Billy Corgan posted the following on SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com last night:
Long, long day, but I’m happy to report we’re now past the halfway point as far as the 26 we began with. Started with ‘THE HUNTED,’ which if you may remember was one of those riff-type deals that had gotten the gussying up; chorus-style. Having added in some parts this morning, I was happy that my partners were receptive to the tweaks. Score: 1-0. ‘RUN TO ME:’ we decided there was no need an updated demo, and moved on; quickly. Score: 2-0.
“BURNT ORANGE-BLACK’ was next, and this is one of those songs that has that timeless ring to it. Slow, languid, but powerful, with a set of changes you could jam all night on. But…Howard said, “It’s no single,” and we agreed. Not that every song has to be a single, mind you, but ‘single’ here is code word for’ it could be better,’ or ‘this idea has more potential that it’s showing.’ With that I tried adding a stuttering guitar figure, and presto! Change-o! We at least had something that sounded radio-worthy, which is funny considering the staccato stuff was the only change. Shows you how thin the premise is a good song vs a great one. Etc, etc. Score: 3-0.
Quote of the day: “I’m intent on making some downside, magical shit.” Lastly, ‘PRETTY BLUE,’ our perusal leaving Howard with a pained look on his boyish face.
“Don’t like it?” I said.
“I do, but, hmm.”
Krist Novoselic announced earlier today on his Twitter that he was practicing Nirvana songs. Novoselic also responded to fans, telling them this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke, and gave further detail on his rig. Nirvana are set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th.
Founding Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic revealed in a tweet earlier today that he’s been practicing his bass, and mentioned Nirvana in his tweet. It was revealed earlier today that Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and that Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain will join Novoselic and Dave Grohl on stage for the acceptance speech.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea has written a memoir detailing his life experiences in the turbulent world of music, and Grand Central Publishing has decided to picked it up. Flea didn’t have any help publishing the still-untitled book, and it doesn’t have a release date yet. However, here’s a tantalizing press comment about what to expect: “His move from a ‘normal’ upbringing in the suburbs of New York to Los Angeles to live a bohemian life with a jazz musician step-father; his young, rebellious life on the streets of LA where he befriends Anthony Kiedis and founds the Red Hot Chili Peppers with Kiedis and two other high school friends; details about his sometimes complex friendship and collaboration with Kiedis; his myriad experiences with hard drugs; and, of course, the tumultuous creative journey of the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers through its various incarnations over the last 30 years, according to Flea.”
Jack White has announced that he will be putting out his second solo album in two years. The album Lazaretto is due out on June 10th and will be distributed through White’s Third Man Records label. For those who are a member of the Third Man Record’s vault a limited edition version of the album will be released for you. It will be pressed on split-color blue and white vinyl and also include blue b vinyl 7 inch with early song demos that appear on Lazaretto, a 40 page hard bound book and a letter-pressed linen postcard.
You can check out one of the tracks from the upcoming album entitled “High Ball Stepper” above
UPDATE: This was actually an April Fools joke, though the article was published on March 31st and it didn’t explicitly mention it was an April Fools joke, like we did with ours.
According to CrestFallen, The Smashing Pumpkins will release a 4 disc deluxe reissue of their classic Adore, with a remastering of the original album alongside three bonus discs, DVD, and a hard bound collector’s book. Tracklisting is as follows:
1. Annie Dog (early take)
3. Do You Close Your Eye
4. Blissed and Gone
5. Winter Afternoon
7. Crestfallen (demo)
10. To Sheila (demo)
11. My Mistake
13. Jersey Shore
14. Once in a While
15. Crestfallen (Drone Outtake)
17. Christmastime (demo)
1. Cash Car Star (Remix)
3. Ava Adore (remix)
5. Soots and Stars
6. Because You Are
7. Identify (vox)
9. Perfect (remix)
10. Fer Blues
13. Let Me Give The World To You
14. Everyday I Die
15. Daphne Descends (remix)
16. Behold! The Night Mare (remix)
17. Apples + Oranjes (remix)
18. Pug (remix)
1. To Sheila
2. Behold! The Night Mare
3. Daphne Descends
6. Apples + Oranjes
7. Once Upon a Time
9. Cash Car Star
10. Money (That’s What I Want)
12. Ava Adore
13. The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete
14. Let Me Give The World To You
In non April Fools Day news, Courtney Love has told BBC that she and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain will join Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic on stage for Nirvana’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Courtney said, “I wasn’t going to go [because I wasn’t in the band], but my manager told me it’s what widows and kids do.”
Courtney added that she hasn’t seen Krist and Dave in 20 years, but wants to get along with them at the show. She said Frances is excited as well.
In non April Fools Day news, R.E.M.’s frontman Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine will induct Kiss.
Rock journalist Charles R. Cross predicted Michael Stipe’s involvement in an exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net last month, noting that Stipe was the best and most logical choice due to his close friendship with Kurt and humble demeanor.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan blogged the following:
I’ll be fronting Nirvana at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. None of us want to live in the past though, so we won’t be performing any Nirvana material. Instead we’ll be doing a sonic interpretation of Theodor Geisel’s classic work The Cat in the Hat. I expect this performance to last about 12 hours. Dave, Krist, Pat, and Chad will be playing an important role in the performance, as they’ll be setting up our synthesizers. I’ll be on bass/synthesizers and Jeff will be on guitar, with a drum machine. We’ll have a Resistance Pro Wrestling match as well during the synth setup, which should take about 2 hours. It’ll be a Viagra on a Pole match between Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley, the winner gets a 10 dollar gift certificate to Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse.
P.S. I’ve got more important details if you scroll down below.
Iconic former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Stone Temple Pilots (The Artist Formerly Known As Scott Weiland) has released the following statement:
“See, I am the band. I told you. Say my name!”
Stone Temple Pilots (The Artist Formerly Known As Scott Weiland)
After a five year hiatus, Velvet Revolver have begun work on a new album with their new lead singer. In what many will see as an unlikely choice, Velvet Revolver have picked Grammy Award winner Seal as their new frontman.
Regarding his new job as VR’s frontman Seal gave us this exclusive statement:
“I started out as a rock singer, this is just a return to my roots. My kids have played with Slash’s kids for years. It was our kids who were always pushing us to jam. Once Slash and I finally played together the chemistry was immediate and we both said, “Let’s do it for the kids!” I know there will be a lot of naysayers but once people hear our new songs I think there will be no denying this band is a force to be reckoned with.”
Velvet Revolver are currently recording their third album with producer Brendon O’Brien in San Diego, California. They have released this exclusive video of the new Velvet Revolver lineup relaxing at a beach: