Brett Buchanan

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Bio: Brett hosted the BWR podcast from 2004 to 2009, and then opened GrungeReport.net in May 2009. The site changed its name to AlternativeNation.net in June 2013. Brett also owns Concertfy.com. Reach out to Brett at; brett (at) alternativenation.net

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has responded to Alternative Nation’s story on his representatives passing out anti-STP/pro Weiland flyers promoting Weiland’s new solo album at recent Stone Temple Pilots shows in Los Angeles and Seattle. Weiland admitted that his ‘label’ was involved in the publicity stunts.  Weiland’s management is Lucas Keller/Milk & Honey, and his publicist is Liz Ottiniano of Diana Barton Media.  He self-released his album through his own label, Softdrive Records.

Weiland said (via WPHZ), “That was something that I think the label did. I didn’t know anything about it. I thought it was funny. It was just meant to be a joke.”

And what does he really think about Bennington fronting STP?

“I’ve always thought Chester was a good entertainer. I think that he fits better with Linkin Park, but he’s gonna do what he wants to do.”

Weiland’s flyers compared STP moving on without him to Queen without Freddie Mercury, Journey without Steve Perry, and Van Halen without David Lee Roth. Mercury passed away in 1991, so it is a pretty tasteless move to mention a deceased legend like Mercury on a poster like that to promote an album.

Purple posted the following on Below Empty, “Final funny note, outside the show there were a couple people handing out flyers that caught my eye. It had a picture of Blaster’s album cover on it and I thought they were just promoting it to see if any of the STP fans hadn’t heard of it. On it though, it said ‘I bet tonight felt like watching…. Journey without Steve Perry, Queen without Freddie Mercury, or Van Halen without David Lee Roth.’ On the back it said ‘Pick up a copy of Scott Weiland’s new album Blaster’.. It felt as though they were picketing the show haha.”

STP fired Weiland and replaced him with Chester Bennington in 2013. The flyers were also handed out in Seattle, so it may be a marketing strategy by whoever is responsible. You can see photos below of the flyers, which verify the story. Desperation No. 5.

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Courtney Love discussed her sex life with Kurt Cobain in a new V Magazine article.

“It fucked me up. I remembered the sexual relationship, which, as you know, is the core of any good marriage. It almost rendered other intimacies meaningless. I remembered how much I love him, and it made me really think about a few other people I don’t want to name, but a few other people I’ve been in love with. And should I have married them? The answer is actually no. Nobody else was as funny. Nobody was as compatible and got my jokes. And you can see it in the film. Neither of us really liked the whole “Courtney is the bad guy” thing. He fucking hated it as much as I did because it shamed him, it emasculated him, and it made him look weak. He is considered to be the rock star who didn’t want fame, the weak pathetic guy who was taken over by this controlling female, and yadda yadda. It kind of fucked me up, and to be honest with you, I don’t have a boyfriend right now, so I’m single. [The film] made me really evaluate what, at the age of 50, I want out of a relationship. He’s a hard act to follow. I love him and I always will.”

Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo discussed moving on from Scott Weiland with new frontman Chester Bennington in a recent SFExaminer interview.

“It’s going great,” DeLeo says. “I just feel like I really got back in touch with what we’re all about, sonically and spiritually.”

He adds, “It was just a matter of moving forward, or continuing to do damage control. I think Scott’s made it pretty clear, publicly, what he’s done. I don’t really need to say much about that, because it’s well-documented. But you get to a point where you’re like, ‘I want a better quality of life, and I want to live it being around positive people that want to move forward, too.'”

STP fired Weiland in 2013, leading to lawsuits that were settled last fall.

Courtney Love revealed in a new V Magazine article that Kurt Cobain was offered a role in Quentin Tarentino’s 1994 film Pulp Fiction.

“But I will tell you this: the reason he thanks [Quentin] Tarantino on the back of In Utero is because Tarantino and his team approached us both about Pulp Fiction to play the Rosanna Arquette and Eric Stoltz parts, and I felt like they were just asking me so they could get to Kurt. So I was like, “Just ask Kurt. I don’t want to do it.” So Kurt chickened out, and then he got another script by a guy called Michael Tolkin, do you remember him? He held that script close to his chest and he was so excited and for five seconds he thought, ‘Oh, I could be in movies.’ And then he kind of dropped it and it wasn’t really a big deal. But they did come knocking a little bit. He found out he was pretty and I think he tried to hurt his looks.”

Spookily, Rolling Stone’s new interview with Frances Bean Cobain was recorded on the same tape recorder that David Fricke used to record his final Rolling Stone interview with Frances’ father Kurt Cobain in January 1994. David Fricke is currently a senior writer at Rolling Stone, and conducted both interview. Fricke also covered the Foo Fighters with a feature back in November and, going way back, was featured on air when MTV News broke the news about Kurt’s passing in April 1994.

Dave Grohl discussed how cassettes were initially perceived as hurting the record industry, and how Foo Fighters are now dealing with selling less albums than they used to in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“The funny thing about cassettes is that they were such a threat to the music industry back then. When cassettes became popular there were these bumper stickers everywhere that said ‘Home taping is killing the record industry,’” he says. “When digital downloading became the industry’s next biggest threat, it just totally echoed what happened when cassettes became popular. Like, ‘Wait a minute, the listener is in control? No!’ And to me, I was like, ‘F— yeah, man!’ When I was a punk-rock kid growing up outside of Washington, D.C., we were swapping cassettes of band’s demos. Whenever someone got the Fugazi demos, we’d all dub it for each other. But then we’d go see Fugazi play, and we’d sing every f—ing word to every one of those songs. We might not have bought the record, but we went to every one of those shows.

“I think that’s what’s happening with the Foo Fighters now,” he continues. “With the Foo Fighters, we’re not selling as many records as we used to, but we’re selling out stadiums, because the people are getting the music somehow and they’re coming to the shows, and they’re singing every word. For me, that live interaction is what made me fall in love with music.”

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Bassist Robert DeLeo praised the dedication and professionalism of Stone Temple Pilots’ new frontman Chester Bennington in a new interview with CSIndy.com.

“When I hear him in the hotel the day of a show, above me or below me or beside me in another room, going over our catalog of songs, I know that he’s putting in the time, and he fucking cares.”

He later said, “Chester is in a very big, successful band, so we were just wondering if he had the time to do it. But from the start, he pretty much had it together — no use of teleprompter onstage, he’s got the songs down. And I think he pretty much grew up on this, and he still digs the music that we make.”

Scott Weiland has frequently used teleprompters for STP and solo gigs in recent years. You can see a photo below of Weiland’s teleprompter, via RockNRollExperience.com.

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Kurt Cobain was filmed ripping on the lyrics to Soundgarden’s “Outshined” while shaving in the new Montage of Heck documentary. Cobain was shaving and had a mustache like Chris Cornell’s in the “Outshined” video. Courtney Love told him he should keep the Cornell mustache, just for laughs.

Cobain considered himself a fan of Soundgarden’s though, despite the jabs in Montage of Heck. He told Flipside in 1992, “I can’t comment on Soundgarden because I know them personally and I really like them a lot, but I have strong feelings towards Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains and bands like that. They’re obviously just corporate puppets that are just trying to jump on the alternative bandwagon – and we are being lumped into that category. Those bands have been in the hairspray / cockrock scene for years and all of a sudden they stop washing their hair and start wearing flannel shirts. It doesn’t make any sense to me. There are bands moving from L.A. and all over to Seattle and then claim they’ve lived there all their life so they can get record deals. It really offends me.”

Billy Corgan and former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin attended a Chicago Cubs XRT broadcast last week. Chamberlin performed 2 songs with a band. This is the first time Corgan and Chamberlin have been spotted in public together since Chamberlin’s final Smashing Pumpkins show in December 2008.

Fan James McLearen posted a photo below of his meeting with Corgan and Chamberlin. He said the two were very friendly, and did not act at all like celebrities.

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The Kitsap Sun has a great new article up on Pearl Jam and their fans buying a new home for Mother Love Bone/Malfunkshun frontman Andrew Wood’s mother Toni Wood.

“The part of the house I like best is the love that got it for me,” she said.

Wood had been living in a broken down mobile home with tarps on the roof, working as a part-time caregiver. When Stone Gossard learned of Toni’s living situation, he called her.

“He said, ‘Why don’t we see about getting you a new house,’” she said. “Him saying that — it was magic to me. It took my breath away.”

On the band’s website, Gossard said he and Jeff Ament felt they had to help, “The more (Ament) and I learned about her situation, the more we felt we couldn’t ignore it. We decided to go for it and get her a new trailer.”

Fans donated more than $36,000, while the members of Pearl Jam and Mother Love Bone’s former manager chipped in $40,000.

A few days ago, Wood got a nice surprise when she visited her bank.

“I always go and whisper to my teller, ‘How much do I have left?’ because my account’s always verging on setting off all kinds of bells and whistles,” Wood said. “And she came back and said ‘I don’t think you have to worry.’” The money has covered a full replacement of Wood’s home, and some for landscaping, which Wood will use for a garden.

In the current Rolling Stone issue with Kurt Cobain on the cover, there is a huge article inside that reveals some details on the Montage of Heck soundtrack. It will likely include Kurt’s cover of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her” amongst other solo Cobain material. Some of it is rawer than others, for example soundscapes and Kurt’s spoken word among demos. Director Brett Morgen also confirmed this plan to the NME.

There is a Black Sabbath sounding track called “Rehash” as a provisional title, and some instrumental acoustic demos are also proposed for this.

Chris Cornell has commented on the legal battle over the Temple of the Dog master tapes between A&M Records and Rajan Parashar.

The Seattle Times is reporting that A&M Records filed a lawsuit last week claiming that London Bridge Studios co-founder Rajan Parashar has the Temple of the Dog master tapes and won’t turn them over. Parashar’s lawyer claims that he’s always had them, and that they’re his property.

Rick Parashar, Rajan’s brother, produced Temple of the Dog based on a verbal agreement. The lawsuit alledges that a contract was signed in 1992 and Rick Parashar agreed to give the label the master tapes and rights for $35,000.

According to the lawsuit, A&M “believed the artists to be in possession of the master recordings” until May 2013, when “a representative of the artists contacted A&M and informed A&M that [Rajan Parashar] and Rick Parashar” had them. A&M claims that Rick Parashar would not respond to several requests to send the tapes before his death last August. The lawsuit demands that Rajan Parashar hand over the tapes immediately.

Flyers were handed out after Stone Temple Pilots’ show in Los Angeles last night that ripped the band and promoted Scott Weiland’s new album Blaster. It is unknown if these were people paid by or associated with Weiland, Weiland’s management/PR (Lucas Keller/Milk & Honey is Weiland’s management, Liz Ottiniano of Diana Barton Media is his PR) or were just Weiland fanboys, or all of the above.

Purple posted the following on Below Empty, “Final funny note, outside the show there were a couple people handing out flyers that caught my eye. It had a picture of Blaster’s album cover on it and I thought they were just promoting it to see if any of the STP fans hadn’t heard of it. On it though, it said ‘I bet tonight felt like watching…. Journey without Steve Perry, Queen without Freddie Mercury, or Van Halen without David Lee Roth.’ On the back it said ‘Pick up a copy of Scott Weiland’s new album Blaster’.. It felt as though they were picketing the show haha.”

STP fired Weiland and replaced him with Chester Bennington in 2013. The flyers were also handed out in Seattle, so it may be a marketing strategy by whoever is responsible. You can see photos below of the flyers, which verify the story. Desperation No. 5.

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Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo discussed Scott Weiland in a recent interview with the Orange County Register.

“Robert [DeLeo, bass], Eric [Kretz, drums], Scott and I had put 25 years of our lives into it,” he said. “Just because I had one guy that didn’t really give a shit anymore, I’m not going to let one guy ruin my dream, my band and my legacy. I worked hard for Stone Temple Pilots and I love it with a passion. Robert, Eric and I don’t take for granted what the music has meant to people.”

He added: “I just want to be really clear about something. We were never, in any way, trying to just replace anyone. In his day, and I’m speaking of Scott, there was no one better… no one. I will take that to my grave. In his day, there was no one better, but my dear Scott left us long ago.”

Dave Grohl revealed in a recent interview on WAAF that Foo Fighters are considering a second season of Sonic Highways. Grohl mentioned the following cities as destinations he could see appearing on Sonic Highways.

Boston

Minneapolis

Philadelphia

Miami

Atlanta

Foo Fighters released Sonic Highways the album in 2014, and the accompanying TV series aired on HBO featuring: Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, Washington DC, New York, Seattle, and Austin.

From SeattleSymphony.org:

The Seattle Symphony’s must-attend party of the summer returns to the Chihuly Boathouse. Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready will once again kick off Club Ludo on the VIP stage. With performances featuring Ann Wilson of Heart and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, this will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before!

The party goes all night long with 2016 Sonic Evolution band Fly Moon Royalty, musicians of the Seattle Symphony including Principal Percussion Michael Werner, and more!

Join us at Seattle’s most beautiful venue for unforgettable performances, hosted bars, fabulous Northwest cuisine and live and silent auctions filled with must have items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

This event sells out quickly, so buy your tickets now for the 4th annual Club Ludo!

VIP Performers:
Mike McCready
Ann Wilson
Total Experience Gospel Choir

General Admission Performers:*
Fly Moon Royalty
Principal Percussion Michael Werner
Musicians of the Seattle Symphony
More to be announced soon

VIP (All Access): 8pm–2am | $500 | BUY NOW
General Admission: 10pm–2am | $200 | BUY NOW

*VIP (All Access) tickets also include all General Admission performances.

This is a 21-and-over event. All artists subject to change.

Photo credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America

Duff McKagan and Krist Novoselic will share the stage May 17th at The Neptune in Seattle, where the bassists from the biggest bands of the ’80s and ’90s will talk music, politics, life and celebrate the release of McKagan’s new memoir, HOW TO BE A MAN (and other illusions), the follow-up to his New York Times best-seller, IT’S SO EASY (and other lies).

Whereas IT’S SO EASY told the story of McKagan’s life, from his Seattle upbringing, the formation of Guns N’ Roses and his brush with death, HOW TO BE A MAN (and other illusions) recounts some of the lessons he’s learned along the way. McKagan shares the wisdom he gained on the path to superstardom—from his time with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver to getting sober after a life of hard living to achieving his personal American Dream of marrying a supermodel, raising a family and experiencing what it’s like to be winked at by Prince.

As a founding member of Nirvana, Novoselic has seen the world both in a van in a start-up band and as the member of one of the biggest acts in the world. Novoselic is a political activist, student, hobby farmer and musician who has recorded and performed with a number of artists in recent years, including Paul McCartney.

Duff and Krist have known each other for decades, and for several years, were colleagues as columnists at Seattle Weekly. McKagan will read from HOW TO BE A MAN and engage in conversation with Novoselic about his life and career. The evening will conclude with a Q&A session and a book signing.

Books will also be on sale so the advance add on purchase is optional.

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts’ new album Blaster failed to blast off commercially in its first week, debuting at #133 on the Billboard 200, which should estimate to only a couple thousand copies sold. AlternativeNation.net gave the album a 6/10 review, while Rolling Stone gave it 2 stars out of 5.

By comparison, Stone Temple Pilots’ EP with new frontman Chester Bennington, High Rise, debuted at #21 in 2013. Blaster narrowly edged out NOW That’s What You Call Music 52, Guns N’ Roses’ 2004 Greatest Hits album, and 21 Totally 80’s Hits, which charted at #141-143. The album wasn’t able to edge out greatest hits albums from Journey, Queen, and The Grateful Dead.

Weiland’s last solo album of original material, 2008’s Happy in Galoshes, debuted at #97 with 10,500 copies sold. His final album with Stone Temple Pilots, the band’s 2010 self-titled effort, debuted at #2 with 62,000 copies sold.