Well, we were all thinking it... and FINALLY Chris Cornell has come to his senses!Â This new version of 'Never far Away' is actually pretty good! Is it too little, too late to save his career? We'll see! How long before we hear that Soundgarden is getting back together?
When tracks from Chris Cornellâs third solo album, Scream, started making the rounds last year, fans were confused.Â The producer was Timbaland?Â Electric R&B grooves?Â And is that freakinâ Justin Timberlake on backing vocals? AN âN SYNC DUDE ON A RECORD BY THE GUY FROM SOUNDGARDEN?!?Â The only thing missing was Kayne to grabbing the mic halfway through a song.Â
Give Cornell credit for trying to shake up his solo career with a bold statement.Â But the bottom line is that Scream did not work.Â Outside of a kind review from Entertainment Weekly (they gave it a B+), the album got savaged by critics and fans.Â It was a Grunge God/ Timbaland Fail.Â But if you listened to Scream carefully, there was some good stuff underneath all the overproduction and R&B beats.Â
Michael Friedman, a Canadian ex-pat working in LA in the licensing and placement of music in films and TV, certainly thought so.Â âI heard some âBlack Hole Sunâ greatness deep within some of the songs,â he told me, âI also got to know Chris as a friend.Â I ended up calling Jordan Zadorozny [of the Canadian indie band Blinker the Star and co-writer of song with Courtney Love and friend of Fleetwood Macâs Lindsey Buckingham].âÂ I flew him down to LA and had him listen to some of the tracks in hopes that he could remix them somehow.âThe first track to emerge from this de-Timbalanding of Scream is âNever Far Away.âÂ In its original form, a funky mess obscurs what was actually a pretty good Soundgarden-esque mid-tempo rocker.Â Jordan peeled back all the beats and turned up whatever guitar was there.Â The result is a proper Chris Cornell song.
Â Through a roundabout series of connections, I managed to get Michael on the phone yesterday.Â And with Chris Cornellâs permission, he sent me this unreleased re-imagined, de-cluttered and grunged-up version of âNever Far Away.âCould this be the beginning of a Scream mulligan?Â
(PS:Â "Michael tells me that this version is a total re-recording, not a remix.")
This 11" tall box has everything you need to play the KISS version of this classic game. The beautiful Love-Gun themed packaging contains: KISS Tally Board, 200 KISS Bingo Chips, 20 KISS Bingo Cards, 75 KISS Bingo markers and it's all topped of with an KISS Logo embroidered cloth bag to hold your chips.
NOOOOOOOO! Please guys I'm begging you to cut it out!
KISS fans, if you can't live without this dumb thing
Marking the 20th Anniversary of Nirvanaâs debut album, Sub Pop will re-issue the Platinum Certified Bleach on November 3, 2009. This expanded CD/double-LP will include a never-before-released live performance, special packaging and the first run of the double-LP will be on 180g white vinyl (the first run of the original LP was also on white vinyl).
Originally recorded over three sessions with producer Jack Endino at Seattleâs Reciprocal Recording Studios in December 1988 and January 1989, Bleach was released in June of â89 and remains unequivocally/unsurprisingly Sub Popâs very favorite Nirvana full-length. The album initially sold 40,000 copies, but was brought into the international spotlight following the release and worldwide success of their 1991 sophomore effort, Nevermind. Subsequently Bleach went on to sell 1.7 million copies in the US alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This 20th Anniversary Edition has been re-mastered from the original tapes at Sterling Sound in a session overseen by producer Jack Endino.
This edition will include an unreleased live recording of a complete February 9th, 1990 show at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The show features performances of Love Buzz, About a Girl and a cover of The Vaselinesâ song Mollyâs Lips and has been re-mixed from the original tapes by Endino (complete track listing below). A 52-page CD /16-page LP booklet which includes candid photos of the band not previously released to the public will also be included in this deluxe edition.
I got a coveted pair of tickets to a show at the House of Blues that sold out in 5 minutes...
Them Crooked Vultures
Imagine, The Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stoneage, and Led Zeppelin mixed in a blender, add vodka and serve over ice! That's Them Crooked Vultures!
Hsu and I met at the Lansdowne Pub for some food and drinks, and we got stuck watching the Patriots lose on the big screen... all this after a the Red Sox get swept in the playoffs... It was not a good day for Hsu! After a 'few' drinks and some laughs at the drunk girls next to us, we headed to the show. I thought Hsu would have brought his little Flip camera... he didn't. i would have shoved it down my pants for him... He was sad when I told him that!
We had Box Tickets... NICE! Front row of the balcony, unobstructed view of the stage, squishy seats and a WAITRESS!!! I ordered some PBR and the lights went out...
There they were... 4 'cool mutha f*ckers', taking the stage. I've never been to a show, where I had NEVER heard 1 song from the band before... But TCV haven't released any music yet, since they just signed their record deal with Interscope last week.
The lights were really cool.Â Imagine a 25 square Rubiks cube, filled with white lights, and every light is controlled individually... I think the lighting guy was high!!! Hsu and I couldn't help but notice a few things... How many cool guitars they have, how much Dave Grohl plays the drums like Animal from Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem Orchestra (his roadie even sits behind him and moves his mic stand back and forth so he can sing) , and how cool John Paul Jones is...
The band was having a blast, talking in between songs, trying to figure out what to play next... It was cool to see a show that wasn't scripted out from start to finish. It was obvious to everyone, that they were having a ball!
This band is made for playing live... A singer that plays guitar (Josh Homme), a bass player that plays guitar, mandolin, keyboards and sings (JPJ), a drummer that sings, and plays guitar, bass and whatever else he feels like (Dave Grohl), and a guitar player that sings, plays bass and keyboards (Alain Johannes). I was waiting for them to ring a bell, and all switch places!
Dave Grohl needed a row of sandbags to keep his drumset in place... It looked like he was waiting for the Merrimac River to crest!Â His kit was teal blue, like an old Chevy...Â And JPJ was playing some instruments that Hsu and I have never seen... It was so cool! And still, I didn't know ONE song! The crowd didn't seem to mind that though... They loved every minute of it! I don't remember all of the song titles, but a couple of my favorite songs of the night were... Mind Eraser No Chaser, and Scumbag Blues.
At the end, they waved to the crowd and walked off stage to Roy Orbison's 'It's Over'... No encore. No medley of Nirvana, Led Zeppelin & QOTS... Just a crowd, left stunned... Trying to comprehend what they had just seen.
Hsu and I managed to weasel ourselves in the very private Foundation Room after the show. After we ordered a round of drinks, Dave Grohl and JPJ walked in! It was crazy... Everyone gravitated to Grohl... He's tall and just 'looks' like a rockstar... But JPJ blended in to the crowd...Â he walked in, got a drink and just started hanging out with everyone... he's JOHN PAUL JONES FROM LED ZEPPELIN... he doesn't have to hang out with ANYONE!!!!
One by one our group went over to him, saying 'Thank you' etc to a Rock n Roll legand... I offered to buy him a drink, but he politely declined, in his very Spinal Tap British accent... All I could think is... "DUDE, YOU WERE IN LED ZEPPELLIN"... I'm pretty sure he is aware of that fact!
It was a great night, and I can't wait for them to come back into Boston. maybe JPJ will let me buy him that drink! :)
It seems that Aerosmith's recording and touring break are not just due Steven Tyler's injuries from a recent stage accident - it's also due to his ego!
According to the band's co-leader Joe Perry, Tyler has not spoken to his bandmates since the accident in early August. And if he does have to communicate, he does it through his new management team.
For a band that's been together 40 years, that's cold!!
The two haven't even composed a piece together for the past 10 years!
"I'm down in my studio every day, writing, and for some reason he wants to write with people like (songwriter) Mark Hudson and whatever," said Perry. "I can't explain it."
He's been writing songs and using them for himself on his doomed solo album!
But, Perry still wants the band back!
"I'm an eternal optimist. We've been though some pretty thin times and some pretty thick times, and there have been periods when Steven and I - for no reason other than just to get some space - have not talked to each other for months. Then we get back together and things mesh," he said. "I think we need more time to get everybody healthy and the whole thing, and see if Steven wants to be part of the band again."
Aerosmith is legally obligated to play several shows in Hawaii Â at the end of October, so only time will tell if they can make amends!
Or just retire!!!
Steven, PLEASE... if this IS true... Knock it off!
The guys are BORED, put the band in the studio, out on the road... whatever!
Just do something so Joe doesn't have to go on ELLEN again!
The Kiss Kaskets are 'kool', even Dimebag is buried in one... But THIS???
Here are the details from Blabbermouth:
Mars Direct Inc., a division of Mars Snackfood US, announced the launch of the My M&M's Kiss Blend â a rockin' partnership between the beloved candy brand and one of rock's most prolific bands. For a limited time, the KISS Blend will take each of the members' iconic faces and put them on colorful My M&M's chocolate candies, creating a delicious collector's item for any fan.
"KISS has always been and will continue to be all about the fans," said Paul Stanley of KISS. "We couldn't resist the chance to be the first band to grace the iconic M&M's candies and continue to spread the KISS empire!"
The My M&M's Kiss Blend features four customized packages that includes the iconic faces of band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. The limited-edition KISS Blend will be available starting October 6 exclusively at Wal-Mart locations nationwide, coinciding with the launch of KISS' new album, "Sonic Boom", also exclusively available at Wal-Mart.
"KISS has some of the most recognizable faces in the world of rock and roll Â so it's only natural to put their faces on My M&M's," said Jim Cass, vice president and general manager, Mars Direct.
My old friend Zoltan, the founding member of Five Finger Death Punch called in to the show today. We talked about everything from his Hungarian roots, becoming a U.S. citizen, being lost in Las Vegas, how the band got together, the new album WAR Is The Answer and our love and support of the troops!
MUDVAYNE is releasing a new album on 12/22/09 that will feature blacklight responsive packaging. A new song from the upcomming album has been posted online. It's called 'Beautiful and Strange'. This song will not be the 1st single off of the new album... But, it's NEW MUDVAYNE!
Matt McDonough MUDVAYNEâS drummer had the following to say about the new album, âI feel that this album is the best that the band has recorded since our second album, The End of All Things to Come".
The album will be available in three formats.Â Those include, the standard jewel case edition, a deluxe edition that comes with a black light, and the super deluxe edition that includes a larger black light, a special edition black light reactive poster, and more.
SPIN magazine listed the "Top 50 Cover Songs" of all time in a recent article
Here's a look at their TOP 10
10. The Clash, "Police and Thieves"
Originally By: Junior Murvin
The Clash revealed its adventurous side with this 1977 homage to an unlikely influence by trading Murvin's smooth vocal for Joe Strummer's scratchy yelp and coupling rock chords with reggae rhythms.
9. Elliott Smith, "13"
Originally By: Big Star
Big Star's original is a slice of power-pop heaven, but Smith's stripped-down, country-tinged salute was raw enough to cut to the bone.
8.Elvis Costello, "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding"
Originally By: George Gershwin
There's something perverse about a perenially underrated British band covering a Jewish-American's interpretation of a Ukranian dirge as an African-American spiritual, but it shows that a great song transcends culture.
6. Guns N' Roses, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Originally By: Bob Dylan
GNR's punchy reinvigoration of the introspective Dylan classic showed that the hard-rock rebels had some unlikely influences.
5. Sinead O'Connor, "Nothing Compares 2 U"
Originally By: Prince
With her emotive spin on this Prince-penned track, the controversial Irishwoman gave broken-hearted girls a karaoke option besides "I Will Survive."
4. Devo, "(Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
Originally By: The Rolling Stones
By replacing Keith Richards's primal riff with syncopated beats and experimental noise, five nerds from Akron, Ohio perfectly perverted rock n' roll's greatest anthem of frustration.
3. Talking Heads, " Take Me to the River"
Originally By: Al Green
Art-school ironists take aim at one the Reverend's most soulful tracks, making it cool to be daring when choosing what to cover.
2. Jimi Hendrix, "All Along the Watchtower"
Originally By: Bob Dylan
With its many astounding guitar solos and fills, Hendrix owns this song-a fact that Dylan himself readily acknowledges.
1. Nirvana, "The Man Who Sold The World"
Originally By: David Bowie
Kurt Cobain's pained vocals on Nirvana's unplugged rendition of this cosmic 1970 Bowie tune sounded even more haunting after the song became a posthumous rock-radio staple.
I can't believe Johnny Cash's version of Hurt by NIN isn't in the Top 10!
Â Chris Cornell Â (SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE) and Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS) made an appearance on stage last night (Tuesday, October 6) at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles for the third of four local PEARL JAM shows. Cornell joined Eddie Vedder for "Hunger Strike", thus reforming the complete lineup of Andrew Wood/MOTHER LOVE BONE tribute band TEMPLE OF THE DOG. Cantrell then hopped on stage to close out the night with the guitar solo on "Alive".
Now, if we could only get Soundgarden back together, and get all of these bands to put a grunge festival together... It would be HUGE!!! Guys, do you hear me? This is a good idea!!!
The next round of supergroup... Them Crooked Vultures, which is made up of FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl on drums, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE singer/guitarist Josh Homme and LED ZEPPELIN bass player John Paul Jones, hits the road starting tonight in Nashville. The'll be in Boston for a sold out show at the House of Blues on 10/11. The tickets for every show on the tour sold out in MINUTES!!! If you weren't lucky enough to get tickets tot he show... Check out these videos!
Just because we don't have a Metallica date scheduled before the end of the year, doesn't mean we can't Â enjoy some LIVE Metallica!
They are out on the road right now, and NO I don't know when they are coming back!
Check out their setlist from 9/28 in Texas.
01. That Was Just Your Life
02. The End Of The Line
03. Creeping Death
04. I Disappear
06. Broken, Beat And Scarred
08. Sad But True
09. The Unforgiven
10. All Nightmare Long
11. The Day That Never Comes
12. Master Of Puppets
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
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16. Stone Cold Crazy
17. Phantom Lord
18. Seek and Destroy
They also released some video from that night's show!
Now you can buy LIVE tracks from their tour one at a time!