Slash Says Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Is ‘Closest We Ever Got To A Guns N’ Roses Reunion’

Slash recently discussed the unlikelihood of an original Guns N’ Roses reunion in an interview with WAAF:

“It’s a subject I just avoid. ‘Cause I’ve tried all different approaches on this particular subject. The thing is it’s been dead in the water since 1996. I’m not gonna joke about it. Anything I ever said that led anybody to believe that there might be any kind of a reunion was just me being nice. No one’s ever considered it. It’s not really in the cards. And the thing with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was that was the closest we got to it, or could have gotten to it, and it didn’t happen. And I said, ‘You know what?! Let’s just close the books. That was a very public event, and hopefully everybody gets it.'”

Steven Adler left Guns N’ Roses in 1990, Izzy Stradlin in 1991, Slash in 1996, and Duff McKagan/Matt Sorum in 1997.  Axl Rose has carried on with a revolving door new lineup since then.

Billy Corgan Credits Jeff Schroeder For Initiating Smashing Pumpkins Lineup Change

In a new interview with Illinois Entertainer, Billy Corgan discussed the Smashing Pumpkins’ recent lineup changes, and credited guitarist Jeff Schroeder for initiating the idea:

“I looked around, and I thought Jeff was the only person who really understood what I wanted to do, and was on the same page.  In many ways [he] was more hardcore about what the band needed to do emotionally and spiritually than I was, because I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it any more.  Jeff sort of cracked the whip and said, ‘We’ve got to take this to another level, or let’s just move on.’  So I responded to that, and Tommy was part of that.  It’s like okay, if we’re going to go here, well let’s find somebody who can take it up to even another notch, and he’s definitely that type of musician.”

The Smashing Pumpkins recently fired drummer Mike Byrne, and did not invite bassist Nicole Fiorentino to the studio and have hinted at her exit.  Tommy Lee joined the band as the studio drummer for the new album Monuments to an Elegy.

Unearth Announce New Album And North American Tour

Unearth will be releasing their sixth studio album, “Watchers of Rule,” on October 28th via eOne Music. The LP is being produced by Mark Lewis (DevilDriver, Whitechapel). Vocalist Trevor Phipps spoke about the album by stating, “It was a difficult record to put together but by the end of it, I think the songs were all there and it’s a f–king awesome record. So we’re all happy it’s about to finally come out.” Unearth has also announced a short North American tour along with acts Darkest Hour, Carnifex, Origin, I the Breather, and Black Crown Initiate.

Unearth/Shadows Fall/The Acacia Strain/War of Ages tour dates:
8/29 @ Frankfurt, Germany – Bechrock Helenesee
8/30 @ Essen, Germany – Turock Open Air
8/31 @ Rotterdam, Netherlands – Da Baroeg
9/1 @ Koln, Germany – Underground
9/2 @ Bridgend, UK – Hobos Music Venue
9/3 @ Derby, UK – The Hairy Dog
9/4 @ London, UK – Underworld
9/5 @ Liege, Belgium – CCC
9/6 @ Obererbach, Germany – Pell Mell Festival
9/7 @ Paris, France – Trabeno
9/8 @ Witerthur, Switzerland – Salzhaus
9/9 @ Ingolstadt, Germany – Eventhalle Westpark
9/10 @ Prague, Czech Republic – Futurum
9/11 @ Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Club
9/12 @ Brixen, Italy – Club Max
9/13 @ Linz, Austria – Posthof
9/14 @ Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal

Other Unearth dates:
9/15 @ Bucharest, Romania – Fabrica
9/16 @ Sofia, Bulgaria – Mixtape 5
9/17 @ Athens, Greece – An Club
9/18 @ Thessaloniki, Greece – 8ball Club
9/19 @ Skopje, Macedonia – Havana Club
9/20 @ Belgrade, Serbia – Dom Omladine
9/27 @ Alberton, South Africa – Sundowners (Krank’d Up Music Fest)
10/24 @ Austin, TX — Housecore Horrorfest

Unearth/Darkest Hour/Carnifex/Origin/I The Breather/Black Crown Initiate tour dates:
10/13 @ Montreal, Quebec — Les Foufounes Electriques
10/14 @ Ottawa, Ontario — Mavericks
10/15 @ Toronto, Ontario — Opera House
10/16 @ Joliet, IL — Mojoes
10/17 @ Rochester, NY — Montage Music Hall
10/18 @ Worcester, MA — Palladium
10/19 @ New York, NY — Studio At Webster Hall
10/20 @ Springfield, VA — Empire
10/21 @ Covington, KY — Madison Theatre
10/22 @ Winston Salem, NC — Ziggys

Listen: Mark Lanegan Debuts New ‘Phantom Radio’ Track “Floor Of The Ocean”

above: Image by Steve Gullick.

Mark Lanegan’s new album Phantom Radio is set for release on October 21 via Vagrant Records. The new LP, the details of which we revealed a few weeks ago, was recently teased by the vinyl-only EP No Bells on Sunday.

Ahead of Phantom Radio‘s release, The Quietus has debuted one of the album’s finest tracks, “Floor of the Ocean.” Shelley Brien, Lanegan’s girlfriend of the past ten years, joins him on vocals. In a Vagrant press release, Lanegan says of the ’80s new wave-inspired song: ““It’s rare for me to be moved by my own, but that song has a sadness that actually affected me when I heard it back. I’m very fond of it.”

Mark Lanegan’s Phantom Radio is available October 21 via Vagrant. A review from Alternative Nation is coming soon, but pass the time and check out Lanegan’s new track below:

UPDATE: In addition, Mark Lanegan has revealed the album artwork for Phantom Radio, which you can view below. The artwork features Gustavo Rimada’s “Santa Muerte.”

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Exclusive: Rockstar Spud Talks ‘Dirty Sheets’ TNA TV Rumors, Meeting Vince Russo & Rips ‘This Is Awesome’ Chants

Rockstar Spud made his debut as a regular character on TNA television in late 2013, and he has quickly become wrestling’s funniest villain. Spud will do anything to rile up fans, even correcting their spelling on Twitter, and wearing colorful suits every Wednesday on SpikeTV’s Impact Wrestling. In this in-depth interview, Spud discusses his friendship with ‘best friend’ Ethan Carter III, Dixie Carter’s recovery from her table spot, meeting Vince Russo, Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Bully Ray’s rumored TNA exit, ‘This is awesome’ chants, and comments on the ‘dirty sheets’ rumors about TNA’s fate on SpikeTV.  Check out our recent interviews with Jeff Hardy, Dean Ambrose, Ethan Carter III, and Seth Rollins in our Wrestling section.

How is Madam Dixie doing? Have you and Ethan been helping her with the recovery process?

Well how do you think she is? She’s got a broken bloody back. God bless her, but she’s doing okay. She is back up and walking around the office. I heard she’s giving Serg a hard time, while me and Mr. Carter are at the shows. That’s to be expected, she’s a pretty demanding woman. I’m pretty sure that she’s going to recover from it, and be back better than ever.

You talk about ‘no girls allowed’ on Twitter, what exactly do you mean by that? Does this include Madam Dixie?

(Laughs) This doesn’t include Madam Dixie, she’s a special kind of woman. But yeah, no girls allowed, because girls just annoy, and they smell. Girls just really annoy me, really annoy me.

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When you came on TV full time, were you apprehensive at all about being more of an on air personality, a Bobby Heenan type, than full time wrestler? Do you see your role changing at all with more matches, maybe in the X-Division? Are you okay with your current role?

I was perfectly happy jumping into the role, have no problems with the position I’m at right now. It was never an issue being an on air personality, I feel that my strength is my personality. So in regards to being put into more matches, that’s great, but I honestly feel that my strength is not being in the X-Division, I actually think that would be [kind of a] detriment to my character. What’s great about Rockstar Spud, is he’s constantly in the land of the giants, he’s constantly against the odds. If you put Rockstar Spud in there with the same height as you, then you’ve lost what’s unique about Rockstar Spud. I don’t believe – it would be a detriment for the character to be in the X-Division. I honestly think he should be a little guy, the little engine that could, and will, and he’s in the land of the giants. Because the visual of me standing against a Bully Ray, or Rob Terry, or Knux, or any of these giant monsters that we have on the Impact Wrestling roster, I think there’s the visual, and there’s the entertainment. I don’t think there’s much mileage in Rockstar Spud being in the X-Division personally.

What were your first impressions of Ethan when you met him, and how has your friendship with him grown? He told me had to keep track of your potty mouth, to make sure you don’t swear around children and old ladies.

Yeah, I’m not exactly the prince of tact. If I’ve got something to say, I’m going to say it. Usually I’ll be oblivious to my surroundings, I’ll be talking to my friends, and when I’m talking to them I don’t expect anybody else to hear my conversation, or listen in, as that’s quite rude as my mother taught me. I am quite loud, I am quite boisterous, and usually when I’m letting out the odd curse word, all of a sudden an old lady will appear out of nowhere, or a small child. It could be at a restaurant, and the parents will look over at me in disgust, so [Ethan] does have to keep tabs on me.

[Ethan]’s a wonderful human being, he’s a great friend, in and out of the ring. I couldn’t ask for a better person to share moments on screen with, we just have those kinds of personalities. We hadn’t met each other before, and as soon as we did, we clicked. He have the same brain in regards to pro wrestling, we think the same way, we know our role, we know our place. We both have big aspirations, we both want to become successful, we both want to be the World Heavyweight Champion, we both want to be the guy. The thing is, everyone will look at Ethan and think, that could be a plausible claim, he could be the guy. What he respects about me, is that even though I don’t have the physique, the look that he does, that I also have aspirations like him of being World Heavyweight Champion. It’s just one of those things, we both clicked straight off the bat, and we’ve been friends ever since. He’s one of my closest friends, he’s someone I’ll always go to for guidance, or to blow off some steam. I can’t believe another company just completely missed the boat with him, because he’s the most entertaining thing I’ve seen on pro wrestling television in the last 12 months.

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What are your memories of your Impact appearances in the first half of 2013, after winning British Boot Camp? How much did you get to talk to guys like Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff?

I mean I said my hellos and pleasantries, but you’re not exactly in a place where you can dictate your future, so to speak. To be honest I look back at my sporadic appearances I had on Impact after winning British Boot Camp, and I would have let me go. I really would have, because there was no depth, I wasn’t projecting through the television, and that’s an important thing, I knew that every time I performed. When I was given the role of Chief of Staff, it was a blessing because everything I’d learned in OVW from Al Snow, Rip Rogers, and Danny Davis had all sunk into me. But I just needed a fresh [start] to project it all, and when they said we want you to be Dixie’s Chief of Staff, I was like, ‘Yes! Thank you, and I’m going to knock this out of the park for you.’ They were like okay, we’ll see, and I was like, ‘No, you’ll see.’ It was just perfect timing, right place, right time, right opportunity, and I’m very happy with how it’s gone.

Ethan told me that John Gaburick was the guy who helped him formulate his character in TNA, did John also decide to bring you on?

John was the man that called me, yes. I believe that there were some thoughts on what to do with me, and they decided to go with me as the Chief of Staff over someone else. I personally can’t see anyone else being Dixie’s nephew than Ethan Carter, I can’t obviously see anyone else being Samuel Shaw, other than the man Samuel Shaw, and I can’t obviously see anyone else being a Bro Man like Jesse and Robbie E., and I can’t see anyone else being the Chief of Staff other than Rockstar Spud. It just shows that you once embellish in a character, you can’t see anyone else playing it, that’s them. That’s what’s so rewarding when you have a writing team like we have, that just gives us the opportunity and let’s us run with them, it’s a blessing.

Have you considered dropping ‘Rockstar’ from your name in TNA, with that character kind of being dropped? Have you thought about just going by Spud again?

Absolutely not, absolutely not. Every so often I’ll get someone going, ‘Why do you call yourself a rock star? It’s so annoying, you’re not even a rock star.’ [My response is], ‘Is it pissing you off? Okay, then it stays.’ My job isn’t for you to like me (chuckles), you can ask me til the cows come home, ‘Why do you wear this stupid bowtie? Why do you wear this stupid suit?’ If you’re asking the question, you’re obviously not that smart.

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(Laughs) Now with some current events in TNA. TNA’s TV contract has been extended through December with the move to Wednesdays, but obviously you’ve seen the reports that Spike will not keep Impact on beyond that, with rumors of Discovery’s Velocity channel. What kind of communication has management had with you guys regarding the deal? Have there been meetings about it? How have you been talking to management, and getting updates on the deal?

Well, a lot of the time I hear about meetings that have taken place with the talent, that have not actually even taken place. (Chuckles) So I’m always amazed you read the dirty sheets, and what information they seem to have. But management is great at communicating to us what is going on, where we’re at with negotiations, and it’s awesome because we have that kind of report with the offices here in TNA. With the move back to Wednesday, which I think is fantastic, because Spike has been a tremendous partner for TNA, and always has been the whole tenure with them. They gave us another day to build our audience, again, and we can get new fans on a Wednesday, we’ve got the fans from Thursday, once the word gets out we can attract the fans who have their TV schedules freed up on a Wednesday. I firmly believe that wherever Spike put us on their channel, no matter what day or the time, we would make it a success, because that’s the type of fans we have. They follow us everywhere, and they want to watch our product. So wherever Spike would have put us, it would have been a success, and they’ve been a great partner, so I hope it continues.

Ethan told me that Bully Ray did actually hold somewhat of a meeting with the locker room, just to tell you guys about the status of his contract, but that it might have been blown out of proportion. But what do you think about Bully Ray possibly leaving TNA?

Well I wasn’t personally there, because I was in England filming British Boot Camp 2, and helping out with that process. If someone like Bully Ray has to depart from the company, that really does suck, because he brings a tremendous amount to the company, in a backstage role and an on screen role. I’ve said this in interviews before, if Hulk Hogan was around in the 80’s and so was Bully Ray, there wouldn’t be a Hulk Hogan because Bully Ray would have knocked him out of the park. Because Bubba has that connection with the audience, whether you love or hate him, he can connect, and get inside your soul (chuckles), you know what I mean? It would be a tremendous loss if Bully Ray had to depart from TNA, but let’s see who is going to step up and take that place. This is the wrestling business, when one opportunity falls away, it’s another opportunity for somebody else. So it would be good to see who steps up from there, but if he leaves the company, would I be disappointed? Absolutely, but like I said, it would be interesting to see who stepped into that role.

How was it filming those skits at AJ Styles’ house, and working with AJ near the end of his TNA run?

Wonderful, I mean I’ve known AJ from the independents all of the times he would come over to England. That was fun, they did more for the Rockstar Spud character, they did some great writing for me, they’ve always done great writing for me. No matter what they’ve given me, when you originally read it, I’m sure a lot of people who are very serious about their character and everything, I take my character serious, but when I see something like the [AJ thing] written with me breaking into his house, going to a bar, driving across America, or be kidnapped by Willow, I embrace that sort of stuff. Let’s make this entertaining TV, and I think the writers are doing a tremendous job, and they’ve been brilliant to me. I just hope they know that whatever they put Rockstar Spud in, Rockstar Spud is going to make it successful and entertaining.

How was it hanging out with Vince Russo when he came by Nashville, and what did you think about him leaving TNA?

I didn’t actually know that Vince was with TNA, up until fairly recently obviously. He was a nice gentleman, it was just a couple of dudes talking about pro wrestling really, and that was it. I mean, I’m pretty sure it was blown out of proportion more than it was, it was just a couple of dudes that met up and spoke about professional wrestling. It’s sad when anyone leaves the company, but as I said, that’s the wrestling business, sadly.

Did you get to work with Jeff Jarrett a lot last year when he was around?

Very briefly, at the last couple of tapings [in 2013] he was there. I came in mid November, and Jeff was there until the end of the year. My brief dealings with Double J have always been good, he’s a really entertaining man, and he’s got a good mind, I wish him the best of luck in whatever he’s going to do.

Have you ever considered acting, or doing standup comedy? Whenever I watch the show I think you’re one of the guys who could cross over into that.

It’s something I’ve always thought of, and would love to venture into. Whether it’s acting, comedy, or standup comedy. Jeremy Borash is very successful with stand up comedy, he’s been on some of Mick Foleys tours. I’d love to jump in two feet on that, because I’ve heard it’s a very humbling experience, but also a very good experience to kick you in check. It would be a nice art form to learn, I’ve always been interesting in acting, and any form of entertainment really. Theater I think is amazing, sitcoms I’ve always been thoroughly interested in. I’m open to any sort of opportunity with any form of entertainment, but those are some of my favorites. I love standup comedy, I think it’s a very amazing art form. Film, television, I’m a very big movie buff as well. Hopefully if somebody sees me on Impact Wrestling on Wednesdays doing my thing, they’ll go: ‘Oh there’s someone there.’ You never know.

Eric Young’s done well with reality TV.

How fabulous is he doing? He literally just crossed over from pro wrestling into another mainstream market. I was sitting on an airplane, on the way to an event, and I’m in the middle of these two gentlemen having this discussion, ‘Hey that’s that guy, that Eric Young guy.’ They’re going on about his fishing show, and really just marking out over the fact that Eric Young is on the flight, ‘Yeah, he’s that wrestler as well, I wouldn’t mess with him.’ (Laughs) It was just so weird, sitting in the middle and not saying anything, like, ‘Yeah, that’s my friend, I know him.’

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TNA have 3 or 4 tapings in Bethlehem coming up at the end of September, just 2 or 3 weeks before Bound For Glory. Are you guys going to be taping shows that are going to air after Bound For Glory, and what’s that mean for Bound For Glory? Do you have any ideas about that schedule?

I have absolutely no idea sir. We’ll find out in Bethlehem obviously what we’re taping. Bound For Glory’s going to be really exciting, a massive event for the company, because we’re going to be taping in Tokyo, Japan. Looking forward to going back to Japan, I was there earlier this year with Ethan Carter III for Wrestle 1. It’s a great partnership that we have with them, they’re tremendous. So on that front, really don’t know, but looking forward to finding out just like you are.

What do you think of the tendency of heels today, especially in WWE, still wanting to come off as cool as heels? You see it with guys like, no disrespect towards him, Bray Wyatt, and some other guys. There’s a lack of cheating as well. What do you think of the art form of the heel, disappearing a bit in some of professional wrestling?

I think you can’t draw money without love and hate. It’s the same as a movie, where if there’s nothing for, let’s call it the babyface, to overcome, then how are we supposed to care? I don’t understand how you wouldn’t want to be someone who is this badass character and not cheating, you just want to be him because he’s beating people fair and square. It happened in horror films, Freddy Krueger became the babyface, that’s what happened. With that love and hate, I love this person enough because I want to see him win, so I’m going to get off my couch and pay money to see him win. I want to see who I love, beat the hell out of this guy, because I hate him, I’m going to pay money to see this guy lose and throw it in his face live. You see these matches that everybody is chanting, ‘This is awesome! This is awesome!’ It’s kind of like, (disinterested) oh, having a great spectacle, but are you going to pay to see it again?  Nah, I’ve seen it man.  And that’s what really bugs me about it, my job is to get you pay money to see me get my ass kicked.  It’s not for me to turn up and have a 5 star match.  My job is to have you come and pay money to see me get beat up, and that’s it.  People misconstrue that, I think some companies directions, they say are going away from the fundamentals of what this business is, which is good vs. evil.  But they’re actually still doing it (chuckles), but they’re just saying it’s their way.  It just doesn’t make sense to me.

How is British Boot Camp Season 2 coming along, how it going to be different format wise from the first one?

It’s going to be very different in regards to the audition process, because instead of them just selecting 4 people, they’re going to be selecting a number of people, out of a number of people who apply in the United Kingdom.  Then they’ll go onto a big show in the capital of London, then they’re going to find 6 people to take, so it’s going to be bigger and better, because it’s obviously Series 2.  It’s such a good concept, everybody loved the first series, it was such a success, it’s really cool to see people get the opportunity that I had.  I’m having the best time of my life, making some of the best friends, having all these great opportunities.  I hope someone else gets to share what I’ve shared.

Billy Corgan Says A Kid Will Take Kurt Cobain’s Throne

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan proclaimed in a new interview with Self-Titled Mag that a kid will one day take the Kurt Cobain seat in Rock N’ Roll again

“The generation coming up now isn’t interested in kissing the ring. They’ve inspired me to live my own life and do my own thing. In my own wacky way, my path is connecting with theirs.”

“There will come a day when a kid’s sitting in the Kurt Cobain seat again. Or the John Lennon seat. And those systems will come calling: ‘Time to kiss the ring; we’ll anoint you.’ And that kid’ll say, ‘You know what? I don’t want anything to do with your system.’ When that kid crosses the line, it’ll be like that moment in The Matrix where everything shatters. That kid—boy or girl—will break the system with the purity of their own heart.”

“That sounds like a lyric to one of my songs, but it’s really what I believe. Whatever I thought was my sword in the battle, I’ve accepted that’s not my role. My role is to be happy, to be a good, consistent artist. Once I realized that, the sky got blue again.”

No Doubt, 5 Seconds of Summer & More Celebrities Attend Soundgarden & NIN’s Hollywood Bowl Show

Some celebrities attended Soundgarden & Nine Inch Nails’ show last night at the Hollywood Bowl. See some tweets, Instagrams, and photos below:

5 Seconds of Summer drummer Ashton Irwin:

No Doubt guitarist Tony Kanal:

Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly:

Moby:

Setlist From Soundgarden & Nine Inch Nails’ Show At The Hollywood Bowl

Soundgarden Setlist:
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Spoonman
Gun
Outshined
Jesus Christ Pose
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Fell on Black Days
A Thousand Days Before
Rusty Cage
Black Hole Sun
Beyond the Wheel

Nine Inch Nails Setlist:
Copy of A
Sanctified
Came Back Haunted
1,000,000
March of the Pigs
Piggy
Terrible Lie
Closer
Gave Up
Disappointed
Find My Way
The Great Destroyer
Eraser
Wish
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole

Encore:
Hurt

Oasis Feud: The Best Of Noel Gallagher vs. Liam Gallagher

Oasis’ Gallagher brothers have been at each others throats their entire careers, including: physical fights, Liam refusing to perform at Oasis’ MTV Unplugged performance, and many other trainwrecks.  The feud though escalated in the press following Oasis’ 2009 split, before dissipating this year.  Below see the Gallaghers’ best insults from the band’s later years, and post break up.

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Noel Gallagher (The Guardian 2005):

“[Liam] was talking in a Scouse accent for three days. He told me I should refer to him as John [Lennon] and I was like, ‘I just prefer ‘cunt’, man.”

Noel Gallagher (Q 2006):

“[Liam]’s gone to the zoo. The monkeys are bringing their kids to go and have a look at him.”

Noel Gallagher (Herald Sun 2008):

“I read these interviews with [Liam] and I don’t know who the guy is who’s in these interviews, he seems really cool, because the guy I’ve been in a band with for the last 18 years is a fucking knobhead.”

Liam Gallagher (NME 2008):

“I’m a better singer than [Noel].  I’m the man, man.”

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Noel Gallagher (ABS 2009):

“I am eternally spring, but my brother Liam is like the blackest winter ever.”

Noel Gallagher (Q 2009):

“[Liam]’s rude, arrogant, intimidating and lazy. He’s the angriest man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.”

Liam Gallagher (NME 2009):

“It takes more than blood to be my brother”, and declaring: “He doesn’t like me and I don’t like him.”

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Liam Gallagher (Daily Star, 2011):

“The people that go: ‘Oh, Beady Eye is not Oasis,’ well, Noel’s music ain’t Oasis either,” he said. “It might remind you of it but there’s something missing – fucking me.”

Liam Gallagher (Q 2011):

“Listen, [Noel]’s a mouthy fuck too. He said we had a year to come up with a band name and came up with Beady Eye. He had three and came up with the High Flying Turds. I don’t know who dressed him but he looks like something out of Westlife.”

Liam Gallagher (The Guardian 2011):

”That’s the thing that makes me want to throw up. I just look at him now and think, ‘You’re a fucking fake’.”

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Noel Gallagher (Press Conference 2011):

“On the way out [of the dressing room in 2009, Liam] picked up a plum and he threw it across the dressing room and it smashed against the wall. Part of me wishes it did end like that, that would have been a great headline.  Then he kind of leaves, he goes out the dressing room, for whatever reason he went to his own dressing room and he came back with a guitar and he started wielding it like an axe and I’m not fucking kidding. And I’m making light of it because it’s kind of what I do, but it was a real unnecessary violent act, and he’s swinging this guitar around, he nearly took my face off with it.”

Liam Gallagher (Twitter 2011):

“[In respond to press conference quote] SHITBAG!”

Liam Gallagher (Daily Mail 2011):

“I’m quite prepared to go head to toe (sic) verbally, physically, musically, mentally with Noel Gallagher.”

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Liam Gallagher (Lawsuit Statement 2011):

“I am used to being called all sort of things by Noel and I have in the past said things about him, but what Noel has alleged this time went way beyond rock-and-roll banter and questioned my professionalism.” He added, “This is not about money, all I want is a full apology from Noel.”

Noel Gallagher (NME 2012):

“[I wouldn’t reunite Oasis], not even if all the starving children in the world depended on it.”

Noel Gallagher (BBC6 2012):

“[Liam]’s like a squeaky toy that swears a lot… in a blazer.”

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Liam Gallagher (Q 2013):

“Fuck Oasis as far as I’m concerned and fuck Noel Gallagher. The thought of going onstage with that fucking idiot and hanging out with his daft mates, the pretend drug addicts and all his snobs from Sloane Street. Fuck that, not interested, mate.”

Liam Gallagher (NME 2013):

“If you want to play fucking Oasis songs put the band back together and stop being a fucking gobshite.”

Liam Gallagher (Clash Music 2013):

“The fuckin’ geezer that’s in the band? I fuckin’ absolutely fuckin’ despise [Noel when he’s in the band]. And I guess he feels the same way. But if you speak to him, he’ll probably go: ‘Yeah, I know; I hate both the cunts’. But yeah, I love our kid when he’s not surrounded by the bullshit.”

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Parodies Game Of Thrones, Mad Men At Emmy Awards Medley

During Monday’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, recent chart-topping parody musician ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic hit the stage for a mid-show performance that parodied several Emmy-nominated shows and their theme songs. With help from comedy actor Andy Samberg, Yankovic performed comedy versions of theme songs from television shows such as Game of ThronesMad Men, and Homeland.

Yankovic’s Game of Thrones parody urged book series writer George R.R. Martin to write more books, while SNL alum Samberg made an apperance as Thrones’ Joffrey Baratheon. Meanwhile, Yankovic tells Vulture that a nod to HBO series True Detective was cut due to time constraints.

Watch ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic parody Emmy-nominated series in his medley below:

Members From Avenged Sevenfold, Lamb Of God, & Devin Townsend Project Featured On New Pitch Black Forecast Album

Pitch Black Forecast, a project formed by Jason Popson (J mann from Mushroomhead) and Gene Hoglan (Death, Strapping Young Lad, Dark Angel, Dethklok, Fear Factory), will be releasing their second album, “As the World Burns,” on October 21st via Ferocious Records. The LP features guest musicians M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold), Randy Blythe (Lamb of God), Devin Townsend, and Human Furnace. You can view the track listing, artwork, and a track from the upcoming album below.

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“As the World Burns” tracklisting:
1. Open Letter To God (Feat. Devin Townsend)
2. Landmine” (Feat. M. Shadows)
3. Season In Hell
4. As The World Burns
5. Hearts Of Darkness
6. Dialtone
7. So Low (Feat. D. Randall Blythe)
8. Atonement
9. Wrapped In Plastic (Feat. Human Furnace)
10.Ornament
11.Lighthouse

Slipknot Reveal Album Title, Tracklisting, Artwork, & Tour With Korn

Slipknot has released details regarding their first album in six years. The band’s fifth studio album, “.5: The Gray Chapter,” will be released on October 21st followed by Knotfest dates and a tour with Korn and King 810. This LP will be the first Slipknot release without bassist Paul Gray and drummer Joey Jordison. You can preorder the album right now on iTunes by clicking here.

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“.5: The Gray Chapter” tracklisting:
1. XIX
2. Sarcastrophe
3. Aov
4. The Devil in I
5. Killpop
6. Skeptic
7. Lech
8. Goodbye
9. Nomadic
10. The One That Kills the Least
11. Custer
12. Be Prepared for Hell
13. The Negative One
14. If Rain Is What You Want
15. Override (bonus track)
16. The Burden (bonus track)

Slipknot/Korn/King 810 tour dates:
10/29 – El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
10/31 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
11/01 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center
11/02 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
11/04 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
11/05 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
11/06 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
11/08 – Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
11/09 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premiere Center
11/11 – Denver, CO @ Denver Coliseum
11/19 – Baltimore, Md. @ Baltimore Arena
11/21 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
11/22 – Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
11/23 – Ft. Wayne, ID @ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
11/25 – Moline, IL @ iWireless Center
11/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
11/28 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
11/29 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
11/30 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
12/02 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena
12/03 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
12/05 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
12/06 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
12/07 – Boston, MA @ Paul E. Tsongas Arena

Watch Music Video For Limp Bizkit’s “Endless Slaughter”

Limp Bizkit’s upcoming seventh studio album, “Stampede of the Disco Elephants,” is planned to be released later this year via Cash Money and Republic Records. The LP is being produced by Ross Robinson and will feature tracks “Lightz,” “Ready to Go,” “Endless Slaughter,” and a cover of Ministry’s “Thieves.” You can watch the recently released music video for “Endless Slaughter” below:

Static-X Frontman & Powerman 5000 Announce Tour Dates

Static-X frontman, Wayne Static, has just announced a North American tour with Powerman 5000 throughout November. American Head Charge will open for the two co-headling bands for the tour.

Wayne Static/Powerman 5000/American Head Charge tour dates:
11/6 — Waterloo, IA — Spicoli’s Rock Garden/Reverb
11/7 — Madison, WI — High Noon Saloon
11/8 — Kimberly, WI — Savagefest @ Tanner’s Entertainment Complex
11/9 — Fort Wayne, IN — Piere’s
11/11 — Joliet, IL — Mojoe’s
11/12 — Cleveland, OH — Agora Theater
11/13 — Flint, MI — Machine Shop
11/14 — Syracuse, NY — Lost Horizon
11/15 — Stafford, CT — Palace Theater
11/16 — New York, NY — BB Kings
11/17 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Soundstage
11/19 — Wilmington, NC — Ziggy’s
11/21 — Atlanta, GA — 120 Tavern
11/22 — Winston-Salem, NC — Ziggy’s
11/23 — Knoxville, TN — The International
11/26 — San Antonio, TX — Backstage Live
11/27 — Tyler, TX — Clicks
11/28 — Houston, TX — Scout Bar
11/29 — Dallas, TX — Trees
11/30 — McAllen, TX — Metropolis

Rock N’ Roll Feuds: The Best Of Billy Corgan vs. James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin & D’arcy Wretzky

The Smashing Pumpkins feud is an interesting one, as it involves many different sub-feuds. Below are some of the most entertaining quotes from the feud, which didn’t really become public until Billy Corgan posted a blog in 2004 blaming James Iha for The Smashing Pumpkins’ breakup. The feud between Corgan and his former bandmates escalated in the press when he fired Jimmy Chamberlin in 2009, but died down last year when Corgan said a few positive things about James, Jimmy, and D’arcy.

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Billy Corgan, February 2004 (LiveJournal):

“The truth of the matter is that guitarist James Iha broke up the Smashing Pumpkins. Not me, not drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, but James. Did it help that bassist D’arcy Wretzky was fired for being a mean-spirited drug addict, who refused to get help? No, that didn’t help keep the band together, not at all.”

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Jimmy Chamberlin, December 2008 (The Chris Isaak Hour Taping):

“James and D’arcy looked like they could play their instruments, but Billy and I could really play ours.”

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Billy Corgan, April 2010 (Rolling Stone):

After Corgan fired Jimmy Chamberlin in 2009 (according to this same Rolling Stone 2010 article, contradicting the earlier quitting story), Chamberlin unloaded on Corgan over the phone.  Corgan recalls, “So I was like, ‘Fuck you, go ride around in a white van for the rest of your life.’ ”

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Jimmy Chamberlin, April 2010 (Rolling Stone):

“It’s a few gold rec­ords and a bunch of money. Who cares? I have a wife and kids, I’m completely happy.”  He added, “Music is such a small part of people’s lives now.  People don’t sit around like they did in the Nineties and stare at album covers and think about Kurt and Billy. I fucking hated the Nineties.”

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Billy Corgan, April 2010 (Rolling Stone):

“Jimmy is a destructive human being, and people who are destructive break things.”

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Jimmy Chamberlin, March 2009 (JimmyChamberlinComplex.com):

“I won’t pretend I’m into something I’m not. I won’t do it to myself, you the fan, or my former partner. I can’t just, ‘Cash the check’ so to speak.”

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Billy Corgan, June 2012 (NME):

“See now, here is a perfect opportunity for me to bury Jimmy as a fucking liar. But I won’t. That’s a lie. That statement’s just a flat-out lie.” [In response to Chamberlin’s cash the check statement]

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Billy Corgan, November 2010 (localiq):

“I think James Iha should feel alone.”

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Billy Corgan, December 2010 (Facebook):

“We released a song by Iha called ‘Krapola,’ just kidding.”

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Billy Corgan, December 2010 (Facebook):

“[James Iha] is only interested in the release of any of his songs, and getting paid/laid.”

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Billy Corgan, June 2012 (NME):

“James Iha I think is just a piece of shit. I think he’s one of the worst human beings I’ve ever met in my life.”

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James Iha, February 2013 (Blitz):

“There was a lot of drama in the band, and I had a habit of dismissing drama as just drama, so it doesn’t surprise me because he’s been doing it for awhile. He sounds a little angry and bitter, so I hope he’s able to get past it, because it’s been awhile [laughs].”

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D’arcy Wretzky, September 2013 (Facebook):

A fan told D’arcy on Facebook that her giving Billy the middle finger back in the day helped make the band what it was.  She responded, “He never noticed anyway: head too far up butt.”

Soundgarden Plan To Work On New Album In 2015

Kim Thayil told FasterLouder in a new interview that Soundgarden will likely start working on a new album in 2015:

“Yeah, yeah. We’re probably gonna start working on another album in 2015. I know Chris has been writing stuff while we’re on tour. It’s hard to write on tour. I come up with a lot of ideas, a lot of riffs, every time I pick up a guitar but it’s difficult to assemble a song for me while touring. But Chris spent some time – he travels with a computer and ProTools equipment – and he’ll work on songs in his hotel room, which is great.”

Soundgarden last released King Animal in November 2012, and they’ve been touring off and on since then.

Interview: Cage The Elephant Discuss Lincoln Parish’s Departure, STP & Dave Grohl

AlternativeNation.net reporter Doug McCausland interviewed Cage The Elephant members Matt and Brad Shultz back in late June at the Firefly festival, and a portion of the interview was used in our Bowling Green Rock short film last month. After letting some time pass on the short film, we thought it was finally time to release the full version of the Cage The Elephant interview, where the band discuss their lineup change and future.

Brad explained lead guitarist Lincoln Parish’s late 2013 exit from the band, “With the whole situation with Lincoln, he had been touring since he was 15 years old. He was just ready for a change, and ready to kind of experience day to day life at home, not really having to tour and be away from a scheduled day kind of, where you wake up in the morning at home. Also he loves to do some producing and stuff like that, so he’s been a lot of producing with Nashville bands.”

Matt added, “[Current touring guitarist] Nick [Bockrath]’s a great player, he learned the songs relatively quickly. I mean it was probably more work than we would have done without Lincoln, but I think it made us a stronger band, because we had to pull together, so it ended up being a positive thing.”

As singles increasingly dominate the way labels deal with artists, Matt also said that he wouldn’t be opposed to moving towards a more singles type release strategy, “With the world becoming more single based, everything’s kind of moving towards the single, so I could definitely see us releasing single after single after single. As long as people keep receiving the songs, I don’t see the harm in it.”

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After being told about a tweet from Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo earlier this year featuring a photo of the Shultz and DeLeo brothers, Matt responded, “Oh man, I miss those guys. Those dudes are so talented, they have a lot on insight, the sweetest guys, I’d love to see them again soon.”

Artists on Matt’s playlist: Matt Mac DeMarco, Fly Golden Eagle, Ranch Ghost, La Femme

Artists on Brad’s playlist: Pujol, Plastic Visions, The Orwells, War On Drugs, King Krule

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