Comedian Jeff Ross owned Justin Bieber at his Comedy Central roast earlier this week, saying the musician will never be like Kurt Cobain.
Ross said, “As you sat here taking it like a man tonight, you probably think none of us know what we’re talking about. Because you’re going to fly out of here on a private jet full of cash and models, and we’ll all be trying to finger bang Martha Stewart at the after party.”
He added, “You know what Biebs, you’re right. You’re young, you’re talented, you’re famous, and that can be a lot of pressure. But you’re a smart man, with a good heart, and I know you’ll never end up like Kurt Cobain or Amy Winehouse: respected.”
Former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver Scott Weiland is now claiming that he turned down being a judge on NBC’s The Voice, according to Details.
Weiland said, “I don’t watch those shows. It’s just not my bag. When they were putting The Voice together, I was asked if I was interested in being one of the judges. I was doing Velvet Revolver at the time, so I passed on it.”
He added, “I think it would have given me a different career. When you become a television personality, it’s difficult to maintain your musical credibility.”
The Voice premiered in April 2011. Velvet Revolver fired Weiland in April 2008.
Scott Weiland is taking the high road after his bitter legal dispute with Stone Temple Pilots ended late last year, talking positively about STP and their frontman Chester Bennington in a new interview with LA Weekly.
When asked if he thinks much about STP, Weiland responded, “No, you know, I don’t think about STP. Actually, the only time it enters my mind is when I get a check.”
“Whatever they do is their own business,” Weiland also said. Then, referring to his replacement, moonlighting Linkin Park throat Chester Bennington, he says, “Chester’s reason for doing it is his own reason. He must be a busy guy between Linkin Park and STP. But I wish them well and hope they do great and my focus is on The Wildabouts.”
Weiland later discussed Velvet Revolver and STP further, “I talk to [Velvet Revolver guitarist] Dave Kushner every now and again and to [VR drummer] Matt Sorum every once in a while but that’s about it. Ever since the [dueling lawsuits] situation with STP was settled out of court I haven’t spoken to them but I wish them the best.”
Stone Temple Pilots fired Scott Weiland in 2013 and replaced him with Chester Bennington. STP will kick off a tour next month.
4/8 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
4/10 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
4/12 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
4/13 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
4/15 Denver, CO @ Fillmore
4/17 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
4/19 San Antonio, TX @ House of Blues
4/20 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
4/22 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
4/24 Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore
4/25 Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
4/27 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/28 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/30 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA Center
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This past week marked a bittersweet occasion for Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, releasing their first album under the moniker, Blaster, and losing a brother, guitarist Jeremy Brown, who died young at the age of 34.
“It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words, said Weiland on his official Facebook of the Los Angeles-based guitarist. “He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known.”
Jeremy was 12 to 13 years old at the height of Stone Temple Pilots’ fame in 1993 and 1994, and while not much is known about the quiet guitarist’s history to the masses, Brown probably never could have foreseen himself performing with the iconic STP frontman, 13 years his senior, who was dominating MTV and radio airwaves at the time.
Many fans noted how much the unknown guitarist improved The Wildabouts upon his move to the forefront of the band in 2014 upon the departure of Doug Grean, and despite many outlets crediting Brown as “Scott Weiland’s guitarist”, Jeremy was an integral component of The Wildabouts as a full fledged band unit. Weiland noted Brown would bring his own guitar riffs into the studio, around which Weiland would craft vocal melodies, leading to the final songs on the record. “The process was the same on most of the songs—Jeremy bringing in these great pieces and all of us really collaborating,” Scott told Entertainment Weekly.
Most were sadly introduced to Brown’s studio work posthumously with Blaster, released the day after his death.
Alternative Nation wishes Jeremy’s friends, family, and bandmates the best during this difficult time. To his family; keep in mind Blaster‘s been the soundtrack to my life for the past two months or so since receiving an advance review copy in January, helping keep me sane through the brutal Northeast winter and a day job washing trucks in between writing and radio gigs. As a listener, you can help them by giving Blaster a listen. Here are some of Jeremy’s best moments on the disc.
A quiet intro leads into soaring and hook laden verses and chorus that leads into a triumphant, airy Jeremy Brown guitar solo.
The Way She Moves
Jeremy Brown’s slinky glam rock guitar licks, culminating in a piercing solo bolstered by chanting from Weiland, elevate “The Way She Moves”, the second track and current radio single which is Weiland’s anthem to his wife, Jamie.
One of the most uplifting songs on Blaster, and possibly the most acclaimed in fan circles, the ethereal Parachute is a psychedelic blend of Bob Dylan lyricism and Nirvana-cum-Beatles instrumentation. Brown’s guitar work during the chorus and bridge, in conjunction with Weiland’s layered, heartfelt vocals, creates sort of a seafaring/sailor vibe that just strikes a certain chord. Above is the live version featuring Joey Castillo on drums, though the intricately crafted studio version is where Jeremy and Scott’s layered creativity really shines.
Songs with no YouTube presence at the moment:
Brown is reinforced by guest guitarist James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins on the anthemic “Blue Eyes” (as indicated in the liner notes of the physical album).
“Bleed Out” features an old fashioned grunge riff in the vein of Kurt Cobain from Jeremy.
Days after the tragic death of Scott Weiland and the Wildabout’s guitarist Jeremy Brown, Weiland has dedicated the release of his new solo album “Blaster” to his late band member. The album has hit shelves as of 3/31.
In a statement Tuesday (March 31) Weiland said simply that, “I’d like to dedicate today’s release of our album, Blaster, to my friend and collaborator Jeremy Brown. It breaks my heart that you are not here to receive the recognition you so deserve and worked so hard for”.
The cause of Brown’s death has not yet been revealed.
Alternative Nation sends its best wishes to Jeremy Brown’s friends and family during this tough time. Reporter Doug McCausland said, “I met Jeremy briefly in Atlantic City last year after his tight performance, and he was very laid back and personable. His crunchy guitar riffs on Blaster really brought new life to The Wildabouts. I give nothing but my deepest condolences to Brown’s friends and family.”
In an unprecedented move, Tool have shared a leak of new material that the band has been working on. The leak is not without controversy however as the band had the following to say about it via Facebook:
“This music leak is unsettling on many levels. First off, it truly sucks to have your unfinished music available on the interweb without your consent. And second, to have it immediately picked up by someone and released as their own work is infuriating. We don’t encourage anyone to listen to this leaked clip because it’s far from finished and it will spoil what’s to come. But if you absolutely must, then listen to both clips. These are practically identical. It’s a clear cut case of copyright infringement and plagiarism.” #sueeverybody #marchthirtysecond
You can listen to the leaked track, entitled “Spreading It Like Herpes”, along with the track from the artist that Tool is claiming plagiarized them below:
Nirvana (Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear) have announced that after the success of their reunion performances in New York last year, they are launching a new television series titled ‘Rock Star: Nirvana’ to find a new frontman. Nirvana have selected the greatest musicians of all time as the judging panel to help find their new frontman. Below are photos from the series.
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William Patrick Corgan has purchased AlternativeNation.net for $19.79. Corgan announced the buy out at a press conference by hitting former owner Brett Buchanan over the head with an Eddie Vedder ukulele. Corgan said Alternative Nation’s coverage on Vedder will be quite different now, “The only Eddie Vedder circle jerks now will be at Sean Penn’s house.” Corgan added, “And I’m sure Brett will be in the middle of it.”
Corgan had this to say regarding what he paid for the site, “The site was definitely worth more than Soundgarden’s King Animal.” He added, “We’ll actually be using that for nap time at the office.”
Some staff will remain, Corgan has big plans for reporter Mike Mazzarone, who will now be in charge of following and photographing James Iha daily: “Iha, Benghazi, global warming, it’s all connected,” said Corgan. “I’m looking to prove that.’
Mazzarone wasn’t too happy with the assignment, claiming “James Iha makes me soft.” Corgan will be following Mazzarone while Mazzarone follows Iha. Corgan continued, “I don’t trust either of them.”
Alternative Nation’s new head reviewer will be Corgan’s cat, Mr. Thom. Mr. Thom commented on his hiring, “Meow.” Corgan added, “That’s the only word needed to describe the recent output from the Seattle Social Security Scene.”
Corgan plans to stop coverage on Stone Temple Pilots and Scott Weiland, and will instead post news on Stone Temple Pilots cover bands. “I don’t really see the difference.” Courtney Love coverage will also stop, “That bitch ain’t a part of me.”