2015 Year In Review: Scott Weiland, Eagles of Death Metal & Dave Grohl

Scott Weiland and Alternative Nation owner Brett Buchanan

2015 has been the most eventful year in the 6 and a half year history of Alternative Nation, and unfortunately not all for positive reasons. Scott Weiland has been one of the flagship artists on the site since I launched it under the name GrungeReport.net in May 2009. His face was the first thing seen next to the logo on this website until we changed our name and layout in June 2013, as seen on the site’s original banner below.

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It was depressing to have to write about Scott’s struggles with alcohol and drug use this year. I know many labeled me a ‘hater’ (after calling me a kiss ass for my review of Stone Temple Pilots’ 2010 album and much of STP and Weiland’s works in the first few years of this site) but the truth is I didn’t want to see the guy die, and it saddened and angered me to see one of my musical heroes slowly killing himself in front of all of our eyes.

I’ve spoken to many people who knew Scott, and people with behind the scenes knowledge, and it breaks my heart even more knowing about the passionate man he was when he was just breaking into the music business, and then the terrible things that were happening in the last couple of years of his life. I’m not sure when I will really write about the last couple of years, but we do have an exciting feature coming up soon with one of Scott’s earliest musical partners, who was also one of his best friends.

When it comes to Alternative Nation, this year we had our best year ever. I interviewed two of my favorite musicians, Scott Weiland and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. Interviewing Weiland and a member of Pearl Jam (McCready specifically) had been long time goals of mine, and it was great to finally accomplish them. Especially with what happened to Scott, it was an honor to get to interview him and help out with his social media accounts. The interview really felt like the culmination of 6 and a half years of hard work.

Jeff Gorra wrote some of the greatest pieces in the history of the site this year, in particular on Silverchair’s 20th anniversary. He also did great interviews with Incubus’ Brandon Boyd, a really personal interview with Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon, 311, and Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti.

Mike Mazzarone booked us two huge interviews with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and former Smiths frontman Morrissey. Doug McCausland, Elias Fulmer, and Charles Peralo did a great job with the interview, getting the site some crossover political coverage for the first time with a controversial statement Morrissey made.

Seattle Grunge era musician Tim Branom also contributed a few huge articles to the site, debuting unreleased 1989 Alice In Chains footage and conducting a rare interview with Layne Staley’s mother Nancy McCallum. I also can’t thank Greg Prato, Jeremy Neugebauer, Anthony Carioscia, Cindy Slade, and Hanna Graf enough for their great contributions to the site.

When it came to the news, one story that really touched me this year was when a friend of Pierre-Antoine Henry, a man who was killed by ISIS in the terrorist attack on Eagles of Death Metal’s concert in Paris last month, contacted me. He had seen my article on Eddie Vedder’s tribute to Pierre-Antoine at a Pearl Jam concert, and wanted audio of it for his funeral. I contacted Pearl Jam’s people, and they quickly sent the audio to Pierre-Antoine’s friend. I get cynical about a lot of the dumb stuff I have to write about, and a lot of the dumb criticism I get, but a story like that made it all worth it. It’s terrible to have to write about tragedies like what happened there, but it was touching to see the way Eagles of Death Metal fans united after what happened.

When it came to music released this year, I’ll be quite honest with you, I didn’t like much of it. There were some songs here and there, but there’s a reason the top 10 rock albums of 2015 list was fan voted. Any list I would have put together would have been contrived. There are still songs that came out this year that I really liked, but like I said, they’re few and far between. There’s a lack of exciting new bands coming out that really write incredible hits with lyrical substance, and our heroes of the 90’s are obviously hitting a point where their best days creatively are behind them, and the excitement is more based around great live shows.

But when it comes to original music, I’ll take Adele’s 25 over anything that came out in rock. I still do discover music I haven’t heard, but I find more in artists I dig deeper into from the 80’s that I hadn’t before like Phil Collins and The Cure than I do from much in modern rock or legacy acts putting out new material. I do think there are more great songs to be written though.

Live wise, like I mentioned, many of the 90’s rock acts can still bring it live. The Smashing Pumpkins were totally re-energized this year by the return of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin to the band, turning the band back into a true powerhouse. Dave Grohl kicked off the year playing a birthday show with an all star lineup featuring everybody from David Lee Roth, to Slash, to the late great Lemmy. He later broke his leg at a Foo Fighters show, and somehow managed to push through and have a huge North American tour, and make the dreams of 1,000 fans in Cesena come true. Dave Grohl’s year was truly tailor made for clickbait headlines. While I do not ever create outright lies with my headlines on here, I pick the most interesting thing in the story (if I didn’t the site wouldn’t exist, Facebook only give impressions to appealing headlines), the Grohl headlines were just easy to write.

2016 will seemingly get off to an exciting start with the Guns N’ Roses reunion. We have a lot planned here tentatively on Alternative Nation as well, including some new sections that should broaden the appeal of the site, but in a way that doesn’t interfere with the flow of the content we already have. I don’t want to reveal specific dates as I’ve learned before from doing that, you can have Chinese Democracy situations. I’ve learned from the successes and mistakes, and I think the way we’ll broaden the site now will help compliment what we already have without current coverage being affected at all. The last few months have been our most successful traffic wise ever, and we hope to keep that going in 2016 with some great content. Thank you for the support, and have a happy new year!

Steven Adler & Izzy Stradlin’s Rumored Involvement In Guns N’ Roses Reunion

Metal Sludge is reporting that Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler could be guest performers on Guns N’ Roses’ upcoming reunion tour.

“It’s Axl, Slash & Duff. And whoever they decided to hire for the week, month or leg of a specific tour. If anyone so much as steps a foot to the left, they will be replaced faster than Summer’s replaces clip-in extensions on tour.”

He added, “It’s the Big 3, Dizzy will be on keys, Frank on drums and Richard on rythym. And Izzy will saunter in a few nights and do 2-3 songs. Adler will get a chance to play a song or two, and my guess, might even be done 38 Special style. With both drummers. I’ve heard from sources Axl does not like Sorum, and he’s also said a few dumb things in recent years – so he’s not likely to be there unless he bought a ticket. Scatter in a guest here or there on guitar, or Bach singing a duet with the boss on a night or two. Maybe if Fortus breaks an arm or something, they might bring in Gilby for a run of shows. I’d also wager there will be another utility player or two on the trek playing keyboards, or maybe even some extra guitar. Mark my words on all of this.”

Ex-Poison manager Howie Hubberman hinted at Facebook at Guns N’ Roses trying to find a way to have some sort of role for Steven Adler in the reunion. “Negotiations are not finished. They are doing this the right way!! Right way would include Steven (in some way).

Kids Choir Sings “Interstate Love Song” In Honor Of Scott Weiland

Kids Rock Chorus recently performed Stone Temple Pilots “Interstate Love Song” in honor of the band’s late frontman Scott Weiland. Watch the video below!

Stone Temple Pilots’ original manager Steve Stewart has provided Alternative Nation exclusively with his tribute to his friend Scott Weiland earlier this month. Stewart managed STP from 1990 to 2000:

I’ve known Scott since the mid-80s, when my band and his band played gigs together in Orange County, CA. As we grew up, his path took him to further iterations of the band, from Soi Disant to Might Joe Young, while I went to school, and went on to work in the business side of music. Our paths crossed again in 1990, when he and Robert DeLeo asked me to lunch, and asked me if I could help get them a record deal. I was working for Ice T’s manager, and had made some contacts in the industry. Almost two years later, we had a deal from Atlantic Records on the table. I worked with Scott and the band through their next four records, and had a ringside seat for what became one of the most unique stories in modern rock, and the end of an era in the music industry.

What always struck me most about Scott was how alone he really was. For all the people and things he had around, I always felt he was somehow separated from people. Sometimes, all he wanted was someone to sit with him – I remember one late night a long time ago, when we were facing a long night on a bus, after a gig. The bus was filled with maybe 12 people, all of them asleep after working all night. Scott was in the front lounge, behind the driver, and I was sitting up front, watching the road. As I got up and started toward my bunk to grab some sleep, he looked up from the video game he was playing and said, “Will you stay with me? I don’t want to be here alone.” I thought that was an odd thing to say, as there were a dozen souls within 15 feet of him. This has always stayed with me, and I saw other examples of this through the years of how much he needed someone to share the journey with. Even though no one could ever really satisfy that need, I think it was something that he always yearned for, and maybe, never found.

I could always see the little boy in him, looking for his dad’s approval. Though the years and the trappings of fame often obscured it, every once in a while, I’d catch a glimpse of it through that momentary little smile he’d shoot me after he nailed something. Those were the instants when he was truly proud of himself, and that was the Scott I’ll always remember.

I thought he’d always beat his demons, and maybe in the end, he finally did. My prayers are with his family and children.

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Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2015

2015 has been a pretty memorable year for metal. We had many over the top news stories including Brett Hinds of Mastodon revealing his hatred for metal as well as a couple proposing on stage at a Napalm Death concert. America’s biggest metal festival, Maryland Death featured the debut performance of grind legends Agoraphobic Nosebleed while Hell’s Head Bash featured the first ever US show of black metal titan Satanic Warmaster. We have also sadly lost many metal greats including Bolt Thrower’s Martin Kearns, Gorgoroth’s Frank Watkins, Nunslaughter’s Jim Sadist, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead as well as the band’s original drummer Phil Taylor.

2015 has also brought us many great metal albums. So many quality releases came out this year that it took the combined tastes of writers Birdman and Anthony to pin point the best of them. Here is our top 10 metal albums of the year, with 8 bonus albums.

Archgoat – The Apocalyptic Trumphator

Anthony: This year had several extremely intense war metal albums released including the latest offering from Revenge as well as the debut album from Goat Semen, but the best of all these is Archgoat’s latest release. This album is extremely raw and filthy sounding. Mix that with Lord Angelslayer’s haunting vocals and you get one of the most sinister sounding albums of the year.

 Arcturus Arcturian

Birdman:  This is the 5th album from the Norwegian avant-garde powerhouse. It is also their debut on German label Prophecy Productions. One can hear influences from all across the musical spectrum on this record.

Between The Buried And MeComa Ecliptic

Birdman: Like previous releases, Coma Ecliptic is a concept album, or rock opera as the band would say. The album tells the story of a man stuck in a coma traveling through his past lives. It is very reminiscent of the progressive side of Queen, shying from their death metal and hardcore roots.

Leviathan – Scar Sighted

Anthony: In 2011, one man black metal project Leviathan released True Traitor, True Whore. This album was of pretty poor quality and made fans wonder if he was loosing it. His new one, Scar Sighted though proved them wrong. The album has cleaner production then previous efforts which actually fits well with the atmosphere. This album is of his best releases up there with The Tentacles of Whorror.

Napalm Death- Apex Predator Easy Meat

Anthony: This year has been a huge one for Napalm Death as they have been in the news several times as well as put out a killer new album. On this release the band mixes in elements from post punk bands most notably Swans. We are also treated to some old school straight up grindcore tracks to help even out the mix. Easily the grindcore album of the year.

OceanoAscendants

Birdman: Album number 4, for the deathcore quintet from Illinois. Oceano have extended the range of their guitars even more, with their new songs sounding heavier than the band has ever been. The atmosphere that the band perfected since 2009’s Depths has been maintained as well.

 Rivers Of NihilMonarchy

BirdmanThe sophomore album by RoN is a little more progressive than their debut. Production does justice for this assault of technical death metal. Basically, if you’re a bass guitar kind of guy, you’ll want to check out this record.

Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

Anthony: Iron Maiden’s epic double album is the best album from a mainstream metal act this year beating both Ghost’s Meliora and Motorhead’s Bad Magic. At around 92 minutes this is the band’s longest album to date. With that said it doesn’t drag on for a second and almost all the tracks are very addicting. Maiden is still at the top of their game.

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Deathammer – Evil Power

Anthony: From Hell’s Head Bangers Records comes this tasty scoop of Norse thrash. With a sound very similar to Slayer’s Show No Mercy, Evil Power is thrash album of the year.

High On FireLuminiferous

Birdman: An album that draws on anything that has influenced frontman Matt Pike over the years. You can still hear Pike’s guitar vibrato, some very fast thrash-influenced tracks, and slower doom tracks from their early years. You can even hear a track that sounds akin to Pike’s other band Sleep.

StratovariusEternal

Birdman: Eternal marks full-length number 15 for Stradivarius. While no original members of this band are left, Vocalist Timo Kotipelto is still going strong with his songwriting collaborating once again with Jani Liimatainen (Cain’s Offering, ex-Sonata Arctica). The album is a blend of old school power metal and modern European-style power metal.

Shining – IX Everyone, Everything, Everywhere Ends

Anthony: From the mind of madman Niklas Kvarforth comes the bands most melodic and progressive release to date. The album focuses on epic and slow song structures which bring on a mix of emotions. This is also the band’s more versatile effort to date mixing in elements of industrial, folk and other genres and shows that Niklas is still at his creative peak this late in his career

Sulphur Aeon – Gateway to Antisphere

Anthony: Once again these German’s are back with their brand of Lovecraft themed death metal. With brutal vocals, brutal drums and heavy in your face bass and guitar, Gateway to Antisphere is this year’s best death metal release.

ArmageddonCaptivity & Devourment

 Birdman: This band is the brainchild of Chris Amott (ex-Arch Enemy). It began as a side project that took off in the interim period between Arch Enemy’s first and second albums. The debut was a melodic death metal approach similar to that of Amos’s main band. The band then, released two power metal albums afterwards, but this year saw the band had returned to their melodeath roots.

NeurotechStigma

Birdman: Likely the least known artist on this list, Neurotech is a one-man symphonic industrial project hailing from Slovenia . It is the brainchild of Andrej Vovk, better known as “Wulf”. He actually released two albums this year, though the second one is more of a futurepop/trance album. Stigma is the type of cyber metal album that builds and builds and builds, notably with the first and final tracks.

Mgla – Exercises in Futility

Anthony: Out of all the great black metal releases from this year, this latest entry in the Mgla saga is by far the best. With all of the band’s signature traits such as melodic mid paced song structures, distinct vocals, killer riffs, and great drumming are still intact and in full force. A great album for both newcomers and veteran fans alike.

Cain’s OfferingStormcrow

Birdman: It was originally thought that this power metal supergroup would be a one-album deal. Right after the release of the debut, members got busy with their main projects. With Stormcrow the band has retained their vocalist, guitarist, and drummer while bringing in a new bassist and the keyboardist from Stratovarius. Not only that, the band has gained social media presence with this sophomore album as well as a tour in Japan to support the album.

Windhand – Grief’s Infernal Flower

Anthony: Windhand’s third release isn’t much different then the last in style. While in a lot of cases that could be a bad thing, here the band is able to pull it off well as the songs still sound fresh and not like a carbon copy of the last album. As Windhand continues to grow bigger and bigger they also continue to show the world that they are a band that well deserves this attention. Vocalist Dorthia Cottrell also put out a self titled solo album this year. While not very metal, it is still recommended for fans of her vocals that want to hear a different side of her.

First Photo Of Axl Rose Training For Guns N’ Roses Reunion

Guns N’ Roses France has released the first photograph of Axl Rose in 2015. Rose is wearing a Nike sweatshirt and holding a Swell water bottle, looking like he’s in the midst of training for Guns N’ Roses’ 2016 tour. The photo was taken by Suzy Khoury last week.

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As we have been reporting for months, the reunited Guns N’ Roses will be headlining the Coachella festival in Indio, CA in April 2016. Billboard confirmed our reports earlier today, also reporting that the band will play the new Las Vegas Arena, which is set to open in April. Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan so far are the only confirmed members.

Alternative Nation has learned that Guns N’ Roses will announce additional United States stadium tour dates in late January 2016. We previously reported on December 1st that around 25 dates were planned, and this still appears to be the case. A show at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (where the New York Jets and New York Giants play) is reportedly in the works.

Consequence of Sound
is reporting that Matt Sorum will be the drummer, but there have been many contradictory reports, with Frank Ferrer even hinting at his own involvement, and Steven Adler publicly lobbying for his job back just a couple of months ago.

Guns N’ Roses Will Reportedly Reunite On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Guns N’ Roses will make their first reunion appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on January 5, 2016, journalist Mitch Lafon is reporting on Facebook and Twitter. It is unknown if they will perform, but it will definitely be a can’t miss night for Guns N’ Roses fans. Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan are the only original members confirmed so far for the reunion, the statuses of Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, and Matt Sorum uncertain. Rose gave his only televised interview in the last 20 years on Kimmel in 2012.

Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro had a funny reaction to the Guns N’ Roses news, comparing it to the Star Wars franchise.

As we have been reporting for months, the reunited Guns N’ Roses will be headlining the Coachella festival in Indio, CA in April 2016. Billboard confirmed our reports earlier today, also reporting that the band will play the new Las Vegas Arena, which is set to open in April. Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan so far are the only confirmed members.

Alternative Nation has learned that Guns N’ Roses will announce additional United States stadium tour dates in late January 2016. We previously reported on December 1st that around 25 dates were planned, and this still appears to be the case. A show at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (where the New York Jets and New York Giants play) is reportedly in the works.

Consequence of Sound
is reporting that Matt Sorum will be the drummer, but there have been many contradictory reports, with Frank Ferrer even hinting at his own involvement, and Steven Adler publicly lobbying for his job back just a couple of months ago.

Top 95 Rock Songs Of 1995

As we close 2015, it was quite depressing putting together the ‘Top 10 Rock Songs Of 2015’ list. There just wasn’t a lot this year to get too excited about. But when it comes to 1995, it was easy to put together a Top 95 Rock Songs of 1995 list. Check out some of the greatest rock songs of 1995, in mostly random order (barring some of the top choices). Thanks to Alternative Nation reporter Greg Prato for contributing songs to this list.

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95. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Tearjerker”

94. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Jellybelly”

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93. Alice In Chains – “Over Now”

92. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Fuck You (An Ode To No One)

91. Mad Season – “Lifeless Dead”

90. Foo Fighters – “Floaty”

89. Filter – “Dose”

88. Sleater-Kinney – “Sold Out”

87. No Doubt – “Spiderwebs”

86. The Rentals – “Friends of P”

85. Silverchair – “Israel’s Son”

84. Radiohead – “My Iron Lung”

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83. Radiohead – “High and Dry”

82. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Porcelina of the Vast Oceans”

81. Alice In Chains – “Sludge Factory”

80. Mad Season – “I’m Above”

79. The Verve – “History”

78. Supersuckers – “Bad, Bad, Bad”

77. No Doubt – “Sunday Morning”

76. 311 – “Don’t Stay Home”

75. Primus – “Southbound Pachyderm”

74. Kyuss – “One Inch Man”

73. Morrissey – “The Boy Racer”

72. Mad Season – “Long Gone Day”

71. The Verve – “This Is Music”

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70. Truly – “Blue Flame Ford”

69. Soul Asylum – “Misery”

68. Everclear – “Santa Monica”

67. The Magnificent Bastards – “Mockingbird Girl”

66. Wilco – “Box Full of Letters”

65. Mudhoney – “1995”

64. Collective Soul – “The World I Know”

63. Collective Soul – “Smashing Young Man”

62. Sonic Youth – “The Diamond Sea”

61. Slash’s Snakepit – “Beggars & Hangers-On”

60. Local H – “Cynic”

59. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Warped”

58. Ben Folds Five – “Underground”

57. Ben Folds Five – “Jackson Cannery”

56. Ben Folds Five – “Where’s Summer B?”

55. Morphine – “Honey White”

54. Morphine – “Super Sex”

53. Faith No More – “Digging the Grave”

52. Mr. Bungle – “Chemical Marriage”

51. Faith No More – “Ricochet”

50. Mr. Bungle – “Carry Stress in the Jaw”

49. Faith No More – “Evidence”

48. Mr. Bungle – “Desert Search for Techno Allah”

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47. David Bowie – “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson”

46. Meat Puppets – “Scum”

45. Morrissey – “Dagenham Dave”

44. Kyuss – “Hurricane”

43. Faith No More – “Cuckoo for Caca”

42. Meat Puppets – “Taste of the Sun”

41. Meat Puppets – “For Free”

40. Primus – “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”

39. 311 – “Down”

38. Primus – “Professor Nutbutter’s House of Treats”

37. Collective Soul – “December”

36. PJ Harvey – “Down by the Water”

35. Spacehog – “In the Meantime”

34. Garbage – “Only Happy When It Rains”

33. No Doubt – “Don’t Speak”

32. Radiohead – “Fake Plastic Trees”

31. Bender – “Headless Soldier”

30. Blind Melon – “2 X 4”

29. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Thirty-Three”

28. No Doubt – “Just a Girl”

27. Foo Fighters – “Exhausted”

26. Neil Young & Pearl Jam – “Peace & Love”

25. Mad Season – “I Don’t Know Anything”

24. Blind Melon – “Galaxie”

23. Radiohead – “Just”

22. Oasis – “Don’t Look Back In Anger”

21. Green Day – “Brain Stew”

20. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Zero”

19. Foo Fighters – “This Is A Call”

18. Silverchair – “Tomorrow”

17. Bender – “Rope”

16. Blind Melon – “Toes Across The Floor”

15. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Muzzle”

14. Mad Season – “Wake Up”

13. Oasis – “Wonderwall”

12. Alice In Chains – “Grind”

11. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Aeroplane”

10. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”

9. Filter – “Hey Man, Nice Shot”

8. Alice In Chains – “Again”

7. Foo Fighters – “I’ll Stick Around”

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “My Friends”

5. Oasis – “Champagne Supernova”

4. The Smashing Pumpkins – “1979”

3. Alice In Chains – “Heaven Beside You”

2. Mad Season – “River of Deceit”

1. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight, Tonight”

Dave Grohl Gets Tattoo In Honor Of Lemmy Kilmister

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl got an ‘Ace of Spades’ tattoo in honor of late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. Check out the photo below! Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready also wrote a tribute to Lemmy and discussed his influence on the Grunge scene, which you can read below the photo.

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Mike McCready’s tribute:

In the early 80’s a fellow named Chris P had a lot of parties and my band Shadow (Rob Webber, Danny Newcomb, Chris Friel and myself) went to many of them. Also often there were Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mark Arm and a lot of other Seattle musicians. We (Shadow) were friends with and played shows with Overlord (Glen Logan, Steve Van Liew , Kurt Lofstrom, Kenny Kubsen). There wasn’t a huge scene back then, but we all put on shows with both metal and punk bands around Seattle. The one band the metals heads and punks could agree on was Motörhead. “Ace of Spades” and “No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith” were played constantly at these parties.

Motörhead had great songs that were fast with tons of attitude. It felt dangerous to listen to Lemmy’s bass and tales from the road that we all wanted to be on. Fast Eddie and Philthy Phil Taylor rocked hard with Lemmys Marshall bass amps with the volume pinned to 10. Rick Friel, Chris Friel , Danny Newcomb and I were a few of the lucky fans that got to see Motörhead actually smash a Dodge Dart in the parking lot of Tower Records. This was a promotion for the show later that night at the Paramount on the Iron Fist Tour. Was such a cool experience! I will never forget seeing Lemmy beating the shit out of that old car with a sledgehammer. I wish I still had my autographed broken sledgehammer handle that I picked up from the mess. That night we all went to the Paramount with about 400 people total in the audience! Lemmy said, “Next time bring some of your friends!”

They then launched into the loudest show I’ve over seen! Thank you, Lemmy, for being a huge influence on this young guitar player all those years ago!!

Don’t forget the joker!

– Mike McCready

Guitarist Breaks Silence On Guns N’ Roses Reunion

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus briefly discussed the reunion of the band’s original members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan with a fan on Facebook yesterday. While Rose, Slash, and McKagan are confirmed to be part of GNR’s 2016 lineup, no other members have been confirmed yet. Many rumors have stated that Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, and Dizzy Reed will remain with the band, even with Slash and McKagan’s returns. Other rumors have stated that Matt Sorum will be the drummer, and others have said that the original lineup featuring Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin will reunite.

Fortus reportedly reacted to the reunion news and rumors of him being involved yesterday by saying to a fan, “Really!?  Man, I sure hope so!  That’d be awesome.”

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As we have been reporting for months, the reunited Guns N’ Roses will be headlining the Coachella festival in Indio, CA in April 2016. Billboard confirmed our reports earlier today, also reporting that the band will play the new Las Vegas Arena, which is set to open in April. Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan so far are the only confirmed members.

Alternative Nation has learned that Guns N’ Roses will announce additional United States stadium tour dates in late January 2016. We previously reported on December 1st that around 25 dates were planned, and this still appears to be the case. A show at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (where the New York Jets and New York Giants play) is reportedly in the works.

Consequence of Sound
is reporting that Matt Sorum will be the drummer, but there have been many contradictory reports, with Frank Ferrer even hinting at his own involvement, and Steven Adler publicly lobbying for his job back just a couple of months ago.

Guns N’ Roses To Play Coachella, Stadium Shows Planned In New York & Other Major Cities

As we have been reporting for months, the reunited Guns N’ Roses will be headlining the Coachella festival in Indio, CA in April 2016. Billboard confirmed our reports earlier today, also reporting that the band will play the new Las Vegas Arena, which is set to open in April. Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan so far are the only confirmed members.

Alternative Nation has learned that Guns N’ Roses will announce additional United States stadium tour dates in late January 2016. We previously reported on December 1st that around 25 dates were planned, and this still appears to be the case. A show at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (where the New York Jets and New York Giants play) is reportedly in the works.

Consequence of Sound
is reporting that Matt Sorum will be the drummer, but there have been many contradictory reports, with Frank Ferrer even hinting at his own involvement, and Steven Adler publicly lobbying for his job back just a couple of months ago.

Reunited Guns N’ Roses Ask Festival For Over $8 Million

99 Scenes is reporting that the reunited Guns N’ Roses were in negotiations to play at the Amnesia Rockfest, arguably Quebec’s biggest music festival. Promoters couldn’t reach an agreement though, as they thought Guns N’ Roses were asking for too much money. The band’s asking price is reportedly 4 times more than what they’ve paid any other act. The festival paid System of a Down $2 million last year, so if this report is true, Guns N’ Roses wanted at least $8 million.

Metal Sludge is reporting that Guns N’ Roses will record 1 to 2 new songs in early 2016. The band will also sign working agreements (contracts) in early January for their reunion and upcoming tour dates.

Many sources are reporting that an announcement is expected on January 5th. Former Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner liked Alternative Nation’s tweet on Friday linking to our story titled ‘Guns N’ Roses Website Switches To Original Logo, Reunion Imminent.’

A mysterious advertisement seemingly advertising Guns N’ Roses’ upcoming 2016 reunion tour is now being shown before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The advertisement shows a crowd, but not much else. Guns N’ Roses are expected to announce a 2016 reunion tour in just days, with a Coachella appearance expected.

Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan thus far are the only members confirmed by sources and members of the media, with the status of Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, and Matt Sorum unknown.

Duff McKagan has also shared a photo of himself playing bass with the caption ‘LAMF,’ seemingly playing to prepare for the upcoming reunion. Duff had ‘LAMF’ written on his bass amp during the Use Your Illusions tour and in the “Yesterdays” video.

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Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters, STP & Nirvana Members Remember Lemmy Kilmister

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), William DuVall (Alice In Chains), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), and Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) have all posted tributes for Lemmy Kilmister, the legendary Motorhead frontman who passed away yesterday at the age of 70.

William DuVall:

Lemmy was always cool to me. So many stories. My favorite: About 15 years ago, I was driving down Sunset Blvd. near where I lived in West Hollywood. I pulled over into a driveway to talk to someone on my cellphone (this was before I had Bluetooth) and looked up to see Lemmy walking toward my car. He leaned in my passenger window and asked me if I could give him a ride to his favorite strip club in Silver Lake. I said, “Sure.” On our drive, we talked about a wide range of topics – music, global history, World War II. Lemmy was extremely well read and erudite. When we pulled up outside the club, Lemmy pulled out a couple of $20 bills to hand me. I said, “No, man, it’s cool, really.” Lemmy said, “Come on. I see you’re driving on your spare tire (which was true). Go on, take it. You need it. No time to be proud. I appreciate the lift. And the talk.” So I took the money, let Lemmy out, and drove onward. The truth was I did need it. I had risked everything to move to Los Angeles with my band, Comes With The Fall. I was driving around in the 1995 Mercury Tracer that my grandfather had left me, the car that had gotten me across the country. I’d gotten a flat a couple of weeks earlier and, as Lemmy noted, was still driving on the “donut” spare tire because I couldn’t afford a proper replacement. Trying to keep CWTF going – putting out records independently, chasing down gigs, etc. – and simultaneously keep myself going (eating, paying the rent, etc.) meant that things were often very touch and go financially. I appreciated the simplicity and straightforwardness of Lemmy’s reasoning. Just as I often appreciated the no-nonsense clarity of his statements in interviews. The way he spoke was illustrative of the way he lived his life. As many others have already pointed out, and will continue to in the days, weeks, and months to come, Lemmy was one of a kind. And it’s just a fact of life that Motörhead ruled. One of the singular seminal bands right up there with the Stooges, the MC5, and the Ramones. They will live forever and their legend will only grow from this day forward. As it should be. Thank you, Lemmy.

Unreleased Scott Weiland Music Coming In 2016

Mark Racco, the director of Scott Weiland’s side project The Wondergirls “Drop That Baby” video from the late 90’s, has revealed that the Wondergirls are planning on releasing a previously unreleased track titled “Massive Heart Attack” featuring Weiland. Racco said the following on YouTube:

“Keep your fingers crossed I’m currently in negotiations to direct a new Wondergirls video for an unreleased track Scott wrote and performed lead vocals on called ‘Massive Heart Attack’ which in light of his recent passing be very enlightening as he appears to have predicted his own death in the song. the video will be for charity partly benefiting Musicares and partly for Scott’s children.”

Alternative Nation has also learned exclusively from a source that there are two unreleased tracks from Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts’ Blaster recordings sessions. There is no word though on if or when those tracks will be released.

You can listen to a clip of “Massive Heart Attack” below, which we originally premiered a portion of in 2013.

Alternative Nation wrote an in-depth piece on the Wondergirls in 2013 featuring an interview with Ashley Hamilton.

Once upon a time, a record label would mean a band’s avenue to success, or prove to be its undoing. The Wondergirls, an ambitious project spearheaded by entertainer Ashley Hamilton, fell victim to the furtive tactics of the industry. Nowadays, with the advent of the internet, the concept of needing a label is obsolete. With that in mind, Hamilton and his partners in the group are planning a comeback.

In concept, the band, the brainchild of actor/songwriter Ashley Hamilton, was a late 90’s/early 2000’s rock and roll dream team: the roster was filled by some of the most popular artists of the time, including Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, Jay Gordon and Ryan Shuck of Orgy, Troy Van Leeuwen of A Perfect Circle, and Ian Astbury of The Cult. However, after recording a full length album, a string of mishaps led to the destruction of the band.

Outside of “Massive Heart Attack”, Other songs that were worked on in some capacity included “Go My Way”,”Cookie Monster”, “Every Time”, “Kiss and Tell (The Train Song)” and cover of Iggy Pop’s “Passenger”.

Ashley Hamilton told Alternative Nation, “It was one of those groundbreaking things, you knew it was going to be fucking huge. We had so many potential hit songs from that record, and we were so stoked.” Sadly, when the recording process was well underway, legal turmoil tore the band apart. “We started our record… the problem was that we were on so many labels, and [the labels] were fighting over money. We’re more than halfway done with the album, and one day we come in and Josh Abraham says there’s a problem… we should be finished in a couple of days, we’ll be back… that was the last of the project. People disappeared and went back to their own gigs, I didn’t have a gig. The thing was done.”

Any hope of releasing the finished music they had was lost when the master reels were lost in the shuffle. “Its just weird how it can just disappear and nobody can seem to know where it is. It just sounds weird to me.”