Scott Weiland Apologizes For Being A ‘Total Asshole’ At Meet & Greet

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has apologized to fans for acting like an asshole at a recent meet and greet in Boston. See his Facebook statement below.

I would like to make a sincere apology to the fans that were at the meet and greet in Boston. I’m embarrassed by my behavior and some of the things that I said. Fans don’t deserve that. Without our fans and supporters, we would not be able to do what we’re doing. I put my all into the show that night and honestly was just beyond exhausted…either way, I acted like a total asshole and for that I’m truly sorry. – Scott

We broke the story last week that Scott Weiland held a paid VIP meet & greet session with fans at a recent show at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. The following is three different fan accounts from the event in Boston, including a fan claiming Weiland bizarrely said to him “Let’s suck a dick!” Each fan account comes from Stone Temple Pilots fan forum, BelowEmpty. You can read our review of Weiland’s recent show in Philadelphia by clicking here:

PigsInZen:
The VIP early entry allowed me to get into the venue and secure a nice spot right upfront and center. Stocklyn was very energetic and had some cool songs, I enjoyed them. Scott and the band were on time, and sounded kickass. I can’t get over how much Joey Castillo adds to their sound. He is a total monster. Scott danced around stage, joked, and actually seemed very happy during the set. Amethyst, Vasoline and The Jean Genie were major highlights for me, and all of the new songs went over very well. Scott’s voice wore down as the night went on but he was very strong on most of the tunes. The set was short and people were sticking around after Unglued expecting more, but the crowd was very satisfied and I heard people saying that this is the best they have seen Scott in years.

As for after the show, Tommy hung around out front and took pictures and chatted with many of the fans. I talked to him for a minute and he was very down to earth and humble. The VIP meet and greet was held in the back and like I expected you get about two seconds to shake everybodys hand, the manager gives you a pre signed poster and you get one picture with the band. I still wanted to meet my hero and it was an extra plus to meet Joey. I told Joey to stick with this band and it creates a monster rhythm section. Before I got up there to meet them, Scott was posing for pictures, smiling, putting people in headlocks, kissing them, the whole nine yards. When I get up there Scott didn’t even look at me when I was talking to him, he put his arm around me and literally said “lets get this shit done with”. As I fakely smiled for my photo, I couldn’t believe what just came out of my hero’s mouth. I felt so betrayed after spending so much money to support him over the years. Scott should not be saying that when people paid 150$ for a brief picture with him after the show. He obviously wants no part of the meet and greet and thats fine if he doesn’t market one. Always treat your fans with respect, I have always defended Scott and now it made me second guess myself. I actually thought of the DeLeo brothers and imagined how meeting them and Chester would not be a similar experience at all.

On a concluding note, I loved the show, his heart was into it and so was mine, and the crowds. One thing that should be mentioned is that Scott seemed like he was in slow motion, most likely drinking. I always thought it was his stage persona but after the show he talked slow, and his eyes seemed empty, even my girlfriend took notice to that. I will see Scott again, the meet and the greet is kind of out the picture now but I can’t wait for Blaster and for the next show!

Matthew:
I did the meet and greet as well and he said “let’s suck a dick!” to me and that was it. Over and done in 10 seconds. He was definitely drunk and ready to get outta there. I was about as drunk as he was so I didn’t really feel disappointed until looking back today. It’s funny, but also disappointing. Overall though I met some cool people and had a blast before and after the show. Thats what really counts.

Toahiaph:
Add me to the list of fans who Scott was not so nice too. The other members of the band all cool and with it…. scott seemed hammered.

As a long time fan (from the age of 10 years old) Scott and STP have been a HUGE part of my life. Collected everything I could STP as well saw them in concert every time I could. One of the things on my “Bucket List” was to meet Scott and get his autograph….. which I really wanted tattoo’d, to commemorate the day I met him.

When the Meet & Greet VIP passes came available I hesitated to spend the money but it’s a once in a life time thing. So I bought them! I had known Scott was hit or miss but I was really hoping for a good experience, but wasn’t getting my hopes up.

On the night of the concert after we were let in early for VIP I went over and nervously asked the gentleman in-charge of the VIP access about getting scotts signature for a tattoo. He was really nice about it but kindly let me know that Scott WILL NOT sign skin, and most definitely WILL NOT SIGN anything that he knows will be then turned into a tattoo. He also mentioned to not tell or show Scott my 2 other STP tattoos.
Sheesh Glad I asked!!!

Concert was great, besides some A-holes who can’t follow rules or have any respect…. but that’s at every concert. All 30 (?? not sure how many) of us VIP pass people line up out back and wait for the band. Scott is joking with people and making all sorts of wacko gestures for people pictures. Sweet this is going to be awesome I think!!! I can’t stop smiling at this point. It’s finally my turn….. I walk up and tell scott something along the lines of “I just wanted to tell you I have been a fan for 20 years” Scott then interrupts me and says something like OK hurry up I don’t want to hear it. I stand next to him and smile for my picture… mean while he was complaining the whole 5 seconds that it was taking too long.

I will NEVER pay to shake his hand again. I am glad I did it…. but when the day comes to put the Bucket List in order of awesomeness…. scott is going down to the bottom.

I can’t stress enough how cool Jeremy and Tommy are. I wish I could say the same for Scott.

It was maybe 30-45 mins of his time after the concert…. he could of at least been thankful that people still want to see him and pay $150 to shake his hand.

Scott Stapp Completes Rehab Treatment

Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti told Loudwire today that Scott Stapp recently completed a 90 day rehab stint after his relapse last year.

“Thank God he got through it all and his family got him into treatment. I think he went through a 90-day program. I know he went to get help and now he’s out of the treatment, so hopefully he stays sober.”

Tremonti added, “Family is the most important thing. You’ve just got to stay sober and clean and provide for your family and be there for your kids. For me, that’s what would always keep me out of trouble.”

Stapp had a highly publicized meltdown last year, claiming he was broke and living in a hotel in a series of bizarre Facebook videos. He also said in recorded phone calls that members of ISIS were in his family, and that he felt he had to assassinate President Obama. It’s promising to hear that Stapp has sought help and is getting his life back in order.

Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic To Appear On Modest Mouse’s Next Album

Photo taken by AlternativeNation.net owner Brett Buchanan

Isaac Brock told Hot Press in a new interview that Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will appear on Modest Mouse’s next album, due out in 2016.

“You’d recognise it,” Brock told HP’s Craig Fitzpatrick. “It sounds like a bunch of boulders falling down a mountain!”

We will be hearing it sooner rather than later, however.

“We ended up finishing tracking with one of his songs that will end up on the next record,” revealed Brock. “It fits the second piece, the companion piece to this record, a bit better. We basically made two records at the same time. Which, if people look at it that way, cuts down the amount of time it took us to make this record in HALF, man!”

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Muse Reveals Lyric Video For New Single “Dead Inside”

Muse will be releasing their seventh studio album, Drones, on June 9th via Warner Bros. Records. Robert John “Mutt” Lange co-produced the record along with Muse’s band members. The LP’s first single, “Dead Inside,” has just been revealed. You can watch the lyric video for the single below. Also, click here to listen to the alternative rock group’s previously released track off the LP, “Psycho.”

The band will be embarking on a tour this month which will include many festivals such as Download Festival (Slipknot, Kiss, Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest, Faith No More, Motley Crue, Five Finger Death Punch, A Day to Remember, Slash, Lamb of God, Clutch, Rise Against, Billy Idol, Hellyeah, Tremonti, All That Remains, In Flames, L7, Eagles of Death Metal, Apocalyptica, Godsmack, Dragonforce, The SwordCavalera Conspiracy, Pop Evil, Bodycount, King 810, Crobot, Dead Daisies).

Drones tracklisting:
1. Dead Inside
2. [Drill Sergeant]
3. Psycho
4. Mercy
5. Reapers
6. The Handler
7. [JFK]
8. Defector
9. Revolt
10. Aftermath
11. The Globalist
12. Drones

Psycho UK tour dates:
5/29 – Munich, Germany – Rockavaria
5/30 – Nurburg, Germany – Der Ring
6/5 – Vienna, Austria – Rock in Vienna
6/6 – Biel Switzerland – Sonisphere
6/12 – Landgraaf, Netherlands – Pinkpop Festival
6/13 – Derby, England – Download Festival
6/14 – Warsaw, Poland – Orange Warsaw
6/19 – Moscow, Russia – Park Live
6/21 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Greenfest
6/24 – Seinajoli, Finland – Provinssirock
6/26 – Norrkoping, Sweden – Bravalla Festival
6/28 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
7/2 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
7/4 – Arras, France – Main Square Festival
7/5 – Roeser, Luxembourg – Rock-a-Field
7/9 – Lisbon, Portugal – NOS Alive Festival
7/11 – Bilbao, Spain – BBK Live
7/13 – Aix-les-Bains, France – Musilac
7/16 – Carhaix, France – Les Vieilles Charrues

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Watch Veil Of Maya’s Music Video For “Mikasa”

Veil of Maya will be releasing their fifth album, Matriarch, on May 12th via Sumerian Records. The album marks the first release with new vocalist Lukas Magyar since the departure of Brandon Butler. You can pre-order the LP by clicking here. Recently, the djent group revealed the music video for “Mikasa,” which features producer/director Ramon Boutviseth and dancers Natsumi Suzuki and Yoko Morimoto. The track is notable for being Veil of Maya’s first material with clean vocals, a controversial topic that was humorously expressed in their recent Breaking Bad skit. You can also click here to listen to the previously released track, “Phoenix.”

In promotion of their return, Veil of Maya have been touring with After the Burial and Invent Animate. You can check out remaining tour dates as well as the upcoming album’s cover art below the video player. Also, be sure to check out our interview with ex-vocalist Brandon Butler and guitarist Marc Okubo by clicking here.

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Veil of Maya tour dates:
3/25 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
3/26 – Barrington, IL – Penny Road Pub

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Listen To New Breaking Benjamin Single “Failure”

Breaking Benjamin will be releasing their fifth album, Dark Before Dawn, on June 23rd via Hollywood Records. The record will be the band’s first release since their four year hiatus and will serve as the follow-up to 2009’s Dear Agony. You can click here to pre-order the LP on iTunes. More recently, the alternative rock group has released the newest single, “Failure.” You can listen to the track below. Also, check out their upcoming dates, which include openers Young Guns and many festival performances, below the video player.

Breaking Benjamin tour dates:
4/17 – Pharr, TX – Pharr Events Center (with Young Guns)
4/18 – Houston, TX – The Woodlands Pavilion
4/19 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheatre (with Young Guns)
4/21 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City (with Young Guns)
4/22 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle (with Young Guns)
4/24 – Tampa, FL – WXTB Rockfest
4/25 – Fort Myers, FL – Fort Rock Festival
4/26 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville
4/28 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen (with Young Guns)
4/29 – New Orleans, LA – The Civic Center (with Young Guns)
5/1 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival
5/2 – Chattanooga, TN – Track 29 (with Young Guns)
5/3 – Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion
5/13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Indoor (with Young Guns)
5/15 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
5/16 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
5/20 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
5/22 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
5/23 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Ampitheatre
7/16 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
7/17 – Oshkosh, WI – Ford Festival Park
7/18 – Cadott, WI – Rock Fest

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Watch Lyric Video For Three Days Grace’s “Human Race”

Three Days Grace will be releasing their fifth album, Human, on March 31st via RCA Records. The release will mark the alternative metal’s first record with new vocalist Matt Walst. You can click here to preorder the LP on iTunes. Bassist Brad Walst stated, “I think Matt, for one, is an amazing singer and his voice has actually changed a lot of the last couple of years. He sang a certain way with My Darkest Days and I think that had a huge part of us re-recording a lot of songs because we go on the road and we would come back and his voice would just be deeper and more aggressive. He has really trained it to be more aggressive and it is sounding awesome.”

More recently, the band revealed the lyric video for the opener track on the album. You can watch the video for “Human Race” below. Also, be sure to check out Three Days Grace’s world tour dates, which can be found below the video player.

Three Days Grace tour dates:
3/26 – Rio De Janeiro – Circo Voador
3/28 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Cine Joia
3/29 – Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lollapalooza
3/31 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
4/9 – Riverside, CA — Riverside Municipal Stadium
4/10 – San Diego, CA. — House of Blues
4/11 – Mesa, AZ — UFest at Quail Run Park
4/13 – Reno, NV — Knitting Factory
4/14 – San Francisco, CA — Fillmore
4/16 – Fresno, CA — Blazefest
4/17 – Las Vegas, NV — The Joint / Hard Rock Las Vegas
4/18 – Tucson, AZ — KFMA Day / Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
4/19 – Lubbock, TX – 34th Annual FMX Birthday Bash
4/21 – Abilene, TX – Rock 108 Birthday Bash
4/22 – San Antonio, TX — Caliente / Siesta Lot
4/23 – Dallas, TX — Bomb Factory
5/9 – Somerset, WI — Northern Invasion / Somerset Amphitheatre
5/10 – Madison, WI — Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center
6/2 – Milan, Italy – Sonisphere
6/4 – Vienna, Austria — Rock in Vienna
6/5 – Hradec Kalove, Czech Republic — Rock for People
6/6 – Mendig, Germany — Rock Am Ring
6/7 – Nuremburg, Germany — Rock Im Park
6/12 – Warsaw, Poland — Orange Warsaw Festival
6/20 – Burlington, IA — Burlington Steamboat Days
6/26 – Bay City, MI – Bay City River Roar

Billy Corgan Says Smashing Pumpkins’ Future Is Murky: ‘The Audience Is Fixated On The Past’

William Corgan (my apologies for referring to him as Billy Corgan in the headline) recently discussed the state of The Smashing Pumpkins in an interview with Radio Oasis.

“Well the future of The Smashing Pumpkins is kind of murky. I’ve only committed to the idea of The Smashing Pumpkins through pretty much the end of this year, and after that I’m going to see how it goes. I feel like I really need to evaluate the musical purpose of the Pumpkins, because more and more the audience is fixated on the past. I know a lot of the audience will say, ‘Well, I like your music better from the 90’s, more than the music you’re making today.’ But I know they’re not listening to the music of today, as much as they were listening to that music.

They’re also not listening in the same context. They’re not seeing the same amount of videos that they used to see on MTV, and so people don’t understand the context is key with things like that. I’m the type of artist that I don’t want to sort of exist in something that is sort of fading like an iceberg into the past. So I’m happy to do what I’m doing, and I’m very pleased that people still enjoy it.”

Foo Fighters Might Do Second Season Of Sonic Highways With Paul McCartney & David Bowie

“There might be a season two [of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways],” Dave Grohl said in a recent interview with Billboard. “There are a lot of studios.” What might be included in this next run? Grohl suggested drummer Taylor Hawkins is the person to answer that. “Taylor is one to ask about the U.K. studios, he’s been to them all, even if they’re kabob shops now. He’ll show up and be like, ‘You guys know that they fucking recorded Queen’s The Game in here, right?'”

“If we went to somewhere like Abbey Road it’d be fun to interview someone like Paul McCartney or George Martin, that’d be kind of cool,” Grohl said. “Or go to say, Berlin, and interview someone like David Bowie or Iggy [Pop].”

“Perhaps we could go to Melbourne wherever they made all those AC/DC records and interview George Young,” Shiflett suggested. “Or you could go to Manchester and interview the Happy Mondays, guys,” Grohl added.

Foo Fighters are set to release Songs From The Laundry Room on Record Store Day as a 10 inch vinyl. Side A will feature Dave Grohl’s early demos of “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me.” A cover of “Kids In America” and the previously unheard “Empty Handed” will appear on Side B.

Side A
01. “Alone + Easy Target” (demo version)
02. “Big Me” (demo version)

Side B
01. “Kids In America”
02. “Empty Handed”

See the cover (via FooFightersLive.com and FooArchive.com) below, along with with a clip of “Kids In America” from HBO’s Sonic Highways, and a clip of Dave’s early 90’s version of “Alone + Easy Target” (though the version on this EP may be different).

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Frances Bean Cobain Gives Michael Stipe A Gift

Frances Bean Cobain recently gave her godfather Michael Stipe a gift, and showed his reaction to it in a new tweet.

Stipe inducted Nirvana into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last April with this speech:

Good evening. I’m Michael Stipe and I’m here to induct Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When an artist offers an idea, a perspective, it helps us all to see who we are. And it wakes up, and it pushes us forward towards our collective and individual potential. It makes us — each of us — able to see who we are more clearly. It’s progression and progressive movement. It’s the future staring us down in the present and saying, “C’mon, let’s get on with it. Here we are. Now.” I embrace the use of the word “artist” rather than “musician” because the band Nirvana were artists in every sense of the word. It is the highest calling for an artist, as well as the greatest possible privilege to capture a moment, to find the zeitgeist, to expose our struggles, our aspirations, our desires. To embrace and define a period of time. That is my definition of an artist. Nirvana captured lightning in a bottle. And now, per the dictionary — off the Internet — in defining “lightning in a bottle” as, “Capturing something powerful and elusive, and then being able to hold it and show it to the world.”

Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl were Nirvana. The legacy and the power of their defining moment has become, for us, indelible. Like my band, R.E.M., Nirvana came from a most unlikely place. Not a cultural city-center like London, San Francisco, Los Angeles or even New York — or Brooklyn — but from Aberdeen, Washington in the Pacific Northwest, a largely blue-collar town just outside of Seattle. Krist Novoselic said Nirvana came out of the American hardcore scene of the 1980s — this was a true underground. It was punk rock, where the many bands or musical styles were eclectic. We were a product of a community of youth looking for a connection away from the mainstream. The community built structures outside of the corporate, governmental sphere, independent and decentralized. Media connected through the copy machine, a decade before the Internet, as we know it, came to be. This was social networking in the face.

Dave Grohl said, “We were drop-outs, making minimum wage, listening to vinyl, emulating our heroes — Ian MacKaye, Little Richard — getting high, sleeping in vans, never expecting the world to notice.” Solo artists almost have it easier than bands — bands are not easy. You find yourself in a group of people who rub each other the wrong way and exactly the right way. And you have chemistry, zeitgeist, lightning in a bottle and a collective voice to help pinpoint a moment, to help understand what it is that we’re going through. You see this is about community and pushing ourselves. Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard.

Keep in mind the times: This was the late Eighties, early Nineties. America, the idea of a hopeful, democratic country, had been practically dismantled by Iran-Contra, by AIDS, by the Reagan/Bush Sr. administrations. But with their music, their attitude, their voice, by acknowledging the political machinations of petty but broad-reaching, political arguments, movements and positions that had held us culturally back, Nirvana blasted through all that with crystalline, nuclear rage and fury. Nirvana were kicking against the system, bringing complete disdain for the music industry and their definition of corporate, mainstream America, to show a sweet and beautiful — but fed-up — fury, coupled with howling vulnerability.

Lyrically exposing our frailty, our frustrations, our shortcomings. Singing of retreat and acceptance over triumphs of an outsider community with such immense possibility, stymied or ignored, but not held down or held back by the stupidity and political pettiness of the times. They spoke truth, and a lot of people listened. They picked up the mantle in that particular battle, but they were singular, and loud, and melodic, and deeply original. And that voice. That voice. Kurt, we miss you. I miss you. Nirvana defined a moment, a movement for outsiders: for the fags; for the fat girls; for the broken toys; the shy nerds; the Goth kids from Tennessee and Kentucky; for the rockers and the awkward; for the fed-up; the too-smart kids and the bullied. We were a community, a generation — in Nirvana’s case, several generations — in the echo chamber of that collective howl, and Allen Ginsberg would have been very proud, here.

That moment and that voice reverberated into music and film, politics, a worldview, poetry, fashion, art, spiritualism, the beginning of the Internet and so many fields in so many ways in our lives. This is not just pop music — this is something much greater than that. These are a few artists who rub each other the wrong way, and exactly the right way, at the right time: Nirvana. It is my honor to call to the stage Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl.

Listen To Army of Anyone’s Demo Of STP Track “Hickory Dichotomy”

Dean DeLeo has shared a 2005/2006 Army of Anyone instrumental demo of “Hickory Dichotomy.” The track was never fully recorded with Army of Anyone, and it later ended up on Stone Temple Pilots’ self-titled 2010 album.

DeLeo said, “Here is another. A song that appeared on our 6th album. I simply wanted to call it Hickory.
We recorded this during the Army Of Anyone sessions at our dear friend Richard Patrick’s house.
Some fun days there. Happy listening.”

Interview: Bumblefoot Refuses To Discuss GNR, Talks Scott Weiland Recording Art of Anarchy Material Without Band

Today I had the chance to interview Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. While Bumblefoot touched on many topics including his relationship with Joe Satriani, Art of Anarchy, a potential Little Brother Is Watching world tour and his favorite GNR material, Ron was very hesitant to answer anything related to Guns N’ Roses.  I was able to get him to discuss his favorite GNR tracks and recording the “Pink Panther Theme,” but otherwise he said that talking about GNR would give him a headache.

Bumblefoot also discussed recording the Art of Anarchy album, and how Scott Weiland worked with the band, praising his work, but being unsure of his commitment to the band.  Thank you to MSL and GNRTruth for providing many questions.

Are you planning a Little Brother is Watching World Tour?

It’s possible. I would love to, I definitely want to, I need to, I should. However, first I want to nurture the album a little bit more, I want to put out more videos, I want to do more things to let people know that it exists so people can check out the music and get to know it. After that though, I would like to hit the road, all over the place.

What accomplished songwriters that you’ve worked with have influenced your solo work most?

(Laughs) Ones that I have worked with that have influenced me the most? Let me think. Accomplished, that I’ve worked with? There are accomplished songwriters that I haven’t worked with, and songwriters that I have worked with that weren’t accomplished at all! I would say the one person that has it all is Tony Harnell (of TNT), he writes beautiful melodies and definitely makes me think a bit more when it comes to vocal melody.

Is there any material you initially wrote for GNR that ended up on your album?

Yes, I had two songs, “Argentina” and “Don’t Know Who To Preach To Anymore” that when I first wrote them I left them unfinished and I was thinking that I could bring them to the table with GNR but I felt ultimately that both songs were better fits on my solo album.

A three part question here: What is your favorite original GNR song, your favorite Chinese Democracy song, and your favorite unreleased GNR song?

Did you get the memo about no GNR questions or no?

No sir, I was never informed of that.

Oh, well, I’m sorry, I’m not supposed to talk about GNR. I will answer this question but from here-on we cannot discuss GNR. It actually would be fucking fantastic if you skipped every question you had about them from here-on. It would save a lot of headache. However, my favorite original GNR song is “Don’t Cry”. For personal reasons, of course it’s a beautiful song but that was also a time during shows where I would play the solo, the fans would sing along and it was my own personal chance to connect with the audience and that made that song extra special for me.

As far as stuff off of Chinese, I would say “Shackler’s Revenge” because of all the crazy setlist stuff, two handed stuff and doing that wild singing, it kept me busy and out of trouble.

How much time did Scott Weiland spend writing and recording with you guys in the studio, and did it come off to you like he was committed to the band, or just doing it for the check?

(Sigh) Well, he started off and wrote one song with us, he did everything in his own studio and had Doug Grean, his former right hand man doing everything with him at his place. Scott did one song called “Til The Dust Is Gone” and it came out beautifully. In fact, it’s probably going to be one of the singles. We shot a video for it and then he agreed to do the whole album so he pretty much banged out really quickly, in about a month. Scott would just write, write, write & hand things over. It was great.
As far as getting inside of his mind or spread any sort of negative dirt, that I cannot get into or even tell you. That is not stuff that I can answer.

Have you considered doing guitar and vocals for Art of Anarchy if there is a tour and more albums after the debut is released?

I don’t think so, no, because Art of Anarchy was created as a supergroup. Meaning, it would have a singer with one background, me in there with another background…etc. I think that’s what made it special and if I take over vocal duties I would compare that to teaching a three legged dog to run. I would love to if Scott was willing to see it through but if he didn’t then I would love to find someone that would be willing to see it through.

What is the current status of Blowout-NYC? Any plans for more shows?

There is no status, that’s not happening. Yeah, we did one show and everyone is too busy doing other things so that’s just not going to happen.

Can you tell me about the recording session for the track “Pink Panther Theme.” I understand most members of GNR contributed with the exception of Axl.

That one, we actually played live and then I put it in my solos at my place. We did it live in California and then we took it live before we hit the road and I wrote my solos on it, spending around three weeks trying to transcribe it.

What was it like meeting Joe Satriani and playing with him? Do you have a favorite song of Satriani’s you like to play?

Joe is just a sweetheart, just a wonderful guy. We stay in touch, we see each other, whenever Chickenfoot would come into town I try and get over there and say hello. One of my favorites is “Always With You”. That song has such a beautiful melody and could go on forever and never stop being beautiful.

Wonderful track. Beautiful song, I would like to thank you for taking par-

Hey listen, do you have some actual questions for me about my solo album, or no? Anything of interest that you want me to tell you about, anything? Anything that doesn’t have to do with GNR or Scott Weiland?
Here, I’ll tell you something cool about the new album, one thing that was cool about it was that I really enjoyed the process. I had 100 fans and friends and we all met at a venue in Brooklyn. So, like this listening party but the album wasn’t finished yet. We played each song in the state that they were in at the time, talked about each song with a little Q&A talking about what each song was about as well as different things. I then showed everybody different parts to sing and we sang them together so the album has group vocals of about 100 different people chanting stuff and singing different stuff. That is something that I really wanted to do.

For me, albums I like including people that are actually going to be listening to the stuff and make them part of the process. To me that’s most special because it’s for everybody, not just for me.

Tom Morello Talks RATM & Audioslave Differences, Favorite Soundgarden & RHCP Albums

Former Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello revealed his favorite albums by Soundgarden, Tool, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and his favorite Guns N’ Roses song, in a new Twitter Q&A. He also briefly discussed Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave.

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Favorite Soundgarden album: Louder Than Love

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Favorite Guns N’ Roses song: All Appetite. My Michelle?

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Favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers album: Uplift Mofo Party Plan

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Favorite Tool album: Undertow

“Undertow brings back fond memories of losing my mind in the pit.”

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On Zach de la Rocha’s post Rage Against The Machine music: “He’s always great.”

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Differences in Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave: “Rewards and challenges in both.”

Review & Photos: Blink-182’s Performance With Matt Skiba At Musink Festival Is Mark Hoppus’ Victory March

Blink-182 closed out the Musink festival in Costa Mesa, CA last night at The O.C. Fair and Events Center with guest singer/guitarist Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio taking over for Tom DeLonge. I arrived shortly before Blink-182 went on, and I could immediately tell it was a pretty corky crowd. Two women were in the men’s restroom, and some dude left a beer in a stall. You stay classy, Orange County.

The crowd had a lot of younger fans, showing that Blink-182 continue to attract a new audience. The band came on just after 8:45, and the photo pit was more packed than a Puddle of Mudd concert (at least 20-30 people). The crowd didn’t seem to care at all that DeLonge wasn’t there, there were several loud ‘Skiba’ chants throughout the performance. Skiba fit in well on many hits, especially “All the Small Things.” On certain songs though, DeLonge was definitely missed, especially during the anthemic chorus of “Miss You.”

Mark Hoppus was very upbeat and sarcastic during his banter throughout the show. He seemed to revel his new role as leader of the band, with the show almost coming off as somewhat of a victory march, that he could carry on without DeLonge. He was very talkative, asking if any fans had any tattoos of him, and he was disappointed when nobody said they did. He said he’d pose for a photo so people could get a tattoo of him. He later talked about fans who had traveled from as far away as Chile to get to the show. He said he came all the way from his giant mansion in Beverly Hills, adding that he is rich and has a golden dog. He later got Travis Barker to give a shoutout to the crowd, and told the crowd that it was a big deal that he got Travis to talk. He sarcastically said, “He doesn’t even talk to me, and I’m in a band with him you assholes.”

Overall, it was a fun nostalgic show, though the band clearly sounded different without Tom DeLonge, but judging from the crowd’s enthusastic response, the band will be able to carry on without him.

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Courtney Love & Frances Bean Cobain Might Be Witches

Original photo credit: Tommaso Boddi/ Getty Images, witch hats added digitally through witchcraft

Frances Bean Cobain tweeted over the weekend that her mother Courtney Love has ‘legit bruja blood in her ancestry.’ She then joked that this makes her a sarcastic witch-hick. According to Wikipedia, Brujería is the Spanish-language word for “witchcraft.” Brujería also refers to witch-healers in the Americas (especially Latin America and the United States). Both men and women can be witches; brujo(s) and bruja(s), respectively. You can see the string of tweets below.

Billy Corgan Meets Jack White

During a recent show in Buenos Aries, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and touring member of the Smashing Pumpkins and member of the Killers, Mark Stoermer met Jack White for the first time. You can view the photograph of them together below:

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In other recent BilLCo news, in a recent interview with Australia’s The Morning Show, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman shed some light on how he felt Kanye West handled his feelings during the Grammys, when he interrupted Beck’s Grammy receiving and acceptance.

When asked about how he felt about the incident between Beck and Kanye West, Corgan commented, “I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own or try to channel that energy in somebody’s moment… you’re basically saying that everything Beck has done to be in that position is negated because in your mind, it’s not relevant to your own thing…I don’t think that’s the moment to do it. Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can write your own blog, but to jump on stage and sort of steal that moment and re-appropriate in your own way is…inappropriate…I don’t know Kanye but I think he is speaking from his heart, I think he really believes what he’s saying… I just think that’s the inappropriate venue to do it.”

Corgan also expressed his disappointment with how social media rewards negative behavior, which he feels will ultimately reflect badly on the Grammys and on West himself.

Corgan also addressed how he would have handled any similar situation: “I’ve stood at that podium too and I’ll tell you what, if somebody got up on my stage, I would knock them out. I don’t care who it is, I would have knocked him out.” Tongue-in-cheek, he further remarked that it would have been a “stand off” between him and Kanye, but that Kim Kardashian would “probably take me down!”

The Smashing Pumpkins, with Mark Stoermer of the Killers on bass and Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine on drums, just wrapped up their Australian tourdates and will continue to tour in South America.

 

 

Scott Weiland’s Former Drummer Comments On Reports Of Bad Behavior At Meet & Greets

Former Wildabouts drummer Danny Thompson commented on the story we recently broke on Scott Weiland leaving fans ‘disgusted’ and ‘disappointed’ at a recent meet and greet.

When somebody shared a website that picked up on our report’s story on Facebook, Thompson said that behavior like this was one of the reason he quit Weiland’s band for the second time earlier this year. “One reason I had to bail unfortunately. What are you gonna do..” Thompson had previously quit the band due to “the darkness,” but returned to record Blaster.

Scott Weiland held a paid VIP meet & greet session with fans at a recent show at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. The following is three different fan accounts from the event in Boston, including a fan claiming Weiland bizarrely said to him “Let’s suck a dick!” Each fan account comes from Stone Temple Pilots fan forum, BelowEmpty. You can read our review of Weiland’s recent show in Philadelphia by clicking here:

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The VIP early entry allowed me to get into the venue and secure a nice spot right upfront and center. Stocklyn was very energetic and had some cool songs, I enjoyed them. Scott and the band were on time, and sounded kickass. I can’t get over how much Joey Castillo adds to their sound. He is a total monster. Scott danced around stage, joked, and actually seemed very happy during the set. Amethyst, Vasoline and The Jean Genie were major highlights for me, and all of the new songs went over very well. Scott’s voice wore down as the night went on but he was very strong on most of the tunes. The set was short and people were sticking around after Unglued expecting more, but the crowd was very satisfied and I heard people saying that this is the best they have seen Scott in years.

As for after the show, Tommy hung around out front and took pictures and chatted with many of the fans. I talked to him for a minute and he was very down to earth and humble. The VIP meet and greet was held in the back and like I expected you get about two seconds to shake everybodys hand, the manager gives you a pre signed poster and you get one picture with the band. I still wanted to meet my hero and it was an extra plus to meet Joey. I told Joey to stick with this band and it creates a monster rhythm section. Before I got up there to meet them, Scott was posing for pictures, smiling, putting people in headlocks, kissing them, the whole nine yards. When I get up there Scott didn’t even look at me when I was talking to him, he put his arm around me and literally said “lets get this shit done with”. As I fakely smiled for my photo, I couldn’t believe what just came out of my hero’s mouth. I felt so betrayed after spending so much money to support him over the years. Scott should not be saying that when people paid 150$ for a brief picture with him after the show. He obviously wants no part of the meet and greet and thats fine if he doesn’t market one. Always treat your fans with respect, I have always defended Scott and now it made me second guess myself. I actually thought of the DeLeo brothers and imagined how meeting them and Chester would not be a similar experience at all.

On a concluding note, I loved the show, his heart was into it and so was mine, and the crowds. One thing that should be mentioned is that Scott seemed like he was in slow motion, most likely drinking. I always thought it was his stage persona but after the show he talked slow, and his eyes seemed empty, even my girlfriend took notice to that. I will see Scott again, the meet and the greet is kind of out the picture now but I can’t wait for Blaster and for the next show!

Matthew:
I did the meet and greet as well and he said “let’s suck a dick!” to me and that was it. Over and done in 10 seconds. He was definitely drunk and ready to get outta there. I was about as drunk as he was so I didn’t really feel disappointed until looking back today. It’s funny, but also disappointing. Overall though I met some cool people and had a blast before and after the show. Thats what really counts.

Toahiaph:
Add me to the list of fans who Scott was not so nice too. The other members of the band all cool and with it…. scott seemed hammered.

As a long time fan (from the age of 10 years old) Scott and STP have been a HUGE part of my life. Collected everything I could STP as well saw them in concert every time I could. One of the things on my “Bucket List” was to meet Scott and get his autograph….. which I really wanted tattoo’d, to commemorate the day I met him.

When the Meet & Greet VIP passes came available I hesitated to spend the money but it’s a once in a life time thing. So I bought them! I had known Scott was hit or miss but I was really hoping for a good experience, but wasn’t getting my hopes up.

On the night of the concert after we were let in early for VIP I went over and nervously asked the gentleman in-charge of the VIP access about getting scotts signature for a tattoo. He was really nice about it but kindly let me know that Scott WILL NOT sign skin, and most definitely WILL NOT SIGN anything that he knows will be then turned into a tattoo. He also mentioned to not tell or show Scott my 2 other STP tattoos.
Sheesh Glad I asked!!!

Concert was great, besides some A-holes who can’t follow rules or have any respect…. but that’s at every concert. All 30 (?? not sure how many) of us VIP pass people line up out back and wait for the band. Scott is joking with people and making all sorts of wacko gestures for people pictures. Sweet this is going to be awesome I think!!! I can’t stop smiling at this point. It’s finally my turn….. I walk up and tell scott something along the lines of “I just wanted to tell you I have been a fan for 20 years” Scott then interrupts me and says something like OK hurry up I don’t want to hear it. I stand next to him and smile for my picture… mean while he was complaining the whole 5 seconds that it was taking too long.

I will NEVER pay to shake his hand again. I am glad I did it…. but when the day comes to put the Bucket List in order of awesomeness…. scott is going down to the bottom.

I can’t stress enough how cool Jeremy and Tommy are. I wish I could say the same for Scott.

It was maybe 30-45 mins of his time after the concert…. he could of at least been thankful that people still want to see him and pay $150 to shake his hand.

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The Aristocrats Announce New Album & Tour

The Aristocrats is a jazz-fusion instrumental rock supergroup consisting of guitarist Guthrie Govan (Asia, Steven Wilson), bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai), and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steve Wilson, Joe Satriani). The trio has just announced their third album, Tres Caballeros, which will be released this June. You can view our interview with drummer Marco Minnemann by clicking here. Also, be sure to check out our review of their Culture Clash Live! CD/DVD. The group will be touring in support of the LP across North America along with openers The Travis Larson Band.

The Aristocrats tour dates:
7/6 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
7/7 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
7/8 – Santa Cruz, CA – Don Quixote’s
7/10 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
7/11 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
7/12 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Rickshaw Theatre
7/14 – Boise, ID – Reef
7/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Club X
7/17 – Denver, CO – Quixote’s True Blue
7/19 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
7/20 – Des Moines, IA – The Gaslamp
7/21 – St. Paul, MN – The Amsterdam Bar And Hall
7/24 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
7/25 – Indianapolis, IN – Birdy’s
7/26 – Cincinnati, OH – The Mad Frog
7/28 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
7/29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Café
7/30 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s
7/31 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
8/1 – Toronto, ON, Canada – Mod Club
8/2 – Ottawa, ON, Canada – The Rainbow Bistro
8/4 – Montreal, QC, Canada – TBD
8/5 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
8/7 – Boston, MA – The Middle East
8/8 – New York City, NY – Irving Plaza
8/9 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
8/10 – Washington, DC – Jammin’ Java
8/11 – Raleigh, NC – Pour House
8/13 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
8/14 – Atlanta, GA – TBD
8/15 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
8/16 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
8/17 – Kansas City, MO – The Scene
8/18 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard
8/20 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
8/21 – Austin, TX – The Roost
8/22 – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX – The Sanctuary
8/24 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
8/26 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
8/27 – Mexicali, Mexico – Teatro De Estado
8/28 – San Diego, CA – TBD
8/29 – Corona/Big Bear, CA – TBD
8/30 – Los Angeles, CA – King King

The Rolling Stones Expected To Make Huge Announcement Next Tuesday

The Rolling Stones are expected to make a big announcement regarding their touring career on Tuesday, March 31st. This news comes from sources close to the legendary rock and roll group and the StarTribune. The expected announcement was slated to come out yesterday (3/19) but was suddenly pushed back. The alleged announcement is expected t be that the Stones will launching a North American Summer tour. Their first since 2012.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Record Labels: Independent

A Beginner’s Guide to Record Labels is our most recent series feature that will cover the current large record labels in the music industry. A record label can be defined as a business organization that holds most financial responsibilities over a group of artists. The company will also possess production, distribution, marketing, promotion, copyright, and A&R duties. During this series we have previously discussed the major record label-owning companies including Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment. We shall continue the series with some of today’s significant independent record labels.

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All the labels below are considered independent because they are not owned by the three major record labels previously stated. 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade Records, and XL Recordings belong to the parent company, Beggars Group, which was created in 1977 by Martin Mills.

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Bio: 4AD was created by Ivo Watts-Russel and Peter Kent in 1980. Along with the other labels under Beggars Group, 4AD was originally established in London, but also has an established office in Los Angeles. While still considered independent, album distribution has once been handled by major companies including Virgin, PolyGram, and Warner Bros. Records.

Notable Releases: Bauhaus’ In the Flat Field (1980), The Birthday Party’s Junkyard (1982), Cocteau Twins’ Treasure (1984), Pixies’ Doolittle (1989), The Breeders’ Last Splash (1993), Dead Can Dance’s Spiritchaser (1996), The Mountain Goats’ Tallahassee (2002), Deerhunter’s Microcastle (2008), TV on the Radio’s Dear Science (2008), Camera Obscura’s My Maudlin Career (2009), The National’s High Violet (2010), Iron & Wine’s Kiss Each Other Clean (2011), St. Vincent’s Strange Mercy (2011), Purity Ring’s Shrines (2012), Mark Lanegan’s Blues Funeral (2012)

Current Artists: Bon Iver, Iron and Wine, The National, Grimes, Daughter, Purity Ring, Camera Obscura, Deerhunter, Tune-yards, Future Islands, Ariel Pink, Efterklang, Scott Walker, Gang Gang Dance, Atlas Sound, Inc., Merchandise, D.D Dumbo, Indians, Beedeegee

Summary: The diversity and experimentation within this roster is most definitely praiseworthy and responsible for the early rise of indie rock

Matador Records

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Bio: Matador Records formed in 1989 by Chris Lombardi. After being joined by former Homestead Records manager Gerard Cosloy, the two encountered partnerships with Atlantic and Capitol Records before settling with Beggars Group in 2002.

Notable Releases: Superchunk’s No Pocky for Kitty (1991), Unsane’s self-titled (1991), Spoon’s Telephono (1996), Pavement’s Brighten the Corners (1997), Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997), Belle and Sebastian’s The Boy with the Arab Strap (1998), Mogwai’s Rock Action (2001), Interpol’s Antics (2004), Jay Reatard’s Watch Me Fall (2009), Sonic Youth’s The Eternal (2009), Fucked Up’s David Comes to Life (2011), Cat Power’s Sun (2012), Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork (2013), Iceage’s Plowing Into the Field of Love (2014), The New Pornographers’ Brill Bruisers (2014)

Current Artists: Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, Belle and Sebastian, Cat Power, Pavement, The New Pornographers, Darkside, Yo La Tengo, Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Savages, Fucked Up, Perfume Genius, Iceage, Paul Banks, Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, Steven Malkmus and the Jicks, Ceremony, Majical Cloudz, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Body/Head, AC Newman, Lower, The Young

Summary: With an abundance of hidden gems, the longevity of the label seems eminent, but with that said, a push for publicity would lead to a more prominent presence of their releases

Rough Trade Records

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Bio: Rough Trade Records was founded by Geoff Travis in 1978. Initially starting as a record shop in London with a specialty in garage rock and reggae, the label became reasonably significant until bankruptcy in the early 90’s. The company reestablished in 2000 to partner with Beggars Group.

Notable Releases: Stiff Little Fingers’ Inflammable Material (1979), The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead (1986), Galaxie 500’s On Fire (1989), Butthole Surfers’ piouhgd (1991), Die Krupps’ Paradise Now (1997), The Strokes’ Is This It (2001), The Moldy Peaches’ self-titled (2001), Belle and Sebastian’s Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003), The Libertines’ self-titled (2004), Surfjan Stevens’ Illinois (2005), The Hold Steady’s Stay Positive (2008), Little Joy’s self-titled (2008), Alabama Shakes’ Boys & Girls (2012), Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ Home (2012), Warpaint’s self-titled (2014)

Current Artists: Warpaint, Emiliana Torrini, Palma Violets, Jarvis Cocker, Howler, Houndmouth, British Sea Power, Jeffrey Lewis, Micachu, Scritti Politti, Dylan Leblanc, Girl Band

Summary: By holding a pattern of sine wave success, the quality and outreach of the company’s output is unpredictable. Fortunately, there have been a variety of cult classic artists since formation

XL Recordings

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Bio: XL Recordings was created in 1989 by Richard Russell, Tim Palmer, and Nick Halkes. The label was originally intended for dance and rave but began broadening to other genres in the mid-90’s. The label’s headquarters in Ladbroke Grove was transformed into a recording and mixing studio called XL Studio.

Notable Releases: The Prodigy’s The Fat of the Land (1997), Badly Drawn Boy’s The Hour of Bewilderbeast (2000), Peaches’ Fatherfucker (2003), Electric Six’s Fire (2003), Thom Yorke’s The Eraser (2006), Radiohead’s In Rainbows (2007), Jack Peñate’s Matinée (2007)Friendly Fires’ self-titled (2008), Vampire Weekend’s self-titled (2008), Blue Roses’ self-titled (2009), The Horror’s Skying (2011), Jack White’s Blunderbuss (2012), Atoms for Peace’s Amok (2013), Sigur Rós’ Kveikur (2013), King Krule’s 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (2013)

Current Artists: Radiohead, The Prodigy, The xx, Vampire Weekend, Sigur Rós, Friendly Fires, The Horrors, Atoms for Peace, King Krule

Summary: What this label lacks in upcoming potential, they make up in their considerably successful and prestigious past