GRUNGE IN 2010: A YEAR IN REVIEW
WRITTEN BY GRUNGEREPORT.NET OWNER BRETT BUCHANAN
2010 is just about over, and news is dry so I am writing one of these bullshit year in review articles. 2010 has been Grunge’s biggest year since 1996. Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Mudhoney, Melvins, and what’s left of Nirvana all performed live signaling a Grunge revival. Let’s run down what everybody was up to:
Pearl Jam- Pearl Jam toured the eastern United States in May as a continuation of the Backspacer tour. In July the band toured Europe and they played they final shows of 2010 at the Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California. Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder released a great new song called “Better Days” on the Eat, Pray, Love movie soundtrack. Stone Gossard’s band Brad released a new album titled Best Friends?
Soundgarden- On January 1st, 2010 kicked off with a bang when Chris Cornell announced the revival of Soundgarden’s fan club, which quickly led to the band reuniting and performing live for the first time since 1997 in April at the Showbox in Seattle. Soundgarden also performed at the Vic in Chicago, at Lollapalooza, and at a Guitar Hero release party in Los Angeles. They didn’t tour as many fans had hoped, but they did release “Black Rain” an outtake from the Badmotorfinger sessions that featured some new vocals from Chris Cornell. Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd also recorded his first ever solo album.
Alice In Chains- “Your Decision” continued to dominate rock radio in early 2010 and Alice In Chains toured Black Gives Way to Blue relentlessly throughout the year. The band’s hugely successful year culminated with the band’s BlackDiamondSkye tour with Deftones and Mastodon, where AIC played big venues like Madison Square Garden in New York. There was yet another Layne Staley Tribute Show in Seattle in August which featured the reunion of My Sister’s Machine.
Stone Temple Pilots- STP released their first new album in 9 years on May 25th, when Stone Temple Pilots was finally released 2 years after the band’s reunion. The lead single “Between The Lines” hit #1 on rock radio, while the album debuted at #2. STP toured North America extensively and played live in Europe for the first time since 2001.
Smashing Pumpkins- The Pumpkins released two Teargarden By Kaleidyscope EP’s this year: Songs For A Sailor and The Solstice Bare. Billy Corgan also spent 2010 touring with the new Smashing Pumpkins lineup which includes Corgan and Jeff Schroeder (who has been with the band since 2007) along with new members Mike Byrne and Nicole Fiorentino.
Nirvana/Foo Fighters- Foo Fighters recorded their upcoming 7th studio album this year, and returned to the stage in Tarzana, California last week. The new Foo Fighters album is being produced by Butch Vig and features a guest appearance by Dave Grohl’s former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic, reuniting 3/4 of the Nevermind team. The surviving members of Nirvana (the In Utero touring lineup) Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear performed “Marigold” at Foo Fighters’ show in California. Dave Grohl also did some touring with Them Crooked Vultures in 2010.
Hole- Hole released their first album since 1998 when Nobody’s Daughter was released in April. Courtney’s revival of the Hole name was very controversial, even leading to founding member Eric Erlandson to condemn the use of the name in a GrungeReport.net interview. The album disappointed commercially, but Hole soldiered on and toured into September.
Mudhoney- Mudhoney played live in Europe, South America, and North America in 2010.
Melvins- Released a new album, The Bridge Screamed Murder which debuted on the Billboard Top 200. This was the first time a Melvins album had ever debuted in the top 200.
There’s only one band missing from this list, the Screaming Trees! Time to join in on the party and reunite! The Screaming Trees’ inactivity aside, 2010 was an amazing year for Grunge and GrungeReport.net. The site was hacked and faced many server problems earlier in the year, I thank everybody for sticking by GrungeReport.net and giving us some record numbers this year.