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

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell mocked EDM in a tweet last night with a photo of himself and Kim Thayil on stage.

Maynard James Keenan discussed Tool’s new album in a new Instagram post:

“I’ve been making regular trips to LA to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren. Things a progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon’. I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.”

Below is a new photo of Tool that Keenan shared.

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Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil discussed

“Now the Soundgarden story gets strange. When we first got together, we were listening to a lot of post-punk and progressive hardcore, stuff like Bauhaus and Black Flag, after practice. Yet our friends are pointing out how our music has elements that remind them of Sabbath, Zeppelin and the Doors, and we started getting that a lot: ‘Zeppelin, Zeppelin, Zeppelin,’ and we were like, OK, let’s check some of this out. We were all very acquainted with it individually, but collectively we weren’t sitting around the table listening them. So initially we would deny that influence.

Eventually, after practice we’d be like, ‘Let’s check out Led Zeppelin IV. Let’s listen to Houses of the Holy.’ Like, ‘Yeah, I guess I can kind of see that a little bit.’ It became very important to us, because of the comparison, so we would listen to it and start referencing it. Ultimately, we started to re-embrace the Zeppelin, Beatles, Sabbath and Pink Floyd.”

PearlJamOnline is reporting that former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is wanted by Denton County Police. The warrant is listed as going into effect on September 26, 2014 and involves possession of controlled substances.

According to Texas state law, the ‘POSS CS PG 3<28G' charge is 'Possession of a controlled substance from penalty group 3 in an amount under 28 grams.' It is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishment range of up a year in county jail and a $4,000 fine. The second charge is 'POSS CS PG 3<28G,' a 1st Degree Felony in Texas. The punishment range is 5 years - 99 years, or life in prison. The charge is a 'Manufacture Or Delivery of Substance' charge.

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Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon called Smashing Pumpkins frontman a ‘crybaby’ in a quote that came out for her book Girl in a Band recently, and now the full excerpt has come out:

At one point during the recording, Courtney told me she thought Kurt Cobain was hot, which made me cringe inside and hope the two of them would never meet. We all said to ourselves, “Uh-oh, train wreck coming.” She also asked us for advice about her “secret affair” with Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins. I thought, Ewww, at even the mention of Billy Corgan, whom nobody liked because he was such a crybaby, and Smashing Pumpkins took themselves way too seriously and were in no way punk rock. (It was a debate as old as time, who was “punk rock” and who was “alternative.”) Sure, everybody took their music seriously, but there was something grating about Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins—were they too pretentious? too image-conscious and acting?—that rubbed people the wrong way.

That Courtney was attracted to Billy came as a surprise, as she was clearly so punk rock. But she was also ambitious and manipulative, as Don and I learned well during the recording process. Courtney could be honest and real, too—you just never knew which direction she would go—but knowing she could turn on me at any moment, I always kept her at arm’s length.

Survivor host Jeff Probst revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earlier this week that he saw Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl meeting Maroon 5 and The Voice’s Adam Levine, and he later asked Grohl if he’d want to be friends with Levine. Grohl sounded open to it but said he hadn’t gotten his contact information. Probst then created a fake GMail account posing as Levine to prank Grohl. Probst’s fake Levine e-mail said, “Hey, got your info from my manager, just wanted to say it was great talking to you. By the way, my tats are based on yours. I shop at Varvatos like you do, my haircut, I really just want to be you.”

Grohl told Probst the next day he got the e-mail and thought Levine was weird and he planned on avoiding him. Probst then told him it was a practical joke, ending the shtick. Probst then got an e-mail from a former member of Queensryche, who he had played in a band with growing up and hadn’t spoken to in years. The e-mail mentioned that the Queensryche member’s mother had been following his career. Probst thought it was a retaliation joke from Grohl, and wound up sending a sarcastic e-mail mocking the mother, and it turned out to not be Grohl.

Are we being swamped by superhero movies right now? It seems like every week we’re either seeing or hearing about the latest comic book action movie hitting theatres or sitting currently in production. Last year there were 4 big theatrical superhero based movie releases and each of them came from Marvel. DC Comics in comparison has had a much smaller slice of the pie in terms of both theatrical releases and source material and haven’t had a cinematic release since 2013’s rather lacklustre ‘Man of Steel’. But it’s television where DC Comics have been working hard bringing us a trio of comic-based TV shows; namely ‘Gotham’, ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’.

Gotham

‘Gotham’, developed by Bruno Heller, premiered on Fox in September 2014 to over 14 million viewers and is based on the ‘Batman’ franchise. The show is an origin tale of sorts featuring a number of DC characters and villains from the ‘Batman’ world and centered around a young James Gordon, who is played by Benjamin McKenzie. Unfortunately it has been met with criticism mostly from fans of the franchise that do enjoy picking apart the timeline and its viewing figures have taken a slight decline with each and every episode aired. But these anachronisms and minor disapproval hasn’t stopped the network renewing the show for a second season.

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The ‘Batman’ franchise itself is still thriving mostly thanks to the incredible rebooted trilogy from talented British director Christopher Nolan and of course with the highly anticipated ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ arriving in 2016. So once more it’s become a highly lucrative brand providing fans with endless merchandise and even popular online games like ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ slot game at the royalvegascasino.com.

Arrow

‘Arrow’ is now in its third season and enjoying a consistent audience over on its CW averaging around 4 million viewers per season. It stars Stephen Amell in the title role as Oliver Queen, the billionaire playboy who turns to crime fighting under the alias Green Arrow. Previously the character had appeared in ‘Smallville’, the series which followed Superman during his teen years, before being expanded to its very own show.

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‘Arrow’ has been well received by both fans and critics offering a more realistic take on the character and his origins. Its consistent viewing figures have kept it a staple of CW’s line-up and has also been hailed for its intelligent writing and exciting storylines. ‘Arrow’s success has led to the spin-off of the aforementioned CW show ‘The Flash’, which is part of the shared universe. Now that ‘The Flash’ has arrived to much praise everybody is just waiting for the crossover episodes.

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The Flash

‘The Flash’ premiered in the US in October 2014 on CW and got picked up for a second season last month. With our cinemas and TV channels filled with various superheroes and villains ‘T he Flash’ has been praised by critics and fans alike for its more light-hearted approach to the subject matter. The adaptation has definitely lightened the mood to the usual grim and gritty superhero fares we have been used to in recent years, mostly thanks to the influence of movies like ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

Could this be due to audiences needing a little more humour from their superheroes? We can see that a more jocular and playful style used in superhero-based spinoff series ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ as well as last years hit movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ benefited greatly from its good humoured approach.

Billy Corgan discussed the phrase in which this website was named after, Alternative Nation, in a new interview with ABC.

“That’s why I can pass Slash backstage, and he’s Slash. There’s only one in the world. He’s not worried whether or not the cigarette is dangling from the left corner of his mouth, or the right corner of his mouth.”

He added, “Rock is about individuals, one of a kind people. There’s only one Marilyn Manson, there’s only one Slash, there’s only one Slipknot. When you look at those people you go, ‘Wow, that is kind of a strange work of art.’ Even if you don’t like what they do musically, you can appreciate their journey. Pop music, what is it? I mean really, at the end of the day, what is it? It’s a bunch of people screaming for attention. If you’re very skilled at it, then you can appreciate their game, but it is not the same game as the rock game. I always believe that kids given the choice between great rock and roll music, versus something that is manufactured, like a McDonalds hamburger, I think kids by and large, if they have half a brain, will choose music with depth and substance. That’s why it’s easy to fly the flag for Alternative Nation.”

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell thanked Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page for helping his career by what he did in the 60’s during his sit down conversation with him.

“You touched on the idea that there was something besides hit radio, for example in The Yardbirds, and all of music, especially British music at the time, it was chart driven, and hit driven. Right at this time when maybe there’s a format to do something that isn’t hit driven, you seemed to kind of walk right into it. Me as a fan for example, I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t know that you were actually doing something that would allow someone like me years later to have a career doing what I want and not having to have hit driven rock and roll music. It appears to me going through your story that you did it, so thank you.”

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Rock Panther Presents reported that Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin was arrested last month at Denver International Airport after taking a ‘joyride’ on an airport baggage carousel. Below are Facebook posts from Rock Panther Presents discussing the arrest.

“So if you haven’t heard yet Wes the lead signer from Puddle Of Mudd decided to take a joy ride on the carousel at the airport this morning thru restricted access and got arrested. We have been on this all day and he is just about to be release from Jail and will head straight to the venue. The show will go on but that is why we are running late. ‪#‎fuckingrockstars‬.”

“Puddle of Mudd finally on stage I apologize to all of those who left early I hope you enjoyed Lola Black, Horse and Drug under. Those of you that stayed I hope you love Puddle of Mudd cause we will NEVER book them again.”

“HUGE thanks to this man right here Levi Brite stepped up and bailed Wes’s dumb out of jail tonight! You are the man Levi!”

Video has now surfaced of the incident, and you can watch it below.

In a new interview with SMH, Kim Thayil revealed that Soundgarden plan to make a new album for a 2016 release in the next few months.

“No studio has been chosen and no songs are written yet,” says Thayil. “When we finish these shows in Australia we’ll spend a month or more working on it. It’s definitely going to happen.

Thayil also hinted at who the producer might be for the next album, “We worked with producer Adam Kasper on our last album and I wouldn’t be surprised if we hook up with him again.”

He also discussed Chris Cornell’s songwriting, stating that not all of his work is Soundgarden worthy. “Chris is very prolific but not all his material is Soundgarden-worthy,” says Thayil. “His songs don’t always strike us as something we like for the band.”

Original Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler discussed a potential reunion of the band’s original lineup in a recent interview on One On One With Mitch Lafon, via Blabbermouth.

“As of today, I have four hundred and four days sober, and I have never been happier, I have never played better or had more fun playing,” he said. “I mean, if we did ever do a reunion, or if we even made a record again together, the GNR guys, I think it would blow Appetite For Destruction away. All of us are such better players. And when we did Appetite, we were only adults for maybe three or four years. And that’s from our experiences in life, that’s what we came up with. Now we’ve been adults for 30 years, and I’ve been through ups and downs, like an emotional roller coaster. I have a lot to write about, and I know the other guys, if we got together, being adults now and knowing what we know, and [having] been through what we’ve been through, I think we could make an even bigger kickass record.”

Adler later said, “It’s Axl’s call on doing a reunion. It’s all up to him. And I love him and I have his back, and I support him in everything he does except for if he doesn’t wanna play for the fans, I can’t support that. ‘Cause it’s all for the fans. If he says it’s not for the money, it’s for the art — it’s for the fans. That’s what it’s for.”

“I would love to finish what I started with them. Like Motley Crue, they’re doing their last tour. They started something, and they finished something. And to go out that way, it’s gotta be magic. To look back on [your time in the band] and say, ‘I had a great career. God really blessed me.’ Plus [The Rolling Stones’] Mick Jagger and Keith Richards hated each other. They still hate each other, but they’re still playing music 52 years later, because they know what they’ve got. They have something that’s magical, and the fans love ‘em.”

Scott Weiland and Pharrell Williams’ previously unreleased version of “Happy” has surfaced online nearly a decade after it was originally recorded on the discussion section of Weiland’s PledgeMusic site, where a streaming link was shared. Weiland and Williams recorded the song in 2006, but Williams decided to keep the song for himself, so Weiland could not release the song. The copy is from a very limited edition Happy in Galoshes promo CD sent out in 2008.

Scott Weiland recently told the Phoenix New Times that he wants to get along with Stone Temple Pilots, the band that infamously fired him in 2013 and replaced him with Chester Bennington. Weiland claims he already gets along with his former Velvet Revolver bandmates.

“That’s a really hard one to say because you can never say never in rock ‘n’ roll. I get along with the guys in Velvet Revolver, and I hope to again sometime with the guys in STP. I look back at my years with STP and [VR] with very fond memories. We shared huge successes both artistically and commercially and I don’t have any negative feelings towards any of my former partners. The lawsuit is behind us now and it’s time to focus on my new band the Wildabouts.”

Velvet Revolver fired Weiland in 2008, and briefly reunited with him for a one off reunion show in 2012.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed Marilyn Manson in a recent interview with Music Feeds, and why he was looking forward to seeing him at the Soundwave Festival.

“My pal Mr. Manson, I just saw him in Chicago not too long ago, but I’d like to see him in this environment and see how the fans here are going to react to his new material because I think his new material is really really strong. I’m curious to see from an observational point of view, because obviously I’ve known him all these years.”

Corgan added that he had already spoken with Manson about the possibility of future live collaborations. “We kind of joked about it so I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not,” he said.

“I particularly love this song on his new album called Third Day of A Seven Day Binge — that’s the song he sang. We actually played one of his songs when he got on stage with us, so maybe we could get up there and play with him, or he could get on stage and play with us. Or something like that. I’d love to.”

If the door opens for the pair to collaborate Corgan guaranteed, “Well, it has to be a very dark door. This is Manson.”

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell shared his Oscar predictions on Saturday, and later shared them again last night after his predictions. Cornell tweeted, “6 out of 8, I’m just sayin.” He added, “these weren’t my picks necessarily but how I thought academy members would vote.”

‘My Oscar Predictions…

Best picture : Birdman
Best actor : Michael Keaton
Best Actress : Julianne Moore
Best supporting actor : JK Simmons
Best supporting actress : Laura Dern
Best adapted screenplay : The Imitation Game
Best original screenplay: Birdman
Best director : Alejandro G. Inattiru
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Soundgarden performed “Birth Ritual” live for the first time since 1992 in Adelaide on February 20th. Watch video below. Also see setlists for recent Soundgarden shows after the video.

Soundgarden Adelaide Setlist (February 20, 2015):
Spoonman
Let Me Drown
Outshined
Kickstand
Attrition
Rusty Cage
Beyond the Wheel
Been Away Too Long
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Fell on Black Days
Drawing Flies
Ty Cobb
Burden in My Hand
A Thousand Days Before
Birth Ritual (First live performance since 1992)
Slaves & Bulldozers

Soundgarden Melbourne Setlist (February 22, 2015):
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Spoonman
Outshined
Kickstand
Rusty Cage
Beyond the Wheel
Been Away Too Long
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Fell on Black Days
Drawing Flies
Hunted Down
Black Hole Sun
A Thousand Days Before
Birth Ritual
Slaves & Bulldozers