ADRIAN BELEW DISCUSSES JOINING NINE INCH NAILS AS NEW GUITARIST

From Adrian Belew’s blog:

today it is being announced at last. something I’ve been wanted to tell you for a month now: I’ve been asked to be the guitarist for nine inch nails! we are going on an extensive world tour, reaching places even I have never been!

I’ll be moving (temporarily) to LA in may for 3 months of rehearsals after which the tour begins. that’s about as much as I know for sure for now. daniel rowland will be assisting me on the tour which should allow us some time to continue our third year of making my new solo project.

GARBAGE ANNOUNCES THAT TOURING BASSIST ERIC AVERY IS LEAVING THE BAND

From Garbage.com:

By now we’re sure you’ve heard that Mr. Eric Avery has been invited to join ranks with NIN on their recently announced world tour, and will therefore be leaving us as our resident touring bass player at the end of our upcoming North American dates. As sad as we are to see Eric go, we are all incredibly excited for him. We think the world of NIN and we think the world of Eric.

HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS ANNOUNCE COACHELLA WARM UP SHOW


The following was tweeted by Trent Reznor’s musical group: “How to Destroy Angels:

HTDA ‏@destroyangels
Looks like @goldenvoice has announced our pre-Coachella show: April 10th at the Fox Theater, Pomona, CA. pic.twitter.com/Nfksi2fsvv

And also:

HTDA ‏@destroyangels
The Pomona show will have a presale like the others. Details to follow. This is the LAST tour date we are adding for the foreseeable future.

NINE INCH NAILS WILL REPORTEDLY HEADLINE LOLLAPALOOZA

Nine Inch Nails will perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago this summer, according to Billboard. Trent Reznor announced today that Nine Inch Nails are back and will be touring this summer/fall and in 2014. The new NIN lineup will consist of Trent Reznor, Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, and Ilan Rubin. It could be pretty awkward if Lollapalooza co-founder Perry Farrell has any run ins with Avery, his ex-Jane’s Addiction bandmate. Nine Inch Nails and the original Jane’s Addiction lineup toured in 2009. Reznor also produced the recording sessions for the unreleased Jane’s Addiction song “Embrace the Darkness.” The sessions with Reznor were full of tension between Farrell and Avery, but Avery and Reznor became friends. Avery quit Jane’s Addiction following the band’s 2009/2010 tour dates.

TRENT REZNOR ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF NINE INCH NAILS, EXTENSIVE TOURING PLANNED

Trent Reznor has released the following statement:

Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.

I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.

TR

SOUNDGARDEN ADD SECOND TOUR LEG

Can’t get enough Soundgarden? Luckily, the band just announced a second tour leg.

May 3: Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata
May 4: Washington, DC @ DC101 Chili Cookoff – RFK Stadium
May 5: Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion – Rockingham Speedway
May 7: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 8: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 10: Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace
May 11: Indianapolis, IN @ WRZX X103 Mayday Event – Klipsch Music Center
May 12: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors
May 14: West Long Branch, NJ @ The MAC at Monmouth University
May 15: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 17: Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale
May 18: Camden, NJ @ MMR-B-Q – Susquehanna Bank Center
May 19: Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range Festival – Columbus Crew Stadium
May 21: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
May 22: Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
May 24: Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
May 25: Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
May 26: Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
May 28: Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center

Presale tickets are on sale tomorrow through the band’s fan club. Source

BILLY CORGAN DISCUSSES HOW MEETING A BUDDHIST MONK HELPED LEAD HIM TO GOD

In a new interview with Shambhala Sunspace, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed his spirituality.  Here is an excerpt:

A Rolling Stone article about the life and death of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch made a fleeting reference to the presence of Buddhist monks at the Tibetan Freedom Concerts (organized by Yauch, and played by the Smashing Pumpkins and others) having an impact on you, pulling you from the brink of suicidal depression. What was it about them?

“There was one monk, sort of the head guy. He and I started having these daily conversations. He would call me aside and say, with a very happy, smiley face, “Why do you look so miserable?” I would complain about whatever was on my mind—the crowds, the band, the hazards of success—and he would laugh and say, “You know, it doesn’t have to be this way.” He never preached or tried to convert me to Buddhism or anything like that. He was, like a good teacher would, creating some curiosity.

Being raised a Catholic, I grew up with Jesus, but I recognized that there was more than one teacher. That monk lit the path for me; suddenly Jesus made more sense, and Eastern modality made more sense. It all started with those daily talks about just trying to be a little more conscious in my life and how I was creating my own misery.”

SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL BOSS SAYS GARBAGE “REFUSED” SCHEDULING ALTERNATIVE FOR CANCELLED GIG

Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah is saying that Garbage are to blame for not being able to salvage their gig performance in what is the latest update on the Garbage/Soundwave festival saga. Taking questions on Twitter from angry and disappointed fans, Maddah was asked the following:

aaron ‏@aaronnnx @ikiriki I don’t get why @iamnotshouting count get them to play on another stage at 10 and have them same time as paramore

To which Maddah replied: AJ ‏@iamnotshouting @aaronnnx @ikiriki we offered. They refused.

Garbage have offered to address the issue & have offered condolences to their fans.

SETLIST FROM LAST NIGHT’S GARBAGE’S PERFORMANCE AT SOUNDWAVE BRISBANE 2013 FESTIVAL

Setlist:
1. Supervixen
2. I Think I’m Paranoid
3. Stupid Girl
4. Why Do You Love Me
5. Control
6. Cherry Lips
7. Battle in Me
8. Only Happy When It Rains
9. When I Grow Up
10. Push It
11. Vow

Note: This should not be confused with the recently cancelled Soundwave Sydney gig. Garbage have announced that details about their cancelled Soundwave Sydney performance will be released tomorrow.

JAMES IHA: “BILLY CORGAN SOUNDS A LITTLE ANGRY AND BITTER”

Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha gave his thoughts on Billy Corgan ripping him in the press in a new interview with Blitz, “There was a lot of drama in the band, and I had a habit of dismissing drama as just drama, so it doesn’t surprise me because he’s been doing it for awhile. He sounds a little angry and bitter, so I hope he’s able to get past it, because it’s been awhile [laughs].”

Corgan has trashed Iha in the last few years, calling him a “piece of shit” and “one of the worst human beings I’ve ever met in my life.” BillCo also said, “James Iha should feel alone.” Corgan and Iha have not seen or spoken to each other since 2001.

DAVE GROHL: ‘MAKING A NEW SONG WITH MCCARTNEY & NIRVANA WAS ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE’

Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl yet again discussed the Nirvana/Paul McCartney collaboration in a new inerview with GQ, “I asked if [Paul McCartney] would record a song for the Sound City movie and when he said yes I immediately called Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear from Nirvana and said ‘You guys! We’ve got to record a song with Paul! Can you imagine?’. The three of us having not recorded together with me on drums, Krist on bass and Pat on guitar since Nirvana. I thought this will be such a perfect way to do something exciting. So Paul showed up, Krist and Pat had never met him so of course they were terrified. We started jamming and within an hour it had turned into a song. Within two hours we had an arrangement. Within three hours we had a track recorded with vocals. It was a quick afternoon in the studio – very informal, no assistants, managers, helicopters, fireworks. The fact we were doing with that with Paul kept Krist, Pat and I from looking at each other and realizing that, as former members of Nirvana, this hadn’t happened in 20 years. We were halfway through the day and I looked over at Krist who was bouncing around like he usually does and looked at Pat and he was smiling and beating the shit out of his guitar – wow, it looked like Nirvana. It was a life moment for me. I think maybe people see bands and musicians as some sort of superhero unrealistic sport that happens in another dimension where it’s not real people and not real emotions. So, I grew up listening to Beatles records on my floor. That’s how I learned how to play guitar. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be a musician. To be as the same room making a new song with him, with my friends, with Nirvana, recording it on the board that’s responsible for Nevermind is without a doubt one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. It was way beyond a download or a CD or a video. It was so huge for me that fortunately it’s been documented.


Paul McCartney Feat. Nirvana – Cut Me Some… by IdolxMuzic

NICOLE FIORENTINO DISCUSSES UPCOMING COLD & LOVELY EP

In a recent interview with Crestfallen – Smashing Pumpkins bassist Nicole Fiorentino discusses her band’s (The Cold & Lovely’s) newest & upcoming EP. Here are some highlights from the interview:

On the number of tracks considered for the EP:

“We didn’t really consider it much. it just sort of happened. I had some time off from Pumpkins, so we thought we’d take advantage by getting into the studio while I was around. the original plan was to do another full length but once we got in there and recorded 5 quality songs we just decided to make an e.p. instead of waiting until the next time i was available to record 5 more for a full length. at this point there are enough songs to make a full length, just not enough time together as a band to actually record it! so we figured we’d just do an e.p. for now and record the rest of them whenever we get a chance. I think with the last record we developed a good following and we just want to keep the ball rolling and make our music available asap to people.”

On when we can expect the EP to be made for sale:

“I am off into Pumpkinland in about a week, so Meg is taking this thing on by herself again. it’s her top priority so we are guessing somewhere a long the lines of late spring. we’d like to get it out as soon as we can because we are really proud of the songs and want so badly to share them with everyone!”

For the full interview with Nicole Fiorentino click here