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Top 10 Rock Songs Of 2015

Alternative Nation released its top 10 rock albums of the year just a couple of weeks ago, but that list was voted by readers. Below is a list of the top 10 rock songs of 2015, as selected by Alternative Nation owner Brett Buchanan and reporters Jeff Gorra, Mike Mazzarone, and Elias Fulmer.

10. Failure – “Hot Traveler” (The Heart is a Monster)

Brett Buchanan: Loyal readers Felonious Punk and J mentioned this album in the comments section when we recently did our Album of the Year poll, and it made me go back and revisit it. “Hot Traveler” is definitely the standout with its plodding grungy riff.

9. Dead Sara – “Something Good” (Pleasure To Meet You)

Brett Buchanan: Dead Sara returned with their second album earlier this year, and the standout track by far is definitely “Something Good.” The track has that classic California summertime feel, with a standout performance from lead singer Emily Armstrong.

8. Cage The Elephant – “Cold Cold Cold” (Tell Me I’m Pretty)

Mike Mazzarone: I could list ANY track from Tell Me I’m Pretty, they are all simply amazing songs. From the “Eleanor Rigby” inspired “Sweetie Little Jean”, the “Something” inspired “Trouble,” to the infamous “Mess Around”. When I first heard the album I had a sinking feeling it would be all Black Keys soundalike tracks. However, that wasn’t the case at all. “Cold, Cold, Cold” has pure 60’s flair.

I could imagine Bob Dylan belting out the “Oh no ain’t it a drag” part, and there are huge David Bowie influences as well. It’s just a fantastic album. I’m not sure if it’s their best effort, especially in comparison to Melophobia, but like Doug McCausland said in our review of Tell Me I’m Pretty – I don’t care! This is a band that everyone should get into, and hear their albums all the way though. They are one of the best acts in modern rock, and they are here to stay.

7. Foo Fighters – “The Never Ending Sigh” (Saint Cecilia EP)

Jeff Gorra: This song just rocks. It’s simple and catchy. It feels like this song in particular captures the vibe of exactly what the Foos did with this surprising EP. I just imagine sitting on the porch of that hotel with beer bottles, hearing this song being jammed.

6. The Arcs – “Stay In My Corner” (Yours, Dreamily)

Brett Buchanan: Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach released a new album this year with his new side project band The Arcs, and “Stay In My Corner” is just as great as any recent Black Keys hit. The soulful blues ballad is definitely the highlight of the album, with the lyrics telling a love story with the backdrop of boxing.

5. Chris Cornell – “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” (Higher Truth)

Jeff Gorra: It’s signature Cornell, exploratory and courageous all at the same time. It also has the flexibility to plug into multiple genres.

4. Marilyn Manson – “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge” (The Pale Emperor)

Mike Mazzarone: After a string of meh to forgettable albums it was Manson who in early 2015 decided to reinvent himself as this gritty, Mark Lanegan sounding rocker. The result? Pale Emperor and it’s hit single “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge”. I knew this album was going to make or break the recording future for Manson as he, up to that point hasn’t put anything really up to scratch since 2000’s Holy Wood. After a string of “meh” albums, it was time for a release like this and Manson defied any expectations.

3. Eagles of Death Metal – “I Love You All the Time” (Zipper Down)

Elias Fulmer: Now the most well known track from the Eagles of Death Metal’s 2015 Zipper Down, the song’s jangly glam rock stands in defiance of the face of terrorism, with ISIL assaulting the Bataclan where Eagles of Death Metal played on November 13th. It has spun a campaign for other artists to cover it, with the proceeds going to the Sweet Stuff Charity.

2. Faith No More – “Superhero” (Sol Invictus)

Brett Buchanan: While “Motherfucker” was Faith No More’s official comeback single, “Superhero” is really the fitting reintroduction to the band after a 18 year hiatus from recording. The infectious piano chords throughout the song really drive the song, and Mike Patton somehow manages to conjure of the dark spirit of the 90’s without sounding like he’s trying to, unlike some of his contemporaries.

1. Scott Weiland – “Circles” (Blaster)

Brett Buchanan: “Circles” unfortunately ended up being the bookend to legendary Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s 23-year studio discography. Guitarist Jeremy Brown kept it simple with with the musical arrangement, playing a memorable riff throughout the song. When it came to vocals, Scott Weiland went back to the country music he grew up listening, with one of his most memorable melodies in recent memory. Weiland’s lyrics are beautifully haunting, but with a sense of hope, like many of his greatest songs.

Top 10 Rock Albums Of 2015

Nearly 10,000 Alternative Nation readers voted, and we now have the Top 10 Rock Albums of 2015!

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10. Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings

It’s basic, low-fi, and stripped down to the bare bones. It’s raw! The Montage of Heck soundtrack companion jumps straight into Cobain’s psyche. From the opening strumming and mumbles on “The Yodel Song,” to the ever-angelic, elongated, work-in-progress take of “Do Re Mi,” the album is a trip inside of Cobain’s creative process.

It feels exactly like you’re in the room with Kurt, as he’s practicing the chords, tuning the guitar, or just goofing off with one of his voices for comedy. In conclusion, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings (Deluxe Ed.) is exactly what any hardcore Nirvana/ Kurt Cobain fan would love, to understand the creative process – along with the film, of Kurt Cobain. (Full review)

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9. Dead Sara – Pleasure To Meet You

Dead Sara returned with their second album Pleasure To Meet You earlier this year, featuring the triumphant but tragic “Suicidal,” the California rocker “Something Good,” and Grunge tinged “Mona Lisa.”

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8. Puscifer – Money Shot

While Tool fans anxiously await for what is becoming their version of Chinese Democracy, Maynard James Keenan kept rolling with Puscifer’s Money Shot. The video for the title track perfectly encapsulates the appeal of the album, bring a sense of attitude and heaviness, but juxtaposing it with the absurdity of Luchadores fighting in a bar.

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7. Chris Cornell – Higher Truth

Chris Cornell went back to basics with Higher Truth, stripping away the Timbaland beats and synth found on 2009’s Scream. The album was very much in the same vein as his recent Songbook shows, with an adult contemporary stripped down sound that sounds very age appropriate. “Dead Wishes,” a song that analyzes the psyche of homeless people, is one of Cornell’s better tracks he has recorded in the last several years. (Full review)

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6. John Frusciante – Renoise Tracks 2009-2011

Some complained of 2015’s Trickfinger as underdeveloped and bare bones. Those tracks were made in 2007-2008 and it in the following years, 2009-2011 worked on these tracks and there is a supreme difference. With clips of audio from different media, it almost feels like a movie. It is awesome to see Frusciante progress like this and I can only imagine what his work sounds like today, the work he has been working on this year. He evolved a lot from Trickfinger to Renoise, what will the coming work sound like? Frusciante easily could become a hit in the underground electronic scene, he seems to take a lot of good element from those scenes and makes it exclusively his own. (Full review)

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5. Eagles of Death Metal – Zipper Down

Zipper Down is their fourth studio album, and it has been seven years since the last. This time, original members Jesse Hughes (on the album cover referred to as Boots Electric) and Josh Homme (Baby Duck) do everything themselves without help from additional musicians, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The album hit the right spot immediately.

The first track, ”Complexity”, captures the spirit of EoDM: funky, uptempo and fun. ”Silverlake”, ”Got a Woman” and ”Got the Power” follow the same pattern, while ”I Love You All The Time” is a slower song that is, as the title suggests, full of love. ”Skin-Tight Boogie” is a groovy kind of rap, featuring Hughes’ girlfriend Tuesday Cross on backing vocals. (Full review)

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4. Foo Fighters – Saint Cecilia (EP)

Foo Fighters surprised fans last month with a new EP recorded in Austin, Texas. The eponymous “Saint Cecilia” kicks off the E.P. with the “comfort food” side of the Foos familiar in tunes like “Walk” and “Learn to Fly”, with layered vocals from Dave Grohl accompanying a country/heartland melody. “Sean”, the shortest and fastest tune of the release clocking in at 02:11, captures a pop-punk vibe in the verses punctuated by a simple chorus hook consisting of a noodly riff and shouts of “Sean!”.

“Savior Breath” fuses the Foos’ Washington D.C. hardcore punk roots with Motorhead; it’s one of the group’s heaviest songs, right up there with “White Limo” off of 2011’s Wasting Light. Dave Grohl’s solo is one of the most memorable out of his recent output. “Iron Rooster” is the slow acoustic ballad here, capturing a bit of a Pink Floyd-vibe in Dave Grohl’s vocals and loose guitar solos. (Full review)

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3. Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts – Blaster

Editor’s pick for best album of the year: Blaster was Scott Weiland’s first album of original material in 5 years, and he hadn’t lost a step creatively. On the album Weiland hit melodic highs, and his lyrics were as beautiful, dark, and abstract as ever. “Amethyst” is one of the album’s highlights, a throwback to Purple era Weiland, featuring Jeremy Brown’s greatest guitar solo on the album.

In the one of the album’s most powerful songs, “Parachute,” Weiland sang about seeing through the eyes of love: ‘Catch you when you’re fallin’/Even when you’re not/I’ll see you through the eyes of love/Even when you’re crawlin’/Even when you’re fallin’/I’ll be your parachute, hold you up.’ The song feels like a spiritual successor to “Dare If You Dare,” with a feeling of frenetic euphoria driving the ending.

“Circles” ended up being the bookend to Weiland’s discography with his death just a few weeks ago, and it will definitely end up going down as one of his most underrated tracks. The country tinged ballad has themes of love, desperation, but also a feeling of hope sprinkled throughout it. (Full review)

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2. Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

For this LP, the non-conventional approach at first seemed to convey a somewhat underwhelming experience, yet with time, a more detailed and expansive sound was revealed on tracks like “Warship My Wreck,” “Slave Only Dreams to be King,” and “The Devil Beneath My Feet.” The current singles are not the strongest released in his catalog, but still provides a heavy edge. In conclusion, The Pale Emperor is a significant milestone in Marilyn Manson’s musical career as he takes a step farther in a dark, melodic direction. (Full review)

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1. Faith No More – Sol Invictus

Faith No More live reunions have been on and off since 2009, but the large gap of time between an official album release had lead the quirky, alternative rock community to borderline hopeless until more recently. Marked as their seventh album in the discography, Sol Invictus, clearly had a reputation to live up to.

On the album, Faith No More still have the means of creating enjoyable tracks that mediate between a mainstream sound and avant-garde. Although it is clear which songs will fall through the cracks with time, a few tracks plus the singles are deserving of high praise and allow this album to serve as a solid return to the rock world after eighteen years. (Full review)

Pearl Jam Release Eagles of Death Metal Covers

From PearlJam.com:

In the aftermath of the horrific and senseless terrorist attacks on Paris on November 13, 2015, Eagles Of Death Metal asked its musical family to extend the victims of the Paris attacks the same kindness and compassion that everyone from the members of U2 to the French authorities had shown the band—to Play It Forward: EODM asked artists the world over to cover “I Love You All The Time” from its current album Zipper Down. For every cover sold, the band pledged to donate 100% of its publishing income to The Sweet Stuff Foundation, the non-profit organization founded in 2013 by EODM co-founder Joshua Homme to provide assistance to musicians and their families in times of need, as well as musical education and gear for the next generation. Participating artists were also asked to donate the money generated from sales of the song to the charity.

Pearl Jam and drummer Matt Cameron join Eagles of Death Metal to Play It Forward by releasing two EODM covers to benefit the victims of the November 13th terrorist attack in Paris and the family of fallen EODM crew member Nick Alexander.

Tracks:
Pearl Jam “Want You So Hard” (Recorded Live at Estadio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, BR. Nov 22, 2015)
Matt Cameron “I Love You All The Time”

A digital bundle of both songs goes live at 9am PT on Friday, December 18 at www.pearljam.com.

A pre-order of the vinyl version of these songs goes live at that same time at www.pearljam.com.

All proceeds from the sale of these tracks will benefit the Paris attack victims and Nick Alexander’s family via The Sweet Stuff Foundation.

Matt Cameron explains: “After reading Josh Homme’s email encouraging fellow musicians to cover EODM’s “I Love You All the Time,” I was very inspired to act quickly, so I recorded a version on a night off from tour in Mexico City in my hotel room, 11-27-2015, 8pm-12am. I am honored to be a part of this movement of unity and support. We’ll never stop.”

Links to download or pre-order:


iTunes Digital 45

Digital – Pearl Jam Shop 

Pre-order 7inch vinyl – Pearl Jam Shop

This week, Eagles Of Death Metal is overwhelmed with gratitude by the generosity and empathy made manifest in the first wave of “I Love You All The Time” covers being released by a collection of artists, all of whom are donating any royalties due them for these performances.

Homme commented on the Play It Forward initiative and this first showing of camaraderie: “I made a plea to artists and business people alike to come together to use our solidarity as proof that we are stronger together, and that we can make a difference. We are proud to be a little part of such a big group of talent and good will. We can’t thank these artists enough for their donations of talent, love, time, and compassion. Now, the Play It Forward Campaign is in the hands of the fans to help us make a difference, and to help those affected by this tragedy. Please listen, purchase, play, and enjoy – and know that every time you do, you’re doing the sweet stuff that makes that difference.”

For more information visit: http://eaglesofdeathmetal.com/

Eagles of Death Metal Announce Paris Concert & European Tour

Eagles of Death Metal just announced on their official webpage that they have rescheduled the remaining dates of their European tour. After the tragedy at Le Bataclan in Paris on November 13th the band cancelled the rest of the tour. Now they return with “The Nos Amis Tour” (Our friends’ tour).

The tour starts on February 13th 2016 in Sweden and ends on August 16th in Germany. There will be a show at the Olympia theatre in Paris on February 16th, with free tickets for those who attended the show at Le Bataclan. Fans who had tickets to the cancelled shows will be eligible for a pre-sale window.

EODM co-founder and frontman Jesse Hughes says:

“The people of Paris have always been incredible to us, and our feeling of love towards this beautiful city and its people has been reinforced a million times over this past month. Hearing the stories of the survivors, the injured and those who have lost loved ones has been overwhelming. Not returning to finish our set was never an option. We look forward to coming back in February and continuing our mission to bring rock ‘n’ roll to the world.”

Nos Amis Tour dates:

13/02/16                    SWEDEN                        Stockholm – Debaser Medis

14/02/16                    NORWAY                            Oslo – Sentrum Scene

16/02/16                    FRANCE                               Paris – Olympia

18/02/16                    GERMANY                          Munich – Tonhalle

19/02/16                    CROATIA                          Zagreb – Tvornica Kulture

20/02/16                    HUNGARY                           Budapest – Akvarium

22/02/16                    AUSTRIA                              Vienna – Arena

23/02/16                    SWITZERLAND                  Zurich – Komplex

24/02/16                    FRANCE                               Lille – Le Splendid

25/02/16                    BELGIUM                             Brussels – Forest Club

27/02/16                    ITALY                                    Treviso – New Age

28/02/16                    ITALY                                    Turin – 10100

29/02/16                    ITALY                                    Rome – Orion

02/03/16                    FRANCE                               Nimes – La Paloma

03/03/16                    SPAIN                                   Barcelona – Apolo

04/03/16                    SPAIN                                   Madrid – Joy Eslava

05/03/16                    PORTUGAL                             Lisbon – Coliseum

09/08/16                    POLAND                               Katowice – Mega Club

11/08/16                    DENMARK                        Copenhagen – Amager Bio

15/08/16                    GERMANY                          Bremen – Aladin

16/08/16                    GERMANY                          Cologne – Live Music Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eagles of Death Metal And The Recovery From Tragedy

Featured image credits to Charles Platiau/Reuters

In the wake of Scott Weiland’s death, which has been a huge ordeal and sorrow for many of our readers as well as contributors, some news developments have not been reported on the Eagles of Death Metal and their relationship with the tragic Paris Attacks last month, of which 89 people were killed by ISIL/Daesh operatives in the Bataclan where the play was playing a sold out show. For those who have missed these developments, they will be consolidated in one larger article.

After the attacks struck Paris, the Deftones and U2, the two largest acts that were currently scheduled for tour dates in Paris, cancelled them. Bono of U2, in the philanthropic way only Bono can provide, decided to begin the engagement of a triumphant return of rock music to Paris despite the scars of the recent tragedies in the City of Lights.

U2 returned to Paris for concert dates on December 6th and 7th at the AccorHotels Arena, replacing the older scheduled shows for November 14th and 15th. These dates are also regarded as the last tour dates for their 2015 “Innocence + Experience” Tour, their first tour in four years. It is also worth noting the two previous nights, Pathway to Peace hosted a two night concert in Paris starring the likes of Patti Smith, Flea, Thom Yorke (who debuted new material), Warren Ellis and others.

Triumphantly, on the second night of U2’s residency, they were joined on stage by Eagles of Death Metal, with Jesse Hughes in a stunning white disco-looking suit, rocking it as hard as the band did the stage and audience with their cover of “People Have the Power” by Patti Smith. After the cover, U2 left the stage as Eagles of Death Metal had a chance to perform their song from Zipper Down, “I Love You All the Time,” which is currently the subject of a campaign in which the band encourages other musicians and acts to cover the song, and royalty proceeds will go to charity. The song, ironically, also features French lyrics. Current cover versions so far include Savages, Matt Cameron & Alain Johannes, the Dean Ween Group and others.

The band also returned to the Bataclan, to physically pay their respects to the victims of the ISIS attack there, in which they narrowly escaped. They put flowers out and stood for a couple of minutes, reading tributes and, in one way to put it, mourning.

When my friend Justin and I got to meet Eagles of Death Metal just weeks before Paris, they put on a rambunctious, floor stomping show. Much like Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme’s other band, Eagles of Death Metal are part of a larger royal house, that of rock n’roll. From B.B. King down to Elvis to the Beatles to Led Zeppelin, they are contenders to the throne of rock n’roll, a prestigious princedom with groves of growls, rhythms and grooves protected by hordes of guitar-welding knights.  For me, it is incredibly frustrating, on top of sad and tragic, that a band like this has been subject to such a tragedy which left 89 fans and crew members dead. I had talked to the whole band and no matter what kind of front some of them might have put up, I could see their bonds radiating off the stage and it is always nice to see bands with great chemistry and harmony that rules them. Never in a million years would I have guessed this would have happened them, but thankfully they are going about this the best they can. They are not giving up, which is what their fans that have passed on would have wanted.

Currently, there are many factions of American and international society who are spitting out hate against certain groups of people, like Muslims, over the incidents in Paris, Beirut and San Bernardino. There factions are too obvious to bring to name or too subtle to mention, but you know who are. I have seen none of that from the artists directly affected by these incidents and it is incredibly inspiring. I salute you, Eagles of Death Metal. Heal on, rock on.

Rock and roll never fucking dies.

 

Eagles of Death Metal Will Reportedly Perform With U2 In Paris

Sources tell Billboard that Eagles of Death Metal will join U2 at the band’s rescheduled Paris concert this Saturday night at the AccorHotels Arena for the show’s final performance. Reports suggest that Josh Homme will join Eagles of Death Metal at the performance (he wasn’t present at the Bataclan attacks) as well. Representatives of the band had no comment for Billboard about the reports.

Eagles of Death Metal released a statement at the time of Paris Attacks on their Facebook page, that they were caught in the middle of:

“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.

We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.

All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.

Eagles of Death Metal Discuss Paris Tragedy In Emotional Interview

During Eagles of Death Metal’s November 13 show at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, gunmen entered the venue and opened fire on the crowd, leaving at least 90 dead. The band spoke to VICE about the tragic events that took place that night.

Last week, Eagles of Death Metal released a statement regarding the Paris Attacks on their Facebook page, that they were caught in the middle of:

“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.

We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.

All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.

Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”

Eagles of Death Metal lost four people who worked with the band: their merchandise manager Nick Alexander (who has worked for Cat Stevens, Sum 41, Alice in Chains and more) and Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez, who all worked for record companies. While the tour is on hiatus, the band says they will play a show in Alexander’s memory in Austria on Dec 17th.

Eddie Vedder’s Tribute To Fan Killed In Paris To Be Played At Funeral

On Monday, I published a story on Alternative Nation about Eddie Vedder dedicating Pearl Jam’s cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in Rio de Janeiro last night to a fan named Pierre-Antoine Henry, who was tragically killed at Eagles of Death Metal’s show in Paris nearly two weeks ago by ISIS terrorists. Our story had video of Pearl Jam’s performance of “Imagine,” but not Vedder’s speech we had a transcription of. A friend of Pierre-Antoine reached out to me asking for audio of Vedder’s speech, so it could be played at his funeral to dedicate “Imagine” to him.

I reached out to Pearl Jam fans on Twitter and the Ten Club boards searching for the audio, and then I e-mailed a contact in Pearl Jam’s organization, and despite the band being on tour in South America, they managed to quickly pull the professional audio of the speech and get it sent to Pierre-Antoine’s friends and family in time for the funeral. It was a total class act move on the part of the Pearl Jam Ten Club organization, and it made me quite emotional when I was told that they had sent it. A crowdfunding campaign has been set up for Pierre-Antoine. Read Eddie Vedder’s tribute below, as transcribed by Sea on the PearlJam.com forums.

“I wanted to say…I wanted to send out a message. Playing these shows it feels like family. A really, really big family. And of course we are always concerned about safety. For yours, for ours, for the crew, for everybody. You know music can bring joy. It also can help you deal with anger. It can also help you with sadness. And when you get a gathering of people at a show all these things become more powerful because you are sharing them with all these other people at the same time.

And it makes the senseless, senseless tragedy that occurred last week in Paris even more upsetting and the fact that it happened during concert with a great band and great Parisian fans it hurts us and breaks our hearts to the core and it broke our hearts even more when we and more deeply when we heard that someone, a really good man, a father of two, a great husband, great brother, a great son and he was always in the front row of the shows when we played in Europe. And we found out recently that he lost his life, when like all the others he deserved very much to still be living…so tonight we would like to ask…(Ed begins speaking Portuguese. I think he is saying that he wants to play the song for the family of Pierre-Antoine Henry)”

I didn’t know Pierre-Antoine, but just from the pictures I’ve seen, he had an infectious smile. Rest in peace.

Pearl Jam Dedicate “Imagine” To Fan Killed In Paris Terrorist Attack

Photo credit: @PearlJamOnline on Twitter

Eddie Vedder dedicated Pearl Jam’s performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in Rio de Janeiro last night to a fan named Pierre-Antoine Henry, who was killed at Eagles of Death Metal’s show in Paris just over a week ago. Henry was 36 years old. Sea from PearlJam.com’s forums transcribed Eddie Vedder’s dedication:

“I wanted to say…I wanted to send out a message. Playing these shows it feels like family. A really, really big family. And of course we are always concerned about safety. For yours, for ours, for the crew, for everybody. You know music can bring joy. It also can help you deal with anger. It can also help you with sadness. And when you get a gathering of people at a show all these things become more powerful because you are sharing them with all these other people at the same time.

And it makes the senseless, senseless tragedy that occurred last week in Paris even more upsetting and the fact that it happened during concert with a great band and great Parisian fans it hurts us and breaks our hearts to the core and it broke our hearts even more when we and more deeply when we heard that someone, a really good man, a father of two, a great husband, great brother, a great son and he was always in the front row of the shows when we played in Europe. And we found out recently that he lost his life, when like all the others he deserved very much to still be living…so tonight we would like to ask…(Ed begins speaking Portuguese. I think he is saying that he wants to play the song for the family of Pierre-Antoine Henry)”

Alternative Nation sends its thoughts and prayers to Pierre-Antoine Henry’s friends and family, and if there’s anything they need or would like to share on here, please let us know.

Set List
01. Oceans (Ed counts off the song but some confusion stops the song right away. Ed and Stone confer briefly and the song starts again)
02. Present Tense
03. Corduroy
04. Hail, Hail
05. Mind Your Manners
06. Do The Evolution
07. Amongst The Waves
(Ed addresses the audience in Portuguese. Noting it is the last show in Brazil but not the last show forever just this tour. The audience helps him a little with his pronunciation.)
08. Save You
09. Even Flow
10. Who You Are
11. Setting Forth
12. Not For You
13. Sirens-sing along outro (Boom’s keyboard had a malfunction for the first part of the song)
14. Given To Fly
15. Want You So Hard (Bad Boy News)-(Hughes, Homme) Eagles Of Death Metal cover. The band was playing a show in Paris at Le Bataclan when it was attacked by terrorists on November 13.
16. Comatose (The start of the song is a bit off. The band stops right away and Ed laughs “and then THAT happened!” The band starts the song again.)
17. Lukin
18. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break 1

(Ed asks the audience if they can see the moon tonight. He hopes it is still up there. “we live in a crazy world.”)
19. Yellow Moon
20. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
(Ed has the lights brought up so he can see the audience. He points out a man in the audience with a sign that reads “It’s My Birthday Can I please sing a song with you?” Ed says “It is your birthday? Now let’s see I saw you 3 days ago holding the same sign and a few days before that with the same sign. It must be nice to have every day be your birthday.” Ed says he will buy the guy a drink for sure and then they can think about singing.
He notes that other people are having anniversaries as well. Joe and Diane anniversary, (?) and Ashley-they are still fucking. Another couple is celebrating and anniversary. Various people in the audience indicate the lengths of their relationships. Ed says we have been a band for 25 years. Longer than anybody. And Jeff and Stone have been together how long? (30 years said in Portuguese). Let’s hear it for Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard for being together longer than anyone.)
21. Just Breathe

22. Imagine-(Lennon)
23. Jeremy
24. Why Go
25. The Fixer
(Ed brings up the birthday man (Adu?(sp). The man is very pleased. Ed takes a swig of wine and passes the bottle to they guy who proceeds to take a very long pull on the bottle. Ed lets him sing the opening lines of Porch before taking over.)
26. Porch (Sings the end of the song from the barricade. Visits with Birthday Man)

Encore Break 2
(Ed in Portuguese. It appears he has been given a gift and thanks the audience and he continues in English say he has heard so many stories of fans from all over the world who don’t speak any Portuguese being taken in and treated like family. He thanks the Brazilian people for their generosity in treating fan who have travelled here to see the shows.)
27. Last Kiss-(Cochran)
(We really wanted to play this here. This is by a special man and good friend, Mr. Roger Waters)
28. Comfortably Numb-(Gilmour, Waters) {Ed plays piano during the outro solo}
29. Spin The Black Circle
30. Black
(Ed has some advice for people who can relate to the song Black because of someone in their life. He also says he wants to thank some people. In Portuguese he thanks by name many of the Brazilian locals that have been working and traveling with the band and Pearl Jam crew.)
31. Better Man (during the solo Mike and Ed rock out back to back. At the end of the song Ed smashes white Gibson SG.)
32. Alive- (draped in an a Brazilian flag with messages and autographs all over it Ed goes to the wings of the stage. Mike solos down at the barricade.)
33. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young) Jeff ends up wearing the Brazilian flag Ed had during the last song. Mike runs laps around the stage.)
(“They are telling us we have to stop so we will need to come back again.”) There is a very strict midnight curfew at the venue.
34. Yellow Ledbetter
(someone throws up a red pair of swim trunks. Ed asks “for me?” and shrugs. He ends up putting the trunks on over his pants and continues singing.)

Pearl Jam Cover Eagles of Death Metal Following Paris Tragedy

Pearl Jam performed at Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte last night. The band covered Eagles of Death Metal’s “I Want You So Hard” a week following the terrorist attack on an Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris.

Below is a full recap of the show from Sea on the PearlJam.com forums:

{A day of hard rain and thunder and lighting. At one point in the afternoon before doors it seemed like the stage had been struck by lightning. When the doors opened the rain was pouring down. Most in the audience were wearing rain gear or plastic bags.}
Set List
01. Rain-(Lennon, McCartney)
02. Sometimes
03. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
04. Go
05. Mind Your Manners
06. Once (Ed throws his mic into the audience and they sing the outro)
(Ed addresses the audience in Portuguese.)
07. Got Some
08. Rearviewmirror (rare appearance of RVM early in the first set and played as short version without an extended jam section)
09. Pilate
10. Even Flow
(Ed talks to the audience in Portuguese. He talks about the Bento Rodriques dam disaster that resulted in at least 9 deaths, many missing and the evacuation of 600 people. The dam failure also caused devastating pollution in the river.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bento_Rodrigues_dam_disaster
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11. Infallible
12. Given To Fly
13. I’m Open (“This guitar was made by one of your countrymen right here in Brazil. It is one of my favorite things. Obrigado Sergio.” Sergio made Ed a very custom guitar and gave it to him in Brasilia.)
14. I Am Mine
(This next song is about someone I don’t believe in. It is about Satan. And even though I don’t believe in him I would tell Satan to fuck off. In the song he is trying to get me to suck….No, I am good Satan. Some band ended up sucking it but they weren’t from Seattle)
15. Satan’s Bed
(Ed addresses the band in Portuguese. He seems to be talking about his great friends in the band and introduces them)
16. Deep
17. Jeremy
18. Why Go

Encore Break 1
(…we want to keep playing for you if that is okay. This song is about a girl. This song is by Jeff)
19. Bee Girl
20. Sleeping By Myself
(Ed speaks in Portuguese. He ends by saying in English, “we will send some pictures to them.”)
21. Imagine-(Lennon)
22. Sirens-(sing along outro) {while singing the outro Ed says, “I am just thinking about the people affected by the dam accident…” After the song Ed notes that their hasn’t been a fund set up to help the families hurt by the disaster and are planning on donating money from this show in the name of the fans at the show. “We hope we can help out and do something practical))
23. Do The Evolution
24. Want You So Hard (Bad Boy News)-(Hughes, Homme) {This is a cover of an Eagles Of Death Metal song. The band was playing a show in Paris at Le Bataclan when it was attacked by terrorists on November 13. 89 people were killed at that venue alone including the bands local merch manager Nick Alexander.}
25. Corduroy
(Ed struggles a bit with his Portuguese but he lets us know that they are going to be doing Stone’s song.)
26. Mankind
27. Porch

Encore Break 2

28. Eruption-Van Halen
29. Garden (Ed says, “Happy Anniversary” during the intro of ‘Garden’)
(“over here I saw someone with child on their shoulders…and when you see something like that you know that people are taking care of each other…”)
30. Comfortably Numb-(Gilmour, Waters) {the audiences does the “ ahh” shriek during the line “okay just a little pin prick there’ll be no more (ahh)…”.
31. Lightning Bolt
32. Black
33. Sonic Reducer-(Bators, Blitz, Chrome, Magnum, Thomas, Zero)
34. Alive
35. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young)
36. Yellow Ledbetter/Little Wing-(Hendrix)

New Eagles of Death Metal Poster Released For Nick Alexander Memorial Fund

Nick Rhodes, who designed the poster for a recent Eagles of Death Metal show in Manchester, is now selling the poster on Switchopen with the proceeds going to the Nick Alexander Memorial Fund.

Last Saturday, 7th November, I had the great pleasure of meeting a man called Nick Alexander at the Eagles of Death Metal gig at the Ritz in Manchester.

We had a few laughs because I was late getting to the venue due to traffic. Nick was very pleased and relieved that I had finally got there with my official EODM tour print, which he sold at the venue.
He was a really cool guy! Poster artists like me really rely on people like Nick to promote and sell our work.

On Friday 13th November, Nick Alexander died doing his job selling merch at the Bataclan concert theatre in Paris. I still can’t believe that this has happened and I feel so sad beyond words for him and everyone else caught up in this terrible nightmare.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you Nick, I feel proud to have met you and thank you for selling my work. All profits from the sale of my EODM print will now go to the Nick Alexander memorial fund.

Alternatively, you can donate straight to the memorial fund in the link above.

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Josh Homme Seeks Donations For Families Of Paris Attack Victims

Sweet Stuff Foundation, a charity co-founded by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme in 2013, is now seeking donations to help the families of victims killed in last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

“The mission of The Sweet Stuff Foundation is to help our musical community and their families with the vital elements often overlooked during periods of illness and disability”, according to their webpage.

Now, under these special circumstances, a statement has been added:
“In honor of the musicians and crew members killed in Paris, The Sweet Stuff Foundation is dedicating all money received through this site until December 31, 2015, to their surviving families. We are thankful for all the fans, crew and band members who survived this horrific event. Now more than ever it is important to contribute to the ‘Sweet Stuff’ in life.”

Le Bataclan, where Eagles of Death Metal performed on the night of the attack, will reopen in the future, though it is not yet decided when. “Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender”, says the venue’s co-manager Dominique Rever, according to Fuse.

Eagles of Death Metal Release Statement: ‘Love Overshadows Evil’

Earlier today, Eagles of Death Metal released a statement regarding the Paris Attacks on their Facebook page, that they were caught in the middle of:

“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.

We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.

All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.

Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”

Eagles of Death Metal lost four people who worked with the band: their merchandise manager Nick Alexander (who has worked for Cat Stevens, Sum 41, Alice in Chains and more) and Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez, who all worked for record companies. While the tour is on hiatus, the band says they will play a show in Alexander’s memory in Austria on Dec 17th.

There is a campaign to get EODM’s cover of “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran to Number 1 in the United Kingdom. If you live in the United Kingdom, we urge you to support this campaign. AlternativeNation met EODM weeks before the attack at the show at LA’s Teragram Ballroom and the show’s review can be found here.

Survivor Talks Eagles of Death Metal Merch Manager’s Death: ‘I Told Him I Loved Him’

It makes me absolutely sick to my stomach writing about this.

Helen Wilson, 49, told London’s Daily Telegraph from her hospital bed that she performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on Eagles of Death Metal merchandise manager Nick Alexander, her ex-boyfriend, in an attempt to save him during Friday’s horrific terrorist attack.  She also revealed that ISIS terrorists targeted disabled concert-goers in wheelchairs.

“Nick was shot in front of me.  We heard a couple of noises outside and people started running into the club. We didn’t know what was going on. Then maybe five, six guys came in with machine guns and shotguns and just started shooting people. It was mayhem.”

Anybody who attempted to escape the venue was shot, so she and Alexander got down on the floor.

“We got down on the floor,” she said. “I was afraid whenever I heard a step behind me … they machine-gunned everybody.”

Wilson said that Alexander was lying on the ground near her when someone moved, attracting the attention of the gunmen, who immediately started shooting at them.

“His back was to me and I couldn’t see what happened and I tried to keep him talking and then I tried to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and they [the gunmen] were just sort of in the shadows and they would shoot if anyone said anything,” she told the paper. “Then he couldn’t breathe any more and I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life.”

Wilson has undergone surgery and received a blood transfusion since the attack.  A GoFundMe for Alexander’s memorial has raised $77,000 as of this writing. Alexander was a veteran when it came to handling merchandise for bands, having worked for Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, and Sum 41.

A campaign is also underway to get Eagles of Death Metal to number one. See the campaign’s statement from Facebook below:

For those unaware, EODM and their fans were the band caught up in the horrific atrocities in Paris this week. We thought it would be a nice gesture to put their brilliant version of “Save a Prayer” to the U.K. No 1 spot as a show of support to the band and all of those affected.

For the record no we aren’t associated with the band or their record company, we’re just fans of them that feel happy to be alive, as some of our fellow EODM fans are tragically not now.

Royalties we assume would go to Duran Duran as they wrote the song but that’s not the point of this campaign. This is not for profit or financial gain, just to make a strong statement.

Eagles of Death Metal Still Under Lockdown In Paris Hotel With Guards

The Eagles of Death Metal are still in a hotel in Paris with guards protecting them and also a reported FBI presence, following the terrorist attack on their concert on Friday that killed fans and the band’s merchandise vendor Nick Alexander (a GoFundMe has been set up in his name).

While the band are still under lockdown in their hotel waiting to return home to Los Angeles, frontman Jesse Hughes’ family spoke to FOX Carolina about the tragedy. Mark King said, “The tragedy is awful, the deaths are awful, the reason it happened is unexplainable, but if anybody takes anything good away from this, is that a good person survived, and will never ever forget it.”

Don King said, “From the King and Hughes family, what we would like to say to the people of the City of Lights, we’re heartbroken over it too, because these people were the people who loved our cousin. And the other people who were victims of the tragedy, our heart goes out to them. We can only imagine how they feel, we almost lost our cousin, and it almost killed us thinking that he might have passed away.”

If any Alternative Nation readers have links to charities or donations to help the families of the victims, let us know and we will try to spread them.

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Foo Fighters, U2 & Deftones Cancel European Concerts After Paris Attacks

Foo Fighters, U2, and Deftones have been forced to cancel dates in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.  Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform Monday, November 16th in Paris and have additionally cancelled the remainder of their European tour, Deftones were scheduled to perform November 14th, 15th, and 16th, and U2 were scheduled to perform November 14th and 15th.

Foo Fighters released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

The Deftones were scheduled to play The Bataclan Concert Hall, the venue where one of the attacks took place, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and reportedly escaped the venue 15 min before the attack.  They have released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“Thank for all your inquiries on our well being. Band/Crew all safe and accounted for at this time. Prayers for those affected in these tragic events.”

U2 also canceled a pair of dates that was scheduled to be broadcast on HBO and released the following statement:

“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight.  We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”

127 were confirmed (though the number has varied) executed by ISIS terrorists at attacks on an Eagles Of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan Concert Hall and other locations in Paris, France.  French President Francois Hollande said “faced with war the country must take appropriate action” and has declared three days of mourning in the country.

Hear all the best from The Foo Fighters, U2, and The Deftones at www.rockshowradio.net and www.alternativenation.net/radio.

 

 

Josh Homme Owns Party Crasher, Talks To Alternative Nation

Co-written & photography by Elias Fulmer and Justin Zabilski

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a show that good. The Eagles of Death Metal recently kicked off their tour of Zipper Down with two shows in Los Angeles (not counting an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live) and appearances at Santa Ana’s Beach Goth and Aftershock in Sacramento. AlternativeNation was lucky enough to receive passes to the second show at the Teragram Ballroom, a relatively new venue in Los Angeles that hosted a secret show for Queens of the Stone Age last month as well as an additional Eagles of Death Metal show on the 19th. Alternative Nation also had a chance to briefly talk to Josh Homme, Reggie Watts, and Alex Turner, and to also be in the midst of Josh Homme hilariously kicking someone out of the backstage area!

Opening the night was another Palm Desert band Gram Rabbit, whose music combines of electronica, rock, country, and psychedelia. Their set was accompanied by a mirage of visuals from Alice in Wonderland and other aesthetic driven films with an array of colorful lights thrown into the mix. They played much heavier than their studio recordings, likely to appeal to the audience, and were well received by the crowd. If interested, they are hosting a Halloween event in Pioneertown, California. Information available here.

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Gram Rabbit, performing live

When the Eagles Of Death Metal came on, the crowd instantly lit up with receptive cheers. Jesse Hughes entered wearing a golden hooded cape, with Josh Homme sitting on the drums, David Catching on guitar, and Matt McJunkins (of A Perfect Circle) on bass. Auxiliary guitarist Eden Galindo also performed on certain songs. They started the show off with “Bad Dream Mama” off of Peace Love and Death Metal and it only went up from there. Curiously enough, the setlist consisted of songs from their older material, with only a handful of Zipper Down songs being featured. However, the crowd didn’t seem to mind getting to hear their old favorites along with the new material. AlternativeNation’s Swedish reporter, Hanna Graf, reviewed the album a few weeks ago.

Certainly it can be said that Jesse Hughes knows how to work a crowd. He was all over the place, changing outfits, interacting with his other band mates and the crowd, and even giving a shout-out to a certain birthday girl in the audience. His stage banter was top notch, telling the stories behind some of the songs adjacent to playing them and joking about guitarist Dave Catching wanting to marry him. The current lineup had an incredible energy and chemistry on stage and all stage members all shared vocals at different points of the show. Josh Homme, because of commitments to other bands, does not always perform with the band and his appearance was quite a treat.

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Eagles of Death Metal, performing live

The music was the real treat of the night, EODM played quite a long set, but nobody even thought about calling it a night early. Calling it a solid performance is an understatement. Sometimes when you are in the crowd you can just tell that this is one of the shows they have their whole heart in, and this was definitely one of them. The set also hosted two covers, “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran and “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones. After the main set, Hughes did a solo encore before being rejoined by the whole for even more encores and then finally ending the set with “Speaking in Tongues”. At the end of the last song when you thought it was over, they restarted the main riff and continued even more with a solo-off between Catching and Hughes, playing off crowd interaction. They left the crowd lusting for more, they left us wanting more, and then they took a bow.

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Of course, after the show all who were able packed in tightly backstage to give their compliments to the musicians. The family and friends of the band were there giving their support. Upon being asked what it’s like to have a dad for a rockstar, Hughes’ son, Micah, said “It’s fucking awesome!” There were others backstage of course, such as the likes of comedian Reggie Watts and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner. Reggie Watts was extremely personable and brought along his kind friend Erick Lodwik, an East Coast musician who had recently moved out to Los Angeles. Getting to spend some time with Watts, we found out that him and Josh Homme had become friends ever since Homme’s appearance on Comedy Bang Bang, which Watts used to host from 2012 until recently. Watts didn’t just sit backstage either, he was in the crowd enjoying the show. Nobody could just sit backstage for such a show, it had to be experienced. Alex Turner showed up late in the set and he was very reserved but polite. We exchanged few words with him but we had an about 15 second staring contest with all of our mouths’, including Turner’s, opened almost to say in unison, “Do I know you?”
Josh Homme was a character, a smart ass but in the best way and highest compliment possible. He is a short recap of a conversation between us:

Fulmer: “Hey, how are you?”
Homme: [pauses] “…I guess I’m doing PRETTY well!”
Fulmer: “Sorry we didn’t introduce ourselves earlier.”
Homme: “Oh yeah, I’m so disappointed you didn’t introduce yourselves earlier.”

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Josh “Baby Duck” Homme on drums

Homme, past the sarcasm in good jest, was pretty nice and took several pictures, shook hands and chatted a bit after the show. In the parking lot was his famous Camaro, the same car he has had since he was 14 years old. One of the more memorable moments backstage was when Homme, in his regular fashion, threw out who I can only assume was a local party crasher. In our interactions with the crasher, it was obvious this guy was full of crap, prancing around like he owned the place. He was pretending to be somebody and spouting off like he was the owner. Josh finally getting annoyed stepped out into the hallway where the crasher was loitering and bothering the other attendee’s, and told him “You’re done, get out”. When the crasher looked upon him confused Josh reaffirmed his position and began walking towards him elevating his voice saying “get out” until the crasher quickly got out of his sight, with his tail between his legs. Would it be an Eagles of Death Metal show if Homme didn’t have any of his usual antics which constitute him to be a well-rounded person? Jesse Hughes seemed as he always is, an old-timey cowboy with a quick wit but quicker with a 6-string. He is the perfect method actor and is perfect for the role he will play in Gutterdämmerung. The other live members, David Catching and Matt McJunkins, were very humble in person and possessed a great stage presence.

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I would be doing a disservice not to mention the sound quality of the night. Being active in the music scene, both of us suffer from near constant tinnitus which tends to flare up after a show. But with the excellent acoustics of the Teragram and great sound engineering, neither of us had that incessant ringing afterwards or at least not any worse than usual. Still, it was more than loud enough to get lost in the performance. Definitely check out the Teragram if you get the chance or see an act you like is playing there, Los Angeles is incredibly lucky to have such a venue new on the scene. To follow the rest of the Eagles of Death Metal’s tour, click here. Setlist is below:

Intro
Bad Dream Mama
Don’t Speak (I Came to Make a Bang!)
So Easy
Complexity (Boots Electric cover)
Kiss the Devil
Shasta Beast
Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)
Whorehoppin’ (Shit, Goddamn)
The Reverend
Cherry Cola
Got a Woman (Slight Return)
Wannabe in L.A.
Save a Prayer (Duran Duran cover)
Miss Alissa
Anything ‘Cept the Truth
I Got a Feelin (Just Nineteen)
I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)

Encore

Brown Sugar (The Rolling Stones cover) 
Already Died (Jesse Hughes solo)
Stuck in the Metal (Jesse Hughes solo)
I Only Want You
Speaking in Tongues

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Kiss The Devil, from the October 19th show

Review: Eagles of Death Metal’s ‘Zipper Down’

Ever since I first heard an Eagles of Death Metal song, I have loved listening to them. Not in a ‘this-is-my-favourite-band’ kind of way, but their entertaining, fun, mood lifting vibe has always appealed to me.

That’s what I expect from Eagles of Death Metal, no more, no less. Zipper Down is their fourth studio album, and it has been seven years since the last. This time, original members Jesse Hughes (on the album cover referred to as Boots Electric) and Josh Homme (Baby Duck) do everything themselves without help from additional musicians, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The album hit the spot for me immediately.

The first track, ”Complexity”, captures the spirit of EoDM: funky, uptempo and fun.

”Silverlake”, ”Got a Woman” and ”Got the Power” follow the same pattern, while ”I Love You All The Time” is a slower song that is, as the title suggests, full of love.

”Skin-Tight Boogie” is a groovy kind of rap, featuring Hughes’ girlfriend Tuesday Cross on backing vocals.

An unexpected track is ”Save a Prayer”, which is a cover of the song by Duran Duran from 1982. It sound surprisingly much like the original, only a little faster with a dirtier kind of garage sound.

With ”The Reverend” the band finishes the album excellently with the classic EoDM sound that leaves me smiling for the rest of the day.

A couple of plain and uninteresting song make the overall impression a 4 out of 5, but for the most part I love the album. Eagles of Death Metal is a band that’s here to entertain you, with no pretentious intentions. I bet the duo has as much fun in the studio as I have listening to the result of their recording sessions.

Track listing:
1. Complexity
2. Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)
3. Got a Woman
4. I Love You All The Time
5. Oh Girl
6. Got the Power
7. Skin-Tight Boogie
8. Got a Woman (slight return)
9. The Deuce
10. Save a Prayer (Duran Duran cover)
11. The Reverend

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Axl Rose ‘Should Grow The F**k Up And Let Guns N’ Roses Play’

I recently interviewed Eagles of Death Metal singer/guitarist Jesse Hughes for the BraveWords site, and in addition to discussing the group’s new album, Zipper Down, I couldn’t help but ask a Guns N’ Roses question (in case you forgot, EoDM were set to open shows for Guns in 2006, but it only lasted a single performance, with Axl Rose calling the band “Pigeons of Shit Metal” from the stage):

BraveWords: I’ve heard that two guitarists recently left Guns N’ Roses. Would you be a suitable replacement?

Jesse Hughes: “You know what man, every year, since Axl Rose fired us from the tour [in 2006], I have sent him a very sincere request – around Christmas time – inviting him to come in the studio and record two Christmas songs, and be released as ‘The Pigeons Of Shit Metal.’ And I always close it with a very judgmental, ‘Because I want you to know Axl, I’m willing to forgive you, and I feel like the rest of the world is, too.’ So I think that final statement he probably doesn’t appreciate too much, but Axl Rose unfairly – and incorrectly – is identified as ‘Guns N’ Roses.’ And I take umbrage to that. To me, Guns N’ Roses is Duff McKagan, Izzy fuckin’ Stradlin, Slash, and Steve Adler, and then Axl. When Axl was alone in the band, it was just ‘G n’ R.’ The ‘uns’ and the ‘oses’ became Velvet Revolver. And we just played a show in England, and Duff was there. It was fuckin’ awesome. I think if Guns N’ Roses really wants to play again, then Axl should grow the fuck up, and let THE Guns N’ Roses play. And that ain’t gonna happen unless it’s the actual members. Unless you want to turn Guns N’ Roses into a band like Menudo, or if it’s trying to turn it into Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. I mean, the Ringling brothers are dead, but you can still go to their circus, I guess.”

Read the rest of the interview (trust me, it’s an entertaining one) here.