Chris Cornell Talks ‘Glamorizing’ Of Scott Weiland, Kurt Cobain & Layne Staley’s Deaths

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was recently interviewed by 105.7 the Point, and Alternative Nation has transcribed several quotes. The reporter asked Cornell if it blows his mind that he’s still here, especially with fellow Grunge icons Scott Weiland, Kurt Cobain, and Layne Staley having died.

“I don’t know, it’s hard to say. I guess the overall attitude ends up being that it’s a drug issue, but that’s kind of cloudy. I have other friends that are extremely talented musicians that died in different ways.”

He said he doesn’t blame the music industry for rock star deaths.

“What I’m getting at is if you go into a 12-step meeting in any city, and you count 75 people and you ask how many people are musicians, you’re going to get 2, and everybody else is going to be from every walk of life as you can imagine. The same as Scott Weiland’s mother crying, there are mothers crying who have lost their sons who are construction workers, mechanics, literally anything you can think of, and it’s happening every day. The only difference between a musician that’s famous, and that other kid, is we don’t talk about them on the radio, that’s kind of it. They’re not somebody that is a public personality that’s already been talked about for other reasons.”

“Then I also think there’s kind of a history of glamorizing a little bit the ‘dead guy,’ whether it’s a rock star or a famous actor. James Dean, he only made three movies, and he’s one of the best known actors of all time. Granted, I think everyone agreed that he was really talented, and he died in a sort of glamorous bad ass way, which was in a little race car on his way to a race, driving it himself. I think there’s something to the legend of that, and the story of that, but one of the things I’ve experienced over and over again, which I think is a way that people deal with it, particularly when it’s somebody that is already kind of celebrated for something, is that we kind of invent the idea that it was ‘predetermined’ I think. That’s where I get impatient with it, because if that’s the case, then it’s predetermined with every kid that ends up with a substance abuse habit, and dies from it.”

Cornell also discussed personal responsibility when it comes to an addict dying, not blaming hanging out with ‘the wrong crowd’ for death. Cornell said he sees it as a parental way of dealing with it, and that he doesn’t agree with blaming other people for the addict’s death. “I’m not saying that is entirely wrong, but if someone has the propensity to abuse alcohol or drugs, and if they didn’t meet the wrong sort this weekend, they’re going to meet another guy somewhere else, if you have that in you.”

He later said, “I don’t think that, at the end of the day, if a person really wants to get better, anything can stop them, and if a person doesn’t want to, they won’t. You can’t make them do it.”

Top 10 Dave Grohl Moments Of 2015

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s 2015 will go down as one of the most epic years in recent rock star memory. Relive Dave’s greatest moments of the year below!

10. Dave has epic drum off on The Muppets

Earlier this month, Dave Grohl had a hilarious drum off with Animal from Miss Piggy’s band on ABC’s The Muppets.

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9. Dave sings happy birthday to his Mom

At Foo Fighters’ epic show at Wrigley Field in Chicago this past summer, Dave Grohl brought his mother Virginia Grohl and cousin Tracy on stage so that fans could sing happy birthday to them! Grohl also discussed his mother drinking with Green Day.

8. Foo Fighters jam with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones & Queen’s Roger Taylor

Foo Fighters were joined by Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones for an epic performance of “Under Pressure” at the Milton Keynes National Bowl, with the musicians forming a ‘super-duper-group.’ Jones played keys, and Taylor drummed, while Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins sang vocals.

Grohl said, “Now look, I don’t know if ya’ll ever seen a supergroup, this is a super-duper-group. I don’t even know what to say, because this kind of shit does not happen every day. Let me just tell you that the Foo Fighters right now are living out our rock and roll fantasy with you tonight, wouldn’t you say?

Taylor Hawkins agreed, “Fuckin’ aye.” Hawkins then told Roger Taylor to “go for it, you’re in charge.”

Dave Grohl said that Queen were the first band to perform at Milton Keynes, so it was fitting that Taylor was joining them. The performance also was a semi-Them Crooked Vultures reunion for Grohl and John Paul Jones.

7. Foo Fighters ‘Rick Roll’ Westboro Baptist Church

After hearing that Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) was going to protest the Foo Fighters Friday, August 21st concert at the Kansas City Sprint Center, Dave Grohl and company ‘Rick Rolled’ WBC who were protesting in front of the venue. The flamboyant counter protest included the band in the back of a truck which was also blasting the Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” while drummer Taylor Hawkins waved a sign that read ‘You Got Rick Roll’d, Again’ and his drum tech sporting nothing but thong underwear below the waist.

6. Foo Fighters Invite Crying Fan On Stage To Sing “My Hero”

Foo Fighters were performing “My Hero” acoustic in Greenwood Village, Colorado last night, and Dave Grohl spotted a fan crying in the crowd. See Alternative Nation’s transcription below!

“Don’t cry motherfucker, I know you’re drunk, don’t cry. Are you crying right now? You’re fucking crying aren’t you? (Laughs) I love you man, look at you, holy shit. You know what, fuck that speech I was just going to make, I’m singing this shit to you right now. I’m gonna sing this fucking song right in your face, man to man, prison style, I’m going man to man. Me and you, I want some real tears, you better sing it with me. (Laughs) Don’t make me cry, because I promised I wouldn’t do this.”

“Get closer, get front row! Where are you going motherfucker? Get back here! No you get here, front row. I’m going to sing this to your crying grown man ass right now. Front row, against the rail, right here, get in here motherfucker, you drunk emotional mess!”

At first Grohl hesitated to bring him on stage, but then he invited him. The fan identified himself as Anthony. Grohl then serenaded Anthony, singing “My Hero” to him and making him continue to cry. Anthony also sang part of the song with Grohl. Grohl joked that nobody should let Anthony drive home, and he also hugged him multiple times.

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5. Dave jams with Slash, David Lee Roth, and more on his birthday

Foo Fighters played their first show of 2015 in January on a rainy night in Los Angeles at the Forum. The show was hyped as being a celebration of Dave Grohl’s birthday, but not much was known going in regarding what setlist might be going in, or if any special guests might show up. Foo Fighters kicked off the show and Dave Grohl immediately said that it would be a long night with tons of guests. The band were also using a new round stage setup in the middle of the arena that rotated throughout the show. Grohl would use the stage to rile up fans to cheer for the stage to rotate in their direction, and joked that he was getting nauseous at one point.

When it came to the set, KISS’ Paul Stanley was the first guest. Stanley performed “Detroit Rock City” and “Do You Love Me.” After Stanley left, the band performed “All My Life,” “Rope,” and “The Pretender.” The show mostly continued with this type of rotation, with a couple of songs with a guest performer followed by a few hits. Tenacious D and Slash were the next guests, performing Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” Jack Black led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Dave Grohl, with balloons dropping from the ceiling.

Alice Cooper performed his two biggest hits: “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen.” Former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri came out to perform Roky Erickson’s “Two Headed Dog.” Grohl introduced Oliveri by mentioning ‘the band I used to drum for,’ which led to many fans immediately thinking that Krist Novoselic would come out.

Zakk Wylde was arguably the best guest performer. When he came out, Dave Grohl took over on bass and he, Wylde, and Taylor Hawkins performed as a ‘power trio,’ according to Grohl. Wylde absolutely ripped and immediately won over the crowd, despite being less famous than some of the other guests. Wylde, Grohl, and Hawkins covered Black Sabbath, and it was definitely the heaviest portion of the set. Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell was the next guest for “Mountain Song” and “Miss You.” Farrell was another highlight, with great stage energy despite being in his mid 50’s. Farrell missed some lyrics of “Miss You” and had some light hearted banter with Taylor Hawkins regarding it.

Trombone Shorty came out during “This Is A Call” like he did at a recent festival performance, throwing some variety into the show instrumentally. Grohl then discussed the guest from the night largely being friends that he called, but he said he wanted to play with someone that he never had, and that ended up being the next guest: Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. Roth was a huge surprise, as he is not a part of Grohl’s usual cast of characters in his all star projects. Roth was on top form, telling a joke in a middle of a song about mixing up the word ketchup with ‘you’re a fucking bitch.’ “Panama” was one of the highlights of the night.

The show ended up Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Slash, and Zakk Wylde coming out for “Let It Rock,” which was definitely the loudest performance of the night with 6 guitarists on stage. The show ended at 32 songs clocking in at well over 3 hours, it was definitely a special night that you can only really get in Los Angeles.

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4. Foo Fighters Release Surprise EP

Foo Fighters launched a mysterious website in October with a countdown clock ending in late November. They dropped clues to fans during the month long wait, with many fans eventually figuring out that the band would likely release the new songs they had recorded in Austin, Texas. This came to be last month, with the surprise Saint Cecilia EP release, which was dedicated to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

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3. Dave Grohl Unveils His Throne

Dave Grohl made his return to the stage with Foo Fighters in July after breaking his leg in Washington DC for the band’s epic 20th anniversary concert at RFK Stadium. Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett, LL Cool J, and Trombone Shorty also performed. Grohl performed on a throne surrounded by guitars and even showed off footage of himself after his surgery for his broken leg. You can watch video of Foo Fighters performing “Everlong” below, followed by a photo of Grohl post surgery and a close up look at his throne.

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2. Dave Breaks His Leg, Keeps Playing

Dave Grohl broke his leg at Foo Fighters’ show in Gothenburg, Sweden in June when he fell into the pit during the second song of the set, “Monkey Wrench.” Grohl immediately knew something was wrong, and told the crowd he thought he had broken his leg. “I think I just broke my leg again. I think I really broke my leg. So you have my promise, right now, that the Foo Fighters, we’re gonna come back and finish the show. But right now…I’m gonna go to the hospital, I’mma fix my leg, but then I’mma come back, and we’re gonna play for you again. I’m so sorry.”

Grohl then told his bandmates they had to do ‘Chevy Metal,’ their side project covers act. Taylor Hawkins then took over vocals for part of the show, and said, “”Dave just broke his leg, in a big fucking way.” Grohl later returned and performed in a chair. “I may not be able to walk or run but I can still play guitar and scream,” Grohl told the crowd upon his return.

1. Foo Fighters Play Show For Rockin’ 1000 In Cesena

This is perhaps the greatest thing to happen in rock music so far this year. Foo Fighters made a dream a reality last month as they fulfilled their promise to play Cesena, Italy.

Back in July, an epic video of 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans playing “Learn to Fly” together went viral. The incredible initiative was spearheaded by visionary Fabio Zaffagnini, who spoke with Alternative Nation in an exclusive interview shortly after the video launched.

Dave Grohl immediately responded via a homemade video where he promised the Foo’s will be coming. Zaffagnini was also flown to Walla Walla, WA to meet the band before their Washington Park Community Center show in August. On October 22, the band announced the show would be happening, with tickets going on sale the next day.

“You want to sing a song? Ready T?” screamed Grohl before Foo Fighters opened the Cesena show with “Learn to Fly.”

“We’re here for a very very special reason. This has never happened before. This is like a revolution,” Grohl said as he expressed sincere gratitude to the joyous crowd.

“And then I fuckin’ cried because it was great,” Grohl continued before “Big Me.” “To see you people, singing our song for the whole fucking world, to me, it’s the greatest moment of my life. You should do the same thing, do it for U2, do it for Pearl Jam, do it for Soundgarden, do it for Rage Against the Machine.”

Guns N’ Roses Hint At Duff McKagan Rejoining Band

Guns N’ Roses released their official Christmas card yesterday on their official Facebook page. Interestingly enough, Duff McKagan is featured on the card in the midst of rumors of either a reunion of Guns N’ Roses’ original lineup, or McKagan and Slash rejoining the band.

Also featured in the card is MSL, a noted Guns N’ Roses fan who leaked tracks from Chinese Democracy several years back. MSL is shown just above Axl Rose’s Santa hat, he is the guy with the beard. GNR later deleted the photo.

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Eddie Trunk recently posted a new blog where he reveals that Guns N’ Roses reunion talks have been going on over the last year.

“I have said for years I think one day some sort of reunion will happen. Why? Because it’s too big not to, the members are still relatively young, and the money is way too attractive to ignore. The main reason I would like to see it is because as a lifelong promoter of rock and metal it would give our genre a shot in the arm. I do believe and have been told by very reliable sources over the last year or so that indeed there have been talks. But “talks” can go several ways as we all know and have seen. Promoters can and sometimes do make offers for bands and tours not currently formed. Hoping the amount of money makes the bands reunite. Zeppelin, Floyd, etc. I have personally been asked to make offers to the guys in Skid Row to reunite by promoters half a dozen times over the years. Offers happen all the time, putting the pieces in place to make tours happen, not so much. Ego, politics, control, money, merch, control of the name and brand, all play a part. Factor in that when a band splits all the members now have their own managers and agents who must then negotiate. So I think 100% there are talks and hopes of doing something with GnR. How close they are or if they actually happen is anyone’s guess. It could be tomorrow, it could be in five years, it could be never. Unless you are on the very inside with lawyers, agents and managers you just don’t know. And with how volatile this stuff can be it could have been set and pulled off the table five times already for all we know.

Here’s where the fans can’t be blamed for speculation; there has been no announcement from any source that this ISN’T happening! To end this all that would need to happen is Slash, Duff, or Axl put out a statement saying this is not happening and they are staying on their current paths. They would have to be on another planet to not know it’s being talked about everywhere. But if Axl came out tomorrow and said “I have a new lineup, here are my new guys replacing Bumble and DJ, here’s what we are doing” , it would all be over. A statement from anyone killing it will stop all the madness. But since that has not happened you can’t blame any fan who wants this for dreaming. And it likely means there are still talks ongoing. So the speculation and rumors will continue until we get an announcement saying one thing or the other.”

Fuel Cover Stone Temple Pilots “Vasoline” In Honor Of Scott Weiland

Fuel recently opened their east coast December shows with a cover of Stone Temple Pilots’ “Vasoline.”

“This one’s for a fallen comrade,” says frontman Brett Scallions, before launching into the classic slide-driven riff. The song closes with a “Love ya brother,” from Scallions as well.

In addition to sharing the stage numerous times, Scallions and Scott Weiland were also co-owners in a New York City Rock Club called Snitch, for a few years.

Alternative Nation would like to wish a very happy (belated) birthday to Brett Scallions!

Watch Fuel open with “Vaoline” at their 12/19 show at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA:

Stone Temple Pilots Release Scott Weiland Tribute ‘Memories Of Candles & Incense’

Stone Temple Pilots’ surviving members Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo, and Eric Kretz have released an emotional tribute to their late frontman Scott Weiland. In the video, the band listen back to “Atlanta” off of 1999’s No. 4.

Robert: Dean, Eric, and I wanted to honor Scott, and we thought the best way to do that would be musically. We chose this song because we felt it was one of the times in his career where Scott was truly at his best.

Dean:
When you hear this track, we hope to share in the same feeling, and spirit, that each of us had while recording it. The four of us in a room, capturing a moment in time on tape. So enjoy the song, and the depth of this brilliant performance from Scott.

Eric:
Once again, another amazing vocal performance from Scott. This is one song in particular that hits me the same way today as it did the day that we recorded it. I mean, love how he crafted such great lyrics, melody, and that true and honest tone in his voice. It was truly something special.

Robert: You know, pulling up the multitracks of this song 16 years after it was recorded was very emotional, especially with Scott’s passing. It brought back a lot of great memories of the person who added so much to these songs. This music lives on, and we’ll always remember Scott this way.

STP have also released two alternate versions of “Atlanta” on their official website.

Top 10 Rock Albums Of 2015

Nearly 10,000 Alternative Nation readers voted, and we now have the Top 10 Rock Albums of 2015!

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10. Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings

It’s basic, low-fi, and stripped down to the bare bones. It’s raw! The Montage of Heck soundtrack companion jumps straight into Cobain’s psyche. From the opening strumming and mumbles on “The Yodel Song,” to the ever-angelic, elongated, work-in-progress take of “Do Re Mi,” the album is a trip inside of Cobain’s creative process.

It feels exactly like you’re in the room with Kurt, as he’s practicing the chords, tuning the guitar, or just goofing off with one of his voices for comedy. In conclusion, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings (Deluxe Ed.) is exactly what any hardcore Nirvana/ Kurt Cobain fan would love, to understand the creative process – along with the film, of Kurt Cobain. (Full review)

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9. Dead Sara – Pleasure To Meet You

Dead Sara returned with their second album Pleasure To Meet You earlier this year, featuring the triumphant but tragic “Suicidal,” the California rocker “Something Good,” and Grunge tinged “Mona Lisa.”

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8. Puscifer – Money Shot

While Tool fans anxiously await for what is becoming their version of Chinese Democracy, Maynard James Keenan kept rolling with Puscifer’s Money Shot. The video for the title track perfectly encapsulates the appeal of the album, bring a sense of attitude and heaviness, but juxtaposing it with the absurdity of Luchadores fighting in a bar.

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7. Chris Cornell – Higher Truth

Chris Cornell went back to basics with Higher Truth, stripping away the Timbaland beats and synth found on 2009’s Scream. The album was very much in the same vein as his recent Songbook shows, with an adult contemporary stripped down sound that sounds very age appropriate. “Dead Wishes,” a song that analyzes the psyche of homeless people, is one of Cornell’s better tracks he has recorded in the last several years. (Full review)

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6. John Frusciante – Renoise Tracks 2009-2011

Some complained of 2015’s Trickfinger as underdeveloped and bare bones. Those tracks were made in 2007-2008 and it in the following years, 2009-2011 worked on these tracks and there is a supreme difference. With clips of audio from different media, it almost feels like a movie. It is awesome to see Frusciante progress like this and I can only imagine what his work sounds like today, the work he has been working on this year. He evolved a lot from Trickfinger to Renoise, what will the coming work sound like? Frusciante easily could become a hit in the underground electronic scene, he seems to take a lot of good element from those scenes and makes it exclusively his own. (Full review)

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5. Eagles of Death Metal – Zipper Down

Zipper Down is their fourth studio album, and it has been seven years since the last. This time, original members Jesse Hughes (on the album cover referred to as Boots Electric) and Josh Homme (Baby Duck) do everything themselves without help from additional musicians, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The album hit the right spot immediately.

The first track, ”Complexity”, captures the spirit of EoDM: funky, uptempo and fun. ”Silverlake”, ”Got a Woman” and ”Got the Power” follow the same pattern, while ”I Love You All The Time” is a slower song that is, as the title suggests, full of love. ”Skin-Tight Boogie” is a groovy kind of rap, featuring Hughes’ girlfriend Tuesday Cross on backing vocals. (Full review)

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4. Foo Fighters – Saint Cecilia (EP)

Foo Fighters surprised fans last month with a new EP recorded in Austin, Texas. The eponymous “Saint Cecilia” kicks off the E.P. with the “comfort food” side of the Foos familiar in tunes like “Walk” and “Learn to Fly”, with layered vocals from Dave Grohl accompanying a country/heartland melody. “Sean”, the shortest and fastest tune of the release clocking in at 02:11, captures a pop-punk vibe in the verses punctuated by a simple chorus hook consisting of a noodly riff and shouts of “Sean!”.

“Savior Breath” fuses the Foos’ Washington D.C. hardcore punk roots with Motorhead; it’s one of the group’s heaviest songs, right up there with “White Limo” off of 2011’s Wasting Light. Dave Grohl’s solo is one of the most memorable out of his recent output. “Iron Rooster” is the slow acoustic ballad here, capturing a bit of a Pink Floyd-vibe in Dave Grohl’s vocals and loose guitar solos. (Full review)

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3. Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts – Blaster

Editor’s pick for best album of the year: Blaster was Scott Weiland’s first album of original material in 5 years, and he hadn’t lost a step creatively. On the album Weiland hit melodic highs, and his lyrics were as beautiful, dark, and abstract as ever. “Amethyst” is one of the album’s highlights, a throwback to Purple era Weiland, featuring Jeremy Brown’s greatest guitar solo on the album.

In the one of the album’s most powerful songs, “Parachute,” Weiland sang about seeing through the eyes of love: ‘Catch you when you’re fallin’/Even when you’re not/I’ll see you through the eyes of love/Even when you’re crawlin’/Even when you’re fallin’/I’ll be your parachute, hold you up.’ The song feels like a spiritual successor to “Dare If You Dare,” with a feeling of frenetic euphoria driving the ending.

“Circles” ended up being the bookend to Weiland’s discography with his death just a few weeks ago, and it will definitely end up going down as one of his most underrated tracks. The country tinged ballad has themes of love, desperation, but also a feeling of hope sprinkled throughout it. (Full review)

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2. Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

For this LP, the non-conventional approach at first seemed to convey a somewhat underwhelming experience, yet with time, a more detailed and expansive sound was revealed on tracks like “Warship My Wreck,” “Slave Only Dreams to be King,” and “The Devil Beneath My Feet.” The current singles are not the strongest released in his catalog, but still provides a heavy edge. In conclusion, The Pale Emperor is a significant milestone in Marilyn Manson’s musical career as he takes a step farther in a dark, melodic direction. (Full review)

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1. Faith No More – Sol Invictus

Faith No More live reunions have been on and off since 2009, but the large gap of time between an official album release had lead the quirky, alternative rock community to borderline hopeless until more recently. Marked as their seventh album in the discography, Sol Invictus, clearly had a reputation to live up to.

On the album, Faith No More still have the means of creating enjoyable tracks that mediate between a mainstream sound and avant-garde. Although it is clear which songs will fall through the cracks with time, a few tracks plus the singles are deserving of high praise and allow this album to serve as a solid return to the rock world after eighteen years. (Full review)

Velvet Revolver Guitarist Reacts To Scott Weiland Dying From Drugs

Kushner responded to a fan who tweeted him a link to a story on Weiland’s toxicology report by saying: ‘Bummer. Alcoholism and Addiction are two ruthless and relentless motherfuckers.’

A fan also tweeted him: ‘it may not be much comfort, but I’m pretty certain you and Duff gave him another 12 years of life. :-)’ Kushner responded: ‘He gave us a lot too.’

Kushner wrote last week on Instagram regarding the photo at the top of this article, “From a gig @scottweiland and I did earlier this year. It all started to hit me last night when I saw this pic. Fucking sad. I knew this guy since before @stpband and talked to him the day they got signed to Atlantic. Too much more to say than I could ever fit in this tiny space. What a fucking talent. Thanks for the pic #jamieweiland. Safe travels my friend. #scottweiland #rocknrolleillneverbethesame #ripscottweiland.”

Velvet Revolver released the following statement:

We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experience a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that, there is no doubt.

Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy. We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids…and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day.

It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective.

Rest in peace Scott.

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Chris Cornell Rips ‘One Guy With A Bunch Of New Guys’ Reunions

Chris Cornell discussed writing Soundgarden’s new album in a new interview with DC101, and also criticized rock reunions, particularly ones with only one original member. Alternative Nation has transcribed Cornell’s comments.

“Once we were done with King Animal, I felt like we didn’t skip a beat really, we’re still the same band we always were. Everybody still has the same capabilities they always did have, plus some new tools in the toolbox that we developed in the decade that we weren’t together.”

“Without comparing to specific other bands, a lot of things can happen when a band takes a decade or more off, and then reform. Sometimes there’s personnel changes, sometimes there’s kind of a directional shift, where they dramatically will sort of go for something that is the sound of the moment, and kind of abandon their own identity to the degree that it’s really alienating, and I’m speaking as a fan now of bands where they’ve done that. I think the thing that happens the most is one guy with a bunch of new guys, and still calling it the same band, and pretending it’s the same band.”

He added, “It’s different people, and that’s something we never would have done.”

Chris Cornell’s Soundgarden bandmates also ripped ‘one man bands’ in a 2013 Gigwise interview, with many fans assuming they were talking about Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan based on his comments criticizing their reunion for being a cash grab.

Kim Thayil: “It’s not possible for us to do a bad record. Here’s how it’s possible to do a bad record. You’ve got one jackass who runs the whole thing, and a bunch of guys they hire around him.”

Matt Cameron: “Who you talking about?”

Ben Shepherd: “You mean the yes men?”

Kim Thayil: “Now you can make a bad record because your stupid ideas aren’t being bounced around, going to the fucking ether.”

Ben Shepherd: “Some are like a yes men thing, we’re like a no men thing.”

Kim Thayil: “If you’ve got a band where one guy calls the shots, that’s a band that’s going to suck. Because the guy might have bad thoughts in his head. Well I just came out of sobriety and I’ve got this idea for a rock record, I just married my third wife and I have this new idea for a rock record.”

Ben Shepherd: “How we deal with it is we just control ourselves so we just focus on what we’re going to do, how and what we’re going to be and that’s all you can really control in life, not what some dickhead says about you, so you just don’t worry about it.”

Bloodhound Gang: ‘F**k Guns N’ Roses Without Slash’

Bloodhound Gang released their first album in a decade last Friday, titled Hard Off. The album kicks off with the song “My Dad Says That’s For Pussies.” Below is the clip with the lyric, click here to listen to the full song.

“My Dad Says That’s For Pussies” Lyrics:

Fuck Guns ‘N’ Roses without Slash
A real man never uses hair product unless he’s black
Toilet Paper is for queers
Gargling after a blowjob is how they make light beer

[Hook]
You can’t have no fun with an unloaded gun
My Dad says that’s for pussies

Ain’t gonna lift the seat to whizz
Just ‘cos it’s called Men’s Gymnastics doesn’t mean it is
This Fairtrade coffee tastes like gay
Now seems like a good time to out Matthew McConaughey

[Hook]

Libraries, back-up parachutes and the Versailles Treaty
Seatbelts, hurricane warnings and anti-freeze
Rogaine, helmets, CPR and Kenny G
Wheelchairs, Ghandi, rehab, braille and harmonies

John Wayne would never use a surge protector!

[Hook] x 2

You can’t have no fun with an unloaded gun
My Dad says, my Dad says
My Dad says that’s for pussies

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce New 2016 Festival Tour Dates

As the Chili Peppers add the finishing touches to their eleventh studio album, and the second with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer (ex-Frusciante collaborator) , the band has quietly announced tour dates for the next year. They are all exclusively festival tour dates and all but one is in Europe. Next summer, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be back in Europe to cover festivals such as Reading (England), Rock am Ring (Germany), Pinkpop (the Netherlands) and Rokslide (Denmark). They also will be found starting their festival tour dates at Ohio’s Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, May 21st-23rd. They have headlined several of these festivals in the past, such as Pinkpop and Rokslide. The tour dates are as below:

Date Venue Location
May 21-23 Rock On The Range Columbus, Ohio Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 03-05 Rock am Ring Mendig Airfield, Germany Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 03-05 Rock im Park Nuremburg, Germany Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 08 Greenfield Festival Interlaken, Switzerland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 10-12 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 10-12 Novarock Nickelsdorf, Austria Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 30-Jul 03 Open’er Festival Gdynia, Poland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 30-Jul 03 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 02 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 06 U-Park Festival Kiev, Ukraine Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 09 Park Live Moscow, Russia Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 26-27 Reading Festival Reading, England Get Tickets | RSVP
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As our last article reported, Tim and Cameron recently jammed with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who offered a major update on the band’s new album.

“He said the album has been finished musically for a while now, but they are still waiting on Anthony to track the vocals. He says the new album sounds very ‘emotional’. He smells like a freshly opened pack of printer paper.”

 

In anticipation, enjoy some videos from RHCP’s past, at some of these festivals:

Pinkpop 1988 (With original guitarist Hillel Slovak) “Fight Like a Brave”

Pinkpop 1988 Interview

Rokslide Festival 2002 “Scar Tissue”

Rock am Ring 2004 “My Lovely Man”

 

Readings/Leeds 2007 “Don’t Forget Me”

 

Tommy Black Reacts To Being Cleared Of Drug Charges In Scott Weiland’s Death

Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black had his first social media activity yesterday since Scott Weiland’s death on December 3rd in Bloomington, Minnesota. Black shared Alternative Nation’s article on Bloomington Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley announcing that they would not pursue drug charges against him because it was too difficult to prove the drugs belonged to him.

He also shared People’s report on our story, seemingly confirming Hartley’s announcement.

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The Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis reported yesterday that Scott Weiland overdosed on cocaine, methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA; also known as “sally” or “the love drug,” and chemically related to the drug ecstasy) and ethanol. The report also indicates heart disease and asthma were “significant” conditions. The test results also revealed Scott’s “multi-substance dependence” was a factor. TMZ also are reporting that alcohol played a role.

Police also found Xanax, sleeping pills, Viagra, and meds to treat bipolar disorder on the bus — but those drugs did not play a factor in his death.

Wildabouts guitarist Nick Maybury has posted more comments on his bandmate Scott Weiland’s tragic death in the last few days on Twitter in response to mourning fans.

Maybury tweeted, “I miss him too I couldn’t speak for a week in a zone of loss and heartache bummed wel never play music.”

He also said, “Been a tough time indeed – grateful to be apart of something this legendary – what an awesome artist ”

Maybury and Wildabouts drummer Joey Castillo also showed moral support for each other last week on Instagram, with Castillo commenting a tribute post with ‘Love you Bro⚡️⚡️RIP Scotty.’

Maybury responded, ‘Love you too man @theejoeyc can barley talk.’

Top Ten Star Wars Rip Offs And Cash Ins

Star Wars is a cultural touchstone which took the world by storm and kicked off a fanboy Armageddon the likes of which have not been matched, even said fanboys rivals… the Trekkie. Star Wars reached across the gulf of nerd and straight to find the heart of the culture of pop, for better or worse. No matter your age, whether you saw Star Wars back in 1977 or on TV in 1984 or on video in the 90’s, you saw it and gripped you. Sure, it’s not the most well written, acted or directed saga out there and the prequels were pretty much garbage straight through but the impact that Star Wars had is undeniable. The film changed the game in 1977 (a game already having been altered by Jaws 2 years prior). Cross-Marketing was never as important as it was now and just as Jaws had before it and Alien would after it… a wave of quick cash-ins flooded the market for years to come. Now, some use the term rip-off, but these are really more cash-ins for the most part. Riding a trend is easy, ripping off is something more. A few of the list below are pretty blatant in their note for note copying of the Star Wars formula but lets face it, Star Wars was not highly original to begin with so it’s a self perpetuating cycle. Of those that are not copies are those which are original pieces of work made in the style of Star Wars as a deliberate attempt to strike a similar cord with the massive audience of Star Wars fans. Here Anthony Carioscia and Josh Hadley bring you ten films that tried to be Star Wars.

Moonraker – (1979)

Anthony: This eleventh entry in the Bond franchise brought everyone’s favorite spy into space! When a space ship is mysteriously hi-jacked, Bond is sent to find out who is behind it. During this adventure he meets Holly Goodhead as well as his old enemy Jaws. The Roger Moore era of Bond was known for its cheesy installments and this one takes the cheesecake. While sandwiched between two better bonds (The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only), Moonraker is worth a look just to see Bond fighting with laser guns in space.

Star Odyssey – (1979)

Josh: Star Odyssey is an Italian entry into the post Star Wars boom and it might just be the most Italian thing ever. It’s like what Star Wars would be if you watched the movie in another language all the while thinking it was some kind of porno. You have mustaches on just about every male, skimpy clothing on most females, terrible editing, garbage can “droids” ,a pair of suicidal duck robots (I wish I were kidding), “androids” that are ostensibly fruity cannon fodder as well a villain straight out of an eight year old’s idea of what Darth Vader was all about.

Message from Space – (1978)

Anthony: In 1978 director Kinji Fukasaku and actor Sony Chiba brought us the critically acclaim history film Shogun’s Samurai. That same year the two made the Star Wars rip-off Message from Space.  After the planet Jillucia is nearly wiped out by the forces of an Empress known as Mother, a man called King Kaiba sends eight holy seeds each to be gathered by a chosen one to help save the galaxy. This Japanese classic is notable for having a empress type character( played by a man in drag) before Empire Strikes Back introduced us to Emperor Palpatine.  The film is a lot of fun to watch and recommended for those who love old school Japanese sci-fi.

Battlestar Galactica – (1978)

Josh: Movies were not the only medium which used Star Wars as an “influence”. In 1979 ABC Television made Battlestar Galactica as a 3 hour TV movie which led into the TV series. Battlestar was like H. G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come in that it was not taking elements from Lucas’ movie, but more so the style and tone… which was enough to make Fox and Lucas sue Universal (Battlestar’s production company). Fox and Lucas lost the case but won the battle as Galactica was not a ratings hit and was cancelled after one season. Using some of the FX crew from Star Wars gives Galactica a great look but the mundane stories and meandering production were definitely a problem.

H.G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come – (1979)

Josh: I am not even sure how to describe 1979’s H. G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come . It’s like a bad pre-Star Wars scifi hack job but with a post Star Wars sensibility. It’s hard to describe. There are cute droids, space battles, colorful costumes, bad acting… upon reflection though it’s closer to a Space 1999 rip off that was simply made at a time when everyone wanted “the next Star Wars“.

Starcrash – (1978)

Anthony: Out of all the Italian Star Wars knock offs, Starcrash  is the most well known. Stella Star and her sidekick Akton manage to pick up a castaway when running from authorities. They are then recruited by the Emperor to help destroy a super weapon by Count Zarth Arn as well as save the prince ( played by David Hasselholf). With nice colors and special effects, Starcrash is a beautiful film. Not a dull moment goes by in this flick as it is very enjoyable and action packed. A good place to start for ones trying to get into Italian rip-off films.

Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan – (1982)

Anthony: In 1979 due to the success of Star Wars, an attempt at bringing Star Trek to the big screen was made. This film was called Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The film’s end product was that of a flawed and boring film. In 1982 they tried again with The Wrath of Khan, this time making a space opera with space battles… you know, like Star Wars. This film is to Star Trek what The Empire Strikes Back is to Star War  as it remains the most iconic installment in its franchise.

Starchaser : The Legend of Orin – (1985)

Josh: It took until 1985 for Starchaser: The Legend of Orin to come about… (I guess they were waiting for the entire Star Wars trilogy to finish up before they ripped it off). A farm boy who has a destiny to stop an armored warlord with a laser sword alongside a rouge smuggler, a lost princess and a few droids… while using a vaguely described “force” and a ghost mentor. Nope, this was not like Star Wars AT ALL. This 3D animated film is not really that bad, if you can forgive its obvious “influences”.

Flash Gordon – (1980)

Anthony: Though based on source material that influenced Star Wars, there is no denying this film was made to cash in on Star Wars. A football player is skyjacked aboard a doctor’s space ship along with a beautiful woman. They travel to planet Mongo to unite its forces to stop the planets’s dictator Ming the Merciless. With it’s Adam West Batman inspired  campy tone, great sense of humor, over the top action and killer sound track by Queen, Flash Gordon is one of the best films of the 80’s. Any science fiction fan who hasn’t seen this film must! You won’t regret it.

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Battle Beyond the Stars – (1980)

Josh: Battle Beyond The Stars is Roger Corman’s entry into the post Star Wars boom (post Empire really, it’s 1980 at this point). Corman had released Starcrash  a few years prior and didn’t want to repeat himself so instead of a straight up Star Wars knock, Battle is really more Star Wars influenced when in reality this is a blatant sci-fi version of The Magnificent Seven (more so than The Seven Samurai). John Sayles witty script, James Cameron’s amazing art design and models and a cast of fantastic actors all make Battle Beyond The Stars a far better film than it should be.

There are many more films which were influenced by Star Wars back in 1977 and the film continues to spread it’s effect on the film industry today. The ten we showcased here are only a sample all of the amazingly interesting movies which came and went in the wake of that war in the stars unleashed that summer of 77.

Police Make Announcement On Investigation Of Scott Weiland’s Bandmate

Bloomington police said they found a small amount of cocaine in Scott Weiland’s bedroom and elsewhere on his tour bus on the night of his death on December 3rd. They briefly held Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black, who was traveling with Weiland.

Bloomington Deputy Police Chief Mike Hartley has announced that authorities won’t pursue a drug charge against him because it would be too difficult to prove the drugs belonged to him.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis reported yesterday that Scott Weiland overdosed on cocaine, methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA; also known as “sally” or “the love drug,” and chemically related to the drug ecstasy) and ethanol. The report also indicates heart disease and asthma were “significant” conditions. The test results also revealed Scott’s “multi-substance dependence” was a factor. TMZ also are reporting that alcohol played a role.

Police also found Xanax, sleeping pills, Viagra, and meds to treat bipolar disorder on the bus — but those drugs did not play a factor in his death.

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Wildabouts guitarist Nick Maybury has posted more comments on his bandmate Scott Weiland’s tragic death in the last few days on Twitter in response to mourning fans.

Maybury tweeted, “I miss him too I couldn’t speak for a week in a zone of loss and heartache bummed wel never play music.”

He also said, “Been a tough time indeed – grateful to be apart of something this legendary – what an awesome artist ”

Maybury and Wildabouts drummer Joey Castillo also showed moral support for each other last week on Instagram, with Castillo commenting a tribute post with ‘Love you Bro⚡️⚡️RIP Scotty.’

Maybury responded, ‘Love you too man @theejoeyc can barley talk.’

Jane’s Addiction & Rage Against The Machine Members React To Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Former Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, and Filter frontman Richard Patrick have posted their thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Headed to The Force Awakens for the THIRD TIME tomorrow. #MayTheForceBeWithYou #StarWars

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Nine Inch Nails To Release New Album In 2016

Trent Reznor has announced that Nine Inch Nails will release a new album next year, following their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snub.

Trent Reznor told Rolling Stone in July that he was in the early stages of working on new Nine Inch Nails music.

“Yeah, I’ve been messing around with some things. And I went through a period of “tour, tour, tour.” Things right after another, with scores and what I’ve been doing whilst working on Apple music here is what I call “laboratory time,” more experiments without any definite agenda. It’s not for a thing, it’s not a record I’m trying to finish in a month. It’s more just feeling around in the dark and seeing what sounds interesting. It’s nice to do that every few years to try and reinvent and discover and try to learn about yourself and what feels exciting to you as an artist.”

He also discussed rock bands no longer selling albums, “As an artist, there’s the difficult transition from realizing that where you used to sell an item that you got X amount for – those days are over. And the toothpaste is not going to go back in the tube. And people aren’t going to suddenly want to buy CDs again and feel good about overpaying for them. That’s a fact. Most of my peers have swallowed the bitter pill that I have swallowed, which is that you don’t make a lot of money selling music these days. It’s just the way it is. I don’t think that’s the way it should be, but that is the way it is. So I’m excited to accept that.”

Multiple Drugs Killed Scott Weiland According To Toxicology Report

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner in Minneapolis is reporting that Scott Weiland overdosed on cocaine, methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA; also known as “sally” or “the love drug,” and chemically related to the drug ecstasy) and ethanol. The report also indicates heart disease and asthma were “significant” conditions. The test results also revealed Scott’s “multi-substance dependence” was a factor. TMZ also are reporting that alcohol played a role.

Police also found Xanax, sleeping pills, Viagra, and meds to treat bipolar disorder on the bus — but those drugs did not play a factor in his death.

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Wildabouts guitarist Nick Maybury has posted more comments on his bandmate Scott Weiland’s tragic death in the last few days on Twitter in response to mourning fans.

Maybury tweeted, “I miss him too I couldn’t speak for a week in a zone of loss and heartache bummed wel never play music.”

He also said, “Been a tough time indeed – grateful to be apart of something this legendary – what an awesome artist ”

Maybury and Wildabouts drummer Joey Castillo also showed moral support for each other last week on Instagram, with Castillo commenting a tribute post with ‘Love you Bro⚡️⚡️RIP Scotty.’

Maybury responded, ‘Love you too man @theejoeyc can barley talk.’

Photo taken by AlternativeNation.net reporter Doug McCausland at tonight's show in Montclair at the Wellmont Theater.

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Pearl Jam Release Eagles of Death Metal Covers

From PearlJam.com:

In the aftermath of the horrific and senseless terrorist attacks on Paris on November 13, 2015, Eagles Of Death Metal asked its musical family to extend the victims of the Paris attacks the same kindness and compassion that everyone from the members of U2 to the French authorities had shown the band—to Play It Forward: EODM asked artists the world over to cover “I Love You All The Time” from its current album Zipper Down. For every cover sold, the band pledged to donate 100% of its publishing income to The Sweet Stuff Foundation, the non-profit organization founded in 2013 by EODM co-founder Joshua Homme to provide assistance to musicians and their families in times of need, as well as musical education and gear for the next generation. Participating artists were also asked to donate the money generated from sales of the song to the charity.

Pearl Jam and drummer Matt Cameron join Eagles of Death Metal to Play It Forward by releasing two EODM covers to benefit the victims of the November 13th terrorist attack in Paris and the family of fallen EODM crew member Nick Alexander.

Tracks:
Pearl Jam “Want You So Hard” (Recorded Live at Estadio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, BR. Nov 22, 2015)
Matt Cameron “I Love You All The Time”

A digital bundle of both songs goes live at 9am PT on Friday, December 18 at www.pearljam.com.

A pre-order of the vinyl version of these songs goes live at that same time at www.pearljam.com.

All proceeds from the sale of these tracks will benefit the Paris attack victims and Nick Alexander’s family via The Sweet Stuff Foundation.

Matt Cameron explains: “After reading Josh Homme’s email encouraging fellow musicians to cover EODM’s “I Love You All the Time,” I was very inspired to act quickly, so I recorded a version on a night off from tour in Mexico City in my hotel room, 11-27-2015, 8pm-12am. I am honored to be a part of this movement of unity and support. We’ll never stop.”

Links to download or pre-order:


iTunes Digital 45

Digital – Pearl Jam Shop 

Pre-order 7inch vinyl – Pearl Jam Shop

This week, Eagles Of Death Metal is overwhelmed with gratitude by the generosity and empathy made manifest in the first wave of “I Love You All The Time” covers being released by a collection of artists, all of whom are donating any royalties due them for these performances.

Homme commented on the Play It Forward initiative and this first showing of camaraderie: “I made a plea to artists and business people alike to come together to use our solidarity as proof that we are stronger together, and that we can make a difference. We are proud to be a little part of such a big group of talent and good will. We can’t thank these artists enough for their donations of talent, love, time, and compassion. Now, the Play It Forward Campaign is in the hands of the fans to help us make a difference, and to help those affected by this tragedy. Please listen, purchase, play, and enjoy – and know that every time you do, you’re doing the sweet stuff that makes that difference.”

For more information visit: http://eaglesofdeathmetal.com/

Interview: Ringo Deathstarr Discuss New Album, Smashing Pumpkins and World Tour

Special thanks to Daniel Coborn

I can’t lie, I’m a bit stubborn and it’s hard for me to get into new music. I’m a bit fixed in my taste but when I discover new music I like, I like to enjoy a close relationship with it and try to get as close to the music as I can. A band I’ve been coming back to again and again lately has been Ringo Deathstarr,a spacey genre bending power trio of G.G. Alex, Daniel Coborn and Elliott Frazier. They’re kooky – it’s hard to believe they’re from Austin, Texas when it sounds like they’re from planet Cerubon 41-2 from the Bunoti galaxy. Slow and explosive but quick with dreamy harmonies, they continue with the legacy of bands like My Bloody Valentine but at the same time do not blatantly rip them off, which I see as being more commonplace nowadays from many “shoegaze revival” movements. With a new name like Ringo Deathstarr, expect the Good Vibes Express headed to a station near you. I had the pleasure of interviewing the guys and talking to them the last couple weeks. Originally it was to be in person at Fun Fun Fun Fest, but it didn’t work out because of transit issues. Below, enjoy our brief interview with Ringo Deathstarr as they just are recovering from touring:

How was your Fun Fun Fun Fest experience?
Seems like a long time ago now, but it was a great festival, as usual–we had to play first in the early morning sun but there was a good turnout and i think we went over well.

Your newest album, Pure Mood, is really neat. I’ve been listening it and really struck me as different from much of the “shoegaze revival” stuff I’ve been hearing this last year or so (excuse the labeling). Is there a particular influence, set of gear or happenstance that distinguishes your album for your past works, instrumentally?
It’s just a bit harder, maybe a bit grungier. We spent a lot more time on the recording and most of the songs were written beforehand so that helped in creating a flow, or something.

I’m bad with discerning lyrics – any particular themes or messages you were exploring on this album?We all wrote lyrics–no particular themes other than the usual–life, love, existential anxiety.

Could you expand on the term “existential anxiety?”
Death, the after life, the infinitely large universe and my relation to it.

We’ve noticed your relationship with the Smashing Pumpkins, especially with guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Was the band an influence growing up?
Of course, and touring with them in 2011 helped out in lots of ways.

Schroeder featured on a track from Pure Mood, “Guilt“. What is the Schroeder collaboration process like?
Send Jeff the tracks, let him do his thing, edit it in… Easy!

How did your initial tour dates with the Pumpkins go?
It was a dream come true, but I wish we could do it again, cause we are a lot better as players now.

How is your European tour going?
The euro tour was insane. We drove all over the continent in a rented station wagon playing in venues of all sizes. We drank lots of free beer, and kicked several asses.

In light of recent political and world events, namely the attacks in Paris, did this stop you from touring around Europe at all?
No way.  We played in Paris the week after the attacks with Protomartyr. It was a really beautiful thing to be a part of.

Any nice sights or sounds you’ve experienced out in Europe?
We saw a really cool cruise ship performance on an overnight ferry from Stavanger, Norway to Copenhagen, Denmark that redefined our belief systems about what it means to be cool.

What’s on the horizon?
US tour in February and back to Europe in March. Then new tunes.

I’d love to hear a holiday release from you guys. The shoegaze and alt-rock influences plus Christmas music, sounds like a tasty mix. What do you all do for the holidays?
Sounds like it could be fun. We all do normal family stuff, though.  You know, church, egg nog, watching scrooged.

Are any of you all involved in other musical and/or artistic projects? I know me personally and maybe some of our readers would like to check that stuff out.
None of us actively play in other bands but Elliott does some studio work, producing bands and the like. Check out the band from Austin, blxpltn! He produced their last record [Black Cop Down] and their upcoming one it kicks ass.

You guys will be headed to Japan very soon – excited? Do you guys have a following out there? [Note, this question was asked before the Japanese leg was completed]
Japan is our best place to play. The people there treat us like Nirvana.  We are friends with super famous Japanese rock star Sugizo.  Our record label rules.  It’s hard to explain how much it rules over there.  I pretty much live my life waiting for the next time we can go over.

How much rock and roll do your souls collectively contain?

666%.

Good answer.

Ringo Deathstarr is slated to come back to the United States in February before returning to Europe in March. The new tour dates will be announced soon. For more updates, follow their Facebook or Twitter and expect more news of them in the following months. Look for their new album Pure Mood on iTunes and other online streaming services and marketplaces, as well as record stores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Stone Temple Pilots Perform In Underwear At First Ever 1989 Concert

The first ever video of an early incarnation of Stone Temple Pilots performing live in the 1980’s has surfaced online. Scott Weiland, Robert DeLeo, and guitarist Corey Hickok had performed together in the band Swing with other members, including the Tubbs brothers, dating back to sometime in 1987, with Eric Kretz later joining and the band eventually shifting into a 4 piece.

The band changed their name to Mighty Joe Young in 1989. According to the uploader, this is the first ever live video of Weiland, Robert DeLeo, Hickok, and Kretz performing together in 1989 in Huntington Beach, CA. The song performed is called “Pink Panther Smoke It.” Dean DeLeo joined the band later in 1989, replacing Hichok and completely transforming the band’s sound. Gary Dalton uploaded the video to YouTube with the following description:

“As far as I have knowledge…this is the first time ever that Scott Weiland, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz ever took the stage together. This is 1989…I had been working with them mostly Robert as a mentor in recording techniques…they had rehearsed as a band but never played on a stage. This was in Huntington Beach CA. I was running the sound (a couple quik glimpes of striped shirt). I am finally posting this clip as a tribute to Scott…we all have a beginning and we all have an end.”

As far as I have knowledge…this is the first time ever that Scott Weiland, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz ever took the stage together. This is 1989…I had been working with them mostly Robert as a mentor in recording techniques…they had rehearsed as a band but never played on a stage. This was in Huntington Beach CA. I was running the sound (a couple quik glimpes of striped shirt). I am finally posting this clip as a tribute to Scott…we all have a beginning and we all have an end. So sorry to hear today’s news. You will be missed little brother…RIP”

Eric Kretz remembered STP’s formative 80’s years in a 2013 Alternative Nation interview.

“God, I think it was ’86 or ’87. I was playing in various bands down in Long Beach, I moved there from San Jose, California. So it began in Long Beach and realizing how hard it is to find a band that is inspiring the music you want to do. I just happened to put an ad in the Recycler magazine down there: ‘Drummer available.’

Robert called me, and man we talked on the phone for 2 to 3 hours about everything from Steely Dan, to Led Zeppelin, to Mahavishnu Orchestra, to Neal Peart, to Bill Bruford. The similarities were so incredible, and the fact that he grew up in New Jersey and I grew up on the west coast in San Jose, but we grew up on the same types of music at the same time. He was saying in junior high school is when he got into Rush’s Hemisphere, and Permanent Waves. Playing parties and kind of riffing out those songs.

So then we set up an audition, I think I met Scott once before the audition. Then the Sound-o-hull I think it was called, me and Robert went into this great little funky bass and drum groove. The guitar player Corey [Hickok] was touching the mics saying, “Oh, I’m getting shocked, I’m getting shocked.” The next thing you know he’s flying into my drum kit, his face is turning blue, his shoes are burning. It was horrible, he was fully getting electrocuted.

We managed to pull the power cord, he definitely was in bad shape. Luckily I knew where the hospital was around the corner, so I was like everyone follow me and we drove to the hospital. [Then] I’m kind of sitting there in the emergency room and Scott looks and me and [is] like, “Fuck that’s so weird, I guess you’re in the band.”

Pearl Jam Rumored To Play Another Major 2016 Festival

There are now rumors on Pearl Jam’s Ten Club forums that Pearl Jam will perform at the 2nd weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2016. The festival will take place on Apr 22 – May 1, 2016. Pearl Jam previously played at the festival in 2010.

Pearl Jam decided against playing a show in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena in favor of headlining Bonnaroo, according to a Bridgestone Arena Booking Administrative Assistant (via FestivalSnobs). The Booking Administrative Assistant stated, “Pearl Jam will not be playing here next year. They have opted to play at Bonnaroo instead.”

Pearl Jam were initially rumored to play at the Bridgestone Arena in mid April 2016 as part of their 2016 North America, but with this news of Pearl Jam changing their plans from playing in Nashville in favor of Bonnaroo, it appears that this could change the rumored dates of the tour.

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Below are the list of rumored dates the initially leaked for Pearl Jam’s 2016 tour a couple of months ago.

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

Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis and the band’s bassist Jeff Ament held a live Twitter chat last week and revealed that Pearl Jam will be announcing 2016 tour dates early next year, as we had previously reported. Curtis said, “We will announce tour dates first part of the year.” When a fan asked if the band could play in Canada next year, he responded: “Of course.” He also hinted at a show in Tampa bay next year, and said he’d love to see a No Code and Yield box set, but there aren’t any plans for it yet.

Curtis also told Alternative Nation reporter Jeff Gorra that there are plans to celebrate Pearl Jam’s 25th anniversary next year. Pearl Jam are also ‘always in and out of the studio and constantly writing’ new material, according to Curtis, but Jeff Ament said the band hadn’t recorded any new songs yet.

When asked about Pearl Jam possibly playing the Super Bowl in the future, Curtis’ answer was vague. “Ask me in 10 years OR if the Superbowl is ever in Seattle.” Jeff Ament said, “Never say never, but….”

Jeff Ament also participated in the chat, saying it would be a dream come true to play Finland. He also mentioned other places he would like to play live, “Lets get the map out….there’s a bunch… Havre, MT Bluffton, MN Hania, Crete Western Somoa Mumbai JA.” He also discussed playing live in 1992, “We played 45 minute sets back then….oh how fondly I remember those 45 minute sets :)”

A fan also asked if Pearl Jam would write a song called “Trumpleaguer.” Ament responded, “Born on home plate, thinks he got a triple.” He also said he found the candidates for the 2016 election ‘depressing.’

Ament also said there are no plans to release the studio version of “Of the Earth.” He said when it comes to modern bands, he is a fan of Cage The Elephant and Royal Blood. He also called Chris Cornell ‘one of the all time greats.’