All posts by Bob Schallau

Bio: Bob is a freelance writer, music trivia enthusiast, and multi-instrumentalist from Long Beach, California who has lived in Austin, Texas since 1999. He was a reporter for Alternative Nation from September 2013 to February 2015. Bob became the Rock Music Expert writer at Rock.About.com in December 2014. His favorite musicians are visionary band leaders like Trent Reznor, Martin Gore, Josh Homme, and Dave Grohl. Bob has a Bachelor of Arts In English with a Music Minor from Long Beach State. Contact: bschallau (at) yahoo.com

Billy Corgan Asks For Respect In A Sea Of Faceless Poseurs

In a new VH1 interview called Playback: The Musical Evolution of Billy Corgan the ever outspoken self-proclaimed “founder and destroyer of Smashing Pumpkins” says “All I’ve ever asked is to be respected as an individual in a world of faceless poseurs.” He goes on to make an analogy that “Kurt Cobain was the kid you went to high school with and I was the guy in your class that you probably didn’t like because I was too smart or something.”

Corgan discussed the state of rock music, “Most people I think for them music has been degraded in the culture and is no longer valuable. In fact it’s sort of a digital wallpaper that coexists with their other digital memories and experiences.” Corgan also says “the album is a dying form” and complains “Why are cat views playing pianos getting more views than the next band coming up?”

The Smashing Pumpkins core band is now just Corgan and guitarist of seven years Jeff Schroeder. Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee provided studio drumming on the band’s 2014 Monuments to an Elegy album with Corgan singing and playing guitar, bass, and keyboards with help from Schroeder on guitar. The Smashing Pumpkins touring rhythm section for December 2014 consisted of The Killers’ bassist Mark Stroemer and former Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk.

The same touring lineup is now in rehearsals for The Smashing Pumpkins South American Lollapalooza dates:

March 14-15 in Santiago, Chile.

March 21-22 in San Isidro, Argentina.

March 28-29 in São Paulo, Brazil.

 

Watch Foo Fighters Full ‘Austin City Limits’ Show Set

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Foo Fighters performed a nine-song set to help close out the 40th anniversary of PBS’ Austin City Limits show which aired February 7th. The band’s set includes hits like “Times Like These” and “Rope” as well as songs from their latest 2014 Sonic Highways album including “What Did I Do?/God as My Witness” which was recorded at ACL’s original home KLRU-TV’s Studio 6A with Austin guitarist Gary Clarke Jr. Clarke plays lead guitar on the song for both the HBO ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’ Austin episode as well as the ACL show. Guitarist Jimmie Vaughn and Clarke join Foo Fighters for a rousing rendition of The Fabulous Thunderbirds 1986 blues-rock classic “Tuff Enuff”.

The Foo Fighters’ Austin City Limits show was recorded November 20th, 2014 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, the 2,700 capacity venue that has been the show’s home since moving from the smaller Studio 6A in 2011. Dave Grohl expressed admiration for the Austin City Limits show telling Rolling Stone in a November 2014 interview, “Here was a show that you could watch an entire live performance of a band – not just one song after Johnny Carson walks off the couch – in front of an intimate audience. Those experiences translate. When I was young, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s music! That’s how it’s done! Now it’s in my living room and it makes me want to do that too.’ You watch these brilliant musicians ripping on that stage week after week and it could only inspire young musicians. Maybe that’s what it was for.”

Austin City Limits Setlist:

Times Like These
The Feast and the Famine
Rope
Congregation
What Did I Do?/God As My Witness (with Gary Clarke Jr.)
Tuff Enuff (The Fabulous Thunderbirds cover with Jimmie Vaughn and Clarke)
I’ll Stick Around
Walk
Best of You

Watch The Smashing Pumpkins New “Being Beige” Video

The Smashing Pumpkins released their new official video for “Being Beige” today, the first video from their latest album Monuments to an Elegy. The artistic video features Billy Corgan singing, Jeff Schroeder playing guitar, along with Earth, moon, and nature imagery, and some ethereal looking women.

The Smashing Pumpkins core band is now just Corgan and guitarist of seven years Jeff Schroeder. Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee provided studio drumming on Monuments to an Elegy with Corgan singing and playing guitar, bass, and keyboards with help from Schroeder on guitar. The Smashing Pumpkins touring rhythm section for December 2014 consisted of The Killers’ bassist Mark Stroemer and former Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk.

The Pumpkins played three theater shows in Europe in December including Koko’s in London where they were joined onstage by Marilyn Manson for an encore duet of “Ava Adore”. The band wrapped up scheduled U.S. dates in New York and Los Angeles where they played new songs “Being Beige” and “One and All” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a 40-minute set at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert earlier in December.

Listen To Just Released 25-Year-Old Nirvana Bootleg When Kurt Cobain Met Courtney Love

Kurt Cobain reportedly met Courtney Love at a Nirvana club show at Portland’s Satyrion club on January 12, 1990. The concert featured The Melvin’s Dale Crover on drums before Dave Grohl joined the band. A YouTube use just posted his bootleg audio from the show yesterday for the first time with the following message:

“I was there. I recorded their set. And I put it away in a box of tapes. Today marks the 25th anniversary and it seems like the right time to let people hear this. Enjoy and Play Loud. Recording is raw in accordance with the equipment and tape used at the time.”

Nirvana at the Satyricon, Portland, Oregon (January 12, 1990):
1. “Scoff”
2. “Floyd The Barber”
3. “Love Buzz”
4. “Dive”
5. “Polly”
6. “Big Cheese”
7. “Spank Thru”
8. “Sappy”
9. “Breed”
10. “Molly’s Lips”
11. “School”
12. “Been A Son”
13. “Stain”
14. “Negative Creep”
15. “Blew”

Writer’s Note: This bootleg audio is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Kobalt Music Publishing. So here is the story of how Kurt and Courtney met at this show via The Daily Beast. Listen to a high-quality live recording of Nirvana playing Portland again exactly four weeks later at the Pine Street Theatre on February 9, 1990 here.

Michael Stipe Plays His First Solo Show Since R.E.M.’s Breakup

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe played a six-song unannounced solo set at New York City’s Webster Hall as opening act for Patti Smith Monday night. In his first live performance since R.E.M.’s last 2008 concert, Stipe’s solo group played two R.E.M. and four cover songs.

Earlier this month Stipe hinted to CBS This Morning: “I think I’ll sing again. That’s maybe an exclusive.” In the same interview he said R.E.M. would never get back together saying, “There’s no point,” and that he despised nostalgia acts. Smith performs at Webster Hall again Tuesday night. There’s no word if Stipe will open another show.

Michael Stipe Solo Setlist, Webster Hall, New York City, December 29, 2014:
People Have the Power (Patti Smith cover)
Lucinda Williams (Vic Chesnutt cover)
New York, New York (Liza Minnelli cover/segue)
Wing (Patti Smith cover)
Saturn Return (R.E.M. song)
Hood (Perfume Genius cover)
New Test Leper (R.E.M. song)

Watch Foo Fighters Play “Mountain Song” With Perry Farrell and Joe Walsh

Friday night the Foo Fighters brought their Sonic Highways media blitz to L.A.’s Sunset Strip for a secret show at The Roxy Theatre. The Foos were joined by Perry Farrell and Joe Walsh for a blistering version of Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song.” Check out this fan-shot “Mountain Song” video and the full 27 song setlist below:

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Foo Fighters at The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, Nov. 14, 2014:

1. The Feast and the Famine
2. Learn to Fly
3. White Limo
4. Arlandria
5. Times Like These
6. Rope
7. The Pretender
8. My Hero
9. Hey, Johnny Park!
10. Monkey Wrench
11. Congregation
12. Cold Day in the Sun
13. In the Clear (Live Premiere)
14. I’ll Stick Around
15. Generator
16. Walk
17. Outside (with Joe Walsh)
18. Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh cover) (with Joe Walsh)
19. Mountain Song (Jane’s Addiction cover) (with Perry Farrell and Joe Walsh)
20. All My Life
21. Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover)
22. Dear Rosemary
23. Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
24. Best of You
25. Something From Nothing
26. Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)
27. Everlong

Review of Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways’ Austin Episode

Last Friday’s Foo Fighters HBO Sonic Highways Austin episode opened with Dave Grohl playfully pretending to have just written the guitar opening to “Stairway To Heaven” and later “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from the historic Austin City Limits Studio 6A soundstage where the Foos later record a new song. In the show’s intro while various musicians sing Austin’s praises, Butthole Surfers’ frontman Gibby Haynes mocks the Austin Chamber of Commerce generated slogan “The Live Music Capital of the World” slogan by calling it “the live music capital of bar bands.”

Grohl interviews longtime local Willie Nelson who first brought Austin to public attention in the 70’s. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons praises Willie’s guitar playing and their 40 year friendship. Willie was the first artist to play PBS’ long running Austin City Limits TV Show (not to be confused with the annual ACL Festival). Interviews with ACL Show Executive Producer and announcer Terry Lickona highlight the wide range of artists featured on the show over almost 40 years: Johnny Cash, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sonic Youth, Neil Young, and The Pixies to name a few.

Foo Fighters first played the ACL TV Show in 2008, the same year they headlined the ACL Festival. Dave Grohl says playing the ACL Show “was a big deal for all of us because we’d all grown up watching the show.” Foo Fighters second ACL Show appearance was scheduled to tape Nov. 7th, 2014 to coincide with the airing of the Sonic Highways Austin episode but has been postponed to Nov. 20th due to a “family matter.”

In the most poignant moment of Sonic Highways Austin Grohl is amazed and horrified that the Steinway baby grand piano played by music legends Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Tom Waits is tucked away under the ACL Studio 6A bleachers. Grohl quips, “Archie Bunker’s chair is in the Smithsonian and this piano is in the corner of the room with blankets over it and a bunch of stuff on top of it. I was shocked.”

Austin’s legendary blues club, Antone’s, where Jimmie Vaughn’s band The Fabulous Thunderbirds were the first house band is highlighted along with blues guitar legend Albert King, who was a big influence on Stevie Ray Vaughn who sat in with King when he was 17. Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shifflett both express their admiration for Stevie Ray Vaughn who they both first saw on the ACL Show.

Sonic Highways Austin also covers the Austin’s 70’s and 80’s punk scene featuring bands like Butthole Surfers and Big Boys. Blues rock singer/guitarist Gary Clarke Jr.’s rise to prominence in the Austin music scene is chronicled culminating with Clarke joining Foo Fighters for a guitar solo on the show closing video for the song “What Did I Do? / God As My Witness.”

For all the praise heaped on Austin during the episode there is an undercurrent of a music scene being neglected. Gary Clarke Jr. laments, “When cops started coming around at the gigs with decibel readers telling people to turn it down because neighbors or residents of new condos weren’t feeling the noise I was like ‘Okay. This is a game changer.’ That’s what we do. We make noise and people love it..” Clarke refers to the influx of luxury condos in downtown Austin’s music district. What is not mentioned is the new downtown condo owners have given rise to sound ordinances making playing music above 85 decibels a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $500 fine during the prime live music hours of 10pm-2am. The show also doesn’t mention that Gary Clarke Jr., Austin’s most incendiary blues artist since Stevie Ray Vaughn, left Austin and moved to New York City in early 2013.

Sonic Highways Austin also doesn’t mention that many iconic Austin clubs like Antone’s and Emo’s have moved to east Austin due to skyrocketing downtown real estate costs. The neglected legendary piano that Grohl discovers covered with junk at ACL’s Studio 6A is symbolic of Austin’s music scene. “What can I do to preserve you?” Grohl sings in the show’s feature song. There’s not much he can do accept draw attention Austin’s gentrification with his show. As Grohl recently told Rolling Stone, “My little HBO series might not make a dent, but at least I got my two cents in.”

Sonic Highways Austin provides a good representation of Austin’s past musical history and its current status as a “music industry center” with the SXSW and ACL Festivals, but it doesn’t say much about the future of the city’s music scene. Grohl says insightfully towards the end of the show, “I worry about cities like Austin because it’s only a matter of time before that candle blows out.” Hopefully Grohl’s show will help keep that candle burning a bit longer.

New Foo Fighters Single Borrows Riff From Dio’s “Holy Diver”

The debut HBO documentary Foo Fighters Sonic Highways gives a thorough history of both Chicago’s blues and punk rock roots. During the show Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins says he doesn’t care about the blues and that Chicago is all about Cheap Trick to him. The Dave Grohl directed show prominently features blues legend Buddy Guy and Nirvana In Utero producer Steve Albini and his Electric Audio studios. Foo Fighters are shown recording their first single “Something From Nothing” at Albini’s studio with Butch Vig producing and featuring Cheap Trick’s Rick Neilsen contributing guitar.

For all the musical history given in the show, one moment is left unexplained. The recurring pre-chorus riff in “Something From Nothing” is a déjà vu inducing tribute to Dio’s 1983 classic “Holy Diver.” Dave Grohl was not only a collaborator with the late Ronnie James Dio on the 2001 Tenacious D song “Kickapoo” which Grohl played drums on, but the two were also neighbors in Encino, California, which Grohl spoke about in Foo Fighters’ 2006 Acoustic Concert DVD Skin and Bones.

The borrowed riff in question first occurs at the 1:28 mark in “Something From Nothing” below:

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Compare the Foo Fighters’ riff to Dio’s “Holy Diver” riff at the 0:48 mark below:

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The Foo Fighters riff is an obvious Dio tribute. Grohl is too much of a metalhead and musicologist to have written this by accident.

Foo Fighters will release their new album Sonic Highways on November 10th. Produced by Butch Vig and Foo Fighters and being released in the U.S. on Roswell Records/RCA Records, Sonic Highways clocks in at just over 44 minutes and is made up of the following tracks:

1. Something From Nothing
2. The Feast and The Famine
3. Congregation
4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
5. Outside
6. In The Clear
7. Subterranean
8. I Am A River

Though not a soundtrack album by any stretch, Sonic Highways shares its title with the Dave Grohl-directed eight-episode HBO series described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music and premiering Friday, October 17 at 11 p.m.. For the album and series, Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear wrote and recorded one song in each of these eight cities, delving into the local musical currents: how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns. All songs feature local legends sitting in, with every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews for the HBO series, and other local personalities who became part of the process. The series will run for 8 episodes, with a song performed a week after showing how it was written and the history of the music in the cities.

Foo Fighters To Play Full Week On ‘Letterman’

In anticipation of Foo Fighters October 17th debut of their HBO show Sonic Highways the band will play the Late Show With David Letterman Monday, October 13th through Friday, October 17th. As with their upcoming Sonic Highways album (due November 10th) each night Foo Fighters will play with a different special guest. Dave Grohl is scheduled to sit down and talk to Letterman on Monday’s show. Hopefully the band will play some of their new album tracks next week.

Interview: Flyleaf’s Pat Seals Discusses New Singer & Album

Flyleaf left to right: James Culpepper, Sameer Bhattacharya, Kristen May, Pat Seals, Jared Hartmann.

When hard rock band Flyleaf’s original singer, Lacey Sturm, announced her departure from the band shortly before the release of 2012’s New Horizons album many doubted they would continue. But on October 22, 2012, the same day Sturm announced her departure, Flyleaf announced Kristen May, formerly of the band Vedera, as their new singer. The band soldiered on touring throughout 2013. Flyleaf has a brand new album Between The Stars out now with Kristen May on vocals and is currently on tour. AlternativeNation.Net caught up with Flyleaf bassist Pat Seals and discussed their decision to carry on as a band, their new singer, and recording their new album.

When Lacey decided to leave Flyleaf was there any question within the band whether or not to carry on?

Pat Seals: Flyleaf had some serious questioning going on, however, James, Jared, Sameer, & I all felt like we still wanted to make music. We had just made New Horizons & we saw a future for us in some way, even though it seemed unclear at that time.

How did Flyleaf, a Texas-based band, decide on a new lead singer who lives in Kansas City, Missouri?

The list of singers we compiled was gigantic – a few were from Texas, and many more were not. We were more concerned with ability and personality than credibility derived by location – if Kristen May had landed from Mars, she still would’ve made the cut.

Was there an audition process involved?

Yes, there was an audition process, though it didn’t last as long as the search, thankfully. We only saw a few people before Kristen came in. I felt like she was probably the one before we had finished playing the first song – luckily everyone else felt the same.

It seems to be perfect timing that Flyleaf was looking for a singer when Kristen’s band had recently broken up. Do you feel like the musical pairing was meant to happen?

The way it all went down, it does seem a bit like serendipity. Kristen displayed a great ability to make the pairing work – coming out of Vedera into Flyleaf, she assumed a defining role within a catalogue of songs that existed previously while maintaining her individuality. That whole musical “getting-to-know-you” process got us artistically in shape for Between the Stars.

You have a new album Between The Stars that you recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles with producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, Korn). What was the writing and recording process like for the album?

The writing process for Between the Stars incorporated more spontaneity than Flyleaf had previously employed – it was very free writing, most of which happened before Don Gilmore came in, though his production and further songwriting suggestions really took Between the Stars to a higher level. Recording with Don is a bit difficult to briefly explain – he was very hands-on, focused on feel and subtlety – he was extremely good at getting some fun into the music. Drums happened at NRG, but we tracked everything else at the home studio of our friend & Stars in Stereo guitarist Jordan McGraw.

Was it inspiring working at NRG Studios where so many classic albums have been recorded?

NRG is a great studio – very nice & hip, but busy and bustling at times, like a large medical office. 311 recorded there!

Was it important for the band to work with a new producer to have a fresh start after Howard Benson produced the previous 3 LPs?

Flyleaf did need to spread it’s wings a bit, though Howard is brilliant. To say he did a lot for Flyleaf would be an understatement, and I would love to work with Howard again sometime, but it felt right for us to venture elsewhere for this record.

What was the division of labor in the songwriting process like within the band?

Without deviating into percentages, all of Flyleaf contributes, though many songs initially spring up from one member’s ideas. Most Between the Stars songs began as small pieces of lyric & melody getting ‘bounced around the room’ usually originating from Kristen, Sameer, or sometimes myself, with Jared and James building their ideas alongside. So much of Between the Stars began with us all sitting in a room with acoustics, trading ideas & following whichever tangent seemed the most promising.

Does the band write separately, together, or a little of both?

A little of both is the most honest answer, though Sameer and Kristen are both prolific songwriters, individually. All of us collect working ideas throughout off-time and sort of throw them into the stew when we get together to write.

Did recording with Don Gilmore make it easy to concentrate on the creative process and leave the technical recording aspects to him?

Yes it did, very much so. Don is a truly grade A ‘horse-whisperer’ of musicians, in my opinion. I’ve never laughed quite so much while tracking. Several times, Don would count me off into a part, show me a hilarious picture on his laptop, all while cackling like the Wicked Witch of the West. As silly as it sounds, Don’s banning of too much seriousness in the studio got better performances out of me, as far as I could tell.

Do you have any favorite songs from the new album?

“Platonic” is my favorite, though I’m a fan of everything on Between the Stars. Sameer knocked it out of the park when he wrote that one – truly haunting atmosphere. “Head Under Water” is also a favorite – very empowering lyrics from Kristen.

The song “City Kids” reminds me a little of Brian Adams’ “Summer of ’69” in that it’s about reminiscing about growing up. Who does the screaming on that song?

Cool comparison – thank you! The screaming is from yours truly.

How do you think this album is different from Flyleaf’s previous albums?

Aside from the fact that Kristen is singing, Between the Stars songs feel more seasoned, lucid, and mature in many ways. Though I’m still very proud of them, earlier Flyleaf records seem focused to the point of view of individual observations of life, while BTS is more comprehensive, more about relationships, as it says in “Magnetic”, “filling up the space between the stars, WE are”.

On the last tour Flyleaf mostly played material that Lacey was a part of writing. Are you excited to be touring with a new album to promote that Kristen was completely involved with?

We’re very excited to be touring with the new music written with Kristen; she brings so much to the table, in the studio and in a live context. Classic Flyleaf songs will make it into rotation for sure, but these new songs really feel fresh, they feel like ours. I feel like our fans, new and old, will love them too.

Well good luck with the new album and tour. Thank you.

Thank you!

AlternativeNation.net Review Of Flyleaf’s Between the Stars Album:

Listening to Flyleaf’s 4th album with fresh ears may be difficult for longtime fans who have followed the band since their 2005 self-titled debut album. The obvious difference is that new singer Kristen May is a different type of singer than original vocalist Lacey Sturm. Whereas Lacey was a screamer with unique vocal inflections, Kristen is more of a belter with a cleaner vocal delivery.

Producer Don Gilmore brings out the best in Flyleaf with confident multi-tracked vocals, overdriven bass tones, and unique guitar sounds that range from atmospheric to distorted without becoming noise. The soft verse, loud chorus dynamic heard in many modern rock songs is also used frequently here without becoming formulaic. The short guitar solo in “Magnetic” which mirrors the vocal melody and the synthesizer solo in “Platonic” are subtle clues that Gilmore also produced Linkin Park’s first two albums.

Standout tracks on Between The Stars include the raucous first single “Set Me On Fire” and relationship songs like “Traitor” and “Marionette” where May sings “I’m not your marionette doll so let me go.” “Head Underwater” is perhaps Flyleaf’s first piano-driven song. With the song’s soaring vocals and strings it has an Evanescence-esqe sound. In fact Kristen May’s voice has more in common with Amy Lee than Lacey Sturm. Fortunately May has her own style and never tries to sound like her predecessor.

“Platonic” is my favorite song on the album with its strong hooks, reflective lyrics, and a haunting chorus. “City Kids,” with it’s wistful lyrics about youthful memories and ambient guitars, is another favorite. In all Between The Stars is a solid album and if judged on its own merits should win over Flyleaf fans old and new. Make no mistake Flyleaf 2.0 sounds like a new band charting new territory vocally and musically. Those who listen with open ears will find a lot to enjoy in this album.

Watch Flyleaf’s video for their new single “Set Me On Fire”:

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Checkout the book: Flyleaf Spreads Their Wings: The Story of a Supernatural Rock Band from Texas by Carl Phelan, the grandfather of Flyleaf guitarist Jared Hartmann. A story for past, present and future Flyleaf fans that chronicles the band’s journey from playing in small venues for a few people to playing for thousands in large arenas. Available at Amazon.com here.

Watch: Foo Fighters Play “White Limo” With Tribute Band Singer

Foo Fighters played their first in a series of secret UK shows at the 600 capacity Concorde 2 club in Brighton, England on Wednesday night as reported here. Dave Grohl gave up the mic on “White Limo” to let Jay Apperley of the tribute band ‘UK Foo Fighters’ sing lead. Introducing the tribute band singer Dave said, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome… Me!” After the song Dave said he enjoyed the three and a half minute vacation from singing.

Check out a fan-shot video of the performance below. (Warning – audio is very distorted):

Frances Bean Cobain Praises Oasis Debut Album ‘Definitely Maybe’ As It Turns 20

Oasis’ debut album Definitely Maybe turned 20 years old yesterday prompting Frances Bean Cobain to tweet the following:

Frances Oasis Tweet

Though Frances was barely 2 years old when the album was released, Definitely Maybe had a wide influence on the musical landscape when it was released and continues to have a lasting impact. In 1994 Britpop reined supreme in England but in America Grunge was still going strong. Despite this musical climate, Oasis had U.S. hits from the album with “Supersonic” reaching #11 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts and a bigger hit with “Live Forever” which reached #2 and #10 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts and Mainstream Rock charts, respectively.

Though Oasis’ second album 1995’s (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? contained their biggest U.S. hits “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova,” it was Definitely Maybe that first solidified the combination of Noel Gallagher’s potent songwriting with his younger brother Liam’s cocky, snarling vocals, which made the band stars on both sides on the Atlantic. After (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Oasis’ recording career lost the momentum they had built in the mid-nineties and the band eventually called it quits in 2009 after the constantly feuding Gallagher brothers finally could no longer stand each other.

Definitely Maybe still stands as a high water mark in Oasis’ career containing some of the band’s best work. Someday if and when the Gallagher brothers decide to bury the hatchet and reform Oasis many of these songs will remain staples of their live show with their sing along choruses and infectious melodies. Until then Oasis fans will have to settle for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye. Oasis, like so many other great bands, are much better together as a sum of their parts than individually. Since no Oasis reunion is likely this year one can only hope the Gallagher brothers can make up in 2015 for a (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? 20th Anniversary tour.

Photos Of Jailed Scott Weiland Impersonator

Although no mugshots have been officially released by the LAPD of jailed Scott Weiland impersonator Jason Michael Hurley, the images below from his Facebook page bear some resemblance to the ex-Stone Temple Pilots frontman. A search of Facebook and the identity search website Radaris matched 44-year-old aspiring singer/musician Jason Michael Hurley currently residing in Los Angeles, California from Deerfield Beach, Florida (though his age and middle name are not listed on Facebook). TMZ is reporting this, though as we learned yesterday, who knows what’s the truth about anything these days.

Tellingly, among Jason Hurley’s Facebook “Music Likes” are Velvet Revolver and Scott Weiland, with no “Likes” for Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington. In his last March 4, 2014 Facebook post Hurley wrote: “If I have been dispondant on FB, it is becauase i am spending hours a day becoming the musician i want to…”

Hurley was arrested by Beverly Hills Police July 26, 2014 for shoplifting and and possession of methamphetamines. He provided Scott Weiland’s memorized personal identification details to police who apparently never properly identified or fingerprinted the impersonator until August 21st when Weiland released a Facebook video saying ‘…don’t worry, don’t fret, it’s a lie.” Beverly Hills Police later fingerprinted Hurley and released a statement explaining the mix-up, after insisting they had the real Weiland for hours to media outlets.

Below are Facebook photos of Jason Hurley:

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True Blood’s Riley Smith Talks Playing Keith, The Final Episode & Wrap Party With AlternativeNation.net

Main photo of Riley Smith by Brandon Kidd.

Riley Smith joined the cast of HBO’s True Blood as the charismatic vampire Keith for their seventh and final season. Among his numerous acting roles Riley has appeared on the TV series 24 and 90120, the movies Radio and Eight Legged Freaks, and will soon appear in the TV movie Deliverance CreekAlternative Nation got the chance to interview Riley via e-mail just days before the True Blood series finale. Riley discussed True Blood’s final season, being welcomed by longtime cast members Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), and Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler), and his passion for music and songwriting.

What was it like joining the True Blood cast for their last season?

A really exciting opportunity.

Were you familiar with True Blood before you got the role of Keith on the show?

I was a fan of the show since the beginning. I’ve had a lot of friends on it over the years, so there has always been great reasons to support it.

Was the cast welcoming when you came onboard? Who were you close with?

They were all so welcoming from day one. My first scene was in Bill’s house with all the main vamps when we are deciding to storm the H Vamps. That was a very surreal moment for me. But everyone just made me feel at home. Starting from the top with Stephen and Anna. We have all become close. Nathan Parsons and I clicked right away like brothers. Carrie was a huge supporter from the top. She’s amazing. They all are.

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Your Bio says that soon after graduating high school you were discovered by a modeling agent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and moved to New York City. You used your modeling money for acting classes, then got your first acting part in Los Angeles a few months later. Was that a whirlwind time in your life?

It’s been so long now, I can’t remember. But yea, it was a pretty exciting time in a young Riley’s life.

You are introduced on the show as a rock drummer vampire. You’ve fronted your own band “The Life of Riley” since 2006. Are any of the other cast members musicians? Any jams on the set between takes?

We never really had a chance to jam on set, but Carrie Preston is a pretty fierce rapper when she wants to be.

Your Twitter says you attended the WOW (Way Out West) Fest in Sweden Aug. 8th. Did you have any favorite acts?

My grandmother was from Sweden, so it was an amazing opportunity to go see the ‘motherland’ for the first time. What an amazing country! WOW was awesome! St. Lucia was my favorite act. They have the best energy on stage.

Who are some groups or musicians that have influenced you?

I have a wide variety of influences because I dig so many kinds of music. But Empire of the Sun, Phoenix, Good Great Fine OK, Chromeo, St Lucia, are always on my playlists.

Your Bio also says you took up guitar and songwriting as a way to fill time on acting sets between takes. Was getting into music and starting a band a natural progression for you?

It was. I used to write a lot of poetry and I took a lot of that and started finding melodies and chord progressions I thought would fit with each. Once I learned how to play guitar, my love for making music took on a mind of its own. Now I’ve got a studio in my house and I’m constantly making music. Not only for myself but I’m really enjoying writing and producing for others.

You’re American but some of the True Blood cast are English and Australian, Stephen Moyer and Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse). Did they have a method acting approach, a la Daniel Day Lewis, where they stay in character on the set or did they just adopt their Southern accents when the cameras were rolling?

They have been doing it for so long and are so good at their craft that they can slide in and out of the accents really easy.

Did you adopt any kind of accent for the show?

They didn’t require one and didn’t mention wanting one, so I went with a subtle southern slang. Its pretty natural for me. And I tend to play it a lot.

We don’t get to hear much about Keith’s vampire origins. Were you given any backstory about where Keith is from or when he was made a vampire?

Those were a lot of the questions I had for producers when I got offered the role. They had some answers for specific things, but were also very open to me creating my own backstory as well.

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What was True Blood’s wrap party like?

I had heard so many rumors about how True Blood has the best wrap parties ever….. And it certainly didn’t disappoint! It really helps that everyone involved with the show is super fun and loves to have a great time.

Was it bittersweet for you since you joined during the final season?

I had never read for the show and had always wanted to. Time was running out, so I’m just happy I got the opportunity before it ended. And to be honest, in my opinion, if you can’t be on the first few seasons, you want to be on the last. Everyone tunes back in to see how its going to end.

Were you satisfied with the show’s conclusion?

I was! And I hope everyone else is too.

I read that you are hoping for a True Blood movie or even a musical. Do you think that could happen?

That was tongue in cheek. But I would love to read that script if it ever got written!

Was it fun working on True Blood’s final season?

Its been an experience I’ll never forget.

True Blood’s series finale airs Sunday, August 24th on HBO.

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Watch: Foo Fighters Ice Bucket Challenge Tops Them All

Dave Grohl accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by enlisting bandmates Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, and Pat Smear to recreate a scene from the 1976 movie Carrie. Dave plays Carrie, Taylor plays his prom date, and Nate and Pat play pranksters in this hilarious, over the top video using footage from the actual movie. Dave challenges Jack Black, John Travolta, and Carrie writer Stephen King to take the Ice Bucket Challenge in the next 24 hours.

Tool’s Danny Carey To Play Live With Primus

While Primus’ classic lineup drummer Tim Alexander recovers from triple-bypass heart surgery, Tool drummer Danny Carey will fill the drum chair for September dates of the “Primus and The Chocolate Factory” tour. Primus frontman Les Claypool told Rolling Stone the following about Carey’s temporary role:

“The mighty Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander is a polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent so the one person that we thought could step into his shoes and do it justice is the one and only Mr. Danny Carey. Whereas Herb is the stocky, Easter Island-faced, boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to seven feet, Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion; towering over his kit like a golden-haired noble sequoia.”

“I can’t wait to see that menacing grin of Danny’s shine out as we pound our way through ‘Here Come the Bastards’ and ‘Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers.’ He’s a dear old friend and we are extremely excited to have him aboard, and I would wager we are equally if not more intrigued than most by what kind of sounds are going to come out of the three of us once we actually get in a room together and do more than just consume fancy booze.”

“When Tim ‘Herb the Ginseng Drummer’ Alexander had a minor heart attack a few weeks back we were all startled. When he went in for an angioplasty the next morning and they said he needed a triple bypass we were all shocked. Tim is the ‘Ginseng drummer’ for a reason: He was always the non-meat eating, teetotaling, mastodon of a man who could throw a football over a mountain, chuck a curve ball at 89 miles per hour and could play his drums for hours on end without breaking a sweat, but unfortunately genetics and a taste for dessert have a way of catching up and kicking one’s balls. The great Herbinator has undergone his surgery and has come out with flying colors, but alas, it will be weeks before he can man the Primus percussion helm.”

In September Carey will join Primus for select shows including their Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver and for an after party show at the Chicago’s Concord Music Hall. Tim Alexander has previously recorded with Tool’s Maynard James Keenan for both A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. Alexander will join Primus’ “Chocolate Factory” tour beginning in October. Primus release Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble their first record with Alexander on drums in almost twenty years on October 21st.

Primus 2014 Tour Dates:
09/12 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth
09/13 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
09/12-14 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest Chicago
09/19-22 – Denver, CO @ Riot Fest Denver
10/22 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
10/24 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
10/25 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
10/26 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for Performing Arts
10/28 – Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
10/29 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome
10/31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
11/01 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
11/02 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
11/03 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
11/05 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
11/07 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
11/08 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
11/09 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
11/11 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater
11/12 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/14 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11/15 – Austin, TX @ ACL live at the Moody Theater
11/16 – Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre
11/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
11/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre Phoenix
11/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre LA

Foo Fighters’ Possible 8th Album Cover Revealed

The “big news” the Foo Fighters have teased they will announce on Monday may be the cover art for their upcoming 8th album. Foo Fighters’ Twitter and Facebook pages have revealed 8 posters in various cities across the world which are pieces of the complete image below (via Reddit). Click on image to enlarge.

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The collection of famous buildings and landmarks: Seattle’s Space Needle, New York’s new One World Trade Center, L.A.’s Hollywood sign, D.C.’s Washington Monument, and many others most likely represent the various cities where Foo Fighters recorded the album. The 8 in the center represents their 8th album and other 8’s are scattered throughout the image.

If this is the new Foo Fighters album cover it’s a departure from Foo Fighters’ previous more basic covers. The image is very representative of album which was recorded in 8 cities: Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Nashville, Chicago, New Orleans, Austin, and Washington, DC. The album is set for release in November shortly after the October 17th debut of the Dave Grohl directed HBO series Sonic Highways which documents the album’s recording.

Below are a few of the posters Foo Fighters placed in various worldwide cities this week.

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Watch An Animated 8-Bit Medley of Soundgarden, Nirvana, Pearl Jam & Other 90’s Classics

Ever wonder what your favorite 90’s Grunge bands would look like in a Nintento NES 8-Bit video game? Well wonder no more. The YouTube channel Filthy Frackers has made an animated video called  “8bit Grunge” featuring seven 90’s classics set to cheesy, lo-fi synthesizer musical treatments.

The three minute video features: Soungarden’s “Rusty Cage,” Alice In Chains’ “Man In A Box,” Stone Temple Pilots’ “Sex Type Thing,” The Melvins’ “Revolve,” Mad Season’s “River of Deceit,” Nirvana’s “In Bloom,” and Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy.” Checkout the video and screen captures below.

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In April The Frackers released “Hunger Strike 8bit Version,” a hilarious animated send-up of Temple of the Dog’s 1991 video featuring a “chiptune” Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder duet. Watch it below.

George Harrison Memorial Tree Killed By Actual Beetles

A pine tree planted near Los Angeles’ Griffith Park Observatory in 2004 in memory of The Beatles’ George Harrison (who died in 2001) was reportedly destroyed by an investation of actual beetles according to the Los Angeles Times.

The tree with a commemorative plaque (see picture below) was planted in Harrison’s memory because he spent his final days in Los Angeles and was an avid gardener. The over 10 foot tree was brought down by a colony of tree beetles and will be replanted soon. George would probably have appreciated the irony.

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