Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm was asked in a recent interview with MyNorthwest.com if he is bitter that Mudhoney haven’t had the same commercial success as fellow Seattle bands Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Arm responded, “Not at all. These are all old good friends of mine and I’ve always been nothing but happy for their success.” Arm also said there’s a reason Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard went off and did their own thing after Green River, “There’s a reason that Green River split up. They’re making their own way doing their own their music and we’re totally content in our little world making our own music.”
1. Monarchy of Roses
2. Dani California
4. Look Around
5. Can’t Stop
6. Snow ((Hey Oh))
7. Hollywood (Africa) – (The Meters cover/tease)
8. Throw Away Your Television (Bass Intro)
9. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
10. Right on Time
11. Parallel Universe
12. Under the Bridge (I Could Die For You tease)
14. Suck My Kiss
16. By the Way
17. Chad & Mauro & Josh Jam
18. The Power of Equality
19. Soul to Squeeze
20. Give It Away
1. Been Away Too Long
2. My Wave
3. Worse Dreams
4. Jesus Christ Pose
6. By Crooked Steps
10. Non-State Actor
11. Get on the Snake
12. Loud Love
13. Ugly Truth
14. Blow Up the Outside World
15. Fell on Black Days
16. Drawing Flies
17. Hunted Down
18. Live to Rise
19. Tighter & Tighter
20. Big Dumb Sex
21. Hands All OVer
22. Bones of Birds
23. Rusty Cage
24. Black Hole Sun
25. Let Me Drown
27. Beyond the Wheel
This is the longest I’ve ever waited to post a review, usually I post them the night I attend a show, but Thursday’s show at the Hollywood Palladium didn’t end until 1AM. At 3 and a half hours, the Sound City Players show was the longest headlining performance I’ve ever seen. I arrived in Hollywood at 5PM (narrowly beating LA traffic) and after a 3 hour wait I entered the venue. The age demographic was varied, there were people in their 20’s like me but also some in their 30’s and 40’s. Saw several Nirvana shirts (I was wearing one as well), one guy said that he saw the band several times back in the day.
The show kicked off at 9:30PM with a set featuring Eleven’s Alain Johannes after a clip of him speaking in the Sound City documentary was played. Clips aired throughout the night from the Sound City film to introduce performers. Johannes should be a familiar name to GrungeReport.net readers, he used to be in Queens of the Stone Age and has also worked with Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, and Mark Lanegan. Grohl and Johannes did their best to fill in vocally for Mark Lanegan in a high octane performance of Queens of the Stone Age’s 2002 classic “Hangin Tree.” The Johannes set featured Dave Grohl playing bass, something I never thought I’d see live. Chris Goss and Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk’s performance with Grohl and company gave me a new appreciation for Wilk’s drumming. Pat Smear and Fear frontman Lee Ving came on stage to infuse some punk rock into the show. The energy level really picked up here, it was great to see Pat Smear in his punk rock element. Dave Grohl also played a set with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
One of the highlight’s of the night was the surviving members of Nirvana performing with Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor. They performed some Cheap Trick songs and a new track from the Sound City soundtrack. I was right in front of Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear for the performance, and it was a dream come true to see the surviving members of Nirvana perform together. You could sense that the musical connection between Grohl and Novoselic was still as dynamic as ever, it was truly surreal and something I never thought I’d get to see. Novoselic is a very charismatic bass player live, he did some slight dancing before one song and moved around quite a bit. While I was mostly focused on the Nirvana guys, Rick Nielsen was great as usual and even Corey Taylor surprised me. “Surrender” was one of my favorite performances of the night, and it was a great way to cap off the Corey Taylor/Rick Nielsen/Nirvana set.
Rick Springfield performed next with Foo Fighters as his backing band. This was great, I had not really listened to too much Rick Springfield outside of his hits tonight but he definitely won me over. Dave Grohl seemed to have the most fun during this performance. Springfield brought tons of energy, even throwing his guitar in the air a few times. Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty also brought it live performing several of his hits, he introduced “Fortunate Son” as a new track they had recorded for the Sound City film. Fogerty praised Grohl, saying that everybody performing had Sound City in common but the other thing they had in common was that they all loved Dave.
Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks was the final performer of the night. What a voice, “Landslide” was right up there with “Surrender” as the highlight of the night for me. For “Landslide” it was just Dave on acoustic guitar and Stevie singing. Dave just seemed awestruck during the performance. “Gold Dust Woman” closed the show after 3 and a half hours, with Grohl and Nicks embracing before exiting the stage. This was one of the most enjoyable and unique concerts I’ve ever been to, it’s not too often that you get to see such a wide array of rock legends performing together.
A few of the photos of the Nirvana guys showed up sideways, so here they are.
Here is an excerpt from Billy Corgan’s comments about The Who from Relix Magazine:
I remember when I was little, listening to a 7” of “Pinball Wizard” my cousin had and loving the guitar. The thing that sticks out in my mind about the first time I heard “Pinball Wizard” was how different it sounded than all the other bands at the time. It was powerful but it wasn’t like what you were used to hearing. Even now, The Who’s music strikes me as distinctive. The language and the way they play together are so unique.
My relationship with The Who, in a personal way—where the music meant something to me personally—took time. I never had that personal connection until I was about 18, when I got Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy.
If you listen to Pete Townshend’s songs without the band—lately, I’ve been listening to the Quadrophenia demos—the music is not as rugged or aggressive. There’s something about Pete’s introspective songwriting meeting the street thuggery of the band that, to a young a man, you identify with its fighting spirit.
It’s an existential identification as opposed to say the punk ethos of the Sex Pistols. The Sex Pistols, to me, sounded like fighting music. The Who sounded like “I’m trapped in something and I’m not really sure what to do but I’m going to kick my way out of here” kind of music. It had a different emotional resonance to it: the lyrics, the feelings and even the different periods of the band.
Even in their poppy, ‘60s incarnation, The Who weren’t cuddly. There was a smirking, snotty punk thing. To an accommodating class—rock and roll has become about accommodation more than anything else—the message is too complex; the history is too non-linear.
I’ve often said that, in many ways, The Who was probably the closest blueprint to my band, The Smashing Pumpkins, as far as an introspective singer/songwriter finds aggressive, ever-melting-down rock vehicle to perpetrate his wares. I identified with The Who even more so when I was in the Pumpkins in the ‘90s [with the original lineup] because I felt like I understood what Pete was expressing interpersonally about what he was going through as a person and his experience in a band that couldn’t be controlled.
The following comes from Garbage’s official Facebook page:
I went to the premier of Sound City at the Arclight last night, and it is AMAZING! I have not seen a final edit until last night, and it’s really inspiring, not just for musicians and music nerds, but for anyone interested in the creative process. Kudos to Dave Grohl, he really touched on some powerful themes in the film, but it’s also entertaining…and it ROCKS!
If you get the chance, go see it in a theater!
Afterwards the Sound City Players rocked the Palladium, many amazing performances, ending with Stevie Nicks, who brought the friggin’ house down! EPIC!
Video of Tool drummer Danny Carey recently jamming with South Park’s Matt Stone, The Police’s Stewart Copeland, and Primus’ Larry Lalonde.
Lanegan’s newest collaboration features Duke Garwood, who has been described in the UK as “spiritual cousin across the Atlantic waters.” Lanegan, whose other collaborators include Isobel Campbell and Greg Dulli, has called Garwood “one of [his] all time favorite artists” and stated that “working with him has been one of the best experiences of my recording life.”
“Black Pudding” will be released via Ipecac Recordings, and was recorded at Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, California. The album was mixed by Alain Johannes.
Black Pudding track listing:
1. Black Pudding
3. War Memorial
6. Last Rung
8. Death Rides a White Horse
9. Thank You
10. Cold Molly
11. Shade of the Sun
12. Manchester Special
Carolina Rebellion, the weekend-long festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be boasting two major headlining bands this year: Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. On Saturday, May 4th, Alice in Chains will be fronting a lineup that also includes Limp Bizkit, Deftones, and the Sick Puppies, while on Sunday, May 5th, Soundgarden headlines on a day where Rise Against and Bush will also be playing.
Tickets to the festival go on sale next Friday, February 8th, at 10 am. Source
In a new Rolling Stone article, it was revealed that Pearl Jam recently met with Brendan O’Brien regarding their new album. Ament also said this regarding RNDM and Pearl Jam, “There’s a lot of ideas kind of floating around right now,” says Ament. “I mean, the cool thing about taking a year away from [Pearl Jam] is, you know, we could almost start from scratch and it wouldn’t really be that big of a deal, you know? I hope it comes out this year at some point. But, if it doesn’t, we have another RNDM record ready. If RNDM’s my band for the next year, I’m stoked.”
Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil discussed Soundgarden’s recent performance at President Obama’s inaugural ball in a new interview with The Pulse of Radio, “We were the last act of the night. There were definitely many people making for the exits when we started playing, because we are loud and aggressive and people in their high heels and their ball gowns probably went to some other function and realized that their evening was over. But there was probably a number of hundred to a thousand that were definitely loosening up their collars and bowties and getting into us.”
Dave Grohl revealed in a new interview with the Nerdist that Sound City Players are planning shows in New York, London, Berlin, Sydney, and South By Southwest.
Sound City Players debuted live in Park City, Utah two weeks ago and played their second show in Los Angeles last night. I was there, it was great. Got home very late, I’ll have up a review and photos later today.
In a recent interview with imvdb Scott Jacobson – the director of Dinosaur Jr’s “Pierce the Morning Rain” video dicusses how Henry Rollins ended up to be in the video saying the following:
“I knew Henry Rollins was a fan. He’s a huge fan of Dinosaur Jr. and a big supporter. I don’t think that fantasy would have been nearly as fun or would have made sense with anybody but him. I have no connection to him. I mentioned to Jagjaguwar that I wanted to involve Henry Rollins and they were just like, “Great!” and they forwarded it along to J. Mascis and I never heard back. They were touring. I just went ahead and contacted Henry myself just through his website and I got an almost immediate reply back from him just saying anytime, anywhere, he would do it. He could not have been cooler. That was one of the definite highlights of making the video, meeting him. It’s no surprise that he’s just a natural raconteur. When I first showed up to set, he had been there for a half an hour already. You would swear that he had been in the military or was just out of the military. He keeps that rigorous schedule and he was there more than on time. He had his coffee and he was sitting, like he was in the video, with that ramrod posture. He turned to me, does that look – the Henry Rollins glare. I couldn’t tell then that he had a sense of humor. As soon as he got on set, he was really funny and telling great stories and really, really helpful. He was awesome.”