BRENDAN O’BRIEN SAYS NEW PEARL JAM ALBUM TOOK MUCH LONGER TO FINISH THAN HE EXPECTED

Producer Brendan O’Brien discussed Pearl Jam’s new album Lightning Bolt in a new interview with Rolling Stone:

“We started working about a year and a half ago, maybe even longer. We did about six or seven songs that were ready. My idea was, “Let’s do these songs, make them great and be all excited about them, and then that will propel the band into writing the rest of the songs. We’ll get right back and do the rest of them.” Well, that didn’t happen. I was not able to get them into the studio for another year and a half.”

“[Laughs] They had a lot of things going on. I just don’t think they were quite ready just yet to do the whole . . . Once they finish a record, I think they know they’ve gotta crank the whole thing up. If they’re happy with the record, it sort of means they’re going to get the whole thing rolling. I just don’t think they were quite ready to do all of that. They all had various solo things going on.”

“That’s the best I can figure. You’ll have to ask them. Whatever happened, we got together about five months ago and started back up. We had a group of songs, and we picked from those. The good news is that we had sort of a template of songs that we started in the first session, and we knew we had to do something at least that good, or better. If they weren’t rising to that kind of level, we would just move on from there.”

In the interview O’Brien also confirmed our report that “Sirens” is a song on Lightning Bolt. He said it’s one of his favorite tracks on the album.

SETLIST FROM SMASHING PUMPKINS’ SHOW AT FALCONER SALEN

Falconer Salen
Frederiksberg, Denmark
July 31, 2013

Setlist:
Quasar
Panopticon
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
X.Y.U.
Disarm
Tonite Reprise
Tonight, Tonight
Cherub Rock
Gossamer
Pinwheels
Oceania
If There Is a God
Thirty-Three
Ava Adore
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
One Diamond, One Heart
Pale Horse
Today
Zero
Stand Inside Your Love
United States

Encore:
The Celestials (acoustic)
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans

PERRY FARRELL SAYS ERIC AVERY BLOCKED JANE’S ADDICTION FROM RELEASING SONGS RECORDED WITH TRENT REZNOR

In a new interview with Jay Mohr, Perry Farrell claimed that former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery blocked Jane’s Addiction from releasing the two songs they recorded with Trent Reznor producing in 2009: Embrace The Darkness and I’ll Protect You.

Farrell said, “There have been Jane’s Addiction songs that were really good that they didn’t want to do at all. I have two of them right now in the can.”

He described the conflict he had with Avery during the Reznor sessions, “It’s not even the lyrics, [Eric Avery and I] got into an argument about parts. A particular chord. As far as I’m concerned, the way it goes with music today, how easy it is to record music, try it. Don’t sit there like [in a baby voice] “Oh I don’t know I don’t want to because that’s not what I, I wouldn’t.” Look man why don’t we do this? Give me 5 minutes, have a little confidence. If we don’t like it [fine], but give me a chance here let me try it.”

Farrell added, “At the end [Eric Avery] didn’t enjoy that I would say, “Hey can we try this chord? I hear this one chord.” He would get all huffy, like he didn’t want to try it. The song got recorded anyways, Trent Reznor recorded them actually, so it would have been fuckin awesome. But he vetoed it and wouldn’t let the songs out.”

FOO FIGHTERS GUITARIST CHRIS SHIFLETT’S BAND RELEASES NEW ALBUM

Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett released a new solo effort with his band “Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants” entitled “No Hat and No Cattle”. The album features covers of classic country artists from artists such as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Don Rich and Buck Owens. Also included is one original song “A Woman Like You”.  For those interested you can get the album through either Amazon or iTunes. Special edition copies of “No Hat and No Cattle” can be found here.

CRASH KINGS FRONTMAN DISCUSSES DRAMA DURING STP’S FALL 2012 TOUR

The guitar-less hard rock band Crash Kings were the last band to support STP before the original lineup’s demise, opening for the band during their fall 2012 tour dates. According to frontman Anthony Believeau in a new interview with Alternative Addiction, any sense of unity between STP frontman Scott Weiland and the rest of the band was completely absent during the tour.

“We didn’t ever really see Scott; he rode in his own bus and the band kept themselves apart right up until they were about to get on stage,” Anthony explained. “The DeLeo’s and Eric are just incredible guys; they would hang out and the dynamic was great. Between them and Scott is a whole different story and that doesn’t come as news to anyone. Whatever potential drama was occurring, I stayed out of it and I never really knew what exactly was going on. What I do know is whenever they got on stage it was the real deal and Scott is one hell of a frontman.”

Weiland went on stage late at multiple shows, despite being present at the venues. I attended their performance in Bethel, New York and learned from a friend who worked at the venue that she had met Weiland in the lobby area to the museum an hour before the performance; the band didn’t emerge until at least an hour after their scheduled start time.

NIRVANA’S “IN UTERO” TO BE REISSUED THIS SEPTEMBER, SPECIAL FEATURES CONFIRMED

Following on the heels of their Bleach and Nevermind reissues, Nirvana have announced a 20th anniversary special edition reissue of their final studio album and arguable masterpiece, In Utero, to be released on September 23 of this year.

The expanded reissue will contain 70 extra tracks across three CDs and one DVD, including unreleased B-sides, demos, and even finished recordings, alongside a recording of Nirvana’s December 13, 1993 Live and Loud show in Seattle’s Pier 48. In addition to the extended version, a single CD remaster will be issued containing the core album.

JACK WHITE DONATES LARGE AMOUNT TO MUSIC FOUNDATION

According to Billboard, Jack White from the White Stripes, Raconteurs, and Dead Weather, has donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation. The NRPF is explained as: “a public/private partnership established to preserve and make accessible the recorded sounds of the United States… The NRPF is uniquely positioned to raise the necessary funds, marshal the expertise of skilled professionals, and reach out to the recorded sound community to build support for preserving our nation’s audio treasures.”

NRPF Executive Director, Gerald Seligman, commented on White’s donation saying, “it is our first and therefore provides the welcome opportunity to go from talk about the needs and priorities of audio preservation to concerted action. With this contribution we can now put up our basic structure, begin enacting the preservation plan – and give out our first grants. We’re committed to doing that right away, and certainly within the coming months.”

SETLIST FROM SMASHING PUMPKINS’ SHOW AT SENTRUM SCENE

Sentrum Scene
Oslo, Norway
July 30, 2013

Setlist:
Tonite Reprise
Tonight, Tonight
Cherub Rock
Starz
Rocket
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)
Disarm
Today
Quasar
Gossamer
Pinwheels
Oceania
If There Is a God
Thirty-Three
Ava Adore
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
One Diamond, One Heart
Pale Horse
Zero
Stand Inside Your Love
United States

Encore:
The Celestials
Porcelina of the Vast Oceans

EDDIE VEDDER MEETS MEMBER OF POP ROCK BAND 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER

While attending One Direction’s show in Seattle with his family, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder not only met the popular boy band but he also met a member of the pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer.  Below is a photo of Vedder meeting the pop rocker.

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5 Seconds of Summer tweeted: “Holy balls I’m fan boying.. I just met Eddie from pearl jam… HEHEHEHE SO HAPPY.”