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Def Leppard Guitarist On STP’s Music: ‘I Just Loved The Vibe Of It, It Was Just Amazing’

Although Def Leppard has been one of the leading arena rock bands for decades by this point, their guitarist, Phil Collen, has long fancied punk rock and alt-rock. Case in point, who he plays with in his side bands – Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook (in Man-Raze) and STP bassist Robert DeLeo (in Delta Deep).

Last year, the blues rock-based Delta Deep issued their self-titled debut, and are planning a live release (titled ‘West Coast Live’) for later this year. And during late March/early April, the band – including Mr. DeLeo – will be touring the east coast.

Phil spoke with Alternative Nation about how it is playing in Delta Deep with Robert, and his favorite STP tunes.

How did the idea come up to play with Robert DeLeo?

A friend of mine, Chris Epting, who I had wrote a book with [‘Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond’], he said, “Do you know Robert DeLeo?” And I said, “No, but I’m a huge fan! A huge STP fan. Loved the songs, loved the songwriting, and everything he did.” He says, “Well, he’s a disciple of Motown – James Jamerson and those guys. That’s really what he does. And funk and blues and jazz. That’s really his thing.” He introduced us, I played him the demos for Delta Deep, and he said, “Oh man. This is going to be great.” And that was it, really. And the same deal with Forrest Robinson, the drummer – he used to play with India.Arie and TLC and the Crusaders and all these other acts. And hip-hop stuff in Atlanta, he had done a bunch of that, as well. It just fit perfectly. And I loved Robert’s songwriting, as well, which is another thing that hopefully we’ll get to do on the next Delta Deep album – we’ve got a bunch of stuff written already, but we haven’t written anything together. So that’s going to be a blast.

How it playing with Robert, stylistically?

Obviously, because he’s in a rock band…the big difference is it’s like, funk on steroids. It’s not your typical soul or groove or blues band, because me and Robert are from hard rock bands. Alternative, metal, whatever you want to call it. And what’s really interesting about Forrest Robinson is the fact that he’s from Memphis, he’s played with all these…the Crusaders is a jazz group. But when I first met him, what he said, “All I really want to play is double kick drum metal.” I said, “Really?!” Never judge a book by its cover! Because I thought he was like a groove guy, which he is, but that’s what he loves playing. So when Debbi [Blackwell] gets out and sings over the top of it, it reminds me of early Zeppelin. It’s got a feel like that. I didn’t really expect that – I thought it was going to be more subdued, it was going to be a bit of a groove and bluesy, but it turned into this other thing. It’s got element of Zeppelin, Def Leppard, STP – only it’s this soulful, funky, rock thing. It’s a very muscular version of that. Like I said, playing with Robert is a joy. We’re basically a three-piece – guitar, bass, and drums. And there’s so much going on that you’ll fill all of the gaps – and not just all with notes, but with aggression. And that’s the one thing that I always love. I have another band, Man-Raze, and we’ve got two albums out. Paul Cook is the drummer, and he’s the drummer from the Sex Pistols. I loved Paul Cook’s drumming. I loved the Sex Pistols album [‘Never Mind the Bollocks…’]. I always wanted that aggression in something. So we pretty much got that down, and again, with Man-Raze, it was that thing, it was the aggression. A lot of people miss out on that. It’s like a lot of rock bands are kind of wimpy or whatever and don’t quite have that thing. But this is…steroidal and muscular are the only words to describe it!

What are some of your favorite STP songs or albums?

I love the ‘Purple’ album. I think that’s just great. Obviously, “Interstate Love Song” is such a great song. But even when I first heard them, when I heard “Sex Type Thing” and “Wicked Garden,” I just loved the vibe of it, it was just amazing. All the way up the last album, actually. Even stuff like “Sour Girl.” I loved the fact that they were so different and had this very artistic frontman, and they actually combined elements of Zeppelin and the Beatles, and still made it sound fresh – not like a karaoke band. A lot of people go, “I’m influenced by the Beatles and Zeppelin,” and they just sound like a karaoke. But STP sounded like STP, but you could still hear those influences. It’s amazing.

DELTA DEEP’s East Coast “Sugar Shack” Tour Itinerary

March 28 Howard Theatre Washington, DC

March 29 Ortlieb’s Lounge Philadelphia, PA

March 30 Wonder Bar Asbury Park, NJ

March 31 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA

April 3 BB Kings New York, NY

April 5 Cavern Club at Hard Rock Café Boston, MA

April 6 Daryl’s House Pawling, NY

April 8 YMCA Boulton Center Bay Shore, NY

Photo by Helen L. Collen.

Remembering 10 Grunge Legends We’ve Lost

Edited by Brett Buchanan

As the holidays approach, I feel the overwhelming need to write this after the recent passing of Scott Weiland. We take for granted that our favorite musicians will always be there, but the truth is, life happens, and circumstances in their own lives change, and they are gone.

We’ve lost so many people from the 90’s grunge/alternative rock music scene, and we should not forget them as 2015 concludes, or ever for that matter. The gifts we’ve received from them will last forever, and I am grateful for that. My thoughts go out to their friends, families, and significant others as well, hoping they know the fans are still with them.

Drug addiction is such a hard thing to talk about, so I won’t, but I know all too well the impact it leaves on the living, as I lost my husband in 2010 to a prescription narcotic drug overdose. I then lost my father from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease just 4 days later. The sadness subsides, but never really goes away.

I’d like to take this time to remember those that I often think of and had a huge impact on my ‘alternative music days’ years ago, which I still listen to and love. I’d like to note that not all the artists listed below died of a drug overdose from addiction.

In memory of:

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Andrew Wood, Vocals, Piano, Guitar-Malfunkshun, Mother Love Bone

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Stefanie Sargent, Guitar – 7 Year Bitch

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Mia Zapata, Vocals, Piano, Guitar – The Gits

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Kurt Cobain, Lead vocals, Guitar – Nirvana

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Shannon Hoon, Lead vocals, Guitar, Various instruments – Blind Melon

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John Baker Saunders, Bass – Mad Season, The Walkabouts

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Ben McMillan, Lead vocals, Guitar – Gruntruck

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Layne Staley, Lead vocals, Guitar – Alice in Chains, Mad Season

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Michael Starr, Bass – Alice in Chains, Red Sun Red

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Scott Weiland, Lead vocals – Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver

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The biggest losses for me personally were Layne Staley and Mike Starr. Both were such talented musicians, and part of a musical phenomenon that still continues to this day, Alice In Chains. I previously wrote about the sound that Layne and Jerry Cantrell created when singing together, an unparalleled duo to date. Mike Starr played his bass guitar with unmatched aggressiveness.

Unfortunately, thinking about their deaths puts me into a depression, something I cannot explain. But I knew it was time to pull out the music again as I wrote this article, so I started playing Facelift, SAP, Dirt, Jar of Flies and Alice in Chains. I’m sure many of you have done the same when missing Layne, as for me the music is healing. Although the lyrics state something of despair, I find the opposite in their music, and it gets me back to living my life again rather being stuck in a state of depression.

This past August, I brought candles to the Layne Staley and Mike Starr annual vigil at the Seattle Center fountain. Every single person listed above (except for Scott Weiland) had a candle. We even had a candle for Layne Staley’s beautiful ex-fiance Demri Parrott, because the impact she had on so many people.

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There have obviously been others that we’ve lost, but the ones listed above I either met in person, or saw live in Seattle. However, I can honestly say that I never got to see Scott Weiland live, but I have always loved the music of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.

If you have a musician that you have loved and lost, and you haven’t listened to their music for a while, I urge all of you to find the albums, or CD’s, and dust them off and play them. I bet you will feel a sense of happiness in what they left behind, as I did with Layne and Mike.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and wish you joy and happiness into the next year. I also hope you remember the great music these artists have left behind.

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.

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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.

Stone Temple Pilots Albums Get Ranked Up!

It is my firm opinion that Stone Temple Pilots’ discography is the most underappreciated mainstream rock catalog of the past 25 years of music; the band always managed to keep things fresh and shook up their formula every single album. Here, for your clickbait pleasure, is Alternative Nation’s ranking of STP’s records, from Core to High Rise.

In addition to STP’s six studio albums and E.P. with Chester Bennington, I’ve included Scott Weiland’s solo material and the various side projects of the Deleo bros (plus or minus Eric Kretz). Not included is Delta Deep, Robert Deleo’s newest project with Phil Collen of Def Leppard, or Art of Anarchy, which Weiland claims he was never truly part of in the first place.

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14. Talk Show (1997)

The first attempt at replacing Weiland in the classic STP lineup, Talk Show saw Dave Coutts, whose vocals sort of combined the alternative sound of the mid-90’s with 80’s pop rock. As one who thinks none of the STP members have ever been involved with an awful record, Talk Show starts off strong before spiraling off into filler territory and does not really leave a lasting impression on the listener. Dave Coutts is an underrated vocalist, however, and he recently resurfaced after disappearing for many years, interacting with STP fans on Below Empty under the name “Cave Doutts” and performing some Talk Show material live in California.

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13. Happy in Galoshes (2008)

There’s a solid album buried within the sprawling double-disc Happy in Galoshes, a cathartic concept album dealing with Weiland’s failing marriage with Mary Forsberg and his relationship with his brother Michael. However, like most double albums, the project collapses under its own weight. “She Sold Her System”, “Killing Me Sweetly”, and a very emotional rendition of “Be Not Afraid” are the highlights here, while the album lost a huge opportunity for a collaboration with pop icon Pharrell Williams: the original version of the singer’s seminal hit “Happy”, which leaked earlier this year, was conceived for Happy in Galoshes.

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12. Army of Anyone (2006)

The DeLeo brothers’ collaboration with Filter frontman Richard Patrick and future Korn drummer Ray Luzier was a solid effort with masterful production and some great songwriting, but, like Talk Show, the songs lacked the extra “punch” and chemistry that Weiland and even Chester Bennington possess with their STP bandmates. Key tracks include “Non Stop”, “Goodbye”, and “A Better Place”. Note: Army of Anyone’s tourmates, Hurt, are a vastly underrated band to check out. Frontman J. Loren at one point joined Dean DeLeo on stage for a rendition of an original song, “Used To Know Her“.

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11. High Rise (2013)

Chester Bennington always wore the Weiland influence on his sleeve and is doing a solid job thus far at STP’s live shows, but the High Rise EP was a bit too rushed and underwhelming as a mission statement by the new lineup. “Out of Time” and “Tomorrow” are the standout tracks here while the rest of the EP more or less goes through the motions. The new incarnation of STP desperately need to release a follow up with at least one heavy-hitting hit to really convince everyone they mean business in studio.

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10. Libertad (2007)

The second and final Velvet Revolver album before Weiland’s departure from the band in March 2008, Libertad takes a poppier turn from Contraband. “She Builds Quick Machines” and “The Last Fight” represented the record on rock radio, though Libertad failed to have the same impact as its predecessor in 2004. The record continues the weird Weiland trend of keeping the strongest songs off of the retail release of the record; the rarity track “Gas And A Dollar Laugh” appears on the Japanese import of Libertad, while “Messages” appears on the iTunes edition.

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9. Stone Temple Pilots (2010)

The last album to feature Scott Weiland on vocals, 2010’s self-titled “Peace” record was the only set of recorded material released by the classic STP lineup following their 2008 reunion. Stone Temple Pilots opted to push forward with their pop-rock style found on the band’s later records rather than appeal to grungeheads looking for Core 2.0. That’s not to say the record doesn’t have solid tunes: “Between The Lines”, “Take A Load Off”, “First Kiss On Mars”, & “Maver”, but the record doesn’t possess the longevity of the classic five albums and is ultimately an epilogue to the classic STP’s legacy.

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8. Blaster (2015)

A solid comeback for frontman Scott Weiland with his new backing band, The Wildabouts, marred by the tragic death of guituarist Jeremy Brown at the age of 34. Blaster sort of represents a back-to-basics rock and roll record for Weiland after the divisive and experimental Happy in Galoshes. The record is front to back rock music with a focus on, as Weiland touted in many interviews, “filling the space between the notes” for a compact and fuzzy sound. The highlight of the record is the surreal Dylanesque rabble of “Parachute”.

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7.  Contraband (2004)

The debut album from Velvet Revolver, featuring Weiland on vocals and Slash, Duff Mckagan, Matt Sorum, and Dave Kushner supplying the music. The music is tight and the production on Weiland’s vocals is as strong as ever. It’s a shame the band never truly followed up on the success of “Slither” and “Fall to Pieces”.

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6. No. 4 (1999)

Producer Brendan O’Brien’s work on No. 4 was admittingly his weakest in the band’s catalog with its “wet towel” production, but the record is at its strongest during its more sentimental moments: the Billboard pop hit “Sour Girl”, the psychedelic-country love (or drug?) ballad “I Got You”, and the epic and soaring “Glide”, and the acoustic “Atlanta”, where Weiland completely channels his inner Morrison. Te latter two are two of the greatest songs in STP’s catalog of deep cuts. The other pole of the record is that of heavy-hitting rock tunes like “Down”, “Heaven & Hot Rods”, and “No Way Out.

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5. Core (1992)

Core was the record that effectively started it all, blending contemporary alternative rock music with record-oriented mindset and classic rock riffs. The record blasted the bar band known as Mighty Joe Young to worldwide fame with tunes that are still relevant on rock radio to this day like “Plush”, “Wicked Garden”, & “Sex Type Thing”. While Core arguably has the strongest string of radio heavyweights, it’s still the band’s most generic outing as far as guitar-rock goes, and their sonic heights were not truly achieved until records like Tiny Music and Shangri-La Dee Da were released.

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4. Shangri-La Dee Da (2001)

Choosing the slightly hokey “Days of the Week”, originally written for Sheryl Crow, as the lead single of STP’s fifth studio album sort of misrepresented the final product: Shangri-La Dee Da is easily STP’s most experimental album. After plowing through rockers “Dumb Love”, “Coma”, and “Hollywood Bitch”, the record descends into moody weirdness, from the manic melody of “Bi-Polar Bear” to “Transmissions from a Lonely Room”. The band found themselves at a junction when Dean Deleo and Scott Weiland reportedly got into a fist fight during their tour in support of Shangri-La Dee Da and scrapped their pending sixth album, reportedly a return to the sound of Core.

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3. 12 Bar Blues (1998)

Easily Weiland’s strongest solo record and one of this writer’s personal favorites of all time, 12 Bar Blues is the work of a creative genius in the deepest throes of addiction, and every inch of the album drips with the paradoxical desperation and manic highs Weiland was experiencing at this point in his career and personal life. From the slinky salsa-influenced “Desperation No. 5” to the ethereal closer “Opposite Octave Reaction”, 12BB is saturated with dark yet joyful melodies and psychedelic textures. Sadly, the album was too experimental to effectively kickstart a solo career, as if Scott skipped the Major Tom/Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars phase and went straight for the Berlin trilogy.

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2. Purple (1994)

Purple is inherently the band’s most “listenable” album; it contains the crunchy riffs and baritone vocals that earned STP the grunge fanbase of the early 90’s while also pushing the band towards psych/pop-oriented songwriting. “Interstate Love Song”, “Big Empty”, & “Vasoline” were the two mega hits of the record. Songs like “Unglued” and “Silvergun Superman” are fan favorites. “Still Remains” is one of the best love ballads of the alternative nation era: “…take a bath I’ll drink the water that you leave, if you should die before me ask if you could bring a friend.”

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1. Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop (1996)

Casual listeners often dismiss 1996’s Tiny Music as the point where STP fell off the wayward path and became something too different from their flannel and testosterone fueled early days. However, many hardcore fans and music lovers recognize Tiny Music as the group’s opus, a swirling vortex of psychedelia laden with Beatle-esque hooks. From the surreal elevator music intro of “Press Play” to the fan favorite album closer and heroin ballad “Seven Caged Tigers”, you’ll find an eclectic mix of styles stamped with STP’s brand of rock and roll: the bossa nova of “And So I Know”, the jazz-tinged ode to the music industry “Adhesive”, & the Zeppelin-meets Beatles frenzy of “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart”. As far as “divisive but acclaimed” mainstream rock records of the 90’s go, Tiny Music deserves to be in the same pantheon as Weezer’s Pinkerton, Nirvana’s In Utero, & Pearl Jam’s No Code.

Honorable Mention: Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (2011)

A masterpiece firing on all cylinders. Forget whatever inferior album you have in mind. Scott Weiland’s cover album of traditional Christmas classics (plus the original tune “Happy Christmas (And Many More)”) is the greatest piece of recorded material of the past century.

 

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…

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Scott Weiland Says Kurt Cobain’s Death Was ‘Our Generation’s Death Of Rock N’ Roll’

Does the name “Greg Prato” sound familiar? Perhaps you know me from writing for Alternative Nation…or perhaps from the books I write. And this month (July 2015) saw the release of my 16th book overall, ‘Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990’s.’

Since its inception in the late 1960’s, heavy metal has experienced quite a few ups and downs in popularity. But there was one specific decade that sticks out as the most troubling – the 1990’s. In what seemed like one fell swoop, a style of metal that had been popular for much of the 1980’s was rendered obsolete, and in its place, was a much more real, raw, and unique approach – detected in several new metal-based “sub-genres.” Add to it several changes in the music industry and media, and it appeared as if traditional metal may have met its expiration date…before several bands (and a certain traveling festival tour) helped put headbanging rock back on track.

For the book, I conducted over 80 interviews with current or past members of Pantera, Sepultura, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, Faith No More, Primus, Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, White Zombie, Stone Temple Pilots, and Kyuss, among many others, while Pantera bassist Rex Brown penned a foreword.

Below is the first exclusive excerpt of three for Alternative Nation, in which Scott Weiland recounts how Kurt Cobain’s death affected him:

“Very intensely [in response to being asked ‘How did Kurt Cobain’s death affect you?’]. I was actually in detox or rehab for the first time, kicking heroin. When I knew that Kurt was over at Exodus [Recovery Center, a rehab center in Marina Del Rey, California], I was in a place in Pasadena. I was actually supposed to be going to Exodus, and [Stone Temple Pilots] had just finished our tour with the Butthole Surfers, and I found out that Gibby [Haynes] was there, so my manager made a change and put me somewhere else. And everything went down – we heard over the TV that he’d jumped the wall [a famous story in which rather than traditionally checking out of Exodus, Cobain jumped over the facility’s wall], I’ve known a lot of people who have done that. Then he was missing, and then found out that he was dead. It was really heavy. It was kind the death of the age of innocence of our thing we had going. As far as that genre of music, there was a certain innocence about it, and then the innocence was gone. I guess every generation has their ‘Don McLean moment.’ Y’know, ‘This will be the day that I die’ [in reference to the McLean song ‘American Pie’] – the whole ‘death of rock n’ roll’ moments. And that was our generation’s death of rock n’ roll.”

You can read an entire chapter from the book (which recounts how guitar solos nearly vanished from rock music by the mid ’90s) here, and find ordering info for the paperback/Kindle versions here, and the Nook version here.

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Stone Temple Pilots & Def Leppard Members Unite In Delta Deep

An unlikely union of a Stone Temple Pilot (bassist Robert DeLeo) and a Def Leppard (guitarist Phil Collen) has taken place, in the form of the new band, Delta Deep. A merger of the blues and rock n’ roll, the band also features singer Debbi Blackwell-Cook and drummer Forrest Robinson, and their self-titled debut album will be released on June 23rd (via Mailboat Records).

In a recent interview that little old me conducted for the BraveWords website, Collen explained how the collaboration took place:

“It’s me and Debbi Blackwell-Cook, who is a 60-year-old black woman, who’s got this great soul voice. It’s somewhere between Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner…a Chaka Khan kind of power voice. She’s my wife’s godmother, so she has sung at our wedding and has been singing since she was two years old in her church – gospel and soul and everything. We would sit around the house and just goof off, and before you know it, we had people going, ‘What is this you guys are doing?’ Initially, it was just Motown stuff. And they’d say, ‘Where can we buy this?’ So we started writing songs. When we got Robert DeLeo from STP and Forrest Robinson on drums – who played with everyone, from TLC to India.Arie, and the Crusaders – it sounded like Rage Against The Machine does blues or something! It had this different kind of energy. We hadn’t really planned it that way, but we tracked all these elements of black music – from where it started from slavery to gospel music, blues, soul, jazz, rock, the whole gamut. Just an expression of all that. I think you hear all these elements coming out in the music. We were blown away by the direction it took, really.”

The rest of the interview can be read here (in which Collen talks about wanting to tour with Delta Deep, and also, an update on Def Leppard’s next album, which he states, “I think it’s the best thing we’ve done since Hysteria“). You can also see footage from their live debut in Los Angeles below.


Fans ‘Disgusted’ And ‘Disappointed’ With Scott Weiland At VIP Meet & Greet

Scott Weiland held a paid VIP meet & greet session with fans at a recent show at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. The following is three different fan accounts from the event in Boston, including a fan claiming Weiland bizarrely said to him “Let’s suck a dick!” Each fan account comes from Stone Temple Pilots fan forum, BelowEmpty. You can read our review of Weiland’s recent show in Philadelphia by clicking here:

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The VIP early entry allowed me to get into the venue and secure a nice spot right upfront and center. Stocklyn was very energetic and had some cool songs, I enjoyed them. Scott and the band were on time, and sounded kickass. I can’t get over how much Joey Castillo adds to their sound. He is a total monster. Scott danced around stage, joked, and actually seemed very happy during the set. Amethyst, Vasoline and The Jean Genie were major highlights for me, and all of the new songs went over very well. Scott’s voice wore down as the night went on but he was very strong on most of the tunes. The set was short and people were sticking around after Unglued expecting more, but the crowd was very satisfied and I heard people saying that this is the best they have seen Scott in years.

As for after the show, Tommy hung around out front and took pictures and chatted with many of the fans. I talked to him for a minute and he was very down to earth and humble. The VIP meet and greet was held in the back and like I expected you get about two seconds to shake everybodys hand, the manager gives you a pre signed poster and you get one picture with the band. I still wanted to meet my hero and it was an extra plus to meet Joey. I told Joey to stick with this band and it creates a monster rhythm section. Before I got up there to meet them, Scott was posing for pictures, smiling, putting people in headlocks, kissing them, the whole nine yards. When I get up there Scott didn’t even look at me when I was talking to him, he put his arm around me and literally said “lets get this shit done with”. As I fakely smiled for my photo, I couldn’t believe what just came out of my hero’s mouth. I felt so betrayed after spending so much money to support him over the years. Scott should not be saying that when people paid 150$ for a brief picture with him after the show. He obviously wants no part of the meet and greet and thats fine if he doesn’t market one. Always treat your fans with respect, I have always defended Scott and now it made me second guess myself. I actually thought of the DeLeo brothers and imagined how meeting them and Chester would not be a similar experience at all.

On a concluding note, I loved the show, his heart was into it and so was mine, and the crowds. One thing that should be mentioned is that Scott seemed like he was in slow motion, most likely drinking. I always thought it was his stage persona but after the show he talked slow, and his eyes seemed empty, even my girlfriend took notice to that. I will see Scott again, the meet and the greet is kind of out the picture now but I can’t wait for Blaster and for the next show!

Matthew:
I did the meet and greet as well and he said “let’s suck a dick!” to me and that was it. Over and done in 10 seconds. He was definitely drunk and ready to get outta there. I was about as drunk as he was so I didn’t really feel disappointed until looking back today. It’s funny, but also disappointing. Overall though I met some cool people and had a blast before and after the show. Thats what really counts.

Toahiaph:
Add me to the list of fans who Scott was not so nice too. The other members of the band all cool and with it…. scott seemed hammered.

As a long time fan (from the age of 10 years old) Scott and STP have been a HUGE part of my life. Collected everything I could STP as well saw them in concert every time I could. One of the things on my “Bucket List” was to meet Scott and get his autograph….. which I really wanted tattoo’d, to commemorate the day I met him.

When the Meet & Greet VIP passes came available I hesitated to spend the money but it’s a once in a life time thing. So I bought them! I had known Scott was hit or miss but I was really hoping for a good experience, but wasn’t getting my hopes up.

On the night of the concert after we were let in early for VIP I went over and nervously asked the gentleman in-charge of the VIP access about getting scotts signature for a tattoo. He was really nice about it but kindly let me know that Scott WILL NOT sign skin, and most definitely WILL NOT SIGN anything that he knows will be then turned into a tattoo. He also mentioned to not tell or show Scott my 2 other STP tattoos.
Sheesh Glad I asked!!!

Concert was great, besides some A-holes who can’t follow rules or have any respect…. but that’s at every concert. All 30 (?? not sure how many) of us VIP pass people line up out back and wait for the band. Scott is joking with people and making all sorts of wacko gestures for people pictures. Sweet this is going to be awesome I think!!! I can’t stop smiling at this point. It’s finally my turn….. I walk up and tell scott something along the lines of “I just wanted to tell you I have been a fan for 20 years” Scott then interrupts me and says something like OK hurry up I don’t want to hear it. I stand next to him and smile for my picture… mean while he was complaining the whole 5 seconds that it was taking too long.

I will NEVER pay to shake his hand again. I am glad I did it…. but when the day comes to put the Bucket List in order of awesomeness…. scott is going down to the bottom.

I can’t stress enough how cool Jeremy and Tommy are. I wish I could say the same for Scott.

It was maybe 30-45 mins of his time after the concert…. he could of at least been thankful that people still want to see him and pay $150 to shake his hand.

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Listen To Three Stone Temple Pilots Live Acoustic Tracks

Stone Temple Pilots recently released three videos on the band’s official youtube account. The videos consist of audio from a live acoustic performance set the band did in Arizona with Chester Bennington. While the videos do not specify to a specific city, venue, or date of the performance, it is revealed that the tracks were mixed by Ryan Williams. You can listen to STP perform “Interstate Love Song,” “Pretty Penny,” and “Big Empty” on the video players below.

Interstate Love Song:

Fourth track/third single off 1994’s ‘Purple’

Pretty Penny:

Sixth track off ‘Purple’ album

Big Empty:

Eighth track/first single off ‘Purple’ album

Interview: Elmo Kirkwood Talks Meat Puppets, STP 1994 Tour & New Dance Project Supr3yes

For as long as he has been on planet earth, Elmo Kirkwood has been around the music of the Meat Puppets (the band’s singer/guitarist, Curt Kirkwood, is his father, while bassist Cris Kirkwood is his uncle). And a few years ago, Elmo (the chap who is second from the right in the pic above) joined his dad and uncle in the band as second guitarist for live work.

While he continues to play with the Puppets, he has also launched a major musical departure from the band best known for country-punk-grunge. Called Supr3yes (pronounced “surprise”), Elmo focuses more on electro dance grooves than country picking or distorted power chords. Recently, Elmo answered some questions via email for Alternative Nation…

How did you get involved in doing dance music?

I like to dance. I dance a lot. No music necessary. I think it’s cool that manipulating sound in a rhythmic manner makes humans wiggle their bodies all about. I grew up loving Michael Jackson, Chic, the Bee-Gees, ABBA…so I’ve always been Into it. Brian Boyer and I were in a band together for years and we always played shows with Dave Owens’ band, Neba. Both our bands had a lot of keys and synth type stuff and had dancey grooves, but we’re rock bands. Years later, Boyer and I decided to fuck with more synth type music and we decided we should hit up Dave to come collab, because he’s a great writer. The sound we came upon was organic when we started to make noise. The intention wasn’t dance music. There was no intention. But we ended up with this stuff that just makes us want to move! So we went with it. Totally natural progression.

Who would you say were your musical influences for Supr3yes?

My personal influences for this project are really the same influences I’ve always had – Chic, Dr. Dre, Giorgio Moroder, Prince, Wendy Carlos, Fela Kuti. But I’ve also been listening to some different electronic shit lately, like Ceephax Acid Crew, whom Boyer turned me on to.

How would you compare doing Supr3yes to the Meat Puppets?

The only similarity is that I play some guitar in Supr3yes. Aside from that, it’s a totally different experience. In the Meat Puppets, I play guitar largely in a live format and it’s rock and roll. Even when it’s chill, it’s rock. I’ve played enough shows with them now to know right where I fit in and what is going to be most effective. What can I do, no matter how subtle, to make this as good as it can be. The stuff that makes the crowd happy. Serving the song. It’s also showed me a lot about what gets an audience pumped.

Supr3yes is essentially a studio project. We get together in a tiny room with some cool analog synths and we jam. When something is cool, we start catching loops on Ableton and continue to layer. After that, we set about pulling it all apart and turning into something with structure and defined parts. Once we’ve got some semblance of structure we get down to the fun stuff, the nuances. Stacking drums, making breakdowns, a lot of emphasis on transitions. We toss on fun effects and filters and with the technology available these days it’s not too hard to clean it all up into something that really works.

Are you doing Supr3yes music at the upcoming show at the Time Out Lounge (in Tempe, AZ, on Thursday, January 22, 2015), or different music?

Time Out Lounge will be a far more intimate affair. Supr3yes is party music. So for this gig I’m going to play some chill covers. Keep it light. I hardly ever do solo stuff. Should be fun.

What’s the meaning behind the name “Supr3yes”?

Dave Owens came up with it, or at least the cute spelling. When we were working on our first track together, which ended up being “Destiny,” I thought the intro had a real mysterious vibe. So I kept saying “Surprise” in a sexy Barry White style voice as joke, while we were working on it. I don’t know what it means. I guess it’s a surprise 🙂

What’s on the horizon for the Meat Puppets? More shows? New album?

Always more shows. As for an album I bet that’ll happen as well eventually. Later this month we are playing the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of the Cobain documentary, which should be pretty cool. Looking forward to all things to come.

Were you a popular gentleman in school because your pop appeared on Nirvana’s Unplugged?

I’d say people knew about it but I definitely wouldn’t say it made me popular. I also had zero ambitions for popularity in high school. I never really brought it up either, what my father does for a living, never seemed relevant. Ha.

How was it observing the Meat Puppets circa 1994, when they were experiencing a lot of commercial success (Nirvana Unplugged, Stone Temple Pilots tour, Too High to Die, “Backwater,” etc.)?

It was cool. I was 10 turning 11 that year so I was glued to MTV as it was. Then all of the sudden, Curt and Cris are on it every fucking day that summer, haha. Curt took my twin sister and I out on the road for like a week on the STP tour. Pretty amazing experience for a kid. But I guess it just seemed natural. Definitely cool getting to meet people from your favorite bands at that age. But you just learn that people are people. Some are just famous, haha.

How did you learn to play guitar? Did your dad give you any tips/pointers…or was it on your own?

Curt left me to my own devices. He bought me a guitar, showed me a couple chords that same night for about 2 minutes, and that was it.

I remember when I interviewed Curt for the Too High to Die book, he mentioned a never released country-sounding album he recorded a while back with Lisa Newmyer, and that he thought you may be one of the only people that has a copy of it. Do you still have it?

I’m not the person in possession, but I know who is – Jason Bianco. One of my best buds. He’s the man with the fabled disc 😉

Curt also talked about in the book that you and your sister grew up in a house shared by all 3 original Meat Puppets’ members back in the day. Any memories of watching jams and/or songwriting sessions? Any memories of watching/hearing specific songs being written?

That initial house I don’t remember. Too young. But when I was 3, Curt and Cris got houses right next door to one another in Tempe. Cris’ pad had a big detached garage in the back that they turned into their rehearsal space. Those are my real earliest memories. They had carpeted the walls and spray painted crazy shit all over the place. I’d sit on top of shelves or large gear cases and watch them practice. Cris had recording gear in there, as well. He would record us as kids, haha. My first recorded piece of music was done by Cris. Me singing “Ben” by Michael Jackson, a capella, as an 8 year old.

What is your fav Puppets album and why?

Up On the Sun. The reason why just takes one listen through, in my opinion.

Who is funkier, Prince or Vanilla Ice?

Prince is a genius. Vanilla Ice is a honky.

Stone Temple Pilots Announce First 2015 Tour Date

Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington have announced the following via Facebook: We will be playing at the Arizona Bike Week in Scottsdale on March 28th. The band is billed without the “With Chester Bennington” moniker on the official site.

According to the official site: Starting as a small gathering of local motorcycle enthusiasts in 1997, Arizona Bike Week has grown to be one of the largest rallies in the country. We attribute the event’s tremendous success to a number of factors. First there’s the incredible riding weather and virtually limitless scenic terrain Arizona has to offer. Then there’s the plethora of places to go and things to do in the greater Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Add to that the biker-friendly attitude of our great state and you’ve got all the basic elements needed to throw a tremendous rally.

Meanwhile, Scott Weiland will be performing with his new band, The Wildabouts, at SXSW and Rock on the Range in support of his new record due some time next year.

 

 

Stone Temple Pilots Weren’t Pearl Jam Ripoffs

Many critics of the era considered STP to be a grunge clone; specifically, many claimed that Scott Weiland was a poor man’s Eddie Vedder, “ripping off” Vedder’s style in order to make a quick buck. Though that opinion has been greatly subsided in the 22 years since the release of STP’s Core, there are still a number of music fans and media outlets who latch onto this shallow concept. It only takes a brief look at the facts an a good listen to the music to really understand how their similarities were mostly coincidental.

STP PREDATED PEARL JAM

STP, in its earliest incarnation, formed somewhere around 1985, with Robert DeLeo on bass, Corey Hickock on Guitar, and David Allin on drums. That lineup recorded under the name Swing, while a demo recorded in 1990 with Dean DeLeo on guitar under the name Mighty Joe Young included grungy songs from Core like “Where The River Goes” and “Wicked Garden”, a full year before the release of Temple of the Dog (Eddie Vedder’s first appearance in the public eye) and Ten. Sure, Pearl Jam’s instrumentalists had long been active in bands like Mother Love Bone and Green River, but those groups sounded nothing like Pearl Jam.

CORE WAS MUCH HEAVIER THAN TEN

Objectively speaking, early STP was much heavier than early Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam took the classic arena rock sound in the vein of The Who and made it their own, bolstered by Mike McCready’s Hendrix-esque guitar solos, while STP kind of blasted through with aggressive, three minute songs. Pearl Jam didn’t have a song on Ten really sounding pissed off enough to rival “Sex Type Thing”, while STP didn’t have a song sprawling enough to rival “Alive”. I’m not advocating one style over the other, just simply stating that both bands did what they in their own departments very well.

Weiland (Details Magazine 1994): I have a lot of respect for Eddie Vedder and the ideals and things he stands for. As an artist he’s very valid. But I never really thought if you put us next to each other we looked like Siamese Twins!

Weiland, (Stone Temple Pilots: Fully Illustrated, 1994): What is ‘grunge’? I think the music industry just comes up with these neat little categories to package everything in. I just care about artists making music with artistic integrity, which matters and which gets noticed, and I hop ewe’re doing that. There are bands like Helmet and Sonic Youth in New York, who’ve been around a while but not received much recognition, bands in Seattle like Nirvana or Mudhoney, L7 in LA, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi… it goes on and on… the bands in Seattle don’t sound anything alike! Nirvana don’t sound like Mudhoney, who don’t sound anything like Alice in Chains or Soundgarden. I have a hard time figuring out the whole thing.

Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots: Fully Illustrated, 1994): I’m fucking sick of hearing Seattle comparisons! My brother Robert wrote a lot of the material on Core and he hasn’t even heard the Pearl Jam album to this day!

BOTH EDDIE VEDDER AND SCOTT WEILAND WERE INFLUENCED BY JIM MORRISON

I can’t say just how much the arrival of Pearl Jam really affected the music scene considering I was a resounding -2 years old when Ten came out, but from an objective point of view, its safe to say that the general audience was not used to the idea of baritone singers when they first heard Eddie sing. When STP burst into the scene, many were quick to blast them as a “Pearl Jam ripoff” based solely on Scott’s baritone vocals. How hard is it to believe that the two singers simply had similar tastes growing up? However, by the time Scott Stapp rolled into the scene, this excuse kind of became tired.

Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots: Fully Illustrated, 1994): If we model ourselves on anybody I’d like to make a reference to Led Zeppelin or Queen. All the bands who are around right now were in their garages not so long ago, jamming and playing along to Aerosmith and Zeppelin and Kiss!

NOTHING AFTER PURPLE SOUNDS EVEN REMOTELY LIKE PEARL JAM

Many casual fans dismiss any of STP’s catalog after 1994’s Purple, when in fact their most eclectic and inspired material came from 1996’s Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop, tinged with acid rock sensibilities and a new raspy vocal style from Weiland. 1999’s No. 4 returned to a heavier style for the band, though Weiland’s vocals alternate back and forth between snappy baritone and smooth. 2001’s Shangri La-Dee Da veered off into plenty of weird directions for the band (Scott having referred to it as a “concept album” as opposed to being a straightforward rock album) while 2010’s self-titled reunion record has been described by Spin, The Globe & Mail, GrungeReport.net, and the band members themselves as being inspired by 60’s bands.

Stone Temple Pilots And Depeche Mode Were Referenced On True Detective

A nifty easter egg pertaining to STP and Depeche Mode has been discovered, as the underrated No. 4 and Depeche Mode’s Violator are featured in a juke box in Season 1, Episode 7 of True Detective, After You’ve Gone.

Also, check out our story in our Film/TV section on the similarities between Vince Vaughn and Matthew McConaughey’s careers, and why a ‘Vince Vaughnaissance’ could be coming in True Detective Season 2, much like McConaughey’s ‘McConaissance’ during Season 1.

Chris Goss Remembers Working With ‘Bad Boy’ Scott Weiland On STP’s Tiny Music

In an interview I recently conducted with Chris Goss for Songfacts, the Masters of Reality singer/guitarist (and producer/engineer of many other artists’ recordings) discussed what it was like working with Scott Weiland, back when Goss worked as the “vocal engineer” for Stone Temple Pilots’ 1996 release, Tiny Music…Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop (Weiland also sang on the tune “Jindalee Jindalie,” off MoR’s 2004 release, Give Us Barabbas).

“At the time – and I don’t know where he’s at now – he was a bad boy and going through a lot of drug problems. So I knew what I was getting into and I’d worked with him on his solo record as well. The Magnificent Bastards is a side project that he had done. He’s really talented, and he’s got a good voice, so the approach was let him do this thing.”

“I had kind of like a ‘cringe factor.’ If I cringe at a lyric or a note or a melodic idea internally, I wouldn’t show it blatantly outward, but that’s when I would step in and say, you know, why don’t you try this? There’s a poetics to melody and the phrasing. It’s subjective, but there’s guidelines of pace. I would speak up and say, ‘It’d be great if in the second verse you brought the melody up a little bit or changed it up. And in the chorus, bring the last line up, blah, blah, blah.’ Just basic rudimentary musical taste suggestions. And I think that’s why he brought me in, for that purpose. It was pretty standard, actually. Nothing too intense.”

Goss also had some very kind words for his work with the Kyuss lads:

Blues for the Red Sun and Welcome to Sky Valley were two of the most fun, creative records I’ve ever worked on. It was totally free of paranoia or fear of the label or fear of anything. They just wanted to blow people’s eyeballs out. So it was sheer pleasure for me.”

To read the interview interview, click your clicker here.

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Scott Weiland Is Recording With James Iha

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has revealed that he is recording with former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.

Weiland is currently recording his third (not counting 2011’s Christmas album Most Wonderful Time of the Year) studio album, his first with the current moniker “Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts”. The record is expected to release in November this year, though it may be postponed to December/January.

Video: Scott Weiland Impersonator Pleads Not Guilty At Court Hearing

Scott Weiland impersonator Jason Michael Hurley pleaded not guilty at a court hearing on Tuesday. The judge also officially determined that he’d be going by his real name going forward, and not Scott Weiland. The Scotteldeaner was arrested last month for meth possession and burglary, and fooled the Beverly Hills Police Department for nearly a month into thinking he was Scott Weiland.

AlternativeNation.net Review & Photos: Soundgarden & Nine Inch Nails Show In Irvine, CA

When my buddy and I arrived at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine for last night’s Soundgarden/Nine Inch Nails show, I saw a dude in his 40’s in the distance shout out ‘Who is here to see Soundgarden?’ I enthusiastically responded that I was, but unfortunately I was the only one in my section to do so. The crowd seemed to mostly be NIN leaning fans, like when I saw them with Jane’s Addiction at this same venue back in 2009. I saw several Soundgarden and Grunge shirts though, including Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains. Kind of off topic, but we really need some new good rock bands, as my only shows this month have been seeing a 72-year old Paul McCartney and 40’s/50’s Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails, and I’ve probably been one of the youngest fans at both shows. Cougars are fun, but it’d be nice to see some more ladies under 40 at rock shows.

Soundgarden came on at 8PM sharp, kicking off with “Searching…With My Good Eye Closed.” Cornell followed this by talking about how the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater used to be called something else (Irvine Meadows), before a ‘corporation’ took it over. Soundgarden’s set overall was lacking compared to when I’ve seen them in the past, with the best show I’ve seen being their July 2011 performance at the Forum in Los Angeles, which was really an unforgettable night. Matt Cameron was sorely missed, it reminded me a bit of when I was missing Jimmy Chamberlin at a Smashing Pumpkins show I went to in 2012. It’s not dig on Matt Chamberlain or (now former) Smashing Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne, but Matt Cameron and Jimmy Chamberlin are two of the greatest drummers of all time, true powerhouses who elevate performances. There were certain songs where Matt Chamberlain sounded like he fit in, while there were several where the drumming wasn’t as strong as a usual Soundgarden performance.

“Black Hole Sun” was the weak spot of the set, it just really sounded off, rhythmically and vocally. Cornell though was great during “Beyond the Wheel,” a song where the entire band shined and the shortcomings of the performance were not present at all. One funny thing that happened near the end of the show was I saw Ben Shepherd kick down one of the smaller speakers, and then pick it back up mid song. Ben seemed in good spirits throughout the night, dedicating the rest of the show at one point to the Soundgarden/NIN crew, and the fans. He showed the most energy during “Gun” and “Beyond the Wheel.”

Chris made some sort of rip on Affliction shirts, saying he had the King Animal shirt/logo made so he wouldn’t have to give stupid brands money, or something along those lines. He also dedicated the rest of the performance to Stephan (possibly spelled Stefan, I’m just going by ear) who he modestly said helps him not sound like shit every night at shows. He said Stephan was with his sick father so he could not be at the show.

“Blow Up The Outside World” was flat compared to the other times I’ve seen it live, there was a somewhat improvised part that took away from the power of the chorus. One of Cornell’s highlights of the show was hitting some notes really well during “Fell On Black Days,” eliciting a great response from the crowd. “A Thousand Days Before” was one of the best parts of the show too, the band seemed more inspired for that and “Beyond the Wheel” than they did on some other songs, Matt Chamberlain in particular did well on that. Kim threw a bottle after the performance ended, and he had pretty good form. The Angels could use his help right now with Garrett Richards out for the season.

Overall though, many of the songs just fell a bit flat, and I say this as a huge fan who is wearing a Soundgarden ‘Black Rain’ shirt as I write this review, with a Down on the Upside poster in my room. The 2011 show I saw was full of passion, and while the 2012 and 2013 shows I saw lacked that same visceral energy, they still had incredible musicianship and very diverse setlists. My friend who went with me also attended the 2011 show, and he voiced some of his critiques even before I did, and he’s more of just ‘fan’ of the band, not the obsessive type like me and you who can recall B-sides off of Scream.

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Nine Inch Nails came on at around 9:45 with an interesting stage set up that they changed throughout the show as they switched between their electronic leaning songs and their hard rock material. They opened with “Copy of A,” one of my favorites off of Hesitation Marks. The early part of the set also featured “Came Back Haunted,” which sounded straight off the record, it was that tight. When they switched to a hard rock portion of the set for “March of the Pigs,” the whole pace of the night in general picked up, it felt like a chaotic rock and roll show. I saw NIN in 2009, but I really took notice of drummer Ilan Rubin tonight, he really impressed me. Trent Reznor sounded great as well, his performance was filled with energy and passion. The only time the set really missed with me at all was a few ballads in the middle of the set, “Disappointed” in particular, but overall it was a great performance and it definitely topped Soundgarden’s, and this is coming from somebody who is a fan of Nine Inch Nails, but does not obsessively follow them like I do Soundgarden.

NIN just sounded tight and had frenetic energy on stage, particularly Robin Finck, they still feel very contemporary. The crowd was going nuts their whole performance, particularly for the one-two punch of “The Hand That Feeds” and “Head Like A Hole” to close the main set. I know the die hard NIN fans will shit on me, but the highlight for me was getting to see “Hurt” live. When I saw NIN in 2009 Trent got pissed off and refused to do “Hurt” due to some technical issues, but I got to see it tonight, and it was beautiful. On a random note, whoever the dudes are who move around NIN’s screens behind them during their set have the coolest fucking job on the planet.

Anyways, NIN were great, and while I found Soundgarden’s performance to be lackluster, at least I got to see Soundgarden again. They’re an iconic band, and I’m sure when they get Matt Cameron back, better things are to come. Matt’s definitely been away too long, but he only ever really wanted a break.

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Soundgarden Setlist:
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Spoonman
Gun
Outshined
Jesus Christ Pose
Black Hole Sun
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Blow Up the Outside World
Fell on Black Days
A Thousand Days Before
Rusty Cage
Beyond the Wheel

Nine Inch Nails Setlist:
Copy of A
Sanctified
Came Back Haunted
1,000,000
March of the Pigs
Reptile
Closer
Gave Up
Disappointed
Find My Way
The Great Destroyer
Eraser
Wish
Only
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole

Encore:
Hurt

Scott Weiland Imposter Was In A Stone Temple Pilots Tribute Band

Scott Weiland imposter/Scotteldeaner Jason Hurley was in a Stone Temple Pilots tribute band, according to his Facebook page.

Hurley posted several months ago, “in a tribute band for stone temple pilots tribute at the roxy hollywood, so [name censored] and [name censored] woulld be my first bass and guitar combo by choice.”  TMZ reports that the name of the band was Stone Tempered Pilots, and that it may not actually have existed yet.

He also discussed his favorite music and claimed to be friends with famous musicians, “Ive seen alot of great concerts. Camp Freddy hosted by my buddy Dave Navarro was no exception, Line up inc, Sugar Rays Mark Mcgrath, Courtney Love, Slash ,Billy Idols Steve Stevens, Matt Sorum from the Cult, Velvet Revolver and GNR. This is my Backyard and these are my Family, Not braggin, im used to going to Ozzies House with Sharon bitching in the background, Also very close buddy, Puddle of mudd Wes Scantlin, and Goo Goo dolls singer jonny Reznic. Is this really a dream and Juliette Lewis attacked me at the same show 3 years ago, im like i got a kiss from J L. Im a fuckin rock star but have the luxury of annonymity. My favorite rock star of the day is, Andrew from Wolfmother, Lives 7 houses down from me in Beverly Hills, Nicest guy, tall as hell. Billy Gibbons from Zz top talk cars when I see Him. love my life, just finished surfing, played 2 hours of soccer. on a seeemingly endless movie filming weather. just another day of luxury,,. im out.. )(”

Hurley was arrested late last month for alleged meth use and burglary, and claimed to be Scott Weiland, fooling police until last night.  The police were confident enough that it was the real Scott Weiland that they told TMZ, and later AlternativeNation.net, that they were confident they had the real Weiland, even when we asked if it could be an imposter.  They even released a press release detailing the arrest, before they later released a press release admitting they had been fooled.