Billy Corgan and his Resistance Pro wrestlers appeared on WGN yesterday.
Courtney Love may have just gotten off the hook in a defamation case against ex-laywer Rhonda Holmes last month, but her court battle yesterday was not nearly as successful. On February 20th, the singer went to bat in a libel case against Dawn Simorangkir, her former designer. Simorangkir and Love had battled it out in court back in 2011, when Simorangkir won a libel lawsuit.
This time, Simorangkir was suing due to comments that Love had carelessly made on the Howard Stern Show. During her interview, Love apparently said that Simorangkir had worked as a prostitute and had even stolen from her. However, Judge Michael L. Stern turned down Love’s anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) proposal.
A statue of a teary-eyed Kurt Cobain was unveiled yesterday in Cobain’s hometown Aberdeen, WA at the Aberdeen Museum of History as part of the ‘Kurt Cobain Day’ festivities to celebrate the late Nirvana frontman’s birthday. Sculptor Randi Hubbard began building the statue from concrete, pipes and other materials shortly after Cobain’s death in 1994 and after some resistance from city officials it is now being embraced and put display.
Below are photos of the statue from King 5:
“We cannot think of any other reasons to procrastinate,” Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett told Kerrang in a recent interview. “We’re kind of backed up into the corner now, so yes, we have to start working on the album. And I’m excited. James has, like, 800 riffs. I only have 400, but there’s not going to be any shortage of ideas. It’s going to be interesting to see how it turns out.”
He added, “We have little bits and pieces of music earmarked to become songs, and really that’s all I can say about it. We’re pretty psyched about it. We’re only procrastinating because we love being at home with our families, but we really do love writing songs together and making an album.”
Hammet said he hoped Metallica would have a new album out in 2015.
In observance of Kurt Cobain day professional wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer The Iron Sheik paid tribute to the late Nirvana frontman via Twitter. Sheik tweeted the following:
Kurt Cobain good music I love him but he no handle the moderation like the legend.
Years back, author Charles R. Cross released “Heavier Than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain.” Cross is now finishing up his second biography on the Nirvana frontman “Here We Are Now: The Last Impact of Kurt Cobain.” The book is currently available for pre-order and goes on sale March 18th.
Cross also revealed a snippet of the book to MTV: “Of all the aspects of Kurt Cobain’s legacy, Kurt himself would be most surprised by his impact on fashion. We know that to be true because by 1992, two years before his death, Kurt was already a fashion icon, and he expressed amazement to friends that a style of dress he had adopted out of practicality had become the stuff of runway shows. It surprised Kurt, but then everything the year after ‘Nevermind’ was head-shaking. Many rock stars have an impact on fashion, but Kurt’s influence has truly been a bizarre outgrowth of his fame, and one that will last (even if his music will undoubtedly be his greatest legacy).”
Click here to pre-order the book
Dan Carroll, someone with clearly too much time on his hands has found a way for an old dot matrix printer to play classic Foo Fighters hits.
I know, I’ve been waiting for the day to come myself.
Carroll explained via his Vimeo page how the conversion process from old printer to sound generator was done. You can watch this amazing printer play “Everlong” above.
Morrissey announced Summer 2014 dates. Below is a list of the shows announced.
Morrissey 2014 U.S. Summer Tour Dates:
May 7 – San Jose, CA (City National Civic Auditorium)
May 10 – Los Angeles, CA (Los Angeles Sports Arena)
May 13 – El Paso, TX (Plaza Theater)
May 14 – Albuquerque, NM (Sunshine Theater)
May 16 – Salt Lake City, UT (Kingsbury Hall)
May 17 – Denver, CO (Ellie Caulkins Opera House)
May 19 – Lincoln, NE (Rococo Theatre)
May 20 – Lawrence, KS (Liberty Hall)
May 22 – Dallas, TX (Majestic Theatre)
May 24 – Austin, TX (Austin Music Hall)
May 25 – Beaumont, TX (Julie Rogers Theatre)
May 27 – Memphis, TN (Orpheum Theatre)
May 28 – Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)
May 30 – St Petersburg, FL (Mahaffey Theater)
May 31 – Miami, FL (Knight Concert Hall)
June 4 – Atlanta, GA (Cobb Energy Center)
June 6 – Atlantic City, NJ (Revel Ovation Hall)
June 7 – Boston, MA (Boston Opera House)
June 10 – Baltimore, MD (Meyerhoff Symphony Hall)
June 13 – Chicago, IL (Civic Opera House)
June 14 – Flint, MI (James Whiting Auditorium)
June 16 – Lewiston, NY (Artpark Main Stage Theater)
June 17 – Wilmington, DE (Grand Opera House)
June 19 – Hershey, PA (Hershey Theatre)
June 21 – Brooklyn, NY (Barclays Center)
A promotional video for Guns N’ Roses’ “No Trickery! An Evening Of Destruction” has been released. You can watch the trailer for the event below:
The Harlem U.S.A. tour began earlier this year and will be ending on February 26th, stretching from east to west coast and hitting every big-name city in between. Headliners, New Politics, were supported by indie and synth rock groups, Sleeper Agent and Magic Man. This tour marks New Politics first time headlining a tour and was met with a positive response, shown by the crowded venue and much anticipation.
The first band to hit the stage was Sleeper Agent, following the footsteps of Cage the Elephant as their hometown is Bowling Green, Kentucky. Their set included a blend of tracks from their 2011 release “Celabrasion,” as well as their upcoming album, “About Last Night,” which will be available on March 25th. The six-piece group jammed out to hits like “Force a Smile,” “Get It Daddy,” and the more recent single, “Waves,” without losing their cool. If you’re interested in pink-haired chicks, uptempo rocking grooves, and sing-along songs, make sure to check out Sleeper Agent.
Magic Man was the next band to wow the crowd. Each song was paired with a synth hook and begged the audience to throw their hands in the air and jump around. Alex Caplow, the group’s lead singer, proved himself to be quite the frontman as he swayed about the stage and belted out each tune. Unfortunately, this will be Daniel, the band’s bassist, last tour with Magic Man.
New Politics finally took the stage and started off their set with three tracks from their debut album accompanied by lead singer, David Boyd, jumping about and playfully interacting with guitarist, Soren Hansen. Boyd then walked out onto the crowd, standing in the middle of the pit and being held up by fans while still flawlessly chanting the lyrics to “Dignity.” For songs like “Fall Into These Arms” and “Tonight You’re Perfect,” Boyd serenaded the female demographic in the audience. The band then delivered a captivating dance-off as drummer, Louis Vecchio, laid down some sweet beats and Boyd imitated a robot and transitioned to an impressive amount of breakdance moves. During a few slow songs such as “My Love” and a Justin Timberlake cover, an acoustic guitar and ukelele was brought out, which perfectly complimented the simple, yet romantic tracks. The first set was closed with fan-favorite, “Harlem,” as the entire crowd pumped their fists in the air and jumped up and down.
After the encore break, the band delivered 3 more songs with a contagious amount of energy. The whole audience sang along with the closer, “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” and the show ended Nirvana-style. After Soren Hansen threw his guitar in the air and David Boyd grinder his microphone across the guitar strings, the band said goodbye and they’d be back soon when they tour with Fall Out Boy and Paramore. While the overall concert seemed to reach more towards the female demographic due to their fan base, New Politics put on one hell of a show. Their mid-song antics along with the catchy hooks create a concert that is definitely memorable.
Photos (taken by Daniel Alguire of NBD Media):
Interviews for each band to be posted soon.
Welcome to the eighth installment of AlternativeNation’s newest feature, the New Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: My Goodness, Ded Rabbit, Stone Kings, and The Souldiggers Band. Click here to check out the previous feature. If you are interested in being in future installments of the feature, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered, or just have a kick ass song or two out there that we’ll notice. For now, here’s some songs that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!
Today Riley Rowe and Doug McCausland handpicked the submissions for this edition:
Be prepared for a conglomerate of wacky-tinged rock and creepy avant-garde punk, with a hint of alternative pop zest before you listen to The Burning of Rome. The five-piece group signed with Surfdog Records to release their third LP, With Us, in 2012 to much critical acclaim. After their successful release including hits such as “Ballad of an Onion Sprout” and “Little Piranhas,” the band toured throughout the US, stopping back at their local town of San Diego to record an acoustic, live album at the Belly Up venue. The Burning of Rome plan to release their next full-length album, Year of the Ox, this upcoming May.
Coming all the way from Chengdu, a major city in Western China, Proximity Butterfly miraculously blend progressive rock, psychedelic, and punk with the use of Chinese instruments. They grabbed the public’s attention after being featuring in Rolling Stone magazine early into their career. Their most recent release, Reprieve, was released in 2011 and featured experimentation in violas, clarinets, oboes, hand drums along with traditional rock instruments.
Influenced by 90’s groups such as Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr. and Queens of the Stone Age, The Glazzies have brought back tense verses and explosive choruses. Peter Landi runs this two-man band by playing drums, guitar, and belting out lyrics with support of Leander Kobolakis on bass. “Time Bomb Love” was their debut album release and contains hits like “Take It Easy” and “No More Lines.”
Circus Life consists of Tommy Zamp on vocals any guitars, Jakk on bass, and Rev Swank on drums. Their hard riffs are reminiscent of 80’s hard rock groups such as Guns N’s Roses and 90’s grangers like Stone Temple Pilots. Get a taste of Circus Life’s sassy and sweet grooves on their upcoming debut LP, “Little Secrets.”
Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell discussed the state of rock in a new interview with The Huffington Post:
“The music industry is very lost. It’s a funny story, but when you are making the money that the record industry used to make you could afford to be charitable with your time and with your songs and with everything else. Today these young men and women who are making music they are fighting and scratching and clawing to stay relevant. And record company distributors, record company presidents of the majors don’t care at all about that type of music or that type of song.
“I’ve heard this from the horses mouth of one [label] president talking about another president calling for a moratorium on rock music. You’ll never get that with pop — pop is what it is, you’re trying to be popular so you’re not trying to piss off anybody and you’re trying to make everybody like you. So that’s what the pop people are doing. So where does that leave people like us and Alice In Chains? You gotta be tough and pound the pavement and you gotta get on the bus and continually go out and tour and write music.
“We were lucky. We got in there just under before they called for that moratorium. Even though the labels now, I don’t know, I think they’ll maybe start to rethink it because my band and Jerry’s band, we’re doing well. They’re going to probably start rethinking it is because they said we don’t want that kind of music is because that kind of music is freely downloaded… But guess what? Everybody’s downloading now. My kids are 9 and 11 and they know how to get anything they want for free. So it’s going back to being cooler and being tougher and being more cerebral and really knowing how to play.”
In a new feature with Rolling Stone, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo discussed his adamant love for Nirvana.
“In some ways, I feel like I was Nirvana’s biggest fan in the Nineties. I’m sure there are a zillion people who would make that claim, but I was just so passionately in love with the music that it made me feel sick. It made my heart hurt. I can tell you the exact moment when I became aware of Nirvana: I was working at Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in 1990, undergoing my year-long transformation from being a speed-metal guitar player from New England to being an alternative songwriter and singer. The other, far-hipper employees at Tower kind of educated me. I remember they played ‘Sliver’ for me, and I was immediately in love.”
Cuomo then continued:
“We were in the studio making the Blue Album when In Utero came out, and we were on the same label as Nirvana, so we got to hear it pretty early. It just deepened our love affair with Kurt. Somewhere in the back of my mind was the hope and the fear that some day I might meet him. I would love to have met him – but then again, I was afraid of it, because I was quite certain that he would despise my music and everything we stood for.”
“After we finished the record, I was enrolled in community college in a music class. I remember coming out of the class and my friends telling me that Kurt had died. It was such a great blow – not only to me, but to everyone in Weezer, everyone we hung out with. It was very hard to listen to any other music for weeks after that. Everything just sounded shallow. Nothing sounded as sincere as Nirvana’s music. It took a long time for me to accept that any other music could be good in other ways. Including my own.”
Alex Turner made a speech about how rock and roll ‘will never die’ when Arctic Monkeys won best album at the BRIT Awards last night:
“Thank you. That rock & roll, eh? That rock & roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time and sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to some of its rules. But it’s always waiting there, just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. Yeah, that rock & roll, it seems like it’s fading away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Thank you very much for this. I do truly appreciate it. Don’t take that the wrong way and invoice me for the microphone if you need to.”
311 have released the official music video of the band’s new single “Five Of Everything,” off of their new album Stereolithic due out on March 11th.
Arctic Monkeys have announced their 2014 world tour:
05-02 Auckland, New Zealand – Vector Arena #
05-03 Wellington, New Zealand – TSB Bank Arena #
05-06 Sydney, Australia – Qantas Credit Union Arena #
05-07 Brisbane, Australia – Brisbane Entertainment Centre #
05-09 Melbourne, Australia – Rod Laver Arena #
05-10 Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Centre Theatre #
05-13 Perth, Australia – Perth Arena #
05-23-24 London, England – Finsbury Park $
06-06 Berlin, Germany – Pier 2
06-07 Berlin, Germany – Zitadelle Spandau
06-14 Louisville, KY – Iroquois Ampitheater *
06-17 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors *
06-18 Lewiston, NY – Artpark *
06-20 Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival *
06-21 Toronto, Ontario – Molson Ampitheater *
06-22 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavillion at Nautica *
06-24 Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn at White River State Park *
07-04 Rotselaar, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07-10 Lisbon, Portugal – Optimus Alive
07-12 Dublin, Ireland – Marlay Park
07-16 Villafranca, Italy – Castello Scaligero
07-17 Pistoia, Italy – Pistoia Blues Festival
07-19 Brittany, France – Les Vielles Charrues
# with Pond
$ with Tame Impala
* with White Denim
This spring, the world’s most iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses marks their triumphant return to Sin City for a second residency, An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery!, at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Mounting a second run due to overwhelming demand, the group is set to perform nine unparalleled raw and gritty rock shows starting May 21 through June 7.
Guns N’ Roses wowed fans and critics in 2012 with its first residency, Appetite for Democracy, at The Joint. The exclusive run featured a jam-packed set list, explosive pyrotechnics, eye-popping stage display and much more. This year’s engagement is bound to bring even more surprise elements as the group takes over for a once-in-a-lifetime rock ‘n’ roll experience.
Designed exclusively for The Joint in partnership with AEG Live, Guns N’ Roses’ No Trickery! An Evening of Destruction. No Trickery! residency will feature an all-new production to highlight the band’s legacy. The nine-show commitment will allow concertgoers to get up-close-and-personal with Guns N’ Roses while the group performs everything from its greatest hits to a few lesser known but beloved songs.
Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher discussed the possibility of an Oasis film at Bafta: ‘People have seriously approached me about that. It’s something that’s very strange but very tempting.’
‘If it means I get to come here and watch Brad Pitt eat a bit of salmon then I’ll make a film a year if I can.’
Gallagher said he’d want Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) to play himself, and joked that the film would be called ’20 Years A Geezer.’
A few years ago Gallagher said an Oasis film would have a depressing ending, so he’d rather have it work backwards.
Pixies’ Black Francis and Joey Santiago discuss their rig.