Morrissey is no stranger to controversial and political thought, the former frontman of The Smiths recently told Alternative Nation in a recent interview that president Obama seems “white inside” and doesn’t support African-Americans. Moz has also been well-documented in his criticism of the British royal family. However, with the U.S. elections coming ever so close, the million dollar question is has yet to be answered: “Who would Morrissey support in the 2016 United States presidential race?”
Lucky for us, we found out the answer to this pressing matter during his recent performance at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on Saturday:
“The U.S. elections are all very well and amusing, of course, but there’s only two possible American presidents in my world: one is Jon Stewart and the other is Bill Maher. Otherwise, forget it.”
You can view fan-shot footage of Morrissey making this announcement below:
Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan recently posted a blog on Facebook where he criticized ‘religious zealots’ who oppose gay marriage.
Where to begin? Maybe I’m missing some insider info. Maybe the religious zealots are in fact as omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent as their one true God. Maybe they have a working knowledge or understanding of his plan. And therefore our celebration of this glorious day will be met with eternal damnation, fire and brimstone, blah blah blah.
Or maybe circumstances have changed. Just like when it was supposedly necessary to write a Bible V2 aka The New Testament. Maybe we are in fact coming closer to a Revelation, a Rapture, or a Home Coming of sorts. Maybe there is a divine plan that no one could possibly comprehend. And the religious zealots are in fact NOT omniscient, omnipotent or omnipresent. Maybe this one God of pure light of which they speak put forth a test. And the test was to recognize pure LOVE. I’ll say it again in case you were speed reading. Maybe the entry level test was to recognize pure LOVE aka LIGHT, Infinite and without Judgement. And they all fucking blew it. (PLEASE PLEASE follow through with your threats to set yourselves on fire. Soooo many problems solved.)
Or maybe I’m wrong and we’ll all be smoking turds in hell.
Congratulations to LOVE winning over antiquated archaic judgement.
M J Keenan
World Class Multi Tasker,
Curmudgeon, Musician, Winemaker.
As previously reported, GLUM is an up-and-coming grunge rock group from Winchester, UK. The trio of frontman Rory Nash, bassist Callum Waldron, and drummer Jack Douglas, have been working on their debut EP titled Anhedonia. While struggling to find a producer for the release, the band has finally found the perfect fit.
Known for his work with Noel Gallagher, Bloc Party, Blood Red Shoes, and more, producer Ben Hampson will be recording the EP at Brighton Electric Studios. You can listen to demos of the tracks below under the EP teaser. GLUM’s kickstarter campaign is only but a few days from completion, so now is the time to contribute and pre-order your EP. Click here to view the Kickstarter page.
Judd Apatow interviewed Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder in his new book Sick in the Head, and Vedder discussed the Disney Channel.
“I don’t want to say anything, you know, because there are certain good things about Disney.” He added, “But that channel is not one of them, if not just even a single line in a half-hour show, that has anything of value and that isn’t said with an attitude other than, you know, being snarky.”
“And it rubs off, you know. It’s a bad influence. I probably sound like my parents. I mean, I was listening to Country Joe and theFish and George Carlin and, you know, Jimi Hendrix and all of that. We were pretty excited about this stuff.”
Vedder also discussed growing up and listening to Motown records, “I had this period in Chicago where we lived with some foster brothers – it was like a home for boys kind of thing – and there was a basement and we had a lot of Motown records, Sly and the Family Stone and James Brown, and we had kids of all races and all – it was a really great upbringing in that way. It made you grow up and toughen up a little bit even though I was only like seven or eight. But man, Michael Jackson was an anomaly. The stuff coming off that record player.”
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell mocked Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Twitter today, tweeting the following photo and also an article on Trump’s recent controversial comments on Mexican immigrants.
Cornell played expensive fundraiser shows for President Obama in 2012 in Iowa and San Francisco, with costs for one show ranging from $100 to $7,000 for a photo with Obama. Soundgarden also performed at Obama’s Inaugural Ball in 2013.
Cornell told the Washington Post in 2013 that Soundgarden playing for Obama was ‘triumphant.’
“I had done three different Obama fundraiser events alone, just with an acoustic guitar. When inauguration came up, they invited me to play, and I said, ‘I’m out touring with my band. What if my band played?’ And they loved the idea of Soundgarden doing it. To me it just seemed like a triumphant thing to be able to do.”
“When we went there, unfortunately, it becomes less about the moments you’re onstage and more about just getting from the hotel to the event, and getting inside and everything happening the way it’s supposed to. It was all that – it was totally crazy, and we were totally fish out of water in terms of the kind of music we play. I like that. . . . The moments that Soundgarden has done things where we were fish out of water have always been the most memorable and the most rewarding.”
Cornell said in 2012 regarding Obama, “I for one am very excited about four more years.”
Smells like teen death. The Gallows is the latest film hoping to be the next summer blockbuster this season. The horror film, which is produced by Blumhouse productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister) is about a boy named Charlie who is killed in a horrific accident during The Gallows, a school play that takes place in the fictional Beatrice High School in 1993. Fast forward to 2013, students at the school attempt to resurrect the failed play in an attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – and that’s where things start to go horribly wrong in this new found footage horror flick.
You can watch the trailer below, which features a cover (albeit a weird hipster one) of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Think Up Anger ft. Malia J below, along with the official video for that cover:
In recent interview that yours truly did with 311‘s Nick Hexum for Songfacts, the singer talked about his band’s new box set, which collects 81 rare and/or unreleased tracks over 4 discs.
Songfacts: How did the idea to do the Archive box set come up at this point?
Nick Hexum: A couple of years ago, we realized, “We’ve got a 25 year anniversary coming up, and that’s not something a lot of bands make it to. And we have a lot of rarities and cool stuff in the vault that our fans would like to hear – let’s do a box set.” For the first year, it was just kind of talking about a concept, and then we realized, “It’s time to kick it into high gear.” Chad Sexton, our drummer, is kind of the band archivist, and he really spearheaded getting everything together to be sorted through and remastered. It was a big job, but a labor of love, and I think it turned out really cool.
He also discussed the importance and influence of the great Bad Brains on the music of 311:
Songfacts: And before, you mentioned HR. What about the Bad Brains?
Nick: Man, that was a band that just really blew our minds and really inspired us to make extremely high-energy and heavy music, but also, very melodic. It was unique and on the verge of chaos most of time, spilling over into chaos and disarray. So we’ve had many opportunities to meet those guys and just thank them.
Billy Corgan has frequently been doing Periscope videos recently that have been getting rave reviews from fans, and in a video last week he discussed his reunion with Smashing Pumpkins bandmate Jimmy Chamberlin. Corgan called Chamberlin his brother, and said that right now the only confirmed plans for Chamberlin with the Pumpkins is the upcoming ‘End Times’ tour with Marilyn Manson, but that doesn’t mean that he will or won’t be playing with the band in the future.
Corgan revealed (via a transcription by Alternative Nation) that he and Chamberlin first discussed a reunion as Corgan attended a Rush concert, and that their initial musical connection 27 years ago was sparked by Rush.
“When I wrote Jimmy the message saying, ‘Would you consider coming back and jumping on this tour? We’re kind of in a pickle here, we need somebody, and it just feels right to ask you right now. It’s not something I’ve been sitting around ruminating on.’ And Jimmy and I over the last couple of years casually would bring up when might be a good time to get together and play again. It wasn’t even necessarily about playing in the Pumpkins, it was more just, when would it make sense? Does it make sense? Or is it forever done? [It was] conversation with family, basically.”
He added, “So when I wrote that message, I was on my way to see Rush, and when he responded, I’m sitting there watching Rush. To give you a little context, in one of the early Pumpkins rehearsals, maybe the second, third, or fourth rehearsal, I don’t remember, but Jimmy played something, and I just thought he was like every other drummed I worked with, whatever. He played something, and I said, ‘Are you a Rush fan?’ He was like, ‘Oh yeah.’ Typical Jimmy, he goes (mimics Jimmy’s drumming with his voice). He plays five Neil Peart parts in quick succession, perfectly. I was like, ‘You can’t play like that unless you’re pretty good.’ That was the first time where he and I were like, there’s another thing happening here, inter-personally.
So there’s sort of a weird crazy divine justice there that we decided to do this together, to kind of cook back up, at least make the initial contact about it, as I’m sitting there watching Rush, who inspired us, and continues to inspire us. If anybody’s interested, I’d say try to catch this Rush tour, because I don’t care what age you are, it’ll remind anybody of a time where just being a great musician was enough.”
Blacklist Union are a Los Angeles-based rock group that formed in 2004 by frontman Tony West. While the band has yet to hit mainstream, the act’s impressive accolades are stacking. They will release their fourth album, Back to Momo, on July 10th. We spoke to Tony West about the upcoming album, his past relationship with Alice in Chains’ bassist Mike Starr, the Seattle Sound, Guns N’ Roses, and more. You can view our interview below.
Cover artwork for ‘Back to Momo’
You guys will be releasing your upcoming album, Back to Momo, next month. Can you talk about how this album differs musically compared to past releases?
Tony West (frontman): The first three records are dealing with a lot of darkness, pain, and anguish. My first wife, girlfriend, and best friend died in my past and it definitely took a toll on me. I got to write with Todd Youth, who I basically grew up with and I have a lot of respect for. We set out to make a record that was light, fun, and real. I think we accomplished that.
Regarding the lyrics on this album, is there a central theme or specific message?
Tony: It is the same message in every other Blacklist Union release. Each song is about a real life experience. Nothing is contrived to sound cool, but rather each song is a story in its own right. Similar to how Steven Tyler, Bon Scott, Layne Staley would write. For instance, “Evil Eye” is about my mother and my quest to have a relationship with her my whole life, despite the fact that she was abusive. So, that song was about giving up that delusion and coming to terms with that. “Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell,” which is our first single, is about being able to persevere and going to the big city despite dying, drama, and rumors that drag 99.9% of the people down and out. Every Blacklist Union song is very real and I think it comes across that way.
The band’s influences are quite diverse from classic rock to more modern alternative music. Which genres and artists influenced the sound of this upcoming album?
Tony: I call our music “street rock,” basically because it comes from the street and it’s as real as you get. For this album, we had the same influences that we’ve always had like Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, and Alice in Chains. We’re big Turbonegro fans. We’re really into punk rock like The Ramones. GBH is one of my favorite bands. We choose from stuff that strikes us as real and authentic and it’s a lot of grounding in blues and punk rock on this record.
Official Music Video for newest single “Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell”
Currently, are there plans to tour in promotion of Back to Momo’s release?
Tony: I certainly hope so. We’re trying to get over to Europe right now. That’s our focus along with South America and Australia. Touring in the states is a whole different animal. It’s pretty difficult nowadays.
Ideally what other bands would you want to tour with?
Tony: Of course I’d like to tour with Aerosmith. We’d like to do some dates with Backyard Babies or Sixx:A.M. or any band that is relevant in the 2000’s. We definitely don’t want to be going out with those 80’s bands. I think those bands should just hang it up. As matter of fact, I think it does more harm than good to new rock bands. I was born in 76′ and a lot of the punk bands I listened to in the 80’s are still going hard today and play clubs and pack in the house. All the rock bands that hit in the 80’s aren’t doing shit and are lucky to get people at their gigs. People know what is real without even consciously knowing. The kids in punk rock nowadays are wearing the same shirts that I was wearing.
You performed at a Mike Starr benefit show earlier this year. Did you have a relationship with Mike and what is your opinion on the Seattle scene in general?
Tony: I thank God for the Seattle scene. Mike Starr happened to be my roommate in 1994 and he was my dear friend and I loved him very much, which is why we play the Mike Starr show every year. Alice in Chains was a huge influence on me and Mother Love was even more huge. Singer Andrew Wood was probably my main inspiration. I love that music. I can’t stand Pearl Jam, but I love Mother Love Bone. If you compare Andrew Wood to Eddie Vedder, it’s like two different leagues. I actually ended up singing in Andy’s band, Malfunkshun.
“Diggin’ 4 Gold” Music Video Off 2012’s ‘Til Death Do Us Part’
Blacklist Union formed over ten years ago. Reflecting back, what would you say is the most significant event in the band’s history or your personal music career?
Tony: I think like I said, singing in Malfunkshun is a huge thing for me in my personal career. As far as Blacklist Union, we’re really recognized by a lot of peers and people I have respect for in both the business and artist side of the music industry. It’s really flattering to hear these big names enjoy our music. Right now we’re working with Vicky Hamilton, who also worked with Guns N Roses. They were huge to me when I was a kid. I ran away to Hollywood when I was thirteen because of them. I’m very honored to have my name thrown in the mix with these bands like Malfunkshun and Guns N Roses. I say this very humbly too, but it doesn’t get any better than that. The only way it’d get better is when Steven Tyler asks us to come with Aerosmith. I’m waiting on that call.
Besides the release of Back to Momo, what else is coming up for the band?
Tony: We’re doing a music video for our second single, “Evil Eye,” which will feature my son. On July 4th, we’ll be playing with John Corabi at the Whisky a Go Go. I have a lot of respect for that guy. Things are slowly unfolding and coming together with each passing day.
What do you see for the future of Blacklist Union and your music career?
Tony: My whole goal is making an impact. I was a kid who needed music. IT helped me survive. The most important thing is making an impact on someone who needs it.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will perform at the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago fundraiser on July 9th at Metro in Chicago’s Wrigleyville. Cubs President Theo Epstein, MLB Network reporter Peter Gammons, Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper, Wilco bassist John Stirratt, and Cheap Trick drummer Daxx Nielsen will join Vedder at the concert. WXRT’s Lin Brehmer, Mad Men’s Joel Murray, and Mike O’Malley will be the emcees at the event. Tickets are 75 dollars and are available on metrochicago.com. Proceeds benefit Cubs Charities and Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, which contributes to programs that aid disadvantaged youth and adults.
“I met him first on the field at Wrigley in Chicago when I was with the Pirates, I was a rookie in 2000. He was shagging some fly balls in the outfield with Kerry Wood. I was playing catch with a guy named Jimmy Anderson. When you’re a young guy in the major leagues, it’s a very specific pecking order to the game. If it’s your first year in the league, you’re kind of walking on eggshells. You don’t have the run of the place, you kind of need to follow orders. I knew I might get in trouble if I left playing catch with my partner at that time, just before batting practice started. But for me Eddie was the number one guy in my life that I wanted to meet, so I just took off and ran to the other side of the field. I saw Ed and I said, ‘Hey man I love [Pearl Jam], my name’s Bronson.’ He said well you know who I am, [I said] I’m a big fan I’d love to have a baseball signed by you. So he signed [the] baseball, and he was just so pumped, he would never remember this no matter what. He was so pumped that he caught a couple of balls in the outfield during batting practice that he was asking if there was a cameraman who got a picture of it. It was like he won the World Series, which is amazing for a guy who had done everything he had done on stage, to be so pumped about a couple of fly balls during batting practice. So he signs that ball for me, and then I don’t have any contact with him at all until 2010 when I go up to Columbus.
I go to the Columbus [Pearl Jam] show and I got an opportunity to hang out with him probably for about an hour before the show and about a half hour afterwards. So then I told him about him signing him that ball, I was just asking him some questions because he drew this funky little wave on the ball and I was asking him why he drew that wave. He was telling me used to do that back then a lot. So over that hour and a half of getting to talk to him in Columbus, I got to pick his brain a bit and we got to talk about baseball and have a real conversation. So then this offseason I go to his solo show and I told his tour manager that I was coming. In the middle of the show, it’s like an hour and a half in, and I don’t even know that he knows I’m there. Other than the fact that I’d run into his wife and his family earlier the day at the hotel, they were talking to me a bit because they have some people in their family that were Red Sox fans. I didn’t know that Ed knew I was there, and he calls me up and just whispers in my ear in the middle of the show, ‘Do you know how to play Black?” I said sure, and he’s like, “Okay I’ll get you on a couple songs.’ It was mind-blowing to me that somebody would even take a chance on doing that at a solo show not know if I could play this stuff.”
It looks like Dave Grohl’s days of resting his leg are over. While the five European shows between June 19th and June 26th were cancelled due to the frontman’s injury, it now seems like they will go on with the North American tour as planned.
No official statement has been made, but the band has posted the same message on their official website, Twitter and Instagram: “Can’t f***ing wait for the 4th!!! See you at home, DC.”
Since the next scheduled show, the first on their North American tour, is in Washington DC on July 4th, it feels pretty safe to bet that it’s going to happen.
Grohl discussed his injury in a recent open letter to fans:
So….here I am, recovering with 6 metal screws in my leg, thinking about a lifetime of holding up TSA lines from here to Kalamazoo….damn.
Here’s the not so witty bit…….My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while. The most important thing now is for me to recover from the surgery, to keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection/complication that could do long term damage. I’m not out of the woods yet, folks…
Which means, and it kills me to say it…..the doctors have told us to cancel shows. I’m really so sorry, guys. You know I hate to do it, but I’m afraid it’s just not physically possible for me at the moment. We’re doing our best right now to work out a plan, so bear with us. You know we’re good for our word. But for now, I need to make sure we have YEARS of gigs ahead of us….
You have always stood by our band, and we will always stand by you. Like I say at every show, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you guys. And I mean that. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I will do everything I can to come back and give you a night to remember for the rest of your lives AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
“It does become a bit monotonous and a bit repetitive to keep, you know, reading stories of, ‘Noel Gallagher quashes Oasis rumors.’ It shouldn’t be left to me to quash the rumors all the time, and these rumors spring out of nowhere.”
One recent report claimed that Noel and his brother Liam had reached a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to reunite the band, but Gallagher asked, “What does that even f***ing mean?”
“And what’s more annoying is then Liam says, ‘No comment.’ ‘Cause then it builds people’s hopes up,” he added. Gallagher said he is not currently on speaking terms with his brother.
Gallagher has already written a lot of music for his next album, he teased, “It’s been an absolute brand-new way of working for me. It’s something I’ve never done before.” The Daily Mirror reported in April that Oasis were set to reunite. Their source claimed, “It’s early days in terms of the details, but Noel and Liam are back on good terms and ready to give things another go. Nothing is signed but it’s what you might call a gentlemen’s agreement between them.”
“Ultimately they’re family and whatever has gone on before can be sorted out – they’re very close beneath all the bluster.”
To this day there is no clear reason why Alice in Chains, especially with their style of music, ever got on the Clash of the Titans bill. Slayer and Anthrax wanted the up and coming Texans Pantera to open the show. Certainly the success of the brooding and eerie Man in the Box video on constant MTV rotation helped, and the band had just finished a European tour with co-headliners Megadeth. What was certain is that the bill did need an opening act after original choice Death Angel had to pull out after a near fatal tour bus accident. Fate had certainly dealt an ace to Alice, who would now be part of one of the biggest and extravagant tours of its time. The North American leg of the tour would take in 49 shows in just 59 days, across 26 states plus two shows in Canada, and playing to an estimated half a million fans.
Alice in Chains were viewed as outsiders on the tour. They were not invited to speak at the official press conference, but still got a mention when a journalist asked Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, “Who’s gonna pay the damage bill at the end of the night?”. Ellefson replied, without hesitation, “Alice in Chains, the new guys”, followed by roars of laughter. Almost all the ticket stubs failed to mention that they were on the bill and you needed Supermanesque vision to see their name on the tour shirts.
The tour kicked off on May 16, 1991 at the 20,000 plus capacity Dallas Starplex, an awe inspiring venue to begin the tour, especially for Alice In Chains who had never played to a crowd that large. And the chants by the metal clad already pissed up thrash crowd were for Slayer, as Alice took to the stage just after half past seven. Layne Staley stood by the microphone and stared at the crowd below him. “Slayer, Slayer, Slayer,” was the response. Staley continued to stare until Mike Starr broke the uneasiness with the opening bass line to Would? The choice of the opener spoke volumes about Alice’s attitude. Not even the most diehard fan of the band at the Starplex that night (there were few and far between) could have known the song. It certainly was not from the band’s debut album, and given the night that would follow it was not even the band’s heaviest track. Next up was Real Thing, seamlessly followed by Put You Down, two more tracks that only tested the crowd’s patience. Some objects were thrown, a few boos were heard but by the time they kicked into We Die Young and set finale Man in the Box, they had tamed the rowdy Texas crowd. When the band left the stage on that breezy hazy summer’s night in Dallas, they had won over at least some of the revelers.
Alice had also secured respect from the other bands on the tour. Dave Mustaine had taken them under his wing, though Staley was more inclined to hang out with Satan’s friends, Slayer. The fourth stop on the tour took the Titans to Houston, nobody could of guessed that a decade later that very same venue ‘The Summit’ would be converted into a house of worship.
In New Mexico, Megadeth, now known by Alice as ‘Megabrother’, entertained them to an animal porn video starring a pig, Staley looked stunned and embarrassed, but whatever the influence the band brought home the bacon. That night during We Die Young, Alice in Chains had created a moshpit. Two days later on May 24th, Mustaine paid for the band to skydive. The Megadeth singer recalled how he had not seen Layne happier, after he landed he stated that Layne was, “almost childlike”. A few hours later in San Diego the band played their most intense and electrifying show of the tour.
When they hit their hometown, Alice threw Love Hate Love onto the set list at the request of Staley. After fourteen shows in sixteen days the band were in Salt Lake City, and there they filmed their third video: Sea of Sorrow. Known to fans as the ‘girlfriends’ video, all of the women in the video were local extras. Paul Rachman, who had directed the band’s breakthrough video Man in the Box, was again hired to work the magic. Rachman explains. “Some of them wanted their girlfriends in the video, they insisted. But some did not have girlfriends at the time so we had to cast some in Salt Lake City. My original concept did not have girlfriends, and so on. Also ‘something’ was going on between Layne and Demri at the time so we couldn’t get her there.”
Rachman was also against the idea of having to use different crew and go ‘on location’ to Salt Lake City. “The video shoot was hectic! The studio insisted that I work on the road because the band were on the ‘Clash of the Titans’ tour. They then wanted to shoot on a stage in Seattle, that was the idea. The concept was very difficult and I really wanted to do it in Hollywood with the best crew I could have. But the label pushed me to go out to Salt Lake City and we had so many technical and crew problems it was hell. Salt Lake City is Mormon country and they had all these evil rock shows out at a speedway right on the outskirts of town. I finally met the band and we shot the video, wait for it, right on the Donny and Marie Osmond sound stages!”
After the video shoot the band did an in store signing session for a few lucky fans and then headed back, with no break, onto the Titans tour. The next show would go down as one of AIC’s most memorable shows ever. To this very day, if you were to ask Jerry Cantrell about the Clash of the Titans tour, the response is always ‘Red Rocks.’ The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a majestic place. The performing stage for artists is set right in the middle of inward and outward natural rocks, and when the sun sets right it can feel like paradise. That night though Alice were in anything but. The crowd, filled with bikers and drunks, were clearly not there for Seattle’s new Grunge rockers. A torrent of crushed cans were thrown at the band, a reused ‘piss’ bottle container was exchanged three times between Staley and the crowd, and some in the front even threatened to ‘meet’ the band after the show. Whilst many bands would have walked, Alice stayed. They soldiered on until the set was done, and when they finally did leave the venue they were confronted by a few Slayer fans, who had nothing but respect for the young rockers for daring to share a stage with their heroes. To say this was a turning point in the bands self survival is an understatement.
In Detroit two weeks later, Staley felt so confident after AIC’s set that he roamed around with other fans in the venue. It was no wonder that some attendees were unfamiliar with the group when they hit Virginia, when even the local music writer knew little about them. Apparently Alice’s highlight was the song ‘Believe the Freak’.
For the July 4th show in Weedsport, New York there was triple security but that didn’t stop fireworks being let off in general admission. Even the mighty Madison Square Garden felt the force of the tour when over 200 seats were ripped and then piled up so fans could enjoy the show. The rest of the tour went fine until the second from last show in Florida, where Layne Staley stage dived head first in order to get a trouble maker chucked out the venue.
Layne Staley had it all; he had the looks and talent to believably be on the cover of RIP and Teen magazine in the same week. In the summer of 1991 he was in his absolute prime. That eventful summer the innocence and rawness of Staley was there for all to see, he engulfed the band within it. The Clash of the Titans tour made the band stronger and whilst the lyrics for their next studio album were influenced by Staley’s personal struggles, there could be little doubt that the departure of sound from Facelift to Dirt was inspired that summer by this tour and the bands they met on it.
Faith No More briefly covered Foo Fighters’ “All My Life” at Rock Werchter last week in Belgium in honor of Dave Grohl, who recently broke his leg. Florence + The Machine covered Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These” to help ‘heal’ Grohl at Glastonbury, where Foo Fighters were set to headline.
Faith No More Rock Werchter Setlist:
From Out of Nowhere
Midlife Crisis (with Foo Fighters’ “All My Life” )
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy (Commodores cover)
Last Cup of Sorrow
Ashes to Ashes
We Care a Lot
Cone of Shame
Florence + The Machine Glastonbury Setlist:
What the Water Gave Me
Ship to Wreck
Shake It Out
Bird Song Intro
Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
Sweet Nothing (Calvin Harris cover)
Times Like These (Foo Fighters cover) (Florence Welch dedicated this to Dave Grohl)
How Big How Blue How Beautiful
Queen of Peace
What Kind of Man
You’ve Got the Love (The Source cover)
Dog Days Are Over
Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma surgeon (and Foo Fighters cover band member) Andy Murphy recently reported that Dave Grohl’s injury will result in him not being able to walk normally for over a month, with a couple of months until he is back to full strength.
“Dave sustained a nasty fracture of the distal fibula, the small bone on the outside of the ankle,” he told Rock Sound.
“X-rays show the fracture was displaced and needed surgical fixation. He has a low profile locking titanium plate and screws holding the fractured bone together. His treatment looks excellent.”
Murphy added: “The band haven’t cancelled further tour dates yet, but he’s not going to be able to walk normally, without a brace for at least six weeks.”
“And for a man who spends most of his time running around a stage at full speed, it will probably be a couple of months before he’s back to that level of action on the road.”
Alternative Nation’s #MorrisseyWeek has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean our coverage of “this charming man” is going anywhere! Alternative Nation was able to acquire quotes from various rock artists on what Moz means to them! Alternative Nation contributor Charles Peralo would also like to foreword this by stating what Morrissey means to him:
“Well with Morrissey he’s truly a big mouth who will always strike again. With either a great lyric in a new song, a quote that I really agree with him on or a quote I really really disagree with him on. The guy knows how to always strike again and I hope he stays in the music scene for decades to come.”
Richard Patrick (Filter): To me, Morrissey is the elegant rebel. A man that would hate to have to kick your ass.
Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio/Blink-182): When I got into punk rock at age 10, I had an older cousin that took me to shows and would make me mix tapes. One of the mixes she made for me had “What Difference Does It Make?” on it. I used to mow lawns and immediately went to the record store and bought “Hatful Of Hollow” as soon as I had enough money. I collected everything by The Smiths and Morrissey on cassette as quickly as I could mow those lawns. I would listen to them while I cut grass on my Walkman. I’ve been a HUGE fan ever since. I now have everything on vinyl and I work out to YOU ARE THE QUARRY almost daily on my iPhone.
Bridget Regan (Flogging Molly): In my humble opinion, Morrissey (aside from my husband) is the single greatest songwriter gracing our planet right now.
Eric Wilson (Sublime): “Have you ever read his quotes? They’re probably better than his songs.”
Emerson Hart (Tonic): I can honestly say there are quite a few songs I would have never written if it wasn’t for ‘how soon is now?’ Still as great today as the first time I heard it when I was a kid.
The Votta Brothers (Art Of Anarchy): “I have the highest respect for him as an innovator and artist, anyone that creates something different, unique and inspires people will always have our respect.”
Jesse Kristin (Jukebox the Ghost): I used to find it near-impossible to choose a favorite band when people asked, until I decided to employ a quantitative method: Which band has the most songs you absolutely love? After excluding The Beatles on principle, I realized that band for me was The Smiths. This was ten years ago. Obsession with Morrissey’s early solo albums followed: Viva Hate, Bona Drag, Kill Uncle, Your Arsenal, Vauxhall & I. Each one of these records did me in at one point or another. Morrissey’s m.o. is paradox: harmonious, relentless self-loathing and self-idolization. Think the guy’s cocky? Listen to his lyrics. Think he’s miserable? Listen to his lyrics. There’s a word for this paradoxical condition — “human”. Speaking of being human, I got to very briefly meet Johnny Marr backstage at Lollapalooza in 2010. I showed him my “Ask” tattoo then, overcome with existence, immediately retreated into my sunglasses and cried like a baby.
After declaring himself “the greatest living rockstar on the planet”, the ever-so controversial Kanye West decided to take a break from his own discography to perform (butcher) one of the greatest rock anthems of all time in “Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. The performance took place at the 2015 Glastonbury Music Festival. It appears that during the performance, West actually forgets the lyrics during his short rendition before crooning the crowd with lots of backing of the fans. You can view the performance below:
In other West rock and roll news, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins discussed being neighbors with Kanye West in a recent interview with NME. Hawkins said he rides his bike daily near the “big gnarly mansion where Kanye and his chick live I guess.”
“He lives pretty close to me, strangely enough,” he said. “Before he bought a house [in the neighborhood] he was apparently looking at it and this estate agent told me that he was showing him the house and he looks round and says, ‘Is this place secure? Can anybody get in or out?’ And then right at that time I came flying down the hill [on my bike] into the neighborhood.”
Hawkins said that West complained at first but backtracked when he realized that he was the drummer from the Foo Fighters, so he wasn’t a danger to the security of the home.
Dave Grohl also said the recent petition against West performing at Glastonbury, which attracted over 133,000 votes, will only help West and could lead to the greatest concert of all time.
“I don’t know that much about Kanye’s music but right now Kanye vs Glastonbury is about as close to that old school [Public Enemy] vibe as you’re going to get,” he added.
“I don’t know who the dude is that started the petition but I think every one of those votes is only fuelling Kanye’s fucking fire and it could be the greatest show of all time.”
A countless number of fans spent Saturday evening with Morrissey at Madison Square Garden. The concert proved to be a mixed bag, yet the spirits were high.
Blondie gave an incredible set with intense energy and sound; I was shocked to see a woman who could sub in for my grandmother rock it out like that. With her motions, dance moves and so on, while she might as well be dancing the way she did five decades prior. There was an athleticism and energy unlike any other. Also, for the LGBT fans, Blondie gave a special little tribute midway through her performance telling fans that all they’d need to do to find out where the pride parade was is to “call me”.
For whatever reason, Morrissey took roughly 10-20 minutes longer than expected to get on… granted, with him it could be expected. To kill time during the wait, the venue played video clips of other musicians, films or poets. Some made sense… a five minute rant which sounded like poetry written by a 17 year old goth girl was, however, confusing. A few funny images posted up bashing the royal family and naturally some photos bashing meat showed up.
With keeping to the political nature of Morrissey, the big man entered in with a classic, singing “The Queen Is Dead” from the Smiths. And in short, it was absolutely 100% perfect. Every note he did has gotten better with age and in a concert format was just absolutely incredible. It was literally perfection where so many fans had tears of joy and were singing along to it in incredible rhythm.
After this opening, Morrissey gave fans about three major hits and the rest was loaded with lesser songs, new songs, bad songs and a little piece of debate known as Meat Is Murder.
With that, while Madison Square Garden setup an incredible show with a sound system superior to perhaps any other stadium on the east coast, Morrissey blew it by just not giving casual fans what they wanted. While the songs he performed were great, you could find droves of people leaving in the final third becoming bored with songs they just didn’t know. Even the big fans who were crying and singing along with every song found themselves stumped in their singalongs.
Upfront, fans were really locked in joy over what was going on and showed more a genuine happiness over other concerts. Where most concerts find themselves with a fan base of boozed out idiots who don’t care about the music and more about convincing the girl next to them to go topless, this was an experience where people were 100% on Morrissey… he probably loved that. Morrissey struck a chord well with fans and showed his music at least for now has no chance of being forgotten, and the field had enough people intensely into this that it shows there is still an audience for the lesser known Morrissey songs.
There was some pleasantry in not having the stench of hot dogs or burgers in the location. Also with the vegan options given for popular snack items, it could be argued they tasted better over traditional products. While not endorsing veganism, it’s safe to say they can have some good cooking done that no animal would feel unhappy about.
All in all, Blondie stole the night. She just had what the fans were looking for more, though nothing is quite like being up close and personal at a Morrissey concert.
The Queen Is Dead
Staircase at the University
World Peace Is None of Your Business
Kiss Me a Lot
I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Everyday Is Like Sunday
Will Never Marry
I Will See You in Far-Off Places
Mama Lay Softly on the Riverbed
Kick the Bride Down the Aisle
Neal Cassady Drops Dead
The World Is Full of Crashing Bores
The Bullfighter Dies
Meat Is Murder
What She Said
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest is an annual North American traveling summer metal music festival. This year’s headliners included Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, and The Devil Wears Prada as the Victory Records stage held Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange, and Kissing Candice. The first date of the tour was located at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA. You can view Alternative Nation’s recap of the festival below. Interviews with artists from the event will be posted soon.
Chosen as the Coldcock Whiskey Band Winner, Kings of Carnage, a heavy metal act of Musicians Institute graduates and military veterans, warmed up the crowd on the cloudy San Diego day with a thrash, neo-classical blend. Easily the unforeseen highlight of the day, Code Orange fused the styles of hardcore punk rawness, modern metal riffage, and Swans-like drone for their compelling energetic performance. By emphasizing the melodies of metalcore with heavy metal tropes, Shattered Sun was capable of a tight set as the heat began to rise. Sworn In’s recent release, The Lovers/The Devil, proved to provide solid additions to their live presentation. Female-fronted Sister Sin brought diversity with a more hard rock execution.
To begin the triple threat of death metal, Jungle Rot’s vicious growls matched with lightning fast riffs struck fear into the swarming crowd. With more “core” characteristics, Thy Art is Murder and Whitechapel frontmen shared their humorous and intimidating traits respectively. Kissing Candice, drawing visual comparisons to Slipknot and Mushroomhead, brought the shock rock theatrics to the fest. Many may excuse the group for their mask gimmick, but the liveliness and intensity emitted by all five members boasted a contagious quality.
Perhaps the most mainstream of the main stage bands, The Devil Wears Prada dug into material from almost all their albums as well as the Zombie and Space EPs. The groovy Mudvayne/Pantera supergroup, Hellyeah, had a bit of a muddy mix during their performance but ended on a high note with hit-single “You Wouldn’t Know.” A big kudos to the one and only legend, King Diamond. A delightfully gothic backdrop set the mood for heavy metal and stunning falsetto vocals. The live premiere of their new title track, “Repentless,” served as a proper opener, while Slayer thrashed on. The middle of the set seemed to drag on a bit longer than necessary, but the “South of Heaven,” “Raining Blood,” and “Angel of Death” hat-trick kicked Southern California right where it matters.
As a whole, it is understandable that fan reception was mostly negative in regards to the quality and quantity of the lineup. When comparing to last year’s event, there were six less bands and two fewer stages this go round. I mostly agree with these opinions, yet I think it was a risky, commendable move of the organizers to showcase many up-and-coming groups. The inclusion of cult-classics such as King Diamond and Jungle Rot amongst the fresh ground-breakers Code Orange was my personal deal maker of this year’s Mayhem Fest. You can view pictures from many of the performances below, taken and edited by Nico Poalillo.
Continuing with the Nirvana news, Universal Music announced that they will be issuing remastered editions of Nirvana, 2002’s compilation album with the exclusive hit “You Know You’re Right”. Available August 28, 2015, the vinyl release will be available as standard 33rpm and 45rpm double LP editions, the latter a pressing of 200-gram vinyl. Additionally, the album will be available for release as Blu-Ray Pure Audio. The track listing is featured below:
1. “You Know You’re Right”
2. “About A Girl”
3. “Been A Son”
5. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
6. “Come As You Are”
8. “In Bloom”
9. “Heart-Shaped Box”
10. “Pennyroyal Tea”
11. “Rape Me”
13. “All Apologies”
14. “The Man Who Sold The World”
Dave Grohl recently commented on Nirvana’s reunion in 2014, as featured in this article here:
“I think more than angst and gloom and doom there was catharsis,” says Grohl, “and that’s what made the band, the engine that drove the entire thing.”
“I hadn’t heard that sound since Kurt died,” said Grohl regarding his initial reunion rehearsals with surviving Nirvana bandmates Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic. “When we played together, it sounded like Nirvana.”
“I was just the drummer, I could walk in the front door of a Nirvana show and people wouldn’t really recognize me. So I kind of got to experience it all from the outside.
“I’ve seen a lot of my friends have a really hard time with fame. But when the world around you changes it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to change with it. I didn’t go and buy a Lamborghini because I had a million dollars. I was excited that so many people liked the music. To walk into a bar and see some kid air drumming to a song I recorded on, I love that. That’s the way I took it in. It doesn’t make me any better than the kid. It’s just kinda cool.”
Formed in 1994, Jungle Rot were always a household name among Death Metal fanatics. Their simple, hardcore punk influenced brand of death metal and war themed lyrics make them a band that stands out among others in the genre. Their fame has been increasing even more in recent years, landing on Victory records in 2011 and are now slated to perform at this year’s Mayhem Festival as well as next year’s Maryland Deathfest. Vocalist Dave Matrise recently filled us in on the band’s upcoming tour schedule and new LP, Order Shall Prevail…
On Order Shall Prevail: Our new album is going to be a throwback to our old stuff. During my down time I was listening to our first album, Slaughter the Weak. I haven’t heard that album in a long time and it influenced me. We decided to go back in a way and bring back our old school sounds, the way it should be.
On lead single “Paralyzed Prey”: Well, that choice as the first single came from Victory Records. When we were recording the album, our producer did feel it was one of the best songs on the album. It is definitely a good one.
On performing new material live: We are going to play 1 or 2 new songs at Mayhem Fest. We plan on doing off-date shows where we will add 3 or 4 more new ones to the set. Hopefully the reactions will be good!
On Mayhem Fest: I’m stoked to see Code Orange of course, those kids are crazy. I’ve known them for a while. I think I’m going on a little early myself, but I think I’ll be able to catch them. Slayer… I catch them whenever I can and of course King Diamond. I’m not too crazy about the other bands on the bill, but I’m willing to check them out. I want to check out Thy Art is Murder; I’ve heard a lot about them.
On modern death metal: I’ve been in this scene for about 20 years and I feel it’s been the same. We have the new bands playing the newer styles and the classic bands staying strong. I feel that’s what keeps it alive. For a while there were not many people doing what we are doing right now; we were a dying breed. It’s good to see it start to come back a little. Modern artists look at where death metal started and take influence from it. It’s here to stay!
On his fantasy war film: Directed by Spielberg for sure, because he’s one of the best. Who would star in it… hmm, let’s see…we would need some good ones. Maybe Glen Benton of Deicide could star in it. Have his facial expressions in there. Put him in the front line.