SOUNDGARDEN'S BEN SHEPHERD DISCUSSES ALMOST JOINING NIRVANA

From Denver Westword‘s new interview with Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, where he discusses Nirvana:

“Well, I was supposed to play lead guitar for them. But they stayed a three piece. I knew them before they were a band, too. Chad [Channing] never told Kurt [Cobain] that I played guitar, even though the first time Kurt and I met, we were at a party in Olympia, and we were the two loners on the end of the couch, and there was a guitar there. I would always find a guitar at a party because I didn’t like parties much. So I would find the guitar and space off by myself, you know? Kurt was the same way, so we wound up sharing a guitar that night, an acoustic that was there.

Then our paths went different ways. Chad, my old friend, we were in a band together, and I was the singer for a band. Then there was Krist Novoselic walking up to me. This was after my punk band, March of Crimes, broke up, and I was in this band called the Magnet Men. Then I went, “That’s a dumb name, let’s change it.” When we were playing, we played with Malfunkshun and this band called Bliss — Krist Novoselic’s band.

I’d already known him from playing in March of Crimes, and growing up, you had to have a brother band to play gigs with you. We played down in Portland, and we got Bliss on the bill, or they got us, and we stayed with the Melvins. We’d run into Krist there because they were part of the same crowd out in Montesano or Aberdeen.

When we played with this band a couple of years later or something, there was Krist who said, “Hey, Ben, dude, do you think your drummer would let us use his drum set?” “Fuck, I didn’t know you were in a band, Krist, cool. Sure, man. That’s Chad up there. He has those funny looking drums up there. He’ll probably loan you those drums.”

So they did, and that’s how they met Chad, and he ended up joining the band. I didn’t really roadie with them. I just went on tour with them. We all did all that shit. It was a blast to get out. The furthest East we made it was Ann Arbor; then we went back to play Cincinnati and stuff and played Denver — 23 Parish had just opened, and I remember hanging out with the owners of the place and talking to them about it.”

BILLY CORGAN PRAISES FORMER SMASHING PUMPKINS BANDMATE JIMMY CHAMBERLIN

Billy Corgan praised his former Smashing Pumpkins bandmate Jimmy Chamberlin on his Twitter account yesterday:

A small window into the greatness of Jimmy Chamberlin

BillCo fired Chamberlin in 2009, and in 2010 told Rolling Stone, “Jimmy is a destructive human being, and people who are destructive break things.  I don’t see me reaching the highest levels of my creativity if I’m unhealthy and if I have unhealthy people around me.[…]” After BillCo told Jimmy he was out, Jimmy unloaded on Billy.  BillCo responded, “I was like, ‘Fuck you.’  Go ride around in a white van for the rest of your life.”

Could a Corgan/Chamberlin reunion be on the cards, with talk of 25th anniversary shows coming up?

ALICE IN CHAINS DISCUSS HARDEST SONGS TO SING LIVE, ADVICE TO YOUNG MUSICIANS & MORE

Here is a recap from Alice In Chains’ Reddit AMA from yesterday.

On advice to young musicians: “If you are dedicated enough to do it there’s nothing that’s going to stop you. Remember it’s your thing and make yourself happy – that’s your only shot to do what you want to do. You have the freedom to do that. There’s many people that will try to turn you into something else. Do your own thing and make something unique and different. Feel free to let yourself be influenced by a wide variety of things – the more that you incorporate the more influences that don’t even have to musical. You can make music influenced by any form of art.”

“One of our fears is there’s a kid as good as good as Cobain that isn’t in music. The fact that we are here means you can do it – you just have to be do it. No 1/2 measures. Open wide and be prepared to eat alot of shit.”

On hardest songs to sing live:

William: Let’s see. Man in the Box, Last of My Kind, Love Hate Love and Phanthom Limb.

Jerry: There’s alot of stuff that what doing with your hands that is different than what you are singing. Again and check my brain – both are kind of drone.

On guitar solos:

Jerry: I just try to make what’s right for the song. None of us spend any extra time on stage doing solos. Whatever makes the song good. Solos should always be a brief vocal thing. Like a short musical part to make the song work. It’s not for wankery.

William: This band seems to compose solos which is why there is a tendency to do the solos live because they are a written part of the song like a lyric.

On AIC name: “Layne had a band he wanted to call Alice N Chains like Guns in Roses. When we started we changed the name to Alice In Chains. The rest is history.”

On touring demands:
“No we ask for very little. We like to be on the opposite side of the street from construction. Ever hotel we stayed at on tour one year had another building under construction across the street. Not alot of sleep on that tour – Jerry. Mike – I can’t sleep unless I put a vacuum cleaner in my room. All Band: Housekeeping! Housekeeping!”

On if there’s any movie they’d like to make the soundtrack to:

William: As if you could do it better? It’s usually one of the reasons I dig a Movie because it all works. Mullhalland drive is one of my favorites.

Sean: David Lynch movies are creepy because he’s not killing you with music. Appocolypse now has a cool soundtrack too.

Mike: We recorded that thing with Michael Kamen for Last Action Hero. Jerry wrecked his Dave Stewarts tennis court on that one. For us our one time trying to score something it was just a pleasure to sit in with Michael Kamen. Sean: We’ve been approached but it didn’t pan out.

Jerry: I think that the melding of both artforms is pretty cool. We just had a song in Judd Appatow’s film, those guys and Cameron Crowe are so plugged in as fans of music. It’s a compliment to be part of that visual thing. When the soundtrack is great and the film is great it just makes it better and powerful.

NINE INCH NAILS FINISH RECORDING NEW ALBUM

In a press release, Trent Reznor has revealed that Nine Inch Nails have completed a new album, “I’ve been less than honest about what I’ve really been up to lately. For the last year I’ve been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, HTDA and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking Nine Inch Nails to a new place. Here we go!”

COURTNEY LOVE ADDS SHOWS TO NORTH AMERICAN SOLO TOUR

Courtney Love has added new dates to her summer 2013 North American tour.

USA
6/20 – TLA, Philadelphia, PA
6/21 – House of Blues, Boston, MA
6/22 – The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
6/26 – Warsaw, Brooklyn, NY
6/27 – Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
6/28 – Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
6/29 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY
7/18 – House of Blues, Chicago, IL
7/19 – MotorCity Casino, Detroit, MI
7/23 – Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
7/25 – The Independent, San Francisco, CA
7/26 – The Canyon, Agoura Hills, CA
7/27 – Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
8/02 – House of Blues, Houston, TX
8/04 – House of Blues, Dallas, TX

Canada
7/20 – The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
7/22 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC

SOUNDGARDEN TO RELEASE EP FEATURING LIVE TRACKS FROM 'KING ANIMAL PLUS'

Soundgarden are pleased to announce they will release a brand new repackaged edition of ‘King Animal’ on 2nd September 2013.

‘King Animal Plus’ will feature 5 exclusive live tracks recorded at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles and 1 acoustic track recorded at radio station 89X CIMX in Detroit.

The extra tracks will be available as a stand alone EP for all those that already have the album. More details coming soon.

Live From The Wiltern in Los Angeles

Taree
Blind Dogs
Rowing
Non-State Actor
A Thousand Days Before

Acoustic from 89X CIMX Detroit/Windsor
Halfway There

NEW STONE TEMPLE PILOTS SINGLE "OUT OF TIME" DEBUTS AS GREATEST GAINER ON ROCK RADIO

Stone Temple Pilots’ new single “Out of Time” was the greatest gainer on rock radio last week, debuting at #25 on the Rock Airplay chart and #30 on the Alternative Songs chart. STP have had 11 top 10 rock radio hits in their careers, the most recent being “Between the Lines” in 2010 which hit #1.

STP are currently working on their 7th studio album with new frontman Chester Bennington. The band will be performing in Los Angeles on Thursday at the MusiCares benefit show.

JOSH HOMME SAYS A NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE INSPIRED NEW QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE ALBUM

Josh Homme revealed in a new interview with Independent.ie that Queens of the Stone Age’s new album …Like Clockwork was inspired by a near death experience he had during a routine knee surgery, and its effects on him.

“I woke up and there was a doctor going, ‘Shit, we lost you’,” the towering Queens of the Stone Age frontman explains. “I couldn’t get up for four months. When I did, I hadn’t got a clue what was going on.”

“But in all honesty, the last couple of years of failure and anguish have been the best thing to ever happen to me,” Homme reasons. “It gave me a chance to figure out what’s really important to me.”

“My grandpa used to say, ‘Everyone gets knocked down, but it’s the style in which you get up that matters’. Well, it feels like I got to stand up my way. Does my grandpa mean a lot to me? Well, his name is tattooed on my fingers.”

“I don’t need to explain to anyone what he means to me.”

“The wife and I have a little shack out the back of our house, so I put a little studio in there,” Homme says of domestic life.

Homme said that the last couple of years have been tough for him, and “I thought, ‘I can run away from this, or I can run into it’.”

“The wife and I have a little shack out the back of our house, so I put a little studio in there. She encouraged me to go in there as much as possible and told me not to worry about what I wrote.”

“So, I went in and the first song I wrote was The Vampyre of Time and Memory. I hated it. I thought, ‘Who wants to hear this?’ Then Brody reminded me, ‘Who fucking cares?’ You got to start somewhere and the bottom can be a really great place.”

“This record was born from something rough, but I hope I’m not turning you upside down and trying to shake the change out of you. At the same time, when you’re making a record where reality and honesty is your only device, sometimes it’s going to get dark.”

SOUNDGARDEN TO RELEASE 'KING ANIMAL PLUS' IN SEPTEMBER

Soundgarden posted this on their Facebook a week ago, yeah I know we’re late on it:

Soundgarden will release a brand new repackaged edition of ‘King Animal’ internationally on September 2nd. ‘King Animal Plus’ will feature 5 exclusive live tracks recorded at the The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles and 1 acoustic track recorded at radio station 89X CIMX in Detroit.

TOM MORELLO COMMENTS ON CLASS OF 99 RECORDING SESSIONS WITH LAYNE STALEY

Former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello briefly commented on recording a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” in November 1998 with the one off supergroup Class of 99 for the soundtrack to the film The Faculty, which was released on Christmas Day in 1998. Morello said on his Twitter of working with Staley on the project that it was “mostly sad. He was not well bless him.” Kind of a short nugget but I know Layne fans like any information they can get.

Class of 99 consisted of Layne Staley, Tom Morello, Martyn LeNoble, Stephen Perkins, and Matt Serletic. It was Layne Staley’s last ever recording session, before going into permanent exile for the final 3 years of his life.  A music video for the “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” single was released in January 1999 and featured new footage of all members but Staley, who was represented by live 1995 Mad Season video.

STP ASKED SCOTT WEILAND TO SIGN AGREEMENT GUARANTEEING HE WOULD SHOW UP ON TIME, WEILAND SAID NO & DEMANDED MORE MONEY

Check out my new STP fan forum at STPfans.com

You can download the full ‘Stone Temple Pilots vs. Scott Weiland’ lawsuit by clicking here, here is a my summary of the lawsuit:

-STP’s partnership agreement signed in 1996 and 2010 is one that states the majority of the members of the band own the name especially in the event of a member leaving/being fired (The DeLeos and Eric Kretz outnumber Weiland)

-STP planned reissue of Core with two brand new songs, unreleased live recordings, limited fan edition collectibles, and a tour performing the album in its entirety. Scott Weiland and Dean DeLeo talked on the phone for two hours regarding ideas for the tour. The band were already planning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Purple. The band also met at Scott Weiland’s home in January 2012.

-Lawsuit mentions Weiland being late for 2012 tour dates as causing strife in the band, it even mentions bad reviews. They mentioned Weiland showing up two hours late to a show in Abbotsford and forcing them to cancel another date severely damaged their reputation in Canada.

-Mentions Weiland’s addictions derailing the band, and even cites Weiland’s autobiography as proof.

-Weiland had signed a contract to make STP his ‘first priority commitment’ so when he bailed on doing a full 2012/2013 Core 20th Anniversary Tour for his own solo tour he was in breach of contract.

-Weiland using ‘The Purple At The Core’ to promote his solo tour is in breach of contract, as STP’s contract shows that former members cannot promote themselves as former STP members or by using STP likeness, they even allege that Scott’s Twitter handle (@ScottWeilandSTP) is in breach of contract because STP is in the name.

-In January 2013 STP asked Weiland for written assurance that he would not show up late for concerts, he refused to sing the agreement and asked for a bigger cut of touring money.

-Weiland used STP songs in radio ads for his Purple at the Core concerts.

-STP allege that Weiland’s poor performances of STP hits at his solo shows have hurt their brand name.

-Weiland refused to speak to the band at points in 2012 and the band did not know where he stood with the band since he wouldn’t talk to them.

-When the remaining STP members announced they’d be performing at the MusiCares event in Los Angeles (prior to announcing Bennington as lead vocalist) Weiland’s lawyer attempted to block them from performing.

GRUNGEREPORT.NET OWNER OPENS STONE TEMPLE PILOTS FAN BOARD

Due to BelowEmpty.com closing, I have opened a new Stone Temple Pilots fan board called ‘STP Fans’ which you can visit by clicking here. The domain will be STPFans.com, I just registered the domain and it will soon forward to the forums.  For now click that link to go to it. It is still under construction but I thought it was important to open this immediately since BelowEmpty.com was the only STP fan forum on the internet. Lame that they closed it down without warning.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ANNOUNCE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL BENEFIT SHOW IN ARIZONA

Stone Temple Pilots have announced that on October 26, 2013 they will be performing in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Montelucia Resort & Spa.

From Stars of the Season and LPAssociation:

DKMEDIA BREAKING- 05|24|2013- As the Advisory Council/Committee Chair of Publicity and Public Relations for the Banner Health Foundation’s Stars of the Season Event, dkmedia is excited to announce our entertainment for 2013. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, with new front man, CHESTER BENNINGTON who will be attending, performing live, and other special media events are in planning. We were privately informed of the confirmation Tuesday night, by Mrs. Talinda Bennington, and their son, Tyler. This year is truly gonna be amazing. Thank you STP, Chester, and all the red-tape, middle men, executives, and management involved to make this happen.

Each year, the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona hold a fundraising benefit called Stars Of The Season. The Cardon Children’s Medical Center is a state-of-the-art pediatric medical facility that specializes in providing family-centered care in an environment created just for kids. The Stars Of The Season event was created to benefit programs and services at the Cardon Children’s Medical Center. This is especially important to the patients at the facility as a way to help restore hope to the children fighting complex diseases, injuries and defects.  Chester Bennington has been no stranger to the Stars Of The Season fundraiser or the Cardon Children’s Medical Center.

According to this heart-warming must-read article, Chester and his family have volunteered their time to visit the medical center with their Boston Terrier, who helps as a therapy companion dog. Also, it has been stated that Chester has performed at the Stars Of The Season benefit before.