Alice In Chains, Slipknot, Hollywood Vampires, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against Bullet For My Valentine, Skillet, Queensryche, All That Remains, Scott Stapp, and others will perform at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 14-16, 2016. This is Alice In Chains’ first announced concert of 2016.
Soundgarden members Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron attended Black Sabbath’s show in Tacoma over the weekend. Check out a photo of Kim and Matt backstage with Tony Iommi below!
Alice In Chains’ publicist informed Alternative Nation a couple of weeks ago that Jerry Cantrell was ‘totally fine’ after an emergency room visit last night. Cantrell underwent a ‘minor outpatient procedure.’
Cantrell was set to perform at ‘Dimebash’, a tribute to Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, but canceled last minute due to an emergency room visit, with Dave Grohl replacing him. Proceeds from the event were slated to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
Robb Flynn of Machine Head told the Lucky Strike Live Crowd the following, according to Blabbermouth: “Jerry Cantrell and I have been rehearsing this song all week. Jerry Cantrell was supposed to be with us. He went to the emergency room, unfortunately, tonight, couldn’t be here. This song’s gonna go out to him. Dave Grohl was nice enough to fill in for him.”
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) had a meeting with Soundwave Festival creditors on October 7th to detail the money creditors believe Soundwave acts are owed. Music Feeds AU has a list of money owed in $AUD. The current exchange rate is about $0.71 USD to $1 AUD.
Soundgarden — $2,132,075.00
Faith No More — $751,076.20
Marilyn Manson — $588,000.56
Slash — $484,628.00
The Smashing Pumpkins — $1,267,446.43
Incubus — $571,428.58
All Time Low — $141,144.70
Animals as Leaders — $16,607.14
Antemasque — $138,721.43
Apocalyptica — $65,601.90
Area-7 — $7,594.20
Atreyu — $52,044.64
Coldrain — $16,270.50
Crossfaith — $25,431.55
Deathstars — $17,500.00
Dragonforce — $21,000.00
Emily’s Army — $19,185.29
Escape the Fate — $21,985.68
Falling In Reverse — $54,064.98
Fall Out Boy — $394,107.14
Fear Factory — $78,263.96
Fucked Up — $24,779.40
Gerard Way — $89,510.75
Godflesh — $33,314.00
Godsmack — $200,000.00
Hollywood Undead — $65,183.54
Judas Priest — $349,560.55
Killer Be Killed — $24,513.00
Lagwagon — $30,274.52
Lamb of God — $161,323.33
Live Nation Worldwide, Inc — $1,180,325.56
Lower Than Atlantis — $18,800.06
Millencolin — $91,874.50
Ministry — $203,952.01
Monuments — $19,153.00
Ne Obliviscaris — $5,720.60
New Found Glory — $43,279.88
Nonpoint — $8,137.54
Nothing More — $35,000.00
Of Mice and Men — $29,040.00
Papa Roach — $93,050.93
Patent Pending — $22,000.00
Sleepwave — $17,470.35
Slipknot — $1,645,299.29
Steel Panther — $92,517.57
The Aquabats — $32,787.26
The Color Morale — $11,464.58
The Interrupters — $20,231.14
The Raglans — $11,059.82
The Swellers — $21,412.24
The Treatment — $8,193.74
The Vandals — $57,142.86
Tonight Alive — $38,500.00
Twin Atlantic — $20,154.85
Right photo credit: Scott Dudelson of Getty Images
Cleveland Stever? Daddy Deuce? Fire Deuce? If all this toilet talk has got you wondering what’s up, I suggest we point you in the direction of the 5-song debut EP from Fire Deuce, titled ‘Children of the Deuce,’ which was released today. And judging from such ditties as “Deliverance” (an audio clip is below), FD possesses an unmistakable ’80s metal vibe.
Alternative Nation caught up with the band’s leader, Cleveland Stever (aka Daddy Deuce), to chat about the disc, and it just so happens that Coheed and Cambria’s Travis Stever was nearby, and was up for discussing his thoughts/memories of Taylor Hawkins, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Blind Melon.
Alternative Nation: There appears to be a lot of doo-doo talk regarding the Fire Deuce – the band’s name, Cleveland Stever, etc. Was this a happy accident?
Cleveland Stever (aka Daddy Deuce): The name Fire Deuce is very multi-dimensional. You can take the name very literal and it’s the torturous flames you feel after a night of bourbon and numerous hot sauce drenched truck stop burritos. But a thinking man would realize the Fire Deuce means that hot shit on the street that can’t be beat. It’s a stinker or a thinker baby. Your choice.
AN: How heavy is Fire Deuce?
CS: Heavier then the heaviest sperm whale. So heavy we break the scale.
AN: I just checked out Fire Deuce’s Instagram page. How does one obtain a badass “Bud: King of Beers” guitar/instrument?
CS: Budweiser was a Fire Deuce sponsor at one point years ago. But I ran into issues with Tom Budweiser who was heir to the Budweiser throne. I fortunately had sexual relations with his then wife, 6 daughters, mother, grandmother, grandfather, and his pet rabbit. Unfortunately, Tom was not as open minded as I hoped. The events led to Fire Deuce being cut off from the Budweiser sponsorship. But I kept my trusty Bud guitar. And they will have to pry it from my cold dead hands.
AN: Has Fire Deuce played live? If not, will there be forthcoming shows?
CS: We have been opening up for the alternative rock group Coheed and Cambria as of late. They are an atrocious band, but it’s a gig. They give us a 10-minute slot every night. We fucking rule that 10-minute slot.
AN: Is Fire Deuce’s favorite Kiss song “Deuce”?
CS: Nah, our favorite Kiss song is “I Was Made for Loving You.” Disco Kiss all the way, baby!
AN: Was the tune “Deliverance” really inspired by the film starring Ned Beatty?
CS: I don’t know what you’re talking about. The song “Deliverance” is about a real Fire Deuce experience involving white water rafting, red neck pervert rapists, and liquid acid. How does that relate to this movie you speak of?
AN: What are Fire Deuce’s future plans? A full-length, perhaps?
CS: There are already quite a few deuce songs ready. We just need to get up in that stu stu studio baby. If enough people buy the newly remastered ‘Children of the Deuce’ EP, we will be right up in there, making magic.
AN: Daddy Deuce, if you wouldn’t mind handing the laptop over now to Travis, I have some specific questions that my editor at Alternative Nation would like me to ask him, as well.
CS: Ahhh fuck man. I knew there was a catch. Fortunate for you that asshole is letting me crash in his basement. It’s just temporary ’til I get on my feet. Anyway, he is on his way down to chain me up for the night. He’s afraid his wife will get the Ol’ Nancy Budweiser treatment. Hold on here he is.
AN: What are some memories of working with the Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins in 2007?
Travis Stever: He was super enthusiastic and passionate about how he went about playing to the songs. His energy is quite incredible. Watching him play especially to our songs was an amazing experience. And funny enough, a majority of the time Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers was there messing with him and commenting on his playing as he blew through the songs. It was an honor to be in his presence, as well as we were all fans of his work. I think having him there made Taylor really want to play his ass off too. So that benefited Coheed, for sure.
AN: Memories of touring with Soundgarden in 2011?
TS: My top memory is that I got to have all the members sign my ticket from the Soungarden, Blind Melon, and Neil Young with Booker T and the MGs tour I had seen in 1993. I got to be a fan boy.
AN: Memories of touring with Alice in Chains on the Uproar Tour in 2013?
TS: It was an honor to share the stage with them, Jane’s Addiction, and our friends Circa Survive. I loved being able to hear Jerry Cantrell get up there and warm up every day. And Jane’s Addiction had a jam room, so getting to hear them warm up with covers of songs like “Funk 49” by the James Gang and some of their own numbers was quite incredible.
AN: Not many people know – you’re a big-time Blind Melon fan, especially their second album, ‘Soup.’ Care to discuss?
TS: I love all their material, but ‘Soup’ is a very special album for me. Funny enough, that record was just as important to Claudio too. It has these memories of our teenage years in every note and melody. It always comes back up, too. Eventually, it became a van favorite in the early days of Coheed. And it’s still revisited all the time. It’s just so powerful in every way. And it is so underrated. Everyone I know who has ever given it the real listen has fallen in love.
Do you think all the best rock music was made before the year 2000? Have you jumped ship with rock and hopped on the EDM bandwagon? Do you not have a New Year’s resolution? Well, before you pick up that latest Dead Mou-Five (Did I spell that right?) record, how about I give you a new years resolution.. and that is find a new up and coming band that you can’t get enough of!
It’s actually a little easier than you think, and I’ll make it even easier for you by giving you a list of ten of the best up and coming bands to check out if you haven’t already (and if you have, good job doing your homework!):
Mark Engles: Guitar
Chris Robyn: Drums
Ben Flanagan: Vocals/Bass
Black Map is a three-piece alternative hard rock band hailing from San Fransisco, CA. Loud and boisterous, Black Map are a hard rock force with a heavy, clean sound. In 2014 Alternative Nation reviewed their album And We Explode… giving it a 9/10.
“This album practically holds every characteristic necessary for an alternative rock musical masterpiece, which should come as to no surprise.”
Black Map have supported Chevelle on tour and have also played various shows with the likes of ††† (Crosses), Tombs, Pelican, and Kill Devil Hill. Essential Tracks: “Code”, “Chinaski”, “I’m Just the Driver”
Evan Staats – Vocals
Scott Staats – Bass
Patrick McKnight – Guitar
Mark Leone – Drums
Dinosaur Eyelids are a four piece band based out of New Brunswick, NJ. With a bit of a grungy and progressive sound, Dinosaur Eyelids are excellent songwriters with many tracks that can take you on a journey. “The LIDS” have opened for Parlor Mob and shared the stage with Dean Ween of Ween and have earned a reputation for their aggressive live performances.
Essential Tracks: “Further Down the River”, “21 Graham Salute”, “Answer In The Sky”
The Everyday Losers are a four piece band out of Washington, Indiana. They describe themselves as a band full of heavy riffs, powerful choruses, and frenetic live performances. They recently wrapped up a touring stint with Saliva in November and have also shared the stage with Jackyl, Smile Empty Soul, and Black Stone Cherry. The Everyday Losers boast tracks that are both heavy and melodic, such as the standout “Here We Are Now”.
Essential Tracks: “Outta My Head”, “Hate You”, “Here We Are Now”
Steve Weston – Guitar/Pedals/Vocals
Lee ‘meatarm’ Yates – Bass
Dave Pankhurst – Drums
High/Low are a four piece band out of Essex, UK. The band’s entire catalog is bursting with catchy, heavy, alternative rock tracks. All the elements seem to perfectly blend together to form a unique brand of rock music that works more on a high level, not a low one (ba dum tiss). High/Low have a much anticipated new album being released on January 29th, 2016. Get an exclusive free download from the new album entitled “MONO” here and you can hear their new single entitled “Mould” below.
Joe Weinstock – Guitars
Glyn Rolmanis – Drums
Michael Martin – Vocals
Minus Cube is a three piece band with a unique setup in that Michael is based in the USA, and Joe and Glyn are based in the UK, but that distance hasn’t stopped the band from creating one of the most unique sounds in rock today. A listener can hear the influences from bands like Tool, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, particularly in tracks like “Everything” and Trance Decay”. Minus Cube have a new album planned for 2016 entitled The Butterfly Effect, watch the teaser here.
New Oceans David Downs –Vocals/Guitar
Rob Miller – Bass
John Kehoe –Drums
New Oceans is a three piece band out of Chicago, IL. Starting out as an industrial, electro-rock band, New Oceans have changed their style, releasing a unique high energy punk/grunge album entitled Fuzzbuzz. Having the feel of early Seattle grunge while throwing in some of the most unique song progressions in modern rock, New Oceans have grown to be an innovative and exciting newcomer to the american rock scene.
Essential Tracks: “ADHD”, “She Lives in a Shack”, “Sun Drunk”
Nick Gray – Vocals/Guitar
Greg Nicholas – Drums/Vocals
Joe Gray – Bass/Vocals
Noiseheads are a three piece band from Pensacola, FL, but are soon transitioning to Greensboro, NC. Alternative Nation hailed Noiseheads as “One of America’s most promising young rock bands,” and with catchy radio friendly hard rock tunes, Noiseheads may be one of those bands that will ensure the world that rock is still alive and well. The band is influenced by many of the greats such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana, but sound like no other. Dave Grohl once said the intensity that Kurt Cobain had in his voice sounded like he was grinding nails in his throat when he performed, and this comparison is also the only way to describe Nick Gray’s vocals, throw in a stellar rhythm section from Greg and Joe and yes it is true, Noiseheads is one of America’s most promising young rock bands, and they may just be a band that brings rock music back from the underground. Noiseheads may be taking a bit of a break with the move, but have been busy recently, including releasing a video for their track “Fellow Man” in November.
Essential Tracks: “Fellow Man”, “Expectations”, “Pretty Hate Song Pt. 2”, “Annie”
Soul Inclination is a four piece band from New Delhi, India. Though they have recently gone through some lineup changes, the two tracks they released in 2015 were fantastic. So great in fact that their second single “Not a Loser” was the most requested song on Alternative Nation Radio in 2015. Influenced by bands like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, Soul Inclination has the makings of a modern rock force.
The Burning of Rome
Adam Traub – Vocals/Keys/Guitar
Joe Aguilar – Guitar/Vocals
Aimee Jacobs – Keys/Glockenspiel/Vocals
Keveen Baudouin – Bass/Vocals
Danny King – Drums
The Burning of Rome are a five piece band from the Los Angeles and San Diego, CA area. Describing themselves as death-pop, they have the elements of a band who will eventually garner a very large cult following. Their use of both male and female vocal leads gives them a diversity that not many modern rock bands possess. They released their second album Year of the Ox in 2014 which included three tracks that were among the most requested on Alternative Nation Radio in 2015.
Essential Tracks: “Better Than He”, “Cowboy’s and Cut Cigars”, “Year of the Ox”
Dean – Guitar/Vocals
Marc – Bass
Nils – Drums
Tidalwave is a three piece band from Berlin, Germany. Their first release, a four song self-titled EP released in Feburary 2015, was pure melodic alternative rock bliss. Influenced by bands like Foo Fighters, Deftones, and Muse, Tidalwave have the ability to create a smart and cohesive sound unlike no other. With a new EP entitled “1992” being released in early 2016 (watch the teaser), Tidalwave is sure to turn even more heads in the coming months.
As we kick off 2016, the year should be an eventful one in the year of alternative rock. Check out 10 of the most anticipated albums for the year below!
Wolfmother are set to release their new album Victorious in February. The band has already released two raucous tracks from the album, “Victorious” and “City Lights“.
PJ Harvey will release her first album since 2011’s Let England Shake this spring. The album documents a “unique artistic journey which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C,” according to a press release. She has already performed new tracks live, including “Chain of Keys” and “The Ministry of Social Affairs.”
In October, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood said that the band has recorded “lots” of material for a new album and are currently sifting through the material to find the best tracks. It will be the band’s first release since 2011.
Alice In Chains
Alice In Chains were already beginning work on their new album this past summer, so a 2016 release has to be expected.
Bassist Mike Inez told Rock 103 (as transcribed by Alternative Nation) in August:
“We’ve been throwing around riffs for a new record, we’re taking it nice and slow, and we just wanted to get out of the house this summer, and just play. It’s funny, we’re still like brothers to this day.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers have completed the majority of their new album and in December were only waiting for Anthony Keidis to track vocals. Flea has called the new material “emotional” and the first single is set to be released in early February.
In November Chino Moreno announced in an interview with BBC Radio 1 that the Deftones have finished recording their new album and were in the mixing process with an early 2016 release. Moreno also mentioned that the album has 16 tracks and will feature an appearance from Jerry Cantrell.
In August Chris Cornell told Rolling Stone that Soundgarden is working on a new album. Kim Thayil said earlier in the year that the band is aiming for a 2016 release. No additional details have been confirmed.
Billy Corgan has been hyping up the followup to 2014’s Monuments to an Elegy since before that album came out, originally titling the followup Day for Night and saying it’d be released in 2015. Corgan then dropped the titled and reworked the album over the summer, but there has been no update from Corgan since. Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin recently revealed that he will be getting together with Corgan early this year, so there may be news coming soon.
Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor made a big announcement on Twitter on December 18th: “New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.”
Reznor told Rolling Stone in July that he was in the early stages of working on new Nine Inch Nails music.
“Yeah, I’ve been messing around with some things. And I went through a period of “tour, tour, tour.” Things right after another, with scores and what I’ve been doing whilst working on Apple music here is what I call “laboratory time,” more experiments without any definite agenda. It’s not for a thing, it’s not a record I’m trying to finish in a month. It’s more just feeling around in the dark and seeing what sounds interesting. It’s nice to do that every few years to try and reinvent and discover and try to learn about yourself and what feels exciting to you as an artist.”
He also discussed rock bands no longer selling albums, “As an artist, there’s the difficult transition from realizing that where you used to sell an item that you got X amount for – those days are over. And the toothpaste is not going to go back in the tube. And people aren’t going to suddenly want to buy CDs again and feel good about overpaying for them. That’s a fact. Most of my peers have swallowed the bitter pill that I have swallowed, which is that you don’t make a lot of money selling music these days. It’s just the way it is. I don’t think that’s the way it should be, but that is the way it is. So I’m excited to accept that.”
The elusive Tool have been somewhat quietly working on a new album over the past year. They debuted a snippet of a new song entitled “Descending” at a Halloween show in Tempe, Arizona which Adam Jones later told Rolling Stone was a preview of a new track. So we are all holding out hope that 2016 is the year that we finally get a new Tool album since 2006’s 10,000 Days.
Chris Cornell discussed writing Soundgarden’s new album in a new interview with DC101, and also criticized rock reunions, particularly ones with only one original member. Alternative Nation has transcribed Cornell’s comments.
“Once we were done with King Animal, I felt like we didn’t skip a beat really, we’re still the same band we always were. Everybody still has the same capabilities they always did have, plus some new tools in the toolbox that we developed in the decade that we weren’t together.”
“Without comparing to specific other bands, a lot of things can happen when a band takes a decade or more off, and then reform. Sometimes there’s personnel changes, sometimes there’s kind of a directional shift, where they dramatically will sort of go for something that is the sound of the moment, and kind of abandon their own identity to the degree that it’s really alienating, and I’m speaking as a fan now of bands where they’ve done that. I think the thing that happens the most is one guy with a bunch of new guys, and still calling it the same band, and pretending it’s the same band.”
He added, “It’s different people, and that’s something we never would have done.”
Chris Cornell’s Soundgarden bandmates also ripped ‘one man bands’ in a 2013Gigwise interview, with many fans assuming they were talking about Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan based on his comments criticizing their reunion for being a cash grab.
Kim Thayil: “It’s not possible for us to do a bad record. Here’s how it’s possible to do a bad record. You’ve got one jackass who runs the whole thing, and a bunch of guys they hire around him.”
Matt Cameron: “Who you talking about?”
Ben Shepherd: “You mean the yes men?”
Kim Thayil: “Now you can make a bad record because your stupid ideas aren’t being bounced around, going to the fucking ether.”
Ben Shepherd: “Some are like a yes men thing, we’re like a no men thing.”
Kim Thayil: “If you’ve got a band where one guy calls the shots, that’s a band that’s going to suck. Because the guy might have bad thoughts in his head. Well I just came out of sobriety and I’ve got this idea for a rock record, I just married my third wife and I have this new idea for a rock record.”
Ben Shepherd: “How we deal with it is we just control ourselves so we just focus on what we’re going to do, how and what we’re going to be and that’s all you can really control in life, not what some dickhead says about you, so you just don’t worry about it.”
Chris Cornell discussed the legal battle over the Temple of the Dog master tapes in a new interview with Rolling Stone Australia.
“I don’t think so. It’s kind of a stupid thing. Unfortunately the band is not really part of this dispute. Temple of the Dog had a contract with A&M Records and there are specifics in that and it’s A&M Records that owns the masters, and doesn’t have them. And if anyone besides them would have the right to own them it would certainly be us first. But ultimately legally it’s not a fight that we can ever be in. It’s a strange thing.”
He also discussed balancing his solo career with working on a new Soundgarden record, “Yeah. If I’m not on tour or making an album for myself I’m always focusing on Soundgarden. It’s kind of what I do. And in the last five years it’s been pretty amazing to be able to do this acoustic solo career simultaneously with Soundgarden, which is like this sonic assault. And to be able to bounce back between the two always feels refreshing.”
Listen to Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell perform Temple of the Dog’s “Say Hello 2 Heaven” in tribute to the late Scott Weiland below!
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell paid tribute to late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland at his recent concerts in Melbourne. Cornell dedicated his performance of Temple of the Dog’s “Say Hello 2 Heaven” to Weiland at a show, according to a fan. “Say Hello 2 Heaven” originally was recorded as a tribute to the Grunge era’s first casualty, Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood. MusicFeeds and an Alternative Nation reader report that “Higher Truth” was dedicated to Weiland at Friday’s show. The reader told us, “It was very beautiful and amazing …Respect.” Fans have praised Cornell’s performance on Twitter. Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota on Thursday night. He was 48.
Right now is a time for fans to really stop and appreciate some of the voices we still have left from the Grunge era like Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Billy Corgan, and Mark Lanegan. Rest in peace Scott Weiland, Layne Staley, Kurt Cobain, Andy Wood, Mike Starr, Shannon Hoon, and the rest of a list that is far too long.
Chris Cornell told The Advertiser Confidential that Soundgarden will begin recording their next album immediately after he concludes touring Higher Truth. The band already started working on material a couple of months ago.
“It’s great to be able to do the Soundgarden stuff and my solo career simultaneously,” he says.
“That’s what makes me lucky as a performer. As soon as this album cycle is over I’m working on Soundgarden songs for an album — I get to do a lot of different things and it feels like I get to have my cake and eat it too.”
Cornell also discussed his longevity in the industry, ““It feels much shorter but the scary thing is means I’m much older than the next guy doing this,” he says. “But you know it’s rare that someone who comes from the world I come from which is indie alternative can have a career this long and be able to still make new music.”
UPDATE: An Alternative Nation reader has told us more about Chris Cornell’s tribute to Scott Weiland, “He just explained how he’d heard about Scott and wanted to dedicate ‘Higher Truth’ to him because it was heartbreaking how he’d died.”
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell paid tribute to late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland at his recent concerts in Melbourne. Cornell dedicated his performance of Temple of the Dog’s “Say Hello 2 Heaven” to Weiland at a show, according to a fan. “Say Hello 2 Heaven” originally was recorded as a tribute to the Grunge era’s first casualty, Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood. MusicFeeds and an Alternative Nation reader report that “Higher Truth” was dedicated to Weiland at Friday’s show. The reader told us, “It was very beautiful and amazing …Respect.” While video has not surfaced yet of the performances, fans have praised Cornell on Twitter. Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota on Thursday night. He was 48.
Right now is a time for fans to really stop and appreciate some of the voices we still have left from the Grunge era like Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Billy Corgan, and Mark Lanegan. Rest in peace Scott Weiland, Layne Staley, Kurt Cobain, Andy Wood, Mike Starr, Shannon Hoon, and the rest of a list that is far too long.
With Foo Fighters’ recent surprise free Saint Cecilia EP release, Alternative Nation has decided to take a look back at the top 10 greatest alternative rock EP’s.
10. Smashing Pumpkins – American Gothic (2008)
American Gothic was an under the radar release, featuring acoustic based songs written during the Zeitgeist era. The EP features “The Rose March,” one of the best songs Billy Corgan has written in the last decade. The EP gives just a taste of Billy Corgan recording acoustic songs, which was also teased with Djali Zwan.
9. Foo Fighters – Saint Cecilia (2015)
Foo Fighters’ Saint Cecilia was spontaneously recorded in Austin just a few months, and while it doesn’t feature any songs that stack up with the band’s all time great hits, there is a laid back feeling to the EP that you can hear. It sounds like friends just sitting around the campfire writing music, without any pressure from record labels for commercial success.
8. Green River- Dry As A Bone (1987)
Green River is a fascinating listen for Grunge fans who discovered the band after Pearl Jam and Mudhoney’s formation. The band merges the sound of the two bands with Mark Arm bringing his punk rock sensibilities to Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament’s arena ready sound.
7. Soundgarden – Fopp (1988)
Fopp largely consists of covers, including a cover of Green River’s “Swallow My Pride.”
6. Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff (1988)
Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff may be the band’s most famous release, featuring their signature song “Touch Me I’m Sick.” Superfuzz Bigmuff strips down the Grunge sound to its barest bones, and is one of the greatest examples of the eras punk influence.
5. Tool – Opiate (1992)
Opiate was Tool’s first ever release and immediately showcased the band’s brooding sound, despite the raw recording quality. Maynard James Keenan’s lyrics are some of the darkest and angriest of his career, singing about his frustration with God, murder, among other subjects.
4. Soundgarden – Screaming Life (1987)
Soundgarden’s Screaming Life features one of the band’s most underrated songs, “Nothing to Say.” Despite the production quality, the soaring riff and Cornell’s wailing vocals show that the band were destined to headline arenas.
3. Alice In Chains – Sap (1992)
Sap was an important EP for Alice In Chains, with the band exploring their more melodic stripped down side for the first time after their heavy metal leaning debut album Facelift. The EP features ‘Alice Mudgarden’ on standout “Right Turn,” with Chris Cornell and Mark Arm lending guest vocals. “Am I Inside,” featuring Ann Wilson from Heart, is one of Alice In Chains’ best songs. “Got Me Wrong” had incredible staying power, becoming a hit two years later when it was featured on the Clerks soundtrack, and finding new life again when Alice In Chains performed a stellar version of the song on MTV Unplugged in 1996.
2. Nine Inch Nails – Broken (1992)
Broken is the bridge between Pretty Hate Machine and The Downward Spiral, and sees Trent Reznor’s songwriting reach a whole new level, further developing the heavy industrial sound that would come to define Nine Inch Nails. Grammy winner “Wish” remains a fan favorite to this day.
1. Alice In Chains – Jar of Flies (1994)
Despite being an EP, Jar of Flies is regarded by many fans as their favorite Alice In Chains’ record, and also as one of the greatest releases of the 90’s. Alice In Chains came into the recording sessions for Jar of Flies with no material at all ready to go, and within a week they had a classic EP featuring some of their greatest songs. Layne Staley’s vocal performance and melody on “I Stay Away” are some of the most inventive and impressive of the 90’s, as well as his vocal part of “Don’t Follow.”
Soundgarden singer/songwriter and solo artist Chris Cornell spoke on the current state of rock music in a video interview with The Rock FM, as transcribed by Alternative Nation:
“I think really to understand the current state of rock music you sort of have to be able to shift the perception a little, or think about what rock music means…and to me I think kind of, and I think what it always meant from the very beginning that it was sort of the homespun music of the street…or anybody’s music, it was the voice of anybody who wanted to do it, who felt like doing it. You didn’t have to be musically educated, you didn’t have to be literally educated, you didn’t have to come from royalty…you could be anyone and anyone could participate in it, like country and western.
I think a lot of that has shifted to the hip hop world or even the electronic world, where now, you can make an album on a laptop inside a studio apartment and young kids that are listening to music, as opposed to guitar based rock music or even music that even be made on a laptop, and they’re learning how to do it, and that’s inspring them. They have the capability of doing that. I think having technology, plus having some really huge hip hop artists, has shifted that to where the first urge of some kids who write a song or make a recording, might not be guitar, bass, drums and vocals, it might not be “let’s try to sound like Nirvana”, it might something much more in the direction of hip hop or rap or electronica, it might be Skrillex instead.”
Alice In Chains members Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin, Paul Rodgers, and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen performed at a tribute concert for Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, with Page himself even joining in. Watch videos below from the show.
[With Rich Robinson and John Hogg]
“Ten Years Gone”
“Dazed and Confused”
[With Jerry Cantrell and William Duvall]
“When the Levee Breaks”
“Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)”
“How Many More Times”
[With Kim Thayil and Duvall]
[With Thayil, Hogg and Krist Novoselic]
“Out on the Tiles”
[With Hogg and Rick Nielsen]
“Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”
[With Paul Rodgers and Brian Wheat]
[With all of the above, Jimmy Page and Paul Allen]
“Rock and Roll”
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), and Barrett Martin (Mad Season/Screaming Trees) performed together at a Jimmy Page tribute gig last night in Seattle. You can view photos of the rehearsal for the performance, and the performance itself below, including a photo of Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Alice In Chains singer William DuVall with Jimmy Page. Novoselic also shared photos with Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney, Paul Rodgers, and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. Chris Cornell’s daughter Lily filmed video of the performance, and was also photographed.
Barrett Martin posted about the show on Facebook a few weeks ago: “The Seattle contingent is ready for the Jimmy Page Tribute on November 19th at EMP in Seattle. From left to right, Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses) on bass, Barrett Martin (Mad Season) on drums, Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) on guitar, and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) on guitar. I just gotta say, that was a whole lotta heavy in one room. 8 Led Zeppelin tunes from this particular group, and Barrett and Duff are the house rhythm section for the whole show. Zeppelin is the great church of rock & roll and Mr. Page is our high priest. We are honored to serve.”
Barrett also posted about the terrorist attack in Paris on Facebook earlier this week, “I love my city, Seattle, and I love Paris, a city I’ve visited and played music in many times. Today our Space Needle flew the French Tricolour and I couldn’t be more proud. Cities like ours, where music, art, and freedom are allowed to flourish, are bonded to each other in a sacred way. We love you France, we will be there for you, just as you have been there for us.”
Just announced, KROQ has revealed its lineup for Almost Acoustic Christmas. Ticket go on sale this Friday at 12pm. Proceeds will benefit local Los Angeles charities, including Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Foundation. The lineup is below:
Night 1: AWOLNATION, Bastille, Cage The Elephant, Disclosure, Foals, Halsey, Silversun Pickups,The Struts, Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, and X Ambassadors.
Night 2: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Chris Cornell, Cold War Kids, Elle King, Fall Out Boy,George Ezra, James Bay, Of Monsters And Men, Panic! At The Disco, The 1975, and The Neighbourhood.
Tickets, available here at Ticketmaster, are subject to the prices listed below. Tickets limited to 4 a household:
Last year, several prominent bands we cover here at AlternativeNation played at Almost Acoustic Christmas 2014, like Queens of the Stone Age, the Smashing Pumpkins and System of a Down. Let’s see if this lineup can top last year’s performance!
Featured here in our article on the new Temple of the Dog performance footage that surfaced, Chris Cornell recently talked to AV Club about their song “Hunger Strike”:
Chris Cornell discussed Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” in a new AV Club article.
“I don’t really remember it. [Laughs.] I kind of remember the basics but singing on that album happened so quickly. The song itself, it really wasn’t much of a song. It was a verse with just a kind of repeating chorus. It was just where we needed one more song for the album, and I had that down, but I hadn’t played it for anybody yet because I didn’t feel it was a complete song. But I knew we had nine songs, and I thought 10 would be a nice, even round number. I just figured that this would be the 10th song that would wrap up the album, and it would just be what it was, verse for verse and then repeating chorus sort of like a coda for the album listening experience. In rehearsing it, and I think we only rehearsed for two days for that album, but I was singing both parts of the song. I sang the high verse part and then the low chorus part and then the high chorus part and so on.
Eddie and the rest of them were waiting for us to finish because they were about to have one of their first rehearsals as Pearl Jam, and he saw me sort of struggling with it, so he just walked up to the mic and started singing the low part, and I started singing the high part. I immediately got this idea that his voice sounded so rich in that low register that it would become more of a song if I sang the first verse, then the whole band kicks in, and then he sings that verse again, but in effect it becomes a different verse. It’s a different person. It’s a different voice and a different everything. And I think I had that idea right there on the spot; we did it that way, and suddenly it was a real song. I hate to use that term “real song” but to me it was like: Okay, in just a moment this has become an arrangement that changes everything.
I never thought about it as being singular or anything because there were a lot of really well written songs that lent themselves to the notion of a single, but once we played it for other people, that was the choice that was made. But my memory of us singing it together is I just went in and sang my part, he went in and sang his part, and it took probably 40 minutes, and that was it. That was back in the day where you had no record budget, and that album in particular was recorded and mixed in a total of 14 days, not in a row.”
Soundgarden frontman discussed his fear of President Obama losing to John McCain and Mitt Romney in a new interview with The Weekly Feed. When asked if he would hit the campaign trail in 2016 like he did for Obama, Cornell had the following to say, as transcribed by Alternative Nation:
“It depends on what it feels like to me. I felt like with Obama there was a certain amount of fear as to what would happen if he didn’t win. It felt almost like it was a damage control scenario there, in a lot of ways that is how my thinking works when it comes to politics and elections. It’s like okay, who is going to get nominated, and then what is sort of the lesser of two evils in a way. With President Obama, is was very clear, there was no confusion in regard to that. We’ll see how things play out now, but there’s nobody that is inspiring me really.
Also in paying attention in the last 8 years, and really focusing on how events have taken place, I feel like it’s going to take a lot more than any particular administration to make any real change. I’m not sure, other than borrowing some sort of breakdown in how this country is run, which is probably going to have to be a financial one, that you are going to see any real effective change. I think it’s this constant sort of push me, pull you scenario that just keeps living on. We keep sort of scotch taping everything together, and at some point, it isn’t going to work, it isn’t going to hold.”
According to Barrett Martin’s Facebook page, Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains, Kim Thayil from Soundgarden, Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses and himself will be performing at Seattle’s Experience Music Project to pay tribute to Led Zeppelin guitarist and rock n roll innovator Jimmy Page. Martin’s post reads:
The Seattle contingent is ready for the Jimmy Page Tribute on November 19th at EMP in Seattle. From left to right, Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses) on bass, Barrett Martin (Mad Season) on drums, Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) on guitar, and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) on guitar. I just gotta say, that was a whole lotta heavy in one room. 8 Led Zeppelin tunes from this particular group, and Barrett and Duff are the house rhythm section for the whole show. Zeppelin is the great church of rock & roll and Mr. Page is our high priest. We are honored to serve.
In our exclusive interview with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, he discussed the existence of certain unreleased Mad Season material:
I’m not sure what’s going to happen with the songs, they’re out there right now. We listen to them sometimes, but they may morph into something different that isn’t Mad Season, but we’re not sure yet. It depends on when we have the time, and the interest. We’ve been trying to do stuff with them, but hit a roadblock here and there, except for the Mark Lanegan stuff.
This is perhaps the greatest thing to happen in rock music so far this year. Foo Fighters made a dream a reality on Tuesday as they fulfilled their promise to play Cesena, Italy.
Back in July, an epic video of 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans playing “Learn to Fly” together went viral. The incredible initiative was spearheaded by visionary Fabio Zaffagnini, who spoke with Alternative Nation in an exclusive interview shortly after the video launched.
Dave Grohl immediately responded via a homemade video where he promised the Foo’s will be coming. Zaffagnini was also flown to Walla Walla, WA to meet the band before their Washington Park Community Center show in August. On October 22, the band announced the show would be happening, with tickets going on sale the next day.
“You want to sing a song? Ready T?” screamed Grohl before Foo Fighters opened the Cesena show with “Learn to Fly.”
“We’re here for a very very special reason. This has never happened before. This is like a revolution,” Grohl said as he expressed sincere gratitude to the joyous crowd.
“And then I fuckin’ cried because it was great,” Grohl continued before “Big Me.” “To see you people, singing our song for the whole fucking world, to me, it’s the greatest moment of my life. You should do the same thing, do it for U2, do it for Pearl Jam, do it for Soundgarden, do it for Rage Against the Machine.”
Learn to Fly
All My Life
Times Like These
Something From Nothing
Tom Sawyer -> Another One Bites The Dust -> God Save The Queen -> MTV Theme Song -> Radio GaGa -> Miss You
Cold Day in the Sun
Under Pressure (Queen cover) (with “Mohawk guy” from the Rockin’1000 video on drums)
Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover)
Best of You
I’ll Stick Around
This Is a Call
In the Flesh? (Pink Floyd cover)
Skin and Bones
The official Rockin’ 1000 video has over 26 million views.
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell mocked former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar performing with a live microphone as he moved around stage on guitar in a recent interview with WMMR, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.
“Then another thing I sort of figured out recently was the problem of being sort of stuck behind a microphone for an acoustic tour. Because in a rock band there’s guitar solos, and I can kind of leave and do thing and wander around and be on different parts of the stage, and it becomes more three dimensional. But just as a guy playing an acoustic guitar, that doesn’t really happen. So I thought about doing a headset mic, but it just looks too ridiculous. It just immediately reminded me of like a late 80’s Sammy Hagar kind of thing, and I couldn’t bear it.
I’d rather the show suffer on some other level, so it did, then a few months ago Soundgarden played Bridge School with Pearl Jam and Neil Young. He just sort of walked out on stage with his harmonica holder that he normally played harmonica in, and sometimes it was in there, and then sometimes it wasn’t in there. He had two little microphones in it, and he was singing into it. He could move kind of wherever he wanted, and I thought that solves the problem, because it looked really cool, it didn’t look ridiculous any more, so I stole that idea from him, so I do that now too.
The stars of the 90’s alternative rock era (and their offspring) celebrated Halloween in style over the weekend. Tool dressed up as Led Zeppelin and covered “No Quarter” at their Monster Mash festival performance. You can view Tool’s setlist after the Halloween photos.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was ‘Count William Corgan’ at Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse, interacting with fans and taking Polaroids. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell dressed as Chris Cornell, while his daughter Toni dressed up as Marilyn Monroe.