Scott Weiland Was Drinking Before Texas Concert, According To Representative

Several media outlets have picked up on the story we broke on Scott Weiland’s disastrous performance in Corpus Christi, Texas. A Scott Weiland representative admitted to TMZ that Weiland had a couple of drinks before the show. They also used the excuse that he was tired, and also said there was an ear monitor problem. Weiland is a self-admitted alcoholic, and has said in the past that it is dangerous for him to drink, even after quitting heroin.

Weiland wrote during a sober period in his 2011 book Not Dead & Not For Sale that he prayed for his sobriety, and wanted to still be sober by the time the book came out. “For years I’ve known goddamn well that I’m a drunk, but who wants to admit that? After kicking the strong stuff, why couldn’t I have a little drink now and then? What harm was there in a small indulgence? The answer was serious harm – potentially fatal harm. For me, putting a drink in my mouth is something like putting a lead blanket over my heart. There’s been so much pain in the past few years that I’m afraid to feel, or commit. I pray that this will end. I don’t want to be alone anymore. I want to be able to love again. The dream of every drunk – to be able to manage their drinking – is one that has died hard for me. My prayer is that. once and for all, that dream is dead. So I’m back to counting days. It’s nearly been two months since I’ve had a drink. By the time you read this book, my hope is that it will be six months.” By the time the book came out, Weiland admitted to Howard Stern that he had gone back to drinking.

Death From Above 1979

Watch Death From Above 1979’s Music Video For “Virgins”

Death From Above 1979 released their second album, The Physical World, last year via Last Gang Records and Warner Bros. Records. You can click here to preview/purchase the LP on iTunes. More recently, the music video for the third single off the album was revealed. You can watch the video for “Virgins” below. Also, be sure to check out all upcoming DFA1979 tour dates featuring Incubus and Deftones under the video player.

Death From Above 1979 tour dates:
5/8 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
5/9 – Tampa, FL – Big Guava Festival
5/29 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Festival
6/5 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival 2015
6/6 – Mountain View, CA – Live 105 BFD
6/7 – San Diego, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
6/19 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
6/20 – Dresden, Germany – Beatpol
6/21 – Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
6/22 – Cologne, Germany – Gloria Theatre
6/23 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
6/24 – Glastonbury, UK – Glastonbury
6/25 – Seinajoki, Finland – Provinssirock Festival
6/26 – Beuningen, Netherlands – Down the Rabbit Hole
6/28 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
7/22 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
7/25 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
7/26 – Indianapolis, IN – Lawn at the White River (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/1 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
8/4 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/5 — Wantagh, NY — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/7 — Mansfield, MA — Xfinity Center (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/8 — Camden, NJ — Susquehanna Bank Center (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/9 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/12 — Atlanta, GA — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/13 — Tampa, FL — MIDFLORDIA Credit Union Amphitheatre (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/14 — West Palm Beach, FL — Coral Sky Amphitheatre (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/15 — New Orleans, LA — Bold Sphere Music at Champion’s Square (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/17 — Austin, TX — Austin360 Amphitheater (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/19 — Houston, TX — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion pres. by Huntsman (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/20 — Dallas, TX — Gexa Energy Pavilion (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/24 — Morrison, CO — Red Rocks Amphitheatre (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/25 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)
8/30 — San Diego, CA — Sleep Train Amphitheatre (with Incubus, Deftones, the Bots)

SOiL Set To Tour With Coal Chamber, Powerman 5000, & More

SOiL will be embarking on a third leg of touring for their sixth album, Whole, which was released in 2013 via Pavement Entertainment and AFM Records. The record marks the alternative metal’s first album with the return of original frontman Ryan McCombs since 2004’s Redefine. You can click here to preview/purchase the LP on iTunes. This trek takes them across the UK during May in support of Coal Chamber along with The Defiled and Dope. Touring continues in June and July with Powerman 5000 and 3 Years Hollow through the US.

Coal Chamber/SOiL/The Defiled/Dope tour dates:
5/20 – Leeds, UK – Uni Stylus
5/21 – Norwich, UK – The LCR UEA
5/22 – Warwick, UK – Uni Copper Rooms
5/23 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
5/24 – Glasgow, UK – 02 ABC
5/26 – Bristol, UK – Motion
5/27 – Exeter, UK – Lemon Grove
5/28 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
5/29 – Wolverhampton, UK – Wulfrun Hall
5/30 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
5/31 – London, UK – Koko

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Powerman 5000/SOiL/3 Years Hollow tour dates:
6/23 – Ringle, WI – Q&Z Expo Center
6/24 – Spring Lake Park, MN – POV
6/25 – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
6/26 – Battlecreek, MI – Music Factory
6/27 – Beckly, WV – Muncheez
7/1 – Winchester, VA – Blue Fox Billard
7/2 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
7/3 – Patchogue, NY – Emporium
7/5 – Portland, ME – Asylum
7/7 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
7/8 – Albany, NY – Latitude 360
7/9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
7/10 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
7/11 – Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
7/12 – Geneva, OH – The Cove
7/15 – Janesville, WI – The Back Bar
7/16 – Ft Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
7/17 – Traverese City, MI – Ground Zero
7/18 – Arlington Heights, IL – HOME Bar

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Stone Temple Pilots Kick Out Fan From Show For Chanting For Scott Weiland

The Stone Temple Soap Opera continues. During Stone Temple Pilots’ recent show in New York City, a fan chanted ‘You’re not Scott’ at Chester Bennington during “Big Empty.” Dean DeLeo looked furious and stopped the song mid performance, “Hold on, hold on. Turn on the fucking house lights.” He added, “I want this motherfucker out of here! I want this motherfucker out of here! Right here! Get him the fuck out of here! Right there! Get him the fuck out of here! Get out of my show you dickhead! Get out of my fucking show you douchebag!”

Robert DeLeo added, “Talk about blowing a fucking vibe. Jesus Christ.” Dean said, “If you’re really his friend, you’ll go with him, whoever was there. You fucking knuckleheads.” Robert added, “Did anybody tell you you’re not fucking JFK? You fucking knucklehead.”

Chester Bennington said, “You fucking paid to be here. I think that’s fucking hilarious.” Bennington also asked if the fans wanted to hear them pick up “Big Empty” which was met by a positive response. He also said, “May be the best compliment I think I’ve ever heard.”

Stone Temple Pilots fired Weiland in 2013, replacing him with Chester Bennington and going by the name ‘Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington’ until dropping ‘With Chester Bennington’ this year.

Watch video below of the incident. 1:05 in is the chant, and at 2:10 Dean kicks out the fan and goes on a tirade.

Kurt Cobain Mocked Heroin Addicts Before Using Himself

Kurt Cobain’s ex-girlfriend Tracy Marander discussed Kurt’s views on heroin prior to using in Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, stating that he mocked local users. “He used to make fun of some of the people who were using that, and said it was really stupid.” She added that she later found out he started using while they were dating, and that if she’d known, she would have talked him out of it.

She also discussed Cobain’s ambition when it came to Nirvana. “He was ambitious. he didn’t want to be in a bar band and play like that. He wanted to be a success.”

Watch Depressing Scott Weiland Footage From Performance At Bar In Texas

UPDATE: We have a new story where it is confirmed that Scott Weiland was drinking before this concert. Weiland said in his 2011 book Not Dead & Not For Sale, ““For years I’ve known goddamn well that I’m a drunk, but who wants to admit that? After kicking the strong stuff, why couldn’t I have a little drink now and then? What harm was there in a small indulgence? The answer was serious harm – potentially fatal harm. For me, putting a drink in my mouth is something like putting a lead blanket over my heart.”

Filter frontman Richard Patrick has shared some sad video footage from Scott Weiland’s recent performance at the Brewster Street Icehouse in Corpus Christi, Texas. Weiland sings off key in several songs and misses the cue to hit the chorus during “Modzilla.” One of Weiland’s people also assists him in putting his jacket back on in the first video.

We here at AlternativeNation.net are huge fans of Weiland’s and are rooting for him to be at his best, both personally and professionally, after all of the beautiful music he has given us over the years. Everybody wants to see him kick ass and take names like we know he can. It would be a lot more fun to write about incredible concerts, or about Weiland enjoying a long break from touring with his friends and family.




Update On A Possible New Album From Green River

PearlJamOnline have a great new interview up with Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm. In the interview, Arm discusses the possibility of an album featuring unreleased Green River material seeing the light of day.

“I’m not sure what’s going on exactly. I know that Dean Whitmore, who works with me at Sub Pop has been digging through old tapes recently with Jack Endino. I don’t think that there is much in the way of unreleased songs. Once I hear unreleased songs, it’s usually pretty obvious to me why those songs were unreleased.”

Green River featured Mark Arm (vocals), Steve Turner (guitar), Alex Vincent (drums), Jeff Ament (bass), Stone Gossard (guitar), Bruce Fairweather (guitar).

Interview: Exodus Talks Tour With Testament, Praises Goatwhore & High On Fire

On April 29, 2015, Testament and Exodus played a sold out show at the Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, New York for their current leg of the “Dark Roots of Thrash II” tour. This tour is the first time these thrash giants have toured together.

After the opening act Shattered Sun, Exodus took the stage.  They started their set with a nice mix of later material before getting the crowd really going with their classic track “A Lesson in Violence”. The set continued to be a mix of new tracks and classics, such as “The Toxic Waltz” and “Bonded By Blood”. The band ended their set with the fan favorite “Strike of The Beast”. The band’s sound was spot on and the mosh pit and the crowd got more and more energetic as the set went on, a normal trait for Exodus’s shows.

Though Exodus is a tough act to follow, Testament started their set with “Over The Wall”one of their most acclaimed songs, before taking the audience through a retrospective set consisting of their classic studio albums The LegacyThe New Order, and select tracks from Practice What You Preach. The stage had a backdrop of the band’s first album cover as well as two talls signs with demon heads on them that would occasionally breathe smoke.

Strobe lights flickered and changed color through the whole set. Metalheads both young and old were screaming along to their favorite tracks from these classic albums. The band played an almost two hour set , with their perfect sound and stage presence keeping the crowd interested. It’s certainly a metal tour to behold. I caught up with Exodus drummer Tom Hunting prior to the show, who brought me up to speed on the current tour, his opinion on modern metal music, and a couple of fanboyish tidbits…

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How did an awesome double bill tour like this happen?

This is a sequel to Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Thrash Tour” they did two years ago.  For this tour we wanted to bring a Bay Area package. The two bands never really toured together. We have played random one offs but never a full tour. It’s doing good, man.

Yeah, I heard the show at Mojoes in Joliet, Illinois over sold by four hundred tickets.

That wasn’t us, that was the promoter (laughs). Something was going down with the local government and the venue. A fire marshal was called. The promoter was in a tough spot because the venue was only meant for so many people. I think the local government was trying to bestow some new laws. It got messy. They would do a body to body swap where someone would get out of the venue, then they would let another person and that person who went out wouldn’t be allowed back in. It sucks for the fans, but we couldn’t do anything about it.

With the high demand for this tour and how well it’s doing, do you feel Exodus is bigger now then they were in the 80’s?

I think it’s a different time & different climate for sure. I think the state of metal, in this country, is pretty good right now. People are still coming to shows and supporting live music, which is good because I think this music is best delivered live. We are in a very good place right now.

Are there any modern metal bands you keep an eye on? 

I’m not the most knowledgeable on new bands, but I feel Warbringer are doing it old school, and doing it well. Then there is Goatwhore, who I absolutely love. Not really a thrash band, but my favorite Bay Area band right now is High on Fire. They just have that groove. I love anything with groove in it. A bunch of bands today are doing it right.

Any advice for young metal bands just starting out?

Keep in mind that if you are able to play music, for a living, it’s a gift. Don’t get caught up in your own legends, no matter how many people tell you how bad-ass you are.

Back in 1989 you guys did a cover of the War classic “Lowrider“. What made you beside to do an out of genre cover like that? If you were to cover another 70’s funk song what would it be?

Probably something by The Ohio Players. Not “Rollercoaster of Love”, but maybe “Fire” or “Skin Tight“. We tossed around ideas of doing another funk cover. That War song was kinda near and dear to our hearts because Gary and I grew up in an area where the funk culture was pretty heavy. That song covered to heavy metal pretty easily. War just wrote good music, super talented band with a killer riff section.

If you were trapped on a desert island and could only bring one album which would it be?

It would have to be Rainbow’s Rising. I just think that album is a journey. It’s just a great album. Classic metal band with Dio and Richie Blackmore, it just crushes.

Also check out my interview with Testament’s Eric Peterson.

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Edited by Doug McCausland.

Kurt Cobain’s Will Released, Who Did He Want To Take Care Of Frances Bean?

In the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, part of Kurt Cobain’s handwritten will is shown on screen. AlternativeNation.net has transcribed the portion shown on screen.

“I Kurt Donald Cobain, being of sound mind hereby state my last will and testimony.

Custody of my daughter Frances B Cobain goes to Courtney Cobain (my wife, and in the event of her death, Frances’ custody goes to Danny Goldberg and Rosemary Carroll of Los Angeles CA. If they decline, Frances’ custody will go to my sister Kimberly Cobain of Seattle WA. It is against our will to have France’s custody to be turned over to Kurts father Don Cobain or Courtney’s mother…”

Fans Crowdfund $139,000 In Hopes of Bringing Pearl Jam To Queens, NY

Pearl Jam fans are attempting to bring the band to Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, New York according to The Village Voice. Daniel Sheffer, his sister Angelica, and Albert Lee were inspired by fans bringing Foo Fighters to Richmond through crowdfunding efforts, and decided to try it themselves last November, with a target of $1 million. So far, they have raised $139,000. Sheffer says Pearl Jam support the movement, but their current light touring schedule could prevent the show from happening this year.

“It’s been pretty positive,” Sheffer says. He then pauses and sighs, acknowledging the most salient snag. “This year, there’s one thing that’s working against us: I think Pearl Jam is taking a break and there’s not a lot of activity. So I really don’t think the management can say anything, and it’s really up to the guys in the band. I think we’ve got an amazing head start, and if there’s a category for this, we’re probably number one in funds raised by fans for a concert.”

He added, “Even if we don’t hear anything this year, I think next year will the big push, because it’s their 25th anniversary,” he says. “We know they love to play venues like this, and especially with the history the venue has, it makes so much sense.”

Below is the full description of the campaign:

We are raising funds for a fan funded PJ show(s) at Forest Hills Tennis Center. A historic venue in Queens, NY, this would be a unforgettable evening(s) for the band, the fans, the crew and NYC. We have the support of several PJ groups on FB and Twitter and will give our proposal to Pearl Jam management no later than 1/2015.

We will be contacting the press and local politicians to make this happen. If The Beatles, The Who and Dylan can play Forest Hills why not add legendary Pearl Jam to the mix?

Why not try? I’m sure my fellow 10 clubbers would agree!

This is an extremely unique, historic venue and we think that the band would love playing here and it will be a show to tell future generations. We encourage all feedback and can use all the help we can get to make this a reality!

Forest Hills is a historic venue, a great place to live, it deserves to be put on the map again. Pearl Jam is the best band on the planet to do it!

The plan is simple Pearl Jam fans. If we get the numbers , let’s talk to the band and see what we can do. Worst case is that they say no.

JUST REMEMBER WE ALL BELIEVE!!!!!

LET’S MAKE HISTORY!

Kurt Cobain Mocks Missing Guns N’ Roses Tour, Talks Dancing With Axl Rose

In Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Kurt Cobain is shown mocking the idea of being high on heroin with Courtney Love, sarcastically shaking while he jokes about missing a tour with Guns N’ Roses.

“At the height of their drug abuse. Damn, if I wasn’t so needle sick id be on tour with Guns N’ Roses right now. Me and Axl would be whooping it up, snake dancing.”

He added, “But I’m too god damn needle sick man.”

Cobain takes several more sarcastic pot shots at GNR in the film. At one point Courtney Love asks Kurt, “Why do you think everyone says you’re the good one and I’m the bad one?” Kurt responds, “Because i know how to use my illusion.” There is later a part where Kurt and Courtney are doing baby talk with Frances Bean, and though he is not visible, it appears that Kurt goes into a joke voice talking about Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana: “Nirvana, who the fuck do you think you are? seeing your interviews makes me think you guys are the most immature pieces of trash ever made. if you assholes could ever write anything that could close to anything guns n roses have written, maybe you could talk. but until you sell a few billion more albums, take your head out of your asses, and smell the air.”

Guns N’ Roses & Alice In Chains Members To Release New EP

Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist), Izzy Stradlin (Guns N’ Roses guitarist), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains singer/guitarist), Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour drummer), and Taz Bentley (Izzy Stradlin drummer) will release a 3 song EP on May 12th to coincide with the release of Duff McKagan’s new book How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions).

McKagan has been busy with Walking Papers, a brief reunion with Guns N’ Roses, and working on unreleased Mad Season material in recent years. McKagan discussed unreleased Mad Season material in a 2013 interview with AlternativeNation.net.

“In some weird way, it’s all kind of the same thing. It’s the same collective group of guys, like Jeff Angell sang on a couple. So what happened was, Mike and I grew up together and we’re good pals, and Barrett and Mike are close. So sort of at the same time as the Walking Papers record, there were these other jams over at Mike’s house. Then we just kind of started jamming. It worked, the three of us clicked it was really kind of cool and different. We had all these things, we had songs.

We kind of just thought about getting different singers, Jaz sang on a couple, fucking epic. He’s one of my favorites on the planet. I met with him in London, it was one of those things, I almost didn’t want to meet my hero. I was really nervous. I was in London already, he was coming to this book reading I was doing. I started the book reading with the Killing Joke song ‘Requiem,’ just blaring through the PA. I knew Jaz was out in the audience, and I already started the thing with ‘Requiem.’ I was like wow what is he going to think, that I’m a fucking dork? But after the book reading we went to dinner with some other people and I just kind of flat out told him, ‘Jaz, I don’t know if I want to know too much about you man, because you’re heroic to me.’ The conversation we had just further heightened the mystique of that guy to me. He sang on a couple of things, and it’s fucking great. Jeff Angell sang on a couple, there’s no rush. As singers come up we’ll get them, hopefully Brandi Carlile will sing on a couple. We’ll just kind of take it as it comes, Corey Taylor perhaps.”

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Review: Royal Thunder’s Second LP ‘Crooked Doors’

Royal Thunder is a sludgy rock/metal group based out of Atlanta and previously featured on our Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 11. Consisting of frontwoman Mlny Parsonz, guitarist Josh Weaver, drummer Evan Diprima, and recent second guitarist Will Fiore, the band released their second LP, Crooked Doors, earlier this month via Relapse Records. You can view Alternative Nation’s review of the album below.

Not many modern musical acts have the guts to open up with a 7-minute piece, but Parsonz’s alluring vocals drag the listener into the psychedelic soundscape that is “Time Machine.” The trip begins to sway to a heavy side for “Forget You” as guitar sirens tease the thudding rhythm section. Sudden tempo shifts within “Wake Up” rejuvenate the energy from the dirge intro all while complimenting the aptness of the track’s title. The upbeat percussion set the mood for the feisty tendencies of “Floor” before an ominous chanting interlude transitioned to the raucous “The Line.”

Easily one of the album’s most definitive moments, “Forgive Me, Karma” summarizes each aspect of this band in less than six minutes with winding guitar parts and a stunning vocal performance. The blues vibes off “Glow” didn’t seem to quite fit amidst the other styles explored, but “Ear on the Fool” brings the eccentric build-ups and pay-offs to the forefront. Every group has their stadium sing-along anthem and “One Day” seems like the high contender so far. As for the two-part mellow piece, “The Bear,” a raw and gentle side is showcased with the likes of upright bass, piano, and strings.

As fair warning, the majority of the compositions presented lack a conventional hook or easily latchable melody, but that pure aspect is the reason that sets Royal Thunder to be unique amongst the rock and metal community. Rather than a focus on the heavy or catchy sides of the spectrum, the quartet decide to skew off the mainstream route and delve into experimental aesthetics by bending the standards of dynamics and transformative walls of sound. Crooked Doors is the epicenter of off-the-wall melodic extremes and excels by weening off lyrical and musical cliches.

Overall score: 8.5 out of 10

royal-thunder-crooked-doors You can preview/purchase Royal Thunder’s ‘Crooked Doors’ on iTunes by clicking here

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Watch Muse’s Music Video For “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. Just recently, the music video for the opener track/first single was revealed. You can watch the video for “Dead Inside” below. The band will be also be embarking on a tour next month which will include performances at:

KROQ’s Weenie Roast (All Time Low, AWOLNATION, Big Data, Cold War Kids, Death Cab for Cutie, Florence + the Machine, James Bay, Of Monsters and Men, Panic! At The Disco, Saint Motel, Vance Joy, Walk the Moon, X Ambassadors)

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend (Ben Howard, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Florence + the Machine, Foo Fighters, Circa Waves, alt-J, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Hozier, James Bay, Jungle, Slaves)

Rockavaria (Kiss, Metallica, Incubus, Judas Priest, Faith No More, Limp Bizkit, Airbourne, Within Temptation, The Hives, Five Finger Death Punch, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Arcane Roots, Accept, Anathema, Babymetal, Anti-Flag, Black Tongue, Blackberry Smoke)

Rock in Vienna (A Day to Remember, Airbourne, Babymetal, Body Count, Coal Chamber, Danko Jones, Faith No More, Gojira, Hellyeah, Incubus, Kiss, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Opeth, Sabaton, Saint Vitus, Testament, The Dead Daisies, The Hives, Three Days Grace, Within Temptation)

Pinkpop Festival (Foo Fighters, Elbow, Slash, Faith No More, OneRepublic, The Wombats, Counting Crows, Rise Against, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Eagles of Death Metal, Pop Evil)

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)

Provinssirock (Faith No More, Die Antwood, Refused, Apocalyptica, Red Fang, Death From Above 1979, Every Time I Die, Hollywood Undead, Parkway Drive, The Gaslight Anthem)

Bravalla Festival (In Flames, Muse, A Day to Remember, Sabaton, Faith No More, Arch Enemy, All Time Low, Danko Jones, Eagles of Death Metal, Red Fang, Every Time I Die, Lamb of God, NOFX, Modest Mouse, Papa Roach, Parkway Drive, Rise Against, The Gaslight Anthem, and more)

Psycho UK tour dates:
5/8 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
5/9 – New York, NY – iHeartRadio Theater
5/15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
5/16 – Irvine, CA – KROQ’s Weenie Roast
5/23 – Norwich, England – BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend
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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Failure Reveal Details For ‘The Heart Is A Monster’ Album

Failure will be releasing their fourth album, The Heart Is A Monster, on June 30th via INresidence. Recently, the alternative/space rock group revealed more details regarding the record including the cover artwork and tracklisting. Previously released songs “Come Crashing,” “The Focus,” and “Hot Traveler” will be included in the eighteen tracks along with the continuation of segues from 1996’s Fantastic Planet. You can click here to preorder the LP on iTunes. The full tracklisting and album cover art can be viewed below.

The band stated, “The songs on Fantastic Planet appear more or less in the order that we wrote them… when, we do a song now, we write it and record it soup-to-nuts without moving to another song… It takes longer, but it makes more sense for us artistically to explore a song completely before moving on.” Also, be sure to check out Failure’s upcoming dates with Jane’s Addiction under the tracklisting.

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The Heart Is A Monster tracklisting:
1. Segue 4
2. Hot Traveler
3. A.M. Amnesia
4. Snow Angel
5. Atom City Queen
6. Segue 5
7. Counterfeit Sky
8. Petting The Carpet
9. Mulholland Drive
10. Fair Light Era
11. Segue 6
12. Come Crashing
13. Segue 7
14. The Focus
15. Otherwhere
16. Segue 8
17. I Can See Houses
18. Segue 9

Failure tour dates:
5/1 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
5/2 – Mecca, CA – Desert Daze
5/18 – London, UK – The Garage
7/2 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
7/4 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
7/7 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion Amphitheatre (with Jane’s Addiction)
7/8 – Lansing, MI – Common Ground Festival
7/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (with Jane’s Addiction)
7/12 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
7/14 – Quebec City, QC – Quebec City International Summer Festival

Red Fang Announce European Tour Dates

Red Fang has just announced the European ‘Summer Breeze’ tour during June and July. The 25-date trek includes performances at:

Rock For People (Faith No More, Limp Bizkit, Bastille, Three Days Grace, Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, We Are Harlot, and more)

Fortarock (Slipknot, Lamb of God, Epica, Venom, Parkway Drive, Hatebreed, Papa Roach, Godsmack, Exodus, Clutch, Converge, Dying Fetus, King 810, and more)

Azkena Rock Festival (ZZ Top, Mastodon, Television, Cracker, L7, Kvelertak, Eagles of Death Metal, OFF!, and more)

Hellfest (Judas Priest, Scorpions, Korn, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Nightwish, Meshuggah, Obituary, Arch Enemy, Shining, Venom, Mastodon, Saint Vitus, Dead Kennedys, Body Count, Rise Against, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, Limp Bizkit, Lamb of God, Faith No More, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Skinless, At the Gates, Satyricon, Mayhem, Triptykon, Orange Goblin, Superjoint Ritual, Biohazard, NOFX, Motorhead, Slash, Cavalera Conspiracy, Five Finger Death Punch, Killing Joke, Epica, Bloodbath, Cannibal Corpse, Cradle of Filth, Brant Bjork, Billy Idol, Airbourne, A Day to Remember, Anthrax, L7, Nuclear Assault, Dying Fetus, Alestorm, High on Fire, Eyehategod, Ace Frehley, Godsmack, Exodus, Weedeater, Russian Circles, The Atlas Moth, OFF!, Truckfighters, Motionless in White, and more)

Provinssirock Festival (Muse, Faith No More, Die Antwood, Refused, Apocalyptica, Death From Above 1979, Every Time I Die, Hollywood Undead, Parkway Drive, The Gaslight Anthem, and more)

Bravalla Festival (In Flames, Muse, A Day to Remember, Sabaton, Faith No More, Arch Enemy, All Time Low, Danko Jones, Eagles of Death Metal, Every Time I Die, Lamb of God, NOFX, Modest Mouse, Papa Roach, Parkway Drive, Rise Against, The Gaslight Anthem, and more)

Tabor Mighty Sounds Festival (Architects, Defeater, Enter Shikari, Funeral for a Friend, Iron Reagan, OFF!, Sick of it All, and more)

Red Fang tour dates:
6/5 – Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic – Rock For People festival
6/6 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Fortarock
6/7 – Stuttgart, Germany – Juha West
6/8 – Munchen, Germany – Feierwerk
6/9 – Wien, Austria – Arena
6/10 – Bratislava, Slovenia – Aegon Arena
6/12 – Livorno, Italy – Cage
6/13 – Catania, Italy – Hangar 22
6/14 – Cagliari, Italy – Jailbreak Festival
6/18 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
6/19 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell
6/20 – Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
6/21 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
6/23 – Padova, Italy – Circolo Mame
6/24 – Rome, Italy – Traffic Live
6/25 – Milano, Italy – Solomacello Fest
6/26 – Seinajoki, Finland – Provinssirock Festival
6/27 – Norrkoping, Sweden – Bravalla Festival
6/28 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
6/30 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
7/2 – Monthey, Switzerland – Ponte Rouge
7/3 – Saalbach, Austria – Hinterglemm Glemmride
7/4 – Munster, Germany – Vainstream
7/4 – Roitzschjora, Germany – With Full Force
7/5 – Tabor, Czech Republic – Tabor Mighty Sounds Festival

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Axl Rose Writes Letter To Indonesian President

April 27, 2015

President Joko Widodo

President of Republic of Indonesia

Istana Merdeka

Jakarta Pusat 10110, Indonesia

Mr. President,

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. In 2012 I and Guns N’ Roses were both fortunate and privileged enough to perform in your country in Jakarta for the Indonesian people where we enjoyed and were taken aback by the incredible warmth of the Indonesian fans during our performance and in meeting fans and people there wherever we went. It was a very special and exciting experience we are fortunate to have had and to have as fond memories. I would like to express our sincere thanks to your country for showing us such warm and enthusiastic hospitality.

The main concern of this correspondence is in regard to the impending executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran of the group referred to as the Bali Nine and of Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso. In following their stories in regard to particular comments made in their regard by the Attorney General of Indonesia that their efforts and those of their representatives through the courts “are just buying time” I feel with all due respect compelled to ask why a government official derides the efforts of anyone trying to save their own life or the lives of others through proper legal channels? And if or why the government of Indonesia condones such comments by its officials?

As all three are still alive these are clearly not cases where nothing can or should be done by those who care to do their utmost in efforts to spare them. Under the circumstances it would seem that if they are executed regrettably the Indonesian government becomes the more offensive criminal.

I appeal to you Mr. President, Mr. Joko Widodo to use your power in ways to strengthen international relationships between your country and others, to show your country’s strength and allow the world to witness an extraordinary act of humanity and bravery on yours and your country’s part.

To show each of us that there can be hope and true redemption in times of hopelessness and despair, that rehabilitation and turning one’s life around is not just for one’s place in what if any afterlife there may be or one believes in but here on this earth where it can do each of us the most good in this life now. Where true justice is better achieved in not killing, not ending the lives of and not destroying others but instead in this case, this situation, right now in this moment in your hands in sparing the lives of these two able bodied young men who’ve proven in the Indonesian prison system they are more than capable of being productive and positive contributors to society.

Their crimes were now long ago, their hearts and minds forever changed by their crimes, their trials, the hurt they’ve caused their loved ones, their countrymen, their rehabilitation, remorse, the lasting and deeply embedded fears of the crushing reality of very real and drastic life and death consequences and their deepest desires to become different and better people and if not to be forgiven to be shown mercy and given the opportunity to prove themselves.

In a world where the bad often outweighs the good and evil and negativity would appear more and more prevalent we need and can use every person choosing to make a difference however that choice came about that we can get, that we can save, that we can salvage and we can spare the lives of including those who have seen and learned from the errors of their ways and in doing so we show the entire world that we are capable of forgiveness and mercy, a much greater sense of courage, strength and humanity and being so much more than that which seeks to overcome and destroy us.

To not do so does not send as much a message of deterrence but rather a cold, cruel and uncaring message of hopelessness and blindness by the powers that be. Please do not be this type of man, this type of individual blinded by rigidity and inflexibility and ignoring your true power and wisdom by not acknowledging true change verified, witnessed and confirmed by virtually all who’ve been involved with either of these men during their incarceration.

It’s true I do not know these men nor have I met them but their story has touched me deeply. I as well as many others could easily have found ourselves in their unfortunate and unarguably self-inflicted position. People make mistakes, sometimes big and horribly regrettable mistakes and sometimes more importantly people learn from their mistakes and make new choices, strive and succeed at true positive change. To not acknowledge and give such change the opportunity to prove it’s value would seem in this case a greater crime than those originally committed.

This is clearly not a case of hardened, unrepentant, violent or greed driven killers with no regard for the lives of others. They are not con men lying and faking their behavior over all these years only to return to the people they once were and are no longer. That these individuals must die purely as an example to others is in my opinion akin to a kidnapper or terrorist killing hostages to make their point and have their demands met. In carrying out their death sentences the example shown here is one of draconian justice where the punishment in this stage of the condemned’s lives by virtue of their rehabilitation and genuine remorse over all these years no longer fits the original crime.

To kill these men under these conditions of their profound and proven change for the better seems a barbaric, backward and truly disgraceful act of pride, ego, fear and prejudice, prejudice against your own system and the souls of anyone who has committed what’s been deemed a crime from one day making amends and having the opportunity to make things right by how they live their lives and not how they are brutally and with disregard executed.

In the case and impeding execution of Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso executing those on the bottom rungs of the ladder in the chain of drug trafficking or those caught in the web of human trafficking who may not have had the luxury of qualified representation or even proper translators during their trial seems more than unfair and proves what? That a government chooses to condemn those that it would appear few if anyone truly cares about or has ever cared about to begin with? A mother who’s quite possibly sincere hopes of making a better life for her and her children have been destroyed in a tragic circumstance and with her execution only makes things worse for her family and the sorrow of those who do care that much greater.

I realize I am no one and no one to get involved with your affairs or those of your government and how this letter reads or anyone other than yourself thinks of it is irrelevant. Only the lives of these three human beings are what’s important now. That said I did not speak in jest or empty flattery when I spoke of how I and my organization were affected by the depth of warmth shown us by the Indonesian people during our performance and stay in Jakarta.

I ask you now to show such great depth of humanity and compassion now to these individuals and to deny your bloodlust in your war on drugs and grant clemency to these three individuals and give them a permanent stay of execution and to change the course of your own life and place in both your country’s and world history. No other can do what you alone have the power to do and that is the power to show benevolence and mercy where mercy can be truly appreciated and given it’s proper respect not only by the condemned but by the entire world and it’s many leaders.

Give them a chance to prove you right by living where their deaths at this stage can only prove tragic and by all involved avoidable and unnecessary. You’ve made your point and struck fear in both the hearts and minds of the condemned and anyone even remotely considering bad choices or already involved in those worlds. Their crimes were not committed on your watch. Life is the only thing important now, not death but life.

Sincerely,

W. Axl Rose

cc:

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry
U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Ambassador Robert O. Blake Jr.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr.Rezlan Ishar Jenie

National Commission on Human Rights of Indonesia (Komnas HAM), Mr. Ifdhal Kasim, Chairman

Ambassador to the United States, Budi Bowoleksono

Interview: Queensrÿche’s Michael Wilton Talks New Album, Praises Soundgarden & Alice in Chains

Going strong over thirty years, with sales in excess of 20 million units, Michael Wilton is the co-writer of such Metal classics as “Operation: Mindcrime”, “Walk In The Shadows”, “I Dream In Infrared”, “Revolution Calling”, “Empire”, “The Needle Lies”, “Blinded”, “Nightrider” and “Roads To Madness”.

Queensrÿche has set up a campaign with PledgeMusic where fans can pre-order the new Queensrÿche album and also join the fan club for free. Other perks include the opportunity to book the band at your event, signed merchandise, and even equity in the band’s future revenue.

Currently on tour, the founder and original guitarist for Queensrÿche gave us this exclusive look into his immediate and future plans.

Michael, you are working on the 15th Queensrÿche album. Do you have any info about the album you can divulge? 

Yes, we are just about finished recording the next Queensrÿche album. Stay tuned for any sneak press releases from Century Media Records, as well as Queensrÿche Official.

Producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Soulfly, Shadows Fall) has been selected for the new album. How is he different than your last Producer, James “Jimbo” Barton?

Zeuss was the right fit for this body of music. Zeuss brings a modern, mobile recording technique, which is perfect in this high tech age of recording. He works long hours, is efficient and detailed and is dedicated to making the band sound like Queensrÿche.

You’ve recorded in many studios around the world. This time around you will be at Uberbeatz Studio in Lynwood, Washington. It must be very convenient to record close to home.

Mobile recording is a great fit for Queensrÿche these days because we are always touring. We only have allotted pockets of time, rather than 6-8 month stretches. It’s more efficient if a Producer comes to Seattle, rather than us traveling to a recording destination. There are plenty of great recording studios in Seattle area to choose from. For us it’s just about practicality and availability.

How have you been writing songs for this album? is there a process?

Writing music is very right brained for me. I just get bursts of inspiration and build upon ideas. Time reveals if the idea is a keeper or just crap. I have been doing it this way for over 30 years.

Your last album, 2013’s “Queensrÿche”, sounded like the band in the early days and surprised even the most hardened critics when it reached #6 on the iTunes Top Rock Albums charts.  What can we expect with the new album?

Queensrÿche has always been about evolving its music but never losing sight of its roots. I try not to describe our music because it is so personal to me. I leave that up to the listener.

You met former Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre when he randomly approached you at the 2012 NAMM show. Since joining Queensrÿche, your audience strongly embraces him.  Todd is also an accomplished drummer. Has his drumming ability influenced the band in any way?

Todd has influenced the band in many ways, he has many creative strengths, he has a 5octave vocal range and is an accomplished drummer, so his timing is impeccable, and he can get his way around on the guitar so communication is on the level of a musician rather than just a lyricist.

The general feeling is that with Todd, there is a fresh quality to the band. It reminds me of a time as a young boy, when when I heard about this amazing new band from Bellevue with just a four-song demo. Do you and the band also feel like this is a new beginning for Queensrÿche?

I have met so many fans that have not seen the band since the 80’s and 90’s and tell me they love ‘The new Queensrÿche’. I also get a lot of ‘Thank you for saving the band’ comments. I say ‘Thank you for believing in this band’!

You were discovered by the owner of a record store, and he also became your manager. Now that record stores are rapidly disappearing, it seems young bands must use YouTube for exposure. What are your thoughts on this?

It’s really difficult for new bands to make it these days. The industry drastically changes every year. It’s been an eye opener for us to change the way our business runs as well. I think it’s about using all the individual resources you can no matter how fragmented the industry is. “Getting signed ” is not a sure thing of making it anymore.

I understand you may be releasing a documentary DVD including footage from the very first performance with Todd, when you billed yourselves as Rising West…

We have documented many events over the last few years. It’s just a matter of time when we will put it all together.

You’ve been known lately to play songs that have rarely been played live or have never been played live. Will you be surprising us this time around?

We have had such great success with the set lists we have been playing especially for those who have not seen us in a decade or more. I think if we do pull different songs it will be from the first 6 albums. It’s always fun going back and re-learning the old songs.

And while on tour, you will be playing songs from Operation: Mindcrime?

We always include songs from Operation: Mindcrime in our set. We try to balance the set list so we are playing songs from the first 6 albums, as well as the latest Queensryche release.

Do you still stay in touch with (former guitarist) Chris DeGarmo?

Yes, I stay in touch with Chris, we have always been close friends.

Let’s talk more about you. When you first started out, Judas Priest was an obvious influence. Who are your influences now?

My favorite recent CD’s are Mastodon, Soundgarden, Rush and Alice In Chains.

How did you get the nickname ‘Whip”?

I got the nickname ‘Whip” when I was a teenager because I whipped on the guitar.”

You have your own beer called “Whip Ale” and it is now available in AZ, CA, DE, FL, NJ, NV, SC, and VA or can be delivered anywhere online. How did you come to own your own beer?

Whip Ale has been available since 2004. It was at first a promotional idea I did with Lazy Boy Brewing, the owner wanted me to make my own recipe so I patterned it after a pale ale that I liked. There are 3 different incantations, the first: Lazy Boy Brewing, the 2nd: Diamondknot Brewing and now currently with Northwest Brewing Co.

Last year, you re-released the Soulbender album with bonus tracks. Nick Pollock (My Sister’s Machine) is the vocalist on the CD, but you have also worked with Travis Bracht (Second Coming) and Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen). Are there any plans to release the demos you did with these other singers?

Any of my side projects demo material shall not be released unless it’s instrumental and just me.

You have another band called Wratchet Head. The single “Coming For You” is available on iTunes. Who are the musicians and when will an album be available?

Wratchet Head is side lined because I am so consumed with Queensrÿche. I have no idea who the musicians will be, but I would like to keep it semi local.

Michael, I want to thank you for fitting me in your busy schedule. The best of luck to you and the band.

Thank You!

Further links:

michaelwilton.com
queensrycheofficial.com
pledgemusic.com/projects/queensryche

Edited by Doug McCausland

STP’s Dean DeLeo Compares Scott Weiland To A 2-Year Old Baby, Calls Him A ‘F**king Mess’

In a new interview with Yahoo, Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo discussed the differences between Chester Bennington and Scott Weiland. “There’s no comparison. It’s like talking about the strength of a 2-year-old baby compared to a professional body builder. I’ll tell you this man, Robert, Eric and I are really fortunate. We’re having the time of our lives right now. We really feel like this has been a rebirth.”

As for a possible reunion with the Big Bang Baby (Weiland) down the road, apparently that ship has sailed. “Why that f*ck would we want that?,” DeLeo asks. “That f*cking mess? I just told you earlier we’re on a rebirth now. We’re with a guy that pushes us. We’re with a guy that is 1000% present,” he adds, before pausing. “I’ve waited almost my entire career for this.”