10 Pearl Jam Songs To Keep Cubs’ World Series Hopes Alive

With today marking ‘Back to the Future Day,’ the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to the future in the 1989 film Back to the Future II, there is one prediction made about the future in that film that is in jeopardy. The film predicted that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series, but with the Cubbies now down 3-0 in the NLCS, they will need a miracle to pull off an impossible comeback series win.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder had been somewhat of an unofficial Cubs mascot during their playoff run, celebrating huge victories with the team, and even singing with them! Below are 10 songs that the Cubs should listen to to help them pull through and beat the New York Mets, especially heading into a do or die game tonight.

10. Rearviewmirror

9. Alive

8. Not For You

7. The Fixer

6. Leash

5. Given To Fly

4. Rival

3. Hold On

2. Why Go

1. All the Way

It’s technically an Eddie Vedder song, but we can’t leave it off this list!

Chris Cornell Does Hilarious Dan Rather Impression

At Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s recent show at The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD, Cornell told a funny story about seeing legendary CBS reporter on a train.

“On the train, Dan Rather was on the train today. There he was, Dan Rather. I heard him before I saw him, because he was talking on the phone. He’s in his 80’s, so he’s at that age where he talks on the phone you talk (does voice) ‘really loud.’ ‘I’m sure that you can’t hear me!'”

Setlist:
Before We Disappear
Can’t Change Me
Moonchild
The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan cover) (rewritten version called “The Times Are A-Changin’ Back”)
As Hope & Promise Fade
Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
Fell on Black Days (Soundgarden song)
Thank You (Led Zeppelin cover)
You Know My Name
River of Deceit (Mad Season cover)
Sweet Euphoria
Doesn’t Remind Me (Audioslave song)
Blow Up the Outside World (Soundgarden song)
Let Your Eyes Wander
Call Me a Dog (Temple of the Dog song)
To Love Somebody (Bee Gees cover)
Sunshower
Worried Moon
Rusty Cage (Soundgarden song)
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden song)
Like a Stone (Audioslave song)
Ave Maria (Franz Schubert cover)
Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince cover)
Wooden Jesus (Temple of the Dog song)

Encore:
Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog song)
Josephine
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson cover)
Higher Truth

Chris Cornell Performs “Redemption Song” With His Daughter

Photo credit: @Suziemay212 on Twitter

Chris Cornell covered Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” with his 11-year old daughter Toni in New York at the Beacon Theater last night. Watch video, see photos, and read the setlist below!

Setlist:
Misery Chain
Before We Disappear
Can’t Change Me
Cleaning My Gun
Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
Fell on Black Days (Soundgarden song)
Redemption Song (Bob Marley & The Wailers cover)
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Temple of the Dog song)
River of Deceit (Mad Season cover)
Wide Awake (Audioslave song)
Doesn’t Remind Me (Audioslave song)
Sweet Euphoria
Blow Up the Outside World (Soundgarden song)
Let Your Eyes Wander
One (U2 cover) (with Metallica’s “One” lyrics)
Seasons
The Day I Tried to Live (Soundgarden song)
When I’m Down
Worried Moon
Rusty Cage (Soundgarden song)
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden song)
Like a Stone (Audioslave song)
Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog song)
A Day in the Life (The Beatles cover)
Like Suicide (Soundgarden song)
Higher Truth

Pearl Jam & Mudhoney Collaboration Green River Announce Unreleased Demos Album

Green River, the band featuring future Pearl Jam and Mudhoney members who helped kickstart the Seattle Grunge scene, will be releasing a new LP featuring 1984 demos. Steve Turner announced it during a PressureDrop.TV live stream, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“When Green River ended, I wanted [Mark] to play guitar, 1. because he’s a rad guitar player. The earliest Green River demos are finally coming out, where Mark actually plays guitar on a couple of tunes.”

Mark added, “Only one.”

Steve said, “Well it’s awesome anyway. And 2. I didn’t want him climbing all over the stacks.”

Green River featured Mark Arm (vocals), Steve Turner (guitar), Alex Vincent (drums), Jeff Ament (bass), Stone Gossard (bass), and Bruce Fairweather (guitar), with the band’s original run lasting from 1984 to 1988. Turner left the band in 1985 and was replaced by Bruce Fairweather.

Foo Fighters Perform With RATT Drummer

Foo Fighters performed Queen’s classic “Tie Your Mother Down” at Love Ride 32 in Castaic Lake, California on October 18, 2015. It was the last United States date for the Foo Fighters’ Break A Leg Tour. Taylor Hawkins was on lead vocals and Bobby Blotzer from Ratt played drums.

Setlist:
Learn to Fly
Stay With Me (The Faces cover)
The Pretender
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (Van Halen cover)
This Is a Call
In the Flesh (Pink Floyd cover)
Times Like These
Tie Your Mother Down (Queen cover)
All My Life
Let There Be Rock (AC/DC cover)
My Hero
Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
Best of You
Under Pressure (Queen cover)
Walk
Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover)
Everlong

Noel Gallagher Wants Sons To Form Next Oasis

When asked if he would advise the brothers against starting a band together, Noel Gallagher recently said he would be thrilled if they did, and he wouldn’t have an issue with it at all: ”No because we were f***ing great. You know what I mean. I don’t know if you heard but we sold like 70 million f***ing albums. It (Oasis) was great but these things can’t go on forever can they.”

Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the Q Awards at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on Monday, he explained: ”The funny thing is that because I was never taught I can’t teach anyone because I just kind of magicked it up. So my lad has got a drum kit in his bedroom and a guitar, I don’t know what he’s trying to do f***ing at both of them at the same time or something. He’s also left-handed which is slightly annoying.

“My theory is that if we have musical instruments lying around the house then they will just pick them up. I don’t say guitar lessons today from three until quarter past. If they do it they do it and if they don’t they don’t.”

While Noel wants his children to follow in his footsteps, he admitted they don’t listen to his music.

He said: “They’re not listening to me that’s for sure. They listen to a lot of hip hop which is lightly annoying. They listen to what they’re mum listens to and she’s kind of urban as well. Hip hop hasn’t grown on me, to be honest.”

“My teenage daughter is f***ing cooler than anybody in that room today for sure. I don’t have any problems with her at the minute. The two lads they’ll be what teenagers in 10 years who knows where we’ll all be in 10 years.”

While Gallagher loves his children, he doesn’t want any more right now. “F**k no way! No, no, no. We’re getting a dog soon that’s enough.”

Dave Grohl: ‘I’ve Been Walking For Months, It’s A Conspiracy’

Foo Fighters played the final arena show of the Sonic Highways tour in Anaheim on Saturday night at the Honda Center. Grohl joked about a conspiracy theory about him faking his broken leg that he first talked about a few months ago, adding a new spin to it, that he just wants to sit down while performing live!

“I don’t usually sit in this ridiculously awesome fucking throne. But, tonight, I have to, not for any other reason than it is just totally fucking the most radical thing ever. I’ve been walking for months, I just like this fucking throne. It was all a big conspiracy, I just wanted to sit down.”

He jokingly added, “Ow, my leg, ow it hurts so bad.”

Grohl also had some fun with a drunk fan. “You’ve got to pace yourself, okay. You look a little fucked up right now. You look a tiny bit fucked up. Let me tell you, I’m here for you. I’m going to walk you through this shit, just don’t fucking barf. I’ve got you, I’m your party police tonight. Now that I know where you’re standing, I’ll be fucking looking for you. If you’re not there in 20 minutes, I’ll know you’re throwing up in the bathroom throwing up or some shit.” He added, “Hold it in.”

Setlist:
Everlong
Monkey Wrench
Learn to Fly
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Big Me (slow version, dedicated to the Foo Fighters road crew)
Congregation
Walk
Eruption / You Really Got Me / Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love / Keyboard Solo / Tom Sawyer / Another One Bites the Dust / MTV Theme Song / Day O (snippets during band introductions)
Cold Day in the Sun
My Hero
Breakout
Arlandria
What Did I Do?/God as My Witness (with Gary Clark, Jr.)
All My Life
Times Like These
These Days
This Is a Call
In the Flesh? (Pink Floyd cover)
Best of You

Eddie Vedder Influenced Cubs Management Change

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was interviewed on ESPN Chicago last week and discussed his passion for the Chicago Cubs. He also revealed that he had conversations with Theo Epstein as he was contemplating leaving the Boston Red Sox to become President of the Cubs. Read Alternative Nation’s transcription below.

“I’ll be honest about it, the first afternoon we had the conversation, the conversation was really based on family. He just had the one young boy Jack at the time, we really just talked about family. He had talked about longevity in our group, and how you keep things together, and are there changes that take place, because he was looking at either staying in Boston another 10 years, there wasn’t a chance for him to wait a year or two, this opportunity would be gone. So we had a really great conversation based on family, home, and roots. I was pretty proud of myself that I didn’t let my desire of the Cubs to be a winning team to monopolize the conversation.

But the next morning I woke up thinking (laughs), what did I do? Immediately, I texted him, and said: ‘Can we have another call? I need to talk to you again.’ Then we talked about what it would mean for the Cubs to be able to win, that there’s no bigger rocket fuel after what he experienced in Boston. He wasn’t going to find that anywhere else. I mean, San Diego would be a great place to live and be part of a team, and they’ve got good fans and they’ve got surf, and sunshine, but there was something about what could happen in Chicago.

It was hard, because he knew it was going to take some time, and I think the hardest thing for him was knowing that it was going to be okay, but for all the fans out there they had to put a lot of trust in him and Tom [Ricketts], and their teams, and the team they were putting on the field. Then when they got Joe [Maddon] this year, I think that was probably the biggest part. But watching him go through that, and then seeing where they are now, it makes it all more fulfilling.”

Courtney Love Was Asked To Appear In Kurt Cobain Murder Conspiracy Film

Soaked in Bleach director Benjamin Statler recently told TheMusic.com.au that he asked Courtney Love to appear in his Kurt Cobain murder conspiracy docudrama.

When asked whether there was anyone Statler contacted that he would’ve liked to feature in Soaked In Bleak, but who refused, he laughingly admits, “Courtney Love… I invited her. She didn’t respond, actually. Well, she didn’t respond until her attorney sent me cease and desist letters in 2014 after I released the first trailer.” When Soaked In Bleach was being released, Love also sent cease and desist letters to the distributors and then “to every theatre that showed the movie”. “So I haven’t heard anything since and there was never follow-up on any of those threats,” Statler continues. “And same with the previous 20 years… From the time he first went public, anybody that gave Tom a platform — a radio show et cetera — every time that platform would get threatened by her cadre of attorneys, but never once did they follow through. And he promised them that they won’t, because he knows that they know that if they follow through and sue something that Tom Grant is party to he gets to put Courtney on the stand to post her in court. And that’s just as powerful as reopening the case. And that’s why he wants her to sue him.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante Fake Album Pranks Fans

UPDATE: The quote from John Frusciante was also fabricated by RHCPTV5, meaning they are solely responsible for the prank, not Frusciante.

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante appeared to have a new album called Ghosts over the weekend, with a tracklist ‘leaking’ online.

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New songs then also ‘leaked,’ with a copyright notice even being sent to the person who uploaded one of the songs.

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Frusciante then released a statement:

“It all came about recently. I have this group of friends that share music and love and cat stories, late one night a good friend of mine and a fellow traveller of the 4th dimension came to me with this song he made, it was originally called Things That Go Bump In The Night.. It was a recording that he made overnight while he slept. He captured noises from the spirit world and added some sounds of his own. That song is called Pareidolia. Pareidolia is a phenomenon whereby one can perceive to see or hear something that’s not there, hidden messages if you will. This particularly applies to my favorite track from the record; St. Nuc. I decided to experiment, could I release a song by a guy nobody knows of, and simply attach my name to it, and cause a stir. Well, yeah apparently. There are no ghosts. I mean there is no ghosts. It was all down to Asa C-H.”

Uhhhm, sorry. -JF

Watch Billy Corgan, Roger Waters & Tom Morello Perform Pink Floyd Hits

Billy Corgan, Roger Waters, Tom Morello and others performed Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” at the D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington DC on Friday. Corgan also joined Waters for “Brain Damage” and “Wish You Were Here.” Morello also joined them for “Forever Young.” See video and the setlist below!




Set 1:
When the Tigers Broke Free (Pink Floyd song – Tim Donley vocals)
Wide River to Cross (Buddy Miller cover – Tim Donley vocals)
Mother (Pink Floyd song with Pigs On The Wing teasing)
Lean On Me (Bill Withers cover – J.W. Cortés vocals)
A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke cover – J.W. Cortés vocals)
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd song with Tom Morello & Tim Donley vocals)
Money (Pink Floyd song with Tom Morello & Greg Galeazzi vocals)
The Ghost of Tom Joad (Bruce Springsteen cover with Tom Morello)

Set 2:
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd song with Billy Corgan)
Brain Damage (Pink Floyd song with Billy Corgan)
Eclipse (Pink Floyd song with Billy Corgan)
Crystal Clear Brooks
Goodbye Blue Sky (Pink Floyd song)
Blowin’ in the Wind (Bob Dylan cover with Sheryl Crow and Tim Donley vocals)
Is There Anybody Out There? (Pink Floyd song)
Nobody Home (Pink Floyd song)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover – Tim Donley vocals)
Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (Pink Floyd song)

Encore:
Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd song with Billy Corgan, Roger and Tim Donley vocals)
Forever Young (Cover with Billy Corgan and Tom Morrello vocals)

Note: Music Heals, a benefit concert in aid of MusiCorps With Billy Corgan, Tom Morello, & G.E. Smith and featuring the MusiCorps Band

Morrissey Announces New US Tour Dates

Morrissey, who announced he would stop touring in the United Kingdom because he feels he cannot gain support from any British label, has announced a small series of US tour dates this winter, according to true-to-you.  The most recent support from any label Morrissey has received was from Atom Factory Records, who released “Kiss Me a Lot” as an online single on March 26th, 2015. Morrissey was dropped from Harvest Records shortly after the release of his newest album World Peace Is None of Your Business. The tour dates are featured below:

December 29th – San Francisco – The Masonic
December 31th – Los Angeles – Galen Center at USC
January 2nd- Las Vegas – The Joint

No further details, like ticket prices or availability, have been released at this time. These tour dates may foreshadow further US tour dates. Morrissey just finished a series of tour dates through eastern Europe with his band. Starting November 7th, he will start a small tour of South America. When we interviewed him this summer, I had the chance to ask several questions, one in which he recounted his last stay in Peru:

“With your motif of much loved cities throughout your songwriting career, like Los Angeles, Rome and now Istanbul, is there a new city on this lonely planet that you might just fall in love with? A new place to rouse a muse?

​I’m pulled towards Poland, but I don’t know enough to sing about it as yet. I’m also always excited to be in South America, even though the last visit to Peru gave me food poisoning and I officially died for nine minutes. That was fun.​”

Hopefully, Morrissey’s next stay in Peru, as Peru is his the last locale of his South American tour on December 19th, he will have a better and safer time.

Review: New Kurt Cobain Album Has Raw Hits

Edited by Brett Buchanan

I had the privilege of receiving and reviewing an advance copy of the upcoming Kurt Cobain album Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings album for Alternative Nation. It’s basic, low-fi, and stripped down to the bare bones. It’s raw! The album jumps straight into Cobain’s psyche. From the opening strumming and mumbles on “The Yodel Song,” to the ever-angelic, elongated, work-in-progress take of “Do Re Mi,” the album is a trip inside of Cobain’s creative process.  It even features a track that easily could have been a Nirvana pop hit.

Sound collage experiments like “Montage of Kurt I” & II,” “Kurt’s Audio Collage,” “Scream,” and “Kurt’s Ambiance” provide a sonic representation of what was written in Cobain’s journals. This is where noise rock experimental influences like William S. Burroughs (Kurt had read Naked Lunch after getting it in a bookstall in London while on tour), Sonic Youth, and Scratch Acid are evident.

The spoken-word comedy bits like the satirical advertisement for the “Capitol Lake Jam Commercial,” “Rhesus Monkey,” “Sea Monkeys,” “Underground Celebritism,” as well as “Aberdeen,” and “Beans” show the foray of Kurt’s genius at work, merging music with comedy.

Instrumental pieces like “Reverb Experiment,” with its intense feedback, sounds like an end-type jam at a Nirvana gig, as well as a homage to the Melvins. “Retreat,” “Letters To Frances,” and “The Happy Guitar” show off other styles of guitar playing that Kurt didn’t show off in live performances with his band Nirvana. This is a new kind of Kurt Cobain, as you’ve never heard him before.

The album also features acoustic demos of 5 songs, that would later be released on subsequent Nirvana albums, both live, and in the studio (“Been A Son,” “Scoff,” “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle,” “Sappy,” “Something In the Way”).

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck Super Deluxe Edition and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings both include the highly anticipated soundtrack, an aural complement to the documentary in both concept and experience. Comprised from various early and raw cassette recordings made by Kurt alone, the soundtrack allows a rare, unfiltered glimpse into Cobain’s creative progression.

Track by Track

“The Yodel Song” – Starts off with a bit of mumbling, and then a chord progression, with mumbles/yodeling over the top. Recorded circa 1986 – 1988.

“Been A Son (Early Demo)”– Acoustic demo, with alternate lyrics, where Cobain first performs the song on guitar, and then performs the bass part.

“What More Can I Say?”– An acoustic/electric song, that was added in the limited theatrical re-release of the film in August 2015. Clocking in at 3 minutes, it’s a very formulaic song, and would’ve easily fit within the Nirvana repertoire in 1993/1994.

“1988 Capitol Lake Jam Commercial” – Cobain’s satirical and comedic take on the then-upcoming Capitol Lake Jam, using a multitude of voices. One was heard in “Beans” (the With The Lights Out Version), as well as another deeper voice.

“The Happy Guitar” is an instrumental that sounds like a theme from a 60’s television series set in Hawaii. This was first released on the Outcesticide bootleg series in 1994, under the title “Black and White Blues” (made by Bootleggers) albeit in inferior quality.

“Montage Of Kurt I” –  Vocal experimentation featuring Kurt satirically talking about, among other things: Bong water, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and other weird vocal abnormalities. It ends with weird squeaks from baby toys and guitar/pedal feedback.

“Beans” – From a recording in 1987/1988. Cobain uses his “chipmunk” voice again, as also featured within the 1988 Capitol Lake Jam track, as well as others.  First released on the Outcesticide III: The Final Solution bootleg, albeit in inferior quality. Released again in 2004, on With The Lights Out. This is a sonic upgrade, and could be an alternate take/mix of the “song.”

“Burn The Rain” – Speculated to be recorded somewhere from 1987 – 1988, as evidenced on the tape that: “she’s not home right now” part in the Montage Of Heck film, where this comes from. At this time, Kurt was dating Tracy Marander.

“Clean Up Before She Comes (Early Demo)” – An earlier take of the song, than the one released on With The Lights Out. From c. 1987/1988 based on research provided by www.LiveNirvana.com.

“Reverb Experiment” – An instrumental piece of guitar feedback/distortion, with an over-use of the Polychorus reverb effects pedal. It sounds like an ode to both his contemporaries (The Melvins and Butthole Surfers) as well as a homage to The Grateful Dead’s long exploratory “Space” segments of their later shows.

“Montage Of Kurt II” – Another spoken audio collage of everything from bong water, to pieces from what we knew as “Beans” (those voices were first heard in “Beans” (With the Lights Out,2004) although this is an extended version of said “skit.”

“Rehash” sounds like Henry Rollins era Black Flag thrash-style with a heavy guitar riff and heavy screams, while the chorus (Rehash, Rehash) doesn’t sound at all like Cobain’s regular vocals. It’s clearly an in-development idea, as Cobain recites where he wants the solo, by orally saying:  “Solo” as he plays the riff, over and over again.

“You Can’t Change Me/Burn My Britches/Something In The Way (Early Demo)” – A 3-song segue, which Brett Morgen has described as a “Punk Opera.” It really is an epic, in every sense of the word. From the start of the verse of “You Can’t Change Me,” sounding very thrashesque, and then segueing into the grungy “Burn My Britches.” The segue then softly decrescendos to a slow, but heavy, version of “Something In The Way” (akin to the BBC version mixed with the Boombox Rehearsal version, if both didn’t have drums. (both versions were released on Nevermind 20th). This version of “Something in The Way,” sounds as if Cobain is close to tears (like the Boombox’s final verse/chorus segment).

“Scoff (Early Demo)” – A Quick run-through of what seems to be the first ever recording of the song, released later on, on the album “Bleach

“Aberdeen” is the story of Cobain rehearsing his narrative of story-telling; a story about having sexual intercourse with a mentally disabled girl in his early teens. This has been disproven as being a true story by Buzz Osbourne, Kurt’s close friend and mentor in his early days of playing music, and was only another example of his dark sense of humor.

“Bright Smile” – Cobain uses his falsetto voice here to sing this almost 2-minute song, with an electric guitar underneath the vocals. The lyrics “Bright smile” are repeated throughout until the final “Smile” is yelled at the end.

“Underground Celebritism” – A short 28-second audio snippet of Kurt rhyming off about “underground celebration” which seems to be about not selling out, while he plays a little riff underneath the vocals.

“Retreat” – A 2-minute instrumental piece, with Cobain’s vocals breathing to end the track.

“Desire” – A standout acoustic number, running at 2 minutes and 27-seconds long. If this was worked on anymore, it could’ve been a hit. With the leading chorus of “Desire” repeated twice, and the riff afterwards before the second verse, it could’ve been another poppy acoustic hit.

“And I Love Her” – An acoustic rendition of the Fab Four’s ’64 hit. Recorded approximately in late 1993/early 1994.

“Sea Monkeys” – Spoken word audio of Kurt talking about Sea Monkeys…. Tower Records… and Paula Abdul.

“Sappy” – A new upgraded mix, from the version that was released unofficially on the “Outcesticide” bootleg series. A raw, stripped, acoustic version of the song that would eventually end up, electrically and more Nirvana-ized on the No Alternative Compilation in 1993.

“Letters To Frances” – A bright, and mellow 2-minute instrumental piece, written for his daughter, alternating from light strums, to a heavier strumming pattern/tone near the end.

“Scream” – A 32-second montage of wails layered with static, with Kurt using a pitch-shifter at the end for his screaming.

“Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle”
– An acoustic 4 minute demo of the In Utero track, with some alternate lyrics.

“Kurt Ambiance” is just what one would believe it to be. It’s nothing more than static through the cassette player.

“She Only Lies” – A haunting song, with dark lyrics alluding to guilt and self-condemnation, along with shame towards the other person. This could’ve easily been another song by Nirvana, with such a great bass-line.

“Kurt Audio Collage” – A 24-second audio collage of birds chirping, water flowing, and some signal interference near the end.

“Poison’s Gone” – An acoustic song clocking in at 2 minutes, with similar subject matter to “She Only Lies.”

“Rhesus Monkey” – One more of Kurt’s spoken word comedy skits, using various voices.

“Do Re Mi” (Medley) – The grandiose finale of the Deluxe Edition, of one of Kurt’s final recordings (recorded just 3 weeks before his death). By the end of the take, at over 10 minutes, Kurt’s voice is shrill, and cracking.

For historical value of the insight into Cobain’s process of crafting songs from his early, pre-Nirvana days, to his final months, this is essential listening for any fan of Cobain, as well as anyone whom may be a fan of Nirvana.

Verdict:

I’ll definitely be listening to this, not just for historical value, but as it was intended: as a way to get inside Kurt’s mind and listen how he composes songs the way he does. It feels exactly like you’re in the room with Kurt, as he’s practicing the chords, tuning the guitar, or just goofing off with one of his voices for comedy. In conclusion, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings (Deluxe Ed.) is exactly what any hardcore Nirvana/ Kurt Cobain fan would love, to understand the creative process – along with the film, of Kurt Cobain.  5/5 Stars.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, will be released by Universal Music Enterprises in multiple formats, including the Super Deluxe Edition as well as in Blu-ray, DVD and digital video formats. The soundtrack album, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings will also be released on CD and digitally on November 13, 2015. A 2LP vinyl edition of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings will follow on December 4, 2015. In addition, a 7-inch single featuring “And I Love Her” and “Sappy (Early Demo)” is also scheduled for release on November 20, 2015. Cobain_MOH_DLX_RGB

Chris Cornell Refuses To Record Under Mad Season Name

AMNY recently interviewed Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and asked if he would be recording new material with Mad Season (under that moniker) after performing with the band earlier this year in Seattle at Benayora Hall for the Sonic Evolution show. Despite this, he is open to working with the band’s three members.

“I won’t be doing anything under that name because of the historical significance to it. But I’d certainly be amenable to doing stuff with those three guys, Barrett [Martin], Duff [McKagan] and Mike [McCready]. The experience of being on stage with them and just playing a few songs was really amazing. I was really blown away. Having said that I think of it as something far in the future as all of us are slammed busy. But someday, I would love nothing more than to play with those three guys.”

Mad Season released three new songs with Mark Lanegan on vocals in 2013 for the Above reissue.

Mike McCready recently told Alternative Nation that he would like to record with Chris Cornell in the future.

“I’m very proud of the whole Mad Season Benayora Hall album that just came out. We got on the classical charts, we’re number 5 on the classical charts, which is bizarre to me, and amazing. That was an incredible journey that I started 2 and a half years ago talking to Ludovic Morlot, who is the head of our Seattle Symphony. When he said yes I would like to do this, and do these Mad Season songs, that’s when I gave him the CD, and he came back about a year later. Then Chris got involved, and it turned into something bigger and more magical than I could have ever imagined. Jeff and Stone came, we did some Temple [of the Dog] stuff, I know I’m going back in time right now, but I’m very proud of that moment and that release, that we recorded it. Maybe we’ll do something else, we filmed some stuff from that show, so maybe we’ll do something with that someday.

I’d like to do something else with the Symphony someday, but I kind of need to figure out what that is, and if they’d even like to do that again. I’d love to do any kind of cool independent movies that touch me, that come my way. I’m sure we’ll end up doing some Pearl Jam stuff next year. Like I said opportunities arise if you are aware of them, if you keep your ear to the ground. I don’t know, I’d love to do something with Cornell again, he’s very busy, but that would be an amazing thing too, and I look forward to doing more stuff with my guys too. And really just some more stuff on the label, maybe something with Star Anna, I’d like to do that too.”

2016 Rumored Pearl Jam Tour Dates

There are heavy rumors on the Pearl Jam Ten Club forums that Pearl Jam are planning a 2016 North American tour with a heavy emphasis on touring the south. Below are a list of rumored tour dates. Keep in mind there has been no official confirmation from Pearl Jam or any venues, so take the rumors with a grain of salt.

2016 Rumored Pearl Jam Tour Dates:
4/8 Ft Lauderdale
4/9 Miami
4/11 Tampa
4/13 Jacksonville
4/15 Atlanta (a second person also confirmed)
4/16 Nashville
4/18 Columbia SC
4/20 Charlotte
4/21 Raleigh
4/23 Lexington
4/26 Pittsburgh
4/28&29 Philly
5/1&2 NYC
5/5 Buffalo
5/6 Albany or Hartford
5/8 Quebec
5/10 Ottawa
5/11 Montreal
5/13&14 Toronto

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined the Chicago Cubs in the clubhouse yet again to celebrate their NLDS playoff series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He wore a Casamigos shirt. Casamigos is a tequila company owned by George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman. Vedder also celebrated with actor John Cusack.

Vedder told CBS the Cubs are “really f’ing good.” He added, “I’m not the only one that’s been around for a long time, most these people here tonight have been around. I’m thinking about the people that aren’t around, that didn’t get to experience this.”

Vedder said he felt the spirit of late Cubs legend Ernie Banks. “You know he’s here. I know my uncle’s here. I know my brother’s here. I know a lot of people, but we’ve got to keep it going. It ain’t over yet.”

Vedder joked that he’ll do another Cubs song, “Yeah, it’ll be in the past tense, like all that we did. It’s not going to be someday, it’s going to be like next week, we’ll win.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Dances On Dugout At Dodgers Game

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea celebrated his birthday early last night at the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets NLDS Game 5 playoff game at Dodger Stadium by dancing on top of the dugout. Flea’s dancing unfortunately couldn’t help the Dodgers overcome the Mets, as the final score was 3-2 Mets in the deciding game of the series.

Flea tweeted, “Well that was a depressing end but thanks for the season Dodgers I love you always.” Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s beloved Chicago Cubs will play the New York Mets in the NLCS.

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Recently, the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a charity show for the San Diego Foundation at Belly Up Tavern in San Diego. It became their 2015 full band live debut and it looks like it won’t be their last. Flea recently posted on Instagram more new about future tour dates: ‘A concert, fine art auction, and dinner this Saturday to raise funds for the Silverlake conservatory of music. The Rhcp is gonna do an acoustic set too. It is always a beautiful nightl when we have these fundraisers and so many great kids get to give their talents wings. I am so grateful to john legend for playing and equally so to the great kamasi Washington. There are still tickets available I know we are asking a lot of money for them but it’s for the kids not for us. We are a non profit school we are doing everything we can to help we care so much. There will be great art there by Thomas Houseago, Richard prince, Damien Hirst, jeff koons, urs fischer, gus van sant and Dana Louise Kirkpatrick. And more art that I forget about because I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. A magic night is in store.’

Jane’s Addiction To Play ‘Ritual de lo Habitual’ For 25th Anniversary

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their landmark album Ritual de lo Habitual, Jane’s Addiction will playing several shows through the rest of 2015 and will be playing the album in full. Most are festivals appearance, including sets planned for Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas,  Ozzfest in Japan, New Orleans’ Voodoo Festival and Aftershock in Sacramento, California. Jane’s Addiction conducted a similar tour in 2014 where they celebrated Nothing’s Shocking’s 25th anniversary and played it in full at several dates and festivals, including Sunset Strip Music Festival which AlternativeNation covered. AlternativeNation will be covering Jane’s Addiction’s performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 24th – Warfield, San Francisco, CA
October 25th – Aftershock Festival, Sacramento, CA
October 29th – Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, AZ
October 31st – Voodoo Festival, New Orleans, LA
November 6th – Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
November 7th – Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin, TX
November 22nd – Ozzfest, Chiba, Japan

Tickets can be purchased here.

Here is a recap of Jane’s Addiction’s performance at Sunset Strip Music Festival last year, which became the first show I covered for AlternativeNation:

However, the highlight of the whole evening was Jane’s Addiction. There was so much feeling and ecstasy in their performance it’s hard to write about. What can be said is that they played their first album, Nothing’s Shocking, in full and a handful of other songs (“Been Caught Stealing”, “Just Because” and “Stop!”), and that it was everything I expected to be and more. Dave Navarro, standing there on stage so stoically, with his cigarette and guitar the whole night, as menacing as a lion and as still as a statue occasionally singing along while Perry Farrell, dancing in a dapper gray suit, looked like the lovechild of the Mad Hatter and Frank Sinatra.

Nothing’s Shocking sounded as clear as it did on the original recording and the several subsequent live renditions I’ve studied of their songs. Jane’s Addiction has managed to capture their same mystical energy throughout their career and last night at SSMF, it was shining at its peak. The crowd was hectic and rowdy, and Perry loved it. In return, the audience really loved Perry and fed off his energy. Jane’s rhythm section, with Stephen Perkins on drums and Chris Chaney on bass, brought on the headbanging and the moshing with their tightly knit rhythmic intuitions. Jane’s Addiction is consistently one of the best live acts in the world, complete with dancers and now, suspended trapeze artists, with Perry acting as the ringleader of the Big Top Jane’s Addiction circus. Jane’s Addiction, despite all the inconveniences, made my night, but by no means was the press treated fairly or justly, but just as Jane says: “Ain’t no right.”

 

Guns N’ Roses Rumored To Play $1.5 Million Reunion Show

Blitz is reporting that there are currently negotiations ongoing for a Guns N’ Roses concert in summer 2016 between promoters and agents. One of Portugal’s top promoters reportedly went to London and said that a $1.5 million dollar deal is on the table for a 2 hour performance featuring the original GNR lineup. Talks first started a couple of months ago regarding this show, and the promoter going to London is a significant development. The concert would take place in Portugal in the first half of 2016.

In 2016, Rock in Rio Lisboa takes place in May, on the 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th, and 28th, while the US Alive follows on the 7th, 8th and 9th of July and the Super Bock Super Rock scheduled for a week later from the 14th to the 16th of July.

During a recent interview with Eddie Trunk, Steven Adler said he hasn’t heard anything about a Guns N’ Roses reunion, but that he would probably be the last to know. He also said he keeps trying to hang out with Slash but he continually blows him off because he is busy with ‘work.’ Adler said, via Blabbermouth:

“I love those guys, and I always will, but Duff, he doesn’t think I’m cool,” Adler said. “He doesn’t think I’m a cool guy. This is what people tell me. And he doesn’t think I’m cool and that I’m not that great of a drummer. And Slash, he doesn’t believe that I have 21 months and 21 days sober. He doesn’t believe it. I don’t know why, but they forget that at one time in their life, they were doing drugs and drinking and they were fucking up. They forget that they were like that too. Duff has got 20 years sober or more, Slash has got, like, 11 or 12 years sober, and I’ve got a year, nine months and 21 days. So everybody gets it at a different time. I’m just thankful I got it.”

He went on to say: “They don’t think I’m cool and they don’t think I can play drums that great and they don’t think I’m sober. Duff, he has a right, in a way, but, like I said, he forgets where he came from too. But we did do some shows [together] in Japan [in 2013], and Duff invited [Steven’s current band] ADLER to come down, and I was still drinking then. And the second I got to the airport, I made a beeline for the bar, and I just started doing shots of Jäger. And the whole trip I was sick and I was just a mess. And, you know, Duff’s sober and he’s very judgmental and forgetful of where he came from. And he was just so bummed and pissed at me. I mean, the playing part, the shows when we actually were performing, that went all right, but everything else… So I kind of ruined it and gave him the excuse to be able to say, ‘Well, he’s not cool and he’s not that good.’ But I stopped doing that. They stopped doing that. Just because they stopped doing it before I did doesn’t make them any better. We’re all people who have addiction problems. I was just able to get a grip on it later on in life than they did.”

Asked if it’s true that he recently said that he would kill himself if the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup reunited without him, Adler said: “I would probably feel like I would wanna kill myself, but I wouldn’t. I would probably just kill them. [Laughs] ‘Cause if I’m not doing it, they’re not doing it. If I’m going down, they’re going down.”

Adler also expressed frustration over the fact that so many world-famous musicians, including GUNS N’ ROSES, can’t seem to overcome personal differences and reunite for the sake of their fans.

“I don’t understand what the problem is,” he said. “We’re just rock bands. We all started practicing in our garage or our bedroom. We met each other, and we started playing in our garage, then we worked on songs. This is what we wanted to do. Our dreams came true.

“I don’t know why it’s so difficult for people that have been successful and still can moderately successful,” he continued. “Of course, nobody’s gonna be like they were in the ’80s; that was our generation. It’s a new generation now of music and people and kids. But there are bands like BON JOVI and METALLICA and the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion; [if that were to happen] that would be huge.”

Adler added: “I don’t get it. We just play music. We’re living our dream. Why does everybody have to be such a dick and so fucking crazy? It’s, like, hey, we play music. When we’re together, we play it really great. Let’s just do it. What’s the problem?”

Billy Corgan Releases ‘The Blood of Christ’

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has released two new pieces of art at his Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse. One of them is called ‘The Blood of Christ.’ Corgan has also release a coffee mug for his new blog PeopleandTheirCars.com, and greeting cards. See photos below!

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William Patrick Corgan (Billy Corgan) or as he often signs now, ‘WPC’, has always been ahead of the game with a little something extra. Recently Corgan revealed his newest project: ‘People and Their Cars.’ While both people and cars are subjects in the blog, it is not what you think. The blog consists of vintage (or sometimes antique) photographs, a collection curated by Corgan himself. With Corgan’s ventures in music, poetry and teahouses, photography seems like a natural progression. A few days after the launch, Corgan announced the “Red Border Club”, an email listing for the blog. Benefits of joining the RBC include ‘the chance to receive additional images, but to be ‘first-in-line’ for updates on new merchandise and forthcoming People And Their Cars/Hexestential books.’ No emails outside of confirmation have been sent out. Joining the RBC is also free, “with no catch, fees, or obligation to buy.” Corgan has always had a keen sense of art direction and the Pumpkins’ work has been influenced by the aesthetics of vintage photography (and other forms of visual art) over the years.

If interested, register for the RBC here for updates on Corgan’s artistic pursuits! Corgan also recently deleted his Twitter account.

Watch Eddie Vedder Sing With Cubs

Kris Bryant uploaded a video of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder playing “All The Way” with the Chicago Cubs following their NLDS victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Watch video below!

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Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined the Chicago Cubs in the clubhouse yet again to celebrate their NLDS playoff series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He wore a Casamigos shirt. Casamigos is a tequila company owned by George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman. Vedder also celebrated with actor John Cusack.

Vedder told CBS the Cubs are “really f’ing good.” He added, “I’m not the only one that’s been around for a long time, most these people here tonight have been around. I’m thinking about the people that aren’t around, that didn’t get to experience this.”

Vedder said he felt the spirit of late Cubs legend Ernie Banks. “You know he’s here. I know my uncle’s here. I know my brother’s here. I know a lot of people, but we’ve got to keep it going. It ain’t over yet.”

Vedder joked that he’ll do another Cubs song, “Yeah, it’ll be in the past tense, like all that we did. It’s not going to be someday, it’s going to be like next week, we’ll win.”

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was also photographed watching the Cubs play the Cardinals in the NLDS. See video and photos below.


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