Interview: Creator Of Foo Fighters ‘Learn to Fly’ Viral Video Tells The Rockin’1000 Story

Yesterday, a video was posted of 1,000 musicians (and die hard fans) performing Foo Fighters’ classic “Learn to Fly” in Cesena, Italy in hopes of attracting the band to come play their city. The last time Foo Fighters played in Cesena was on December 1, 1997 at the Vidia International Rock Club. As of this writing, the video already has over 5 million views on YouTube, and has already made Foo Fighters confirm a show in Cesena.

Fabio Zaffagnini is the creator of the project who came up with the ambitious idea for the viral video over a year ago, and since then he has worked tirelessly to secure funding (through crowdfunding), assemble a production team and musicians to make his dream a reality. Alternative Nation had the chance to speak to Fabio today to tell the story of the Rockin’1000!

When did you first become a Foo Fighters fan, and what drew you to the band?

Nirvana first, and the Foo Fighters then, even considering their differences, are the bands I grew up with through many years. From the outside, it seems like the Foos are a group of nice guys, having fun and doing great, and this is exactly what I’d like to be in my everyday life, I feel somehow connected to their spirit.

Can you describe the music scene in Cesena?

Some say that Cesena is the biggest “rock” city in Italy; I guess a lot of people would disagree, but in the end who cares?! Those who have grew up here were lucky enough to see many famous bands during their early stages (Foo Fighters as well), and there are many people playing and jamming around. It’s a great place to live.

What first inspired the idea to do a project like this involving Foo Fighters and getting them to play in Cesena? How did you get the idea?

One of my favorite films is School of Rock, and many years ago I a saw a DVD bonus feature where Jack Black asks Led Zeppelin permission to use “Immigrant Song” for the film. In the very end he says that if you really want to obtain something, you have to be ready to plead, and it works better when there’s 1000 people behind you. The idea of the number 1000 laid silently in my mind for years, and the Rockin’1000 concept was set.

Why did you pick “Learn to Fly”?

“Learn to Fly” is a popular song by the Foo Fighters and it is quiet and easy to play as well: no solos, no vocal virtuosity needed, and the rhythm works…so it is just perfect.

Can you explain the process of finding musicians? Who were some of the first, and then last? Did you think you’d be able to get 1,000?

Every musician had to register to our website, leave their information and a link to a video that showed off their ability. Four people (our “Music Gurus”) checked all the videos and decided whether the candidate was good enough. The first musicians got in a few seconds after the recruitment launch, the last ones signed up the day before the event. We counted 985 people, but a few locals arrived and played when they saw what was going on!

How did you logistically set up the shoot when it came to choreographing, and finding a filming crew that made it look so cinematic?

Well, Anita Rivaroli, the video director, works for the cinema and knows how to create “the magic.” The set was prepared in detail, but musicians had no rules to follow.

How much rehearsing was involved?

Much, much less than expected…after a couple of times, the Rockin’1000 were amazingly perfect

Any funny stories from the day of the shoot? I’ve got to imagine when you have 1,000 musicians in the same place, it can get pretty wild.

That’s what we expected as well, but it was not like that at all! Everybody, every single musician, has been respectful, orderly, and happy! And the reason I find is that people just wanted to rock, and they got what they wanted. The funniest part probably had to do with the guitarists. We were afraid that all the amps would drain the electricity, so we forced guitarists to keep the volume low, but at some point the Orchestra Leader, Marco Sabiu, asked them to raise the volume and there was just a joyous response. Guitar players generally aren’t asked to play louder!

Any other songs we can expect the Rockin’1000 to perform in the future?

Ah, we don’t know…and if we knew, we wouldn’t tell!

Any final message you’d like to send out to Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters in regards to the show is Cesena? Is there anything specifically you’d like to see happen at the show, perhaps the band themselves performing with the Rockin’1000?

Well, the Rockin’1000 gave me, my team and everybody involved such an amount of positive energy that on Sunday night I felt like I was already totally satisfied. But thinking about the idea of the Foo Fighters playing together with the Thousand, that gives me an emotion that could make me faint.

Guns N’ Roses Confirms Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal Is No Longer Part Of Band

A confirmed source for Guns N’ Roses has told WRIF that Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, is no longer a part of the band. Thal, apparently hasn’t been a part of Guns N’ Roses in quite some time as the source says: “Bumblefoot quit last year. I don’t understand why he continues to be evasive on his status with the band — he quit in South America. He told Axl he was done and (Las) Vegas would be his last run with the band.”

Bumblefoot joined GNR in 2006, replacing Buckethead. This news also comes in the wake of fellow band member DJ Ashba announcing that he will be leaving the band to focus on other endeavors.

Kurt Cobain Murder Conspiracy Lawsuit Cites John F. Kennedy & Marilyn Monroe

Last Friday, Alternative Nation posted Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain’s full legal declarations from Richard Lee’s lawsuit seeking the release of photos of a deceased Kurt Cobain to the public. Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle is set to hear arguments today regarding the case.

Lee also sent Alternative Nation his own legal declaration, which cites photos of the dead bodies of President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe.  The views of Richard Lee do not represent the views of Alternative Nation.

I, RICHARD LEE, declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Washington as follows:

  1. I am over 18 years of age and am competent to testify. I make this declaration based on my personal knowledge, my review of Seattle Police Department (SPD) and Seattle City Attorney (SCA) documents, and my professional knowledge and expertise.
  2. I am the person who made the public disclosure request March 20, 2015, which became PDR #14-970.
  1. I have been involved in journalism for almost 40 years, and began my career as a professional at age 18, publishing my first cover story with the Chicago Reader newsweekly for a payment of $750. Since April of 1993 I have been the sole producer of Now See It Person to Person, a weekly newsmagazine seen on King County and Seattle public access television channels to a potential audience of hundreds of thousands of viewers. On April 13, 1994, I aired a program entitled Was Kurt Cobain Murdered? only 5 days after the body of this famous musician was found at his Seattle home. Since that time I have aired over 600 unique editions of this series, focusing on the Cobain homicide and closely related subjects of local police and politics. It is fair to say that I am the world’s leading expert on Cobain’s death, and to my knowledge my program is likely the longest running public affairs television program in Seattle history.
  2. In early June of 1994 I changed the subtitle of the program to the name by which it is known widely today, Kurt Cobain Was Murdered. This was based on almost two months of investigation in which I established through news media photographic evidence of Cobain’s death scene that it was impossible for Cobain to have died as the result of a shotgun blast to his mouth, his official cause of death. My series of tense conversations with the pathologists at the King County Medical Examiner and the leading detectives at the Seattle Police Department resulted in their contention that “all of the shot stayed inside his skull,” which accounted for the apparent complete lack of blood and gore at the scene. Of course, such an explanation defies common sense, within a few days of these officials making such pronouncements to me in June of 1994, a leading forensic pathologist had informed me that such a result of a contact shotgun blast was essentially impossible.
  3. Obviously, my analysis of these circumstances is that these government officials acted with deliberate criminal intent to deceive the public, quite possibly through corrupt arrangements with a person or persons who caused Kurt Cobain’s death, and one such person may have been his wife of 25 months, named Courtney Love, a show business personality widely known for erratic and violent behavior. In any case, the perpetration of a fraudulent death investigation comprises corruption in itself, as the public was deprived of honest services for which they have paid from the King County Medical Examiner and the Seattle Police Department.
  4. My efforts to obtain full disclosure of Seattle Police Department records on Cobain’s death began the week of April 11, 1994, when I handed SPD personnel a typed letter requesting such documents. Later in 1994, I engaged the services of a Seattle attorney, and was successful in gaining release of many of the documents in this case, although there were many highly significant items withheld, including photographs from undeveloped films. That attorney told me we had an excellent chance of prevailing in gaining further releases and damages, but then abruptly refused to continue this representation a few months later, without explanation. Her firm later represented Cobain’s widow in a high-profile matter in King County. My many renewed efforts over the last 20 years have not resulted in the release of the most important public documents in this case.
  5. On March 20, 2014, news broke that the Seattle Police Department was releasing some new photographic evidence but likely not re-opening the Cobain death case. Many of the new images were said to be the result of finally developing the old rolls of 35mm film long held by SPD, and their detective Mike Ciesynski went before television cameras to explain that this was something they were doing as a means of marking the twentieth anniversary of Cobain’s death. This was not a re-investigation, instead, it was a public relations gambit that was their biggest effort since SPD and KCME personnel appeared in an edition of Unsolved Mysteries as seen on NBC in 1997. Det, Ciesynski made the deliberate impression that he was the central person coordinating this new effort, and that he had personal distaste for the theoretical release of some photographs they had suppressed, and this carried the implication that Ciesynski might imminently order the destruction of records he felt he did not want the public to see.
  6. I acted to file suit on March 20 as an extension of efforts that I have engaged in for almost a full 20 years, with the understanding that whatever actions I took, the SPD were not going to willingly give over photographs or other records that would help me to prove a case of corruption against their personnel, past and present. I have made many public records requests of SPD, including recent efforts to gain documents related to an attack upon my person by uniformed SPD officers as I attempted to speak to author and murder suspect Raffaele Sollecito, and I know well that their time frame for release of documents that could be damaging to their reputation is lengthy and dilatory. I was concerned at that time by the possibility of destruction of extant evidence by SPD, and also by the possibility of SPD setting up a “straw man” litigant who would file suit for the photographs so as to give SPD an easy victory in re-asserting their case for suppression.
  7. Central to the SPD assertion of exemption from disclosure of crime scene photographs in 1994 and through to this day has been the “highly offensive to a reasonable person” standard. In making this the central argument in their position, SPD is ignoring the reality of the media world in which thy live, wherein crime scene photographs, including those depicting dead bodies, are somewhat routinely released to the media and public and shown as a part of news and entertainment. Many of the following exhibits are provided to establish that media reality.
  8. Attached hereto as Exhibit 1 is a true and correct copy of a photograph I took last week of the June 12, 2015 KONG16 local over-the-air broadcast television schedule as published on the Zap2it website, showing two episodes Forensic Files, entitled “Mistaken for Dead” and “Dew Diligence.”
  9. Attached hereto as Exhibit 2 is a true and correct copy of the top of the Wikipedia website on Forensic Files, describing it as a television series of 400 episodes, in production from 1996 through 2011.
  10. Attached hereto as Exhibit 3 is a true and correct copy of charts from Wikipedia showing the Forensic Files “Mistaken for Dead” episode to have originally aired July 2, 2001, and the “Dew Diligence” episode to have originally aired September 19, 2000, which has an alternative title of “Due Process.”.
  11. Attached hereto as Exhibit 4 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Mistaken for Dead” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing the title of the episode.
  12. Attached hereto as Exhibit 5 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Mistaken for Dead” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing a close-up photograph of the murder victim Ellis Henry Greene.
  13. Attached hereto as Exhibit 6 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Mistaken for Dead” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing the same victim, Ellis Henry Greene, in a crime scene photograph of his head and shoulders.
  14. Attached hereto as Exhibit 7 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Mistaken for Dead” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing the same victim, Ellis Henry Greene, in a crime scene photograph of his upper torso.
  15. Attached hereto as Exhibit 8 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Mistaken for Dead” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing the same victim, Ellis Henry Greene, in a crime scene photograph of his full body length.
  16. Attached hereto as Exhibit 9 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing the title of the episode.
  17. Attached hereto as Exhibit 10 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing the victim, Betty Wolsieffer, dead and nude from the waist down, in a medium-distance crime scene photograph.
  18. Attached hereto as Exhibit 11 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing the victim, Betty Wolsieffer, dead and nude from the waist down, in a cropped version of the same angle of crime scene photograph.
  19. Attached hereto as Exhibit 14 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing the victim, Betty Wolsieffer, dead and nude from the waist down, from her head to knee, showing dark bruising and blood on her face, neck, and shoulder, in a close-distance crime scene photograph.
  20. Attached hereto as Exhibit 15 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing the victim, Betty Wolsieffer, from her chin to waist, showing dark bruising and blood on her face, neck, and shoulder, in a close-distance crime scene photograph
  21. Attached hereto as Exhibit 16 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing the victim, Betty Wolsieffer, dead and nude from the waist down, from her head to knees, in a medium-distance crime scene video image, with the distinctive date stamp of “8 30 1986” in the lower right.
  22. Attached hereto as Exhibit 17 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing the victim Betty Wolsieffer, dead and nude from the waist down, from her upraised hand to mid-thighs, in a medium-distance crime scene video image, with the distinctive date stamp of “8 30 1986” in the lower right.
  23. Attached hereto as Exhibit 18 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing a large ladder behind a white house, in a long-distance crime scene video image, with the distinctive date stamp of “8 30 1986” in the lower right.
  24. Attached hereto as Exhibit 19 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing an image from the “re-creation” of the crime in black-and-white video, with a lack of effort to create precise details, so that the viewer can distinguish the fictional footage from genuine crime scene photos and video.
  25. The importance of the “Dew Diligence” images should be clear: the producers of Forensic Files use real crime scene photos and video, and these exhibit images as a group provide proof of their genuine nature. The images from color photographs precisely match the positions of the body and other objects as seen in the video body images with the “8 30 1986” camcorder date stamp, and that stamp is precisely the same as the more mundane image of the outside of the house. The black-and-white “re-creation” segment is produced to have a distinctly different appearance, with the torso covered in a white, not pink, article of clothing.
  26. I have seen at least 50 of these Forensic Files episodes, and I have observed that this black-and-white “re-creation” footage is a standard of practice for allowing the viewer to distinguish actual evidence from re-creation images. An elaborate effort to “fake” photos and camcorder images on this program would be entirely out-of-character, in what is a program with a serious, scientific, and consistent tone. The use of genuine crime scene and autopsy photographs of violent homicides is seen in roughly half of Forensic Files episodes, as I have observed them. “Dew Diligence” also featured at least three apparent autopsy images.
  27. Attached hereto as Exhibit 20 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing an apparent autopsy photo of the victim Betty Wolsieffer’s hand, with distended fingers.
  28. Attached hereto as Exhibit 21 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing an apparent autopsy photo of the victim Betty Wolsieffer’s hand, with curled fingers.
  29. Attached hereto as Exhibit 22 is a true and correct copy of a still image from the “Dew Diligence” Forensic Files episode aired just three days ago, showing an apparent autopsy photo of the victim Betty Wolsieffer’s closed eye, nose and mouth, in extreme close-up.
  30. Attached hereto as Exhibit 23 is a true and correct copy of a photo from the autopsy of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s head, neck and chest, with obvious neck wound, in a widely disseminated photo first published more than twenty years ago.
  31. Attached hereto as Exhibit 24 is a true and correct copy of a photo from the autopsy of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s head, in a left profile view, in a in a widely disseminated photo first published more than twenty years ago.
  32. Attached hereto as Exhibit 25 is a true and correct of a photo from the autopsy of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s head and neck, with obvious bloody head wound, in a in a widely disseminated photo first published more than twenty years ago.
  33. Attached hereto as Exhibit 26 is a true and correct copy of the cover of a publication called Marilyn & Diana: Sex, Lies and Murder! by the National Enquirer, dated as “Display until Sept. 29, 2014.” In the upper right is a claim the magazine contains “Over 150 Shocking Photos,” and in the lower left is a crime scene photo of Marilyn Monroe’s body’s nude upper torso, face down in her bed. This magazine was openly sold in retail chain stores, in fact, I obtained this copy at a Seattle Safeway.
  34. Attached hereto as Exhibit 27 is a true and correct copy of interior pages of a publication called Marilyn & Diana: Sex, Lies and Murder! by the National Enquirer, dated as “Display until Sept. 29, 2014.” These pages feature a larger version of the cover crime scene photo of Marilyn Monroe’s body’s nude upper torso, face down in her bed.
  35. Attached hereto as Exhibit 28 is a true and correct copy of interior pages of a publication called Marilyn & Diana: Sex, Lies and Murder! by the National Enquirer, dated as “Display until Sept. 29, 2014.” These pages feature a larger version of a famous autopsy photo of Marilyn Monroe’s body’s head, with a headline “Autopsy: Unexplained Bruises.”
  36. Attached hereto as Exhibit 29 is a true and correct copy of interior pages of the National Enquirer, dated as August 18, 2014. These pages feature a small version of a famous autopsy photo of Marilyn Monroe’s body’s head, and directly next to the Monroe material is a crime scene photograph of Kurt Cobain’s foot, and a paragraph describing his “deemed suspicious” death. The headline on these pages reads “Getting Away With Murder! The unexplained deaths that remain a mystery to this day.”
  37. Attached hereto as Exhibit 30 is a true and correct copy of a tee shirt featuring Kurt Cobain’s so-called suicide note with “All Sizes Available,” from a seller on eBay. Shirts featuring leaked copies of the so-called Cobain suicide note have been available in various forms since 1994, and to this date, the version that appeared on a shirt in 1994 is still the best-resolution version that has been available for serious study, especially in light of allegations of forgery.
  38. Attached hereto as Exhibit 31 is a true and correct copy of a publicity image from packaging of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, wherein it is called “The most intimate rock doc ever.” The film was released and shown on the HBO channel in May, 2015, and makes extensive use of Cobain’s personal journals, home video tapes and unpublished private audio cassettes, all provided by Cobain’s family members.
  39. .Attached hereto as Exhibit 32 is a true and correct copy of of an email to Lee from Matthew C. Jaeger of the Seattle City Attorney’s office, from March 13 of this year, 2015, providing a link to a site called Hightail for a new release of records in my Cobain records requests.
  40. Attached hereto as Exhibit 33 is a true and correct copy of a search I conducted in recent days finding four different occupants of the precise address used by the mysterious Javier Alvarado of Malibu, California, who requested SPD records on Cobain in 2013.
  41. Attached hereto as Exhibit 34 is a true and correct copy of my email to Seattle City Attorney Peter S. Holmes on July 23, 2014, entitled “Unethical Noncompliance in Public Disclosure, “ discussing Mary Perry’s claim that Cobain family members were “parties” to the suppression from release of Cobain case documents.
  42. Attached hereto as Exhibit 35 is a true and correct copy of a document titled “On the Suicide of Her Husband” from a dot-edu website. I was present at Seattle Center on April 10, 1994, when this tape was first played, and consider this a highly accurate transcript of most of Cobain’s so-called suicide note and his widow’s interspersed, sometimes vulgar commentary as she read the note.

DATED this ___ day of June, 2015, and signed in King County, Washington

Foo Fighters To Perform For 1,000 Fans Who Played “Learn to Fly”

Foo Fighters just tweeted, “Ci vediamo a presto, Cesena…. xxx Davide,” which translates to “See you soon, David.” This message seems to confirm that Foo Fighters plan to play in Cesena for the Rockin’ 1000 who performed the band’s classic “Learn to Fly” in Cesena, Italy in hopes of attracting the band to come play in their city. The video was planned for over a year, with musicians and fans of Foo Fighters from throughout Italy uniting for the epic video that is spreading like wild fire. The video was directed by Anita Rivaroli and Alberto Viavattene, and edited by Matteo Stefani. Foo Fighters responded earlier by saying, “Che bello, Cesena,” which translates to “How lovely, Cesena” or “How Nice, Cesena.”

Pearl Jam, Mad Season, GNR & Mudhoney Members Announce Iggy Pop Tribute Show

Demetrios is reporting that Mudhoney’s Mark Arm will join Mike McCready (Pearl Jam/Mad Season), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver/Mad Season), and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees/Mad Season) to pay tribute to Iggy Pop for ‘Raw Power: A Tribute To Iggy and the Stooges’ on August 23rd on the roof of Pike Place Market in Seattle. Proceeds will support Pike Place Market Foundation.

The trio of McCready, Martin, and McKagan served as the core lineup for Mad Season’s recent projects in the last couple of years, including new tracks recorded with Mark Lanegan and the January 2015 Sonic Evolution concert with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

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The Mad Season/Seattle Symphony “Sonic Evolution” Benaroya Hall LP and CD are now available for pre-order.

On January 30, 2015, surviving Mad Season members Mike McCready and Barrett Martin performed selections from the band’s repertoire at the Seattle Symphony’s Sonic Evolution concert, with conductor Ludovic Morlot and guest artists including Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell (filling in for the late Layne Staley), Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan (filling in for the late John Baker Saunders).

The Mad Season performance also included guests Jeff Angell, Kim Virant, Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains), Skerik, and Tim Dijulio. The night also included an appearances from Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard who alongside Cornell, McCready, and Cameron, performed songs as Temple Of The Dog.

This event was the result of a year-long artistic collaboration between Mike McCready and Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot. Proceeds from the album sales will benefit the Seattle Symphony and the Vitalogy Foundation.

Tracklisting
:
1. Waking The Horizon (McCready w/ Symphony)
2. Long Gone Day – Mad Season w/ Symphony
3. River Of Deceit – Mad Season w/ Symphony
4. I Don’t Know Anything – Mad Season w/ Symphony
5. Wake Up – Mad Season
6. Lifeless Dead – Mad Season
7. Above – Mad Season
8. Call Me A Dog – Temple Of The Dog
9. Reach Down – Temple Of The Dog
10. All Alone – Mad Season

Mad Season have also released a new video where Mike McCready and Barrett Martin discuss their iconic 1995 Moore Theater concert, promoting the Live at the Moore release which will coincide with the Benayora Hall release. McCready said, “I was just nervous about it. We had a big budget video thing for $50,000 or something, and as a 26 year old, I didn’t want to have any kind of responsibility, outside of playing music with these guys.”

Scott Weiland & Art of Anarchy Perform In The Dark In New Video

Scott Weiland’s band Art of Anarchy has released a new video for “Time Every Time.” Weiland is joined in Art of Anarchy by Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses on guitar, John Moyer of Disturbed & Adrenaline Mob on bass, and the Votta twins (Jon & Vince) on guitar and drums.

Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal discussed how Art of Anarchy formed during a recent interview with Alternative Nation.

“All was going great in 2011. It was May, I was prepping to produce some artists at the studio, AOA had just started recording, I really missed teaching and started giving Skype lessons, I was recording songs for the song-a-month digi- releases throughout the year (every month I’d put out a song in different formats, accompanied by mix stems so people can make their own versions, guitar transcriptions and backing tracks for guitar players…) Mark Tornillo (Accept singer) just laid vocals on a song we did together called “Catfight”, I was heading home from the studio and got rear-ended full speed by an SUV while I was stopped at a light.

Once the physical effects of that accident started kicking in, I was in pretty bad shape. By the 2nd week of June my brain would shut down and I would be semi-asleep and muttering gibberish and drooling, the only thing that stopped it was a full meal every hour. I remember us stopping a recording session when the day’s bags of food ran out in the afternoon – I was semi-coherent in the Vottas’ car as we rushed to a deli to get a few foot long sandwiches, I remember loudly moaning the word “slowly” as they pulled out of the driveway and shifted from reverse to drive, the subtle motion felt like a baseball bat to the back of the head. That condition lasted about two weeks, then I started physical therapy.

I had a real defeated attitude at first, and then something kicked in and I went into serious fight mode and for 3 days a week for a few hours, I’d tie my hair up over my head (that’s why I wore my hair like that while on tour in 2011/2012, to keep myself in physical therapy mode and break the habit of shaking my hair while playing…) There’d be heating pads, spinal decompression, ultrasound heat therapy, all kinds of low-impact motion machines and exercises, other not-so-pleasant attempted treatments… after 2 months I could speak at normal speed, could make A-or-B decisions, and was fiercely lifting the side of the gym’s treadmill a foot off the ground with rubber resistance bands pulling it toward me in sets of 20.

I couldn’t focus enough to give Skype lessons anymore, but I could at least handle engineering, and we continued Jon & Vince’s guitar & drum recording and any song arrangement editing. Man, this AOA album had its fair share of obstacles. Gotta commend Jon & Vince on their perseverance and not giving up through the tough stuff…”

New Kurt Cobain Track Featuring Falsetto Set For Release: “I’m A Bad Man”

Billboard reports that a previously unreleased Kurt Cobain demo will be added to the August 7th theatrical release of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Director Brett Morgen refused to reveal when in the film the track would appear due to fear of fans filming it with their cell phones, but he did reveal that Cobain sings in a Beach Boysesque falsetto. The song doesn’t have a name, but was likely recorded in 1991 because it appears on a tape “on which he was also working on ‘Old Age,'” which was written during the Nevermind sessions and later rewritten and recorded by Courtney Love and her band Hole.

The lyrics in the track are unclear but it sounds like Cobain sings “Wonder how I breathe” and “I’m a bad man.” There are 30 to 50 demos from 107 cassette tapes featuring 200 hours of audio that Morgen had to work with.

“Kurt played around with sound collage, particularly with panning effects,” in which the record appears to move from one speaker to another, Morgen says. “And it’s a sensory experience that really envelops you.”

Morgen did not give an update on the Kurt Cobain solo album that was previously announced to have been in the works featuring unreleased material, but this track seeing the light of day is a positive sign.

Foo Fighters Respond To 1,000 Fans Playing “Learn to Fly”

A video was released today of 1,000 musicians (the Rockin’1000) playing “Learn to Fly” by Foo Fighters to ask Dave Grohl to come and play in Cesena, Italy. In Italian, the description of the YouTube video read: “1000 musicisti suonano Learn to Fly dei Foo Fighters per chiedere a Dave Grohl di venire a suonare a Cesena.”

The video was directed by Anita Rivaroli and Alberto Viavattene, and edited by Matteo Stefani. Foo Fighters just responded on Twitter by saying, “Che bello, Cesena,” which translates to “How lovely, Cesena” or “How Nice, Cesena.”

Dave Grohl discussed rumors of Foo Fighters playing Glastonbury next year in a new interview with Q Magazine.

“All of those stories about me talking to Michael Eavis are complete bullshit. I’ve never spoken to, met, or even contacted him in my life. I sent one email to Emily and her husband, apologising for missing the event, and she invited me to come back someday, even just to camp out and watch the show for the weekend. I read all of those articles saying we confirmed for next year and just laughed. Total fucking bullshit. Of course, I’d love to come back and play Glastonbury! But don’t believe everything that you read, kids…”

Grohl also said Led Zeppelin is helping him heal his broken leg, which is what caused Foo Fighters to cancel their Glastonbury performance and several other high profile European concerts.

“It’s funny, ever since I started playing the drums my right calf muscle has been twice the size of my left from stomping the hell out of my kick drum pedal,” he told Q. “Now it looks like a sad little chicken wing.” To help bulk up, Grohl says he’s been “air drumming along to Led Zeppelin three times a day.”

Interview: Surfer Laird Hamilton Talks Eddie Vedder Friendship & Expressing Music Through Surfing

“Surfing is like art or music. The great thing is there’s no wrong way to do it. The only wrong way to do it is if you’re not having a good time.” (Laird Hamilton – Iconoclasts)

Laird Hamilton is one of the world’s greatest athletes and a big-wave surfing legend. His wife, Gabrielle Reece, considers him to be in the 1% of the 1% – in a league of his own when it comes to ability. Physically built as if he was chiseled out of stone, Hamilton solidified his place in history with his epic surf at Tahiti’s Teahupo’o break back in August of 2000, successfully riding what’s known as the “heaviest wave ever ridden.” A feat that had never been done before. Though he has an abundance of athleticism and strength, Hamilton’s most potent wave is his mind. The attitude he demonstrates is infectiously inspiring. His accomplishments of making the impossible possible are true examples of will power.

Hamilton also has a tireless work ethic. He does things his way. He credits an early age visit to Waimea Falls in Oahu with his stepfather, as one of his first examples of living life to the fullest. At Waimea, he noticed the 60 foot cliff. When his stepfather looked away, he turned and jumped. It’s a spirt Hamilton says he’s always had. To be bold and live with no regrets.

A pioneer behind tow-in surfing (using a jet ski to tow you into the wave), Hamilton proudly considers his inventions to be some of his most rewarding accomplishments. Innovative breakthroughs such the “Surrator” stand-up paddle board, the Golfboard, Total Wave Fitness and XPT pool training allow for a completely new experience within their fields.

Alternative Nation recently had the opportunity to converse with Laird Hamilton about his overall approach to life, surfing and just how much music influences his every day. Did I mention he’s also a big Pearl Jam fan?

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How important is music in your life?

Music has been an intricate part of my life since I was a little kid. My mom loved music. People ask me if I play an instrument and I say “no I surf.” People ask me if I do art and I say “no I surf.” I express my music and my art through my surfing. I always have a tune of the season. Whether I’m working out or on long endurance trips or even when I surf, I have a song in my head that I listen to on repeat that I basically have as a soundtrack. No matter what I do, it seems like music is always present.

How do you go about identifying what your song of the season is going to be?

It’s the way it moves me. It’s the rhythm or something in the music that has a symbiotic relationship to the motion. It’s like what makes a good soundtrack for a seagull flying or riding a wave? There’s a relationship between the music that you listen to and the way you perform. If you’re riding smaller waves and there are some tricks involved, it would have to be lighter and more melodic music, but if you’re on a giant wave and it’s more intense, there has to be more intensity to the music. That’s what I look for most in songs, to connect to an emotion and for it to match what’s front of me.

What is your current song of the season?

“Under the Desert Sky” by Operatica, that’s an incredible song. Then there’s a few by Stan Lee that have been ringing in my head a lot lately as well.

“Under the Desert Sky” by Operatica

You’re a big proponent for not only following your passion but also living with passion. Do you find adding an element of music to what you do enhances your passion?

Absolutely. I think there’s a science behind listening to music and its ability to strengthen your performance. Not only in the way it affects your body but the actual activity itself is changed because when you listen to music, a certain part of your brain is occupied and stimulated, which results in you using different neuropathways more than you normally would. Classical music is a good example of this. You are forced to be more efficient with the techniques that you are using to accomplish the physical act itself. So there’s a true performance enhancing aspect and I definitely feel that.

The commitment of living through your passion; sometimes the biggest challenge is deciding to dedicate yourself to your passion no matter what. Was there ever a time when you thought about going in a different direction, maybe a more common direction for the sake of just making a living and providing for your family?

At certain points, I wasn’t always able to make a living from my passion so I’d subsidize it. I used to subsidize my surfing though excavation now I subsidize my excavation with surfing. There have been many times where I’ve had to do certain types of work in order to continue to pursue it. I’m fortunate enough that I’ve had sponsorships throughout my career that help me to be able to focus on my skills. But you do have to pay bills and sometimes early on, you end up doing things that are not necessarily right in your wheelhouse.

You have always been adamant about surfing being an art form for you as opposed to a competitive sport, how did you arrive at that?

Part of it is I don’t like to be told what to do. I was never really good at that. I don’t want to be told when to go in and when to come back. I’ve always resented judgement. I think there’s confusion in it. Because surfing is an art form, how do you judge it? If it was timed or something more tangible, then maybe I could understand it. It’s an opinion of so-called experts and there’s always some kind of bias involved in that process. Just look at gymnastics. I was fortunate enough to be involved in surfing during a time where many of the surfers were artists. The competitive aspect of it was only one part, it wasn’t the entire thing. You can just be a great surfer. So the possibility of doing it that way was always available to me. There was also the fact that I watched my stepdad surf competitively. I saw what he and others in his peer group went through with the disappointment of the judgement and all the confusion. I vowed that if I ever had any choice to control that I would avoid subjecting my performance to a panel of judges. I opted more to subject my performance to an audience, which is ultimately the public, and let them decide. It all stems from my desire to not want to hurt my love of it. I wanted to make sure I didn’t ever do it in a way that would make me resent it or make me stop enjoying it. So I thought, the less rules that I had, the more opportunity I had to make it something I’d always enjoy. And I did my way, how I wanted, when I wanted, which ultimately reflects freedom.

“Isolate” by Bender from the 2001 Laird film.

When I look at people who navigate their path in their own way, the first thing that jumps out at me is the environment they are in. For example, the ocean or nature for you. I think about a pen and a pad or a computer for me and that seems incredibly boring. But then I realize the real environment is your mind. And if that’s the case, your environment is anywhere you want to be and anywhere you explore. It’s everywhere.

Absolutely. That’s it. You start to realize the discipline it takes. If you think of the ocean or the mountains, it seems like an easier environment to subject yourself too, but if you have the discipline, you can be anywhere and be in the right space if you are introspective enough. That’s not an easy thing. It’s a lot easier to subject yourself to a beautiful day in the ocean or a gorgeous day in the mountains, an environment that can do a lot of the work for you. Ultimately, it is just a state of mind no matter what. You are always alone in there too, it’s just you.

You have a concept of fear where you accept it and take it on, how do you turn fear into motivation?

You learn over time that it’s always a lot less scary than you think. You learn that by subjecting yourself to the things that you’re scared of. It’s all a willingness to confront it. For a lot of people, it could be just failure in itself. People fear failure and because of that they don’t allow themselves to experience the different things that they could. If you’re scared of something, go near it, understand it more and truly learn about it. From there, you fear it much less. Then overtime it becomes almost a formula that you subscribe to, you get in there and come to grips with it. It becomes something you embrace rather than run from. If you can tap into that as an energy source, it changes the dynamic. You then know you’ve been there before and that you can handle it, so you turn it into power.

In the film Riding Giants, after you rode that historic wave in Tahiti back in 2000, there’s footage of you still in the water sitting on your board and you have your head in your hands looking very emotional. Almost like you had just caught the winning touchdown pass in the Super Bowl. How did that moment feel?

Well the first thing was that we never knew if it was possible to ride those waves. It had never been accomplished in that way. It was like drawing or reading cartoons. I think that’s the initial reaction for all people who have that moment, remembering that beforehand, you had no idea if it was even achievable or if you would survive it. This all is unknown. It then becomes a culmination of your life’s work and your life’s dream at the same moment. So it’s a dream you’ve had since you were a little kid, you worked your entire life for it, but the whole time you were unsure if the situation even existed. If it did, would you even get to be in it? To have it all come together like that and then to have the wave, to be able get the wave, to be able to ride the wave and then to make the wave, there was an incredibly emotional impact that really the entire experience brought me. It was a whole life of dedication, training, injuries and all those things I went through to get there and pull off what I wasn’t even sure was possible.

Do you remember what you were thinking during the actual ride?

Oh yeah, I had a little internal battle going on. I was scared for sure. I remember the internal dialog, having one little guy with the horns telling me to jump off and then the other little guy with the halo telling me to stay on, I could do it. They were battling back and forth and thankfully the guy with the halo won. He was basically telling me I can’t make it if I don’t stay on. At that point I thought to myself, “I’m going to have to be knocked off of this thing for me not to nail this.” Once that argument was over it was just a matter of finishing off that ride.

One of the things I love about snowboarding is that I really can’t think about anything else other than my current ride down the mountain. Is that how it is for you with big waves?

I always say this about the act of riding; whether it’s on a wave, on a mountain, on a motocross bike or whatever it is, the act of riding really has no beginning and no end. When you start, it’s a place where you last left off and when you end, it’s a place where you will eventually start from again. It’s the purest form of being in the moment that I know of. There are no distractions and no restrictions. It’s just pure. A pure essence of being, with nothing else involved. I think of it as a form of meditation that you get addicted to, that you seek out and cherish.

In the Iconoclasts show you did with Eddie Vedder, you have an intense conversation about “Post Big-Wave Syndrome,” basically the aftermath of a big accomplishment. How do you recover and get yourself out of that?

Once you became aware of it, that’s half the battle. In the old days I would drink three bottles of red wine and run around like a wild man. (laughs) The first step in any problem is realizing that there is a problem. Then you start to execute a plan. It’s matter of taking care of yourself and paying attention to the basic things like eating well, getting good rest, getting work done and acknowledging that there’s a comedown off of it and then not indulging yourself into the depression but lifting yourself out through taking care of yourself. You have to be aware that you are fatigued and can’t work out as hard as you normally do. You also have to make a conscious effort to treat your family right because you know you are going to be edgy. After a while, you know what to expect and can see it coming so it doesn’t really have as much of an impact as it once did.

How did you and Eddie become friends?

It was through Chris Chelios, who’s a great friend of mine and one of the best American hockey players to ever play. We had a couple of other mutual connections but it was through Chris originally. He had been friends with Eddie and Eddie had the connection to Hawaii as well. Given he’s an artist and I’m an artist in my own way, we hit it off pretty well from the start. We have a friendship and common interest in a lot things.

Are you a big Pearl Jam fan?

Definitely. It’s hard not to be. I’ve used a lot of their songs during some big winters.

“Big Wave” by Pearl Jam, with Laird Hamilton rocking out

Right on. Let’s talk about some of your innovative products. First, is your XPT pool training specific to your desire to surf under water?

It actually spurs from Polynesian rock training and running on stones. It also came out of my dislike of conventional swimming. I just don’t like to swim laps, it’s too monotonous for me. So that was the premise, but then it just evolved. It’s one of the most unique trainings that we have. It’s a combination of intensity with low impact and performance enhancement training no matter what activity you use it towards. It changes your relationship with water in general and it also changes your breathing techniques. I see it mostly from watching the affect it has on other people.

You’ve also released a new type of standup board, called the “Surrator,” the Golfboard and Total Wave Fitness recently. What’s fascinating is that they all allow you to partake in their respective sports in a totally different way.

I think that’s just the result of trying to inspire and keep things interesting. I enjoy the process of evolving and having an idea, then seeing it through and making something of it. I never settle for a “well that’s the way they do it” type of attitude. My thought it is “No, that a way to do it and there will be other ways to do it.” It’s nice to have an existing infrastructure also. With golf for example, there’s a standard way to go about playing, but now here’s a new way that changes the overall experience. The same with the ocean. I have a new thing I’m working on that’s a superfood creamer for coffee. It’s still coffee but adding the creamer will change the experience. So it’s nothing new, it’s just a new application of an old idea. I try never to be too proud that I’m the one that created it, I just have a tendency to see things I think sometimes before they exist. I just like that process. The whole idea of creativity and beginning an idea on a napkin. The way I grew up, most of the things we did, we made. We had to be creative because we just didn’t have a lot. That made us have an ability to be more imaginative. I’ve always loved what Thomas Edison said, “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” That’s almost become the thing that I enjoy the most. Big wave riding, yes that’s one of the disciplines of the things I do, but I really like innovation. A big part of that comes from the fact that I get bored easily and another part comes from I don’t like accepting there’s only one way. That’s my form of rebellion within a structured society where you can’t just do or be whatever you want and have to play by the rules. In a way, maybe it’s getting that part of my personality out and ultimately making it have a positive effect.

You’ve mentioned part of the reason you pursue coming up with these things is to make people more emotionally invested in the sport so that they want to take care of its environment. What is something people can do immediately?

First of all, make yourself happy and have some fun. That’s something the world needs. Have fun doing something you love. From there, let it lead you to helping other people enjoy themselves. Through this, maybe we can maybe start to make a difference. The health of our planet lies within the health of our people. Having happy and healthier people, then our planet, by side effect alone, will be a happier and healthier place. Part of the reason our planet is so messed up is because we’re so messed up. So maybe we have it backwards. Maybe we need to fix us and then that will fix it.

From your experiences, what advice do you give people in regards to finding your passion and just going for it?

It’s an attitude. I think one of the issues that we have is that no one has a sense of accomplishment. There are so few people who feel truly accomplished in a real human way. You have to make a conscious decision that you are going to give it all you have. Then you can experience what it’s like to really give it your all. If you are always restraining, then you are never going to get that feeling. Even if you’re doing a breath holding drill in the corner of your room, if you give it your all, when you’re done you are going to feel amazing. Sometimes you’re fortunate enough to be in incredible forms of nature where you are literally forced to give your all due to the situation, you don’t have an option not to do it. That’s a powerful and lasting lesson. But that formula of having the right attitude and giving everything you have; when you implement it into something you are passionate about, you are bound for success.

Listen To Taproot Song Layne Staley Was Set To Sing On In 2002

Late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley had agreed to perform vocals on a track for Taproot’s 2002 album Welcome just a week or so before his death after hearing demos. Layne was actually set to record his vocals in Seattle at Robert Lang Studios in April 2002 with Alice In Chains producer Toby Wright, but Layne tragically passed away before he could record his vocals. According to David de Sola’s new book Alice In Chains: The Untold Story, the track that Staley was set to record vocals on was tentatively titled “Spacey.”

The track was later performed live as an instrumental, with the YouTube description from the band saying: “This is a song we wrote when we were working on Welcome. It’s called Kevin Spacey, which is just a working title that we kept. Stephen never got around to putting vocals on it, but it made for a pretty cool instrumental song and we played it live a few times. It’s possible this may end up on a future release…”

You can watch live video below of the song that made Layne Staley decide to return to music!

Dave Grohl Wants To Form Band With His Kids: ‘We’ll Be The Next Haim’

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recently told Q Magazine that he wants to form a band with his children.

“My bucket list is so short these days, I call it my ‘f**kit’ list. You know who I look forward to jamming with the most? My kids. I can only hope that I have my own little Haim to jam with someday. Though I’m probably the last person they’d want to be their drummer!” he grinned to Q magazine, referring to the sister trio band made up of Este, Danielle and Alana.

Grohl also discussed his throne he is using at Foo Fighters shows.

“Knowing that I wouldn’t be up and racing around a stage for a while, I figured the only way to keep going was to sit with my leg elevated,” he reasoned. “But nobody wants to see a dude on a f**king stool screaming his balls off every night, so I drew this hilariously amateur picture of a chair with lights, lasers and guitar necks shooting out of it and sent it to my lighting designer, Dan Hadley.”

Comedy Central Show Compares Scott Weiland To Vomiting Monkey

On Comedy Central’s @midnight last night, the show mocked former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. When host Chris Hardwick displayed a photo of a monkey throwing up on the screen, comedian Brendon Walsh responded to the photo with, “What’s Scott Weiland been up to?”

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Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts recently canceled their European tour, outside of one date. See the statement below.

“We regret to announce at this time that Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts will not be able to perform the upcoming UK and European dates tour dates scheduled for September/October 2015 with the exception of the show in London at The Garage on Sept 03rd which will stay in place. Scott and the band, along with management want the fans to know that this decision was not made lightly, but as it stood, the tour dates had far too many administration and production issues to overcome, and ultimately the fan experience would have been far below what Scott feels his loyal fans deserve. Again, we apologize to our fans and appreciate their understanding in this matter.”

Smashing Pumpkins Fans Rush Stage: ‘The Next Person Is Getting A Guitar Upside The Head’

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Security seemed to be less than tight last night at the PNC Bank Arts Center last night at the “End Times” tour date with the Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson in Holmdel, New Jersey, with a number of fans rushing the stage, Alternative Nation can exclusively report.

A benign fan somehow accessed the main stage and danced along besides Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan during “Disarm”, much to his amusement, who was then promptly pulled away stage right by security.

Another fan rushed the stage during “1979”, running towards Corgan before getting demolished and dragged away by security. The Pumpkins frontman later exclaimed, “I don’t know how those people are getting on stage but the next person that does is getting a guitar upside the head!” Ironically, the song he played immediately after this statement was “Run2Me”.

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Check out fans running on stage during “1979” and a brief snippet of “Disarm” below. Thanks to @JayPorks for one of the “1979” videos.

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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Confirms He Recorded With Velvet Revolver

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recently told Loudwire that he recorded nine or ten songs with Velvet Revolver.

“I think it was ten [songs that I recorded with Velvet Revolver]… I think it was… It’s either nine or ten,” Taylor said (see video below). “There was a handful that we wrote, and then there was a handful that I kind of rearranged a little bit based on music that they already had. So it wasn’t music that we kind of wrote together. I mean, there were, like, three… I think there was three songs that we wrote together, which were actually pretty sweet. And then the rest of it was me writing to music that they already had that I thought was pretty cool.”

He continued: “Yeah, the world will probably never hear ’em, which is fine, because, I mean, I would want another crack at kind of working on some of that stuff anyway. But that will never happen, so it’s…. You know, it’s all good.”

New Details On Layne Staley Romance During Reclusive Years & Early Band

Last week we had an exclusive feature on late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley considering joining Audioslave in 2001, with Layne’s friend Morgen Gallagher telling the story. In this new Alternative Nation feature, Gallagher discusses living with Layne, and shares a story about Layne Staley’s romantic life in his later years.

“I met Layne in the summer of 1986 at a house party in Issaquah, and we hit it off immediately. I think it was around august that I ended up moving in with him and Mike Mitchelll, the then the bass player for Layne’s band Sleze. Layne had the closet, Mike had the dining room, and I had the couch/living room. It was a falling apart house in the University District of Seattle on 7th, which they had divided it into student apartments. Me and Layne would get drunk and race big wheels on the I5 express way off ramp back to our house.

I lived there with Layne about 3 or 4 months I think. They were getting ready to shoot a movie “Father Rock,” it was being done by a local director Thadius Bird (I think). Layne and Mike were getting on each others nerves more and more, so Layne asked me to join the band and take Mike’s place in the movie. So we moved out of Mike’s place and into Maryanne Confiff’s even smaller studio apartment for about 6 months, then finally into the Music Bank for about 2 or 3 months. I was then fired and Jonny Bacolas took my space.”

Gallagher did not see Staley as frequently after Alice In Chains hit it big, and the times he saw him were even rarer after Layne’s on again off again girlfriend Demri Parrot passed away in 1996. “He was busy then became very reclusive after Demri died and his addiction kicked into overdrive.” While Staley did become more reclusive, he did still see him a few times in the late 90’s when Layne began dating a mutual friend.

“I think 3 or 4 times, not a lot, but he started dating another friend, so our paths crossed a couple of times.” Gallagher added that Staley and the unnamed girlfriend wanted to keep it quiet.

The last time Gallagher saw Staley was in January 2001 at a Super Bowl party, when Staley said he was considering auditioning for the band that would later become Audioslave, featuring former members of Rage Against The Machine.

That was the last time Gallagher saw his old friend, who tragically passed away in April 2002. “He was a good friend, and a talented motherfucker. I miss him. He was taken way too soon.”

Dave Grohl Calls Foo Fighters Glastonbury Rumor “Complete F***ing Bull***t”

Dave Grohl discussed rumors of Foo Fighters playing Glastonbury next year in a new interview with Q Magazine.

“All of those stories about me talking to Michael Eavis are complete bullshit. I’ve never spoken to, met, or even contacted him in my life. I sent one email to Emily and her husband, apologising for missing the event, and she invited me to come back someday, even just to camp out and watch the show for the weekend. I read all of those articles saying we confirmed for next year and just laughed. Total fucking bullshit. Of course, I’d love to come back and play Glastonbury! But don’t believe everything that you read, kids…”

Grohl also said Led Zeppelin is helping him heal his broken leg, which is what caused Foo Fighters to cancel their Glastonbury performance and several other high profile European concerts.

“It’s funny, ever since I started playing the drums my right calf muscle has been twice the size of my left from stomping the hell out of my kick drum pedal,” he told Q. “Now it looks like a sad little chicken wing.” To help bulk up, Grohl says he’s been “air drumming along to Led Zeppelin three times a day.”

Billy Corgan Talks Disneyland Behavior Criticism: ‘What The F*** Do You Want From Me?’

A photo of Billy Corgan on a ride at Disneyland from July 8th went viral a few days ago with many sites mocking The Smashing Pumpkins legend, and while we post a lot of stupid stuff on Alternative Nation, this one was dumb enough that even we decided against covering it. This changed though when Alternative Nation was checking out a July 13th Billy Corgan VIP Q&A where he discussed the Disneyland visit (prior to the photo actually going viral) and a fan criticizing his behavior. So rather than the hipster snark seen on other sites re-posting the photo, here is Corgan’s account of his Disneyland visit and fan criticism:

“I literally had somebody say to me the other day, I think it was at Disneyland: ‘Hey, you don’t seem that into this.’ I was like, ‘I’m at fucking Disneyland. I just want to hang out at Disneyland. I’m not here to do a meet and greet, I’m here to be at Disneyland.’ You know what I’m saying? But it’s almost like, ‘Well you’re here, and I’m here, and because I’m on my vacation, your vacation, you’re part of my vacation.’ It’s like, I’m not working, and I wasn’t being unpleasant, I wasn’t being rude. I was taking pictures with people, I took a picture with every person that asked. But then it gets into, what’s in your head? Like, you’re not smiling enough, or you don’t seem to be enjoying – and I’m like, what the fuck do you want from me?

That’s when it gets like, are you paying me? On whose dime are we on here? Because we have so much celebrity culture that is servile, ‘I’ll say whatever you want. I’ll make sure I take just the right selfie so I look better than I really look.’ I don’t want any part in that, that’s not interesting. So if that means one person has to walk away and go, ‘He’s doesn’t seem like he’s in a good mood,’ and they never go to a show again, I mean, they’re not really a fan, so that’s just the way it goes.”

Corgan also tweeted about the visit earlier this month.

Interview: Slayer Drummer Talks Jeff Hanneman’s Loss ‘Not Being Easy To Deal With’

On July 21st 2015, Rockstar’s Mayhem Festival came to Holmdel, New Jersey. The fest had several big names, though the highlights were Jungle Rot, King Diamond and Slayer.

Jungle Rot put on a crushing death metal performance and got the pit going. Their setlist only contained six songs, but they made the most of their short set.

King Diamond was the most hyped act of the year and had the biggest crowd of any band that day. The theatrical set mostly consisted of songs from King’s classic albums. It got even better halfway through when he covered the Mercyful Fate classics “Evil” and “Come to the Sabbath” with Slayer’s Kerry King on guitar. The set then ended with three songs from King’s most popular album, Abigail. 

However, the final band of the night was none other than Slayer. Slayer started their set with several of their 2000’s songs including the three singles from their upcoming album Repentless. The second half of the set was all older songs including the popular tracks “Raining Blood”,”South Of Heaven”,”Hell Awaits” and “Angel of Death” as well as deep cuts like “Chemical Warfare”, and “Ghosts of War”. The band’s energy was great and the sound was spot on.

During the fest, Alternative Nation was able to catch drummer Paul Bostaph for an in person interview. We discussed the band’s upcoming album as well other topics related to his body of work.

Tell us a little about your upcoming album Repentless.

We all have different opinions on the album since we are all different people. It’s the first album we have done without Jeff as well as the first album I’ve been on since God Hates Us All in 2001. The whole time I was in the studio, Jeff was on my mind. He was a big part of the band and I feel I lost a friend. We still haven’t let things settle… that type of thing is not easy to deal with.

I noticed the three singles released for far,”Repentless”, “As Stillness Comes” and “Implode” are pretty different. Which one would you say represents the new album the most?

I wouldn’t say that one any of those songs represent the whole record at all. The different between the three represents diversity in the record. Each song on this record will have a different intensity. Some songs are darker then others. The three songs released show that it will not be the same thing on every track.

I see Mayhem Fest is going well so far…

Mayhem Fest is awesome! Unfortunately, I have not been able to see any of the bands on the second stage. The second stage is normally not very close to the main stage and we usually get here too late to catch those bands. I really enjoy sharing the stage with King Diamond. I’m a huge Mercyful Fate fan and love his solo stuff as well.

Your set list for this tour starts off with mostly newer tracks, then goes into an all old school block. 

Kerry normally puts our set lists together so you go him to thank for that. You also have to put into consideration that we have a new album coming out and have new songs we want to share with the fans. Also, when we tour, we can’t play the same songs all the time. We love adding songs people won’t expect to the set, but sadly we also have to sacrifice popular ones to do this. We will not be playing “Seasons In The Abyss” on this tour. That’s a song we love to play and I know people would want to hear it, but in its place we are playing “Ghosts of War” to change things up.

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On the negative reception of Diabolus in Musica: I don’t agree. I love that album. They are a lot of great songs on that record. “Bitter Peace” is one of my favorite songs that Slayer has done. They are a bunch of things we did different on that record, but I feel its a good record.

On drumming for Slayer, Exodus, Forbidden and Testament: I never though I’d be playing drums in four different bands. To say this is a childhood dream come true to play for any one band I was a fan of… I’d say yes.

On the Judgement Night soundtrack: The big idea behind this movie’s soundtrack was to put metal bands together with rap artists. Playing with Ice-T was a lot of fun. He came in very intense. I loved it! It was my first time playing with Slayer, my first time working with Rick Rubin, and Ice-T was involved. It was a blast!

Scott Weiland Cancels European Tour Dates

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts have canceled their European tour, outside of one date. See the statement below.

“We regret to announce at this time that Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts will not be able to perform the upcoming UK and European dates tour dates scheduled for September/October 2015 with the exception of the show in London at The Garage on Sept 03rd which will stay in place. Scott and the band, along with management want the fans to know that this decision was not made lightly, but as it stood, the tour dates had far too many administration and production issues to overcome, and ultimately the fan experience would have been far below what Scott feels his loyal fans deserve. Again, we apologize to our fans and appreciate their understanding in this matter.”

Billy Corgan Was Surprised By Reaction To Eddie Vedder’s Political Views

During a recent VIP fan Q&A for The Smashing Pumpkins’ In Plainsong tour, Billy Corgan discussed Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen taking part in the Vote for Change tour in 2004. The tour was held in swing states and was designed to encourage people to register and vote. Though the tour and the organization were officially non-partisan, many of the performers urged people to vote against then President George W. Bush and for John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election campaign.

“Springsteen was on it, Eddie Vedder was on it, does anyone remember what I’m talking about? It was about 2004.”

“I saw something in the Chicago-Sun Times, where they had printed letters in response to the review of the show.”

He added, “Jim [DeRogatis] wrote a review of the show, and in the [review] he printed some of the things that they were saying. I was very surprised by the letters that I was reading that they printed. They obviously got so much mail, or e-mail, that they decided to do a two page spread of people’s letters. There was a lot of stuff, and a lot of the comments were, and I’m paraphrasing, were: ‘Artists should just entertain, and shut the fuck up.’ I’m a 60’s baby right, I grew up Neil Young ‘Four Dead In Ohio,’ ‘For What It’s Worth,’ songs that defined, and still define, a particular era.”

“So when I ran into Jim, I said I was really surprised by that, that there was so much antipathy towards the artists for speaking up for something that they believe in. He said it was the most mail he had ever received on anything he had ever done. I said, ‘What was the ratio of for and against?’ Because generally speaking, Chicago tends to lean liberal, Democratic president, mayors. Pretty obvious with the culture there, blue state. He said 3 to 1, 75% of what he got was ‘shut the fuck up, just be entertainers.’ At the time I was like, wow, that’s really weird. So when I look now, 10 or 11 years later, you can see it’s a general thing now: ‘Shut the fuck up.’ The defining point I’m trying to make is: what is an artist for?”

Corgan recently told Fox News that he is a libertarian. Corgan then talked about the idea of artists being viewed as more of an entertainer due to the desires of the crowd. “But you have to look at the general culture which drives the bigger conversation, which is most of the people that walk through these doors, they’re greatest hits. To them, [The Smashing Pumpkins] is no more important, or no less important, than 7 or 8 other 90’s bands. And you’d be surprised at the bands that you think you’re on the same level as. I’m not talking about the big ones, I’m talking about ones where you go: ‘Really?’ Because to them, it’s the soundtrack of their life stuff.”