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Bio: Mike Mazarone graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in 2011 with a degree in communications, basically relegating him to better then you status (Except for boss Brett Buchanan). Before joining the AlternativeNation staff he was a contributor and producer to Brett Buchanan’s pro wrestling/MMA/comedy radio show – Barbaric Wrestling Radio, from 2006 to 2009. Mazzarone’s job there was to be a contributor and book interviews. After the show ended Buchanan hired Mazzarone right away to be AlternativeNation's head reporter. Contact: MJMazarrone (at) or; mike (at)

Def Leppard Guitarist Says Guns N’ Roses Reunion Is ‘F**king Lame’

The new Guns N’ Roses reunion is far from “Paradise City” for Def Leppard. The titans of 80’s hair metal as The Telegraph reports that the group, at least guitarist Phil Collen is far from impressed over the news that Guns N’ Roses will be touring with their classic lineup for the first time in just under 25 years.

“We obviously think it’s really f****** lame. I love Guns N’ Roses, I think they’re really cool, I’d love to see Slash and Axl and Duff play together, that’s great. But I think it’s f****** lame considering we’ve been hardcore,” he snarls. “Our integrity’s still intact, we’ve never split up. We’ve gone through if someone had a little sniffle or something, we soldier on.”

Collen continued:

“Someone dies, someone loses an arm, someone gets cancer, we soldier on. [With Guns N’ Roses] if someone has a little barney backstage, they can’t deal with each other. I know it’s difficult, but I do think it’s pretty lame when you compare anyone else to us.”

Guns N ‘ Roses continues to stir and increases the frenzy of their fans to announce a date more in North America with the addition of a concert at the forum sol de Mexico city scheduled for 19 April 2016. The Pre-sale Banamex begins at 11 am on 8 February and ends on 9 February at 10 pm. The General sale will begin on Wednesday, 10 February at 11 am through the system Ticketmaster at members of Nightrain, the official fan club of Guns N’ Roses will be notified in advance in order to have the opportunity Buy tickets at a special pre-sale.

Guns N Roses are playing at Forum Sol De Mexico City on 4/19. Tickets on-sale 2/10 at 9 AM PST. #slashnews

— Slash (@Slash) February 2, 2016

Guns N’ Roses members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan have released a statement mocking people like Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, and Andrew Dice Clay for taking credit for their reunion.

“Guns N’ Roses would like to respectfully thank the many people taking credit for our upcoming shows and everything in between. Especially those whom we haven’t spoken to in numerous years who, through the power of media, have somehow served a pivotal, even if non-existent role. We, and the fans thank you! #GnFnR.”


— Guns N’ Roses (@gunsnroses) January 28, 2016

Elle King, Nathaniel Rateliff & Andrew McMahon Play Heated Up Winter Jam

The manic weather patterns of the 2015-2016 winter brought early spring to the northeast, making for one of the most beautiful January days in recent memory and turning 104.5’s Winter” Jam, set outside Xfinity Live in Philadelphia, PA, into something of a premature and miniature spring/summer festival. Showcasing several breakout acts of 2015 as the snow from Jonas receded, here’s some of the highlights of Winter Jam.

Photo by Doug McCausland.

X Ambassadors

Folk rock breakouts X Ambassadors made a surprise fleeting appearance on the main stage after openers Coleman Hell, warming up for the night’s show at Wells Fargo Center with Muse by blasting through their two radio hits, “Renegades” and “Unsteady”.

Photo by Doug McCausland.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Missouri musicians Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats brought their trademark blend of soulful, bluesy, retro rock and modern indie rock sensibilities to the main stage of Winter Jam. The group are making radio waves with their hit single “S.O.B.” and they proved that their live material is even more fantastic, if not more so than their studio stuff. This was easily one of the most energetic performances of the night. 104.5 DJ Jessie said to me that “In three to four years, these guys will be headlining major festivals” and I am inclined to agree. If you are a fan of early-era Black Keys, you will love Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

Photo by Doug McCausland.

Elle King

Easily one of the biggest artists to emerge from 2015, the Billboard Top 10 cracking Elle King was ecstatic to be back in her former home of Philadelphia. “I developed some bad habits here… I lost my virginity here… just kidding on that on that one!” It would be hard to describe King as strictly “alt rock”, more alternative country. However, with a set that included an electric cover of “I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd and a very soulful version of her hit track “Exes & Ohs” it’s easy to see why Elle King is one of the top acts to watch in 2016.

Photo by Doug McCausland.

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Closing out the night was Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. The indie rock/pop outlet was the perfect choice to close out the evening blazed through radio friendly hits such as “Cecelia & The Satellite” & “High Dive”. McMahon went from last year’s Winter Jam opener to this year’s closer. Entertaining the crowd with material from his Jack’s Mannequin days through his latest hits, McMahon provided a high energy end to a truly impressive event.

Nathaniel Rateliff


Elle King & her dog, Sugar


104.5 DJ Jessie with her Elle King signed… apparel

More Members Confirmed For Guns N’ Roses Reunion

Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed, and Chris Pitman are all now confirmed to be part of Guns N’ Roses’ 2016 lineup, joining Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, and Frank Ferrer. This could end up being the complete lineup, unless a third guitarist joins or Steven Adler and Izzy Stradlin appear as special guests. See the confirmation below, with Ferrer confirming Fortus through a retweet, a family member confirming Reed, and a Pitman confirming his involvement himself.

Richard Fortus:


Chris Pitman:

Dizzy Reed:

BILD is reporting the first Guns N’ Roses 2016 European concert date. According to their sources, Guns N’ Roses will perform in July at the Hockenheim Ring in Hockenheim, Germany.

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

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

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


Filter Praise U2, Urge United States To Take In Syrian Refugees

Filter took to Facebook last night to pen an open letter. First, to praise U2, for allowing Eagles of Death Metal to share the stage with them during a recent show in Paris as well as encouraging all Filter fans to contact each United States governor that oppose letting in Syrian Refugees and urge them to “reconsider” their position.

You can view the full letter below:
Bono and Jessie,

I’m so proud of you and the guys. Bono and U2 are such a healthy healing band for good.
They are activists who use their strength and power to make huge symbolic statements that let us all rejoice in love and forgiveness.. I just watched the HBO special and I am so proud of how Bono and Jessie handled this horrible act and strike against western civilization in Paris with the power of music. Giving the stage to the Eagles Of Death Metal was a huge nod to how we should all behave in a time of crisis. Great job.

On a final note, all FILTER fans and people who care about humanity should call each governor in their states that wrote letters to President Obama trying to push the refugees back to Syria and ask them to reconsider their fear-based reaction.

Governors who oppose Syrian refugees coming in:
Governor Robert Bentley Alabama
Governor Doug Ducey Arizona
Governor Asa Hutchinson Arkansas
Governor Rick Scott Florida
Governor Nathan Deal Georgia
Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter Idaho
Governor Bruce Rauner Illinois
Governor Mike Pence Indiana
Governor Terry Branstad Iowa
Governor Sam Brownback Kansas
Governor Bobby Jindal Louisiana
Paul LePage, Maine’s Governor
Governor Larry Hogan Maryland
Governor Charlie Baker Massachusetts
Governor Rick Snyder Michigan
Governor Phil Bryant Mississippi
Governor Pete Ricketts Nebraska
Governor Brian Sandoval Nevada
Governor Maggie Hassan New Hampshire
Governor Chris Christie New Jersey
Governor Susana Martinez New Mexico
Governor Pat McCrory North Carolina
ND Gov Dalrymple North Dakota
Governor John Kasich Ohio
Governor Mary Fallin Oklahoma
Governor Nikki Haley South Carolina
Governor Dennis Daugaard South Dakota
Governor Bill Haslam Tennessee
Governor Greg Abbott Texas
Governor Scott Walker Wisconsin
Governor Matt Mead Wyoming

Mark McGrath On Scott Weiland: ‘He Was A Shell Of His Former Self’

Lead singer of Sugar Ray and Mark McGrath recalled his final meeting with Scott Weiland in new audio obtained by TMZ. The audio is an interview clip and a preview of an upcoming episode of Theo Von and Matt Weiss’ Allegedly podcast.

“We had a few drinks,” McGrath recalls. “He was just a little slow … almost psychological more than it even was like booze or something. It was strange. He just was kind of a shell of himself, like Mary said really well in her letter.”

McGrath continued

“But still a nice guy,” he added. “He got up and performed, he did a couple STP songs and a cover song and knocked everybody’s socks off. The voice never left him.”

You can download the full episode here on December 15. You can also listen to the full McGrath audio below:

Major Update Regarding The Death Of Scott Weiland

In a call between the Bloomington Police Department and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department, dispatchers shared that the late Stone Temple Pilots frontman was not breathing and appeared to be in cardiac arrest.

has obtained audio of communications between the Bloomington, Minn., police department and the Hennepin County sheriff’s department that reveals that Weiland was not breathing when they arrived on the scene. The dispatcher conveyed that Weiland had possibly gone into cardiac arrest as the immediate cause of death. However, the underlying cause of death has yet to be revealed. He was 48 years old.

You can listen to the dispatcher call below.

Scott Weiland’s wife, Jamie has also reported that Scott was clean when he died.

Nirvana, Alice In Chains & Velvet Revolver Members React To Scott Weiland’s Death

The rock and roll community took to Twitter on late Thursday night to pay their respects to former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. Weiland was found unresponsive on his tour bus and pronounced dead at the scene. Read tributes below from members of Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses, Blink-182, and many more.


Harry Potter Author Recalls The Time She Fangirled Meeting Morrissey

J K Rowling, famed Harry Potter author, a fan of Morrissey? You read that right.

Speaking to Lauren Laverne in the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, she said: “I met him in such a bizarre situation, in Harvey Nichols. We were looking at each other, getting nearer and nearer, and at almost exactly the same moment we both put out our hands.

“What was amazing to me was, Morrissey knew who I was.

“I wanted to go back to my 16-year-old self, who’s lying there in the dark with the joss sticks, listening to Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, and tell her: ‘You’ll meet him! He’ll know who you are!'”

Rowling continued her praise, explaining that meeting the former Smiths frontman made her understand how Harry Potter fans could continue obsessing over the books into adulthood.

“The people who mean something to you at 16, 17 are the people who are getting you through stuff. So I absolutely understand why someone who is hanging on to Harry Potter as a safe place at 13 is excited at 21 to talk about what (Hogwarts) house they’d be in. I don’t think it’s infantile. I don’t think it’s any more infantile than me being excited to meet Morrissey.”

The Killers Release Annual Christmas Single

The Killers, to those who aren’t familiar have a tradition of releasing various Christmas singles during the holiday season. From “Don’t Shoot Me Santa Claus” to “Christmas In LA” – The Killers and their Christmas singles have been as much of a holiday tradition as turkey, presents and caroling.

This year isn’t any different as the group has released this year’s Christmas-themed single entitled “Dirt Sledding”. You can listen to it below:

Major Update On Tool’s 2016 Touring Plans

In a Alternative Nation exclusive, we can provide an update regarding Tool and their 2016 tour plans. We can announce and confirm via a high ranking source that there doesn’t appear to be plans to release any new Tool tour dates and the dates that currently listed, are the only ones to be played on the upcoming early 2016 tour.

In a direct quote from our source, “This is it, these tour dates are what we have and as of this moment there isn’t any new plans to release more tour dates.”

You can view a full list of 2016 Tool North American tour dates below:

Tool Tour Dates:

January 9 San Diego—Viejas Arena
January 10 San Diego, CA—Viejas Arena
January 13 San Antonio, TX—AT&T Center
January 16 Tulsa, OK—BOK Center
January 17 Grand Prairie, TX—Verizon Theatre
January 19 Southaven, MS—Landers Center
January 23 Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena
January 25 Atlanta, GA—Infinite Energy Center
January 26 Charlotte, NC—Bojangles Coliseum
January 30 New Orleans, LA—Smoothie King Center

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

East Coast based Firefly Music Festival have released their 2016 lineup

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

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

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


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

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

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

No photography allowed at event.

Paul McCartney

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

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

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

Photo by Mike Mazzarone

The Killers

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

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

wolf alice
Photo by Doug McCausland

Wolf Alice

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

Photo by Doug McCausland

Cage The Elephant

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

Photo by Claudia Heidelberger


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

Photo by Claudia Heidelberger


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

Photo by Claudia Heidelberger

Matt & Kim

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

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

Photo by Claudia Heidelberger

Foster the People

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

Listen To Cage The Elephant’s New Single “Mess Around”

Cage The Elephant have premiered via the group’s official Facebook page, “Mess Around” which is the lead single of the group’s upcoming album “Tell Me I’m Pretty” and is set for release on December 18th. You can view it below:

Produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, the album was recorded this past Spring at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, TN.

From Matt: “With this record, we wanted to be more transparent. We wanted to capture the sentiment of each song, and whatever emotional response it provoked, to be really honest to that.”

Pre-order Tell Me I’m Pretty now. Exclusive items, including postcards from the band, signed posters and instruments, and handwritten lyric sheets, among others, are available here.

Make sure to follow the band on Instagram for the album artwork reveal later this month!

Tell Me I’m Pretty
01. Cry Baby
02. Mess Around
03. Sweetie Little Jean
04. Too Late To Say Goodbye
05. Cold Cold Cold
06. Trouble
07. How Are You True
08. That’s Right
09. Punchin’ Bag
10. Portuguese Knife Fight

Five Finger Death Punch Singer: “F*ck Kanye West”

Photo Credit: Robert Pasbani

During a show that look place over the weekend in West Chester, PA, Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody took it to himself to knock rap megastar – Kanye West.

In a statement that was met with a mixed reaction Moody said to the PA crowd:

“Let’s make one more statement right now. Fuck Kanye West. Yeah, I fucking said it and I don’t regret it. So before we go any further, ‘fuck Kanye, fuck Kanye, fuck Kanye,” which led into a chant.

Moody then continued:

“I’m going to hear about that tomorrow on Facebook and I really don’t give a shit. So I want to say something before this last song. I know that social media has been eating me alive lately. Let me finish, let me finish: The fucked up thing about the internet is that somebody can say something and it can be completely fucking untrue and you still get to see it.”

In an exclusive statement from Alternative Nation reporter Doug McCausland: “Yeezus is better than the last three Chris Cornell solo records.”


Foo Fighters Record New Material

According to Rolling Stone, the Foo Fighters are already planning new music, less than a year removed from their latest studio album “Sonic Highways”.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made the announcement during the band’s Austin City Limits Festival set:

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

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

In other FF news, at a recent Foo Fighters’ show in Wichita, Kansas, Dave Grohl had some fun with some rich fans sitting in box seats.

“I will get a wave going, you rich motherfuckers in the box seats, I’ll even make you do a fucking wave. Look at you!”

Taylor Hawkins chimed in, “They’ve got the dinner and shit being served to them.”

Grohl added, “I know, they own car dealerships and shit up there, I know who they are. I know who you are, you’ve got fucking carpet cleaning company, I get it. You got tickets from the hockey team or some shit, it’s all good. Just so you know, I’m going to rock your fucking balls just as hard as these motherfuckers. You can sit there eating your trinket fingers, but your ass is mine motherfucker. (Laughs) That’s just how I roll. Hope ya’ll got some fucking ranch with that shit! I get it. Don’t get me started.”

Listen To Clip Of New Cage The Elephant Song

Cage The Elephant have premiered via the group’s official Facebook page, a 15 second teaser of an unknown song. The track will be released off of the band’s fourth studio album Tell Me I’m Pretty and is to be released on December 18th. You can view it below:

Produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, the album was recorded this past Spring at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, TN.

From Matt: “With this record, we wanted to be more transparent. We wanted to capture the sentiment of each song, and whatever emotional response it provoked, to be really honest to that.”

Pre-order Tell Me I’m Pretty now. Exclusive items, including postcards from the band, signed posters and instruments, and handwritten lyric sheets, among others, are available here.

Make sure to follow the band on Instagram for the album artwork reveal later this month!

Tell Me I’m Pretty
01. Cry Baby
02. Mess Around
03. Sweetie Little Jean
04. Too Late To Say Goodbye
05. Cold Cold Cold
06. Trouble
07. How Are You True
08. That’s Right
09. Punchin’ Bag
10. Portuguese Knife Fight

Listen To Pearl Jam, Soundgarden & Screaming Trees Supergroup’s First Single

Ten Commandos, the supergroup comprising of Matt Cameron (Soundgarden/Pearl Jam), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age/Eleven), and Dimitri Coats (Off!) have released their first single as a band entitled “Staring Down the Dust.” You can listen below.

Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age) also appears on the single.

Lanegan discussed writing with Josh Homme and Alain Johannes in an October 2014 interview with Alternative Nation.

“Well when I’m writing by myself, I’m writing usually on guitar. Sometimes on the old Casio Keyboard, sometimes I start with a drum machine beat, and add a synthesizer or something to it, but usually it’s with a guitar. When I write with Josh for instance, he’s writing the music, we’re writing lyrics together. When I’m writing with Alain, he’s generally writing the music, and I’m writing the singing part, and the words. It’s always different.”

Alain Johannes discussed working with Mark Lanegan in a July 2013 interview with Alternative Nation.

“Well with Mark it’s quite easy. First of all I don’t think we’ve spent more than 4 to 5 hours from beginning to end on any song except for waiting for some guests to come and add like Aldo, Goss, Catching, and Dave Rosser you know. Basically Mark arrives, he’s got the song he plays it for me, we-acoustically and voice, we lay down a quick sketch of it. We discuss what the possible tonalities would be, some things are open some things he requests and then we just go and start layering stuff and adding stuff. He would sing it a couple of times and comp the vocal and it’s done [chuckles]. Then it’s really even close to the mix in the end, it was really crazy.

He’d come down, and then we’d get 1 done or post it done, and then 2 days later another one and maybe the week after he’d go away for a week, it was like that. After like, I think a couple of months or whatever it was it was done. There’s just something, he has a presence that makes you kind of into it, what he’s hearing in his head. I’m just there to facilitate and be a vehicle for that. He definitely knows exactly what he wants to hear, if you play something kind of not right he’ll be kind of ‘nah nah nah no’ [laughs] I’ll be like okay how about this? He’s like ‘yeah yeah that’s good.’”

Scott Weiland Rips ‘Bullsh*t’ Drug Claims: ‘I Don’t Give A F**k’

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland joined the Mike on Much podcast to discuss recent drugs claims:

“It (social media) makes all the haters think they have a voice and a reason to be negative. People can say whatever bullsh*t they want and claim that I’m back on drugs when it’s been thirteen years since I’ve been on drugs.”

Weiland continued:

“That bothers me. I think that there are certain people that hold that perception and I educate them once but if they continue to talk about it then I really don’t give a f**k.”

Weiland also took time to criticize organize religion during the interview when speaking of the meaning of “Circles”, one of the tracks on his newest album Blaster.

“(Circles) is about organized religion. I don’t buy into organized religion and I think it’s hogwash. I believe in spirituality but organized religion? No. I think it’s destructive and causes war, famine and overpopulation.”

It should be noted that this interview was recorded several months ago but was just released to the public yesterday.

2015 has been a tumultuous year for former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland; despite releasing the moderately well received album, Blaster, with The Wildabouts, Weiland’s guitarist, Jeremy Brown, passed away at the age of 34 on the eve of the album’s release. In addition, Weiland has seen a barrage of negative press surrounding his on-and-off stage antics.

However, it appears as if Weiland is restrategizing and moving forward, promising a new track titled “Back to the City”, a new American leg of the Blaster tour, and a new mobile phone application and content delivery system designed by Google Play architect Tim Quirk. Declaring the upcoming multimedia campaign to be a “rebirth”, Weiland issued the following press release via his official Facebook:

Multi-platinum singer/songwriter of Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver, Scott Weiland hits the road with his band The Wildabouts (Tommy Black bass guitar, Joey Castillo drums, Nick Maybury guitar) for an extended tour this fall in support of the release of their full length record BLASTER (Softdrive/INgrooves) in App form developed by Google Play architect Tim Quirk (Freeform App). This cutting edge delivery platform will feature a previously unreleased track “Back To The City”, which finds Scott & The Wildabouts laying down a dark, thick, hook filled, must listen prime cut. “This tour is about making a connection. We’ll perform the hits for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans. I made BLASTER for them, but it is fresh; we’ve made an album that can resonate, and attract a whole new group of fans. It’s a rebirth,” stated Weiland.

The official tour will be preceded by and exclusive engagement on October 5th at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California. If you did not get tickets, sorry, the show sold out in minutes, and a lucky few will get a chance to engage Scott in a Q &A, as well as experience the Wildabouts up close and personal.
Check out this rock icon’s rebirth, as Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts take their brand of rock music out on the road in the U.S.A.

New dates listed under Tour Dates. And more to come…


Dave Matthews Praises Bernie Sanders, Discusses New Album Plans

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Dave Matthews had some serious praise for Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders:

“When I hear someone speaking in terms of the workers rising up and the working people feeling like they have a voice, when I hear someone like Bernie Sanders talking, I think there’s a hope. And I have no party affiliation [laughs]. I’m not saying with his half-a-million donators and supporters that have committed 30 bucks on average to his campaign, he can win without a Super PAC. But that’s a guy who is talking about something real and that isn’t insulted by being called a liberal. Someone could call me a liberal, and I’d say, “Thank you.” Someone could call me a socialist, and I’d say, “I wish I was a socialist.” I should get a shirt that says, “Tax me! Tax the fuck out of me!” At least we’re hearing more of a voice from him by having him out there and speaking in complete sentences rather than a bunch of slogans that don’t mean anything. So I feel like there’s hope as long as some people are speaking to the real problem in this country.”

Matthews continued:

“We shouldn’t look down on homeless people in this country or the mentally ill or the people who don’t have work or migrant workers who want to come here and work hard for their futures, and they’re trying to make something. That in the richest and the most powerful country in the world we can’t house our own people and we can’t take care of people who have fallen through the cracks and that we don’t have a safety net to look after each other is fucking astounding.”

He also took time to bash the GOP and their latest debate performances:

“When I listen to the bold-faced, impossible and nonsensical, disconnected claims at the last debate, I’m like, “What the fuck are you all talking about? None of you are remotely connected. None of you have an actual plan!” I can stand up and say, “If I was President, I would make everybody’s boobs bigger, and I would make men stronger, and everybody would be happy, and everybody would be fed, and the oceans would be clean, and everyone would have jobs. And that’s what I’ll do if I’m President.” Wait, do you shit money? What are you fucking talking about? There’s no way you can do anything but damage our children’s future by claiming you can spend more money to make us stronger, make us better, make us happier, make the whole world a better, more peaceful place, and cut taxes and have less government. ‘Cause you’re just talking about something that’s fucking impossible.”

Dave also took time to address plans for a new DMB album:

“We’re going to have an album at some point. It’s not the Eighties or Nineties or Seventies when it mattered. We’ve always let people record our music, so probably they’ll end up getting some of it anyway if they just tape the shows or we put some live releases out. But at some point, we’ll have an album that we’ll put out for whatever reason people still do that.”

Watch Pearl Jam’s Full Global Citizens Festival Performance

Pearl Jam were the headlining act from the 2015 Global Citizens Festival on Saturday. You can view their full set below!

Alternative Nation reporter Jeff Gorra had the chance to attend the 2015 United Citizen’s festival. The following is his review:

“Feel the sky blanket you, with gems and rhinestones. See the path cut by the moon, for you to walk on.” — Eddie Vedder (“Unthought Known”)

About halfway through Pearl Jam’s headlining set of Saturday’s Global Citizens festival, Eddie Vedder tells a story about writing Backspacer’s “Unthought Known” in New York City. “I really should have been asleep, but the light of the sky overlooking this park we are in right now, was just too good to pass up,” says Vedder.

A perfect day for a festival, it seemed that song, and the moments surrounding it, served as the emotional foundation for the entire day. 60,000 people jammed into New York City’s Great Lawn – Central Park. What makes this festival different is that the crowd had to participate in the activism before the actual show. It’s the only way you have a chance to get in (without shelling out huge money for VIP). With that, the artists and celebrity speakers showed great appreciation for all that was done before a single note was played.

Coldplay kicked off the show at 4pm and got the crowd moving with a jumpy “Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall.” They continued on their path to get the juices flowing with an uptempo set and a few surprises mixed in – including Ariana Grande joining Chris Martin on stage for an acoustic performance and a new song entitled “Amazing Day” to close their set.

Next up was English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran. If you only know Sheeran by his radio songs, go see him live. He performed his entire set solo with simply a guitar and his loop pedals. If you miss one note or are off beat by a split second when using loop pedals, you have then ruined your entire song. Sheeran was flawless, incredibly entertaining and is remarkably talented. The highlight of his set being – Chris Martin joining him (on piano) for a rendition of “Thinking Out Loud.”

The night certainly had its run of collaborations including Sting joining Common on stage 2 before Beyonce’s performance, who many were there to see. Beyonce had a strong message to deliver throughout her set that fit the theme of the festival and organization. Sheeran would join her mid-set for an acoustic performance of “Drunk in Love” (though this festival does not serve alcohol).

The nights hosts’ – Stephan Colbert and Hugh Jackman then returned for their MC finale which included a lineup of CEO’s to lead up the nights headliners, the one and only Pearl Jam.

“Good Evening. I think a toast is in order. Here’s to New York City, here’s to Central Park, here’s to you,” said lead singer Eddie Vedder, before a thunderous “Mind Your Manners” opener. The Seattle rockers came out swinging as “Do the Evolution” and “Given to Fly” followed.

A bit of a shorter set than usual for Pearl Jam, even for a festival, the band did a great job of mixing hit songs in with songs appropriate for the setting and purpose. They carried the torch of gratitude for all Global Citizens does and for what those in attendance had done in order to be apart of festivities. They too kept on the theme of surprises. For one, their encore started with a full band version of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” where Eddie gave a beautiful tribute to Lennon, speaking of how relevant Central Park was to his music and advertising the gathering that will be taking place in the park in honor of Lennon’s would-be – 75th birthday. Though Vedder has played “Imagine” solo numerous times, this was the first time Pearl Jam played a full band version. It was stellar, and got all 60,000 people singing in unison.

Then came perhaps the nights most unique pairing as Vedder welcomed Beyonce to the stage for a duet of “Redemption Song.” It’s not everyday you get to sing with the queen,” said Vedder.

To close the evening, all artists were welcomed on stage for a celebratory “Rockin in the Free World.” During a week where faith and spirituality were ever-present in New York City, Pearl Jam did a perfect job tying it all together with the motives of the concert. Often, their own movement is compared to that of a spiritual journey. How fitting we would find them at the musical helm to unify the masses at the conclusion of it all.

Pearl Jam’s setlist:
Mind Your Manners
Do the Evolution
Given to Fly
Elderly Woman
Lightning Bolt
Redemption Song (Vedder solo with Beyonce)
Rockin in the Free World

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor To Appear On Doctor Who

According to British news outlet The Mirror, The producers of the hit sci-fi series Doctor Who has tapped Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor to lend his “deep and terrifying roar to the alien warlord known as Fisher King” in the October 3 episode of the BBC television series.

Taylor is a huge Whovian (A term given to Doctor Who superfans)and when the BBC heard that Slipknot would be playing in the city where the show is filmed, Cariff, the producers of Doctor Who reached out to Taylor to see if he would be interested in lending his voice for one of the characters. According to insiders, Slipknot were also treated to a VIP tour of the Doctor Who set.

While Taylor’s signature growl will be used for the Fisher King character, it should be noted that King is actually played by Neil Fingleton, the tallest British-born man and the tallest man in the European Union at 7 ft 7 in in height, and his speaking voice is “Shaun Of The Dead”‘s Peter Serafinowicz.