Video: Foo Fighters Rock Seattle’s Showbox

Foo Fighters performed on Friday night in Seattle at the Showbox. The concert came to be due to the fine folks at HBO who have been doing a show that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl directed: Sonic Highways. In episode 7 of that series, the episode’s focus was on Seattle, and it harkens back to the roots of not only Dave Grohl’s career, but the whole Seattle grunge scene.

As for the songs performed, they are as followed:

The band's set list, which doesn't include the cover songs performed. (Photo by Gillian G. Gaar)

As for the performances, they were grand.

For one, “I’ll Stick Around” is great, and it got the whole audience jumping in excitement. Plus the energy in the lyrics seem to echo throughout the audience.

There’s also “Something from Nothing”. A powerful take on a powerful song, that is also full of energy.

And there’s even “Learn to Fly” which may come across simply as a song to some, but to others it comes across as pure amazing music.

Their cover for “Under Pressure” had a unique grunge twist on a not-so grunge song. Now where is “Under Pressure”? Well sadly this track list does not include the covers that Foo Fighters did, in addition they also did The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love,” and “Breakdown” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

Courtney Love Releases New Video, Hints At Miley Cyrus Collaboration

Ginger Wildheart, of the UK-based rock band the Wildhearts, recently released a video for his duet with Courtney Love. The single was released in August on Wildheart’s exclusive fanclub GASS (Ginger Associated Secret Society), but not publicly available until now.

Wildheart has spent the year as a member of Love’s live band, as well as several performances solo and with the Wildhearts. This isn’t the first time Love has collaborated with a male vocalist in a duet format – in fact she has quite the history. From her marriage to Kurt Cobain, there exists several recordings of the couple performing Leadbelly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”, as well as “Pennyroyal Tea” (audio of both can be heard here). Additionally, it is speculated that much material written and recorded by the couple has been unreleased or lost to time. As we reported earlier last week, a new Kurt Cobain documentary will be released in 2015 with “unreleased material,” which could very well include material from collaborations with Love. In 2013, Love recorded a duet for Johnny Depp’s pirate themed album, “Sons of Rogue’s Gallery,” with former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe.

Wildheart and Love’s duet can be viewed below:

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Love finished a tour of the UK, Australia and Hawaii earlier this year in late August, and also has hinted at collaborations with Lana Del Rey and Miley Cyrus, on Twitter. Both artists very much represent different aspects of Courtney Love’s aesthetics, and all three artists share a support for feminism.

Death Cab For Cutie Frontman Compares Kurt Cobain To John Lennon

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard discusses Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways, grunge and compared late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain to another late, legendary musician, John Lennon, in a new interview with Rolling Stone:

Dave totally Barbara Walters-ed me during the interview. He was like, “Alright, let’s talk about Kurt.” And I was like, “Ahh, fuck, man.” It still feels like it was yesterday. I remember being a kid, like 16, 17, and having my mom come in my room before school and be like, “Sit down, this just happened.” Even talking about it now, I’m trying not to cry.

It’s this weird thing that happens with musicians where they get intertwined in your life. I never met this dude, but his loss…it was like losing a friend. It sounds so cliché to say that, but as a kid — and I’d never met this person in my life — it was really devastating. Even as you’re feeling it, you’re like, “Why am I reacting this way? He’s just a guy who played guitar.” But he wasn’t just a guy who played guitar. It’s probably what people my parents’ age felt like when John Lennon was killed. This person you think is always going to be there and who you’re looking for to musically make sense of things in life. When they leave, it’s devastating. People don’t feel that way about other entertainers.

In related Nirvana news, on the latest episode of Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl discussed writing songs while on tour with Nirvana in 1991. Grohl remembered a January 1992 demo tape featuring: Floaty, Alone + Easy Target, and Heavy Handed. He recalled playing “Alone + Easy Target” for Cobain, “Kurt heard that, and kissed me on the face, as he was in a bath. He was so excited. He was like, ‘I heard you recorded some stuff with Barrett.’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He was like, ‘Let me hear it.’ I was too afraid to be in the same room as he listened to it.”

“Alone + Easy Target” later appeared on Foo Fighters’ self-titled 1995 debut album.

 

Scott Stapp Wants Money To Record New Solo Album

For those who do not know, ex Creed front man and solo artist, Scott Stapp, is now homeless. Due to being homeless he needs $480,000 to fund a new solo album and With this money he will also release his debut novel according to Consequenceofsound. Stapp also plans to reunite with engineer Chris Lord-Alge and producer Howard Bensen. Meanwhile his book will actually be a fiction book.

Stapp has posted a series of video confessionals where he states that former associates of his have stolen millions of his dollars. He also claims his account is frozen by the IRS.

In related Stapp news, TMZ has obtained a Madison County Florida Sheriff’s Dept. report which says deputies found Scott Stapp on the side of a road on November 13th and he appeared wasted, incoherent and rambling that someone was trying to poison him. Cops placed him on a 72-hour psych hold. This took place before Stapp’s recent internet videos.

Jaclyn Stapp, Stapp’s estranged wife who filed for divorce, filed legal documents claiming that Stapp was on a drug binge fueled by steroids, weed, cocaine, PCP, Special K, and crystal meth. She also said Stapp threatened to kill himself and his AA sponsor, and feared that his kids would get attacked by ISIS. Stapp has released three videos this week proclaiming that he is sober and that reports of a relapse are incorrect, and that all of his money has been stolen from him.

Stapp’s first video came earlier this week, after his wife filed for divorce claiming he had relapsed. Stapp opened by saying he is sober, and not dead. “Right now, I’m under some kind of pretty vicious attack, I still haven’t figured out the reasons why, except that about 8 weeks ago I began an audit of not only my record company, but my personal finances. During that audit, a lot of things were uncovered. A lot of money was stolen from me, and royalties not paid, and that’s when all hell began to break loose.”

Stapp discussed his relationship with God, and said he ‘forgives’ the people trying to discredit him, and that he ‘prays for them every day.’ Stapp said to his doubters, “I am not going to stop seeking legal action against these individuals, there’s nothing you can do to me that is going to make me stop.”

Stapp also said the IRS has frozen his bank account to leave him completely broke. He said the IRS told him it was an ‘address mixup’ and he’d have his money back in 9 months. Stapp said, “My civil rights have been violated.”

Stapp claimed he has lost his home, and had to sleep in his car before finding a hotel room. “Right now I’m living in a Holiday Inn, by the grace of God, because there’s been a couple of weeks where I had to sleep in my truck. I had no money, not even for gas, or food. I went 2 days without eating, because I had no money, I ended up in an emergency room.”

“I must admit I’ve shed a few tears alone, asking God why. But I know he has a purpose.”

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Watch Faith No More Perform Surprise Set At Amoeba Records

Faith No More have recently been back in the spotlight with the announcement of their seventh album, the release of the single “Motherfucker,” and many music festival headlining spots. The group are planning to release the follow-up to 1997’s Album of the Year on April of 2015. In recent performances, Faith No More has debuted new tracks “Motherfucker” and “Leader of Men,” which will be included on the upcoming LP. In more recent new, the group has just performed a surprise set at Amoeba Records in San Francisco. You can watch live videos of the performance below.

Part 1:

Part 2:

“Ashes to Ashes”:

Setlist:
Motherfucker
As the Worm Turns
Spirit
Ashes to Ashes
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Why Pearl Jam’s ‘Do The Evolution’ Is The Greatest Music Video Ever

Music videos are normally created for commercial reasons rather than artistic ones. Surely, that is nothing new, but imagine what if they could be something more than hot chicks and the band members playing instruments? Simple, we’d get more music videos like Do the Evolution.

The video for Pearl Jam’s “Do the Evolution” should be a golden standard for what music videos should and can be, for many reasons. It is the polar opposite of the generic music videos; it can be seen as weird, amazing, dumb, smart, thought-provoking, and probably many other things, but I fail to see how the one could view it as typical.

It does not actually feature the band members

Why is it a good thing the band doesn’t appear in it? Well because it’s really redundant for them to appear in their own videos. Musicians are AUDITORY artists, not a VISUAL artists. People like bands for how they sound and that’s why we buy songs and albums (or illegally download them, which AlternativeNation does not condone!).

But why have the music video if the band’s art is purely sound-based? The music video can add a visually stimulating quality to their music. Something that Do the Evolution does, as opposed to something like this:

Now you may be thinking that musicians would then not get enough credit for their music if they were not to appear in their videos. Okay, but if people cared enough about the music, they would know who made it, especially with the advent of Google, Bing, and Wikipedia.  Let me ask you this dear reader, is Dave Grohl famous for his sweet facial hair or for being apart of Nirvana AND Foo Fighters?

As for “Do the Evolution”, the band of course does not appear in the video which is good because, well, look at the music video for “Iris”. It turns a great song into one of the most generic music videos I have ever seen.

The Visual Style

Good god! The visual style honestly speaks for itself. When you have a guy who directed episodes of Batman: The Animated Series working on your music video, you’re in pretty good hands.

Instead of trying to justify my love for this video’s beautiful comic book style animation, here’s a collage of imagery from Do the Evolution, and hope that you understand the appeal:

Strong Imagery with a Point

While the animation is pretty, what’s being animated is pretty awesome. Look at the collage. The imagery itself can be cool, especially the pilot who is a skeleton.  Okay, does that tie into the story, you may ask yourself? Well sorta, just like how the song is only sorta about evolution.

To summarize what Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has said about the song, it’s about how Earth has been around a whole lot longer than humans, and yet humans are essentially claiming this world to be their own.

So it is about a evolution of man ascending from low-level apes to being grade-A idiots with Earth. Now how does the music video do in conveying this message?

Well when you really get down to it, this music video is essentially a series of clips showing humanity being a dick about ruling Earth, like showing a series of people being crucified (and then cuts to a guy selling crucifixes) and showing a little girl stepping on an ant hill. Sure, for about the first 30 seconds it’s about animals being dicks to each other for survival of the fittest and what-not, but then it shows people doing stuff like making a baby factory and create a deer-eating tentacle thing.

In short, there’s so many images with a point, that one species cannot run a planet all by itself without committing mass genocide and making baby clone factories.

But the biggest reason this is a golden standard for music videos…

It’s Attention-Grabbing

I once thought Do the Evolution was just one sweet music video, but then I looked into it. Would sweet be the right word? Yes and no. Sure the visuals are captivating, but what’s sweet about watching a bunch of businessmen jump out of a window?

Really, after pondering it, it is essentially a great work of art. It has a way of preaching to you in a way that you don’t even feel preached at. Now let me explain why a little preachy can be good.

Bill Hicks, one of the most legendary comedians of all time, stated how better music came from the heart. But he also mentioned oral sex with Satan to add comedy to his point. There’s also John Carpenter’s They Live, a movie with lots of action, aliens, and one of the greatest one-liners of all time. Did I mention it is anti-consumerism?

Now instead of saying why we’re all horrible people, we see it in a way that’s visually captivating, but then when we realize what we’re watching. Then from there on, the point is driven home in part by the sheer auditory and visual stimulation.

Plus you can never go wrong when your music video has…

A DINOSAUR TAKING A BITE OUT OF A SHARK!

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And it looks like Jurassic World took a thing or two from the Do The Evolution playbook:

Kurt Cobain’s Thoughts On Foo Fighters Song Revealed

On the latest episode of Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl discussed writing songs while on tour with Nirvana in 1991. Grohl remembered a January 1992 demo tape featuring: Floaty, Alone + Easy Target, and Heavy Handed. He recalled playing “Alone + Easy Target” for Cobain, “Kurt heard that, and kissed me on the face, as he was in a bath. He was so excited. He was like, ‘I heard you recorded some stuff with Barrett.’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He was like, ‘Let me hear it.’ I was too afraid to be in the same room as he listened to it.”

“Alone + Easy Target” later appeared on Foo Fighters’ self-titled 1995 debut album.

Dave Grohl also discussed being a rock star in a recent interview with The Guardian:

“There really weren’t too many musicians or bands that imagined life outside of the Washington DC music community. There was no music industry there, there was just this sense of camaraderie, everyone knew each other. Now you have famous musicians locking down a backstage area at a festival so they can go up onstage. It’s like a power trip or something. I’ve written letters to musicians before after I’ve got stuck in their fucking lockdown, like: ‘Dude, come on, we’re all in this together.’ Maybe people just don’t understand that there is an alternative to what you would imagine a rock star to be. You don’t have to have a needle hanging out of your arm, you don’t have to fucking lock down a festival backstage. Why not just go fucking knock on everybody’s door with a bottle of whisky and say: ‘Hi, I’m Dave, how are you? Nice to meet you,’ and see who’s going to fucking join the party? That’s the first thing I do.”

He later discussed being in the shadow of Nirvana for Foo Fighters’ first few years, “Oh God, there were times where I’d get questions that were just … questions you’d never ask a total stranger, someone that you’d just met, who had been through something really terrible – it’s just not fucking polite. There were a few years of that, and then it quieted down.” He has long resigned himself to never quite escaping the shadow of his former band – “it’s always an anniversary of something” – but seems tickled that at least some younger members of the Foo Fighters audience seem to have missed the connection: “It’s started happening that kids go, ‘Aren’t you the guy from Foo Fighters? How did your band begin?’ ‘Well, I was in this band before, called Nirvana.’” “You were in Nirvana?’”

Scott Stapp Claims President Obama Is After Him

Scott Stapp called into Toronto’s KISS 92.5 a couple days ago to discuss his current financial and personal issues, the Toronto Sun reports.

“In 2012, I was doing a promotional tour for my book, Sinner’s Creed,” Stapp told the radio hosts. “I went on Fox News, I expressed a little concern and disappointment with President Obama. Well, within two months of that statement, the IRS began to freeze my accounts.

“I believe that the IRS situation is definitely a result of me expressing my dissatisfaction with President Obama. Absolutely, 100%. When my assets were frozen, I wasn’t able to pay my mortgage.”

Stapp added that he now only has $616.

“(Jaclyn) released some text messages that you allegedly sent to her,” the host later said to Stapp. “One of them says, ‘Florida is not safe, biological weapons on the way. You have to leave with the kids. Meet me in Atlanta.’ The other one reads, ‘I’m coming to get you Satan and children no mercy…’ Another is ‘God is telling me something about Palm Springs and Nashville and there’s a connection somehow’…”

Stapp laughed. “It’s funny.”

“From an outsider’s point of view, this is what it seems like,” Roz continued. “She’s claiming you can talk to God, you’re claiming you were targeted because you spoke out about Obama, somebody had hacked your phone, there’s identity theft. Have you sought help for anything else? Do you think you might need to see a doctor to check out your mental health?”

Stapp said he’d been to three hospitals to prove he was sober and saw a psychologist, and that he’s all good.

Dave Grohl Has 40 Unreleased Songs, Including One About a Hooker

On the latest episode of HBO’s Foo Fighters Sonic Highways, Barrett Jones revealed that Dave Grohl recorded 40 songs at home during his time with Nirvana. One of these tracks was “Hooker On The Street,” there a clip of it here. In the funk tinged rocker Grohl sings, ‘Hooker on the street, open your feet, hooker, yeah yeah yeah,’ then something about going to a clinic for cream. Grohl face palmed while the clip was played. There was also a clip of a song called “Watered It Down,” and a clip of a metal song Grohl recorded. The episode ended with Grohl’s cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America.” Grohl said he recorded songs himself since he didn’t want to disrupt the creative flow of Nirvana.

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Below is Alternative Nation’s review of Sonic Highways from earlier this month:

“Something From Nothing” kicks off the album. The track repeats a couple of melodies/riffs from “I Should Have Known,” and has been heavily scrutinized by fans and critics since it was the album’s lead single. The vocals sound great on the song, and there are great riffs, but the flaw of the song is its somewhat disjointed arrangement. Nate Mendel’s bassline though is one of his best on the album, and the last couple of minutes of the song include some great headbanging moments.

“The Feast and the Famine” sounds like a classic Foo Fighters radio song, carried by a hook laden riff like the past hit “Monkey Wrench.” It’s pretty much Foo Fighters by numbers with standard lyrics, but it’s catchy as hell.

“Congregation” has a killer chorus and is the most inspired track on the album 3 songs in. It’s a very tightly structured song, and the lyrics sound more natural and less forced than the first two songs. The instrumental breakdown featuring Zac Brown also adds to the song and doesn’t feel thrown in.

“What Did I Do/God As My Witness” opens up with Dave Grohl singing alone only accompanied by a quiet guitar and piano, ‘There you go again putting words into my mouth/this one’s for you to know/and for me to find out/all that trouble you went about/how you gonna know til you hear it out loud?’ Then the band comes in for a southern tinged verse, with some hints of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” 3:30 in it shifts into “God As My Witness.” Grohl sings, ‘God as my witness/it’s gonna heal my soul tonight.’ “God As My Witness” is definitely better than “What Did I Do,” which leans on the cheesy side at times. “God As My Witness” leaves you wanting more.

“Outside” sounds like it could have fit in on One by One. The song is about Los Angeles, where it was recorded. Grohl sings, ‘There you are dancing at your altar/beautiful earthling/dressed in kashmir/all of your sound echoes in the canyons/down below they’re dreaming/hear the sirens screaming/another time/another world/girls were boys/and boys were girls/find the glitter/in the litter.’ There is a breakdown part where Joe Walsh comes in that definitely has a late 70’s/early 80’s Pink Floyd vibe. “Outside” is one of the weaker tracks on the album, there really aren’t any memorable melodies and the lyrics are generic.

“In The Clear” opens with an upbeat intro with horns that sounds different from anything on the album before going to a verse riff that sounds like “All My Life.” The chorus is pretty poppy, ‘You know I’m not in the clear/you are not in the clear.’ There are some interesting ideas here, including the inclusion of some instruments not usually used on Foo Fighters songs, but it’s a middle of the road song.

“Subterranean” opens with an acoustic guitar and adds in some beautiful electric guitar lines and keys as the track goes on. The sonic landscape of the song is different from the rest of the album, and doesn’t ever devolve into the ‘classic rock’ tribute moments that many of the other tracks do. The song is clearly about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Grohl sings, ‘Nothing left within/I’ve been mined/hell and back again/subterranean/I’ve been digging in down inside/I will start again/subterranean/but the truth is so unkind/what do you know/how low the sky.’

Grohl also sings, ‘You might think you know me/I know damn well you don’t’ followed by a beautiful ‘Oh no/you don’t’ refrain. The songs gets even darker with lines like ‘Buried my heart/cannot go this alone’ and ‘I might think you love me/but I know damn well you don’t/Oh no/you don’t.’

The song reaches a crescendo with, ‘Bring all your lies leave them deep in the dirt/Oh no/you don’t/Pull down my eyes/lay me deep in the earth.’ There’s a beautiful moody guitar lead at the end that sounds a bit like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins’ Adore. This is definitely the best song on the album, the lyrics are great and personal. It’s not one of those big ‘stadium’ Foo Fighters songs but it’s beautiful, kind of in the vein of “February Stars.”

“Subterranean” seamlessly transitions into “I Am A River.” “I Am A River” is a song that builds up throughout. Early on Grohl sings, ‘I found a reason/beneath the subway floor/I found the water/the devil’s water/and walked along its shore/is that what you want/the channel’s changing/the heart is racing/from voices on the wire/the soul is yearning/the coal is burning/the ember starts a fire/can we recover/love for each other/the measure of your life/is that what you want.’ The song then hits the chorus, one of the most epic ones on the album, ‘I am a river.’

“Subterranean” and “I Am A River” are the best tracks on the album, they’re just beautiful songs and don’t sound like the band retreading past ground. “Congregation” and “God As My Witness” are other album highlights, and while “The Feast and the Famine” has ‘rawkish’ lyrics, it’s an incredibly catchy song. The flaw of the album is that there are some middle of the road songs with generic lyrics and mediocre hooks, and with only 8 songs they stick out more than on a 10-13 track Foo Fighters album. This album isn’t on the same level as 2011’s Wasting Light, as it really lacks that album centerpiece, which that album had with “Walk.” This album definitely has some memorable songs though like “Subterranean” and “I Am A River” and has phenomenal production, but this isn’t one of Foo Fighters’ best albums. Despite this, it is definitely a worthy addition to their stellar catalog.

Exclusive: Ken Daneyko And Matt Loughlin React To Martin Brodeur’s Blues Tryout

On the heels of the news that legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur will be attending camp for the St. Louis Blues on a try out basis, AlternativeNation.net was able to get exclusive reaction from New Jersey Devils color commentator and former teammate of Brodeur’s Ken Daneyko along with the radio play-by-play voice of the New Jersey Devils, Matt Loughlin.

Check out Ken Daneyko’s Twitter page along with Matt Loughlin’s Twitter page.

Daneyko’s Reaction:

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You have to be happy for the guy, this is what he wants and if you are looking at it from a Devils fan perspective it’s going to be difficult no matter no matter what (different) jersey he’s in. This is an opportunity for him to see if he can resume his career and while selfishly I would like to see him finish in New Jersey but he’s earned the right (to go to another NHL team) given what he’s accomplished and being such an iconic figure here in New Jersey as well as being the rock of the franchise for so many years. It’s hard to understand sometimes why these players decide to leave the teams they’ve been associated with for so long but nobody should fault Marty, I sure don’t. I think he still has some fire left in him and you want to leave the game with no regrets so I think Marty wants to prove to himself and to everyone else that he still has some hockey left in him. I wouldn’t doubt him that’s for sure. Everyone wants to look at stats from the last few years, the save percentage, the goals against and they look at the numbers all the time and to me that doesn’t matter a whole lot. The bottom line is winning and Martin Brodeur can still win hockey games. I believe that if he’s capable and if he plays well he will be exactly what the St. Louis Blues need.

While I have no doubt that the Blues will make the playoffs this season, for one of the elite teams in the league in the regular season they aren’t as elite when it comes to the playoffs and they don’t have a lot of a winning pedigree. Regardless, if Marty plays one game for them, fifteen or just one big playoff game he is a winner, a champion and the St. Louis Blues could use some of that in their locker room because they don’t have much of that at all. However, it makes sense for the Blues, at the end of the day to explore the opportunity and while we know they have to like what they see in practice first before they officially sign him I think it’s a good opportunity. As I said, selfishly and as a fan it would mean so much to me for him to finish with the Devils, after all that’s something that I did, however Marty has a lot of pride, drive and I guess that’s something he wanted to do and at the end of the day I’m happy for him. He doesn’t have a lot of time to shake rust but he knows what is at stake. It’s going to be weird to see him in another jersey but I wish him the best.

Loughlin’s Reaction:

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 While in my heart I wish Marty Brodeur had retired as a Devil, I think it’s a great thing that he is getting an opportunity to play once more. It’s his life and he still wants to play. Who can blame him? What I want or what the fans want doesn’t matter. It’s what he wants. Also, a player of his stature should not simply fade to black. He deserves to go out with a bit of a bang. Had he decided to retire at the end of last year then his final game at the Rock would have been just that. Another win in a long line of wins, in front of the home crowd, skating off to a standing ovation. But he wanted more and it would have been unfortunate if he did not get the chance.Truth be told, he didn’t have a place on this year’s Devils team. As he said last year, this is now Cory Schneider’s team and the Devils are in good hands. But just because the Devils were no longer an option doesn’t mean he had to retire if he wasn’t ready. He knows that once he walks away from the game he walks away for good. And he is not ready to do that. So good for him.What he may do from here on in will only add to his credentials as one of the greatest ever. But it won’t change the fact that when he goes into the Hall of Fame he will go in as a NJ Devil.

Scott Stapp Placed On Psych Hold After Reported Steroid & Coke Binge

TMZ has obtained a Madison County Florida Sheriff’s Dept. report which says deputies found Scott Stapp on the side of a road on November 13th and he appeared wasted, incoherent and rambling that someone was trying to poison him. Cops placed him on a 72-hour psych hold. This took place before Stapp’s recent internet videos.

Jaclyn Stapp, Stapp’s estranged wife who filed for divorce, filed legal documents claiming that Stapp was on a drug binge fueled by steroids, weed, cocaine, PCP, Special K, and crystal meth. She also said Stapp threatened to kill himself and his AA sponsor, and feared that his kids would get attacked by ISIS. Stapp has released three videos this week proclaiming that he is sober and that reports of a relapse are incorrect, and that all of his money has been stolen from him.

Stapp’s first video came earlier this week, after his wife filed for divorce claiming he had relapsed. Stapp opened by saying he is sober, and not dead. “Right now, I’m under some kind of pretty vicious attack, I still haven’t figured out the reasons why, except that about 8 weeks ago I began an audit of not only my record company, but my personal finances. During that audit, a lot of things were uncovered. A lot of money was stolen from me, and royalties not paid, and that’s when all hell began to break loose.”

Stapp discussed his relationship with God, and said he ‘forgives’ the people trying to discredit him, and that he ‘prays for them every day.’ Stapp said to his doubters, “I am not going to stop seeking legal action against these individuals, there’s nothing you can do to me that is going to make me stop.”

Stapp also said the IRS has frozen his bank account to leave him completely broke. He said the IRS told him it was an ‘address mixup’ and he’d have his money back in 9 months. Stapp said, “My civil rights have been violated.”

Stapp claimed he has lost his home, and had to sleep in his car before finding a hotel room. “Right now I’m living in a Holiday Inn, by the grace of God, because there’s been a couple of weeks where I had to sleep in my truck. I had no money, not even for gas, or food. I went 2 days without eating, because I had no money, I ended up in an emergency room.”

“I must admit I’ve shed a few tears alone, asking God why. But I know he has a purpose.”

7 Reasons Why ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Has The Best Teaser Ever

The internet exploded like Alderaan this morning with the release of the highly anticipated teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The trailer gave us much more info than we previously expected, and, as per usual on the internet, reactions were mixed. However, the teaser trailer delivered for a number of reasons, and I’ve picked exactly 7 to convince you. See what I did there?

Introduces The Three New Leads Perfectly

While we don’t know their names, we now know more about the three lead characters through eighty seconds than what hours of pointless dialogue could achieve in the prequels: John Boyega, a conflicted Imperial stormtrooper, probably defecting to the good guys. Daisy Ridley, a tech-savvy scavenger type girl on Tatooine. Oscar Isaac, a hotshot X-wing pilot.

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Nostalgia

Holy hell, the Falcon! X-wings! Stormtroopers! The classic John Williams score! While establishing new characters and concepts, the trailer wasn’t afraid to strike a few of the right notes and instantly bring you back to your childhood. Unless you’re Alternative Nation head reporter Mike Mazzarone, who only watched Episode IV for the first time three weeks  ago.

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Sets The Rushed Tone

There was more of a sense of dread in the 88 seconds than the entire 9 hours of the prequel trilogy. Right off the bat, we get a panicked and disoriented John Boyega which sets off a racing tone throughout the teaser: scurrying soccer ball robots, Daisy Ridley on a high powered speeder, Oscar Isaac leading an X-wing strike force, and an evil figure stumbling at a fast pace through the woods. Everyone’s on the move, and John Williams’ pacing score only reinforces the feel. Much will be at stake in this film, and perhaps a core plot point of the flick will be a “race” to claim something before the villain does.

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…But Still Leaves Room For Lightheartedness

A problem with the prequel trilogy was that the tone wavered between being way too kid friendly for adults to enjoy (Jar Jar, child Anakin) and overly-serious/dark (Anakin burning alive, space taxes). Just taking a glimpse at the unique “soccer ball droid” (R2-D2 and Wilson’s lovebaby) in the trailer reminds one of the original trilogy days.

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Digital Editing

The scene at the end of the trailer where a robed figure wielding a “light broadsword”, so to speak, stumbles through the forest, due to what many claim is a ridiculous design for the saber. That aside, there’s a lot more to the scene than what we can see ourselves. As the figure is stumbling, we see him flick his wrist with a “force” sound effect, as if he flung or pushed someone with the power of the force, ending up getting into a confrontational stance and igniting his strange saber… in front of an out of place, pathetic looking tree.

Wanna bet the tree is actually a stand-in for Luke Skywalker or some other lightsaber wielding foe, and the hooded figure threw Daisy Ridley or John Boyega out of the way like they were nothing when they attempted to stop him? By doing this edit successfully, we got a glimpse at the villain’s unique weapon without any context given away.

After All This, We Still Know Nothing About The Film

This is a TEASER trailer, and it has successfully teased us in every sort of way. We still have no idea what retirement-home age Luke, Leia, and Han will be like. What exactly is at stake? Who is the sinister voice in John Boyega’s head? What kind of characters are Domnhall Gleeson, Lupita N’yongo, Gwendoline Christie, and Adam Driver playing?  To that end, who exactly is portraying the creepy hooded guy? In an age where every little detail of a movie is scrutinized and made public domain by the internet pre-release, it’s nice to have someone like JJ Abrams who prides mystery and going into a movie blind, like the good ol’ pre-Internet days. December 2015 can’t get here soon enough.

It’s A God Damn Trailer For Star Wars Episode VII

Don’t even lie to me/yourself that you hate Star Wars.

Paul McCartney Talks UK Version Of Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways’

Photo credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Paul McCartney discussed working with Dave Grohl and if he would be open to doing his own UK version of Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways concept in an interview with XFM last week. “I like what Dave does…his enthusiasm comes over.

“He told me the idea months ago, before he started on the series and I thought it was quite a brave idea because of the end of the week he’s got to come up with a song.”

“But it’s good to have a deadline if you’re a brave soul – which he is!”

Sir Paul was hesitant though when asked if he’d do a UK version of Sonic Highways.

“I wish I had the time. There’s so much history in something like Abbey Road – forget it! It goes right back, way back before us.

“I’m doing a lot of stuff and I love it – but I’ve also got a life beyond work, so I probably wouldn’t have time. But it’s a good idea!”

McCartney fronted Nirvana in 2012 for select live performances of their Grammy winning collaboration “Cut Me Some Slack,” which was part of the Sound City soundtrack.

“It was magic for me playing with these guys,” McCartney told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “I knew who Dave was because I’d met him, and he said ‘I have a couple of friends coming along.’ And during the session I hear them talking: ‘Wow, we haven’t played since Nirvana.’ So I found myself in the middle of a Nirvana reunion.”

He added that they could collaborate again “You never know. They really are great to play with. They were a great band with Kurt. That’s what I experienced – just playing with a really good band, which is a very special thing. I should know.”

Scott Stapp Goes To Police Station & Claims Record Company Stole $50 Million

Creed frontman Scott Stapp released two new videos yesterday to Creed’s Facebook that were later deleted and reuploaded to YouTube. In the second video, Stapp goes to a police station demanding help. Stapp ranted about officers taking too long to respond, and about his record label stealing millions from him.

“The record company stole, I was told, to the tune of $50 million dollars, that has been just not paid. No matter who I report to, and the few lawyers that I’ve used in the past, for some reason they’re interested at first, then they talk to the record company, and they say that’s how the game works, and I’d be lucky to get 5 cents on the dollar, and it’s not even worth my time. 3 or 4 different business manager who took advantage of me financially, I mean this is just outrageous. I’ve gone online and researched how you’re supposed to research significant financial fraud. I’ve reached out to the secret service, I’ve reached out to the FBI, all of which have completely ignored me, and won’t even let me file a report.”

“[My son] continues to get humiliated by these people, saying what they’re saying about his father. Sometimes I wish I could go back to being a 15 year old and follow my son to school, and I know it’s not too Christian, but kick the crap out of the kids who give him a hard time.”

Stapp then released another video, where he ranted about Christians not being allowed to pray at school. “God has been removed out of American culture, and relegated to churches, except it’s printed on our money. What I’ve started to realize is that’s really what’s become the God of America – money.”

Stapp’s first video came earlier this week, after his wife filed for divorce claiming he had relapsed. Stapp opened by saying he is sober, and not dead. “Right now, I’m under some kind of pretty vicious attack, I still haven’t figured out the reasons why, except that about 8 weeks ago I began an audit of not only my record company, but my personal finances. During that audit, a lot of things were uncovered. A lot of money was stolen from me, and royalties not paid, and that’s when all hell began to break loose.”

Stapp discussed his relationship with God, and said he ‘forgives’ the people trying to discredit him, and that he ‘prays for them every day.’ Stapp said to his doubters, “I am not going to stop seeking legal action against these individuals, there’s nothing you can do to me that is going to make me stop.”

Stapp also said the IRS has frozen his bank account to leave him completely broke. He said the IRS told him it was an ‘address mixup’ and he’d have his money back in 9 months. Stapp said, “My civil rights have been violated.”

Stapp claimed he has lost his home, and had to sleep in his car before finding a hotel room. “Right now I’m living in a Holiday Inn, by the grace of God, because there’s been a couple of weeks where I had to sleep in my truck. I had no money, not even for gas, or food. I went 2 days without eating, because I had no money, I ended up in an emergency room.”

“I must admit I’ve shed a few tears alone, asking God why. But I know he has a purpose.”

Top 10 Metal Albums Of 1994

1994 is considered to be one of the best years for music in general, being no exception in the realm of heavy metal music. Many, many classic albums came out that year. In no order, here are the ten best of those in time for the the year’s closure. Also check out our top ten alternative rock albums of 1994.

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10. In Flames – The Lunar Strain

A band that has been infamous in the metal world for jumping the shark over and over for about the last ten years, but don’t let that make you forget how awesome their early albums were. The Lunar Strain is the debut album by these Swedish melodeath pioneers, featuring many of the genre’s early tropes such as melodic riffs and occasional clean vocals. It has more folk elements then later albums, incorporating acoustic guitar and violin in certain songs. After this album, In Flames and Dark Tranquility would swap vocalists.

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9. Pantera – Far Beyond Driven

Pantera’s seventh album and their second best next to Cowboys from Hell. Far Beyond Driven is known for, at the time, being the heaviest album to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200.  The album spawned many Pantera classics such as “5 Minutes Alone” and “I’m Broken”. Not much to say about this album since its pretty well known… if you’re not already a Pantera fan, check it out!

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8. Cannibal Corpse – The Bleeding

The final album with Chris Barnes and the bands finest hour. On this album, Cannibal Corpse plays a slightly more slowed down style of death metal as opposed to the previous three focusing on speed; the vocals became more decipherable, so now you can hear Cannibal Corpse’s beautiful lyrics nice and clear! Another change on the album was an increase in technicality, mainly in the bass.

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7. Edge of Sanity – Purgatory Afterglow

From Sweden comes a metal album that was dedicated to Kurt Cobain. The style on this album is a fusion of melodic death metal and progressive metal. The brain child of Dan Swano (who did vocals, keyboards and on certain tracks guitars), this fourth offering by the band is the closest they ever had to commercial success. The clean vocal track “Black Tears” possessed one of their only music videos. This album is a great one to start with if you want to get into the band (or Dan Swano’s works in general)

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6. Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

The debut album of these Norse black metal pioneers, which was actually started in 1987 but kept getting pushed back due to original vocalist Dead’s suicide and guitarist Euronymous’s murder. All of the tropes of second wave black metal is present here, including dark atmosphere, black beats, minimal musicianship, and low-fi production. These elements make for one of the most influential black metal albums and a good place to start for someone looking into 2nd wave black metal.

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5. Emperor – In the Nightside’s Eclipse

The debut album by another great band from the Norse black metal scene, In the Nightside’s Eclipse is different from most other black metal albums at the time as in it was a lot more technical and had heavy use of keyboards. This album is normally considered to be the first symphonic black metal album. On later albums the prog and symphonic elements would increase (as well as anger from black metal elitists).

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4. Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley

Kyuss are mostly known for being Josh Homme’s original band, and Welcome to Sky Valley is the third album by these stoner metal/rock pioneers.  The album has very good flow as it was meant to be listened to as a full album. Its easily Kyuss’s best album and one hell of a psychedelic whirlpool.

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3. Darkthrone – Transylvanian Hunger

The pinnacle of the 90’s Norse black metal scene, Transyvlanian Hunter is this two piece band’s fourth album and third as a black metal band. Very minimalistic in its musicianship, Transyvlanian Hunter strips away any of the band’s influences that aren’t black metal; on earlier releases from Darkthrone, present were elements of death metal, doom metal, punk and classical, however this album just uses elements known in black metal, making it a pure black metal release.

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2. Amorphis – Tales from the Thousand Lake

Opus by the ever changing Finnish band Amorphis. Here on their second album, the band transitions from a straight up death metal act to a fusion of melodeath and doom metal. This album adds clean vocal parts and synthesizers elements that were not present on their debut. There are also signs of folk and electronic influences. The album is based on the Finnish epic called the Kalevala. Amorphis will play this entire album at 2015’s Maryland Death Fest.

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1. Acid Bath – When the Kite String Pops

And the list goes to a close with one of the most underrated albums of the 90’s. Hailing from New Orleans, Acid Bath were a sludge band at its core, mixing in elements of goth, grunge, psychedelic rock, death metal, black metal, folk music, and country. No two songs sound the same and the lyrics are very dark and artsy. They would only release one more album before splitting due to bassist Audie Pitre’s death. Sammy, the guitarist, would then go on to form Goatwhore and Dax, the lead singer, would have many later projects, more notable being the indie rock band Deadboy and the Elephantmen.

 

Rockers React To Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

The first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released earlier today, and Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and Filter frontman Richard Patrick had some pretty funny reactions.

Check out Doug McCausland’s article on the trailer from our Film/TV section below:

The internet exploded like Alderaan this morning with the release of the highly anticipated teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The trailer gave us much more info than we previously expected, and, as per usual on the internet, reactions were mixed. However, the teaser trailer delivered for a number of reasons, and I’ve picked exactly 7 to convince you. See what I did there?

Introduces The Three New Leads Perfectly

While we don’t know their names, we now know more about the three lead characters through eighty seconds than what hours of pointless dialogue could achieve in the prequels: John Boyega, a conflicted Imperial stormtrooper, probably defecting to the good guys. Daisy Ridley, a tech-savvy scavenger type girl on Tatooine. Oscar Isaac, a hotshot X-wing pilot.

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Nostalgia

Holy hell, the Falcon! X-wings! Stormtroopers! The classic John Williams score! While establishing new characters and concepts, the trailer wasn’t afraid to strike a few of the right notes and instantly bring you back to your childhood. Unless you’re Alternative Nation head reporter Mike Mazzarone, who only watched Episode IV for the first time three weeks ago.

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Sets The Rushed Tone

There was more of a sense of dread in the 88 seconds than the entire 9 hours of the prequel trilogy. Right off the bat, we get a panicked and disoriented John Boyega which sets off a racing tone throughout the teaser: scurrying soccer ball robots, Daisy Ridley on a high powered speeder, Oscar Isaac leading an X-wing strike force, and an evil figure stumbling at a fast pace through the woods. Everyone’s on the move, and John Williams’ pacing score only reinforces the feel. Much will be at stake in this film, and perhaps a core plot point of the flick will be a “race” to claim something before the villain does.

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…But Still Leaves Room For Lightheartedness

A problem with the prequel trilogy was that the tone wavered between being way too kid friendly for adults to enjoy (Jar Jar, child Anakin) and overly-serious/dark (Anakin burning alive, space taxes). Just taking a glimpse at the unique “soccer ball droid” (R2-D2 and Wilson’s lovebaby) in the trailer reminds one of the original trilogy days.

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Digital Editing

The scene at the end of the trailer where a robed figure wielding a “light broadsword”, so to speak, stumbles through the forest, due to what many claim is a ridiculous design for the saber. That aside, there’s a lot more to the scene than what we can see ourselves. As the figure is stumbling, we see him flick his wrist with a “force” sound effect, as if he flung or pushed someone with the power of the force, ending up getting into a confrontational stance and igniting his strange saber… in front of an out of place, pathetic looking tree.

Wanna bet the tree is actually a stand-in for Luke Skywalker or some other lightsaber wielding foe, and the hooded figure threw Daisy Ridley or John Boyega out of the way like they were nothing when they attempted to stop him? By doing this edit successfully, we got a glimpse at the villain’s unique weapon without any context given away.

After All This, We Still Know Nothing About The Film

This is a TEASER trailer, and it has successfully teased us in every sort of way. We still have no idea what retirement-home age Luke, Leia, and Han will be like. What exactly is at stake? Who is the sinister voice in John Boyega’s head? What kind of characters are Domnhall Gleeson, Lupita N’yongo, Gwendoline Christie, and Adam Driver playing? To that end, who exactly is portraying the creepy hooded guy? In an age where every little detail of a movie is scrutinized and made public domain by the internet pre-release, it’s nice to have someone like JJ Abrams who prides mystery and going into a movie blind, like the good ol’ pre-Internet days. December 2015 can’t get here soon enough.

It’s A God Damn Trailer For Star Wars Episode VII

Don’t even lie to me/yourself that you hate Star Wars.

Video: Smashing Pumpkins Cover David Bowie’s “Fame”

The Smashing Pumpkins covered David Bowie’s “Fame” in Chicago on Wednesday night at Thalia Hall. The show was the band’s first with new live bassist Mark Stoermer (The Killers) and drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine). The Pumpkins are no strangers to David Bowie covers, they covered “Space Oddity” on the Oceania tour. Check out video of the “Fame” cover from Chicago below.

If you missed our recap of Wednesday’s Smashing Pumpkins show, check out AlternativeNation.net correspondent Bryan Arbut’s review below.

Thalia Hall had, in all likelihood, its most rousing performance in its storied history as The Smashing Pumpkins (Corgan-Schroeder-Wilk-Stoermer) 2014 vintage live show made its debut.

After an extended sound check resulted in a near 75 minute delay to the posted start time, the wait proved worth it, as the band came off polished, even after just a few rehearsals.

One and All began the set, sounding as well put together as its album version. Starting with the opener and never letting up, Jeff Schroeder’s guitar fills were precise and rang clear over Corgan’s power chords.

Speaking of chords, Corgan, rock’s nasaly curmudgeon’s vox appeared to have been transported in time to the early 90’s. He’s never sounded better, and rarely opted out of the high notes with octave adjustments.

The set continued with Being Beige, where it became clear that this lineup would feature no backing vocals. This was not a detractor from the set, rather it felt like an extension of Corgan’s ownership of the songs and the Pumpkins brand, all his own.

Rather than plowing through Monuments, the band took the Chicago crowd back with Hummer, performed note for note in line with the album. This was the first time that Wilk and Stoermer really shined, and it was impressive to see them both perform new and classic material as well as their predecessors. Wilk smiled often, and it was clear he felt at home behind the kit.

The set then shifted back to Monuments, and Tiberius proved to be the dominant force out of all the MTAE songs debuted live tonight.

The set then stepped back into a pretty conventional, slightly unremarkable, yet vocally powerful rendition of Tonight, Tonite, before flipping back to MTAE for Drum & Fife, which was the only song debut that noticeably could’ve benefitted from backing vox.

From here, the flip flop back to past albums continued in order, as Machina was called upon in perhaps the most surprising song choice of the night, Glass & The Ghost Children. This was a joy for the die-hards, but left the majority of the crowd wondering what was happening as the psychedelic jam took on an alternate direction entirely in the show.

The crowd was reeled back in with another precise rendition of Stand Inside Your Love.

Back to (Presumably) MTAE, with another yet unknown rocker that was instantly gripping, and felt like a classic despite it never being heard previously outside of the band. More to come on this song, as it will be a contender for one of the heaviest and most revered from MTAE.

This song was followed up by Drown, which was one of the top crowd pleasers, and again featured spot on vocals, accompanied by solos and fills that sounded perfect. Wilk’s drumming on Drown was remarkable.

It was at this point in the set that it became time to “play the hits” as Disarm, Zero, and BWBW were blasted through. After these three, the set reached a point where jt became hard to believe the band had barely taken a breath between songs, and I began to wonder when they’d give the set it’s defining moment and go off script.

That they did, ripping through a memorably heavy and scream filled take on Bowie’s Fame. Truly, this cover stole the show up to this point in the set, only to be followed up with something that, rock gods willing, someone captured in HD audio/video.

What followed Fame seemed to begin as a Silverfuck tease, with the beginning drum fill and riff, but meandered all over the map, becoming a true alternate standalone version of the song, and it was amazing.

Finishing the set with a single encore was Burnt Orange Black, which did indeed close the show well.

If Corgan is content with modeling the Pumpkins’ live show after a NIN like approach to supporting musicians, with BC and The Shredder at its core, this lineup is a great place to start. A classic show.

Setlist:
One and All (We Are)
Being Beige
Hummer
Tiberius
Tonight, Tonight
Drum + Fife
Glass and the Ghost Children
Stand Inside Your Love
Monuments
Drown
Disarm
Zero
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Fame (David Bowie cover)
Silverfuck

Encore:
Burnt Orange-Black

Dave Grohl: ‘I Thank God For Grunge Bands That Survived’

Dave Grohl discussed Seattle and Grunge music in a new SeattlePI article.

“Even just walking down the street when coming to Seattle … the city always made me feel at home,” Grohl said. “People say, ‘Hey, Dave’ as if I never left. It means a lot to me.

“There’s something about that place that welcomes you home like a small town – even if I haven’t been there for years,” he added.

Grohl later said, “Whenever I bump into someone from Seattle, I thank God they survived.  I get really emotional when I see a band like Soundgarden or Pearl Jam play because I’m so happy that they survived – a lot of people didn’t.”

Dave Grohl discussed how the late, great Dimebag Darrell from Pantera helped make him become the nicest guy in rock in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

“There was an Ozzfest in England in 1998, and Korn canceled. So we got the call. It was Slayer, Pantera and Black Sabbath. We had to go on after Pantera. I was so terrified: ‘There’s gonna be a riot. I’m gonna get drawn and quartered. No one’s going to like our band.’

“But we played, and I looked to the side. The guys from Pantera are watching us and singing the lyrics to our songs. Afterwards we made friends with Pantera. I was nervous and scared; I didn’t think I fit in. But they were so open to us. That backstage hospitality we try to have – it all came from Pantera. [Guitarist] Dimebag Darrell was the nicest fucking guy in the world. He could walk in and do a shot of Crown Royal with Justin Bieber, with Rick Nielsen, with James Brown – he was everybody’s best friend. And you could feel that energy when he was playing.

“After that day, I was like, ‘From now on, everybody’s allowed in this room. I don’t care if it’s Britney Spears.’ I became the backstage best friend. Whenever I showed up at a festival, the first thing I’d do is grab a bottle of whiskey and go knocking on doors to see who the funniest people are. You’d be surprised who the real fucking nutcases are.”

Review: Smashing Pumpkins Debut New Lineup Featuring Killers & Rage Against The Machine Members In Chicago

The Smashing Pumpkins debuted their new lineup last night featuring frontman Billy Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Mark Stoermer (The Killers), and drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) at Thalia Hall in Chicago. Read our review written by Bryan Arbut, then check out the setlist, videos, and photos below.

Thalia Hall had, in all likelihood, its most rousing performance in its storied history as The Smashing Pumpkins (Corgan-Schroeder-Wilk-Stoermer) 2014 vintage live show made its debut.

After an extended sound check resulted in a near 75 minute delay to the posted start time, the wait proved worth it, as the band came off polished, even after just a few rehearsals.

One and All began the set, sounding as well put together as its album version. Starting with the opener and never letting up, Jeff Schroeder’s guitar fills were precise and rang clear over Corgan’s power chords.

Speaking of chords, Corgan, rock’s nasaly curmudgeon’s vox appeared to have been transported in time to the early 90’s. He’s never sounded better, and rarely opted out of the high notes with octave adjustments.

The set continued with Being Beige, where it became clear that this lineup would feature no backing vocals. This was not a detractor from the set, rather it felt like an extension of Corgan’s ownership of the songs and the Pumpkins brand, all his own.

Rather than plowing through Monuments, the band took the Chicago crowd back with Hummer, performed note for note in line with the album. This was the first time that Wilk and Stoermer really shined, and it was impressive to see them both perform new and classic material as well as their predecessors. Wilk smiled often, and it was clear he felt at home behind the kit.

The set then shifted back to Monuments, and Tiberius proved to be the dominant force out of all the MTAE songs debuted live tonight.

The set then stepped back into a pretty conventional, slightly unremarkable, yet vocally powerful rendition of Tonight, Tonite, before flipping back to MTAE for Drum & Fife, which was the only song debut that noticeably could’ve benefitted from backing vox.

From here, the flip flop back to past albums continued in order, as Machina was called upon in perhaps the most surprising song choice of the night, Glass & The Ghost Children. This was a joy for the die-hards, but left the majority of the crowd wondering what was happening as the psychedelic jam took on an alternate direction entirely in the show.

The crowd was reeled back in with another precise rendition of Stand Inside Your Love.

Back to (Presumably) MTAE, with another yet unknown rocker that was instantly gripping, and felt like a classic despite it never being heard previously outside of the band. More to come on this song, as it will be a contender for one of the heaviest and most revered from MTAE.

This song was followed up by Drown, which was one of the top crowd pleasers, and again featured spot on vocals, accompanied by solos and fills that sounded perfect. Wilk’s drumming on Drown was remarkable.

It was at this point in the set that it became time to “play the hits” as Disarm, Zero, and BWBW were blasted through. After these three, the set reached a point where jt became hard to believe the band had barely taken a breath between songs, and I began to wonder when they’d give the set it’s defining moment and go off script.

That they did, ripping through a memorably heavy and scream filled take on Bowie’s Fame. Truly, this cover stole the show up to this point in the set, only to be followed up with something that, rock gods willing, someone captured in HD audio/video.

What followed Fame seemed to begin as a Silverfuck tease, with the beginning drum fill and riff, but meandered all over the map, becoming a true alternate standalone version of the song, and it was amazing.

Finishing the set with a single encore was Burnt Orange Black, which did indeed close the show well.

If Corgan is content with modeling the Pumpkins’ live show after a NIN like approach to supporting musicians, with BC and The Shredder at its core, this lineup is a great place to start. A classic show.

Setlist:

One and All (We Are)
Being Beige
Hummer
Tiberius
Tonight, Tonight
Drum + Fife
Glass and the Ghost Children
Stand Inside Your Love
Monuments
Drown
Disarm
Zero
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Fame (David Bowie cover)
Silverfuck

Encore:

Burnt Orange-Black

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS ANNOUNCE SPECIAL
ONE OF A KIND LAUNCH DATES IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM

BRAD WILK (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) AND MARK STOERMER (THE KILLERS) WILL JOIN THE SMASHING PUMPKINS LINEUP FOR THE INTIMATE SHOWS

MONUMENTS TO AN ELEGY AVAILABLE DECEMBER 9

November 18, 2014; New York, NY – In support of their eighth studio album Monuments to an Elegy, available December 9, The Smashing Pumpkins will play a series of special shows in select cities around the globe. The tour will begin in Berlin at Kesselhaus on November 30th, and make stops at Koko’s in London on December 5th, Le Trabendo in Paris on December 6th and New York’s Webster Hall on December 8th (see below for list of current tour dates). Tickets for the New York date go on sale tomorrow November 19th at 12pm EST via Ticketweb. The band wishes to inform fans to look for additional dates to be added very soon in Chicago, San Francisco, and other select markets.

The special lineup for these performances will include Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) on drums and Mark Stoermer (The Killers) on bass joining The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder. “We’re absolutely thrilled and humbled to have Brad and Mark helping us out with these shows,” said Corgan “and if our rehearsals are any indication they should be one-of-a-kind.” The Smashing Pumpkins have also been confirmed to play a special outdoor stage performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday December 10th as well as a performance at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert on Sunday December 14th.

The Smashing Pumpkins were recently announced as headliners for South American Lollapalooza Festival dates which include March 14/15 in Santiago, Chile, March 21/22 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and March 28/29 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Anticipation and praise already surround the December 9th release of Monuments to an Elegy, with Huffington Post calling it “the band’s super-album.” Yesterday, Vice.com premiered the new track, “Tiberius” which they called “intimate” and “expansive” while Noisey.com declared the track “sounds like a return to form—a nod to the beloved Pumpkins sound of old with a modern twist.” Monuments To An Elegy features Tommy Lee on drums and was recorded in Chicago. The album is produced by Howard Willing, along with Corgan and Schroeder. Monuments to an Elegy is “an album within an album,” part of their ongoing work-in-progress Teargarden By Kaleidyscope (with Day For Night as the project’s last work).

AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Takes Piggyback Ride After Court Hearing

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd recently appeared in court to face charges of threatening murder, along with possessing meth and marijuana. Rudd called the charges ‘bullshit’ when leaving the court room, and said he had nothing to say to his fans. He then took a piggyback ride to his car.

In a recent piece with with The Daily Mail Australia, various prostitutes have come forward and revealed forward to describe bizarre encounters with AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd.

One prostitute said that Rudd likes group sex, asks prostitutes to call him ‘babe’, doesn’t like wearing condoms, paying on time – or sex workers playing with his pet dog and another one recalls that she had visited Rudd’s house and boat a couple of times. However they spent the night together without having sex.

>’I’ve been there at night right through until the following day,’ she said. ‘I’m a mature lady and he wanted me to join in with the other girls. I just said no. I’m not into doing anything with other women. He wanted me to. What I didn’t like about him is he doesn’t want to use condoms. It’s illegal for one thing, I wouldn’t have sex without it. The amount of women he has been with, it’s pretty risky.’

One other prostitute had harsh words for Rudd: ‘I would never go there again even if you paid me a million dollars a week. He’s constantly got a girl, maybe even five. He is a sick bastard, trying to keep up with his image.’