REVIEW & SETLIST FROM ALICE IN CHAINS’ SHOW LAST NIGHT IN MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

Thanks to Ty Stalnaker for sending in this review:

Alice In Chains put on a solidly satisfying show at Miami Beach’s Fillmore Theater. The only thing missing was most of Jerry Cantrell’s hair. “Friends don’t let friends get haircuts,” but apparently a trim is fine. Even without the guitarist’s signature mane, the assembled crowd numbered strongly and appeared eager as ever to enjoy the material, both new and old.

The one-two-three opening salvo of the first three tracks of the Dirt album began the evening, followed by Again from the self-titled album and a few others. If the band had not admitted as much, you wouldn’t guess this was the first show of the tour. Most notably with Got Me Wrong and No Excuses sounding as if the band had been on the road for weeks, if not months.

Stone and Hollow were the only entries from the new album so far, and they were met somewhat enthusiastically given that they were the least familiar songs. Would? was played earlier in the set than had been typical, but other than that the setlist was built similarly to earlier tours.

This show found Alice In Chains in strong, vigorous shape. With the benefit of some time off, the band is energized and up to the task of touring yet again.

Setlist:
Them Bones
Dam That River
Rain When I Die
Again
Check My Brain
It Ain’t Like That
Your Decision
Got Me Wrong
Hollow
Last of My Kind
Down in a Hole
Nutshell
Stone
We Die Young
Would?

Encore:
Man in the Box
No Excuses
Rooster

BILLY CORGAN DISCUSSES NEW BANDS AND DEALING WITH THE CHANGING MUSIC INDUSTRY

In a recent interview with staugustine.com Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was asked what new bands he listens to and how the band transitioned with the changing music industry. Here are some excerpts:

“For most people, I’d say it’s been very difficult because I think the most puzzling aspect is — beyond the obvious of I’m a musician and I want to make music — who you’re communicating it to or why you’re trying to communicate. In plain English, when I came into the music business there was a record label – independents and majors — and there were things like MTV, so you kind of knew what you were getting yourself into or you learned very quickly. I think the definition of what success is in 2013 is far different than it was in the mid-‘80s. If the big opportunity back in the day was a platinum record and a video on MTV, what is the equivalent of that today? I don’t think that’s an easy answer.”

” Honestly, I don’t listen to a lot of music that’s contemporary. There’s a variety of reasons for that. One is there’s just too much for me. I kind of have a hard time following the plot. And I just don’t hear as much progress in rock and roll as I once did. So rather than get frustrated or feel like I have to take a position, it’s almost better to just kind of be ignorant. I mean it’s easier to listen to [Johann Sebastian] Bach. It’s timeless. And maybe that’s my biggest critique of modern music – it somehow seems the same every year. I will literally go into a coffee shop and I can’t tell you if it was from eight years ago or it just came out because somehow Bono must have had 10,000 children and they all “wo, wo, wo” through the chorus.”

You can read the whole interview in it’s entirety here.

FILTER ARE GIVING FANS THE CHANCE TO BE IN UPCOMING “WHAT DO YOU SAY” MUSIC VIDEO

The following comes from Filter’s official band website:

“Filter is looking for extra’s from the Los Angeles, CA. area to be part of their upcoming video shoot for “What Do You Say” on May 6th. You must be in the age range of 18-65 & would need to dress to the nines in country club attire. Suit for men, formal, or summer dress for women. Cover up any tattoos, take out any piercings. Any previous acting experience is great, but not required! This is UNPAID. Food will be provided.

Please email a current picture to: filterfans@gmail.com – everyone will be contacted by Friday May 3rd.”

TOM MORELLO TALKS NEW NIGHTWATCHMAN, OTHER PROJECTS

Tom Morello was one of many to partake in the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony. Apparently, according to a recent interview, he’s so busy that he began recording as soon as the ceremony was over.

“There will be a new Nightwatchman record,” Morello said of his famous project. “I start as soon as I get home tonight.”

Morello also spoke about the future of his other project, Street Sweeper Social Club.

“I love the band. But, I got a couple of little babies, and I’ve got a lot of rock to do on my own. But there will be more Street Sweeper projects in the future.”

Morello happened to open up about  his stint with former bandmate Brad Wilk on the upcoming Black Sabbath record 13, due out in June.

“It’s gonna be awesome,” said Morello. “You take one of the most awesome bands of all time, and you add one of the most awesome drummers of all time, and you take a handsome producer like Rick Rubin… and it can’t be anything but awesome and handsome!” Source

CHRIS CORNELL AND MIKE MCCREADY DISCUSS SOUNDGARDEN AND PEARL JAM’S ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME CHANCES

Chris Cornell discussed Soundgarden’s chances of getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at least week’s induction ceremony, courtesy of The Pulse of Radio, “It bodes well for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Like, now I’m more excited. Now I feel like there’s more integrity in terms of the organization because they’re recognizing a band like Heart, a band like Public Enemy, a band like Rush, which is one of my favorite bands of all time. So it makes me more excited about the possibility of my future induction if it happens, because now I believe in it a little bit more after tonight.”

Mike McCready also discussed Pearl Jam’s chances, “You know, you never want to place any bets on anything. I’m not a gambler, so I’m not going to try to put any odds on that. But I don’t know. I hope so. But you never know. You never know what happens. It could take a while. I hope Kiss gets in. I’m going to say that.”

ALICE IN CHAINS DISCUSS ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR TOUR WITH JANE’S ADDICTION

Alice In Chains members Jerry Cantrell discussed playing with Jane’s Addiction this summer on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival Tour on the official tour website:

Jerry Cantrell: “It’s cool! Like we always do, we make everything up as we go along. We wanted to go out with another really great band. Jane’s Addiction is a band we’ve always really admired. I remember during our early days those guys would come through town. They were so fucking badass. Those first couple of Jane’s Addiction records are so important to me and even more so to Sean. I remember going to The Moore [Theatre] and The Paramount and thinking, “What the fuck is this?”

Sean Kinney: “They’re a game changer. They made a couple of classic records that hold up. Once again, there’s nobody like them. We’ve known each other over the years. Either we were going to tour on our own or do this.”

JERRY CANTRELL ON THE COVER OF THE LATEST ISSUE OF GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE

Alice in Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell is on the cover of the latest issue of Guitar Player Magazine. This marks the third time in a month that the band’s presence is felt on a magazine cover. The band made the cover of the May 2013 edition of Electronic Musician and AIC drummer Sean Kinney made the cover of the May 2013 edition of Drum!

WATCH NEW TRAILER FOR NEW MOVIE “THE BLING RING” FEATURING GAVIN ROSSDALE

Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale has a role in the upcoming crime drama “The Bling Ring” which is written/directed by Sofia Coppola and stars Emma Watson.

The official Facebook page for the movie describes the plot as the following:

“Inspired by real events, the film follows a group of teenagers who take part in a string of celebrity burglaries.”

“The Bling Ring” is scheduled to be released on June, 14th. You can view more information on the film through the movie’s official website.

JERRY CANTRELL RIPS MTV & SNOOKI, SAYS HE DOESN’T LIKE PEOPLE DOWNLOADING MUSIC FOR FREE

Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell discussed the state of the music industry in a new interview with Classic Rock Magazine. Below are some excerpts:

“I don’t like a whole lot of it, no,” says mainman Jerry Cantrell. “I think the thing that’s most disappointing to me is that now, what you do is worth less than nothing. It’s been reduced to a game show.

“And somehow, something you’ve worked on and poured your soul into, and invested your money in, somehow it’s no longer deemed valuable. That’s fucked up, to me. I can’t go to the gas station and take the gas for free – I’d go to jail. But somehow it’s okay to take my thing for free.”

“And now it’s okay for music to be this little file that doesn’t even sound good,” Cantrell adds. “And it’s okay for people to go on stage and fucking fake the songs. They don’t want the real thing, they don’t want the bad notes, they don’t want somebody who can go up there and sing their own songs, they just want somebody that can do the fucking flashy dance moves

“It’s not like that element wasn’t there before, but now it seems like that’s all that it is. I mean, that’s not to say that there’s not some great bands out there doing really good music, but the ratio to those other things seems off.”

“We went to the Grammys last year because we were nominated for a couple,” Cantrell recalls. “We’re fuckin’ doing the press line, and they’re shuffling us down the line, five minutes with these people, and they have no idea who we are, then it’s some morning show, they don’t give a fuck, and MTV wants to interview us… So we turn around and it’s fuckin’ Snooki. Snooki is going to fucking interview us. And she’s going: ‘I don’t know who they are. Who are they?’ And this is Music Television?”

WILLIAM DUVALL: ‘SINCE OBAMA WAS ELECTED THERE’S BEEN AN AGGRESSIVE PUSH FROM ULTRA-RIGHT WING RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES’

William DuVall discussed the meaning behind the title of Alice In Chains’ new album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here in a new interview with Miami News Times:

“Well … [laughs] It’s actually a comment on intolerance. A gentle or maybe not-so-gentle jab at a certain sector of society that’s decided their particular brand of religious conviction should legislate all of our behavior and even our rights as citizens. I think, in the last few years, we have seen an aggressive push from the ultra-right wing religious conservative minority in this country, certainly since the election of President Obama. Some of the things we’ve seen politicians say on national television and in the press … You can try to have a sense of humor. But at a certain point, it just gets to be like, ‘Wow.’ Of course, Alice in Chains has never been especially known for social commentary. But we thought: If not now, then when. [laughs] Yes, the band has been generally known for a more insular subject matter in its lyrical content. And “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” is just one song, but I think the decision to also make it the title of the album — and therefore put a different kind of emphasis on that message — was a good move. I view it as a step forward for this band. There was a great deal of discussion among the four of us about the potential blowback. But we have people being elected to our government who are trying to bar science from being taught to kids in school. So not only do we have to deal with the assault on women’s reproductive rights and this battle over whether homosexuals even have the right to equal protection under the law, but they actually want to roll back evolution? Didn’t we solve this issue about 100 years ago? It’s ridiculous. So when it got to that level of buffoonery, we just had to say something.”

UPDATE ON SHANNON HOON DOCUMENTARY AND POSSIBLE BIOPIC FILM

Blind Melon bassist Brad Smith discussed the status of the Shannon Hoon documentary and a possible biopic film in a new interview with Greg Prato on Songfacts.com

Songfacts: What is the status of the Shannon documentary with all his home movie videos?

Brad: The status is we have all those home movies. We don’t know what the story is exactly. The film has gotten pulled in a couple of different directions in the editing booth in terms of what kind of story to tell. I’m of the mind that we should tell a story that has little to do with Blind Melon and more about Shannon, since it’s Shannon’s perspective pretty much the whole way, with the video camera and his commentary. You write a movie around this journey from this kid from Indiana that ran away from home and ran away from trouble in Lafayette, Indiana, ran out to California and joined a hippie southern jam band that called themselves Blind Melon. He’s got all of that stuff documented, all the way from our first meetings all the way up until him in a hotel room after touring for two years straight, talking to the camera.

I think you write a story. I would very much like to see a movie that was about Shannon, what was going on inside of Shannon’s head. And the band becomes somewhat incidental, where it’s not a Blind Melon story, it’s a Shannon Hoon story. I think that’s how he was intending that stuff to begin with.

But there are some other ideas and some other slants on the movie that people want to take, and I have to respect that, so who knows. In the year 2025, maybe we’ll have our movie together!

Songfacts: Something that I’ve always appreciated, you and the other Blind Melon guys have always said very nice things about the book I did four years ago, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other, do you think that the book would make a good film with actors portraying the story?

Brad: I do. I think that story that you painted with the book is compelling. You have a bunch of different perspectives on the same story that happened. I would very much like to pull from your book, because of my movie idea. You’ve got pretty much the script right there where we could whittle stuff down and make a concise script. You have to have some conjecture in terms of what was exactly going on inside of Shannon’s head, but you base it around a lot of those interviews and transcriptions from your book and you have someone write a narrative, and you get a professional PR guy to help with that film. And then maybe you do some dramatic reenactments. That could be kind of cool, too.

The Shannon Hoon tapes and your book, that would be killer.

DETAILS ON NEW ‘TO PEARL JAM WITH LOVE’ FAN PROJECT

Thanks to Lori:

Go to topearljamwithlove.com for more:

ABOUT THE BOOK

to pearl jam with love is a unique collection of stories, love letters, thank-yous and artistic tributes to a band who has touched countless people around the world for more than two decades.

It is about the sharing of moving and inspirational stories and memories, each unique, but at the same time connected to the band and their music.

to pearl jam with love are the words and images that make these stories come alive. Stories from everyday fans, fellow musicians, collaborators, and those who have experienced first hand the generosity that seems to flow unending from this band.

Along with the captivating words, the book is about artwork, photos and other stunning tributes to the band by both the amateur and professional.

It is our chance, new fan or old, famous or not, to have our Pearl Jam story heard, our thanks given and to make sure the world knows just how amazing this band and these individuals truly are.

How to enter: To be eligible for our next contest, your submission for our book to pearl jam with love must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Time on April 26th, 2013. If you send/upload your submission prior to this date/time you are automatically eligible for this draw AND all subsequent submission contests.

Random drawing for the 3rd contest will take place on or after April 27th, 2013. Winners will be contacted by email and announced on our website, facebook and twitter accounts.

You can win more than once! We will be offering submission contests every 10 days until the final deadline of August 1st, 2013. The earlier you enter, the better your chances of winning. Prizes will vary by draw…and we have some very exciting things to give away!

ALICE IN CHAINS ANNOUNCE CANADIAN TOUR DATES

Alice In Chains will be heading to Canada for their first ever cross-Canadian tour this summer. Details below:

July 01 2013 – Fox Fest – Vancouver, CAN
July 02 2013 – Cowboys Stampede Tent – Calgary, CAN
July 04 2013 – Rexall Place – Edmonton, CAN
July 11 2013 – Budweiser Gardens – London, CAN
July 15 2013 – Metropolis – Montreal, CAN

Tickets for all dates go on sale at 10AM local time this Friday, April 26.

STREAM THE MELVINS’ LATEST ALBUM ‘EVERYBODY LOVES SAUSAGES’

The Melvins have announced that they have made their newest and nineteenth album  ‘Everybody Loves Sausages’ available for streaming.  Also included is song for song commentary by Buzz Osborne. Here is an excerpt in which Buzz discusses “Romance” by Tales of Terror:

“I saw Tales of Terror a bunch of times in the early ’80s, before they had actually put out that album [1984’s Tales of Terror]. So I was a converted fan before they recorded anything. And once I got that record, I just thought it was great. As it turns out, they only printed 5000 LP’s. It’s never come out on fuckin’ CD. That’s insane. To me, that’s one of the best records to ever come out of California. It’s fucking amazing. And nobody cares. Unbelievable. Their whole thing is completely tragic. The band ended because one of the guitar players got beaten to death in Sacramento. And then the bass player, years later, overdosed on methadone, I think. And I think the singer was so messed up on drugs that now he has to live in an assisted living place. That’s rock and roll. That’s it, right in a nutshell. “Played with needles just a little too much.” There it is. For one shining moment, these guys had it together, and they did it, and it’s amazing.”

You can access ‘Everybody Loves Sausages here. For those who want to buy a physical copy of ‘Everybody Loves Sausages’ the album comes out on April 29th.