Pearl Jam Tie U2 For Radio Play Record

Pearl Jam’s new single “Sirens” is already a radio hit, according to Billboard.biz. The power ballad Lightning Bolt single debuted at No. 23 on the Hot Rock Songs list, No. 19 on Rock Digital Songs, and No. 31 on Rock Airplay. It entered the Alternative chart at No. 39. This is Pearl Jam’s 38th single to enter the Alternative chart, tying them with U2 for the most charted titles in the Alternative chart’s 25-year history.

The official “Sirens” music video already has over 1.5 million views on YouTube.

Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart Goes After Thom Yorke For Trashing Spotify

Ex-Eurythmics member Dave Stewart discussed Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s criticism of Spotify in a new interview with The Guardian.

“Thom Yorke made a mistake there, him and Nigel Godrich,” says Dave Stewart. “They were misinformed. I think they just suddenly got a bee in their bonnet, because Spotify is one of the few companies that is transparent and actually pays properly – as a songwriter you should worship Spotify, because they’ve come along with a solution.”

Yorke and his Atoms for Peace bandmate Nigel Godrich removed their music from Spotify a couple of months ago and ripped it on Twitter.

Exclusive: Listen To Clips Of Two Unreleased Scott Weiland Songs From The 90’s

Ashley Hamilton was kind enough to send me two songs that prominently feature Scott Weiland on vocals,”Circles” and “Massive (Heart Attack)”. “Circles” is an upbeat sounding, eccentric yet dark rocker that was recorded as a track for the first Wondergirls album, an effort that went unreleased due to legal matters. The band featured, among others, Hamilton, Weiland, Troy Van Leeuwan of Queens of the Stone Age and A Perfect Circle, and Shannon Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars (predating that band). Fans of STP may recognize the chorus, which was reused as a part of “Dumb Love”, the opening track of 2001’s Shangri-La Dee Da. 

“Massive (Heart Attack)” has been of great STP fan interest due to Scott Weiland’s lead vocals and its “My Bloody Valentine” feel, according to the band. The assessment seems to be accurate. The tune has a post punk feel and its yet another STP related outtake which can go down as a classic, alongside tunes like “About a Fool” and “Only Dying”. The band will most likely officially release the two songs in their entirety in the future, but here’s two thirty second samples to hold you over until then.

Read Steve Albini’s Letter To Nirvana Preceding ‘In Utero’

The box set for Nirvana’s 20th Anniversary In Utero reissue includes a letter written from Steve Albini to the band regarding his at the time potential participation in the recording process. Albini’s opinions towards the album can be found below as well as pictures of the letter.

“If, instead, you might find yourselves in the position of being temporarily indulged by the record company, only to have them yank the chain at some point (hassling you to rework songs/sequences/production, calling-in hired guns to “sweeten” your record, turning the whole thing over to some remix jockey, whatever…) then you’re in for a bummer and I want no part of it.”

“I would like to be paid like a plumber: I do the job and you pay me what it’s worth. The record company will expect me to ask for a point or a point and a half. If we assume three million sales, that works out to 400,000 dollars or so. There’s no fucking way I would ever take that much money. I wouldn’t be able to sleep.”

“If a record takes more than a week to make, somebody’s fucking up.”

Setlist From Nine Inch Nails’ First Show Of Tension 2013 Tour

September 28, 2013
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN, USA

Setlist:
Copy of A
1,000,000
Terrible Lie
March of the Pigs
Piggy
All Time Low (Live debut)
Disappointed
Came Back Haunted
Find My Way
Satellite (Live debut)
I Would for You (Live debut)
Survivalism
Running (Live debut)
A Warm Place
Somewhat Damaged
Wish
Only
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole

Encore:
Even Deeper
In This Twilight
While I’m Still Here (Live debut)
Black Noise (Live debut)
Hurt

Chester Bennington Struggled With Vocals To STP’s “Black Heart” Until The Last Minute

In an interview with Artisan News Service new Stone Temple Pilots’ Chester Bennington revealed that he struggled with the lyrics to High Rise‘s second single “Black Heart” until 4AM the night before he had to leave to rehearse for a Linkin Park tour in Asia the following day.

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Kings Of Leon’s New Album ‘Mechanical Bull’ Debuts At Number One In U.K.

According to NME.com King of Leon new album Mechanical Bull has charted at number one on the UK Official Albums Chart. With this news this makes the fourth number one in the UK for Kings of Leon. The album has currently sold over 71,000 albums thus far in the United Kingdom and has bested competition from the likes of Canadian rapper Drake and English R&B-pop artist Jessie J.

Video: Watch Arcade Fire’s Post SNL Concert Special

Shortly after Arcade Fire finished their performance on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live NBC aired a 30 minute concert special directed by Roman Coppola. The group plays three new songs in this weird and retro-heavy special entitled “Here Comes the Night Time”, “We Exist” and “Normal Person”. The concert special also features cameos from famous Hollywood celebrities such as Ben Stiller, James Franco, Bono and more. You can view the concert special above.

Ashley Hamilton Talks Friendship With Scott Weiland, The Wondergirls & Iron Man 3

Once upon a time, a record label would mean a band’s avenue to success, or prove to be its undoing.  The Wondergirls, an ambitious project spearheaded by entertainer Ashley Hamilton, fell victim to the furtive tactics of the industry. Nowadays, with the advent of the internet, the concept of needing a label is obsolete. With that in mind, Hamilton and his partners in the group are planning a comeback.

In concept, the band, the brainchild of actor/songwriter Ashley Hamilton, was a late 90’s/early 2000’s rock and roll dream team: the roster was filled by some of the most popular artists of the time, including Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, Jay Gordon and Ryan Shuck of Orgy, Troy Van Leeuwen of A Perfect Circle, and Ian Astbury of The Cult. However, after recording a full length album, a string of mishaps led to the destruction of the band. Besides an interview with the Stone Temple Pilots fansite Below Empty last year that first unearthed some details of the group; not much was known about the ill fated band. This was before the band’s sudden and inexplicable return for the Iron Man 3 soundtrack, and I had the chance to talk with Ashley Hamilton himself and shed some more light on both incarnations of the project.

Ashley Hamilton, the son of legendary actor George Hamilton and the stepson of Rod Stewart. Hamilton’s rise to fame was in the early 90’s, acting in several films and appearing on Saturday Night Live with his ex wife Shannon Doherty (a relationship which was the butt of a joke in Kevin Smith’s Mallrats); in more recent years, Hamilton fell off the grid, falling victim to drug and alcohol abuse, making only minor appearances in television and film and performing stand up.

However, as of 2013, he seems to be back in the game, cleaning up and making his first major movie appearance in years, playing a literally explosive performance as the ill-fated Jack Taggart (known to comic book fans as the supervillain Firepower) in Iron Man 3. Seemingly out of the blue, the core lineup of the Wondergirls, minus Scott Weiland, released a rerecorded version of their only hit, a cover of Sly Fox’s “Lets Go All The Way”, for the film soundtrack. I had the chance to chat with Ashley about the circumstances surrounding their comeback. “Its been a long, hard road back,” explained Ashley. “Thank God I’ve been able to overcome it and get back in the game, it takes time… its been a long road back, and I’m grateful for it.”

The origins of the project can be traced to Ashley’s early solo musical career. “I was on Elektra Records, and we were getting ready to release an album, and I wanted to do a cover of Sly Fox’s ‘Lets Go All The Way’. Originally Fred Durst was going to produce it, but something happened, he fell out, and Josh Abraham came in.”  Despite initial objections from the label, the project moved forward at a steady pace, and Ashley started to fill out the studio with his friends in the business. He explained, “Jay Gordon [Orgy] got called, Mark from Sugar Ray got called, Ian Astbury got called, Weiland, Troy from Queens of the Stone Age, Doug Ardito from Puddle of Mudd, Shannon Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars.’ The result was a layered and industrial track,  perhaps courtesy of Jay’s involvement, combined with Ashley and Scott’s layered vocals. The tune was featured on MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch soundtrack.

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After realizing the chemistry they displayed on the track, the group of musicians decided to go ahead and record a full length album. Said Wondergirl Chris Lloyd of the project in an interview with Below Empty, “…the creative process went (and could only go in this case) effortlessly and spontaneously.  We were just having fun and trying to do something that was not being done at the time. No one involved was injecting anything like they were doing with their better known projects. In retrospect, I think The Wondergirls was a vacation from their bread and butter. If each person’s input sounded like what they were known for doing then it would have been a complete mess and would have sounded forced and confusing. We weren’t writing intricate music by any means. We all had common influences that we were not applying to the projects in our lives: Gary Newman and The Cars are the two that come to mind the most. Troy and I were tuning our guitars down to A sharp which was not only gratuitous but silly….still, the end result worked.”

Only one track from this recording session has been heard by the public, “Drop That Baby”. The tune had a very modern feel to it, once again taking the industrial sensibilities of Jay Gordon’s band and tuning up the playful tone. Ashley sings the verses and Scott the chorus, naturally in a Bowie-esque way. The chorus of the song is actually a modified version of the STP outtake “Heed The Water Whisperer”. Accompanying the tune was a bizarre BDSM themed video directed by Marc Racco.

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Other songs that were completed included “Massive (Heart Attack)”, a haunting Bowie-meets-MyBloody Valentine ballad with Scott on lead vocals. Ashley Hamilton and the other band members describe the song as the best they’ve recorded, and upon first listen, I agree that it really shows the untapped potential of the project. “Circles” is a playful, upbeat and distorted rocker with Hamilton and Weiland sharing vocals. The song’s chorus may sound familiar to STP fans, as it was reused for the bridge sections of “Dumb Love”, the first track on STP’s fifth album Shangri-La Dee Da, released in 2001 after the collapse of the Wondergirls. I also had the chance to listen to an unfinished track with no vocal audio during the verses, but with a complete chorus sung by Jay Gordon. The song has a very modern industrial/post punk vibe and probably would have been a radio hit had it been finished and released. Other songs that were worked on in some capacity included “Go My Way”,”Cookie Monster”, “Every Time”, “Kiss and Tell (The Train Song)” and  cover of Iggy Pop’s “Passenger”.

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Said Ashley, “It was one of those groundbreaking things, you knew it was going to be fucking huge. We had so many potential hit songs from that record, and we were so stoked.” Sadly, when the recording process was well underway, legal turmoil tore the band apart. “We started our record… the problem was that we were on so many labels, and [the labels] were fighting over money. We’re more than halfway done with the album, and one day we come in and Josh Abraham says there’s a problem… we should be finished in a couple of days, we’ll be back… that was the last of the project. People disappeared and went back to their own gigs, I didn’t have a gig. The thing was done.”

Any hope of releasing the finished music they had was lost when the master reels were lost in the shuffle. “Its just weird how it can just disappear and nobody can seem to know where it is. It just sounds weird to me.” I (half) joked saying that the band should put a live bounty on the master tapes’ location, to which Ashley replied that the band was considering it. “It was devastating, it was a tough, tough time of my life.”

With both his contract with Elektra and his partnership with the Wondergirls gone, Ashley started writing for artists such as Robbie Williams and Hillary Duff before succumbing to drug and alcohol abuse and mostly falling off the grid. After cleaning up in recent years, the salvation for Hamilton’s career lay with Marvel and Disney. “Iron Man came along, and I sent the demo version [of “Lets Go All the Way”] to them. They fucking went crazy. We decided to go and get back together, which was just me, Doug from Puddle of Mudd, and Jay from Orgy. Robbie Williams came in, which was awesome and amazing. We redid it.” Before Robbie came in, rapper Kev Knish rapped the third verse, an idea which was rejected by Disney.

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The band was confident in their comeback, but the song wasn’t the big hit they had imagined it to be. Said Ashley, “the fact was that the song was such a hit in ’87 meant the new version could’ve also been a huge hit…but unfortunately Hollywood Records didn’t promote anything from Iron Man.” That isn’t stopping the group from being optimistic about its future, for they plan to release an EP or album sometime in the near future combining material both old and new. “It still has a great sound, a relevant sound, and we really want to get that fucking record out.” The Wondergirls are already in talks to collaborate with various modern musicians, including Dominic Howard of Muse.

However, Scott Weiland is currently not among the musicians taking part in the revived Wondergirls. That doesn’t mean he’s out of the picture: Ashley and the others are actively seeking him out to no avail. “It was weird, because him and I were so close, and all of a sudden he’s hard to get a hold of. He was such a great part of the band. He’s one of the most talented people I’ve worked with  in studio. I really care about him. I love him like a brother. It kind of hurt me that all of a sudden I couldn’t get a hold of him anymore.”

Click here to listen to clips of “Massive Heart Attack” and “Circles”. And Scott, if you see this, maybe you could give Ashley a call sometime. I think the group needs you just as much as you need them.

Scott Weiland Reunites With Velvet Revolver Guitarist Dave Kushner

Former STP and Velvet Revolver vocalist Scott Weiland has apparently performed with Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner, alongside Gilby Clarke of Guns ‘N Roses and Camp Freddy members Donovan Leitch, Jr. and Billy Morrison. The event appeared to be a private party for actor Will Kemp. Details of the performance are scarce, but Instagram user allietotheb posted a brief clip of the band playing Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. Kemp tweeted the following photo.

Former Mars Volta Frontman Claims Velvet Revolver Hired & Fired Him

Former Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala claimed on Twitter last night that he is Velvet Revolver’s new lead singer in a clear attempt to hoax the rock media. Cedric’s girlfriend Chrissie Carnell tweeted, “I want to be the first to congratulate @cedricbixler_ on his new gig as the new lead singer of Velvet Revolver! So proud of you, baby!”  Hours later Cedric joked that he’d been fired.

Cedric sent out the following tweets regarding ‘joining’ the band:

It’s going to take some work but we will do ATDI covers when I start singing for velvet revolver. @SPINmagazine

Just out curiosity guys ….How many scarves should I hang from my mic stand ? #welcometothechankla #velvetrevolver #newsinger #cronuts

Listen to velvet revolver’s new single “Welcome 2da Chankla” streaming exclusively @pitchforkmedia featuring me @cedricbixler_

Derek Jeter just sent me a congratulatory gift basket in honor of my new gig as Belvet Revolver’s new front man. #rarewines #andfinecheeses

From now on all u suspicious bitchez shall address me as Mr VelvetDeer #newsingerofVelvetRevolver

Um……… I …….uhm ……..I just got kicked out of V e l vet Re volve R

Wait ! they called me back. I’m headed back to th’ studio for another sweet sesh’!

Hold up tweetple my bad, they wanted me ta pick up my silky ass scarves.

Velvet Revolver fired Scott Weiland in April 2008 when he decided to reunite with Stone Temple Pilots and have searched for a new singer off and on in the ensuing 5 years.  The band reunited for a one off performance with Weiland in Los Angeles in January 2012.  Weiland was fired by Stone Temple Pilots earlier this year and replaced by Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.

Smashing Pumpkins 25th Anniversary Celebration Will Be Fan Tribute Event, No Billy Corgan

The release of a poster yesterday for a Smashing Pumpkins 25th Anniversary Celebration at Billy Corgan’s Madame Zuzu’s Teahouse on October 4th has led to some confusion, with many believing Corgan would be performing at the event due to it being at his teahouse. The organizer contacted me to clarify what the event actually is is, “It is a fan based tribute to the music of Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins. The date coincides with the bands first performance with the four original members. Billy Corgan is not expected to perform or attend. I want to make this clear in order to not disappoint people. Here is the official Facebook event.

Video: Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood Plays Bass During Paris Fashion Show

While Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke tours the United States with his side project Atoms for Peace, fellow band members have found creative ways to keep themselves busy. Bassist Colin Greenwood recently gave what is said to be his first ever solo performance.

During a fashion show.

Greenwood was seen playing bass during a recent Fashion Week show in Paris while models walked the catwalk. You can view the performance above.

BBC Radio 1 Boss Claims Green Day & Muse Aren’t Good Enough For Their Playlist

In a new Music Week article, BBC Radio 1’s head of music George Ergatoudis and Music policy director Nigel Harding discuss why they’ve left out the likes of Green Day Muse & Noel Gallagher on their station’s playlist.

Harding said former Oasis member Noel Gallagher’s music “feels more at home on Radio 2.”

Of Muse Harding went a little more in-depth saying the following:

“Muse are approaching a crossroads – their last single was the first one not playlisted by Radio 1 in a decade. The door remains open to them but we’ll have to think carefully about their next album.”

And of Green Day? Harding borderline dismissed the band saying, “The last Green Day project simply wasn’t good enough.” Harding of course talking in reference to the group’s latest albums Uno!, Dos! and Tre!