Listen To Sumac Supergroup’s New Track “Blight’s End Angel”

Sumac is a metal supergroup consisting of Aaron Turner (ex-Isis vocalist/guitarist), Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists drummer), and Brian Cook (Russian Circles bassist). The trio will be releasing their debut album, The Deal, which will be released on February 3rd via Profound Lore Records. You can listen to the track “Blight’s End Angel” below:

Sumac tour dates:
3/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
3/12 – Victoria, BC @ Logan’s Pub
3/13 – Portland, OR @ White Owl Social Club
3/14 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
3/15 – Seattle, WA @ Highline

Paradise Lost Announces 14th Studio Album ‘The Plague Within’

Paradise Lost has just announced their fourteenth studio album, The Plague Within, which will be released via Century Media Records on June 1st (Europe) and June 2nd (North America). The record will be the follow-up to 2012’s Tragic Idol, charting in over 10 European countries, most notably #2 in UK Rock Charts, #6 in Germany, #15 in Austria, #30 in France and #32 in North America Top New Artists/Heatseeker Charts. The Plague Within was produced and mixed by Jaimie Gomez Arellano from Orgone Studios in London.

Vocalist Nick Holmes stated “We wanted to approach the new album differently this time by embracing the band’s very early days. We have written a very dark, yet melodic album, but this time many songs definitely have a death metal edge, which is something we haven’t done for a long long time in Paradise Lost.” More details regarding the upcoming album will be revealed soon.

Paradise Lost tour dates:
2/20 – Bergen, Norway – Blastfest
7/18 – Bolkow, Poland – Castle Party 2015
8/15 – Dinkelsbühl, Germany – Summer Breeze Open Air

Courtney Love Admits To Using Heroin Once During Pregnancy

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen discussed the film and Courtney Love in a new Fox News piece.

“In 2007 got a call from Courtney [Love, his wife] who wanted a film that went beyond the music. The journey started there. But I made this for Frances [Bean Cobain, the couple’s daughter]. She gave me the keys to go and make the film,” director Brett Morgen told FOX411. “If you come to the movie thinking that you are going to see the story of Nirvana, you are only going to be sorely disappointed. This is the Kurt Cobain story.”

At one point in the film, according to Fox’s piece, Love admits that she used heroin while pregnant.

“I used it once then stopped,” Love said. “I knew she would be fine.”

Cobain also discussed being a father in the film, “My father and I are very different people, I am capable of a lot more affection than he is,” Cobain states in archival footage. “I don’t want her to be screwed up.”

“This is a psychological portrait of Kurt. I didn’t sugarcoat anything, he was a junkie,” Morgen said. “This is a difficult film for his family. Of course I could have been more sensitive, but I always thought the person I had to be most sensitive to was Kurt. I had to put him first.”

Video: Foo Fighters Cover Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”

Foo Fighters covered Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” on January 25th in Rio de Janeiro. Watch video below.

Setlist:
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
Breakout
Arlandria
My Hero
Big Me
Congregation
Walk
Cold Day in the Sun
In the Clear
This Is a Call
Monkey Wrench

Dave alone on acoustic guitar:
Skin and Bones
Wheels
B-Stage
Times Like These
Detroit Rock City (KISS cover)
Tom Sawyer (Rush cover) (First time since 2000-06-08, second time ever.)
Stay With Me (The Faces cover) (Taylor on vocals. With solos from each member.)
Under Pressure (Queen and David Bowie cover) (Taylor And Dave on vocals)
All My Life
Best of You
Everlong

Slash Reportedly Moves In With New Girlfriend, Gets Matching Tattoo

TMZ is reporting that Slash has moved in with his new girlfriend Meegan Hodges and her two teenage daughters. Slash dated Hodges during his early Guns N’ Roses days, and recently reconnected with her after separating from his wife Perla, who he recently filed for divorce from.

Slash and Meegan also got matching tattooes of GPS coordinates.

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TMZ recently reported that Slash’s wife Perla Ferrar wants 50% of the money he’s earned since their 2001 marriage, as there was no prenup. She believes he’s made 10’s of millions of dollars since they got married, but she cannot touch Slash’s Guns N’ Roses money he earned in the 80’s and 90’s. Her lawyer is currently looking at album sales and other property to figure out how much money she can get. Perla believes Slash has moved on, and that there isn’t much hope for a reconciliation.

It was also recently reported that Slash filed for divorce from his wife Perla, citing irreconcilable differences. He claims the couple separated on June 15th and is seeking joint custody of is kids. The couple has been married for over 13 years.

We also reported last week (via GNRTruth) that Slash was photographed with his ex-girlfriend Meegan Hodges, who used to be Erin Everly’s roomate. Everly was married to Axl Rose, and Slash dated Hodges. Hodges wrote, “I love this man! My heart. My person. My best friend.”

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Slipknot Unveil Tour With Lamb Of God & More

Slipknot have just announced a summer 2015 North American trek titled the ‘Summer’s Last Stand’ tour in promotion of their most recent album, .5: The Gray Chapter. You can purchase/preview the LP on iTunes by clicking here. The record spawned the singles “The Negative One” and “The Devil in I” as well as being the group’s first release since the passing of bassist Paul Gray and departure of drummer Joey Jordison. Also, click here to check out our review of the album. Other acts during the upcoming tour include Lamb of God, Bullet For My Valentine, and Motionless in White.

‘Summer’s Last Stand’ Tour with Slipknot, Lamb of God, Bullet For My Valentine, Motionless in White tour dates:
7/24 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheater
7/25 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
7/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
7/28 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/29 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/31 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/1 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/2 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
8/4 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
8/5 – Holmdel, N.J @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
8/8 – Toronto, Ontario @ Molson Amphitheater
8/11 – Washington, D.C. @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/12 – Virginia Beach, VA. @ Farm Bureau Live
8/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
8/15 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
8/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8/19 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
8/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
8/24 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
8/26 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
8/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Resort Festival Lot
8/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
9/2 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater
9/4 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/5 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

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Watch Avatar’s Music Video For “Vultures Fly”

Avatar released their fifth album, Hail the Apocalypse, last year via Entertainment One. The album was produced by Tobias Lindell and mixed by Jay Ruston as well as spawned singles from the title track, “Bloody Angel,” and “Vultures Fly.” You can purchase/preview the LP on iTunes by clicking here. The Swedish death metal/hard rock group has recently revealed the music video for “Vultures Fly.” You can watch the video for the fourth track off the record below. Also, click here to check out our interview with frontman Johannes Eckerström.

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Red Announce Tour Dates With Islander & 3 Years Hollow

Red is an alternative rock group that formed in 2004 and has hit mainstream success with four charting albums off Essential Records and Sony Music Entertainment. The band will be releasing their fifth album, Of Beauty and Rage, on February 24th which will be funded through PledgeMusic. You can click here to view the funding project. Contributors can purchase signed CD ($30), graphic novel ($45), Skype bundle ($250), guitar lesson ($500), private tour bus meet & greet ($800), cook-out ($2,250), golf ($2,500), acoustic house concert ($17,500), and many more. Openers Islander and 3 Years Hollow will be included on Red’s upcoming 28-date tour, which you can view the dates below. You can also check out our interview with Islander vocalist by clicking here.

Red/Islander/3 Years Hollow tour dates:
2/19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
2/20 – Erie, PA – BT Theater Basement
2/21 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
2/22 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
2/24 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
2/25 – New York, NY – Gramercy
2/27 – Portland, ME – Asylum
2/28 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
3/1 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
3/4 – Winston – Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
3/5 – Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s By The Sea
3/6 – Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
3/7 – Clarkesville, TN – The Warehouse Bar and Grill
3/8 – Biloxi, MS – Kress Live
3/10 – Atlanta, GA. – Masquerade
3/12 – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
3/13 – Racine, WI – Rt 20
3/14 – Spring Lake Park, MN – POV’s
3/17 – Indianapolis, IN – The Rock House
3/19 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
3/20 – Lancaster, OH – Mickey’s
3/21 – Newport, KY – Thomson House
3/22 – Cleveland, OH – Agora
3/24 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
3/25 – Sauget, IL – Pops
3/27 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
3/28 – Dallas, TX – Trees
3/29 – Abilene, TX – The Silo

Dave Grohl Falls On Stage At Foo Fighters Show

Dave Grohl was learning to walk again after a brief fall on stage at Foo Fighters’ show in Sao Paulo on January 23rd. See video of Grohl’s fall below!

Setlist:
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
Breakout
Arlandria
My Hero
Congregation
Walk
Cold Day in the Sun (With ‘Tom Sawyer’ (Rush song)… more )
I’ll Stick Around
Monkey Wrench
Skin and Bones
Wheels (Soloed by Dave Grohl)

B-Stage:
Times Like These (Half with Dave, half with full band)
Detroit Rock City (KISS cover)
Stay With Me (The Faces cover) (First time ever)
Tie Your Mother Down (Queen cover) (Dave on drums and Taylor on vocals)
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover) (Taylor And Dave on vocals)
All My Life
These Days
Outside
Best of You
Everlong

In a recent interview with the Red Bulletin, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl spoke his mind about the current state of music, claiming rock fans rely too much on the internet.

“People have forgotten what it’s like to really rock out because they spend all day in front of a freakin’ computer, which they hail as the new God.”

Grohl then continued:

“They seriously think technology can make them rich, if they stumble on something new. But I’m telling you: technology might make you rich, yet it will never make you happy.”

In a new Q&A with Rolling Stone, Grohl ripped critics of the Foo Fighters latest studio album Sonic Highways:

Look, that was one of the first conversations that we had when we started this project. I would explain the idea and someone would say, “Oh, cool. So, are you going to play a blues song? Are you going to make a country song in Nashville? Are you going to do jazz in New Orleans?” And I thought, “Can you fucking imagine how much of a train wreck that would be?” I said, “You have to remember that not everybody has HBO and is going to see the series.”

So, first and foremost, we have to make a Foo Fighters record. That’s it. And I really fought to retain that. At one point in Nashville, I walked in the control room and everyone was wearing fucking cowboy hats. I was like, “Guys! Don’t! Stop! Wait! We are still the Foo Fighters. Don’t forget that.” I think maybe people misunderstood the concept and thought that we were going to incorporate all of the different flavors or genres from each city, and, to me, it didn’t make any sense because the last thing I want to do is chase something that’s not real.

Grohl also said:

“You’re like, Hey, I’ve done this thing! Fuck, I can’t wait for people to hear this! I’m so proud of it. It was such a blast to do.” You get excited and then you realize that people didn’t really understand it in the first place. So you’re like, “Aw, fuck it.” It’s one of those things that after 20 years, nothing is going to keep us from doing what we do. And there’s not much to discourage us from the path that we’ve been on for this long. Look, if some dude with a blog says the band blew it because we didn’t fucking put a lap steel [guitar] on our song in Nashville, then that same day you sell out Wembley Stadium in a day, it’s like, “OK, well, I guess we’re doing something right.”

L7 Announce Reunion Shows

L7 have announced their reunion on their Facebook page:

ATTENTION: YOU DID IT!!!

Your support, prayers, pleads, demands, and harassment here on this page have worked! The Original Line-up of L7 ARE REUNITING! (and it feels so good). WOO HOO!

More shows to be announced tomorrow and in the upcoming weeks so don’t worry, but for now we can announce L7’s appearance at:

Azkena Rock Festival ARF 6/19 Spain
Hellfest Open Air Festival 6/20 France

Also, a Kickstarter Campaign has just gone LIVE for the upcoming documentary “L7: Pretend We’re Dead”. https://www.kickstarter.com/…/975436123/l7-pretend-were-dead

Check it out now. This will hit media outlets in one hour. We want to make sure that you all get early dibs on some pretty cool tiers.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT WITH EVERYTHING! XOXOX L7

New Details On Kurt Cobain’s March 1994 Suicide Attempt & Heroin Use

According to Collider‘s review of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Kurt Cobain’s stomach problems went undiagnosed for most of his life, and Cobain ‘self-medicated’ with marijuana and later heroin. Cobain stated in journal entries that his stomach pain was so severe that he would rather die than live through the pain. Despite this, Cobain expressed doubt about whether he’d be as creatively inclined if his stomach issues were to be cured, fearing the pain was what fueled his artistic drive.

Courtney Love also states in the film that Cobain told her that he wanted to earn $3 million dollars and then become a junkie full time. The film also states that Cobain first used heroin in 1987. Love also sheds light on the reasons behind Cobain’s March 1994 suicide attempt in Rome, claiming that she was contemplating an affair at the time. She said that despite this, she never cheated on Cobain.

Lance Armstrong Appears In New Video With Rage Against The Machine Bassist

Former Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong has a cameo in a new music video put out by Future User, the new project from Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave bassist Tim Commerford. The video, entitled “Mountain Lion” is the fourth video from the group, but the first that actually shows Commerford as the band’s frontman/bassist. The song will be featured on Future User’s debut album called #Steroidorheroine, which comes out on February 24th:

You can view the video below:

With former Audioslave members Tom Morello and Tim Commerford recently attending Chris Cornell’s 50th birthday party, and Cornell/Morello reuniting for a Seattle performance, many are speculating that Audioslave will soon reunite, 7 years after their 2007 breakup. AlternativeNation.net reporters Brett Buchanan, Riley Rowe, Mike Mazzarone, and Doug McCausland recently sat down for a roundtable looking back at Audioslave’s 2000’s run, and analyzing the prospects of a reunion.

Mike Mazzarone: I SAY HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY WHY YOU SCREAMIN AT THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD!

Brett Buchanan: You there Riley?

Riley Rowe: Hey sorry, you gotta scream louder next time.

Brett: Anyways, down to business. Recently, Tom Morello and Tim Commerford attended Chris Cornell’s 50th birthday party, and Morello and Cornell performed together in Seattle last week, fueling speculation that a full fledged Audioslave reunion is coming. My question today is: what do you think about Audioslave possibly reuniting? Does this excite you or not? Were you a fan?

Doug McCausland: I got into Audioslave around the same time they broke up, so I never had the chance to see them live. It’s hard to believe that was already 7 years ago. I think it would be neat if they got back together for at least a few shows, considering Rage Against The Machine isn’t doing jack.

Riley: Of course an Audioslave reunion is exciting. They were an awesome supergroup and put out some great songs. I think at the time, they had just run their course. Revelations wasn’t a very memorable album.

Mike: I enjoy Chris Cornell. Soundgarden and his solo stuff. But Audioslave never did it for me. “Be Yourself” was alright, brings me back to the days of when I was a pubescent teenager watching the WWE Diva Search. That’s it.

Brett: I love Audioslave’s first album. I think it’s among the better rock albums of the 2000’s, but I’m not a fan of the other two records. I like some of the hits like “Doesn’t Remind Me” and the “Revelations” title track, but those two records just weren’t my bag. I’d be interested in seeing them do the first record front to back, but otherwise an Audioslave reunion isn’t the most exciting thing in the world to me. The band ran its course, as did the whole supergroup thing. They split about a year before Velvet Revolver. Tom Morello seems free artistically with his own projects.

Riley: I agree that the second and third albums were less heavy, but they were still very emotional and showed a different side of Cornell that we normally wouldn’t see.

Doug: Audioslave’s records aren’t something I’d dig into front to back like I would for Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, or Chris’ earlier solo material, but each record had a handful of solid songs on them. Maybe Chester Bennington can join Velvet Revolver to open on the reunion tour.

Brett: I just thought the songs were kind of flat. I don’t really care about heavy, I love Euphoria Morning. Like I said, Out of Exile and Revelations just weren’t for me. Seeing the first album performed front to back would be appealing to me, but do these guys really want to do that? At least my feeling on Cornell is these days he seems most inspired with the Songbook tours and the select acoustic material he’s recorded over the last few years, and Morello seems very content with his projects. Maybe some high paying festival gigs could be in the works or something? Who knows.

Riley: I’d assume they’d mostly play the first album. I don’t think they’d need to play more than 2 songs off Revelations. It would definitely be the cherry on top if they incorporated material from all their projects.

Brett: Also how would Cornell balance Soundgarden and his solo stuff with Audioslave? As we’ve seen with Maynard James Keenan, something’s got to give usually. Would Soundgarden just be an on and off touring act if Audioslave made a new record? Or a tour together maybe?

Riley: Oh, I definitely think a reunion would be difficult with the members’ busy schedules. I’m just saying it would be a cool event. It would be very awesome to hear new material from them again.

Brett: I think it’d be a very profitable thing especially with major festivals, even if they just focused on that with performances largely based around the first album and major hits. Personally though it’s just not something I’m that excited about, I think Audioslave ran its course. Great first record, a couple more hits I enjoyed, but in 2014 I’m just not that pumped. I’m more excited for the next Dead Sara record.

Mike: I would have to agree. There is just more on my mind right now when it comes to rock than an Audioslave reunion. A few tracks I like, I’m sure the Cornell diehard will line up and plop money down for a reunion tour. It’s gonna be profitable, but it’s not for me.

Riley: Would you go if they played Soundgarden and RATM songs too? Or if they played new material?

Brett: Soundgarden will tour again in the future so there’s no point in compromising their business. Obviously the number one priority in anything for me is to hear good new music, but I’m only interested in hearing new material live if I like it. So I’d have to like it to be interested in seeing it live. But these guys are like 50, they’re all legends, but I don’t think they’re going to write another “Cochise,” it’s just a different time in their lives. That’s why I enjoy Cornell’s Songbook stuff and Morello’s projects he’s done, it seems very fitting for 2014. Hell even the type of performance Chris and Tom did in Seattle seemed fitting.

Riley: This is awesome, you can’t deny it. Even the songs I don’t remember at all sound good.

Riley: Proof is in the pudding, baby.

Brett: Oh yeah, that Cuba show was awesome. But it already happened.

Riley: So hell, if they reunited and played a show like that I’d be so down to see a performance like that.

Brett: I think Audioslave could put on some good shows, but that Cuba show was like 10 years ago. The energy they had at that show was lightning in a bottle, you can’t repeat or relive history. We’ve learned that with other reunions we’ve seen. If they were actually to do something else to elicit that same response from you, it’d need to be something fresh. I don’t know, I just want something new in rock. I want the next Chris Cornell, and the next Tom Morello. And I also want those guys to keep pushing forward artistically.

Riley: I’m sure they could write something better than King Animal.

Brett: I thought Soundgarden themselves would write something better than King Animal, but you just never know. It’s not 1994 any more, or even 2004. Things are different with reunions, and our preferences might be different than somebody who is 40 now and grew up on Soundgarden in the 90’s and then went through their late 20’s and early 30’s with Audioslave. But if Audioslave do reunite, hopefully there’s some awesome shows at the very least and some songs I like off a reunion album. I love “A Thousand Days Before” off of King Animal. But an Audioslave reunion is just another thing to me, not something that’s going to consume my mind like when Soundgarden first reunited. I have bigger fish to fry now, like imagining what the Scott Weiland/James Iha collaboration will sound like, and wondering if Billy Corgan’s cats Mr. Thom and Sammi will join the Smashing Pumpkins. That’s what dreams are made of.

Brett: I think the one thing we can conclude is that Audioslave have been away too long.

Doug: First Audioslave reunion single: “I’ve Come Back After Awhile”

Frances Bean Cobain Talks Kurt Cobain’s Legacy

Rolling Stone reports that director Brett Morgen recalled a conversation he had with Frances Bean Cobain at the Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premiere this past weekend at Sundance about her father Kurt Cobain’s legacy. “Frances told me that, ‘People act like my dad was Santa Claus,'” Morgen said after the screening. “‘And he wasn’t Santa Claus.’ I think she realized that after seeing the movie.”

Cobain was hesitant to attend the premiere, but did due to her executive producer role. Cobain’s fiancee, Isaiah Silva, did not attend the premiere.

Mad Season Rehearse At Pearl Jam Headquarters, Announce Special Guests

Mad Season have been rehearsing at Benaroya Hall and Pearl Jam headquarters for their reunion performance at Sonic Evolution on January 30th. Barrett Martin has shared several photos on Facebook, including one with Matt Cameron. Martin said, “Two Seattle dudes who play drums. Matt Cameron and I did a similar thing exactly 20 years ago in 1995 when the Seattle Symphony did a selection of classic Seattle rock songs. We played double drum sets – and traded solos! Matt is one of the best drummers in the world and also one of the most gracious. The two qualities go hand in hand. It’s an honor to play with him again.”

Martin also announced new special guests for Mad Season’s upcoming performance, “Mad Season is pleased to announce that Jeff Angell from Walking Papers, singer Kim Virant, guitarist Tim DiJulio, and saxophonist Skerik will also be joining us on stage as they add their own unique contributions to the Mad Season songs. We are honored to have such talented people playing with us. The rehearsal with the Seattle Symphony was really quite amazing. It sounds just gorgeous the way they have orchestrated the songs. What incredible players they are. Here’s a few photos that I snapped in the little time I had. My favorite is ‘Maestro McCready’!”

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Below is a photo from @PearlJamOnline, taken by Tadd Sackville-West, of Mad Season rehearsing at Pearl Jam headquarters.

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SeattleSymphony.org has more information on the show:

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Mike McCready, special guest
Chris Cornell, vocalist
Duff McKagan, bass
Barrett Martin, drums
Matt Cameron, drums
Members of Vocalpoint! Seattle
Seattle Symphony

Yann Robin: Ashes (World Premiere)
Angelique Poteat: Beyond Much Difference (World Premiere)
Mike McCready /arr. Scott Teske: Waking the Horizon (World Premiere)
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “River of Deceit”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “I Don’t Know Anything”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “Long Gone Day”
Solo selections by Mad Season

******SOLD OUT******

Sonic Evolution celebrates the past, present and future of music with brand-new symphonic compositions inspired by musical icons Pearl Jam, Nirvana and more. PLUS! Mad Season’s Mike McCready and Barrett Martin team up with Chris Cornell, Duff McKagan and other guests for a special performance.

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Faith No More Announce North American Tour

FAITH NO MORE ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

DATES MARK BAND’S FIRST NORTH AMERICAN SHOWS SINCE 2010; NEW SONG, “SUPERHERO,” AVAILABLE MARCH 17

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 26, 2015 – Faith No More confirm their first North American shows since 2010 with a spring outing kicking off April 15 in Vancouver.

The announcement comes as the Bay Area band wraps up work on their follow-up to 1997’s Album of the Year. The as-of-yet untitled album is due this May via the band’s newly formed imprint, Reclamation Recordings, which is distributed by Ipecac Recordings. Faith No More founder and bass player, Bill Gould is overseeing production.

“Here we go,” said Gould. “First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven’t played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way.”

Preceding the tour is the release of a second single from the forthcoming album, “Superhero,” which will be available as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17 followed by a digital release on March 31. Faith No More released the single, “Motherf****r,” as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. To mark the release of their first new music since the late ‘90s, the band played a surprise set at Amoeba San Francisco.

North American tour dates:
April 15 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum
April 16 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
April 17 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
April 19 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 20 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 23 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 25 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

May 7 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
May 9 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
May 13 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 14 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

Tickets for all shows are on-sale this Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 am local time. A fan club pre-sale will be made available on Wednesday, Jan. 28 with more details to be found on FNM.com and via the band’s social media pages (facebook.com/officialfnm and twitter.com/faithnomore).

Full Faith No More routing:
February 17 Tokyo, Japan Studio Coast
February 18 Tokyo, Japan Studio Coast
February 21 Adelaide, Australia Soundwave Festival
February 22 Melbourne, Australia Soundwave Festival
February 28 Sydney, Australia Soundwave Festival

March 1 Brisbane, Australia Soundwave Festival
March 3 Auckland, New Zealand WestFest

April 15 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum
April 16 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
April 17 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
April 19 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 20 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 23 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 25 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

May 7 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
May 9 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
May 13 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 14 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
May 29 Nurburgring, Germany Grune Holle Festival
May 31 Munich, Germany Rockavaria Festival

June 2 Milan, Italy Sonisphere
June 4 Vienna, Austria Vienna Rocks Festival
June 5 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic Rock For People Festival
June 12 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
June 13 Donington, UK Download Festival
June 20 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 21 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Festival

Aug. 7 – 9 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal

Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Mocks New England Patriots

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament playfully discussed the upcoming Superbowl, pitting the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks, in a new Fox Sports piece.

“Richard Sherman is the second coming of Muhammad Ali and Marshawn Lynch the model of anti-establishment that Boston hasn’t known since Paul Revere.

“Pete Carroll has Tom Cable, Darrell Bevell, Dan Quinn and the mighty Ken Norton Jr., while Bill Belichick has deflated footballs and Spygate.

“Seattle has Jimi Hendrix and Boston has, well, Boston. Seattle has the 12th man, and Boston tore down the only place it had with a real advantage: Boston Garden.

“Oh, yeah, and the Patriots don’t even have Boston as they reside in Foxboro which is actually closer to Providence, R.I., than Boston.

“The organization so didn’t believe in Boston they renamed themselves the New England Patriots and moved out of town.

“Go ‘Hawks!”

Frances Bean Cobain & Courtney Love Hug At Kurt Cobain Documentary Premiere

The new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premiere last night at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain attended the premiere, and shared a long embrace in front of cameras. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic also attended the premiere, and The Meat Puppets performed at an aftershow.

“It was kind of a domino thing. First Courtney came along and then Frances,” director Brett Morgen said of making the film in an interview with PEOPLE. “Frances and I shared the same exact vision for what this film should be. She was really the glue. She is why we are all here.”

Morgen says Cobain’s family members are all “on the same page” about the film, as was evident when Love and her daughter shared a long embrace while taking photos on the red carpet at its premiere during Sundance on Saturday.

“Everyone involved with the film and Nirvana wanted to do this for Frances,” Morgen said. “This movie is for her.”

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will premiere on HBO on May 4th.

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Surprise Guests To Join Mad Season Reunion Show

3 surprise guests will join Mad Season at their reunion show on January 30th in Seattle for Sonic Evolution. Mad Season’s lineup will consist of Mike McCready (guitar), Barrett Martin (drums), Chris Cornell (vocals), and Duff McKagan (bass). Matt Cameron will also perform at the show. Original members Layne Staley and John Baker Saunders passed away in 2002 and 1999 respectively.

SeattleSymphony.org has more information on the show:

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Mike McCready, special guest
Chris Cornell, vocalist
Duff McKagan, bass
Barrett Martin, drums
Matt Cameron, drums
Members of Vocalpoint! Seattle
Seattle Symphony

Yann Robin: Ashes (World Premiere)
Angelique Poteat: Beyond Much Difference (World Premiere)
Mike McCready /arr. Scott Teske: Waking the Horizon (World Premiere)
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “River of Deceit”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “I Don’t Know Anything”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “Long Gone Day”
Solo selections by Mad Season

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Sonic Evolution celebrates the past, present and future of music with brand-new symphonic compositions inspired by musical icons Pearl Jam, Nirvana and more. PLUS! Mad Season’s Mike McCready and Barrett Martin team up with Chris Cornell, Duff McKagan and other guests for a special performance.

Scott Weiland Claims He Was Never In Art of Anarchy

Former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman, and possible Art of Anarchy frontman Scott Weiland is now stating that he was never a member of Art of Anarchy.

“I was never in the band,” Weiland told Billboard in a new interview. “It was something I did when I wasn’t doing anything. I was asked to write some lyrics and sing some melodies on this project, but it’s not a band I’m in. This is my band.”

Below was the initial Art of Anarchy press release:

Poised to become one of the biggest new bands of 2015, Art of Anarchy is redefining the rock supergroup. Meet the “mega group” – band members are rock legends in their own right with over 150 million in sales. Promising over-the-top songs that break rock music boundaries with an all-or-nothing attitude, star power and bring-down-the-house performances, this mega band promises to transform a new generation into rock enthusiasts and die-hard “Anarchists”.

Art Of Anarchy members are some of rock’s heaviest hitters and most versatile musicians. Iconic front man, Scott Weiland with his instantly identifiable voice needs no introduction. He is known as one of rock’s most adroit and ever-evolving vocalists. Lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal from Guns N’ Roses, bassist John Moyer of Disturbed and twin brothers Jon Votta on lead guitar and Vince Votta on drums promise extreme, uncompromising musicianship that rings in a new era for rock music.

The band started out of an 18-year friendship between Bumblefoot and the Votta brothers, dating back to the local New York music scene. Jon Votta approached Bumblefoot with the idea of putting together a unique new rock band that would have people talking. They knew Weiland would be the ideal singer to handle the band’s musical diversity. Once Weiland was on-board, the band was completed by the aggressive, precise, melodic bass of career-rocker John Moyer.

Art of Anarchy has emerged as a band willing to eradicate musical borders in pursuit of something brilliant. For these legendary members, it’s all about songwriting and musicianship, which the band proudly displays on its self-titled debut album. The band also sees Weiland returning to his hard rock roots with a harder-edged sound than any of his previous efforts.

Bumblefoot shines not only as the band’s co-guitarist, but also as the producer and engineer on the album. His world-class guitar playing ranks him as one of rock’s most innovative guitarists.

John Moyer, self-proclaimed hitman from Texas, brings a punchy bottom end that rounds out the sound of AOA. His in the pocket style can be heard throughout the whole album.

Jon Votta, the grand architect behind Art of Anarchy, co-wrote the soon-to-be-released album and shares lead responsibilities with Bumblefoot. According to Votta, “This is the record I always dreamed of making since I started playing guitar”. Vince Votta came up with the band name based upon these principles: it had to be extreme, uncompromising, and make a bold statement- much like his drum playing.

2015 will be a big year for Art of Anarchy. Rock was never dead– just dormant– and Art of Anarchy is planning to wake it up. They’ll break all the rules and leave you wanting more Anarchy!

Former Smashing Pumpkins Guitarist James Iha Becomes A DJ

Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha will perform as a DJ tonight at Beauty Bar in Denver. Iha told Westword, “I like to play dance music and what makes a club or a party excited. I have never really done much dance music before, so [doing DJ gigs has been] a good introduction to what is happening on an indie level. Not top ten dance music but, for lack of a better term, indie club dance stuff and rock.”

Iha’s former bandmate Billy Corgan also DJ’s, under the name The Ivory Tower. Iha discussed his memories of The Smashing Pumpkins and Billy Corgan in a 2014 interview with Alternative Nation, “Every couple of years people will ask me stuff about the Pumpkins, honestly I don’t really want to bring out the negative. I’d just like to highlight the positive things with the band, the good things that happened with him. All of the private stuff is private, to me it is. I don’t really feel the need to talk about that stuff in the press. I don’t know what good it does, honestly. That’s all I can say about relations and stuff. I just want to keep people’s memories about the good things in the band when I was in the band. As far as the reissues, I haven’t had much input on it. I was sent some bonus tracks that I wrote just to check out, to see if they were okay for my approval, but that’s about it.”