House Where Nirvana Played Their First Show Is For Sale

The house where Nirvana played their first show in 1987 is for sale for $200,000. The home at 17 Nussbaum Road in Raymond, Washington has 2 bedrooms, 1 full, and 1 partial bathroom, the home is 1,280 square feet, and the lot size is 5,663 square feet. There is also a greenhouse on the property.

The home is described as, “Always dreamed of having a couple of horses or cows? This is the perfect place, quaint house almost 6 acreas and a barn that has electricity and water. Attached garage and carport, extra covered area on the barn site 14 X24. Great location on a dead end street close to town local hunting and fishing.”

See photos of the home below.

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MJ Pokkula, the daughter of Tony Pakulla, shared previously unseen photos from Nirvana’s first ever show from March 1987. The concert took place at 17 Nussbaum Road in Raymond, Washington at a house party. Tony Poukkula lived in the house and played second guitar on at least the two Led Zeppelin jams. The main Nirvana lineup was Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Aaron Burckhard. Pokkula’s daughter tweeted, “My Dad went to high school with Kurt and played with him before he got big.”

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Incomplete Setlist:
Aero Zeppelin
If You Must
Heartbreaker (jam)
How Many More Times (jam)
Mexican Seafood
Pen Cap Chew
Spank Thru
Hairspray Queen

Greg Prato interviewed Nirvana author Nick Soulsby in April for Alternative Nation, and Soulsby discussed Nirvana’s first show.

“I enjoyed recounting the story of Nirvana’s first show entirely through their then manager Ryan Aigner plus Tony Poukkula and Duke Harner from the band Black Ice who lived in the house in Raymond where it took place. They made it really personal, this sense of Nirvana having to be railroaded into playing, then being jumpy and nervous performing.”

According to Nirvana Guide, Kurt Cobain reported that Nirvana played Flipper’s “Sex Bomb” for 30 to 60 minutes at their first show, but this was probably one of Kurt’s fabrications. Before “Hairspray Queen,” Kurt sang a few lines of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound Of Silence.”

Foo Fighters’ New EP Cover Possibly Leaked

Some detectives on Foo Fighters’ Reddit page have uncovered the possible cover art for Foo Fighters’ upcoming EP, which is rumored to be titled 2nd Century A.D. If it isn’t real, it is definitely a beautiful piece of fan art. SweetInk explains the significance of the rumored titled, “Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians. Her feast day is on November 22nd. She was born on the “2nd Century AD.” It could be the EP Cover for a release on November 23rd. Or If it’s a fan made, this guy is very talented. I’ve read this, a lot of answers is in it. Like every room of Hotel Saint Cecilia is equipped with Geneva sound system and Whetstone Audio turntables..”

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Foo Fighters briefly released a studio clip of a new song off of their upcoming EP yesterday. The rumored title (according to Foo Fighters’ Reddit) for the EP is 2nd Century A.D. Listen to the clip below!

Below is the tracklisting for Foo Fighters’ upcoming EP the band is set to release later this month, as they are currently hyping on their mysterious lobby website.

Iron Rooster
Neverending Sigh
Saint Cecilia
Savior Breath
Sean

The five tracks were recently recorded in Austin, Texas. See photos below of the band working on the EP. Thanks to FooArchive.com for the scoop.

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made the announcement that the band had recorded new material during the band’s Austin City Limits Festival set.

“You know what I did last night … we recorded five fucking new songs in your beautiful city.”

Grohl also told the ACL festival goers that rocker Ben Kweller will be featured on one of those tracks.

Foo Fighters have recently been playing a teaser of a new song live at concerts on their European tour. Listen to teasers below.

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea: ‘The Police Don’t Move Me’

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea discussed no longer enjoying listening to The Police and Sting in a new interview with Marc Maron, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“You know it’s funny for me, I like him fine, he’s great, but it’s a weird thing for me. When I was young I loved The Police. Around the time when I started playing rock bass too, I really loved The Police, but it’s the one band that just – and it’s really the only band, like any band I listen to, I go put on the record, and I love it as much as when I was 15 or 20 or whenever. But I put on The Police, and I got the greatest hits, and I finally [went to] put it on.”

“It didn’t hold up for you.”

“It’s the only band ever, and I still know it’s good, like the craftsmanship is good, it seems good, but I don’t know, it’s weird. People think I’m a moron.”

“For me he’s one of those guys, he’s a really good musician, without a doubt. He’s a great musician, he’s willing to try lots of different stuff. It’s just, I don’t cry, I don’t get moved, but I respect it, I just don’t get moved.”

New Eagles of Death Metal Poster Released For Nick Alexander Memorial Fund

Nick Rhodes, who designed the poster for a recent Eagles of Death Metal show in Manchester, is now selling the poster on Switchopen with the proceeds going to the Nick Alexander Memorial Fund.

Last Saturday, 7th November, I had the great pleasure of meeting a man called Nick Alexander at the Eagles of Death Metal gig at the Ritz in Manchester.

We had a few laughs because I was late getting to the venue due to traffic. Nick was very pleased and relieved that I had finally got there with my official EODM tour print, which he sold at the venue.
He was a really cool guy! Poster artists like me really rely on people like Nick to promote and sell our work.

On Friday 13th November, Nick Alexander died doing his job selling merch at the Bataclan concert theatre in Paris. I still can’t believe that this has happened and I feel so sad beyond words for him and everyone else caught up in this terrible nightmare.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you Nick, I feel proud to have met you and thank you for selling my work. All profits from the sale of my EODM print will now go to the Nick Alexander memorial fund.

Alternatively, you can donate straight to the memorial fund in the link above.

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Wolfmother Release New Brendan O’Brien Produced Single Featuring Ex-NIN Drummer

Wolfmother have released details from their fourth studio album, the Brenden O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers) produced Victorious.  You can listen to the boisterous first single and title track below.  Recorded at Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood California, Victorious has a release date of February 19th and can also be preordered on iTunes.

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Victorious Tracklisting:
1.  That Love That You Give
2.  Victorious
3.  Baroness
4.  Pretty Peggy
5.  City Lights
6.  The Simple Life
7.  Best of a Bad Situation
8.  Gypsy Caravan
9.  Happy Face
10.  Eye of the Beholder

Victorious is the first album from Wolfmother since 2014 when the band surprised it’s fans with a previously unannounced new album entitled New Crown.

Additionally, Wolfmother have announced dates for a North American tour for early 2016.

Feb. 24: Minneapolis, Minn. – First Ave
Feb. 25: Chicago, Ill. – Metro
Feb. 26: Detroit, Mich. – St. Andrews Hall
Feb. 27: Toronto, Ontario – Dansforth Music Hall
Feb. 29: Boston, Mass. – Paradise Rock Club
March 2: Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
March 3: New York, N.Y. – Webster Hall
March 4: Philadelphia, Penn. – Trocadero Theatre
March 5: Raleigh, N.C. – The Ritz
March 7: Atlanta, Ga. – Center Stage
March 8: Nashville, Tenn. – Marathon Music Works
March 9: Memphis, Tenn. – Minglewood Hall
March 11: Lawrence, Kan. – Granada Theater
March 12: Oklahoma City, Okla. – Diamond Ballroom
March 14: Dallas, Tex. – Granada Theater
March 15: Houston, Tex. – House of Blues
March 21: El Paso, Tex. – Tricky Falls
March 22: Tempe, Ariz. – The Marquee
March 23: San Diego, Cali. – House of Blues
March 25: Santa Ana, Cali. – The Observatory
March 26: Los Angeles, Cali. – The Fonda Theatre
March 28: San Francisco, Cali. – The Fillmore
March 30: Portland, Ore. – Wonder Ballroom
March 31: Seattle, Wash. – The Showbox
Apri 1: Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom

Hear all the best from Wolfmother and Andrew Stockdale including the new tracks “Victorious” and “City Lights” at www.rockshowradio.net and www.alternativenation.net/radio.

Interview: Saxon’s Biff Byford Talks Future Tour Plans And Recent Album

2015 has been a pretty busy year for British metal heavy weights Saxon. They have spent a majority of the year touring, whether it be with L.A band Armored Saint or the almighty Motorhead, but this still left them with enough time to put out their new album Battering Ram. Battering Ram is the band’s 21st album and shows that the band is still on top of their game.

Biff Byford’s voice still sounds great as shown in “Queen of Hearts”, “Battering Ram”, and the haunting ballad “Kingdom of the Cross”.  Nigel Glockler’s drumming is produced really well showcasing his style, especially on the track “Destroyer”. Guitarists Paul Quinn and Doug Scaratt both have plenty of great solos throughout the disc. The song “The Devil’s Footprint” has a solo in the vein of 80’s speed metal like Accept, with a touch of atmosphere, while “Top of the World” has that good old rock’n’roll guitar work.

All and all there isn’t anything bad to say about this release. Any fan of Saxon should enjoy this album as it is one of band’s best modern efforts.

I had the honor of interviewing vocalist Biff Byford about this awesome new release. He was a nice guy and revealed some future tour plans as well as his love for Indian curry!

On Battering Ram‘s writing process: It went really well. The bassist and I started the process and then the others joined in. We all got drunk and ate lots of Indian curry!

On album name: I felt it was a good title, just like the track it’s named after. The name really rings right off the tongue and fits in with how the album first hits you. The first four tracks are the heaviest, but after that it gets more melodic.

On possible music video: We have no plans on shooting another music video for the album. We not too long ago put out a lyric video for “Queen of Hearts”. We might do a live video in the future. Maybe “Devil’s Footprint” or “Queen of Hearts”. I feel those would be good choices.

On 2016 tour: We are still touring with Motorhead until February. We are planning on playing shows in the US around April or May. We have no planned opener as of now.

On the track “Kingdom of the Cross”: It was a poem I wrote and we put it together with some of Nigel’s keyboard ideas. It was a bit of an experiment, a bit of a mad idea I had. I think it worked pretty well.

On favorite song to play live: I’d say the older songs are my favorite to play. Either “Denim and Leather” or “Princess of the Night”.

On the album “Innocence is no Excuse“: I feel the songs from that album were great but the production made it sound not so metal.  It was just something that happened,the label wanted a more radio friendly sound for that record.

Josh Homme Seeks Donations For Families Of Paris Attack Victims

Sweet Stuff Foundation, a charity co-founded by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme in 2013, is now seeking donations to help the families of victims killed in last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

“The mission of The Sweet Stuff Foundation is to help our musical community and their families with the vital elements often overlooked during periods of illness and disability”, according to their webpage.

Now, under these special circumstances, a statement has been added:
“In honor of the musicians and crew members killed in Paris, The Sweet Stuff Foundation is dedicating all money received through this site until December 31, 2015, to their surviving families. We are thankful for all the fans, crew and band members who survived this horrific event. Now more than ever it is important to contribute to the ‘Sweet Stuff’ in life.”

Le Bataclan, where Eagles of Death Metal performed on the night of the attack, will reopen in the future, though it is not yet decided when. “Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender”, says the venue’s co-manager Dominique Rever, according to Fuse.

Foo Fighters Release Clip Of New Song, Rumored EP Title

Foo Fighters briefly released a studio clip of a new song off of their upcoming EP yesterday. The rumored title (according to Foo Fighters’ Reddit) for the EP is 2nd Century A.D. Listen to the clip below!

Below is the tracklisting for Foo Fighters’ upcoming EP the band is set to release later this month, as they are currently hyping on their mysterious lobby website.

Iron Rooster
Neverending Sigh
Saint Cecilia
Savior Breath
Sean

The five tracks were recently recorded in Austin, Texas. See photos below of the band working on the EP. Thanks to FooArchive.com for the scoop.

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made the announcement that the band had recorded new material during the band’s Austin City Limits Festival set.

“You know what I did last night … we recorded five fucking new songs in your beautiful city.”

Grohl also told the ACL festival goers that rocker Ben Kweller will be featured on one of those tracks.

Foo Fighters have recently been playing a teaser of a new song live at concerts on their European tour. Listen to teasers below.

Foo Fighters, U2, and Deftones have been forced to cancel dates in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform Monday, November 16th in Paris and have additionally cancelled the remainder of their European tour, Deftones were scheduled to perform November 14th, 15th, and 16th, and U2 were scheduled to perform November 14th and 15th.

Foo Fighters released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

Guitarist Hints At Involvement In Guns N’ Roses Reunion

Richard Fortus, who has been a guitarist for Guns N’ Roses since 2001, is claiming that he is still in Guns N’ Roses, which indicates that he will be involved in the rumored Guns N’ Roses 2016 reunion tour. The rumored lineup would see the core members including Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Richard Fortus, and Frank Ferrer. Fortus and Ferrer would be kept on from the Chinese Democracy era lineup, with Slash and McKagan returning to the fold, so it would be a partial reunion of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup.

Fortus told Casopis.Headliner.cz that while his band Dead Daisies are currently his top priority, he is still in Guns N’ Roses and that it is ‘definitely something.’

He mentioned that he works quickly with Dead Daisies, and that with Guns N’ Roses “everything takes years.”

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx recently spilled the beans on a Guns N’ Roses reunion. Sixx is the second prominent musician to reveal the band is reuniting, after former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland told Alternative Nation last week. A fan asked Sixx on Twitter last night if Guns N’ Roses were reuniting, and Sixx had a definitive response: ‘THEY ARE. EVERYBODY KNOWS.’ Sixx plays with former Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba in Sixx:A.M., who he has a clear source in the Guns N’ Roses family.

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba discussed the rumored reunion of GNR’s original lineup on Facebook a few days ago. Ashba said, “Rumors, rumors, read all about it! Personally, I would love to see the original members of Guns N’ Roses reunite. Let’s hope it happens for the fans!!”

He also told a fan, “The fans deserve it. Never forget I am a fan myself.”

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DJ Ashba was GNR’s guitarist from 2009 until earlier this year when he quit the band. You can read his letter to fans explaining why he quit below:

You can read DJ Ashba’s letter to fans below.

“Six years ago, I received a call that changed my life forever. The call was from a dear friend of mine (Katie McNeil-Diamond) who was working with Guns N’ Roses. It was an offer to audition for Axl Rose and earn a role in arguably the biggest rock band of my time. While I thought it was a complete long shot, I decided to go ahead and give it a try. Much to my shock and surprise, I got the gig. And so began the most incredible journey I could have possibly imagined. I was blessed with the opportunity to not only work with one of the most talented bands, but also to share the stage with a living legend and a truly gifted human being, Axl Rose. The amount of confidence and trust that Axl placed in me was genuinely heartwarming and truly career-defining. In the years that followed, I traveled the world many times over and played these incredible songs night after night to the most enthusiastic and loving crowds. As you can imagine, the friendships that were forged during that time were deep and long lasting. But the most beautiful surprise of all was YOU… the fans. You welcomed me into your lives with open arms and showed me love and support that I could only have dreamed of. From the very first time I stepped on stage and started playing ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ and felt the crowd erupt, I knew my life would never be the same. I’m not gonna lie…I was terrified!! But you were so accepting. You immediately turned my fear into pride. For that, I am truly grateful.

“So now it is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I’ve decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I’ve shared with Guns N’ Roses into fond memories. I have reached a point in my life where I feel its time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me.”

“I have always been driven by my passion for creating music and Sixx A.M. has always been a place where I can express myself honestly and share that passion with my two brothers and bandmates, Nikki Sixx and James Michael. As you know I have also been blessed with the love and support of my incredible wife, Naty, who has been at my side for much of this amazing journey.

“As I sit here writing this letter, I want to take a moment to thank Axl from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me. You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans. I also would like to thank each and every one of you fans for your love and support throughout the years. Without you, I am nothing. Please know that I do not take one minute of this amazing life for granted.

“I hope that you all join me as I forge ahead. Let’s conquer the world together!”

Tool Guitarist Will Meet You For $500 On U.S. Tour

Tool are offering $500 VIP packages for their upcoming 2016 North American tour, featuring a live Q&A with guitarist Adam Jones (though the member or members taking part in the Q&A is subject to change).

TOOL VIP PACKS FOR TOOLARMY MEMBERS

As a salute to our distinguished Collective, there will be a VIP TICKET SALE available EXCLUSIVELY to TOOLARMY MEMBERS on this THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 at 2:00 PM PST. Please keep in mind that there are VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES of these much in demand VIP PACKS, so be ready to REAP THE BENEFITS of your MEMBERSHIP at 2:00 PM (PST) tomorrow (THURSDAY, NOV. 19).

HOW TO PURCHASE: TOOLARMY MEMBERS need to LOG IN to the TOOLARMY WEBSITE and go to the SHOPPING BAZAAR and CLICK on “TOOL SPECIALTY.”
(NOTE: Purchase LIMIT of 2 TICKETS per person.)

TOOL VIP TICKET PRE-SALE CONTENTS:
– One (1) VIP ticket for admission to concert show (to be distributed at the VIP event)
– Admission for one (1) to the VIP event in the venue
– Early entry into the venue
– Live Q+A session with Adam Jones*
– One (1) VIP merchandise pack (to be picked up at the VIP event)
– Tool’s tour merchandise available for early purchase and at a discount at the VIP event
– Photo opportunity
– Light refreshments
*Live Q+A session is subject to change with another band member or band members.

DISCLAIMER/RESTRICTION terms will be posted in the webstore, along with purchase details and other related information.

Eagles of Death Metal Release Statement: ‘Love Overshadows Evil’

Earlier today, Eagles of Death Metal released a statement regarding the Paris Attacks on their Facebook page, that they were caught in the middle of:

“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.

We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.

All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.

Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”

Eagles of Death Metal lost four people who worked with the band: their merchandise manager Nick Alexander (who has worked for Cat Stevens, Sum 41, Alice in Chains and more) and Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez, who all worked for record companies. While the tour is on hiatus, the band says they will play a show in Alexander’s memory in Austria on Dec 17th.

There is a campaign to get EODM’s cover of “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran to Number 1 in the United Kingdom. If you live in the United Kingdom, we urge you to support this campaign. AlternativeNation met EODM weeks before the attack at the show at LA’s Teragram Ballroom and the show’s review can be found here.

Chris Cornell, Weezer, Cage the Elephant & Fall Out Boy To Perform At KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

Just announced, KROQ has revealed its lineup for Almost Acoustic Christmas. Ticket go on sale this Friday at 12pm. Proceeds will benefit local Los Angeles charities, including Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Foundation. The lineup is below:

Night 1: AWOLNATION, Bastille, Cage The Elephant, Disclosure, Foals, Halsey, Silversun Pickups,The Struts, Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, and X Ambassadors.

Night 2: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Chris Cornell, Cold War Kids, Elle King, Fall Out Boy,George Ezra, James Bay, Of Monsters And Men, Panic! At The Disco, The 1975, and The Neighbourhood.

Tickets, available here at Ticketmaster, are subject to the prices listed below. Tickets limited to 4 a household:

GA Floor: $135.00
Floor Risers: $150.00
Sec 100 Lower Bowl: $150.00
Sec 100 Center Lower Bowl: $135.00
Sec 100 Upper Bowl: $95.00
Sec 200 Upper Bowl: $75.00

Last year, several prominent bands we cover here at AlternativeNation played at Almost Acoustic Christmas 2014, like Queens of the Stone Age, the Smashing Pumpkins and System of a Down. Let’s see if this lineup can top last year’s performance!

Featured here in our article on the new Temple of the Dog performance footage that surfaced, Chris Cornell recently talked to AV Club about their song “Hunger Strike”:

Chris Cornell discussed Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” in a new AV Club article.

“I don’t really remember it. [Laughs.] I kind of remember the basics but singing on that album happened so quickly. The song itself, it really wasn’t much of a song. It was a verse with just a kind of repeating chorus. It was just where we needed one more song for the album, and I had that down, but I hadn’t played it for anybody yet because I didn’t feel it was a complete song. But I knew we had nine songs, and I thought 10 would be a nice, even round number. I just figured that this would be the 10th song that would wrap up the album, and it would just be what it was, verse for verse and then repeating chorus sort of like a coda for the album listening experience. In rehearsing it, and I think we only rehearsed for two days for that album, but I was singing both parts of the song. I sang the high verse part and then the low chorus part and then the high chorus part and so on.

Eddie and the rest of them were waiting for us to finish because they were about to have one of their first rehearsals as Pearl Jam, and he saw me sort of struggling with it, so he just walked up to the mic and started singing the low part, and I started singing the high part. I immediately got this idea that his voice sounded so rich in that low register that it would become more of a song if I sang the first verse, then the whole band kicks in, and then he sings that verse again, but in effect it becomes a different verse. It’s a different person. It’s a different voice and a different everything. And I think I had that idea right there on the spot; we did it that way, and suddenly it was a real song. I hate to use that term “real song” but to me it was like: Okay, in just a moment this has become an arrangement that changes everything.

I never thought about it as being singular or anything because there were a lot of really well written songs that lent themselves to the notion of a single, but once we played it for other people, that was the choice that was made. But my memory of us singing it together is I just went in and sang my part, he went in and sang his part, and it took probably 40 minutes, and that was it. That was back in the day where you had no record budget, and that album in particular was recorded and mixed in a total of 14 days, not in a row.”

 

2016 Firefly Music Festival Lineup Announced Featuring Blink 182 & Kings of Leon

East Coast based Firefly Music Festival have released their 2016 lineup

Tuesday afternoon, Firefly made the announcement of their 2014 lineup via Facebook and their official site, Blink 182 and Tame Impala being the major rock performers along with Kings Of Leon who will have a second chance at redemption after bad weather forced them to cancel their headlining set last year. Death Cab For Cutie and Flogging Molly are also notable acts.

Tickets for Firefly go on sale Friday, Nove. 20. This year’s festival takes place June 16-19 in Dover, Delaware.

You can view the whole lineup as well as our review of last year’s festival below:

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I’ll let this cat out of the bag early: if last year’s Firefly Music Festival was a dry dust bowl forcing everyone to dress up like the Fremen sand people of Frank Herbert’s Dune, Firefly 2015 might as well be the polar opposite, with the festival grounds completely saturated and muddy from a series of recent storms, exasperated by Saturday night’s thunderstorm that led to the cancellation of Kings of Leon’s set.

Of course, weather-related phenomena is outside of the organizers’ control, and it can be said that mind over matter could be applied to the environment and make the festival experience much more memorable. Indeed, there were mudfights and people dancing around barefoot, and tons of unintentional comedy (more on that later). Though some have illogically voiced their complaints about the muddy grounds, many seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

Anyway, onto the part of the festival that really matters: the music. Here’s highlights from some of the sets we attended…

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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney headlined a particularly marshy Friday of the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, customarily putting on a show of lifetime for anyone present. Celebrating his birthday, he kicked the set off with the Beatles classic “Birthday”.

It was quite an emotional night, with Paul reminiscing on his friendship with George Harrison (dedicating a touching ukulele rendition of “Something” to his memory), honoring the victims of the Charleston tragedy with “The Long And Riding Road”, and calling a woman up to stage holding a sign indicating that it was her dream for Paul to sign a tattoo of his face located on her arm. After some fidgeting and determining the proper place to sign, Paul left an autograph on her arm and gave her an extended hug, after which he jokingly yelled at her to let him go.

With a first set closing out with a three-punch knockout of “Let It Be”, “Live And Let Die” (featuring cannons and firework), and “Hey Jude” and an encore featuring songs like “Carry That Weight” and “Helter Skelter”, culminating in the Beatles classic “The End”, Friday at Firefly 2015 was one for the books.

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The Killers

Sunday headliners Brandon Flowers (also celebrating his birthday, having turned 34) and company took the stage a bit late, reportedly in order to add covers of “The Bucket” and “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon (“You like Kings of Leon?) to the set last minute, which they played alongside “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (“You like CCR?”). Brandon took the time to highlight each of the band members, allowing Dave Keunig and Ronnie Vannucci extended solos and praising bassist Mark Stoermer’s playing, noting it was him that would get the audience “hot and bothered”.

Otherwise, the band played through most of their hits in a very Day And Age heavy set culminating with “All The Things That I’ve Done”. A rousing rendition of “When You Were Young” off of the criminally underrated Sam’s Town closed out Firefly for most of its attendees.

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Wolf Alice

Already making some radio waves this year with their single “Moaning Lisa Smile”, this four piece North London band took to the Porch stage on Friday afternoon. Their grungy yet poppy songwriting won over their audience, who were among the first to be able to purchase their debut record, My Love Is Cool. You can say that Wolf Alice were so awesome that Alternative Nation reporter Mike Mazzarone lost consciousness, since I found him sprawled out on his stomach at the end of the set. Thankfully it was declared simple heat exhaustion, and props to the extremely helpful medical staff in seeing to him.

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Cage The Elephant

After storming the main stage in 2014 during Imagine Dragons’ set, Cage the Elephant played their first proper main stage show at Firefly on Friday, blasting through their impressive singles discography of the past six or so years and rousing the crowd to celebrate Sir Paul McCartney’s birthday. Guitarist Brad Shultz also offered some sage-like advice: “Don’t ever wear a flowered shirt to a festival. This fucking bee has been following me all day trying to get pollen from my shirt!” You can watch Alternative Nation’s short documentary on Cage the Elephant shot partially at 2014’s Firefly Festival here.

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AWOLNATION

“Paul McCartney told me this is one of his favorite songs of 2015”, mused frontman/honorary Trent Reznor of AWOLNATION, Aaron Bruno before he played “I Am”, his latest single. “Just kidding. He’s probably never heard of this.” AWOL’s electrified set (markedly more rock-oriented than their studio output) leaned heavily on material from the latest album, Run, with tunes like “Bad Wolf”, “Dreamers”, and “Like People, Like Plastic” being played. You can read our pre-Firefly interview with AWOLNATION here.

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Morrissey

While Morrissey put on an incredible performance at the Firefly Festival in Dover last night, the crowd was a bit sparse, about a quarter full for Morrissey standards. He definitely noticed the pot in the crowd, proclaiming, “I can smell it!” There were some rude fans in the crowd, with some booing and a couple even laughing and sarcastically yelling for him to get off the stage, especially during “Meat is Murder.” You can read Alternative Nation’s pre-Firefly interview with Morrissey here.

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Matt & Kim

The pop rock duo took the main stage on Saturday night, giving one of the most energetic performances of the entire festival. Audience interaction was key, whether rallying the concertgoers to take off their shirt and twirl it around in the air, having the audience hoist Kim on their hands as she twerked, or asking those who had never crowdsurfed before to cross it off their bucket list that night.

The latter led to an unintentionally hilarious situation for those standing to stage left; as dozens of crowdsurfers funneled by security behind the barrier in front of the stage ran happily back into the crowd, little did they know they were heading straight into a deep mudpit at the end, leading to a scene that looked like the icy patch gag from the Muppet Family Christmas special.

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Foster the People

Indie pop forerunners Foster the People ended up being the main stage headliners after Saturday was cut short by a terrible storm, with Kings of Leon flying back home. The group fronted by and named after Mark Foster (who looked conspicuously like Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton that night) blazed through a mix of deep cuts and their radio hits: “Coming Of Age”, “Helena Beat”, “Pumped Up Kicks”, and “Don’t Stop”.

Watch Previously Unreleased Temple of the Dog Video

Chris Cornell was recently interviewed by Live Nation TV, and the interview showcased unreleased Temple of the Dog footage. Watch below for the video!

Chris Cornell discussed Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” in a new AV Club article.

“I don’t really remember it. [Laughs.] I kind of remember the basics but singing on that album happened so quickly. The song itself, it really wasn’t much of a song. It was a verse with just a kind of repeating chorus. It was just where we needed one more song for the album, and I had that down, but I hadn’t played it for anybody yet because I didn’t feel it was a complete song. But I knew we had nine songs, and I thought 10 would be a nice, even round number. I just figured that this would be the 10th song that would wrap up the album, and it would just be what it was, verse for verse and then repeating chorus sort of like a coda for the album listening experience. In rehearsing it, and I think we only rehearsed for two days for that album, but I was singing both parts of the song. I sang the high verse part and then the low chorus part and then the high chorus part and so on.

Eddie and the rest of them were waiting for us to finish because they were about to have one of their first rehearsals as Pearl Jam, and he saw me sort of struggling with it, so he just walked up to the mic and started singing the low part, and I started singing the high part. I immediately got this idea that his voice sounded so rich in that low register that it would become more of a song if I sang the first verse, then the whole band kicks in, and then he sings that verse again, but in effect it becomes a different verse. It’s a different person. It’s a different voice and a different everything. And I think I had that idea right there on the spot; we did it that way, and suddenly it was a real song. I hate to use that term “real song” but to me it was like: Okay, in just a moment this has become an arrangement that changes everything.

I never thought about it as being singular or anything because there were a lot of really well written songs that lent themselves to the notion of a single, but once we played it for other people, that was the choice that was made. But my memory of us singing it together is I just went in and sang my part, he went in and sang his part, and it took probably 40 minutes, and that was it. That was back in the day where you had no record budget, and that album in particular was recorded and mixed in a total of 14 days, not in a row.”

Guns N’ Roses Rumored To Tour In May 2016

GNRFrance is reporting that their contacts have told them that there is a European Guns N’ Roses reunion tour planned for May 2016. They reported that if news of a reunion comes out soon, it would be following the completion of Slash’s current tour on November 24th. They also report that Slash is promoting a horror film in early 2016 and will also reportedly work on a new album, but despite this Myles Kennedy will tour with Alter Bridge in autumn 2016. Despite the source telling GNRFrance that a tour is planned, they cautioned to wait until official word due to Slash’s busy schedule.

Former Guns N’ Roses manager Vicky Hamilton claimed on Facebook a couple of days ago that Slash told her that Guns N’ Roses will not reunite for a tour:

‘OK…was texting with Slash who is on tour…he says the GNR tour isn’t happening…so that’s all I know… your guess is as good as mine…’

She added, “He has talked with Axl…it’s friendly I believe.”

The entire band (minus Duff McKagan) lived in Hamilton’s one bedroom apartment during their early days. While Slash has told Hamilton that there won’t be a reunion tour, many are speculating that Slash is lying to keep the reunion a secret, especially since Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, and Slash have made no comments regarding the rumors, with Slash refusing to discuss (or deny) the rumors in interviews and on social media.

Since Hamilton’s Facebook report, LA Weekly has reported that AEG and Goldenvoice have been courting GNR for the band’s first reunion show. An LA Weekly reporter asked a former NIN tour manager what he thought about the reunion, and his reaction was to freak out and walk away, as if they had asked him for missile launch codes. The tour manager, who’s a close friend of bassist Duff McKagan, could have denied the rumors calmly; instead, his abrupt reaction sent a signal that something is happening. But it’s unclear what that something is.

How Rockin’ 1000 Changed Foo Fighters Forever

The story of Italy’s Rockin’ 1000 is one we find to be both fascinating and incredibly inspiring. The organizations founder, Fabio Zaffagnini, spoke to Alternative Nation shortly after their “Learn to Fly” video was launched and the campaign to bring the Foo Fighters to Cesena went viral. He explained how simple drive by the park (where the video would eventually be filmed) inspired this seemingly crazy idea.

Fast forward a little over a year. The idea, the dream, … became a reality as Foo Fighters were so moved by this effort they agreed to play a show in Cesena on November 3rd. Though a November European tour was already in place, Cesena was added in late October as a direct result of the video that Dave Grohl called “one of the greatest moments of my life.”

As a part two, Alternative Nation had the chance to speak with Zaffagnini after the concert about the overall experience, how the accomplishment is sinking in and what’s next for the Rockin’ 1000. He also discussed how Dave Grohl revealed to him that the Rockin’ 1000 changed his view on how he looks at Foo Fighters songs.

 

After your Rockin’ 1000 “Learn to Fly” video launched and went viral, Foo Fighters had you as their guests at their show in Washington back in August correct? How was that experience?

It was Mumford and Sons who invited us to the Gentlemen of The Road Stop Over in Walla Walla, WA. Foo Fighters were performing that weekend so we had the opportunity to meet them. It was a weird experience: we were treated like Rock Stars, the policeman at immigration asked me a selfie!!! Can you imagine?


What was it like meeting the band for the first time after all you had done with Rockin’ 1000?

It was a confirmation of our expectations. The Foo Fighters are the way any fan would imagine and hope: funny, ironic, friendly and extremely laid back. After a few seconds it was like talking among friends.

Was that the first time you had spoken to anyone in the band?

Yes, it was the first time.


Where were you when you learned the Foo Fighters had agreed to come to Cesena and play a show on November 3rd?

Well, we were pretty sure that they would have come after talking in Walla Walla. Anyway, we discovered it as we were back home. We heard rumors of people secretly making inspections in town in search of a location.

That must have been a very emotional moment?

Ever since the day after the Rockin’1000 performance, everything has been so emotional, unexpected and big that I feel like I’ve been detached from reality. It’s hard to explain. It’s like being a kid at Disneyland, with thoughts that rush so fast into my mind that I find myself staring at the wall for minutes…maybe I’m going nuts.

Can you tell me about the Foo Fighters Cesena show? How was it, what was the overall experience like?

Well once again, we had a lot of things to do and a lot of work – our documentary, all the press relationships and our communication work. I didn’t have time to think about what was going on until the concert started. It has been just magic: I almost knew all the people inside there, 3k people in a small location…it was like a party among friends. Foo Fighters have been so generous, it was a fantastic concert and everybody was so loud and happy all the time.

Did you get to help write the setlist?
Yes, a little bit! Right before the concert we talked about it.

Dave Grohl brought you on stage, let you sit on his throne and speak to the crowd? What was that like for you?

I will probably never get back to earth after that. It has been such a strong emotion. Every time I think of this my eyes get wet, but not because I was so close to the band or somehow “popular” for three minutes. It’s been the best ending I could imagine, after more than one year of hard work, joy and pains. Thinking about all my team, all the people who worked at Rockin’1000, the musicians, volunteers, donors, even the ones who watched our video, millions and millions of people that got goose bumps.
It is just overwhelming, crazy.

I got chills from head to toe when I first saw the Rockin’ 1000 “Learn to Fly” video, I know Dave Grohl said it was one of best moments of his life and brought him to tears, but I still can’t imagine what it would’ve been like for the band.

Dave said that they don’t really think about the rest of the world when they write their songs and seeing that video helped him to realize the impact they have on their fans.

What they (and other bands as well) do is entering people’s guts, and this means that for the past and future decades, millions of people were and will be inspired by their songs; while driving, jogging, working, studying, dancing, doing whatever they’re up to. All of them will be mumbling their words, shaking their head, tapping their feet.

I have no idea about how they feel about this now, but if they have time to think about it, I am sure that they would feel satisfied about their contribution to mankind.

As special as this was for Cesena, it also appears as if it was incredibly special and moving for Foo Fighters. Did you ever think of it like that when putting this together? How special this could be for the band?

Yes, I hope that it has been special for them as well. Rockin’1000 has been a declaration of love for them and for Rock’n’roll. Everyone likes to be loved!

Can you tell me about the after party? I heard/saw that the band showed up and Dave Grohl jumped on stage with some of your local musicians. Did you know that was going to happen, Grohl would show up?

I told Dave about the after party and told him that a few musicians brought their instruments for a jam session. Before the concert Dave told he would love to come…and so he did. I could not believe he was serious, but this is what makes him a very special person. Very special.

Looking at the entire experience now, thinking “we did it,” how are you feeling right about it all? What does it mean to you?

Well, I haven’t realized in full what happened. It will take time. I am very focused on what’s next, it is part of my being restless.

Of course I had the confidence in the potential that me and my team had, and I often think about what we can still obtain through perseverance, passion and study. I feel a lot more optimistic and self-confident.

How has life changed for you personally with this entire experience?

I try to keep a low profile and not to take myself too seriously. We did all this for fun and everything went by far beyond all our expectations.

I had to quit my previous job and my life has become a mess, I struggle to keep up with everything.
It is weird to be continuously stopped by people asking for selfies and receiving compliments, I feel amused and embarrassed at the same time, but I am sure that in a few weeks all this will stop. What comes out of the internet is so fast.

Is Rockin’ 1000 now your only and full-time job?

No it is not. I would love to and I am working on this, but you know, it is not so easy to make money in Italy for this kind of thing! Rockin’1000 was not meant to be business-oriented. We’re actually figuring out a way to transform it into a company that organizes non-conventional events, keeping the same values: integrity, passion, craziness, joy.

Anyway, if anybody is hiring send me an email! You never know!

Dave Grohl suggested you guys should keep going and do the same thing for bands like U2, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc. Do you think you will?

We’re thinking about it, it is very hard. Everything has been so perfect and great and successful that it is hard to measure up. We think that we may go on in another direction, but you never know!

What do you plan to do now? What’s next for you and Rockin’ 1000?

We’re planning to organize further events involving common musicians, giving them the opportunity to go big. What people don’t know is how cool it is to hear and see them live.

Will you be keeping in touch with Dave Grohl?

Well, I am going to write him if I have something to say, I could have a blink of how his life is like and I don’t want to bust his balls. Spending some time with him has been great and I could hear his stories forever, it is such an unusual and interesting perspective…but you know, I am a common guy and I don’t care about telling others that I and Dave are friends.

 

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Top 10 Faith No More Songs

Edited by Brett Buchanan

If you try and describe Faith No More’s blend of music, it’s beyond certain that lead singer Mike Patton will go and screw up your theory with their next release. FNM have been tearing up the rock n’ roll rule book ever since they formed over 30 years ago. They have a guy on drums, Mike Bordin to you, The Puff to band members, who thrashes his sticks every night like it’s his final show. And on guitar Jon Hudson has riffs that make his guitar literally bleed. On bass Billy Gould always seems like he’s having the most fun out of everyone, and on keyboards is the ever lovable Roddy Bottum. Vocals are managed by the one and only Mike Patton. He has to have one of the greatest vocal ranges in music history. He can go from death metal, to funk, jump to rap and then 70’s soul without missing a beat.

The band continued to inspire with each new record, and after they split in 1998 it seemed that we had witnessed the last of their crazy antics. However, a decade later they reformed without promising us too much, and certainly with no commitment to the immediate future. But all that changed after the band released their new album this year, Sol Invictus. It was warmly met and meshed well with some of their great past records into one without giving up the individuality of what Sol Invictus was all about. The record was followed by a European festival tour and a U.S. tour, amongst other shows, and everything was deemed a huge success. Faith No More still have the gift that has been embedded in them since the 1980’s.

The Sol Invictus tour looks like a wrap for this year, and with FNM you never know what will happen next. Hopefully they will stick together and manage their solo careers at the same time. Next year offers no plans of more shows, but you never know. However, to celebrate what may be the end of their latest tour, here is a list of the 10 greatest Faith No More songs ever recorded. Now there are a couple of rules. The first is that no songs have been included that are on movie soundtracks or B-sides, just studio releases. Trust me, putting together a top 10 list of their songs has been a difficult task, without the added problems of some of their glorious non studio tracks. The second rule is that all songs must have been originally recorded by Mike Patton. Sure Chuck Mosley is well loved and for good reason, but we have to remember that Mike has really shaped this band and has been the lead singer now for 26 years.

10. SEPARATION ANXIETY (Sol Invictus)

Arguably the best song on the band’s latest record, “Separation Anxiety” is in your face and is a real throwback to the Angel Dust days of Faith No More. Bottums’ ghostly keyboards, Patton’s high voice and Hudson’s guitar, which feels for the most part like a spinning wheel into a downward spiral, is spot on. The song has featured in almost all of their 2015 live shows.

9. HELPLESS (Album of the Year)

Album of the Year, which would be Faith No More’s final studio recording up until this year’s Sol Invictus, was recorded at bassist Billy Gould’s home studio. The album received mixed reviews when released, but it has slowly garnered acclaim through the years. “Helpless” is arguably the stand out track, however even though it was suggested as a single release, that never came to fruition as the band would break up in 1998, the following year.

Helpless tells of somebody that feels utterly alone in the world and just wants someone to notice them. Patton sings” “I even tried to get arrested today, but everyone looked the other way.” Helpless was never going to be radio friendly with a whistle as a chorus and a scream from Patton of ‘HELP’ repeatedly which ends the song. However it is an outstanding song that unlike some of the other tracks on the album has stood the test of time.

8. THE GENTLE ART OF MAKING ENEMIES (King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime)

This song is all about two moments: The opening guitar riff change, with due credit to then guitarist Trey Spruance, who never toured with the band for this record, but was part of the recording process. Then of course there are the many changes in Patton’s voice. The softly spoken deep laconic tone at the songs beginning, followed by the demon like possessed Patton half way through the song. Then another shift in tone when we get to the fourth verse where Patton sounds more recognizable. This song live is one of the band’s many highlights and usually creates a pit of some kind. The very first lyrics are open to interpretation of course, but the following: “The words are so familiar all the same greats, the same mistakes it doesn’t have to be like this”, seem very relevant to Kurt Cobain who of course committed suicide just a year before this record came out in 1995.

7. THE REAL THING (The Real Thing)

Considered a classic song and played hundreds of times, usually as a show opener, “The Real Thing” is a monster. Starting off incredibly slowly and silent, the song grows and grows until it builds into a frenzy, but never gets completely going and isn’t meant to. It is what you want it to be but could well be described as a personal achievement or finding something in your life that is pure and authentic. However the most surprising aspect of “The Real Thing” is its lyrics. Deep, meaning and poetic may sound cliché, but when you consider that Patton was just 21 years of age it is a surprise because it feels as if it has been written by a person twice his age.

6. JUST A MAN (King for a Day, Fool; for a Lifetime)

The final track to be heard on King for a Day, “Fool for a Lifetime” would throw fans a little, with a slow beginning and Patton almost singing us a lullaby. But just when the verse repeats and we aren’t expecting a chorus, the song goes through one of the mighty middle 8’s and gives us one. “And every night I shut my eyes so I don’t have to see the light shining so bright I’ll dream about a cloudy sky, a cloudy sky.” The song at that point turns into one of FNM’s most special, perhaps most accessible songs for newcomers in their back catalogue. The song finished off complete with a backed choir as it finally just fades out. “Just a Man” has proved to be a crowd favorite for many years and still, after 20 years is played.

5. EPIC (The Real Thing)

The song that launched the Patton era of Faith No More, and spearheaded the band into everyone’s living rooms via MTV. The video seen today looks goofy, and the band have moved a million miles away from the tune that is “Epic.” However, the song has remained a rock classic. It’s like a huge piece of bubblegum and energy that resists to be stopped. “Epic” is the one staple song that is always played during live shows. And it’s particularly interesting to see how Patton changes up the vocals on the song, but with Hudson replicating that Jim Martin riff so well, it is a song that cannot be turned into anything else. It will always be “Epic.” A head banger’s wet dream, but this song sums up the band perfectly when the end comes by way of Roddy Bottom’s dreamy piano outro.

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4. CRACK HITLER (Angel Dust)

Crack Hitler starts off like the opening to a 1970’s cop show and then hits us with that familiar keyboard, Bordin then kicks in with the sticks and Patton sounds almost inaudible until the chorus. “He’s the one no doubt walking on a tightrope.” The song is based on a drug dealer that the band knew. Billy Gould once said, “Crack Hitler is about this drug baron who takes Crack and compares himself with Hitler, because he commands enough depended people. So he thinks he’s the biggest one…you know what’s funny about all this? His skin is not even white! He’s colored and he thinks he’s Hitler? We all laughed a lot about him, so we had to dedicate him a song.”

3. MIDLIFE CRISIS (Angel Dust)

The Puff’s drums in the intro are one of the most recognizable moments in rock music from the 1990’s. Quickly followed by Gould’s bass, “Midlife Crisis,” which appeared on Angel Dust, is perhaps the most radio friendly song on the album. So it was no surprise that this song was given a single release and a video to boot. Arguably “Midlife Crisis” contains the band’s most catchy chorus and is always a crowd favorite and thus a staple of the bands setlists each night.

2. CAFFEINE (Angel Dust)

One of the heaviest songs on the Faith No More back catalogue, Jim Martin’s guitar, which was held back for much of Angel Dust, gets to rip here, and he doesn’t let this opportunity go to waste. Patton screams, and Gould, Bordin and Bottum hold the groove together. “Caffeine” was written during Patton’s sleep deprivation experiment whilst writing lyrics for this album. A firm non believer in hard drugs, a route that Patton could have easily chosen, the only drug choice for him was, and is, Caffeine.

1. EVERYTHING’S RUINED (Angel Dust)

The highlight of a superb album, “Everything’s Ruined” can be interpreted to mean a number of things. One theory is that the song is about capitalism and families in particular who push their young kids on to the career ladder before they can experience their youth. Patton’s soul destroying lyrics at the end don’t have a happy ending either: “But he made us proud, he made us rich but how were we to know, he’s counterfeit now everything’s ruined.” The video to the song couldn’t be any more different to the lyrical content, with the band messing around in front of a screen showing random pictures. That is until you stop and think that videos back in the day cost around $250,000 to make. Capitalism? The band went the other way and made the cheapest looking video in their career.

Seeing Rod Stewart In Vegas? Things To Do Between The Show

Back for his fifth year at Caesar’s Palace, the aging yet never tiring rockstar that is Rod Stewart returns to Las Vegas in 2016.

Playing nine nights at the famous venue between 19th March and 5th April, that distinctively raspy voice howling the words to Forever Young, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy and Maggie May is always going to be one of the highlights of your Las Vegas visit. Yet it needn’t be the only one: here’s a handful of other things you can get up to when visiting the world’s best-known desert city.

Stroll along the strip

At two and a half miles long and running along the center of the city’s boulevard, the strip is the site of Las Vegas’ most famous, expensive and flamboyant establishments, many of whose names are recognised globally.

For instance, the Mirage Hotel is easy to spot due to its hardly indistinguishable volcano in front of the resort, whereas it also has astounding sites inside, including a dolphin habitat. The Bellagio is equally flashy, sporting an art gallery, spa and some of the city’s finest restaurants along with many other ways to spend your time in style. And let’s not forget Rod’s second home as well, the giant complex that is Caesar’s Palace, where you can see other acts at its huge venue, The Colosseum.

It’s highly recommended that you tour the Strip at night to get a true glimpse of the hypnotic, neon-lighted sights of a city which more than lives up to its reputation for extravagance.

Fremont Street

Of course, the Strip isn’t the only pedestrian walkway worth wandering down. Further downtown, you’ll find a variety of unique sites and a canopy of LED lights brightening up the sky in various colours. This is Fremont Street.

Although there are many establishments where you can have a great time, the street is best enjoyed through its special entertainment acts on the streets. It’s a bit rawer than Caesar’s Palace, but a different kind of experience is never a bad thing.

Try your hand in the casinos

Any trip to this city would feel wasted if you didn’t visit at least a few tables of blackjack and poker. Few things beat the rush of pinning your hopes on the roll of a dice or the random chance of a deck of cards, if you feel you need to scratch up on your blackjack knowledge then check on the history of the game for some tips.

Suggesting places to gamble on the Las Vegas Strip is nonsensical, as you can do it virtually anywhere. If you’re looking to go off the beaten track, then the classic casinos downtown are the edgier haunts of locals. Although the likes of Four Queens and Binion’s may not seem as fancy as their boulevard counterparts, their rules are often more favorable and their games cheaper.

The gambling itself isn’t the only fun part of a casino trip. From Mandalay’s Eyecandy to the Venetian’s Oculus, there are countless bars, the likes of which you won’t have seen before, constantly frequented by the most vibrant and entertaining of characters. Have a drink and make some new friends: you never know, they might give you a few tips on how to win more money.

Tool Announce 2016 North American Tour Dates

From Tool’s website:

Those faint glimpses of TOOL SHOWS that I recently perceived in the scrying mirror can now be considered official. Indeed, something wicked your way comes…THE UNPARALLELED SONIC AND VISUAL EXPERIENCE OF TOOL LIVE.

TICKETS FOR THE FOLLOWING SHOWS GO ON-SALE
THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th:

Saturday, January 9 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
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Wednesday, January 13 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
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Saturday, January 16 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
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Sunday, January 17 – Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theatre
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Monday, January 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
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Tuesday, January 26 – Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum
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Tracklisting For New Foo Fighters EP Revealed

Below is the tracklisting for Foo Fighters’ upcoming EP the band is set to release later this month, as they are currently hyping on their mysterious lobby website.

Iron Rooster
Neverending Sigh
Saint Cecilia
Savior Breath
Sean

The five tracks were recently recorded in Austin, Texas. See photos below of the band working on the EP. Thanks to FooArchive.com for the scoop.

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made the announcement that the band had recorded new material during the band’s Austin City Limits Festival set.

“You know what I did last night … we recorded five fucking new songs in your beautiful city.”

Grohl also told the ACL festival goers that rocker Ben Kweller will be featured on one of those tracks.

Foo Fighters have recently been playing a teaser of a new song live at concerts on their European tour. Listen to teasers below.

Foo Fighters, U2, and Deftones have been forced to cancel dates in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform Monday, November 16th in Paris and have additionally cancelled the remainder of their European tour, Deftones were scheduled to perform November 14th, 15th, and 16th, and U2 were scheduled to perform November 14th and 15th.

Foo Fighters released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”