s car is being sold over a decade after his death.  The car is a 2000 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and is being sold by Layne’s father Phil Staley. Tavis posted the following on the official Alice In Chains forum:

Hey folks my name is Tavis… I have worked for AIC for a long while. Some of you already know me. Laynes’ Estate asked me if I would sell his car for them and I of course said I would. We wanted to give you fine folks first option on purchasing the car being it would actually mean something more to you than a non fan… I will post some Pics. The car is a 2000 Pontiac Firebird Trams Am with 26,000 miles on it. It is fully loaded with T-Tops and the Ram Air and WS6 package upgrades with dual leather electronic controlled bucket seats, stereo upgrade package with a trunk mounted 12 disc changer. 6 speed Transmission. there are many options on this car that Layne personally ordered from the factory… I will not get into a debate about price being it will be through private messages. any questions about the car make here please… Thanks in Advance, Tavis

Layne discussed his purchase of the car when he and his Alice In Chains bandmates were interviewed on Rockline in July 1999.  When a fan called in and asked Layne what he was excited about in life, Layne said, “Actually I ordered a new car I’m pretty excited about that right now.”  Staley then joked, “I wasn’t even planning on buying a car, I just wanted to go in and boss them around.”  After Sean Kinney and Jerry Cantrell talked about what they were most happy and excited about, Layne quipped back, “Hey you guys wasn’t he just asking me? Shut up.”

You can view more photos of the car by clicking here.

COREY TAYLOR DISCUSSES PERFORMING WITH NIRVANA AND RICK NIELSEN

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In a new interview with Radio.com, Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor discussed performing with the surviving members of Nirvana and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen at Sound City Players’ show last week in Utah, “How did that happen? Somebody please explain that to me! That was awesome though. Being able to get up with Rick Nielsen — and basically Nirvana. Talk about a fanboy-gasm! I was just up there going, ‘What am I doing here?’ But we had a great time. It re-introduced my love for Cheap Trick. I really went deep in the catalog. I thought, ‘This band, they don’t get enough credit.”

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CHRIS CORNELL SAYS SOUNDGARDEN COULD HAVE REUNITED SOONER

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell discussed the band’s reunion in a new interview with the Chicago Tribune:

“I never thought it was inevitable, mainly because I think you never know. After we split up, I wasn’t gonna be the guy who said, “We’re never getting back together,” because I’d seen so many guys do that and have to eat (their words). I felt very open about it. Anything could happen. The only thing that was an obstacle in my mind was it would take all four of us unanimously to do it, and there’s always a chance that one person might not want to do it. And if that’s the case, then it’s not going to happen, because we were never gonna be any version of Soundgarden other than these four people. It wasn’t a “yes” or “no” until we got back in a room together, and then it was a matter of our comfort level. … I don’t want to second-guess fate, because I’m really happy with where we’re at and what we’re doing creatively, so I think that maybe it was the perfect thing that happened. But I also feel that maybe it could have happened earlier too.”

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WALKING PAPERS TO PERFORM AT DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL


Walking Papers’ Barrett Martin has announced the band’s new European tour dates, including a performance at the 2013 Download Festival in England. Alice in Chains and Queens of the Stone Age are also scheduled to perform at the festival. Also included in Walking Papers’ upcoming tour are dates in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and France. Martin also revealed that Walking Papers United States tour dates will be announced soon. The band is rumored to have already recorded their second album, though a release date is currently unknown.

February 2nd – KEXP benefit at The Sunset, Seattle
April 27th – Brussels, Belgium, club TBA
April 28th – Amsterdam, Netherlands at The Winston
April 29th – Hamburg, Germany at Logo
May 1st – Cologne, Germany at The Underground
May 2nd – Saarbrucken, Germany at The Garage Club
May 3rd – Paris, France at La Fleche D’or
June 15th – Download Festival, Castle Donnington, England

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GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF LAST NIGHT’S SOUNDGARDEN GIG AT HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM, NY

Soundgarden recently played two nights at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York; although I wish I could have afforded and attended both, I went for the second night instead. People began lining up outside of the door as early as 3:30 in 19 degree temperatures, which felt even lower with the high wind temperatures. It was crazy cold out. I barely stood out there myself, only for a little bit at the beginning, and then closer to when the doors opened.

Hammerstein is a large venue inside, and it’s positively gorgeous, with a gigantic domed roof reminiscent of a church, and layers of rowed seating as well as a spacious open floor. People were kind of scattering everywhere, so I managed to nab a spot at the rail right in front of where Ben Shepherd stands. This spot also presented a fabulous view of the entire band, although not so much Kim Thayil, who stood off solitary and mostly motionless on the left side of the stage.

Soundgarden didn’t bother with an opening band. From the stage setup, as the tech people were setting up the instruments, everything looked rather bland, but once the show began, a digital backdrop was revealed that played graphics that went along with each and every song. Think floating Badmotorfinger symbols, hovering eyes blinking amongst psychedelic colors and patterns, abandoned woods with red and orange burning skies, and snow falling sleepily upon an abandoned city.

The spoken word sample of “Searching with My Good Eye Closed” is what began the band’s second night in New York. The crowd was generally well-behaved, and if there was any moshing (which there may have been, a little), it seems to have been confined to the center of the crowd, even when Chris Cornell implored us to “fuck it up!” before the big solo in “Gun”. Yes, Soundgarden tried to represent as much of its respected career and lengthy discography as possible, playing songs that may have predated some of the younger fans in attendance to tunes as new as the ones from King Animal.

“Spoonman” was next, the lively, more sped up version that it always seems to translate to in a live setting. Cornell galivanted across the stage, hamming it up for photographers and giving both our side and the left side of the stage reasons to smile as he stood inches away from the crowd singing. The aforementioned “Gun” had even more energy and fire behind it than it did when it was originally released. “Rhinosaur” reigned the pace in a little bit, but it was a quirky and fun addition to the setlist.

For the old school throng of fans in attendance, “Flower” was played next, although Cornell’s voice kind of got muddied amongst the instruments. It was back in full force for “Loud Love” though, and for the quick pace that was “Drawing Flies”. Clearly sticking to the earlier end of the band’s musical spectrum, the next choice of “Hunted Down” was a fantastic and appropriate one.

I’ll admit I was a little disappointed with the inclusion of “Live to Rise”, if only because I was never a huge fan of the song and I would have liked to hear an actual King Animal track in its place, but it was performed very well. Besides, next the band did “Non-State Actor”, which, while not my favorite track on the new album, was really great. “My Wave” got caught between the newer material, but it sounded as fresh as ever, with plenty of energy behind it.

“Been Away Too Long” was another track with a lot of energy. Even though it’s not necessarily a fan favorite, when it’s done live, it’s a really great track. “Worse Dreams” was really phenomenal, and Shepherd killed it with his bass work. “Blow Up the Outside World” was pretty much note perfect, and “Zero Chance” followed it up well, even if it was the slowest moment of the show.

“Eyelid’s Mouth” picked the pace back up though, and following through with that was a passionate and incendiary version of “Like Suicide”, which had as much feeling behind it as any time that the band has ever performed it. “By Crooked Steps” was a standout moment personally, as I really adore that song, as was “Outshined”, a setlist staple.

“Blood on the Valley Floor” and “Fresh Tendrils” sort of blended into one another for me, with “Mailman” breaking that up. Next was another mandatory tune, “Black Hole Sun”, which was followed by “Rowing”. I know that Cornell has gotten some flak for using a prerecorded bit to replay the chorus of the song, but to me this was a better idea in terms of recreating the vocal layering than him only tackling one portion of the song and leaving others out entirely.

The band left the stage for a few minutes, only to return with the strange choice of “Head Down”. “Rusty Cage” was a bit more of the norm, and it was as brash as ever. “The Day I Tried to Live” was a really nice addition. Finally, in another odd moment, Soundgarden closed with “4th of July”. Matt Cameron tossed his drumsticks out to the crowd, a loud feedback was left blaring in people’s ears in typical Soundgarden fashion, and a phenomenal two hours had passed.

I saw the band in the summer of 2011 in Philadelphia, and although that show had the better setlist, this was a better concert overall. The band sounded much more like a cohesive unit comfortable traversing its entire musical career together. Cornell’s vocals, combined with his appearance and much of the setlist can definitely make you think that it’s 1991 again. Shepherd was quite lively and not the typical sullen, middle finger-brandishing asshole that people make him sound to be. The band was very entertaining and put on an absolutely phenomenal show.

 

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DAVE GROHL SAYS NIRVANA’S REUNION WITH PAUL MCCARTNEY WAS A ‘HOLY FUCK’ MOMENT

In a new interview with Telegraph.co.uk, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl discussed Nirvana’s reunion and collaboration with Paul McCartney, “The other day I was cleaning out my garage and I found the journal from the week I decided to make the movie. I wrote out an outline and it’s exactly the movie we made. I’m so amazed. There were times when we didn’t know what was going to happen, like put Paul McCartney in a room with Nirvana and cross your fingers that something cool happens.” Grohl added, “If it had only been a day in the studio and no one had ever seen it or heard it and I had never done it again, I would die a happy man. Just the fact that it happened, to me, was enough.”

Grohl discussed the significance of the McCartney/Nirvana portion of the Sound City film where Nirvana and McCartney are shown writing their song, “The McCartney song was the biggest secret (in the project). A few things leaked out, but the McCartney thing — we couldn’t give (that information) away because this is — spoiler alert — THE moment. At the first few test screenings we did, the moment where Paul appears there were audible gasps in the room. When we were editing that segment, I said ‘I don’t want a holy shit moment, I want a HOLY FUCK moment.’ I was at a screening in Salt Lake City (Jan. 22) and that moment he appears onscreen, you could just hear (the audience say) ‘Jesus Christ’ as if the thing couldn’t be tied up in a more beautiful bow than that. It really creates a cool moment.”

DAVE GROHL SAYS FOO FIGHTERS HAVE ‘BIG PLANS’ FOR NEXT ALBUM

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told MTV in a new interview that Foo Fighters have big plans for their next album.

“But we have a plan, we know exactly what’s coming next, and I have the music for the next record and we’re going to start working on it once we finish doing all this stuff.”

“And we have really awesome, big plans for the next album,” Grohl continued, “and I’m really excited about it.”

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SETLIST FROM SOUNDGARDEN’S 2ND SHOW IN NEW YORK CITY

Setlist:
1. Searching With My Good Eye Closed
2. Spoonman
3. Gun
4. Rhinosaur
5. Flower
6. Loud Love
7. Drawing Flies
8. Hunted Down
9. Live to Rise
10. Non-State Actor
11. My Wave
12. Been Away Too Long
13. Worse Dreams
14. Blow Up the Outside World
15. Zero Chance
16. Eyelid’s Mouth
17. Like Suicide
18. By Crooked Steps
19. Outshined
20. Blood on the Valley Floor
21. Fresh Tendrils
22. Mailman
23. Black Hole Sun
24. Rowing

Encore:
25. Head Down
26. Rusty Cage
27. The Day I Tried to Live
28. 4th of July

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MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN REVEALS THAT HE IS WRITING AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, SAYS FANS NEED TO SUPPORT ROCK BANDS

Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan revealed in a new interview with Phoenix New Times that he is writing an autobiography, “I think there are a lot of misconceptions with some people that, all of a sudden, I was born when my first band came out.  I actually had a life before that, and there were a lot of accomplishments. [The book] will kind of chronicle why it is I got to where I am, and why I got to where you knew about me.”

Keenan also discussed the problem with people not paying for the music they listen to, “There’s a disconnect between people not buying music and not understanding why [bands] go away.  There are people who are like monkeys in a cage just hitting the coke button. They don’t really get that for [musicians and artists] to do these things, they have to fund them. They have to have something to pay the rent.”

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DAVE GROHL AND TAYLOR HAWKINS TO INDUCT RUSH INTO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters are set to induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 28th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in LA on April 18th, and air on HBO on May 18th. The ceremony will honor this year’s inductees: Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer; as well as Lou Adler and Quincy Jones, recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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SOUNDGARDEN FRONTMAN CHRIS CORNELL TO INDUCT HEART INTO ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will induct Heart into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 28th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in LA on April 18th, and air on HBO on May 18th. The ceremony will honor this year’s inductees: Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer; as well as Lou Adler and Quincy Jones, recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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SOUNDGARDEN, SMASHING PUMPKINS & ALICE IN CHAINS TO PERFORM AT ROCK ON THE RANGE FESTIVAL

Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and Alice In Chains have been announced for the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio. The festival will take place May 17th-May 19th. Korn, Bush, Stone Sour, and Cheap Trick will also be playing. Tickets go on sale February 1st. The Smashing Pumpkins will headline Saturday according to their Twitter, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains haven’t revealed what day they’ll be playing yet. I’m pretty sure Soundgarden won’t perform before the Pumpkins though on Saturday. It’ll be interesting to see if Billy Corgan or Chris Cornell take any pot shots at each other during their performances, since Billy has been feuding with Soundgarden since last year.

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PEARL JAM ANNOUNCE TWO NEW SHOWS IN JULY, FALL TOUR DATES COMING SOON

From PearlJam.com:

We are excited to announce two special Pearl Jam live performances to take place in London, Ontario and at Chicago’s Wrigley Field in July 2013. Both evenings will be An Evening with Pearl Jam; there will not be an opening band for either performance date.

The two show dates are:
Tues, July 16 – London, Ontario Budweiser Gardens
Fri, July 19 – Chicago, Illinois at Wrigley Field

*Fall Tour dates in the US will be announced in the coming months.

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RUMOR: PEARL JAM PLANNING TOUR FOR FALL 2013

There are rumors on Twitter that Pearl Jam are planning a stadium (possibly arena shows as well) tour in support of their new album for fall 2013. A performance at Wrigley Field in Chicago seems all but confirmed at this point, but there are rumors of other stadium shows as well including at Fenway Park in Boston and Yankee Stadium in New York. Take this all with a grain of salt, obviously. The last time Pearl Jam toured the United States was their 13 date May 2010 tour.

In November Jeff Ament told me that Pearl Jam had no plans set in stone for 2013 outside of meeting in March, but obviously things could have changed since then (or the rumors regarding non Wrigley Field shows could be BS, we sure hope not).

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DAVE GROHL CONSIDERED INTERVIEWING CHARLES MANSON FOR SOUND CITY DOCUMENTARY

According to Dave Grohl, he considered interviewing serial killer Charles Manson for his new Sound City documentary film.  Grohl told Deadline.com, “Manson recorded at Sound City and at one point we considered talking to him about music because how fucking insane would that be.  But we decided not to because we didn’t want it to take over the beautiful message of the movie — but we considered it.”

Manson recorded some demos in the 60’s at Sound City before he and his cult’s killing spree, which culminated in the murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and her friends on August 9, 1969.  Trent Reznor infamously lived in the house of the Tate murder for 18 months while writing and recording Nine Inch Nails’ iconic 1994 album The Downward Spiral.