New Guns N’ Roses Material ‘Is In The Process Of Being Finished’

Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed told the VH1 Radio Network (via Blabbermouth) earlier this week that a lot of new Guns N’ Roses material is close to being finished, and that it could be coming soon.

“There’s a lot of material that’s already done and I think it’s in the process of being finished and eventually we’ll pick out which songs need to come out with which other songs. So that’s in the works. Hopefully it will be out really soon.”

Reed told The Pulse Of Radio that there is both older and newer material lurking around. “We’ve all been at it,” he said. “We’ve all been, you know, handing files back and forth to one another in various combinations of different people, but also there is quite a bit of material that still needs to be finished and needs to be released. And so one or both of those things is gonna happen.”

Duff McKagan commented on the possibility of recording with Guns N’ Roses again in a recent interview with The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show, “I never say never to anything, actually, these days. I’ve kind of learned. You never know what’s around the corner. And all that aside, I’m just glad he and I were able to get together and talk about some stuff and then laugh about a lot of other shit that happened.”

Smashing Pumpkins Will Not Perform ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ 20th Anniversary Shows

Billy Corgan has told NME Magazine in a new interview that the Smashing Pumpkins will not perform shows celebrating the 20th anniversary of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

“I’ve always wanted to drag Smashing Pumpkins forward,” argues Corgan. “I’ve got absolutely no interest in looking back. That kind of nostalgia puts an albatross around artists’ necks. I dont want that. It’s a trend that I think is really regressive.”

Corgan also said he does not plan on disbanding The Smashing Pumpkins, “”All I’m saying is audiences are not interested in buying rock albums in large quantities any more any more and the music industry refuses to adapt to that. It doesn’t frustrate me because I’ll just move on to something else.”

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness:

Dawn to Dusk (CD1):
01 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
02 Tonight, Tonight
03 Jellybelly
04 Zero
05 Here Is No Why
06 Bullet With Butterfly Wings
07 To Forgive
08 An Ode to No One
09 Love
10 Cupid De Locke
11 Galapogos
12 Muzzle
13 Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
14 Take Me Down

Twilight to Starlight (CD2):
01 Where Boys Fear to Tread
02 Bodies
03 Thirty-Three
04 In the Arms of Sleep
05 1979
06 Tales of a Scorched Earth
07 Thru the Eyes of Ruby
08 Stumbleine
09 X.Y.U.
10 We Only Come Out at Night
11 Beautiful
12 Lily (My One and Only)
13 By Starlight
14 Farewell and Goodnight

Billy Corgan told AlternativeNation.net last month that his relationship is solid with Jimmy Chamberlin, “My relationship with Jimmy is great, we talk here and there. As far as playing together, I don’t know, I think we’re kind of happy to not have that be part of the equation of our relationship at this point. In essence, we can have a relationship without the stress of the band, or a musical relationship on top of it sort of altering the dynamic. I know he’s in a great place, he’s been out lately with this company he’s working with, I know he’s very excited about that. He’s such a smart guy, most people don’t realize how brilliant Jimmy is as not only a musician, but as a person. So I don’t know, I’m so much in the moment. I get the gist of those questions, and the general interest in those types of questions, but right now I’m just so focused on getting the new album out, and how to tour it and all of that.”

Smashing Pumpkins will release Monuments to an Elegy on December 9th. The band’s lineup on the album is Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, and Tommy Lee.

Tracklisting:
1. “Tiberius”
2. “Being Beige (World’s On Fire)”
3. “Anaise”
4. “One And All”
5. “Run2Me”
6. “Drum And Fife”
7. “Monuments”
8. “Dorian”
9. “Anti-Hero”

Jimmy Chamberlin Calls Former Smashing Pumpkins Bandmate Billy Corgan ‘One Of The Greatest Songwriters Of All Time’

Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin praised his former bandmate Billy Corgan in a new interview with HotPress:

“I applaud Billy’s efforts moving forward”, he says. “For him, the Pumpkins represents the holistic view of his life and it’s right for him to carry on with the brand and it’s right for him to continue to make new music. I’m a big cheerleader for him. In fact, I went over and listened to the new record he just finished with Tommy Lee and it’s fantastic. It’s nothing less than what you’d expect from one of the greatest songwriters of all time. I’m excited for where the band’s gonna go.”

Pressed a little, Chamberlin looked back fondly on what he and Corgan accomplished together.

“Like any divorce, during the initial detachment period things got murky, but as the water clears you can go back and look at that time with the reverence it deserves. The stuff we did together was untouchable. I think it’ll live on forever…”

Billy Corgan told AlternativeNation.net last month that his relationship is solid with Chamberlin, “My relationship with Jimmy is great, we talk here and there. As far as playing together, I don’t know, I think we’re kind of happy to not have that be part of the equation of our relationship at this point. In essence, we can have a relationship without the stress of the band, or a musical relationship on top of it sort of altering the dynamic. I know he’s in a great place, he’s been out lately with this company he’s working with, I know he’s very excited about that. He’s such a smart guy, most people don’t realize how brilliant Jimmy is as not only a musician, but as a person. So I don’t know, I’m so much in the moment. I get the gist of those questions, and the general interest in those types of questions, but right now I’m just so focused on getting the new album out, and how to tour it and all of that.”

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Alternative Nation’s Recap Of Knotfest Day 1

Knotfest is a metal music festival revolving around the alternative-thrash group, Slipknot. The event began in 2012 and has previously included headliners Deftones, Serj Tankian, Lamb of God, Machine Head, Cannibal Corpse, Gojira, and more. This year, the festival covered two full days as well as a VIP/camping kick-off on the 24th, featuring a performance by Suicide Suicide and The Black Dahlia Murder. You can check out Alternative Nation’s recap (including photos by Daniel Alguire) of Knotfest Day 1 below. Also, stay tuned for interviews with Killswitch Engage, Miss May I, Avatar, Attika 7, and Kings of Carnage.

Prong, an industrial trio which formed in 1986, was one of the first acts to perform on stage 005. Frontman Tommy Victor chugged out the group’s hits while bassist Jason Christopher and drummer Art Cruz pummeled away at their instruments. Miss May I proved themselves to be one of the top metalcore live acts when they conducted what they referred to as a “marathon circle pit” surrounding the stage’s sound booth. After their success on this year’s Mayhem Fest, King 810 was picked to shock and rock the metal community once again. Their contagiously violent music pumped up the crowd and was met with an uproar when the band smashed their keyboard to bits.

Death metal legends, Carcass, took the stage as the sun’s heat peaked. The quartet stirred up the audience with their recent hit-track, “The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills.” Vocalist Jeff Walker was quite the sassy frontman as he spewed out tongue-in-cheek humorous snaps in between each song. Next, In This Moment stirred the crowd in quite a different way. Maria Brink’s arrival was followed by whistles, hoots, wows, and more. The band performed several tracks off their upcoming LP, Black Widow, all accompanied by a raunchy choreographed dance by Brink and two other scantily dressed dancers.

Before the main act could fuck shit up, four amazing headliners rocked the main stage. Hatebreed was first up and definitely knew how to get the mosh pit spinning. Black Label Society then continued the heaviness as legend Zakk Wylde shredded the his signature guitar. The attendees of Knotfest were also in for a big treat as Anthrax premiered a brand spankin’ new song, which has yet to be discussed. Danzig put on one hell of a show for a fifty-nine year-old and ended with the classic “Mother.”

Finally, the curtain hung for the the nine-man monster that is Slipknot. The show started off with “People=Shit,” which had the pit shouting the chorus. The group performed some deep cuts such as “Eeyore” and “Three Nil.” As previously predicted, the singles off their most recent LP, .5: The Gray Chapter, sound amazing live. Slipknot closed the night with fan favorites “Spit it Out” and “Surfacing,” to which frontman Corey Taylor wished everyone a good night and couldn’t wait until tomorrow.

Photos (taken by Daniel Alguire) of Prong, King 810, Otep, The Devil Wears Prada, Hatebreed, Black Label Society, and Anthrax:

Listen To New Foo Fighters Song “Congregation”

Listen to Foo Fighters’ new song “Congregation” below, the third track released off of Sonic Highways.

Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett recently discussed picking the cities for Foo Fighters’ new album Sonic Highways in an interview with TheRock.net.nz, “The initial idea was that we were going to go all over the world, the scope was maybe going to be a little bigger, and wider. But once it got narrowed down to the 8 cities that we did, it maybe got a little more focused. After the last Foo Fighters record, Dave had a lot of big crazy ideas for that record, I remember at the beginning of that last record thinking, ‘There’s no way we’re going to pull all this stuff off,’ then we did. So when he came in with this idea, I thought, ‘Yeah okay, cool.’ When he comes up with a big idea, he figures out a way to get it done.”

Dave Grohl discussed the series recently with The Pulse of Radio, “This has been two years of my life — and I’m still not done, man. On the break between the last interview and this one, I had to go in there and approve edits on the next episode that we’re working on. My life has been consumed by this thing — which is amazing, and I’m so psyched — but, when it’s done… I’ll probably miss it. But, good God, I can’t wait to get this thing (done).”

Sonic Highways Tracklisting:

01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and The Famine
03. Congregation
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
05. Outside
06. In The Clear
07. Subterranean
08. I Am A River

Review Of New Foo Fighters Song “Congregation”

After the slow burner “Something From Nothing” and the hard rocker “Feast And The Famine”, the Foos find the middle ground on the third track from their upcoming album, Sonic Highways. “Congregation”, featuring the Zac Brown Band, is immediately catchy, reminiscent of the band’s poppier material like “Generator” and “Times Like These”.

The first half of the song is driven by a stadium-ready power pop riff with a soaring, snarling vocal melody (Open your eyes, step in the lights!) from Grohl. If the riff can be compared to a song from Grohl in the past, it would be the chorus riff of “Time Slowing Down” off of 2013’s Sound City. As the band’s nod to the Nashville music scene, the song gets heavier after the three minute mark, breaking down into an extended jam section with the Zac Brown Band.

“Congregation” seems like a more appropriate choice for a single than “Something From Nothing”; while the latter song works well in setting the mood as the opening track, “Congregation” sounds much bigger and will probably be a huge hit when its officially released to the airwaves. In the meantime, check out the track below.

Foo Fighters will release their new album Sonic Highways on November 10th. Produced by Butch Vig and Foo Fighters and being released in the U.S. on Roswell Records/RCA Records, Sonic Highways clocks in at just over 44 minutes and is made up of the following tracks:

1. Something From Nothing
2. The Feast and The Famine
3. Congregation
4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
5. Outside
6. In The Clear
7. Subterranean
8. I Am A River

Though not a soundtrack album by any stretch, Sonic Highways shares its title with the Dave Grohl-directed eight-episode HBO series described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music. For the album and series, Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear wrote and recorded one song in each of these eight cities, delving into the local musical currents: how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns. All songs feature local legends sitting in, with every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews for the HBO series, and other local personalities who became part of the process. The series will run for 8 episodes, with a song performed a week after showing how it was written and the history of the music in the cities.

10 Funniest Rock Star Halloween Costumes

Photo by Karen Loria

Rock stars have worn some pretty hilarious costumes over the years on Halloween, below are 10 of the funniest ones!

Pearl Jam as Devo

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Nirvana members Kurt Cobain as Barney, and Pat Smear as Slash

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Velvet Revolver members Duff McKagan as a princess, Scott Weiland as Axl Rose, Dave Kushner as Satan, Matt Sorum as a luchador & Slash as Buckethead

The Killers as Zombies

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Weezer as Bugs

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis & Flea as women, and Dave Grohl as a businessman

Local H as Nirvana

Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan as a Japanese Geisha

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Nirvana as Vampires?

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Billie Joe Armstrong as Jack Skellington

10 Underrated Slasher Flicks From The Past 40 Years

The conclusion of the slasher trilogy is here! So far we focused on the slashers’ heyday twice: the 1980’s. Now it’s time to talk about the best slasher films from before and after that era. Like before, the list will not include films that star slasher icons like Freddy, Jason, Michael, or Chucky. In addition, since it’s extended to other decades, the list will also not include later icons such as Leprechaun, Candyman, The Creeper, and Ghostface.

Also check out Part 1 and Part 2 of Anthony’s slasher compilation.


 

10. High Tension (2003)

First on the list is a film from France. The film is directed by Alexander Aja, known for the decent Hills Have Eyes remake and the campy Piranha 3D.  The film is about a woman trying to protect her best friend (who she has a lesbian crush on) from a killer. High Tension is known for its graphic gore as well as its twist ending that has caused people to ether like the film even more or hate it completely.


 

9. The Tripper (2006)

Directed by David Arquette, The Tripper is a homage to exploitation films of the 70’s and slashers of the 80’s.  The film is about a man dressed up as JFK who goes around killing hippies. Jason Mewes (Clerks) and Paul Rubbins (aka Pee Wee Herman) both having supporting roles in this film.


 

8. Gutterballs (2008)

One of the more extreme films in the genre. The film is a love letter to both 80’s slashers and 70’s rape/revenge films due to its score, feel and atmosphere. The film stars a group of rapist friends who go bowling and are killed one by one by a guy with a mask made out of a bowling ball bag. The killer looks both stupid yet scary at the same time, and the acts of violence in the film are shown in explicit detail. The film also does a good job of being an 80’s throwback while still being original at the same time.


 

7. To Sir, With Love aka Bloody Reunion (2006)

Next we take a trip to South Korea, the country that spawned this hidden gem.  The film is about a teacher getting a bunch of her old students who are together for a class reunion. This slasher is very different from most others, focusing on story over gore. It also has a great twist.


 

6. Hatchet (2006)

Mid 2000’s the American horror scene was polluted with remakes of old horror films, Saw rip offs and remakes of Asian horror films. This film was made as a direct reaction against all of that. Like Gutterballs, the film replicates the 80’s slasher feel. Hatchet is about a group of tourists in New Orleans who get stranded in the woods. They are then killed one by one by an undead man named Victor Crowley (played by horror icon Kane Hodder). Horror actor Tony Todd (Candyman) also has a small role in the film. The film so far has 2 sequels.


5. Tourist Trap (1979)

A very strange installment on the list. The film is about a group of kids who get stranded at a local wax museum. The owner lets them spend the night . The kids are then killed by a masked telekinetic man who smothers them with plastic. Oh, and the wax dummies all come to life and kill some of the kids too. Almost every shot in the film has at least one wax dummy giving the viewer a feeling of always being watched. Yeah it needs to be seen to be believed… unless you’re afraid of dummies, then avoid!


 

4. The Driller Killer (1979)

One of the most famous of the “video nastys”(List of movies banned in the UK during the 1980’s). The film is about a struggling artist named Reno Miller who lives in the slums of New York City.  He is having trouble paying his bills, can’t get any sleep because of a band practicing late next door, and his two female roommates annoy the hell out of him. As the film progresses Reno is driven further and further into insanity. He eventually snaps and starts killing people on by one using a power drill. The both stars and is directed by Abel Ferrara. It is his first film and showcases his sleazy city style of story telling which would be seen again in his later films such as Ms.45Bad Lieutenant, and The King of New York.   


 

3. Castle Freak (1995)

Coming out one year before the overrated Scream and its rip offs altered the standards of slasher films, Castle Freak is a loose adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story The Outsider. The film is about a couple and their blind daughter that inherit a castle in Italy. They then discover that something else is living in the castle with them!. The film is directed by Stuart Gordon, most know for Re-animator, and produced by Charles Band, who is most known for the Puppet Master films.


 

2. Inside (2007)

A film from the “New Wave of French Horror” (same movement as High Tension) . The film is about a pregnant woman who is being attacked by a woman who wants her unborn baby and will kill all who get in the way! The film is very brutal in its violence, scares and does not hold anything back! Though it’s very violent, it is also very stylized, making it one of the very few critically acclaimed slashers.


 

1. Black Christmas (1974)

We end the list with one of the first slashers ever (some even say its the first true one). An import from Canada, the film was directed by Bob Clark, who ironically also made A Christmas Story. The film is about a sorority house getting bizarre sexual and threatening phone calls from an unknown man. The members of the house are then killed one by one (sound famliar?) by this unknown person. The film set up many slasher tropes, and though there’s not too much gore, the deaths are really freaky. Halloween was originally going to be the sequel to this film. In 2008, the film revived a really poor remake titled Black X-mas.

Anderson Cooper Rips Billy Corgan On CNN, Corgan Responds

Anderson Cooper ripped Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan on CNN yesterday for appearing on the cover of PAWS Magazine to help homeless animals, and also for appearing in a wrestling themed commercial to help out a local Chicago business. After showing the magazine cover and commercial, Cooper mocked Corgan on the ‘RidiCulist.’

Cooper said, “So perhaps Billy Corgan is I don’t know, off his alternative rocker. But I think maybe there’s more to this, maybe he’s being ironic, or maybe when the cool rock stars start doing less rock starry things, it kind of makes us face our own morality. See I want R.E.M. to stay just the way I know and love them, I don’t want Everybody Hurts to suddenly be used in an Excedrin commercial. I don’t ever want to see a product called Eddie Vedder’s Prune Jam. I want to see neither Stephen Malkmus nor Thom Yorke on the cover of AARP magazine.”

Billy Corgan responded tonight on Twitter, defending his charity work with PAWS Chicago.

Corgan has raised a lot of money for homeless animals, so it seems cheap of Cooper to take a shot at Corgan over this. Corgan is a cat lover, even creating a Twitter account for his cats Mr. Thom and Sammi. Corgan discussed their Twitter account last month in an interview with AlternativeNation.net when we asked him if the fame was getting to their heads, “(Laughs) Well, to their credit, their hubris was intact from the moment that I got them (chuckles), so their Twitter comments are a very good reflection of who they are (chuckles). But yeah, the fame definitely gets to them, for sure.”

We also think Cooper forgot about this:

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Reveals Celebrity Doppelganger & Talks John Frusciante

In a new Reddit AMA, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea discussed Will Ferrell & Chad Smith’s drum off, and who he would like to bring back from the dead, John Frusciante, his favorite NBA players, and more. “I don’t know about a bass-off, because that smacks of competition, and I don’t like to think about music being a competitive thing, but Will & Chad was funny. But I would really love to play bass together with James Jamerson.”

Flea also revealed his celebrity doppelganger, “Um… uh… my celebrity doppelgänger is… um… um… uhhhhhhhh…is Charles Laughton.”

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When asked about his current relationship with John Frusciante, Flea responded, “John is beautiful and I love him.”

He also remembered his experiences of playing at the Super Bowl, “I don’t like to hide too much, but I do like to run like crazy. The best part about the Super Bowl was playing catch the day before the game, and doing the Heisman and catching a pass from Anthony in the end zone, but then the security guys came chasing after us and we ran away. They run a pretty militant operation over there.”

Flea also revealed his favorite current NBA players:

Kobe Bryant
Metta World Peace
Julius Randall
Nick Young
Wesley Johnson
Jordan Clarkson
Ed Davis

“And I’m a big Steve Nash fan, and I really wish him well on his life after basketball. I think he’s a really soulful, intelligent person and will continue to do striking and original things away from basketball as he did as a professional basketball player.”

“In terms of athletes that i admire, there are so many. I love athletics as much as I love literature or art or music or a variety of academic things. But I’d have to say my favorite athlete of all time is Magic Johnson. I really admired him for his remarkable skills and all his work to get himself as good as what he did, and also his ability to uplift all the people around him.”

Dave Grohl Wants The Next Generation Of Rock To Rise Up

Foo Fighters hosted a private screening of the 2nd episode for their HBO series Sonic Highways on the 23rd of October, 2014 (that episode aired on the 24th, the following evening, highlighting their DC section) at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Afterward, Dave Grohl was interviewed and subsequently did a bit of Q&A with the audience. Grohl discussed how he wants to inspired a new generation of rockers.

“At this point, it’s important to me that, it’s only fair that the next generation has the same opportunity that I had. I got to grow up in this area, and I was exposed to the most supportive community of musicians, who totally inspired me to do everything that I do now. So doing something like this, hopefully, kids can see this, and it can set an example. Forget all the other shit, you and your friends, go play music, then maybe the kids from the other neighborhood. Put on a show, play for some people, play some music, and do it for real, do it cause you love it. Do you it cause you burn and ache for it, and you’ve got to do it. That’s the thing, I feel like I want to try and set that example for kids, so it just keeps going.”

Grohl discussed Sonic Highways recently with The Pulse of Radio, “This has been two years of my life — and I’m still not done, man. On the break between the last interview and this one, I had to go in there and approve edits on the next episode that we’re working on. My life has been consumed by this thing — which is amazing, and I’m so psyched — but, when it’s done… I’ll probably miss it. But, good God, I can’t wait to get this thing (done).”

Sonic Highways Tracklisting:
01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and The Famine
03. Congregation
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
05. Outside
06. In The Clear
07. Subterranean
08. I Am A River

Scott Weiland, Duff McKagan & Matt Sorum To Perform In Los Angeles

From MSOPR:

Hosted by UK-based Classic Rock magazine, the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards–the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour presented by Orange Amplification–announced today a stellar line-up of live performances from some of the most exciting and respected artists in rock: Kings Of Chaos, California Breed, Rival Sons and Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts.

This star-studded list of performers will be joining an already announced list of rock icons to be on-hand at the all-star event on November 4 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA including: Sammy Hagar (this year’s host), Gregg Allman (this year’s Living Legend Award recipient) and guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore of The Doors (this year’s Inspiration Award recipient), and many more.

Kings Of Chaos, the part-time, all-star rock’n’roll collective, are one of the most exciting live bands in rock for two distinct reasons: 1. The a-list revolving door of guest performers; and 2. The band’s core line-up of Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke alongside guitar aficionado, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt. It’s a combination that brings anticipation and killer live performances in abundance.

For this intimate live performance, Kings of Chaos will be joined on stage by Sammy Hagar, the evening’s host and frontman of Van Halen, Montrose and Chickenfoot; former Deep Purple and current California Breed frontman Glenn Hughes; and more rock royalty, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen; plus one of the most recognizable and important figures in rock, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top).

As well as performing with the aforementioned Kings of Chaos, Glenn Hughes will also be playing a stripped-back set with his current band California Breed, with 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt.

Rival Sons have seen a meteoric rise in international recognition since their inception in 2009. Playing to thousands in sell-out shows around the world, this will be a unique performance in front of hundreds of their peers.

Scott Weiland, notorious frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, brings his new band, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, to perform their acclaimed live show to this star-studded audience.

Classic Rock editor Siân Llewellyn says: “Playing live is the lifeblood of rock’n’roll and there are few things as thrilling as watching a rock show. On November 4th we’ll be privileged to witness four unique performances from some of the very best in the business.”

The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour awards will air on AXS TV in December (exact date TBA).

Voting for the listener and fan-voted categories just closed and winners will be announced at the awards. For the full list of nominees for this year’s listener and fan-voted categories, click here.

For one night only, Classic Rock magazine plays host to some of the world’s most renowned rock legends. This exclusive evening welcomes some 400 artists, industry figureheads and VIPs with a champagne reception and a three-course dinner, followed by the presentation of the awards themselves. The evening culminates with a live performance.

Reflecting the explosive growth of the Classic Rock brand, the event has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the rare ‘must-dos’ on the rock calendar. It has consistently attracted A-List guests, including Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, Slash, Rush, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Brian May, The Who, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Rob Halford and Paul Stanley, among many others, as well as live performances from Jeff Beck with special guests, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rival Sons and Zakk Wylde.

This really is the ultimate in rock‘n’roll awards, and as such will be broadcast in the U.S. on radio exclusively through KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group, it’s national programming partner VH1 Radio, producer of On Tap with Nik Carter, VH1 Classic Rock Prep and VH1 Rock Prep, and KMG’s advertising sales partner Adlarge Media. In the U.K. it will be broadcast on TeamRock Radio. Check out highlights from past Classic Rock Awards here: http://bit.ly/1qVqXoT.

Orange Amplification returns for a fifth year as a major partner in presenting the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. Joining them are new sponsors MixRadio, official hotel partners the Sunset Marquis Hotel • Restaurant • Spa, Universal Music Group and Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum.

Duff McKagan Says Velvet Revolver Are Holding Auditions, Would Consider Recording With Guns N’ Roses

Duff McKagan recently discusses Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver in an interview with The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show (via Blabbermouth).

McKagan commented on the possibility of recording with Guns N’ Roses again, “I never say never to anything, actually, these days. I’ve kind of learned. You never know what’s around the corner. And all that aside, I’m just glad he and I were able to get together and talk about some stuff and then laugh about a lot of other shit that happened.”

McKagan also mentioned that Velvet Revolver recently auditioned singers, “We played with some guys only two weeks ago, as a matter of fact. All really talented guys, but it’s just… We’ll know when he walks in the room, I think.”

Guitarist Dave Kushner told AlternativeNation.net in May, “I think it’s one of those things that no one wants to close the door on it, but I also agree that replacing Scott is a hugely arduous task for anybody. I don’t know if we actively look all at the same time. Everyone has stuff going on.”

He later added, “Unfortunately so far it has not been a unanimous decision on whoever gets thrown in a hat. But there’s always someone. Someone has a friend that says, ‘Yeah I know this guy that might be right.’ Or some producer or record industry person or A&R guy says: ‘Hey you guys still looking for a singer?’

And maybe we’ll hear something that piques everyone’s interest. Now with the internet, it’s so easy to just obviously send MP3’s and say: ‘Hey check out this guy, here’s his site, here’s what he looks like, here’s what he sounds like.’ We get to move forward that way without having to get too physically or emotionally involved. It’s like a dating service, you can look at the pictures online and talk to the people online, and see an interview with them, before you even set up a date with them. That’s what the internet affords you for trying out singers.”

Interview: Catherine E. Coulson Talks Twin Peaks Return & Eraserhead

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Catherine E. Coulson, who portrays Margaret Lanterman, better known as the Log Lady, on Twin Peaks. In the interview Coulson discusses Twin Peaks, meeting David Lynch, her experiences in film and theater, growing up with her father working for Walt Disney, meeting David Lynch, and her memories of Eraserhead.

Coulson compared working in film/television and theater, “It’s different, I like them both. What I love about live theater is live audiences, and I love that you don’t get a take two. You just go out there and give it your all, there’s a certain kind of wonderful freshness about that. We’re going to be doing 8 shows a week of Into the Woods in Beverly Hills, and you have to put it out there every moment, every night. Film is a really wonderful medium because you can do it over if you don’t love something, it’s a very intimate medium.”

While Coulson has theater work coming up, she has agreed to return to Twin Peaks for its 2016 revival on Showtime, but Coulson claims that David Lynch did not give many details on the show’s comeback when he contacted her, “When I talked to David, he said, ‘It’s too early for details.’ Then I said, ‘What do I tell people?’ He said, ‘Details to follow, and don’t play in the street.’ Those were the two things. Then I wrote him and said, ‘Listen, I’m doing a lot of interviews, is there anything else I can talk about?’ He said I could talk about how important wood is to the Log Lady, and that we should work very hard to protect our wood, and our natural resources. So I’ve been doing a lot of reading about trees, and ancient forests, and so forth, but I don’t know anything about the new series. I don’t know where it’s going to be shot, I don’t know when, I don’t know anything, other than that they asked me to do it, and I said yes. But really, that’s all I know, I’m not being coy, I really don’t know.”

Coulson also discussed how the show will be returning to a new world when it comes to advancements in technology, and cell phones, which didn’t exist when Twin Peaks originally aired in 1990-1991, “It is going to be a different world, there weren’t even cell phones when we did Twin Peaks. Agent Cooper had a giant walkie talkie. I think it’s going to be a different world, but everybody’s going to adjust to it. We’re going to have to.”

While the Log Lady hasn’t been seen on Twin Peaks in over 20 years, a new generation of fans have connected to the character. Coulson said, “It’s been an amazing ride, because now hipsters in college are really into Twin Peaks. I mean I get stopped everywhere I go all the time for the Log Lady. I was in Budapest last year, and a whole bunch of 20 year olds came up to me and said, ‘Margaret?’ And I said, ‘Well, kind of.’ I have these little cards where I sign the autograph of the log, because that’s what I think people are really interested in, is the wood. So I gave them all little log cards, and they were very happy with that.”

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Coulson remembered meeting David Lynch, and her memories of working on the set of Eraserhead, “I was married to Jack Nance, and he and I were both asked to come over to David’s house, where he lived with his first wife Peggy, who is a wonderful woman and still a good friend, and also a good friend of David’s. They had a little girl named Jenny, who is now Jennifer Lynch, and we went to their house and just chatted. I think the interview was really for Jack, to see if he would be a good Henry in Eraserhead, but David also talked to me about playing the nurse in Eraserhead. We were both actors in this acting company, we were part of the American Film Institute work shop, which we were doing for directors to learn how to act, and to have the experience of acting, so we taught a few classes. David was a really nice guy, very sweet, he had a midwestern kind of dialect. He was just a straight shooting guy, he had on a couple of ties, and I think a kind of torn Panama hat.

Anway, he and Jack really hit it off, and we had a good chat. We didn’t talk much about the movie, and Jack and I decided yeah, we’ll be a part of it, because he seemed like such a good guy, and he had a nice family. The next time we met on the set of Eraserhead, which he had been building with his brother and this guy Jack Fisk, who has become a wonderful director, he was an art director at the time. He asked me to help him time some scenes, as we were trying to figure out how long the movie would be. At the time I think it was a minute a page, and he had like 20 pages (laughs), but in fact, it became a gigantic, wonderful, feature film. So I timed some scenes with a stop watch, and then when we tarted shooting, and Jack Nance was cast as Henry, the lead, I said I could help out on the crew, because I wasn’t going to be acting as the nurse until later on in the shoot.

So I started helping out by holding the boom, helping with the lighting, and I did Jack’s hair as Henry, then I took production stills, and sort of did everything. It was really my film school, and David really taught me a lot about making movies. It was a whole other world for me, I had only been doing theater, for the most part, so I really fell in love with filmmaking because of that experience. Then we never actually shot the scene with the nurse, because by the time we got to that 4 years later, we really didn’t have a lot of money, and I didn’t think it was that important to shoot it, and I was helping raise some money, so we didn’t do it. But that’s my one regret, that I didn’t play that part.”

She later added regarding the long process of making the film, “There was never a sense of let’s get this over with, or let’s give up, or any of that. For me, it was always something I was going to see through until the end, no question about it. I remember once I had jury duty, and it just killed me, because I had to miss a couple of shots of the movie, and I hadn’t missed anything. I had to stay downtown in LA, and get rejected for every jury that I tried to get on (laughs). It was a wonderful time in our young life, we were in our 20’s. We started off as really young people, we ended up a little older (laughs). But we had a really good time together, it was a real team effort. It was David’s vision, and we all helped make it happen.”

Catherine will be in Guys and Dolls and Much Ado About Nothing next season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival starting in late February 2015. The Festival is a Tony Award winning theater-the oldest and largest rotating repertory theater in the country. The website for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is www.osfashland.org. The show Catherine did this year, Into The Woods is opening in Beverly Hills, CA on Dec. 2, 2014 and runs in a limited run until Dec. 21. It is playing at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts also known as www.thewallis.org. She will be playing Milky White (the cow), The Stepmother, The Granny and The Giant.

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Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Talks Breaking A Nose During Game With Arcade Fire Frontman Win Butler

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament discussed accidentally breaking a nose during a basketball game with Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

“But the last few years we’ve done Big Day Out Festival in Australia with Arcade Fire and Win Butler is like, obsessed with basketball. So we got out three or four times and played. That was fun. And I actually said to him “Where were you 15 years ago when I still had 35-year-old legs and not 50-year-old legs?”

He also mentioned that he accidentally broke a nose during a game with Butler, “It was purely accidental. Win hooked up a game in Auckland, New Zealand and there was a bunch of college players playing. It was game point and there was a loose ball and I got to it first. And this big herkin’ New Zealand guy is standing over me, like 6’5” and got 50 pounds on me, and he basically wouldn’t let me stand up. I sort of showed him that I was gonna stand up and pushed out my shoulders and elbows and he was just hovering over me. I stood straight up and the corner of my elbow clipped his nose and just snapped it, man.

It was bad. I felt bad because he was a super sweet guy too. We had a really great conversation before we played the game. It was the first time I’d broken someone’s nose in 40 years of playing basketball. We actually saw him in the crowd during the show that night and called him out, like, “Hey man, sorry.” [Laughs] He had, like, full raccoon eyes and a big bandage on his nose. I was like, “Look how big that guy is! Like, don’t feel too bad for him.”‘

Scott Weiland & Robert DeLeo’s STP Twitter Reunion Is Over

‘Will you follow me, down and out? (No)’

In yet another ‘slow news day/why the hell is Alternative Nation reporting this’ news, Robert DeLeo is leavin’ Scott Weiland’s Twitter on a southern train, as the Stone Temple Pilots bassist has run ‘out of time’ when it comes to following his former bandmate Scott Weiland on Twitter. We reported two days ago that Weiland and DeLeo were following each other on Twitter, but the reunion of epic proportions came to an end today when DeLeo unfollowed Weiland.

Scott Weiland last performed with STP in 2012, and was fired by the band in February 2013 right before he started his Purple at the Core tour in a one sentence press release announcing his ‘termination.’ Weiland was replaced in May 2013 by Chester Bennington, which led to multimillion dollar lawsuits being filed.

STP first filed a lawsuit against Weiland after he attempted to stop KROQ from playing the new STP single, with the band stating, “Our purpose in taking this action is not to hurt Scott. We want to move forward productively, and Scott’s choices and actions have prevented us from doing that. We were in the process of putting our 20th anniversary tour together to celebrate the release of our first album, Core. The plan was for a big tour where we’d perform the album in its entirety, along with some other favorite STP songs. So, you might imagine our shock and disappointment when, without any notice, we learned that Scott had seized this tour for himself as his solo tour, and decided to do exactly what we as a group had planned. We found out about it the same way you did—we saw an ad for it.”

Without getting into legal details, the band has a binding agreement that clearly states what each of us can and cannot do outside of STP. Unfortunately many of the decisions Scott made violate this agreement, have been harmful to the band, and prevented us from moving forward.”

Weiland filed a $7 million dollar countersuit, claiming in his lawsuit, “How do you expel a man from the band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for twenty years?”

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts and Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington are both working on new albums, and have toured off and on separately since splitting.

Gavin Rossdale Says Gene Simmons Hopes Rock Is Alive ‘When He Puts KISS Tickets On Sale’

Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale responded to Gene Simmons declaring rock dead in a recent Weiland Tribune article:

“It’s a little too finite for me – there’s not much wiggle room,” said Rossdale. “I’m sure it’s obviously his opinion that day. I’m sure when he puts the tickets back on sale for KISS, as he will do in about 10 minutes, that he hopes it suddenly gets resuscitated and comes back around. You know all music goes through a thing. You could argue that hip hop is in a quieter stage versus EDM… I just think for me, as a musician, you just have to stay the course. You stand your ground. You try to get better at what you do. And it’s almost like a carousel. Everything comes around, there are cycles to everything, and it comes down to good records.”

AlternativeNation.net has spoken to several rockers about Simmons’ statements regarding the state of rock.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan: “I think Gene’s comments, and I do know Gene personally a bit, I think his comments were quickly pounced upon and misconstrued. I read what he said as sort of a lament, not criticism. In essence, saying that he feels bad that musicians don’t have the same opportunities that he did. Obviously, every generation has a different set of opportunities based on media and technology. I feel I’ve talked about this stuff ad nauseum, and I feel like in a way nobody needs to hear anything else from me about it, particularly when if you even step one inch over the line, you get hammered that you’re criticizing this generation’s music.

I’ve kind of come around to a different position, which is that every generation deserves its music, and whether another generation agrees or disagrees is irrelevant. In essence, the artists are making music that connects with the people of their time. Obviously, there are many bands that I don’t know about, and a few bands that I do, that are connecting in that way. I’m not the person to sit there and say whether or not they’re doing it in an effective manner, because they are doing it in an effective manner.

The only thing I can criticize, and I have been very vocal about this, is where the music systems/artists themselves are not aspiring to the biggest main frame available, because at the end of the day, I feel that rock and roll is meant to be a battering ram against convention. Rock and roll is meant to be a battery ram against what is safe in the world. Rock and roll has been a great political tool, and a great social tool, in pointing out injustice and hypocrisy. When rock and roll becomes safe, or plays to its own choir, I’ve always been critical of that, and that goes back to the very beginning of the Pumpkins. That is not something I gained in my 30’s or 40’s, and I took shit for that in my 20’s when I went after my own generation for playing to the choir. Beyond that, I feel like anything I would say beyond that is just redundant.”

Seether frontman Shaun Morgan: “I don’t take Gene Simmons as an authority on anything, because the dude’s out of touch man. To come from a guy like that, I guess it’s something worth listening to, but he also doesn’t live in the real rock world like the rest of us, he lives in Gene Simmons land. KISS’ planet is very different from the rest of ours, he doesn’t get on a tour bus and ride around for a year at a time, he flies around, and has flowers and crap put in his dressing room and stuff.”

Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd: “If you’re passionate about what you’re doing, and your band, you are going to find a way. All that statement means to me is that there is a huge void in music for a great rock band.” He added, “I think a lot of the new rock records are very washed out, they’re muddy, they lack melody, they lack groove, they lack songs.”

Escape The Fate guitarist TJ Bell: “I don’t think that it’s dead, but I do think that it’s harder for bands today to get off their feet, because there is so much out there today, there is just an overload of music you can get for free. I think with people’s attention spans, they’re onto the next band in like a month.”

AlternativeNation.net Review of Black Map’s ‘And We Explode…’

Black Map is a supergroup consisting of guitarist Mark Engles (Dredg), drummer Chris Robyn (Far), and vocalist/bassist Ben Flanagan (Trophy Fire). The band formed last year and have toured along the likes of Chevelle, ††† (Crosses), Tombs, Pelican, and Kill Devil Hill. They released their debut LP, And We Explode…, on October 27th via Minus Head Records, which you can purchase on iTunes and Bandcamp. You can check out Alternative Nation’s review of the album below.

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The album kicks off with “Code,” a groovy rocker with sludge and 90’s alternative qualities. Imagine the bass-heavy sound of Dozer mixed with the catchy vocal melodies of Filter. On “Chinaski,” the group continues the energetic pace of the opener track, yet leaves room for more expansive verses and soaring choruses. So far all tracks on this release seem to be viable radio singles, but “I’m Just the Driver” might take just the cake due to its kick-ass rhythm and reflective lyrics. “Gold” explores a less conventional guitar riff during the track’s pre chorus, which can be accredited to the outstanding Mark Engles. “And We Explode pt. 1” possesses the same amount of rocking elements as the previous songs, but also throws in some experimental noisy soundscapes.

For “Eyes on the Prize,” the sound resembles a more low-key space rock atmosphere, but the distortion picks right back up for “Melee.” One of the most memorable tracks off this LP, “Head for the Hills,” would be perfect for a live arena rock setting. Black Map goes a bit more punk on “Gemini,” which so far is the most fast-paced piece and would be perfect for a mosh pit.

Further down the hole, “Stranger” contrasts a choppy, angsty verse with a slowed down, melancholic chorus. Moments like these make it seem as if Deftones’ Chino Moreno would be a huge fan and inspiration of the group. “Ropes” resembles a more garage rock, post-hardcore tune with the very catchy lyrics of “let’s tie our ropes together/so tight they never sever.” If for some reason you thought this album had too many hard rock compositions, you’ll be relieved by the closer, “And We Explode pt.2,” a relaxing and evolving piece.

This album practically holds every characteristic necessary for an alternative rock musical masterpiece, which should come as to no surprise. When you combine the heaviness of Dredg, the experimental aspect of Far, and the melodies of The Trophy Fire, you get some form of perfection. While the non-conventionalities of And We Explode… may not earn Black Map an explosion of mainstream success or radio airplay, this LP definitely has the potential and wow-factor to hook anyone interested in rock, metal, or bands with an edge.

Overall score: 9 out of 10