MIKE MCCREADY & BARRETT MARTIN REVEAL THE ORIGINAL PLAN FOR MAD SEASON’S SECOND ALBUM ‘DISINFORMATION’

In a new interview with Billboard, Mike McCready and Barrett Martin discussed the original plan for Mad Season’s second album Disinformation. They said that they began work on the album in 1996 but Layne Staley and John Baker Saunders became increasingly difficult to get ahold of.

McCready discussed one of the new songs on the reissue, “‘Slip Away,’ which I wrote, was kind of my feeling at the time how [Mad Season] was slipping away,” McCready says. “The guitar solo at the end of that, you can hear the pain that’s in that. That’s my pain of how this whole thing was all falling apart when Baker and Layne were dying… Mark put lyrics to that and they mean something different now… but I’m getting a little deep in to what the lead is. You’ll listen to it and you’ll hear pain.”

McCready also discussed getting Mark Lanegan involved with the process, “The original plan when we were working on that second record was that Mark was going to be much more involved in co-writing songs and this is what Layne wanted,” Martin says. When the reissue idea surfaced, “we sent him all 17 basic tracks… I said, ‘here’s what we have, is there anything on there you felt compelled to write some lyrics and sing on. And he picked three! More than we expected.”

Barrett Martin said, “I don’t want to speak for Mark, because they’re his words, but it’s his tribute to Layne and Baker. He knew those guys very well. He was one of Layne’s best friends.”

SMASHING PUMPKINS CONFIRM MORE SOUTHERN US TOUR DATES

Crestfallen has given us the latest confirmed tour dates for the Smashing Pumpkins:

April 29th:  Melbourne, FL @ King Center for the Performing Arts
May 2nd: St Augustine, FL @ St Augustine Amphitheatre
May 7th:  Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre
May 8th: Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Amphitheatre
May 14th: Dallas, TX @ Palladium

The Pumpkins have also announced that they will be headlining a Tenneesse music festival via their Facebook page saying the following:

The Smashing Pumpkins to headline the Beale Street Music Festival. Tickets and info at: www.memphisinmay.org/musicfestival

GARBAGE ANNOUNCE MEXICO TOUR DATES

Garbage have announced the following via their Facebook page:

That’s right…we are coming to Mexico!

On April 16th, we will be coming to Monterrey to play at the Arena Monterrey.
Tickets will be available to the public on March 6th at 10am local time: http://www.superboletos.com/perl/redirect.pl?eventoId=13059
There will also be a bank pre-sale from March 3rd to March 5th.

On April 18th, we will be playing in Mexico City at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.
Tickets will go on sale on March 3rd at 10am local time at http://www.superboletos.com/perl/redirect.pl?eventoId=13087

Can’t wait to see you all there!