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Watch Surviving Nirvana Members & Beck Perform David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World”

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Beck and surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear covered David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World” at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party last night. This was the first time the surviving Nirvana members performed together since their 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and the first time they covered “The Man Who Sold The World” since Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994.

Kelsey Rohr, the girl from the “Heart Shaped Box” video, also reunited with Dave Grohl last week.

“Today Dave Grohl and I picked up right where we left off 23 years ago on set of Nirvana’s last music video ‘Heart-Shaped Box’” Rohr wrote as the caption for a selfie of her and Grohl. “Today reminded me that I peaked at 6 years old BUT I was the most badass kid on the playground. Today was the absolute coolest. Or in Dave’s words seeing each other today was a “historic moment”! What a legend!!”

Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Bernie Sanders Show Featuring David Bowie’s “Cracked Actor”

Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles last night for Democrat socialist Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The Chili Peppers covered David Bowie’s “Cracked Actor.” Watch video below! Joaquin Phoenix and Juliet Lewis were in attendance at the concert.

Setlist:
Can’t Stop
Factory of Faith
Nobody Weird Like Me
Otherside
Police Helicopter
Around the World
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Me & My Friends
Snow ((Hey Oh))
Cracked Actor (David Bowie cover)
By the Way
Give It Away

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea ripped Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump in a new Rolling Stone interview.

“I can’t take Donald Trump or anything he says seriously,” he says. “I just think that he’s a silly reality-show bozo and blustering guy who likes getting attention. I don’t think he wants to be president, and I don’t think he has a chance to be the president. He’s just some egotistical, silly person whose main concern in life is getting a blowjob. He wants to be on TV and he wants everyone to thinks he’s important.”

For Flea, Trump’s controversial statements on immigration and terrorism are more “silly theatre” than bold provocations. “I don’t think he even believes what he says,” Flea says. “He’s just a product of, if you yell loud enough and bluster around enough, people are going to pay attention to you. He works the media and they love it. I’m hesitant to even discuss it because I just find it all to be really trivial.

He later added, “He’s a real-estate bozo who was born rich and has parlayed it from being a money-scammer guy.”

David Bowie Turned Down Producing Red Hot Chili Peppers

Anthony Kiedis appeared on Jonesy’s Jukebox earlier this week, and he revealed that Red Hot Chili Peppers asked the late David Bowie to produce two of their albums. Alternative Nation transcribed the following quotes:

“Every record we ever made, we had the band discussion.

‘Who should we get to produce this record?’

‘I don’t know, we have to try someone new!’

‘Let’s get David Bowie!’

‘Okay, let’s call him.’

So in the beginning we would call him, and he would say no, respectfully. Then later we would write long e-mails explaining everything, and why it was time for us to really get our ships on, and he always respectfully declined. For 2 minutes I was heartbroken, and then I would hear Chad Smith play drums, and I’d be like, ‘We’re good, we could do something else.'”

“We asked him to produce By the Way, as we were writing By the Way, and then we asked him again for our next record, which was Stadium Arcadium. He said no to us 2 or 3 times, but his mate [Brian] Eno, who we’ve also been asking our entire career to produce a record for us, has said no 8 times.”

David Bowie died from cancer on January 10th, just days after releasing his final album Blackstar. Red Hot Chili Peppers have covered “Suffragette City” in the past.

Trent Reznor Remembers How David Bowie Helped Him Get Clean

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor has written an essay for Rolling Stone about the late David Bowie.  Below are some excerpts:

“For me, every Bowie album has its own set of memories. Back in the heyday of records, I’d go over to my friends house and listen to his collection of records in his basement. Scary Monsters was the first one I related to. Then I went backwards and discovered the Berlin trilogy, which was full-impact. By the early Nineties, as I found myself onstage with an audience, I was in full-obsession mode with Bowie. I read into all the breadcrumbs he’d put out — the clues in his lyrics that reveal themselves over time, the cryptic photographs, the magazine articles — and I projected and created what he was to me. His music really helped me relate to myself and figure out who I was. He was a tremendous inspiration in terms of what was possible, what the role of an entertainer could be, that there are no rules.”

“At one of our first meetings, in rehearsals, we were talking about how the tour was going to go. I was faced with a strange predicament: At that moment in time, we’d sold more tickets than he did in North America. And there’s no way on earth David Bowie is going to open for me. And on top of that, he said, ‘You know, I’m not going to play what anybody wants me to play. I just finished a strange new album. And we’re going to play some select cuts from a lot of Berlin trilogy–type things, and the new album. That’s not what people are going to want to see, but that’s what I need to do. And you guys are going to blow us away every night.’ I remember thinking, ‘Wow. I’m witnessing firsthand the fearlessness that I’ve read about.’

“We found out a way to do the show that made sense, where it all felt like one experience. We’d play stripped down, then David would come out and he’d do ‘Subterraneans’ with us, and then his band would come out and we’d play together, then my band would leave. One of the greatest moments of my life was standing onstage next to David Bowie while he sang ‘Hurt’ with me. I was outside of myself, thinking, ‘I’m standing onstage next to the most important influence I’ve ever had, and he’s singing a song I wrote in my bedroom.’ It was just an awesome moment.”

“There were a number of times where the two of us were alone, and he said some things that weren’t scolding, but pieces of wisdom that stuck with me: ‘You know, there is a better way here, and it doesn’t have to end in despair or in death, in the bottom.’

“A full year later, I hit bottom. Once I got clean, I felt a tremendous amount of shame, of my actions and missed opportunities and the damage that I’ve caused in the past. And I thought back to the time when we were together a lot, and I wonder what that could have been like if I was at 100 percent. The ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ falls into that category of me at my worst — out of my mind and ashamed of who I was at that time. So when I see that, I have mixed feelings — grateful to be involved, and flattered to be a part of it, but disgusted at myself, at who I was at that time, and wishing I had been 100 percent me. And it nagged me.

“A few years later, Bowie came through L.A. I’d been sober for a fair amount of time. I wanted to thank him in the way that he helped me. And I reluctantly went backstage, feeling weird and ashamed, like, ‘Hey, I’m the guy that puked on the rug.’ And again, I was met with warmth, and grace, and love. And I started to say, ‘Hey listen, I’ve been clean for …’ I don’t even think I finished the sentence; I got a big hug. And he said, ‘I knew. I knew you’d do that. I knew you’d come out of that.’ I have goosebumps right now just thinking about it. It was another very important moment in my life.”

Crosby, Stills, & Nash Drummer Dies In 2015, Internet Finds Out Just Now

The past few weeks have been a dark time for rock music and the world of entertainment in general. After the tragic passing of Scott Weiland in early December and picking up with the sudden loss off Lemmy towards the new year, it seems we have been losing legendary talents left and right: Angus Scrimm, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Natalie Cole…

In the midst of a double-whammy death of Glenn Frey and Mott the Hoople drummer Dale Griffin the afternoon of January 18th, a third name was suddenly thrown into the thickening pool of macabre news: Dallas Taylor, former drummer of Crosby Stills and Nash. The outpouring of love and remembrance came from both peers in the music industry and fans on social media, some websites were quick to pick up on his death, and many people were quick to feed into sensation of Winter 2015-16 being the biggest celebrity apocalypse since Summer 2009.

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And so on. Which is all fine, and to be expected, in a case like this. However, there is one problem… Taylor died in January 2015, a full year ago as of yesterday.

That’s right, the man’s been dead a full year, and yet people are only now deciding that they care.

What probably happened was that when one individual on Facebook decided to share a memory of that event (a newer function on the website that brings old posts to the top of the feed with the option of republishing for nostalgia’s sake), someone else was quick to share it without actually acknowledging it was a reprint from last year, and the potent virus that is social media was quick to saturate news feeds worldwide with this misconception.

Of course, this raises a few questions… if people supposedly cared as much as they claimed, why act upset now when the man’s been dead for a full year to your complete ignorance? Is there really a “celebrity apocalypse” happening at the moment?

The truth is, the average person is just more prone to reading about the deaths of lesser known individuals like Taylor, Griffin, and Scrimm (which probably happens on a much more consistent basis than people realize) due to the bad timing of having household names Lemmy, Bowie, and Rickman passing away within two weeks of each other, creating a sense of paranoia or superstition, plus an awareness of our own mortality.

Instead of giving into this hysteria and claiming 2016 had already been “tainted”, celebrate their lives and their body of work that has been left behind. Use them as inspiration for the year ahead, which is still young, instead of just turning each of them into a cog in the machine of “death” that has supposedly taken over the entertainment business as of late… a statistic. Bowie himself wanted to go “without a fuss”!

That said, rest in peace Scott Weiland, Lemmy Kilmeister, Natalie Cole, Angus Scrimm, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Dale Griffin, Glenn Frey, and everyone else we have lost in recent weeks. And to Dallas Taylor and other more recently lost souls who may have touched another person’s heart and mind, who died quietly before the mass hysteria of recent weeks, I hope your rest has been peaceful thus far. Thank you for everything.

 

Foo Fighters & Smashing Pumpkins Unite To Honor David Bowie: A Birthday Celebration

The passing of David Bowie, in the succession of the deaths of Scott Weiland and Lemmy, continue to devastate the hearts of millions if not billions of fans. These three figures, who in total have contributed thousands of songs to the human discography, are sorely missed not only on their creative output but they were massive figures bursting with integrity.

David Bowie, who stepped into the world of alternative rock to prop up and support acts who became some of alternative rock’s most popular acts, like Placebo, had an unprecedented influence on the genre’s development. His work in general, with albums like Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs inspired figures like Cobain, Corgan and Farrell, but this all goes without saying. Bowie’s influence bleeds through culture in a blatant and now tragic way.

One thing not always brought up, however, is one of the greatest gatherings of popular musicians, I dare say, of all time. On January 9th, 1997 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, David Bowie hosted a concert for his fiftieth birthday with a surreal lineup. What’s very admirable about Bowie is that he often reached out to people directly influenced by him first, instead of the other way around.

As seen in our featured photo, you can make Bowie surrounded by figures such as Robert Smith of the Cure, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters (as well as Pat Smear), Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal of Placebo and more. To celebrate his birthday, Bowie invited many of his friends and admirers.

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The European alternative rock band Placebo opened for the show. They were touring for their self titled album and were discovered by Bowie and in the late ’90s and became his opening act for several months. He would sing on their sophomore album Without You I’m Nothing on the eponymous track. After opening with some songs from his then recently released album, Earthlings, like “Little Wonder,” he brought out his first guest: Frank Black of the Pixies. Together they performed “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) from the selfsame titled album. They also performed “Fashion” together, from the same album.

In 1997, the Foo Fighters were flying high on the scene after Nirvana’s demise. No doubt, Bowie was aware of Nirvana’s cover of his song “The Man Who Sold the World.” He even performed at this show with his backing band. One would wonder though, if Cobain had lived if he would have been invited to perform with him. However, the Foo Fighters were invited to play “Hallo Spaceboy,” a song from the 1995 Outside album, with Bowie. They offered a thunderous rendition of the song. Bowie (vocals as well as guitar) and Grohl afterwards would perform the electronic tinged “Seven Years in Tibet” together. “Under Pressure” in later years, would become a staple of the Foo Fighters’ live set.

Sonic Youth, the noise rock band which also had a tremendous air within alternative rock circles, were present to perform and celebrate with Bowie, playing his newest single “I’m Afraid of Americans,” which featured production stylings from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Bowie, never afraid to move forward. Below is also included Nine Inch Nails with David Bowie re-orchestrating “Hurt” in 1995, later covered famously by Johnny Cash.

After these performances, David Bowie delivered his hits “Heroes” and “The Man Who Sold the World” with his backing band. Robert Smith from the Cure, emerged from the darkness of backstage to share two songs with Bowie: “The Last Thing You Should Do” and “Quicksand,” though he wanted to do “Young Americans.”

One of the most prominent figures from Bowie’s past, another one of rock’s figures who favored collaboration with admirers, his friend and creative partner Lou Reed joined him on stage for four songs. The two worked on Reed’s album “Transformer” together, which swept the world in storm. The songs they did together that night were “Queen Bitch”, a Lou Reed song “Dirty Blvd” and two songs from Lou Reed’s first major band, the Velvet Underground: “White Light/White Heat” and “Waiting for the Man.” Those latter two songs were frequently covered by Bowie in his past. “Waiting for the Man” was particularly marvelous, with alternating lead vocals from the two. This performance has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It’s nice to revisit and sad to see these figures leave this world.

In 1997, the following song would already have a sentimental and memorial connotation associated with it, Freddie Mercury having passed away a few years before. The duet is shared with his bassist at the time, American bassist Gail Ann Dorsey.

He closed his set with the Ziggy Stardust track, “Moonage Daydream” and seemingly ended the concert with band introductions. The backing band consisted of Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Mike Garson on keyboards (who also worked with the Pumpkins in later years), Zach Alford on drums and Gail Ann Dorsey on bass.

However, as with most great things there is an encore. After an aptly deserved “Happy Birthday!” from Dorsey, some more music emerged. For the encore, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, a huge Bowie fan, joined Bowie on stage for “The Jean Genie” and Mott the Hopple’s “All the Young Dudes,” written by Bowie in the early ’70s. In introducing Corgan, Bowie uttered his famous quote, “I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” The encore was ended with “Space Oddity” which would be covered by the Smashing Pumpkins during their Oceania tour.

Bowie’s death is as sudden as it is grave. I found out coming out of the Primus and Tool concert in San Diego on their latest tour. It hit me the next day and it hit me very hard and at once. While listening to “Teenage Wildlife,” I became incredibly upset and my eyes followed suit. I felt an embrace and goodbye. What I wrote on my band’s page is the only thing that I can really manage to say about his passing:

David Bowie has died and reborn for the last time, as he did hundreds of times during his lifetime. From the Thin White Duke to Ziggy Stardust to Blackstar – Bowie has always been reborn and died, we tend to forget. This time, it just hits us a bit harder because his consistently ever-changing body and essence has gone to its biggest rebirth, a union with the universe. As he ever was, Bowie exists in all of us. He exists in our courage and our engendered ability to face ourselves, to be ourselves no matter what people tell us. And people do change. His music encompasses a lot, but one thing that has always stood out to me is the spirit of bravery – encouraging people to experience the most of life to better themselves and to grow. To dance, to wander in space, to live as teenage wildlife, to be heroes and in the indefinite final acts and climaxes: to be reborn as Lazarus when Jesus gave life back to him in Lazarus’ miraculous resurrection, the utmost compassionate act we can accept to give ourselves as life continues to shape and challenge us. In embracing his deep lessons, Bowie will be continue to be reborn thousands and thousands of times more.

Rest in peace, Blackstar

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Chris Cornell Says David Bowie Song Reminds Him Of Andy Wood & Soundgarden’s Break Up

Chris Cornell discussed David Bowie in a new Rolling Stone piece.  Read an excerpt below:

“I’ve played his song ‘Lady Stardust,’ from Ziggy Stardust, live in my solo shows over the years because I always loved it on the album, and, for some reason, it reminds me of Andy Wood. I wanted to play it in tribute to him, but then I ended up writing a bunch of songs for Temple of the Dog and those took precedence. When Soundgarden split up in ’98, I came across that song, and I remember sitting in my car in the driveway listening to it, and there’s that lyric, ‘He was all right, the band was all together,’ and it’s so hopeful. My band had just broken up. And it really gutted me. So that was when I started doing it. I haven’t played it more than a couple times live, but it’s like the one song of his that I’ve always been drawn to. I just really love it.

When I woke up yesterday, I was already thinking about David Bowie. I was checking out his new record a couple of days ago; I was reading about it, I’d listened to a few songs. Then I saw the news. Hearing he’d died was just a really sad thing. I was very happy with Blackstar. I was really happy with his last album, The Next Day, too. Both albums show an ongoing evolution. I need people like David Bowie, people who are always moving on and not in a frustrating or slovenly way. It encourages me because I want to be able to write music and create albums until I drop dead.”

Top 10 Alternative Rock David Bowie Covers

David Bowie was easily one of the most influential musicians of all time. Every era of music that has followed the 60’s/70’s classic rock era has featured artists who were influenced by Bowie. In the 80’s you had bands like The Smiths, whose frontman Morrissey definitely carried on Bowie’s sense of style and lyrical phrasing. In the 90’s, artists like late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland cited Bowie as one of their top musical influences, with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor even reworking “I’m Afraid Of Americans” to help Bowie have his biggest hit in years.

The 2000’s had bands like The Killers who helped revive Bowie’s dark glam rock sound, with Bowie giving one of his final live performances with Arcade Fire. In this article, we are focusing on the greatest Bowie covers performed by 90’s alternative rock artists. Rest in peace David.

10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Suffragette City”

9. Scott Weiland – “The Jean Genie”

8. Alice In Chains – “Suffragette City”

7. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Space Oddity”

6. Chris Cornell – “Lady Stardust”

5. Scott Weiland – “Ashes to Ashes”

4. A Perfect Circle – “Ashes to Ashes”

3. The Wallflowers – “Heroes”

2. Nirvana – “The Man Who Sold The World”

1. Stone Temple Pilots – “Andy Warhol”

Pearl Jam & Chris Cornell Honor David Bowie

Pearl Jam members Mike McCready and Jeff Ament, along with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell have posted reactions to David Bowie’s death. Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell also wrote a poignant blog.

Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell posted the following Facebook blog:

David Bowie is gone. You’ve heard by now; it’s true. We will never again hear him sing to us. A loved one has died. We were moved- changed by his ways. When we speak of musical talent, only the greatest musicians can effect us to where we can not help but cry when their music reaches the most tender, unguarded spot in our hearts.
I am angry, for our man was snatched from us tonight.

Honesty has everything to do with great music. When you listen to a singer, the vulnerability, the bravery it took to reveal their very special soul. It’s like being able to communicate with an alien, or a tiger. Tickle his chin. Pet him.

We were aloud to dance with him. He was so beautiful. You’ll not find another man with such beauty and calmness. I so enjoyed putting on his music and singing along, adding harmony to his sexy scarey world. It was a privilege to witness such cool. I placed him on a godlike level. His grace on the stage was spellbinding, effortless. Music cowritten with angels.. Along with John Lennon, the two most inspiring men of my lifetime. When I first started singing, I would rent out a small room with a PA, and a mic. I would put on Bowie recordings; the early ones- like Ziggy and try to sing along. It was so hard. I would try and reach his high notes- glad at that moment that no one could hear me screeching along to the music.

Can someone bring him back to life? Where is that prize winning scientist when you need him most? What could be more important? I’ll bet someone out there would pay a billion dollars to have him sing again. One more time. If I had the money- I would pay it gladly. We so painfully miss you David Bowie.

Stone Temple Pilots Ask David Bowie To Send Message To Scott Weiland In Heaven

Stone Temple Pilots made a post on Facebook following the death of David Bowie yesterday asking him to send a message to their late frontman Scott Weiland.

STP wrote, “We love you David. Always have and always will. Thank you deeply for all that you gave us. Tell our Scott we love him very much.”

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STP bassist Robert DeLeo also posted further tribute messages on Twitter.

He also retweeted this:

David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep has confirmed. He was 69. He just recently released a new album titled Blackstar.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” read a statement posted on the artist’s official social media accounts.

This loss is crushing. With Scott Weiland’s death in December, I’ve lost two of my favorite singers of all time in just over a month. When I met Scott and interviewed him in December, I was wearing my Aladdin Sane shirt, and we discussed our favorite Bowie material. Now they’re both gone. Bowie was one of the most inventive singers of all time melodically and lyrically. Bowie created new worlds with his albums and songs, and was constantly reinventing himself and always staying relevant.

When I was driving home last night I was listening to “Under Pressure” and thinking about how sad it was that Freddie was gone and that I’d never see him live, but I thought, at least we still have Bowie, maybe I’ll get to see him live some day. Now that will never happen unfortunately.

David Bowie Has Died: Foo Fighters, STP, Alice In Chains & More Pay Tribute

David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep has confirmed. He was 69. He just recently released a new album titled Blackstar.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” read a statement posted on the artist’s official social media accounts.

This loss is crushing. With Scott Weiland’s death in December, I’ve lost two of my favorite singers of all time in just over a month. When I met Scott and interviewed him in December, I was wearing my Aladdin Sane shirt, and we discussed our favorite Bowie material. Now they’re both gone. Bowie was one of the most inventive singers of all time melodically and lyrically. Bowie created new worlds with his albums and songs, and was constantly reinventing himself and always staying relevant.

When I was driving home last night I was listening to “Under Pressure” and thinking about how sad it was that Freddie was gone and that I’d never see him live, but I thought, at least we still have Bowie, maybe I’ll get to see him live some day. Now that will never happen unfortunately.

The alternative rock community has already started paying tribute to Bowie, with members of Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters, and more bands taking to social media.

Farewell Major Tom … There are no words. RIP David, another hero remembered #legend #davidbowie

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