SETLIST FROM SMASHING PUMPKINS’ SHOW LAST NIGHT IN MELBOURNE, FLORIDA

Setlist:
Where Boys Fear to Tread
Zero
Starz
Rhinoceros
Rocket
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
X.Y.U.
Disarm
Tonite Reprise
Tonight, Tonight
Oceania
Violet Rays
Quasar
The Chimera
One Diamond, One Heart
Pinwheels
The Celestials
Pale Horse
Ava Adore
Cherub Rock
Stand Inside Your Love
I of the Mourning
United States (Altered version)

Encore:
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans

BUSH TO PLAY Q87.7 PIQNIQ FESTIVAL IN TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS

Bush are one of many acts confirmed for the upcoming Q8.87 PIQNIQ festival which takes place at the First Midwest Band Amphitheatre on June 29th in Tinley Park, Illinois. The band has received second billing for the festival while the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were confirmed as the headlining act. The full line up can be viewed below and more information, including how to purchase tickets can be found here.

STONE GOSSARD SAYS NEW PEARL JAM ALBUM IS “ALMOST DONE”

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard discussed Pearl Jam’s upcoming new album in a new interview with GuerrillaCandy.com:

“It’s almost done and as far as what it sounds like, it sounds like Pearl Jam. You’re going to hear some rock songs and you’re going to hear some quiet songs and you’ll hear some songs in between. That’s all I can really say about it because we aren’t talking about it yet so it doesn’t make much sense for me to say anything.”

TOM MORELLO, FLEA AND BILLY CORGAN SHOW SUPPORT FOR NBA PLAYER JASON COLLINS COMING OUT

Tom Morello, Flea and Billy Corgan all tweeted support yesterday for NBA player Jason Collins. Collins, in a recent article in Sports Illustrated became the first active male athlete in any major professional American sport (NHL/NBA/NFL/MLB) to come out and announce being openly gay.

Here are the following tweets:

Tom Morello ‏@tmorello
Jason Collins makes history. Thanks for ur courage. Cmon out NBA/NFL/NHL/MLB!

Tom Morello ‏@tmorello
“@shajoasoto: Saying your gay = making history?” 1st pro 2 come out in country slowly emerging from anti-gay predjudice & hate, yes HISTORY

RHCP bassist Flea sent the following series of tweets:

Flea ‏@flea333
I love my gay brothers and sisters

Flea Flea ‏@flea333
I hope all the other gay nba players come out that would be so great

Flea Flea ‏@flea333
Right on jason Collins

Meanwhile Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan said the following:

Billy Corgan ‏@Billy
I appreciate this man’s courage http://m.si.com/2854664/an-nba-player-comes-out/

Collins has also gathered support from other celebrities including Larry King,  Josh Groban, Charlie Sheen and even Former president Bill Clinton

For those interested you can follow Billy Corgan at @Billy, Flea over at @Flea333 and Tom Morello at @TMorello. Jason Collins can be followed over at @JasonCollins34

AlternativeNation.net’s Review Of The Melvins’ “Everybody Loves Sausages”

The Melvins, the famed four-piece consisting of Buzz Osbourne, Dale Crover, Jared Wilson, and Coady Willis have influenced so many great bands covered on this site, and now the band is showcasing its own influences on new cover album called Everybody Loves Sausages. This 13-track disc is stuffed with guest musicians, not only past Melvins bassists Kevin Rutmanis and Trevor Dunn, but also Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys and Mark Arm of Mudhoney, to name a few. Everybody Loves Sausages officially is released tomorrow, but GrungeReport has the early scoop tonight.

The album begins with a version of Venom’s “Warhead”, which also features Neurosis’ Scott Kelly. It’s the type of attention-grabbing metal tune that you’d expect, and is dragging, heavy and boasts that nice garage rock quality. Next is a cover of Queen’s “[You’re My] Best Friend” with Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird. Musically, its electronic, video game-esque keyboard makes it cutesy and quaint. The guitar solo is pretty enigmatic, and stands out.

The “Black Betty” cover unabashedly rocks along at blistering speed, and is a brilliant, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment. “Set It On Fire”, originally done by the Scientists, features Arm taking over the host of the vocal duties in this simplistic punk rock piece. The rendition of “Station to Station” by David Bowie, with J.G. Thirwell along for the ride, is hands down the lengthiest track on the album, but spends plenty of that time wisely setting up an atmospheric space of guitar feedback and noodling. Once the track finally gets underway, the main guitar riff is hypnotizing, as is the deep growl and drone of Osbourne’s voice.

Next up is a version of “Attitude”, originally done by the Kinks, and this time featuring Blondie’s Clem Burke. This is another punk track with an almost shoddy, grainy quality to further emphasis its credibility. It explodes through quickly and is a great throwback. In a change of pace comes “Female Trouble”, performed originally by Divine. This jazzy piece is bass and percussion heavy, with Osbourne’s voice affected and a faint growl through until the end.

“Carpe Diem”, a reimagining of the Fugs’ original, continues on the mostly lighthearted track, with feather-soft verses that play in fantastic contrast to the heavier portions that Osbourne contributes, and gloomy lyrics that offset the general upbeat nature of the song. Another heartbeat-quick moment is “Timothy Leary Lives”, originally performed by Pop-O-Pies. This punk tune blazes by in just two minutes.

Also a stunning standout is the lengthy powerhouse that is Roxy Music’s “In Every Dream Home a Heartache”, which features Rutmanis and Jello Biafra. Biafra’s sparse and distinct vocals add punchy emphasis against the mesmerizing keyboard strain. When the guitars cut in, this one really takes off, adding a whole new dimensional layer to its eerie beauty, eventually giving way to a spacey drone. A rendition of Tales of Terror’s “Romance” comes next, and is a grungy, fuzzy dirge.

“Art School”, originally done by the Jam but now featuring Halo of Flies’ Tom Hazelmyer with the Melvins, is pure and perfect punk. Hazelmyer’s accented voice adds a nice blend against Osbourne’s, and the blurry guitars are a highlight as well. The last cover, “Heathen Earth” by Throbbing Gristle, is very much industrial or techno-inspired, a complete instrumental that lurches slowly and infectiously to wrap up these 13 tracks.

Everybody Loves Sausages is a fun collection of favorites from the Melvins that will grow on you as well. The list of guest musicians both inside and outside of the band gives the album a compilation quality. The renditions are mostly note-perfect and don’t deviate a ton from the originals, but it’s still a treat to hear the legendary Melvins put its stamp on them.

Rating: 5/5

DINOSAUR JR TO PLAY ATP END OF AN ERA PART 1 UK FESTIVAL

Dinosaur Jr. will be one of many acts to play the upcoming ATP End of An Era part 1 festival located at Camber Sands in East Sussex, England. The festival takes place from November 22nd until November 24th. Also playing at the festival will be Thurston Moore’s latest band – Chelsea Light Moving. More information on the upcoming festival can be found through their official Facebook & website.

DANNY CAREY SAYS TOOL ARE STILL WRITING NEW ALBUM AND WAITING ON MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN

Tool drummer Danny Carey discussed Tool’s currently in the works new album in an interview with RipItUp. Below are a couple of excerpts from the interview.

On the progress of the “Laterus” of the new album: “really good. I mean we’re still – believe it or not! – still working on it [laughter] – it’s like an ever-evolving thing, it’s probably going to turn into a thing that’s like, uh, a big trilogy type of feel to it, sort of life, just like Disposition and Intension and Triad, like on the Lateralus record or something. It will probably be over a 20-minute piece when it’s all finished, so it will be a good part of the record. We’re dealing with it in sections, but it’s coming together really well, we’re having lots of fun working on it, that’s for sure.”

On the new album’s themes: “Um, you know not in particular at this point. I mean Maynard deals with the lyrical content, when he comes in and does more of his treatment. He’s been pretty busy with his wine and other projects lately, but right now it’s just Justin and Adam and I working on things and uh, you know, little bits and pieces, lots of musical things, I’ve been playing lots of fusiony and jazz stuff lately with a band called Volto! and playing with some old jazz cats at the Baked Potato here in town, it’s like a famous jazz club here. I’ve been trying to get lots of new musical input into my system so I can have new influences popping out in that way, more than in a lyrical way.”

MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN DISCUSSES BALANCING TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER & WINEMAKING

Maynard James Keenan discussed balancing his three bands (Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer) with his winemaking business in a new interview with RipItUp, “Well with the wine – it’s attached – it’s basically part of my house. And it’s just my wife and I that work it. We have a neighbor friend of ours that cleans up after me, but for the most part, the wine making, the cellar work… it’s close to home, so when I am working on any kind of music in terms of writing and recording, especially with Puscifer it’s right here… and then I pop over to LA and pop into a studio or a friends space over there: it’s easy to keep your head straight in that respect. When it comes to writing with Tool and A Perfect Circle it’s a whole different process and, uh, that requires a whole different set of patience.”

SMASHING PUMPKINS WORKING ON NEW MIX OF MACHINA FOR FUTURE REISSUE

Crestfallen.com is reporting that Billy Corgan is working on a fresh mix of the Smashing Pumpkins albums MACHINAS I and II, originally released in 2000. This is presumably for the future MACHINA reissue, where Billy Corgan plans to release MACHINA as the double album he originally intended it to be, with a new tracklisting order. The Pumpkins are still a few reissues away from MACHINA though.

SCOTT LUCAS AND THE MARRIED MEN ANNOUNCE TOUR DATE CANCELLATION

Scott Lucas has announced through Local H’s official Facebook page Facebook page that tonight’s show in Buffalo will be cancelled. The following message was posted yesterday:

“For reasons we don’t quite understand – the Scott Lucas & The Married Men show tomorrow night in Buffalo is cancelled. Sorry. Looks like a night off – unless anyone has any bright ideas.”

JOSH HOMME SAYS MANY OF DAVE GROHL’S MUSICAL IDEAS START AS JOKES

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme discussed recording with Dave Grohl in a new interview with BBC 6 Music, “We laugh the whole time. Dave will play something as a joke that’s ridiculous, something shouldn’t be put in the song. And just to make it funny, I’ll take it and say ‘No no no, you’re going to do that exact thing, but for a minute and a half … musically that translates really well sometimes.”

Homme also said that the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner who appears on the new Queens of the Stone Age album, “one of the most talented songwriters and lyric writers that is out there.

PEARL JAM RUMORED TO PLAY SHOWS IN SEATTLE

There are rumors on the PearlJam.com forums that Pearl Jam will perform in Seattle at the Key Arena on December 6th and 7th. Two members (primussucks and LEBERT19) have posted the rumor, with one of them claiming they heard it from “a certain guitar player” at a Mariners game. Obviously this is a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. Pearl Jam are rumored to be planning a tour and new album release for this fall. The band are playing at Wrigley Field in Chicago in July.

BILLY CORGAN DENIES THAT HE IS A CONTROL FREAK, JEFF SCHROEDER SAYS CREATING NEW SMASHING PUMPKINS SONGS IS COLLABORATIVE

In a new interview with Guitar Center magazine, Smashing Pumpkins members Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder discuss the band’s current recording/writing process:

Corgan said, “There was this constant critique that hung in the air from 2007 to 2010, which was, ‘Billy’s lost his mind. Billy won’t let other people play in the sandbox. He’s a control freak.’ And then when Oceania came out, it all stopped- because they heard these three people on the record.”

Schroeder added, “I think people have the wrong impression of how the band works. They think that we go in, and [Corgan] goes, ‘Play this, play this, play this.’ We spend hours and hours just exploring and playing and looking for excitement. It’s a total dialog.”

SCOTT WEILAND’S FORMER SUPERGROUP THE WONDERGIRLS REUNITES WITHOUT HIM FOR IRON MAN 3 SOUNDTRACK

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland apparently has another band that is choosing to move on without him, his short lived late 90’s supergroup the Wondergirls. The Wondergirls recorded two songs in 1999 for a Celebrity Deathmatch soundtrack: Drop That Baby and Let’s Go All The Way. The group originally featured Weiland, Mark McGrath, Ian Astbury, Jay Gordon, Martyn LeNoble, Shannon Leto, Ashley Hamilton, and others. The group have recorded a new version of “Let’s Go All The Way” for the new Iron Man 3 soundtrack, the new version of the track features Robbie Williams.