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Scott Weiland Rips ‘Bullsh*t’ Drug Claims: ‘I Don’t Give A F**k’

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland joined the Mike on Much podcast to discuss recent drugs claims:

“It (social media) makes all the haters think they have a voice and a reason to be negative. People can say whatever bullsh*t they want and claim that I’m back on drugs when it’s been thirteen years since I’ve been on drugs.”

Weiland continued:

“That bothers me. I think that there are certain people that hold that perception and I educate them once but if they continue to talk about it then I really don’t give a f**k.”

Weiland also took time to criticize organize religion during the interview when speaking of the meaning of “Circles”, one of the tracks on his newest album Blaster.

“(Circles) is about organized religion. I don’t buy into organized religion and I think it’s hogwash. I believe in spirituality but organized religion? No. I think it’s destructive and causes war, famine and overpopulation.”

It should be noted that this interview was recorded several months ago but was just released to the public yesterday.

2015 has been a tumultuous year for former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland; despite releasing the moderately well received album, Blaster, with The Wildabouts, Weiland’s guitarist, Jeremy Brown, passed away at the age of 34 on the eve of the album’s release. In addition, Weiland has seen a barrage of negative press surrounding his on-and-off stage antics.

However, it appears as if Weiland is restrategizing and moving forward, promising a new track titled “Back to the City”, a new American leg of the Blaster tour, and a new mobile phone application and content delivery system designed by Google Play architect Tim Quirk. Declaring the upcoming multimedia campaign to be a “rebirth”, Weiland issued the following press release via his official Facebook:

Multi-platinum singer/songwriter of Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver, Scott Weiland hits the road with his band The Wildabouts (Tommy Black bass guitar, Joey Castillo drums, Nick Maybury guitar) for an extended tour this fall in support of the release of their full length record BLASTER (Softdrive/INgrooves) in App form developed by Google Play architect Tim Quirk (Freeform App). This cutting edge delivery platform will feature a previously unreleased track “Back To The City”, which finds Scott & The Wildabouts laying down a dark, thick, hook filled, must listen prime cut. “This tour is about making a connection. We’ll perform the hits for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans. I made BLASTER for them, but it is fresh; we’ve made an album that can resonate, and attract a whole new group of fans. It’s a rebirth,” stated Weiland.

The official tour will be preceded by and exclusive engagement on October 5th at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California. If you did not get tickets, sorry, the show sold out in minutes, and a lucky few will get a chance to engage Scott in a Q &A, as well as experience the Wildabouts up close and personal.
Check out this rock icon’s rebirth, as Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts take their brand of rock music out on the road in the U.S.A.

New dates listed under Tour Dates. And more to come…

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Chester Bennington Signs Fan’s “Plush” Single, STP Talk “Only Dying”

Doug Mack sent the following review to Alternative Nation yesterday:

Last night I was fortunate enough to see STP @ Bogarts in Cincinnati, Ohio. My buddy and I went the extra mile and purchased VIP Meet and Greet tickets. We were able to get our photo with the band, ask them to sign an album cover or two and we were also given a professional photo of them which they had each signed. I had them sign a CD booklet from their Talk Show record and a 7″inch single of “Plush.” I wanted to make my few moments with the band memorable so I had decided that when I met them I would sing to them the line “Hello hello, hello hello” from their Talk Show single “Hello, Hello.” Needless to say they were a little shocked, but then smiled and said, “Yeah, that is an old one.”

They also was appreciative of my old STP baseball jersey that I had from their No. 4 tour in 1999. They said, “That shirt goes way backm” and I replied, “Well, I have been with you guys from the beginning.” I then went on to tell them how it was a great honor to finally meet them and how they have been my favorite band for 22 years. I also mentioned that their music has been the soundtrack for my entire life. They were very gracious with my compliments. Since I only had enough time for one question, I decided to ask them if they would ever consider recording and releasing their unreleased demo song “Only Dying.” Robert commented how that it was a really old one and that they might have to consider dusting it off. Chester also commented, “Yeah that is a really great one.”

When they were signing my album covers, Robert, Dean and Eric signed the Talk Show cover. Chester at first was just going to pass on the “Plush” album cover to the other band members, but I asked if he would please sign it. He did and I told him how I really appreciate it. I would totally understand if he said he didn’t feel comfortable signing it. I even contemplated if I should have him sign it. To be honest, I thought why not, he’s now the lead singer of the band and he sings the song now at every concert. After the photo the band went backstage. There were probably 20 or 25 of us at the Meet and Greet.

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We were then able to get front row for the night’s concert. Their opening act was a new rock group called US Elevator. They weren’t bad. They said that this was only their 5th show and that they had an album coming out in November. During their set, they said that two of their songs had been produced by Robert DeLeo. After the opening act did their 45 minute set, STP came out about a half and hour later at 9:15. They were in top form. Chester does have some very big shoes to fill, replacing Scott Weiland. After last night’s performance, I can say that he is making a very valiant effort. I respect the fact that Chester is not attempting to sound just like Weiland in his vocals. He is making the songs his own. Even though I am a die-hard Scott Weiland fan, it is nice to see Chester and the rest of STP be very kind and appreciative of their fans.

Throughout the entire performance they were always paying complements to the crowd and how honored they were to play for us. You can tell that they truly mean it and that they want to continue this band the best way that they can. I recently read that Robert DeLeo said that he realizes that this incarnation of the band has a lot to prove. At least on their live performance, they are totally bringing it. Their setlist was great, and I totally enjoyed hearing lesser known songs that are not on their greatest hits album. I was front and center at the concert and got to see Chester and Robert look right at me why they were singing several times. I always love how Robert will pat his hand on his heart in between playing to let you know how much he appreciates the fans. I remember him doing the same thing at the same venue a few years back when I saw them perform in Army of Anyone.

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During the show I did get a little bummed out when the girl on my right caught Dean’s guitar slide. Later, the girl on my left caught a guitar pick. My buddy caught Robert’s towel. And when Chester came down to the front row to sing “Plush,” my buddy also got to sing a line of the song with him. Also, their was a guy behind me that caught the signed drum head that Eric threw out at the end of the show. I guess I was just in the wrong spot. I’m not bitter though, I got to see a hell of a show and got to meet some of my music idols!

Here is the setlist from the concert in no particular order:

Wicked Garden
Crackerman
Sex Type Thing
Plush
Creep
Sin
Piece of Pie
Dead and Bloated
Meatplow
Vasoline
Lounge Fly
Interstate Love Song
Big Empty
Big Bang Baby
Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart
Down
Heaven and Hotrods
Sex & Violence
Pruno
Coma
Hollywood Bitch
Out of Time

Ex-Attorneys Sue Scott Weiland For $50,000

TMZ is reporting that former Stone Temple Pilots frontman is being sued by his former lawyers.

G&M Law claims they represented Weiland in 2013 when he was sued by Stone Temple Pilots for allegedly sabotaging their tour. Weiland also countersued STP at the time, in a multimillion dollar lawsuit. G&M says they worked a ton of hours for Scott, but Scott dropped them for another firm a year later.

The G&M lawyers say they were cooperative during the transition to the other firm, but claim Weiland still stiffed them on the tab.

They’re asking for more than $50,000 for the work they did on the case.

Weiland settled his lawsuit with STP last year after his 2013 firing, but in early 2015 he filed a lawsuit against his former fashion line partner. “I’m in the middle of a lawsuit with (design house founder Christopher Wicks),” former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland said in March 2015 (via Canoe). Weiland launched ‘Scott Weiland For English Laundry’ with Wicks a few years ago.

“He owes me $150,000 and doesn’t feel like he should pay me. They made great clothing, stuff exactly as I had envisioned… but commercially it didn’t work as well, they didn’t have the distribution. I’m looking actually to get paid and then start it again with a better (fashion) house.”

Weiland said his long-standing sense of style comes from “my rock ‘n’ roll icons – everything from the early Beatles to the great era of the Stones, like ‘69 to ‘72. Bowie is my ultimate style icon.”

Scott Weiland ‘Mailed’ In Performances On Last STP Album: ‘It Was Grueling’

Bassist Robert DeLeo discussed the downfall of Stone Temple Pilots’ relationship with Scott Weiland in a new interview with Macomb Daily.

“After the last record we all made together (2010’s ‘Stone Temple Pilots’) it was very clear to me and Dean and Eric that was probably the last bit of music we were going to make,” DeLeo says. “I don’t think there was any more music to be made there. I think Scott made that clear. When you’re making a record and your singer’s somewhere else doing his performance and mailing them over to you, it’s not a band at that point, y’know? It was a grueling experience.

“We tried to make this work, but it just wasn’t there anymore, man.”

DeLeo also discussed Stone Temple Pilots’ future with Chester Bennington.

“When he’s out with Linkin Park we’re back home writing and sending him ideas, and when the schedule allows we get together,” DeLeo says. “We just want to move forward and produce, any way we can.”

And, he adds, STP wants to prove its current incarnation can be as potent musically and commercially as its predecessor.

“We have a lot to prove. We know that,” DeLeo acknowledges. “There are a lot of people out there who are writing us off, but there’s other people who come up to me and go, ‘I get it, man. Great choice and move on and I want to see all you guys happy.’

“I understand how people feel about being fans of Scott and fans of STP with Scott. I get that, too. But the thing I say to them is, ‘You weren’t there,’ and we did all we could to make that work for many, many years. So let’s move on and move ahead and do good work with Chester.”

Chester Bennington Falls On Drums At Stone Temple Pilots Show

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Chester Bennington fell onto Eric Kretz’s drumset at an STP show at the Fillmore in Detroit earlier this week. As Bennington was channeling Scott Weiland and running around the stage like a madman during “Down,” he fell into Kretz’s drumset. Bennington wasn’t the first STP frontman to fall into Kretz’s drum kit, as Scott Weiland collapsed into it at an August 2008 STP concert in Phoenix.

Bennington later had to re-start “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart.” He said, “My brain is somewhere else right now. I can’t feel my fucking left hand. I really fucked myself up over there.” You can watch video of Bennington trippin’ on the drum kit below, followed by a side by side look at Bennington and Weiland’s falls.

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A drunk fan named Johnny jumped on stage during Stone Temple Pilots’ performance at the Weenie Roast in Charlotte, North Carolina over the weekend while the band was performing “Interstate Love Song.” He attempted to sing with frontman Chester Bennington, danced, and then collapsed. He quickly picked himself back up. Bennington said, “This is a crazy motherfucker right here.” He added, “I’ve never seen a motherfucker jump on stage and hang out, sing, fall backwards, and still be standing here. Congratulations brother!”

Chester Bennington discussed taking over for Scott Weiland as Stone Temple Pilots’ lead singer in a May 2015 A-Sides interview.

“We did talk about maybe changing the name of the band, and just doing something new. Honestly, my thing was like, why give up what you guys have worked so hard on? This is your legacy, you don’t have to give it up just because one person didn’t do things the way that everybody wanted them to go, didn’t do things everybody planned. We should be able to move forward.”

He added, “I mean, where is the music coming from in the first place? There’s no question when you hear the new music that it’s Stone Temple Pilots. Why? Because it’s coming from the guys who write the music. It’s coming from the source. So, when the source is there, then it’s still pure. It can still go on in a way that, when people come to see us live, they know: ‘This is the band I wanted to come see.’ They can feel that we genuinely care about what we’re doing.”

Watch Drunk Fan Collapse On Stage At Stone Temple Pilots Show

A drunk fan named Johnny jumped on stage during Stone Temple Pilots’ performance at the Weenie Roast in Charlotte, North Carolina over the weekend while the band was performing “Interstate Love Song.” He attempted to sing with frontman Chester Bennington, danced, and then collapsed. He quickly picked himself back up. Bennington said, “This is a crazy motherfucker right here.” He added, “I’ve never seen a motherfucker jump on stage and hang out, sing, fall backwards, and still be standing here. Congratulations brother!”

Chester Bennington discussed taking over for Scott Weiland as Stone Temple Pilots’ lead singer in a May 2015 A-Sides interview.

“We did talk about maybe changing the name of the band, and just doing something new. Honestly, my thing was like, why give up what you guys have worked so hard on? This is your legacy, you don’t have to give it up just because one person didn’t do things the way that everybody wanted them to go, didn’t do things everybody planned. We should be able to move forward.”

He added, “I mean, where is the music coming from in the first place? There’s no question when you hear the new music that it’s Stone Temple Pilots. Why? Because it’s coming from the guys who write the music. It’s coming from the source. So, when the source is there, then it’s still pure. It can still go on in a way that, when people come to see us live, they know: ‘This is the band I wanted to come see.’ They can feel that we genuinely care about what we’re doing.”

Scott Weiland Climbs To Top Of Music Venue

While former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland recently canceled his European tour, he still came and performed in London a few days ago, after the concert has been postponed in April. During the show, Weiland climbed to the top of the venue. He did not jump or declare himself a golden god.

Unglued812 posted the following review on Below Empty:

“I got to the venue around 5:30PM after a full day of traveling alone from Oxford to London. It was weird not being able to pay cash in the bus. There were around 6 people cueing outside. I went for a pint in a nearby pub and went back to the cue. Standing in the cue, I saw Tommy [Black] going out by the front door and no one else in the cue recognized him. We went in by 7PM and the place remained completely empty until around 8PM.

The venue is nothing special. Just a huge square with a fairly small stage. I bought some drinks and went to the front row to get my spot. As I was waiting there, I noticed Tommy coming in again and even now, with at least a hundred people there, no one recongized him. I approached him to say hi and took a picture with him. He also signed my ticket. Coolest and most down to earth guy ever.

I went back to the spot and waited for the show to begin. Around 9:00 the opening act jumped in. They put on a really energetic and raw rock n roll show. The lead singer is really good, she has sort of a Jenny Lewis voice. For the last song, they invited Tommy to join onstage. Overall, really good performance.

It didnt take long for The Wildabouts to get on stage, around 9:45 it started and people went nuts. I can’t recall the exact order of the songs but they played pretty much the same setlist they have been playing for a while with the inclusion of Parachute. Scott wasn’t very talkative and he was a bit zoned out. Scott these days seems like he had just smoked a massive blunt, 24/7. The crowd was really into it and enjoying, there was a lot of support and people loved it. After the show, Nick came downstage and gave me one of his picks. I waited outside the backstage door and after 20 minutes or so, Tommy, Joey and Nick came out and chatted with fans and stuff. I got to meet all of them and got their signature on the ticket. After 30 minutes, Scott came out as well. I was right there, in front of him. I approached him and just told him how talented he is and that he is an inspiration for many people, like me. All the time his look just seemed lost. He didn’t say a word. Just “Thank you,” maybe I’m wrong. He signed my ticket and I also got to take a picture with him, but not with my phone since by that time I had no battery. A very nice lady took the picture with hers but afterwards I lost her in the crowd. 🙁

After the show, I was walking back to the bus stop when I noticed the opening band having drinks in a restaurant. I entered and said hi, they were really cool and grateful. I really hope these guys make it.

It was one hell of an experience. I got to meet all the band and it was a really good show.”

Scott Weiland Meets Disgruntled PledgeMusic Fan

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland tried to make things right with a fan over the weekend in Toronto after his 8 month long PledgeMusic debacle. The fan, Kevin, purchased a $500 signed megaphone during the Blaster PledgeMusic campaign earlier this year, and had to wait months before receiving his memorabilia. Weiland granted Kevin a meet and greet at his show in Toronto, and smoked a cigarette during a photograph. You can view photos from the meet and greet below via Kevin’s Twitter.

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Weiland also signed Kevin’s copies of Velvet Revolver’s Contraband, Stone Temple Pilots’ Tiny Music…Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop, Stone Temple Pilots’ Core, and Blaster, and allowed Kevin to watch the show from the stage.

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Weiland’s new manager Tom Vitorino sent an e-mail to fan who hadn’t received their PledgeMusic items on July 23rd, a few days after he was hired as Lucas Keller’s replacement.

Dear Fans,
My name is Tom Vitorino, of Tom Vitorino Management located in Southern California. I have been brought on board by Scott Weiland to take over all managerial duties.

I have been sorting through this for the last 48 hours, so I am still gathering information, but I felt above all else that I needed to reach out to you.

I can assure you that after my discussions with current and past tour managers for his bands; that the Chinese manufactured brand is correct as per what Scott has widely, but not exclusively used during his career.

These megaphones should have been shipped accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, and a personalized letter of thanks from Scott, suitable for framing. I plan on fulfilling this to each of you by July 31, 2015, as it is an important piece of provenance. The future value of these 27 Megaphones will be assured by Scott Weiland’s legacy, his signature, and the soon to be provided documentation which will clearly state that these were owned by Scott Weiland, autographed by Scott Weiland, and are one of twenty-seven in existence.

I have read your messages posted on Pledge. I fully understand the tone, and I hear your words. Many of you voice that a lack of communication, very slow fulfillment, etc., has created issues where frankly, there should have been none. If you have a concern, or a complaint, I want to hear from you. Please feel free to email me at your convenience. If you want to have a conversation, please send me your phone number, a window of time that best suits your availability, and I will call you.

Scott’s loves his fans. Your devotion is not missed on Scott, he is truly grateful for your loyalty.
This process should have been handled better, and you have my word that it will.

Best regards,
Tom

Tom Vitorino Management, Inc.

AlternativeNation.net Fall Preview: Eight Albums to Watch

With 2013 already winding down, AlternativeNation.net takes a look ahead at the upcoming releases you should look out for in the fall. From the quiet beauty of Mark Lanegan’s covers album Imitations to the electrifying sound of Pearl Jam’s Lightning Boltthe fall season of 2013 promises to deliver a variety of strong releases from alternative rock acts. The following set of albums, which varies from punk rock to crooner ballads, indie rock to sludge metal, signifies the continuous efforts of these musicians, both old and young, to deliver unique and quality music to their fans. Take a look at this fall’s releases below.

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Mark LaneganImitations, September 17

Imitations is the eighth solo studio album by singer Mark Lanegan, and his second consisting of cover songs. Inspired by the records collection of his parents, Lanegan has created a collection of songs, both new and old, that he says “gave [him] the same feeling those old records did.” The album’s tracklist includes covers of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin, as well as newer artists The Twilight Singers and Chelsea Wolfe. Lanegan has made two Imitations songs available to the public so far: his cover of John Cale’s “I’m Not The Loving Kind,” and his cover of The Twilight Singers’ “Deepest Shade.” Both songs employ the quiet, dark beauty of Lanegan’s typical work but also masterfully add the element of a string orchestra. Listen to Mark Lanegan’s cover of The Twilight Singers’ “Deepest Shade” below:

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SebadohDefend Yourself, September 17

Indie rock band Sebadoh, founded by Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow, is set to release its first LP in fourteen years with Defend Yourself. This new album follows the band’s 2012 comeback release of Secret EP. Sebadoh’s label, Joyful Noise Recordings, states that Defend Yourself  “marks a return to the self-recorded DIY ethos of early Sebadoh albums.” Lou Barlow has stated the band didn’t have any “outside intervention” during the LP’s recording and says that element “makes it a true Sebadoh record & aligns the style of Defend Yourself with our early releases.” Listen to “I Will” from Sebadoh’s upcoming album below:

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NirvanaIn Utero 20th Anniversary Reissue, September 24

The surviving members of Nirvana have prepared a 20th anniversary reissue of their classic 1993 album In Utero, the third and final studio album recorded by the band before the death of Kurt Cobain. The reissue will be available in a number of versions, including a vinyl set, a 2-CD set, as well as a ‘Super-Deluxe’ edition featuring 3 CDs and 1 DVD. The reissue’s DVD will feature rarities as well as remastered footage of Nirvana’s famous Seattle Live and Loud concert, which will also be sold separately. Notable features of the tracklist include a previously unreleased “Forgotten Tune,” 2013 mixes of the original album, and rare demos. The set will be pricey, but worthwile for the band’s hardcore fans. Watch a trailer for Nirvana’s In Utero reissue below:

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Kings of LeonMechanical Bull, September 24

Nashville’s Kings of Leon will release their sixth studio album Mechanical Bull this month, the band’s first album in three years. Kings of Leon guitarist Matthew Followill has stated the album will have a ‘lighter’ sound, as showcased by the lead single “Supersoaker.” The band’s new sound is likely influenced by the fact that the members are now husbands and fathers. “We’re still the same people, we just have kids,” the guitarist said, “we just had a little more fun with things.” The band has also released the new track “Wait For Me” in addition to the lead single. Listen to Kings of Leon’s “Supersoaker” below:

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Stone Temple Pilots with Chester BenningtonHigh Rise, October 5

Following the highly publicized firing of lead singer and founding member Scott Weiland, the Stone Temple Pilots return with a new EP, entitled High Rise. The new release will feature the vocal talents of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, as well as a slightly altered moniker that includes the new singer. High Rise is highlighted by the band’s latest single, “Out Of Time,” an energetic rock song which is the first to feature Bennington and the first STP single in three years. Meanwhile, as legal drama between Scott Weiland and his former bandmates continues, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington will tour the United States, Japan, and Australia. This release is notable because it will be interesting to see the development and evolution in the band’s sound and lyrical content following Weiland’s firing. Listen to Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington’s latest single, “Out of Time,” below:

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Cage the ElephantMelophobia, October 8

The third studio effort from Cage the Elephant, Melophobia, is set for release in October. Lead singer Matt Schultz recently referred to David Bowie and EDM as Melophobia‘s influences in terms of the band’s attitudes. Schultz said that the band wanted to “take that playfulness and swagger [of David Bowie] but have it open-ended like EDM.” The album’s title, Melophobia, means ‘a fear of music,’ and refers to the struggles of the recording process, which Schultz calls “riddled with adversity and growing pains.” The band recently revealed the new album’s lead single, the catchy “Come A Little Closer,” which you can listen to below:

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Pearl JamLightning Bolt, October 15

The most anticipated fall release for many alternative rock fans is Pearl Jam’s upcoming LP Lightning Bolt, the Seattle band’s tenth studio album and its latest since 2009’s Backspacer. Lightning Bolt will feature twelve tracks including the fiery lead single “Mind Your Manners” as well as “Sleeping By Myself,” a track that originally appeared on singer Eddie Vedder’s 2011 solo album Ukulele Songs. Guitarist Mike McCready has stated that the upcoming album has “a Pink Floyd vibe to some of it” and “there’s a punk rock edge to other stuff.” The punk rock edge was showcased in the fast-paced “Mind Your Manners,” the lead single released in July which McCready has called his “attempt to try to make a really hard edge-type Dead Kennedys-sounding song.” You can read an exclusive AlternativeNation track-by-track review of Lightning Bolt here. Watch the music video for Pearl Jam’s “Mind Your Manners” below:

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MelvinsTres Cabrones, November 5

Legendary sludge metal band the Melvins will release Tres Cabrones on Ipecac Recordings in November, the nineteenth studio album from the prolific band. Original drummer Mike Dillard is featured on drums, with longtime drummer Dale Crover recording on bass. Melvins founder Buzz Osbourne states that the upcoming album “is as close as [they’re] willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up, which featured now-retired bassist Matt Lukin. King Buzzo also said that he “specifically wrote tunes that would be good for [Dillard and Crover] to play and it worked out great,” and that the band “had no interest in rehashing tunes [they] wrote 30 years ago.” The Melvins recently released the Gaylord single to serve as a teaser for Tres Cabrones, so listen to “City Dump” from the teaser below:

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