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Smashing Pumpkins Considering Acoustic Tour, Band To Now Have ‘No Limits’ Live

Billy Corgan revealed to a fan big news about a potential acoustic tour under the Smashing Pumpkins name. This would be in addition to the tour that will be upcoming in support for Monuments to an Elegy and Day For Night:

AlternativeNation.net Review: Billy Corgan Serenades His Hometown At Ravinia Festival In Chicago

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On Saturday, August 30th, Billy Corgan played Ravinia in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  Billy took the stage at approximately 8:10 p.m. with the sun setting on a sticky Saturday night, dressed in a dark pin-striped suit and black shirt, as if ready to conduct a symphony.  He walked to the mic, acknowledged the crowd, and then went back to the piano.  He opened with “Chicago,” an unreleased ode to the city that certainly got the crowd’s attention as they continued to take their seats.  Billy previously performed the song on the WGN Morning News two weeks earlier to promote this one-off event.  At that time, it was performed on acoustic guitar.

He followed with “Today” and “Disarm” by himself on acoustic guitar to further pull in the crowd.  He followed the two hits with a set of more obscure songs that played very well in the stripped-down setting, with just himself and Jeff Schroeder on acoustic guitar.  Billy then mentioned that in 1997, he wrote an album about loss, primarily his mother, and followed that introduction with “Perfect” and “Let Me Give the World to You,” which was not on the album Adore, but was recorded for the album and is part of the deluxe re-issue of the album.  Sadly, only one more track from the incredible album that would have suited the setting very well would be played the rest of the night.

After “Prairie Song,” Billy walked back to the piano to begin the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness suite he had promised in previous blog posts.  It began with the instrumental title track which sounded beautiful in the setting.  Billy remained at the piano for “To Forgive” and surprisingly “Muzzle” as well and then returned to acoustic guitar for “Tonight, Tonight,” leaving the lyrics as the original “in your city by the lake, the place where you were born.”  “Galapagos” was another surprise, but was followed by the rarest of the rare.  Billy introduced “Methuselah” as the only track that he wrote for the album but never played for the producers.  He added that it was written about his father, “Bill Sr.” with whom he was not speaking at that time and this was the first time the song was being played live.  That was followed by an emotional “Thirty-Three” and “1979,” ending the mini-set commemorating the amazing 1995 album.  It certainly left any fan of the album wanting more.

“Now (and Then)” from Billy’s solo album, TheFutureEmbrace, followed with Billy dropping his instruments and grabbing the mic, supported by Jeff and a backing track.  Billy remained on the mic only for a dark, amazing and unexpected performance of “The Beginning is the End is the Beginning.”  “The Crying Tree of Mercury” followed and essentially warned the crowd to prepare themselves, because Billy then introduced Matt Walker on drums and all hell broke loose.  Until this moment, the crowd had been subdued and respectful—a true suburban crowd.  At times, you could hear a pick drop between songs, but then the pounding rhythm of “Ava Adore” began and Billy was like a liberated beast (no, not like a rat from a cage).  “I’ll pull your crooked teeth, you’ll be perfect just like B.C.” he screamed at the crowd.  This was the most free and relaxed Billy seemed all night and it was infectious.

Billy, Jeff and Matt were then joined by the band Ex-Cops and Sierra Swan for “Pinwheels” through the remainder of the set.  “Stand Inside Your Love” followed, with Amalie Bruun from Ex-Cops taking over lead vocals.  She remained on lead vocals for a cover of the Poppy Family’s oldie, “Which Way You Going, Billy?” which seemed as if it came as a surprise to Billy.  The main set ended with Billy introducing the final song as a “pre-Halloween treat” from the upcoming album, the song “Burnt-Orange Black.”

The audience anticipated an encore and the band returned for two more songs.  The night ended at approximately 10:30 p.m. with Billy’s brother and the entire cast of Resistance Pro on stage in full wrestling wardrobes for “Of a Broken Heart.”

Overall, the event was a great retrospect of Billy’s extensive catalog.  Although no two fans will ever agree on the perfect setlist and it may have been better to end the night with some well-known songs, such as “Cherub Rock” or even “Today” being moved to the final spot, I felt privileged to attend the highly-anticipated one-off show and experience these songs in a unique setting.    Although The Smashing Pumpkins may not sell out arenas anymore, Billy can certainly grab an acoustic guitar and play anywhere he wants.

Today (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Disarm (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Turn Your Way
As Time Draws Near
For Your Love (Zwan song)
The Rose March (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Perfect (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Let Me Give the World to You (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Follow Me
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
To Forgive (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Muzzle (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Tonight, Tonight (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Galapogos (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Thirty-Three (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
1979 (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Now (And Then)
The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
The Crying Tree of Mercury (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Ava Adore (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Pinwheels (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Stand Inside Your Love (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Burnt Orange-Black

The World’s Fair
Of a Broken Heart (Zwan song)

Frances Bean Cobain Praises Oasis Debut Album ‘Definitely Maybe’ As It Turns 20

Oasis’ debut album Definitely Maybe turned 20 years old yesterday prompting Frances Bean Cobain to tweet the following:

Frances Oasis Tweet

Though Frances was barely 2 years old when the album was released, Definitely Maybe had a wide influence on the musical landscape when it was released and continues to have a lasting impact. In 1994 Britpop reined supreme in England but in America Grunge was still going strong. Despite this musical climate, Oasis had U.S. hits from the album with “Supersonic” reaching #11 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts and a bigger hit with “Live Forever” which reached #2 and #10 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts and Mainstream Rock charts, respectively.

Though Oasis’ second album 1995’s (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? contained their biggest U.S. hits “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova,” it was Definitely Maybe that first solidified the combination of Noel Gallagher’s potent songwriting with his younger brother Liam’s cocky, snarling vocals, which made the band stars on both sides on the Atlantic. After (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Oasis’ recording career lost the momentum they had built in the mid-nineties and the band eventually called it quits in 2009 after the constantly feuding Gallagher brothers finally could no longer stand each other.

Definitely Maybe still stands as a high water mark in Oasis’ career containing some of the band’s best work. Someday if and when the Gallagher brothers decide to bury the hatchet and reform Oasis many of these songs will remain staples of their live show with their sing along choruses and infectious melodies. Until then Oasis fans will have to settle for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye. Oasis, like so many other great bands, are much better together as a sum of their parts than individually. Since no Oasis reunion is likely this year one can only hope the Gallagher brothers can make up in 2015 for a (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? 20th Anniversary tour.

Butch Vig Praises Dave Grohl; Talks Details On “Sonic Highways”

In a new interview with CBS affiliate 93XRT, producer and musician Butch Vig discussed what it was like working with Dave Grohl and the Foo’s once again.

“I love Dave like a crazy brother. I don’t know anyone who has such infectious enthusiasm for life and for music…(The Foo’s)are capable of doing what they want to do, and we decided to make this record in eight different cities. The band wrote eight songs and we recorded them all in eight different locales in the U.S.”

Vig, who worked with the Foo Fighters on their 2011 album Wasting Light discussed details on the band’s upcoming album Sonic Highways as well as the band’s upcoming HBO documentary:

“Part of the documentary is about the recording of the song and a lot of it is about he musical history of that city…And it’s also about what it means to the Foo’s and to Dave. He taps into what each city musically, personally means him. Each city truly had it’s own experience. One of the cool things about the album is…each song has that city’s sound to a certain extent and definitely the environment we recorded in. Each song is it’s own unique beast.”

Sonic Highways is due out November 10, 2014. Documentary series Sonic Highways premieres on HBO October 17th, at 11pm.

Courtney Love Hits Back At Billy Corgan: ‘What Is Your Problem?’

Courtney Love discussed Billy Corgan in a new interview with Paper Magazine:

“The only person I’m concerned about is Corgan [when it comes to past grudges]. I’m like, what is your problem?”

Love’s manager then pointed at the reporter’s recorder on the coffee table.

“You can turn that off now,” he says.

“No,” Love says. “You can say that. I just wish he’d mellow out. That’s all. We’re older. Get over it.”

Hole Reunion Is Back On For 2015

Courtney Love tells Paper Magazine in a new interview that the classic Hole lineup of she, Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf der Maur and Patty Schemel will play in 2015, and she insists that her strained relationship with the band is a thing of the past. “It’s more important for me to act right now than to play rock ‘n’ roll,” she says. “Me and Melissa and Patty and Eric have rehearsed a few times. In order to pull that off, we’d have to make some music that’s relevant to now, and we’d have to get a modern producer. I’m not going to do the oldies circuit. My relationships with Melissa, Patty and Eric are all great. At this point in my life, no one is my enemy. Any grudges or issues with that past? I’m done with it.”

Pantera’s Phil Anselmo Disses Metallica’s ‘Load’

Philip Anselmo, vocalist for Pantera & Down, recently spoke out negatively about Metallica’s 1996 release, “Load.” In the latest issue of Metal Hammer, Anselmo discussed albums which have affected his life and was asked to name an album that, in his opinion, should have never been released.

“I would have to say ‘Load’ by Metallica. I mean, it’s a terrible record, man. I just don’t get it. If you’re gonna put out a record like that, just do a fucking side project or something, ya know?”

Metallica are currently recording their tenth studio album and plan to release it next year.

Billy Corgan Rips 90’s Bands For ‘Phoning In’ Playing Old Albums: ‘It’s Just Kind Of Funny’

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan continued his crusade against 90’s alternative rock bands like Soundgarden and Pavement for performing old albums on tour in a new interview with Chicago Now:

“I don’t think it’s popping people like it used to – so and so comes to town and plays classic album number two. I just don’t think it’s getting the charge out of the public because the public acclimates very quickly to these kind of concepts. I still believe at the end of the day that if [people aren’t] coming for genuine reasons, then as an artist you need to figure out why.

I have no problem with people leaning on their past if they’ve earned it. And there’s plenty of bands and artists that have earned it. I just don’t like it when it becomes the story. And for about four years, it’s been the story in alternative music particularly with nineties-era bands. If you could go back in a time machine, can you imagine? ‘Hey, by the way, all you people on MTV: One day you’ll be doing the exact opposite of what you’re saying you’re gonna do.’ It’s just kind of funny. You know what I mean?”

He later said, “And I do meet young musicians, young people ages fifteen to thirty, who want to see me be me today. They get it. They can go on YouTube or whatever and look it all up. But they really want to see what made you you for real. They don’t want to see you kind of half go through the motions to sort of wink and nod at what… They want their own experience. They want their own generational claim. And they’re more than happy to claim you if you’re willing to claim them.

Phoning in a past album I don’t think really does that. That’s not their generation. That’s really their parents’ generation. So they may like it. But they don’t feel close to it. And I think that is a huge difference.”

Audioslave & Soundgarden Celebrate Chris Cornell’s 50th Birthday

3/4 of Audioslave reunited at Chris Cornell’s belated 50th birthday party in Los Angeles earlier this week. Cornell’s former Audioslave bandmates Tom Morello and Tim Commerford attended, along with Soundgarden members Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd, and Cornell’s Euphoria Morning partner Alain Johannes.

See photos below!

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Billy Corgan Says Smashing Pumpkins Will Break Up If New Albums Aren’t Successful

Billy Corgan discussed The Smashing Pumpkins’ future in a new interview with the Chicago Tribune.

“I’m not willing to wait around 15 to 20 years to have somebody go, ‘Hey, that album that you made is really good.’ And then sell it to the 7,000 people that are still paying attention.”

“When this process is over, I’m either going to bail on this ship for good, like ‘I’m done,’ or I’m going to have a new ship to sail on,” Corgan said, adding that at a time when everyone walks around looking at phones, he wonders: “How do you reach through the fog as an artist? How do you punch your way back through? How do you say, ‘I still matter’? How do you say, ‘How does one of my contemporaries get treated like a contemporary artist, and how do I get treated like I’m supposed to play “Siamese Dream” for the rest of my life?’ At some point you’ve got to fight this fight or go away.”

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Original “Angry Chair” From Alice In Chains Music Video Being Sold Online

Somebody is selling the “Angry Chair” from the classic Alice In Chains music video on Craigslist:

For sale, the original ANGRY CHAIR from the famous ALICE IN CHAINS music video for their hit song “angry chair.” that’s right, this is the same angry chair sat in by none other than layne staley! own a piece of rock n roll history!

some background: i was a PA on the video way back when, and after the shoot wrapped, took the chair home. since then, it’s just been sitting in my garage collecting dust. i hate to sell it, but i need to downsize. plus i’m clean now and have two kids, and i’m just not as angry as i used to be.

the chair is perfect for sitting in and just raging out. a few dents, but in otherwise great condition.

$1,500 OBO — if interested, email with your favorite AIC album and why you think you’re angry enough for the chair. money isnt important to me, just want to give the angry chair a good home.

god bless and rock on



The Offspring To Perform ‘Smash’ In Its Entirety On Yahoo Live, Band Remember Album 20 Years Later

This year The Offspring have been performing Smash in its entirety to mark the 20th anniversary of the album.  Tomorrow (August 30th), fans will get to watch the band’s show in Chula Vista, California on Yahoo Live (via Live Nation) at 9:45PM PST, which you will be able to watch by CLICKING HERE.  Yahoo Live stream concerts every single day, and you can then watch the show on a loop for the next 24 hours.

Below are some recent quotes from Dexter Holland and Noodles looking back at recording Smash and its legacy.

Dexter Holland: We’re out now 20 years later, playing ‘Smash,’ and people are singing along to songs we haven’t played in years, and deep cuts off the record. It’s really lasted. (Source: SFExaminer Interview)

Dexter Holland: [Lyrically on the album I was singing about] girls, guns, gangs, your friend getting on drugs, that kind of stuff.  But because the album was written so quickly, and we weren’t sophisticated enough to use anything more than loud guitars, there’s a cohesiveness to it, I guess. It’s a moment in time, the way some good records are. (Source: SFExaminer Interview)

Noodles: [The 20th anniversary] is weird and it’s hard to actually fathom what that means. So many of those songs have been with us the whole time, so it’s kind of like hanging out with an old friend. You don’t see the aging. So songs like “Self Esteem” and “Come Out and Play” still seem new, because we play them every night. (Source: SevenDays Interview)

Noodles: I didn’t like [the original “Self Esteem” idea] at first, when we first started doing it, then it changed and became “Self Esteem” and I was on board with it, and loved it. (Source: Beez Says Interview)

Dexter Holland: [In “Self Esteem”] the thing where late at night she knocks on my door was real, and practicing all the things you would say was a funny thing that had happened before. (Source: Radio.com Interview)

Noodles: Come Out and Play was the last song written for the record. When I heard ‘Blackball’ on that, I just started cracking up. I loved that immediately. I do remember rehearsing that and kind of working out how to play the main riff over the kind of oriental line, the Middle Eastern riff. (Source: Beez Says Interview)

Dexter Holland: I liked the main riff, but musically it bounces around a lot. The verses are kind of like a rap almost, more spoken than sung. And then there’s that Middle Eastern riff or whatever you want to call it, which is very Southern California, going all the way back to Dick Dale, and we’d messed with some of that stuff in previous records. I guess I was trying to come up with something in a different way, that would grab you with all these elements. (Source: Radio.com Interview)

Noodles: The one thing that I’m really proud of with that record is that we kept it independent throughout the whole cycle, and I think it’s the number 1 selling independent record of all time, and I think it’ll stay that. (Source: Beez Says Interview)

Dexter Holland: When we were in the studio I think there was something going on, we kind of felt like wow, this is a big step up for us. (Source: Beez Says Interview)

Noodles: It’s kind of fun for us [to play the whole album now], and indulgent for us, to do.  Like, ‘Okay, we’re going to do every song on this record, **** you!'” (Source: Beez Says Interview)

Hornswoggle Talks Confronting The Rock Backstage, Traveling With Great Khali & Leprechaun Film With AlternativeNation.net

Hornswoggle has been a fixture on WWE television for over 8 years, and he is now diving into acting with his new film Leprechaun: Origins. In this exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net, Hornswoggle discusses his new film, acting, working with Vince McMahon, being the final Cruiserweight Champion, and why Finlay is like a father to him in real life. He also recounts a hilarious backstage encounter he had with The Rock in 2012, word for word, and tells hilarious stories about traveling with The Great Khali.

Can you compare acting in film and wrestling, were you able to get shots in less takes with you live performance experience?

It is so completely different, I say it in a lot of interviews. The main difference for me is when you’re in the ring you get that automatic reaction. You gett that automatic cheer or boo when you punch somebody in the face. In film you do your scene, wait until it’s over, then you hear cut, and okay let’s do it again. Okay, well was that good? Was that bad? You don’t get that automatic reaction you get that automatic reaction you do when you’re in the ring. It’s [very] different. Was I better off because I’m used to the live performance? I don’t know, I guess we’ll have to judge for ourselves when we see the film.


Have you been checking the early feedback to Leprechaun: Origins on Twitter and some of the reviews like IGN, what is your message to some of cult fans of the originals, who might be having emotional responses, one way or the other.

Twitter brings out the best in the keyboard bullies. Much like WWE, when they think they know what’s going to happen, and we don’t give them that as a company, they get angry, fans get angry. With the movie people were expecting the original, and this movie is nothing like the original, I will [even] say it’s better. The old films had a cult following, they had their place in history for what they were, and they were great for what they were. But this one is so different from the originals, it’s much more of a horror film and I don’t think people are expecting that, they’re expecting the old films. We didn’t give them that, and like I said with fans in general, and critics, they want to think they know everything going into it. When you don’t give them that, usually they’re just like, ‘Oh man, they fooled me. Oh I’m not looking to look like the idiot, they just did it wrong, because it’s not what I wanted.’ I think that’s what’s happened a few times. I’ve seen a lot of good reviews as well, a lot of people from the horror side of it, who really view it as a great horror film.

What have been your thoughts on some of your character changes this year? You turned heel, joined 3MB, feuded with Los Matadores, then Jinder and Drew were released, and now you’ve joined Los Matadores as both La Vaquita and La Vaca. What has been your reaction to all of these turns with your character this year?

I don’t know what you’re talking about with La Vaquita and La Vaca – I’m totally kidding. That was against my will, I was tricked into that. I’ve never been his friend, I’ve never been his buddy or partner, I got tricked into that. That’s all I will say about me dressing in a cow costume. When it comes to me playing the villainous role, I love it. It’s much more fun to make people hate you, than to make people like you. To make people like you, you shake hands and kiss babies. Making people be against you is much more challenging at times, especially for a person of my stature who is usually jovial, happy go lucky, and this kid friendly character. It’s much more of a challenge for me, and I like challenges. It makes work and your job more enjoyable.


Yeah I thought the 3 Man Band stuff was pretty cool, because I hadn’t watched for a couple of weeks, and I was like, wait a minute, Hornswoggle’s heel now?

It was leading up to WeeLC, then our second hair vs. mask match, the WeeLC had been the biggest match of my career, easily by far. I say it in every interview I do, we stole that show. They put it on the pre show as sort of a, ‘Shut them up, give them this match.’ On Twitter, in the locker room, in the meetings, no match on that card was talked about more. It gets me heat for saying it, but it’s true. Look at Twitter activity that night, nobody talked more about any other match, including the titles matches and the big six man, nobody talked about any match more than our match because we gave these people a show. We took them on a ride that they weren’t expecting, and for once, they weren’t expecting something, and they enjoyed it. It was easily the match of my career.

I talked to Dean Ambrose last month and he mentioned Joey Mercury being an agent who has really helped him. For your types of segments and matches, who generally produces you, and gives you advice?

My old buddy, my ‘Dad’ Dave Finlay. He’s still working backstage as an agent and producer, and he has helped me more than anybody else in this company. He has gone to bat for me more times that he probably wanted to, and that’s because he literally cares about me as a son. I have always been his son, in and out of the ring. He’s really helped me, him and I as the Matadores put that WeeLC matches together and made it what it was. I have him to thank pretty much for every stage of my career.


You’ve done a lot of memorable skits with Vince McMahon, including the reveal as his son and later the JR parody, do you have any interesting stories from working with Vince, and what kind of direction he’s given you?

I did that for about 3 months, where I was his son, maybe longer, and there were days in the beginning where I would go, ‘Oh my god, I’m working with the most powerful man in wrestling.’ Then I realized that he’s joking around, he’s playing ribs on guys more than I am. You just realize that he is this billionaire, but still just loves this business. When it comes to wrestling, I use that word instead of sports entertainment, I use wrestling all the time, because I am a wrestling fan. CM Punk once said this is still wrestling to us, this isn’t sports entertainment to us, because we grew up on wrestling.

To see someone who is a billionaire, who still runs and owns this company, still be as much of a fan as I am, who loves it and has as much of a heart for it as I do, is always good to see. Because those days that you think, ‘Oh he’s worried about the stock, or the buy rates,’ but he just loves the product. He wants to make it the best product he can. It was just amazing working with him every week, 2 or 3 times a week, it was one of the coolest experiences I’ve had in my life.


The most successful crossover actor/wrestler is obviously The Rock and he –


The Rock.

Do we still consider him a wrestler? David Arquette probably had more matches lately, like in the last 20 years.

Arquette was at SummerSlam, I saw him there (Laughs).

I think in the last few years Arquette probably had more matches than Dwayne.

(Laughs) My question though is about something from Twitter a couple years ago, an issue you had with The Rock, and you claimed you talked it out.

Oh yeah. He called me out about this. What was the tweet? It was the scripted lines right?

I think the wrist [notes] bit that was going on [Editor’s note: It may have actually been a promo, and not The Rock Concert III].

Oh yeah, I called him out on having his notes on his wrist tape. His song that night, he had it on his wrist tape, and Cena went out there and free styled, and I called [Rock] out. I will fully admit, I went out on a limb, and probably said something I shouldn’t have, when going into WrestleMania Rock vs. Cena was the biggest match we’d had in a long time. Maybe I shouldn’t have tweeted that, but I meant it. I have been known a lot to keep my mouth shut, but there are certain things that I really take heart to, and that’s one of them. If you were to come out here and say you are free styling and you sing this song when you have everything written down, then you’re going to try to punk out one of my friends, John Cena, who is free styling and still killing you. Then he approached me about it about 2 weeks later.  First off, I don’t think this story has ever gotten out there, so you’ve got an exclusive:

The Rock: Why you got to call me out like that?

Hornswoggle:  The first time I met you, you thought I was a Make a Wish kid.

The Rock: What!?

Hornswoggle: Yeah, I met you backstage the night you came back in [Anaheim], when you were revealed as the guest host for WrestleMania, and you thought I was a Make a Wish kid. You tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘Did you have a good time tonight buddy?’ Then you walked off and you realized it, then you said to Big Show, ‘Hornswoggle thinks I thought he was a Make a Wish kid, and I did think he was.’

Hornswoggle: So I don’t pull any punches now when I say things about you. Because you are so out of the loop, I’ve been on TV for 8 years now, and you thought I was a visitor?

The Rock: Yeah, yeah I did. Not gonna lie.

But we hashed everything out, and everything’s good now.


That’s hilarious. Kind of a random question, but do you still have physical possession of the Cruiserweight Title since you were the last champion, or did you have to give it back?

(Sighs) That saddens me to have to even have to answer, I had to give it back, they gave me a replica. I still want to make a visit to the warehouse, and something might be missing after I make a visit, so I think that’s why they never let me visit there, because they know that title will be gone (Laughs). Especially with the new logo, with all of that, I would love to have the actual title. I’ve asked them for it 3 to 4 times. Maybe someday, like a 10 year anniversary gift I’ll get the actual title, knock on wood.

That’s lame, because guys like Ric Flair have kept their title belts.

Well, I’m not saying I’m on Ric Flair’s level.

A lot of guys get to keep belts though.

But, I didn’t see Ric Flair doing two movies in one year, I’m just saying.


Hornswoggle, Daivari, The Great Khali, and Mark Henry

I heard something somewhere about you traveling with The Great Khali and a few other guys.

Let me tell you, I got hired in 2006. A young, 20 year old, Dylan ‘Hornswoggle’ Postl, living his dream getting hired by WWE. My first traveling car was The Great Khali, Daivari, and Mark Henry. Picture this car, I can say this because I am, you have: a midget, the world’s strongest man, a guy that probably gets kicked off of every airplane he gets on in Daivari, and you have The Great Khali. Traveling down the road, go into waffle houses – actually no, going in IHOPS, because that’s all Khali will eat. Man, we were a traveling circus, every week we laughed, this lasted about 6 months.

We just laughed about it, because it was just the craziest mix of guys. I love traveling with Khali, but the only thing I don’t like is he doesn’t wait in lines. I don’t yell at him, and I’m the biggest bully when it comes to him. Everyone laughs about it, because I would bully him til the cows come home. And he’d bully me right back, [it’s crazy to see] a little guy bully this 8 foot tall giant, and just giving him the run around. He doesn’t wait in line, and I don’t know why, I’ve called him out on this many times:

Hornswoggle: Khali, there’s a line.

The Great Khali: No brother, no.

Hornswoggle: You got to wait!

The Great Khali: No man, no, maybe I go in the front.

Hornswoggle: You can’t just go in the front, that’s not how lines work Khali.

The Great Khali: Mmmm no, maybe I do this time.

Hornswoggle: Okay whatever.

I’m not going to pull him to the back of the line, physically. But yeah, I’ve traveled with Khali, I’ve done it a few times, it’s always a sight to see, I’ll tell you that.

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Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers & Jane’s Addiction Members Almost Formed Jazz Band

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Pearl Jam guitarist recently recorded an episode of ‘In Conversation’ and discussed their abandoned 90’s jazz project with guitarist Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers), called Cease and Desist. Bassist Brad Houser (New Bohemians) and Sherik (Led Claypool’s Fancy Band/Mad Season) were also in the band.

Cease and Desist performed Van Halen covers opening for Gilby Clarke, but never toured. Smith and Gossard said they wanted to go in a van and just tour, even without any songs being ready to go. Smith broke his wrist though, and the project was dead. “We did a couple things where we’d just smoke weed and play, and sometimes it was fantastic,” Gossard said in the clip before Smith chimed in, “And other times it was ‘What the hell is this?'”

Listen To Puff Daddy’s Previously Unreleased Remix of Smashing Pumpkins “Ava Adore”

In anticipation for the magnus opus of all Smashing Pumpkins reissues, the Adore reissue, the band has released another track off the reissue, a previously unreleased remix of Ava Adore by none other than the artist former known as Puff Daddy, Diddy. It’s an extremely interesting and powerful remix, utilizing nearly every part of the orchestra to make Ava Adore sound less like the Smashing Pumpkins and more like Tupac, which turns out better than anyone might expect. This remix will be featured on the fourth disc of the reissue. Listen to it  via Rolling Stone.

The Smashing Pumpkins will re-issue their seminal cult classic album Adore on September 23, 2014.