PEARL JAM TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE "MIND YOUR MANNERS" IN JULY

Note: I thought today was June 1st when I published this so I had “next month,” whoops!

According to AllAccess.com, Pearl Jam will release the lead single off of their currently untitled 10th studio album on July 16th. The track is titled “Mind Your Manners.” It will be the band’s first new release since 2011’s “Ole.” Soundgarden will also release “Halfway There” as the next single off of King Animal on June 18th.

MARK LANEGAN DISCUSSES NEW QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE ALBUM & SONGWRITING WITH SCREAMING TREES

Here are a couple of excerpts from MusicRadar.com‘s new interview with Mark Lanegan.

On Queens of the Stone Age:

“I enjoy working on whatever I’m working on. I definitely enjoy working with Josh, he’s a good friend of mine, he’s another guy I hang out with a lot when I’m not making music. We have a lot of laughs working together, so in that way it is inspiring.”

“I sang a little bit on this new record. Josh and I are always doing stuff, but I don’t have a crystal ball, I can’t tell you what the future holds. But I do know that we enjoy working together and we continue to do so.”

On his songwriting skills growing during his time with the Screaming Trees:

“When I first started writing songs it would be a few words here and there. The guitar player wrote songs and I’d just change some words to make it have some kind of meaning to me because a lot of the stuff he was writing was psychedelia but he had never even tripped on acid so it became real cartoonish. So I had to sing these so I tried to have some sort of meaning to me. Tried and failed, I might add. But by the time we got to the last Trees records I was writing and there was a lot more satisfaction in that. It was a learning curve, when I started I didn’t know anything about music, singing or writing music. It took me a while and I’m still learning.”

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF STONE TEMPLE PILOTS PERFORMANCE AT MUSICARES SHOW IN LOS ANGELES

I arrived yesterday at LA Live for the MusiCares MAP Fund Awards Show, headlined by Stone Temple Pilots with the main honoree being their new lead singer Chester Bennington. When I first arrived I saw the red carpet for arrivals, and at around 6:15PM the stars began to show up. The first person I recognized was Scott Stapp, the infamous lead singer of Creed and the namesake of my Ten Club Community name (scottstappsucks). Stapp took his sweet ass time on the red carpet, I swear to God he was on it for at least 45 minutes, soaking in all of the reporters pretending to give a shit about him. When Stapp finally left the red carpet I sarcastically yelled ‘Stapp!’ at him and he sarcastically waved back before his wife dragged him away. The poor guy never got to hear my rendition of “My Sacrifice.” I also saw Slash, Duff McKagan, and Andy Dick.

But Stone Temple Pilots were the main attraction, showing up last. As the band moved their way near the end of the red carpet I called out to Robert who saw my STP shirt, and I was able to get a picture with him. I also briefly spoke to him, asking if STP actually did re-record “Only Dying” post Mighty Joe Young. Robert told me that they never re-recorded it, ending the near 20 year myth that they did. Next I saw Dean, and got my picture taken with him. I asked Dean when the Shangri LA DEE DA documentary would be coming out. Dean, likely taken aback, thought for about 10 seconds and sarcastically said, “We’ll have to find it again first.” I also told Dean that STP were one of my favorite bands and he was very humble. Last but not least was the Kretzel, who I also got my picture taken with. I could have gotten my picture taken with Chester Bennington, but I didn’t want to screw over the Linkin Park fans (and I still do have some loyalty to Scott Weiland). Speaking of Scott, Dean (it might have been Robert) refused to sign a group picture that included Scott in it. This scared me away from asking the guys about their issues with him, but it was a dream come true meeting them. I met Scott Weiland in 2008 (who was also kind, like his ex-bandmates were last night) so I have now met all four members of STP.

Once I walked up to Club Nokia they didn’t allow cameras unfortunately so I only got some iPhone pictures. The actual show focused on MusiCares (foundation to help musicians struggling with addiction) a lot, as it was a benefit show/awards ceremony. Bobby Lee from MadTV was the host. Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers made a speech.  One performance that stood out was Ida Maria, she really rocked. I had heard her song “Bad Karma” during the credits in Scream 4 a couple of years ago and that song immediately impressed me. Her performance was solid and she was in full on punk rock mode by the end of her 3 song set. Andy Dick also came out for a speech that was pretty funny, he told a story about walking into a black barbershop last week.

Chester Bennington received the Stevie Ray Vaughn Award. Bennington was very humble in his speech, mentioning that he believes many deserved this award before him and that this is all about MusiCares and not him. He talked about the satisfaction he gets from helping out at children’s hospitals, and helping out musicians struggling with addiction.

Stone Temple Pilots kicked off their set immediately following Bennington’s speech. It felt quite weird at first seeing the guys perform “Wicked Garden” without Scott, I saw the band 8 times from 2008-2012 and the final image I saw of the original lineup was last September on stage with their children. It’s been a very weird 10 months or so since then. “Big Bang Baby” made me forget about any hesitations I had, Chester killed it on this song. “Big Bang Baby” was the one song that Scott never seemed to get right during the reunion era, but this performance was fantastic. “Out of Time” was a highlight of the set, and got the best crowd reaction. It sounded great and you could tell the new incarnation of STP were thrilled to be playing something they’d written and recorded together. Dean’s solo during ‘Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart” was fantastic, better than at the September 2012 STP show I attended. Dean in general seemed more energetic and happy to be there, unlike the last year and a half the original STP were touring where at times Dean looked bored on stage. Robert was Robert, if the band hate each other’s guts or are getting along great (like tonight) he is always fantastic.

The best moment of the short set was when former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver members Slash and Duff McKagan came on stage to perform a cover of “All The Young Dudes.” For this song Robert switched to acoustic guitar. Chester blew me away on this song, his best vocal performance of the night. Robert was all smiles during this, everybody was hugging before and after the song. It was quite surreal to see the most important people in Scott Weiland’s career all on stage together performing without him. Overall this was a great experience, I got to meet the STP guys and the set (while short) was very inspired and it has me excited about the future of this new supergroup/incarnation of STP. I don’t give a shit what they call it, as long as the performances and music is solid. I’ve never been a big Linkin Park fan but Bennington impressed me, and I think Scott Weiland is totally wrong in his assumption that CheSTP will fail.

Setlist:
Wicked Garden
Big Bang Baby
Vasoline
Out of Time
Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart
All The Young Dudes (with Slash and Duff McKagan)

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS RELEASE STATEMENT TO CLARIFY WHY THEY ARE SUING SCOTT WEILAND

Stone Temple Pilots members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz have released the following statement:

You may have read we recently filed suit against our former singer, Scott Weiland.  We wanted to clarify a few things:

Our purpose in taking this action is not to hurt Scott.   We want to move forward productively, and Scott’s choices and actions have prevented us from doing that.  We were in the process of putting our 20th anniversary tour together to celebrate the release of our first album, Core.  The plan was for a big tour where we’d perform the album in its entirety, along with some other favorite STP songs.  So, you might imagine our shock and disappointment when, without any notice, we learned that Scott had seized this tour for himself as his solo tour, and decided to do exactly what we as a group had planned. We found out about it the same way you did—we saw an ad for it.

Without getting into legal details, the band has a binding agreement that clearly states what each of us can and cannot do outside of STP.  Unfortunately many of the decisions Scott made violate this agreement, have been harmful to the band, and prevented us from moving forward.  When our requests to Scott and his representatives that they abide by the agreement were ignored, we finally had enough.  So now, we’ve made our choice.  It was beyond time we made some new music, which was impossible in the dysfunctional environment we were in.  We’ve lived in it long enough and have decided to move forward with STP. We wish Scott well. We’re really excited about the new music we’ve been making with Chester, including the song we just released, “Out of Time.”

We love this band and respect everything it means to you. We want to always give you our best and the choice we made is completely in that spirit.

Dean, Eric & Robert

MORE REVIEWS, SETLIST & VIDEO FROM SCOTT WEILAND'S SHOW IN LOS ANGELES


A couple more reviews of Scott Weiland’s show from last night in Los Angeles have come in on my website STPfans.com:

Ride the Cliche posted:

Just got back home after the show… phenomenal. I was on the railing, basically front and center.

First off, Scott looks good. Like really, really, good. He rocked a couple different looks: suit, no jacket, blazer no tie, slouchie beanie type thing with sunglasses that reminded me of the No4 era.

He came on 45 minutes to an hour after the opening band and played for nearly two hours. Scott was on fire, like I hoped he would be. Yes, I have a setlist to share!

Opening Jam
Crackerman
Wicked Garden
Paralysis
Meatplow
Creep
Jean Genie
Kitchenware & Candybars
Where The River Goes/Mountain Song
Big Empty
Can’t Stand Me Now
Interstate Love Song
Vasoline
Dead & Bloated
Sex Type Thing

Encore:
LA Woman
Unglued

Audibles:
Naked Sunday
Atlanta
Roadhouse Blues
Still Remains

*The Audibles were segues into other songs; good luck with trying to get me to remember where they went.

D&B was played with a totally different arrangement, with the band using something similar to Crackerman/STT. Speaking of the Wildabouts, they were a LOT cleaner than the many times I’ve seen them in the past. Scott missed a few lines, but nothing glaring like people made it out to be.

I wasn’t sure if it was just me reading into things way too much, but I definitely felt Scott’s hurt when he was playing some of the songs. He talked in between songs… Red Bull/Red Balls, his fiancee (3 times, I believe), love and different types of love, and he did say something about STP which I totally didn’t catch because the sound was muffled. “_______ _____ ____ Stone Temple Pilots”

Very interactive with the crowd, lots of excellent photo ops. This was the most active on stage I’ve seen him in awhile. Lots of shimmying, shaking, dancing, twirling, and looking into his eyes, the fire’s there. I think he was genuinely touched to see everyone there for him.

That’s all I can remember right now. Ask any questions to jog my memory!

(I’ll have to go through pics and video to see if my crappy camera got anything decent.)

The Crow posted:

I walked into HOB at 9:15. Blur’s Song #2 was blaring through the house speakers. Place was pretty packed, and there seemed to be an overall feeling of excitement and apprehension from the crowd. Scott went on stage about 20 minutes after my arrival.

He received a very warm welcome when he came to the stage. The crowd was supportive and true Scott fans all night long. Here are my scattered late night thoughts:

It was a good show.

The band seemed to be pretty tight, but Doug Green and his keyboard stuff gave the material a Rush – Tom Sawyerly kind of feel. They played Meatplow early in the set, and it was my favorite STP tune they played all night. Scott mentioned how it was the first time they had played it live, and they had ‘hit it out of the park’. He was right. Nailed it.

Jean Genie, Mountain song, and L.A. Woman were all pretty damn good covers. Scott came out to L.A. Woman for the first song of the encore dressed like the he did for The Doors storytellers- black cap and shades. They did a long version that won me over by the end. No good rants about “The current situation”. He made the kind of rants where he makes little sense, but seemingly sober. Just doing his Weiland thing. He asked for a Coca-Cola to come to the stage once. So he may have a dependency on high fructose corn syrup?

He mentioned the Hobbit and how the book started with the word ‘Hullo-H-U-L-L-O-Hullo’. Kept saying Hullo over and over. Morrissey was there according to some, I didn’t see him. I did see the fedora glasses wearing dude from Celebrity rehab who is one of Dr. Drew’s accolytes. He kept texting and blocking my view.

Scott riffed on some Brit-pop documentary and how Noah Gallagher was rich, while Liam was living above a bar or something. And they still had the same hairdo. Then he said something like if you heard Liam talk in the documentary, you would know why Noel wrote the lyrics. Then he praised Oasis, and said here is a song from a different British band that was a one hit wonder. Then they played some song by The Libertines.
Wicked Garden, Kitchenware and Candybars, and Vasoline came off well. Big Empty and Creep did not. Those songs should have been anthems to sing along with the audience. They were not.

Scott said he would announce where the after party was later in the show. Later in the show he said it would be at the bass player’s house. Unfortunately I didn’t know where the bass player lived. Scott mentioned “Krustee” a couple times. After one song he said it was dedicated to “Krustee”. So props to “Krustee”, I guess. He also kept mentioning his fiancée and how they are getting married soon. Scott said his fiancée really likes Doug also.

Scott flubbed some lines and prompts on occasion during songs. His band was prepared and professional about it. How homeboy still messes up Creep is beyond me. I just want to sing along, not be embarrassed for you when you don’t remember your lyrics. Fuck. They also kept prolonging the ending of songs all night, and it became a little tedious. End the song and let us praise you. Scott changed his vocal tone and presentation with certain lines and parts of songs. Some kind of creepy voice too. Wasn’t into it.
No Plush.

They changed Dead and Bloated around to almost sound Crackermanish, but I liked it. Scott kept using one of those theramins(musical wand) throughout the show. I like that kind of artsy Jimmy Page kind of shit, but some of the sounds he made were too loud and high pitched. You don’t want people to put their fingers in their ears during the rock show, and at times they had too. They closed the show with Unglued. Moderation is masturbation. The show was reminiscent of masturbation for me. Satisfying to an extent, but ain’t nothing like fucking.

I went with a buddy of mine. I would say his favorite band is The Grateful Dead. He knows a couple of STP’s hits, and that is about it. In other words, he is neutral. He enjoyed the show and would give it a A-/B+. I talked to some other fans and hangers on at The Whiskey Bar afterward. It seemed that the bigger fan you were of STP and Scott, the more you were disappointed. While the people who were just out at a rock show with no skin in the game really liked the show.

For me, it was a good show. I wanted a little more fire, a little more Core, and a little more Purple. Oh well. I was truly surprised there was no long winded cryptic rant. But Weiland kept it classy on stage.

I got nothing else for now. Rock.

KURT COBAIN'S GRANDFATHER LELAND COBAIN PASSES AWAY

Leland Cobain, Kurt Cobain’s grandfather, died yesterday in Montesano. He was 89 years old. GrungeReport.net sends its best wishes to the Cobain family. Cobain frequently communicated with fans of his grandson and Nirvana, exchanging letters and inviting fans into his home to discuss Kurt. Leland was the only member of the Cobain family who stated that he believed Kurt was murdered.

SLASH AND DUFF MCKAGAN DEFEND STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' DECISION TO HIRE CHESTER BENNINGTON

Go to STPfans.com to discuss STP.

Yesterday former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver members Slash and Duff McKagan tweeted about their excitement regarding performing with Stone Temple Pilots and new frontman Chester Bennington.  They also tweeted about how well rehearsals with STP were going for the MusiCares gig. Slash and McKagan tweeted more praise last night, with Slash defending his buddies in STP’s decision to hire Bennington as Scott Weiland’s replacement.

Slash tweeted:

I gotta say, it’s a real pleasure playing w/Dean Deleo. The guitars compliment each other nicely. The whole @stpband is great. iiii]; )’

& the haters are going to hate, but @chesterbe sings the shit out of the STP songs. iiii]; )’

Of course, playing with @duffmckagan is always awesome. iiii]; )’

Duff McKagan tweeted:

Been big supporter of MusiCares 4years. Helped tons of people. Could give 2 f*cks what anyone thinks bout who I am playing with 2 support MC

FANS RIP & PRAISE SCOTT WEILAND'S SHOW IN LOS ANGELES, MORRISSEY IN ATTENDANCE & WEILAND REVIEWS THE HOBBIT

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Scott Weiland kicked off the latest leg of his Purple at the Core tour last night in Los Angeles at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. It was his first live performance since Chester Bennington replaced him as lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots. Former Smiths frontman Morrissey was in attendance at the show in the VIP section.  Weiland reviewed the 2012 film The Hobbit on stage.  Weiland’s excuse for showing up late to a concert a few months ago was that he was watching The Hobbit.  Weiland showed up 15-30 minutes after his scheduled start time (there are conflicting reports on this, I’d consider this timely for Scott) last night (9:15PM). Fans have been reacting positively and negatively to the show. I’ll be editing more feedback as it comes in, as I have been. When I first published this story when the show concluded just about all of the Twitter feedback had been negative and I’d received an e-mail trashing the show. As more feedback has come in I’ve edited the headline and added in positive feedback.

A fan named Justin tweeted me saying he left the show early because of how terrible it was, he then e-mailed me further thoughts:

I was excited to see Scott with all this stp drama going on, just lookin forward to hearing those classic hits. Had more of a country feel than anything, Scott was so off key sounded terrible, I could barely recognize any stp songs, crackerman was awful. You cannot replace the Deleo brothers! Not to mention he was a half hour late! Totally ruined the experience. Walked out after the fifth song, his solo stuff is just shit. Very disappointed.

He said “the first word in the movie the hobbit is hullo, the first word, H-U-L-L-O” then he was talking about the venue and he had no idea what he was saying, something about the lighting being good, he was definitely on something.

@Philip_Cosores tweeted:

Weilands first speech of the night was a critique on The Hobbit film vs book

Scott does not know the words to Creep

Weiland covering Mountain Song. Decent karaoke rendition

I can’t believe Scott Weiland is still playing. LA Woman for like 10 minutes.

No Mr Weiland, I don’t think I want to go to your after party

@dannyseason tweeted:

I now understand why @stonetemplepilots fired Scott Weiland. His voice sounds horrible and his band looks disinterested in playing with him.

‏@VivoEstSomnio tweeted:

Shows over. It was fantastic. Even though Weiland announced to everyone where the after party was, I have work tomorrow – and I like living.

Stone Temple Pilots perform tonight in Los Angeles with new frontman Chester Bennington, along with Weiland’s former Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan.

Andrew Reyes commented:

Just got back from the show….most of those comments are BS. House of Blues tweeted that he was scheduled to go on at 9:15…I got in at 9:27 exactly and they were already on stage doing their jam intro. His voice sounded really good but they played the demo versions of a lot of the older songs (hence why they sounded different). His chatting into the mic is always random but he was clearly sober (or at least hardly showing drunkness) and had a ton of energy. Also to the idiot that said Weiland’s solo stuff is shit, he only played one song. The rest were deep cuts from core. It was obvious most of the audience there only knew the radio hits. Seen Weiland 4 times now, and this was definitely not a bad show at all.

MarissalynFX tweeted:

I could’ve cried happy tears when @ScottWeilandSTP sang LA Woman. #nightmade

tripzz tweeted:

Amazing @ScottWeilandSTP @HOBSunset .He is a rock star . Stp without him or the chester hype is just another good. Band. crawl back to scott

JERRY CANTRELL SAYS HE'S DISAPPOINTED BUSH AREN'T ON UPROAR FESTIVAL TOUR WITH ALICE IN CHAINS

In a new interview Jerry Cantrell discussed Alice In Chains headlining the Uproar Festival Tour this summer also featuring Jane’s Addiction and Walking Papers. Cantrell also said that Bush were almost part of the tour, and that he is disappointed that they aren’t on the bill. He said he is happy with the lineup though, and that AIC did have input regarding other bands.

SCOTT WEILAND SAYS PURPLE AT THE CORE TOUR HAS GOTTEN 'GREAT REVIEWS'

Scott Weiland discussed the epic success of his legendary ‘Purple at the Core’ tour in a new interview with AZCentral.

“So the whole idea of Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, us doing this, is because it was something I wanted to do. And our fans heard we were going to do it. And fans of STP were so sick of hearing the same songs over and over, the same set list. The Wildabouts making a new record, which is more of a rock-and-roll record, as opposed to an artsy record like my other two solo albums were. But why don’t we do the hits from Purple and Core? Why don’t we do that?”

“That’s what we’re doing. And the shows on the last tour, we had great numbers and the reviews were great. But now the numbers are even bigger. The places are bigger. We’re growing it, you know?”

SCOTT WEILAND CALLS STP SELFISH & DISRESPECTFUL, SAYS DELEO BROTHERS WILL ALWAYS FAIL WITHOUT HIM

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Scott Weiland ripped into his former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates in a new interview with AZCentral.

On his problems with STP: “Well, originally, before the whole STP thing blew up, I said, ‘Look, we need to take a break. We need to make an album. We’ve been playing the same (expletive) set for four years. Without a change. We’ve been watching ourselves go from playing 20,000-seat arenas to county fairs and 2,000-seat casinos.’ I said, ‘I will not sit around and destroy the brand of this band. I will not do it. Will not do it. We have to get in the studio and make new music.” That’s what we loved to do in the first place. We were artists. We were creators. They didn’t see things the same way. They had different management. Their managers, who are just basically booking agents, to put it lightly, they have no problem with STP and its legacy being destroyed. So they can say Guys From STP. But they’ve already done two bands and failed.”

On the DeLeo brothers: “You know, I don’t really think about it a lot. I think about how disrespectful they are, sometimes, in between a sip of coffee and a hit of my cigarette. I think about how selfish they are and how much it blows me away that after two times of trying this, they still think they have any opportunity of doing it without me. And it’s not me saying that I’m the greatest because you know what? I’m not. John Lennon. Paul McCartney. They are … better than I am. But as far as this band goes? The vision? The artistic direction of the band? And trying to keep them from sounding like Rush? I’m sorry. I have to be totally honest. It was me. I’m guilty. I kept them from doing it. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

SLASH & DUFF MCKAGAN DISCUSS REHEARSING WITH STONE TEMPLE PILOTS FOR PERFORMANCE TOMORROW

Former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver members Slash and Duff McKagan will perform on stage with Stone Temple Pilots and new frontman Chester Bennington tomorrow night in Los Angeles at Club Nokia for the MusiCares Benefit/Scott Weiland’s Nightmare Show. Slash tweeted the following regarding rehearsals, “Had a really cool rehearsal w/ @stpband & @duffmckagan today. Sounded really awesome. Great hanging out. Thurs going to be killer. iiii]; )”

Duff McKagan tweeted the following, “The guitar duo of @Slash and D. DeLeo of @stpband is a sweet sound. Me, R. DeLeo, and Kretz just try2 look cool. @ChesterBe SLAYS.#MusiCares.”

SEAN KINNEY TALKS FANS CRITICIZING ALICE IN CHAINS FOR CONTINUING WITHOUT LAYNE STALEY, IF BAND CONSIDERED CHANGING NAME

Banana 101.5 has a great new interview up with Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney.  Sean always comes off very well in interviews.  Below are some excerpts and above is the video.

On fans who criticize Alice In Chains for continuing without Layne Staley:

“I always have the chance to address those people, I mean, it’s personal choice. They don’t have to like it. We’re not designed for everybody. We never [begged] anybody to follow this or dig it. We do it because we like it. I get the passion that they have about our friends that are no longer here and that they’ve made a connection through music to that and I respect that, you know? I think It’s great that they care so much. But It can be off putting, you know? We don’t really look at that stuff. There’s always this [white noise] about things for the most part it seems like a minority mind set.

The fact is, like everybody here, they’re going to run up to the fact that people you love and care about and yourself won’t be here and what do you do then? This was never a solo project this is always a band. This is real to us. Those are really our friends, those are all my best friends. Nobody knows better of what do and how to handle this than us and were not doing it for the “money” … [the music industry] is dead. There’s not a lot of money, especially in rock and roll. So, I mean, we don’t need the money. We do this for the same reason we always did and more than half the reason I ever did this at all was bringing that that we did together — that was so important to us and that had a life of its own — to be able to bring them with us and the music and that’s important.

If people wanna close their minds to those things, these things will happen to them. It’s just not on a public forum where people have to deal with it. When your mom dies not everybody starts telling you, “you gotta change your name” and “how dare you go on living” and “you can’t be you and do things, you need to change your job and everything you spent your life doing… your career.” It’s just not well thought out, but it’s based behind passion and caring.

I have those same hopes too, you know? Trust me, nobody wished… nobody wanted it to be like this. It truly only affects — every single day — our friends, families and us in a real way. So we live with that and try to move on and how do we honor the past and honor who we are now — and it’s our past — and do that as men and that’s what we do.

I’m talking more than I know I have about this, I guess. When those guys were alive right? Mike [Starr] is on a TV show and everybody is talking shit about him for the most part, right? And when Layne was alive and we were doing this, we were very open about the lifestyles we lived and those lifestyles will end your life… and they have. Jerry [Cantrell] and I are just fortunate that it didn’t end ours either. It’s not like it was one guy doing things. We all lived a pretty toxic lives and that’s not rare to music. We’re not an exception to the rule, but the horrible facts are [that] these are the outcomes of those things.

Some of these people, back then, spent all their time chastising these people and trying to vilify us for what we were doing then and then when they’re no longer here, which I find is really nice, they come to accept that and hold them in a different regard. So I think that’s great, but it can be a little misguided sometimes.

In my fantasy, world maybe if those guys would’ve known that people cared like they apparently do now while they were alive would they have heard that. Would they have known. But these are the facts. This is reality. This is the reality we live with… it’s real to me, you know? Every day… there’s not a day we don’t think about that stuff and it’ll go on for the rest of our lives. This is why I do it. I’m not out here to play rock star and everything. We do this because were great friends and we spent our lives doing this and we still enjoy the music.

We have a pretty interesting past. We never took the easy road. We have a multi-racial band. We’ve had a female manager in the 80′s when it was ran by a bunch of old guys with cigars that ran these things that tried to treat her like a coffee lady [impersonates one of the aforementioned old guys] “Get me a coffee!” We just always seem to go our own way of dealing  with things. We seem to take a less easy path, but it’s the path we’ve chosen and we do what feels right… and it’s important to us.

We’re not begging anyone to pay attention, we never were. If that’s how you want to live your life and close the door on something… that door never closes for us. We live with it every day. But I do appreciate their passion about it, it’s cool that something resonated with them in the work and the things that we did with our friends [that] meant that much to them and if it ends for them there, good.”

On whether they ever considered returning with a different name.

“It’s our name… we keep all our business very private we don’t correct the mistakes on Wikipedia. We don’t spend our time looking at things and correcting the mistakes while people try to write your history for you. We don’t have any interest in that. Truth is, it wasn’t owned by one … all four of us own the band name and when Mike [Starr] left, he gave up his rights. Layne, Jerry and I … it’s our name, it’s our business, it’s our career, it’s our music, it’s our thing we created.

We operate on what feels right and what our truths are and that’s all we can do. What would the difference be? We’d sound like us and play our songs. Either way you go there’s gonna be people that have a problem with what you’re doing. I don’t have a problem with what other people do, if it doesn’t interest me I just don’t pay attention to it.

I try to spend my time and energy on more positive things and things that I can actually do instead of online being mad at what other people do, but that’s cool. It must make people feel better to be anonymous. We’re not anonymous. I’m right here and I’m sure what I’m saying right now people will comment on and say I’m a dick. We don’t live and hide behind things. We live in the real world and really deal with stuff … if it makes that person feel more empowered so they’re not more of a jerk in real life to their family, cool. It’s just words and it’s easy to not pay attention. I don’t search after my band or Google myself. It’s not all good. You’re not going to find all [good things].”