SCOTT LUCAS ISSUES UPDATE TO FANS AFTER MUGGING IN RUSSIA

Local H’s Scott Lucas issued the following update to his fans and supporters via the band’s Facebook following the Lucas’ heinous mugging in Russia:

“We just want to say thanks for all the good wishes and generally excellent things you’ve all been posting. I, for one, have been bowled over by the reaction. And in that spirit we’d like to announce that this Saturday’s show in Rosemont, IL – as well as the entire west coast leg of the tour – is definitely ON!

Had some good news today : I saw my third doctor and the possibility of surgery has finally been ruled out. My vocal cords are definitely not disjointed and the medication I’ve been taking seems to be doing the trick. When they forced the last camera I ever want down my nose today – I could see how much better (and how much stronger) everything looked than it did last week. It was gross, but it was a major relief. It’s been a very frustrating month, but last week was pretty fucking scary. I had a lot of help – and you all know who you are. Not to sound like a drama king, but I also really want to thank my doctors and MusiCares over at the Grammys – they’re the bee’s knees, goddammit (I think it’s safe to assume THAT will be the last time I make a Grammys acceptance speech).

And, once again – thanks to all of you. We asked for your patience and support – and what we got was so much more. Thanks for all the messages. Thanks for the concern. And thanks for the inspiration. I’ll never forget it.

So let’s go. I’m not suggesting that I’m completely out of the woods – and I’ll be continuing the medication and doing everything I can to make my voice stronger. All I’m suggesting is, “Let’s ROCK!”……..cautiously – but we WILL see you out there.”

Local H  will also play out their currently confirmed 2013 tour dates. Those dates are the following:

3/30 – Rosemont, IL @ Montrose Room
4/04 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
4/05 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
4/08 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
4/09 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
4/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
4/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
4/16 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/17 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE’S NEW ALBUM “PERFECTED” FROM CHRIS CORNELL’S SCREAM

Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and Timbaland were the duo that helped with with Justin Timberlake on his new album The 20/20 Experience. Another effort that those two collaborated on? Chris Cornell’s Scream, back in 2009.

It’s no secret that Scream led to Cornell taking a lot of flak, which is all but forgotten since the Soundgarden reunion in 2010. According to Harmon though, such a reaction was expected.

“That’s exactly what we predicted, that the people who didn’t get the Chris Cornell project would see the connection. We went over some of the mistakes that we did and corrected them. We just had to make sure we had the next project perfected,” he said.

Therefore, from what Harmon is saying, it seems safe to assume that Scream was a type of prototype for what Timberlake’s album eventually would be. Elaborates Harmon: “That’s where it started — connected everything together.” Source

SCOTT WEILAND SHOWS UP OVER AN HOUR LATE FOR SHOW WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN DALLAS, TEXAS

Here are some fan reviews commented on the BelowEmpty.com forums regarding Scott Weiland’s performance Wednesday night in Dallas, Texas:

TemplePilot commented the following review:

“He was slightly over an hour late.  People were yelling and booing and throwing shit on stage.  When he finally showed up he gave the most disingenuous 5 second apology.  Basically, I would like to apologize to you all…and to the Wildabouts! with this little shit eating smirk on his face.  Looks at all the band members, none amused, none said a word.  They looked legitimately pissed at him for the first several songs.

The show itself ranged from atrocious to tolerable.  It was a little over half full, and people were leaving left and right.  The entire balcony was almost empty by the encore, and the floor was almost gone too.

People still booed, gave thumbs downs, etc.  Scott even stopped to address it with a nonsensical Facebook tangent about how some people are going to love it and some are going to hate it, even though they were at the same show.

Setlist was standard fare from what I’ve been following.  No Naked Sunday but sub in Lounge Fly, but I think he did that the last night or two.  Didn’t stay to the end either.  Saw my first concert when I was 9 years old, this is the first one I’ve ever walked out of.

I’m not surprised or disappointed at all, since I knew full well what I was getting myself into.  Doesn’t make it less of a shit show though.

People still booed, gave thumbs downs, etc.  Scott even stopped to address it with a nonsensical Facebook tangent about how some people are going to love it and some are going to hate it, even though they were at the same show.

Setlist was standard fare from what I’ve been following.  No Naked Sunday but sub in Lounge Fly, but I think he did that the last night or two.  Didn’t stay to the end either.  Saw my first concert when I was 9 years old, this is the first one I’ve ever walked out of.

I’m not surprised or disappointed at all, since I knew full well what I was getting myself into.  Doesn’t make it less of a shit show though.”

Pjstp commented this review:

“So there were two opening bands for this show, the first one was Machina. They were awesome! They sounded a lot like Alice In Chains and their lead singer sounded quite a bit like Layne at times. They also did a killer cover of Would? Next up was Miggs. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like them, but they ended up being awesome as well. My friend caught one of their picks and we got two of their set lists.

Now we wait for Scott. And wait. And wait. Finally and hour and a half after Miggs went off The Wildabouts came on to boos. Going in ti the show I was really excited and was expecting Scott to be great, but as the wait became longer and longer my expectations lowered. They didn’t need to though because when he came out he absolutely killed it! You’ll probably read some negative stuff on twitter, but honestly those are mostly drunken idiots that never got over him being late. For example, 2 songs after they play Big Empty, a guy behind me starts getting pissed that they haven’t played Big Empty. Someone else also started yelling to play Creep after it had been played. And of course the girl near me who after about 12 beers yells “Sing clean Scott” and “You’re so out of it” and my favorite “why aren’t you dancing asshole”. Also The Wildabouts exceeded my expectations, they were actually really good. No STP, but they have improved a hell of a lot since the beginning of the tour. This was a really incredible show, better than at least 2 of the 5 STP shows I attended.

After the show I got Scott’s drummer to sign my Happy In Galsohes cd, he was really nice and said that after the tour is finished they’re heading back in to studio. I also got to meet the lead singer from Machina and got to hang out with Miggs, who are probably the nicest musicians I’ve ever met. So, all in all, incredible show.”

THE MUSIC OF THE FOO FIGHTERS TO BE PART OF UPCOMING SURFING MOVIE

The music of the Foo Fighters will be a part of the upcoming new surf movie “A Deeper Shade of Blue”. The film’s offical website describes the plot as the following:

“This is not a surf movie, it is a film about surfing’s deepest roots: in the subconscious; in ancient lore; in the craft of surfboard building; in man’s perpetual quest for a joyful relationship with the natural world. With a presentation of eleven interwoven chapters, today’s leading surfers are linked to those who came before, for a deeper appreciation of what it means to be a surfer and the soulful underlying power of modern surf culture.”

You can get tickets and more information on the film here. “A Deeper Shade of Blue” airs in theaters for one night only – tonight 3/28/2013.

JAMES IHA SAYS HE DOESN’T MISS THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

 

In this four part interview with FaceCulture James Iha discusses his first musical inspiration, A Perfect Circle, his solo career and of course the Smashing Pumpkins. Below Iha discusses his time tour with the Smashing Pumpkins and reflects his time as a member of the band.

You can watch all four parts of this in-depth interview with the former Pumpkins guitarist here

FORMER MARS VOLTA DRUMMER TO BE ADDED TO LONG LIST OF ARTISTS ON NEW QOTSA RECORD

Queens of the Stone Age recently announced a June release date for upcoming album …Like Clockwork. A slew of artists are scheduled to guest on the disc, like Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor to name a few. Now another name has been added to that growing list, former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, who has worked on the album and may even join the band on tour. Grohl and Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha wil be behind the drums at different points on the album as well. Source

MUDHONEY DISCUSS WORKING WITH CHRIS FARLEY & GARY BUSEY ON BLACK SHEEP

Mudhoney in a new interview with Seattle Weekly discussed working with Chris Farley & Gary Busey in the 1996 movie ‘Black Sheep’. Here are some excerpts:

“It would have to be Black Sheep. (In regards to the coolest pop-culture moment involving Mudhoney) We played in it and got to meet Chris Farley. It was a really weird, surreal experience. We had to mime and lip-synch the song, and there were all these people there as extras. As soon as we started, we’d forgotten these were, like, paid extras in L.A., and their job was to act like they liked what we’re doing. We ran through it, like, three times and we were like, “This is awesome! They really like us! And there’s a lot of girls here!”

“I remember waiting around for a long time during the day and talking too much with Gary Busey, who’s a little bit off his nut. He was playing a nuts Vietnam vet dressed in camouflage, so he was already in character, and he seemed so crazy. Him coming up and chit-chatting with us was both great and frightening. ”

To read the interview in it’s entirety click here

VIEW TRAILER FOR UPCOMING WRESTLING DOCUMENTARY FEATURING BILLY CORGAN

A couple of months back we reported that Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Patrick “Billy” Corgan was going to be apart of an upcoming documentary about the defunct wrestling promotion ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling.) We now have an update on the film and can say that Corgan will be 100% confirmed for Barbed Wire City: The Unauthorized ECW Documentary. The film will be avalable to own on April 20th. You can view the trailer in which Corgan makes an appearance below.

MIKE MCCREADY AND JERRY CANTRELL TO JOIN CHRIS CORNELL AT ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Alice In Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell are set to join Heart for their performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will induct Heart. The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on April 18th in Los Angeles.

Heart recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Ring Them Bells” in 1993 with the late Layne Staley, and have strong ties to the Seattle Grunge music scene. Ann Wilson also performed on songs on Alice In Chains’ 1992 EP Sap.

AlternativeNation.net’s Review Of Mudhoney’s “Vanishing Point”

Punk rock purveyors Mudhoney are one of the best in the game. This is the foursome responsible for coining the term and sound of what later became grunge. Formed in 1988 in the Seattle area, three out of the four original members are still intact, the ever-charismatic Mark Arm, lead guitarist Steve Turner, Dan Peters on the drums, and new bass guru Guy Maddison, who replaced a departing Matt Lukin (of Pearl Jam’s “Lukin” fame) in the early 2000s.

You can imagine that a band like this has logged a lot of studio time, and you’d be correct. Mudhoney’s ninth disc Vanishing Point isn’t hitting stores until April 2nd, but the album is available for some early streaming now.

Vanishing Point, a 10-song disc, begins with “Slipping Away”, which has drums so crisp you can hear every beat. The song has a very old school prevalence, whether it’s that whining guitar, the garage-rock quality of the recording, or the fact that Arm’s voice hasn’t aged a day. The band has evolved though, for where the song would have ended at the near three minute mark, it instead leaps headfirst into an impressive drum breakdown that expands into a lengthy outro jam. “I Like It Small” appeals the most during the verses, with lyrics that seem to be one big sexual euphemism.

“What to Do with the Neutral” is a dirge that features Arm’s vocals sinking to their lowest depths, giving the song an 80s feel. It’s a really stunner to be added into the band’s discography. Pure punk aggression oozes through in “Chardonnay”, which clocks in at less than two minutes.

It’s a nice bridge into “the Final Course”, a storytelling track, an area that the band has dabbled in before. Musically it’s fairly standard Mudhoney, a mid-tempo punk-rock piece. “In This Rubber Tomb” embodies the type of quirky spacey qualities that the band began incorporating in the late 2000s, as well as the shrill guitar and tribal-esque drums.

“I Don’t Remember You” is about as straightforward lyrically as the title would imply, and is augmented with some slightly cooing backing vocals during the chorus of this pretty amusing piece. Once again, this song has a timelessness that could have placed it at any point within the band’s discography.  “The Only Son of the Widow from Nain” was released as the album’s first single earlier this year, and lacks any real studio polish and wizardry and is instead a straightfoward, aural assault, proving that Mudhoney still has an axe to grind after all these years.

“Sing This Song of Joy”, is ironically joyless, and is a slower-paced knuckle-dragger. The final track is “Douchebags on Parade”, which is a bemused, smug moment with swirling, sonic guitars and plenty of Arm’s vitriol.

The legendary Mudhoney has done it again, releasing another impressive disc sure to burn into music fans’ brains. Vanishing Point is more all-encompassing than some past releases, with all sorts of elements of the group’s sound ground down and sprinkled upon these tracks. The f-you attitude so prevalent with this foursome from the beginning is still present over 20 years later, with a maturity to the songwriting process that makes for an unforgettable album.

Rating: 4/5