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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

GNRTruth reports that they were made aware of Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose and Slash reconciling in 2014. The pair spoke and are now on ‘good terms.’ Despite this reconciliation, at the time Rose remained focused on his followup to 2008’s Chinese Democracy, and the GNR camp did not want news of the reconciliation coming out at the time since it would immediately fuel reunion rumors.

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also reported that the reconciliation doesn’t necessarily mean that a reunion will immediately happen, but that the band is ‘mulling its options.’

“Only GNR can speak for GNR, but all that’s happened here is that Axl and Slash are on better personal terms. So far there has been no indication of an immediate plan to do business together. Why would GNR make an official announcement about Axl and Slash communicating if a business model involving the two is yet to be agreed? It doesn’t make any sense. GNR is mulling its options. There’s no need to fan the flames of any particular possibility at this point.”

Despite this, James Young told Triple M Radio last Friday that he was told a Guns N’ Roses reunion may be in the works, as transcribed by Alternative Nation:

“I heard the most amazing rumor this week, from a very well informed heavy hitter in the Australian music industry, giving me the name of the headline act for Soundwave next year. Now we know that a mystery band has come in and saved the festival, and now owns it, so they they are going to have a big say. So what mega band could it be? Well I have heard ‘fantasized’ on Wednesday night that it will be: Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagen, Slash and Axl Rose, the reformation of the original 1987 Appetite for Destruction Guns N’ Roses lineup, can you believe it? It’s incredible, I’ve had sleepless nights fantasizing about it.”

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John McEnroe is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, but he hasn’t yet mastered the art of covering Nirvana songs. McEnroe is a music lover, having guested in a Future User video for Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford. In the “Clockwork” video, McEnroe beat Commerford in a tennis game, and is captured and water boarded like a suspected terrorist.

McEnroe, with the help of wife Patty Smyth and daughter Ava, covered Nirvana’s “Territorial Pissings” at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, New York last Saturday. McEnroe didn’t hit the notes, but we can’t fault him as he seemed to have a great time performing with his family, so rock on John!



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reports that Lorne Michaels and Harvey Weinstein were in the crowd. Tim Commerford discussed filming Future User’s “Clockwork” video with McEnroe during a 2014 interview with Yahoo. “Yeah, Mac is another friend of mine I met through cycling and if he’s in town for seven days we’ll ride every day of the week. At first when I told him I wanted to make a video about some of these human rights issues happening around the world and especially here in America in Guantanamo Bay, he was reluctant. He said, ‘Yeah, but some of these guys are terrorists.'”

If you missed the “Clockwork” video McEnroe did with Future User, watch it below!

Foo Fighters performed at the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA on Tuesday, and Dave Grohl discussed his throne, broken leg, and his roots in the area, as transcribed by Alternative Nation. Grohl first discussed he would be happy if he had to stay in his throne.

“You know why I’m sitting in it, don’t you? You know why? Cause it’s fucking cool as shit, that’s why. Oh, and also I can’t walk! But let me tell you, if I never, ever, have to stand up again, I think I might be perfectly happy in this thing because it has a drinkholder, and lights.”

Grohl then changed his tune, hoping he can soon be ‘learning to walk again.’ Grohl said, “But I hope it’s just temporary, because I sure love running around when we play, for anyone who has ever seen us before. I’m singing a ballad right now, and I’m not going to dedicate it to the ladies. I’m not going to dedicate it to the wonderful people of this part of the country where my people come from, just so you know. I think this is as close as I’m going to get on this tour to the place that I was born. I got a little Pittsburgh in me! Sweet Miss Virginia Grohl, my mother, was born in Pittsburgh, I don’t know if you know, it’s true. All of my family comes from that other turnpike, that’s over there.”

A fan also requested “Low” with a sign, and Foo Fighters obliged the request and performed the song live for the first time since 2009!

Setlist:
Everlong
Monkey Wrench
Learn to Fly
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Big Me (Slow Version)
Congregation
Walk
I’m the One (Van Halen cover) (Band Intro snippet)
Roundabout (Yes cover) (Band intro snippet)
School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover) (Band Intro Snippet)
Cold Day in the Sun
My Hero
Outside
Breakout
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)
All My Life
Times Like These
These Days
Rope
Skin and Bones
Low (Request by a fan w/ sign & First time since 2009)
This Is a Call
Best of You

Richard Fortus, the only guitarist who is officially still in Guns N’ Roses, discussed the status of the band during a recent interview with KSHE 95. He was not asked about Slash and Axl Rose reconciling, so the interview may have been conducted before the news came out. Alternative Nation has transcribed Fortus’ Guns N’ Roses discussion with the DJ.

DJ: Now, I would normally not ask you about Guns N’ Roses at all, because it is just old news, but man, are you the only guitar player left in the band now?

Richard Fortus: (Laughs) I’m the last man standing.

DJ: I’m telling you, you are! I know you are.

Richard: No, there’s a lot going on with that whole thing right now. It is looking like next year is going to be the big year for Guns N’ Roses.

DJ: Well, I’ve been hearing that, I’ve been hearing new record, but man, we hear that all the time about them. We hear that all the time about Van Halen, and it never happens.

Richard: I can’t really speak about Van Halen. (Laughs) But I think they should get Gary Cherone back.

DJ: Oh stop, stop, don’t get off the subject. Tell me now, you are the only Guns N’ Roses guitarist left right now.

Richard: (Stutters) Man, I can’t divulge information like that.

DJ: Alright, well let’s put it this way. To the mass audience out there, all we know of right now, is that you are the only guitar player left, because it’s been out.

Richard: As far as you know, that’s right (laughs).

Richard then sarcastically said that he wants to play in St. Louis next year with Guns N’ Roses, and hopes that all will be forgiven for the riot.

Slash stated in a recent interview with Aftonbladet that he and former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Axl Rose are friends again.

The reporter asked: “I heard you made friends with Axl Rose again, how was that possible after all those years?”

Slash responded: “It was probably way over due but it was very cool at this point. Let some of that…Dispell some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”

Slash refused to discuss a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion, asking to change the subject. The Guns N’ Roses News Twitter has a major update on this story, reporting that Axl Rose and Slash have been communicating for months, with a source informing them about their reconciliation months ago.

The ‘Dave Grohl Is The Nicest Guy In The World Tour’ continues at Foo Fighters’ show in Clarkston, Michigan at the DTE Energy Music Theatre on Monday night, with Grohl spotting a fan named Griffin in the crowd holding up a sign that said: ‘It’s My 50th Let’s Have A Beer.’

Grohl said, “I know it’s your 50th birthday. We’ve got a lot of songs we’ve got to play tonight. I’m going to share this beer with you, and then I’ve got to do my job.” Grohl added, “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Griffin’s birthday today. Griffin went to Office Depot and bought one piece of cardboard and a magic marker. There you go, that’s all it takes.”

Grohl then told Griffin, “Come on Griffin let’s do this. We got to do this fast!” Grohl and Griffin then triumphantly chugged beers together, leading into a performance of “Breakout.”

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Setlist:
Everlong
Monkey Wrench
Learn to Fly
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Big Me (Slow Version)
Congregation
Walk
I’m the One (Van Halen cover) (snippet played during band introduction)
I’m Eighteen (Alice Cooper cover) (snippet played during band introduction)
School’s Out (Alice Cooper cover) (snippet played during band introduction)
I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges cover) (snippet played during band introduction)
Search & Destroy (The Stooges cover) (snippet played during band introduction)
Detroit Rock City (KISS cover)
Cold Day in the Sun
My Hero
Outside
Breakout (Dave celebrates Griffin’s 50th Birthday)
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)
All My Life
Times Like These
Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (Van Halen cover)
This Is a Call
These Days
Best of You

Dave Grohl mocked bands who play short concerts during a recent Foo Fighters concert in Calgary. Grohl said, “You don’t want one of those little hour and a half long shows do you? You don’t want that shit. All of those new bands that play those little two hour concerts, you don’t want that shit. 2 hours and 15 I don’t think is enough. 2 and a half hours, does that sound okay? That’s not enough is it? Here’s our fucking problem. We’ve been a band for 20 fucking years, we have a lot of fucking songs, and then add my big mouth on top of that, and we’re going to be here all night.”

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain recently celebrated her 22nd birthday with a ‘Spooky Pie Gang Birthday Party.’ Cobain was joined by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, Lindsey Way, Alicia Way, Chantal Claret, Jessicka Addams, and Jimmy Urine. See photos from the epic party below!

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Frances Bean Cobain had some adorable Twitter interactions with former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and her mother Courtney Love to mark her 22nd birthday. Courtney sent Frances a heartfelt message: “Happy birthday my sweetest baby girl, I’m so proud of you.” Frances responded, “Thanks for letting me utilize your human form to act as my alien incubation pod for 9 months. Love you mum XX.” Love also tweeted a photo of a baby Frances with her and Kurt Cobain, saying she misses Kurt.

Love later wrote an emotional note to her late husband Kurt on Instagram, with a picture of herself, Kurt, and daughter Frances Bean. Love wrote, “Makes me feel so sad. Our baby is all grown up now. Jesus Kurt look at her face, what on earth were you thinking..⁉⁉ God I miss you, we all miss you #family #memories #turnbacktime #lovehim.”

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament discussed building skateparks in a new interview with Vice, and he also shared some news on Pearl Jam.

“The band will probably try and get another record going in the next year, and I just want to build more parks in Montana. We’re starting a park in Stevensville in two weeks. We just finished a bowl in Havre and there are five or six more cities I’m talking to. The way I look at it is if I’m touring and doing more things with the band I make more money. If I make more money I build more parks. It helps me get more excited about touring because I’m usually not too excited about it.”

Ament also discussed Pearl Jam’s early days, “By the time I moved to Seattle I couldn’t wait to get the hell out of Montana. I was really into punk rock and art. I went out to Seattle in 1982, my freshman year in college, and saw The Clash and X play at the Show Box. My friend said they were opening a punk bar and the first show was Channel 3. So I quit school and lived in my buddy’s closet for two months until I got job. I loved Seattle at that time. But when things blew up for the band this neighborhood that I lived in forever, lower Queen Anne, got weird. I couldn’t go to the grocery store. You’d come back from tour and it felt like as much work as being on tour.

I was just a small town kid so the band blowing up as big as it did, I wasn’t used to any sort of adulation. So my bother and I went on a mountain biking trip back to Montana and then I started going back between every single tour leg. After about a year of that I decided I was going to buy a little chunk of property and if it all goes to hell in a hand basket with the band I’ll have a little place and can get my life going in Montana. Montana was an escape for me at that point and I think I feel that way now more than ever.”

James Young, the owner of Melbourne’s rock and roll Cherry Bar, revealed a major Guns N’ Roses rumor last Friday (August 21st), the day before Slash revealed that he had reconciled with Axl Rose. Young told Triple M Radio, as transcribed by Alternative Nation:

“I heard the most amazing rumor this week, from a very well informed heavy hitter in the Australian music industry, giving me the name of the headline act for Soundwave next year. Now we know that a mystery band has come in and saved the festival, and now owns it, so they they are going to have a big say. So what mega band could it be? Well I have heard ‘fantasized’ on Wednesday night that it will be: Steven Adler, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagen, Slash and Axl Rose, the reformation of the original 1987 Appetite for Destruction Guns N’ Roses lineup, can you believe it? It’s incredible, I’ve had sleepless nights fantasizing about it.”

While this is obviously just a rumor that Soundwave is courting Guns N’ Roses, the timing is interesting since the radio show aired the day before Slash’s interview about Axl Rose came out. Check out our Top 10 Reasons Guns N Roses Will Reunite article from yesterday, which has additional news on why GNR are destined to reunite.

More unreleased Nirvana tracks have leaked, with a new version of “Do Re Mi” leaking. The new version of “Do Re Mi” is the same recording as the With The Lights Out version, but it features less brickwalling and it is slightly extended. “Do Re Mi” is one of the last songs that Kurt Cobain wrote in 1994, working on the track with Pat Smear and Eric Erlandson.

The other leak is a June 11, 1988 alternate take of “Big Cheese,” recorded at Reciprocal Recording in Seattle. “Big Cheese” was recorded for Bleach.


A previously unreleased 8 minute Nirvana jam that is reportedly from 1993 or 1994 leaked yesterday. The song features a droning riff and vocals from Cobain that are tough to hear about 3 minutes in. Cobain starts screaming 5 minutes in, and there are definite similarities to “Scentless Apprentice.” The song ends with a clip of an advertisement where a man says: ‘[they] harken back to the days when needles were big, and prices were small.’ The exact date or source of the recording is unknown to Alternative Nation.

Several unreleased Nirvana tracks leaked online earlier this month, including several alternate takes, alternate mixes, and demos. The standout is the Sound City version of “Sappy.” The band took another stab at recording “Sappy” at Sound City. Cobain played lead guitar while attempting to sing one live scratch vocal. He also made one formal vocal pass. After overdubbing the lead fuzz guitar with his Rat pedal, Cobain laid down his guitar and walked straight into the control room. I don’t want to do this, he insisted. I’m not into this song right now. So let’s leave it. The song is in a different key to that of previously recorded versions, it opens without instrumental intro and features a few lyrical changes, the guitar solo is also subtly different.

There is also an instrumental version of “Heart Shaped Box” with an alternate extended guitar solo that is significantly different from the album version. It was recorded in February 1993 at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN

“Verse Chorus Verse (Alt. Take 1991)” is another leaked track. It was recorded in May-June, 1991 at Sound City Studios, in Van Nuys, CA. The band recorded this track live, with Cobain providing a scratch vocal. Cobain then overdubbed three guitars to complement the bass and drums. Although the song was finished instrumentally, Cobain never recorded a formal lead vocal part.

Dave Grohl mocked bands who play short concerts during a recent Foo Fighters concert in Calgary. Grohl said, “You don’t want one of those little hour and a half long shows do you? You don’t want that shit. All of those new bands that play those little two hour concerts, you don’t want that shit. 2 hours and 15 I don’t think is enough. 2 and a half hours, does that sound okay? That’s not enough is it? Here’s our fucking problem. We’ve been a band for 20 fucking years, we have a lot of fucking songs, and then add my big mouth on top of that, and we’re going to be here all night.”

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recently told Q Magazine that he wants to form a band with his children.

“My bucket list is so short these days, I call it my ‘f**kit’ list. You know who I look forward to jamming with the most? My kids. I can only hope that I have my own little Haim to jam with someday. Though I’m probably the last person they’d want to be their drummer!” he grinned to Q magazine, referring to the sister trio band made up of Este, Danielle and Alana.

Grohl also discussed his throne he is using at Foo Fighters shows.

“Knowing that I wouldn’t be up and racing around a stage for a while, I figured the only way to keep going was to sit with my leg elevated,” he reasoned. “But nobody wants to see a dude on a f**king stool screaming his balls off every night, so I drew this hilariously amateur picture of a chair with lights, lasers and guitar necks shooting out of it and sent it to my lighting designer, Dan Hadley.”

Chris Cornell discussed his infamous Timbaland produced album Scream and Soundgarden’s next record in a new interview with Rolling Stone. Scream received heavy criticism in 2009, including a biting tweet from Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. Reznor tweeted: “”You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly you feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell’s record? Jesus.” Soundgarden later opened for Nine Inch Nails on a 2014 co-headlining tour.

“I don’t think there was any reference for [Scream] at the time,” says Cornell. “And obviously the world of recorded and released music is a world that required reference 99 times out of 100. I mean, even for me, I could stand on a soap box and say that art shouldn’t require reference and then still make references to you. When I hear a band I’m gonna say something like, ‘It’s a cross between Abba and the band Swans.’ So I get it. The response to the album didn’t surprise me. But I do think there is more context for it now.”

Cornell also discussed Soundgarden’s future, and other ‘irons in the fire.’

“We’re already working on new material for an album,” he says. “And then I’ve got several other irons in the fire and things going that I won’t mention now. There’s a lot of things coming in addition to Higher Truth, as well as a new Soundgarden album.”

A previously unreleased 8 minute Nirvana jam that is reportedly from 1993 or 1994 has leaked. The song features a droning riff and vocals from Cobain that are tough to hear about 3 minutes in. Cobain starts screaming 5 minutes in, and there are definite similarities to “Scentless Apprentice.” The song ends with a clip of an advertisement where a man says: ‘[they] harken back to the days when needles were big, and prices were small.’ The exact date or source of the recording is unknown to Alternative Nation, but feel free to leave any information on the track in the comments section if you have any!

Several unreleased Nirvana tracks leaked online earlier this month, including several alternate takes, alternate mixes, and demos. The standout is the Sound City version of “Sappy.” The band took another stab at recording “Sappy” at Sound City. Cobain played lead guitar while attempting to sing one live scratch vocal. He also made one formal vocal pass. After overdubbing the lead fuzz guitar with his Rat pedal, Cobain laid down his guitar and walked straight into the control room. I don’t want to do this, he insisted. I’m not into this song right now. So let’s leave it. The song is in a different key to that of previously recorded versions, it opens without instrumental intro and features a few lyrical changes, the guitar solo is also subtly different.

There is also an instrumental version of “Heart Shaped Box” with an alternate extended guitar solo that is significantly different from the album version. It was recorded in February 1993 at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN

“Verse Chorus Verse (Alt. Take 1991)” is another leaked track. It was recorded in May-June, 1991 at Sound City Studios, in Van Nuys, CA. The band recorded this track live, with Cobain providing a scratch vocal. Cobain then overdubbed three guitars to complement the bass and drums. Although the song was finished instrumentally, Cobain never recorded a formal lead vocal part.

Courtney Love wrote an emotional note to her late husband Kurt Cobain on Instagram over the weekend, with a picture of herself, Kurt, and daughter Frances Bean. Love wrote, “Makes me feel so sad. Our baby is all grown up now. Jesus Kurt look at her face, what on earth were you thinking..⁉⁉ God I miss you, we all miss you #family #memories #turnbacktime #lovehim.”

While Love wrote an Instagram note, former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson published a book titled Letters to Kurt in 2012. Erlandson wrote in the book, “The paper comes in plastic, a little thinner each week, a few more ads. Pretty soon there’ll be no news. We’ll be underwhelmed, over-bored & all storied out. The clouds ready to burst with our blue-skinned memories. Everyone with a blog, a website, an online store, dedicated server & two-dimensional quick-response-coded documentary made about their precious life. Our brains at maximum capacity, running optimization programs to recover what’s left of our sanity. Still, we hope. We go see the latest blockbuster, buy the latest iPhone, zone out in front of our schizo-screens drinking jugs of moonshine corn syrup with our latent mutant meals. Facebook keeps us chained to our pasts, our posts, screwed in our seats… Scarecrows surrounded by night soil & spirits. Your acid shield may protect you from outside threat, but it’ll never protect you from yourself.”

With news recently breaking that Axl Rose and Slash are friends again, Alternative Nation decided to do some detective work (with some help from a GNRTruth forum topic) and find signs and hints pointing towards a reunion of Guns N’ Roses’ original lineup. Below are the Top 10 reasons that the original Guns N’ Roses could reunite! Steven Adler quotes have been excluded as there are enough for their own article.

10. Slash said ‘Never say never’ in May, and hinted at reconciliation with Axl

The former GNR guitarist sounded optimistic in a May 2015 interview on CBS, admitting a reunion “might be fun” and claiming he’s on better terms with Axl Rose. “You know, never say never.”

9. Slash wished Axl happy birthday in February

Slash wished Axl Rose happy birthday in February on Twitter.

8. GNR road manager wished Slash happy birthday last month

Guns N’ Roses road manager, and longtime Axl Rose confidante, Del James wished Slash happy birthday last month.

7. GNR road manager posted a photo with Slash in January

A photo was also posted of Del James with Slash in the background from an old Guns N’ Roses tour back in January.

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6. There was a rumor in January hinting at a major Guns N’ Roses development

While this was obviously just a rumor, Jim posted on GNRTruth on January 2, 2015 that a major development had happened in Guns N’ Roses. “There are currently negotiations going on for the past several weeks that could prove very interesting if all goes well…Been a cold winter gtrunk, and hell did freeze over.”

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5. DJ Ashba and Bumblefoot have left Guns N’ Roses

Guitarists DJ Ashba and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal left Guns N Roses this year, and while a followup to Chinese Democracy has long been in the works, there isn’t currently a full live GNR lineup.

4. Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin have been recording together

Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin reunited to record “How To Be A Man” early this year. “We were talking on the phone, and [Stradlin] said, ‘Let’s go record a song,” McKagan recalled earlier this year. Asked whether they’d be up for more music, he was positive yet noncommittal, saying, “We’ll probably do it some more. We’re gonna maybe record some more. But we just enjoy making music together and enjoy each other’s company. We’re allowed to do that.” The pair were reported to be in the studio earlier this month, and in an interview with Classic Rock Magazine, McKagan made it clear he’d be content to continue working with Stradlin indefinitely.

“I really trust whatever he does. If he says, ‘I’ve got a part,’ I know he’s got a part. It’s not like, ‘Let me hear it.’ It’s like, ‘He’s got the part. Good – that’s taken care of,’” he explained. “I’d like to do more music with him. For the rest of my life.”

3. Axl thanked past Guns N’ Roses lineups at Golden Gods Awards

Axl Rose thanked past Guns N’ Roses lineups when accepting an award last year in Los Angeles.

2. Axl and Duff toured together last year

Duff McKagan joined Guns N’ Roses for a South American tour last year. McKagan discussed reuniting with Rose during an interview on Talk is Jericho earlier this year. “After playing with Axl last spring and those guys, I just missed playing with him, I’ve got to be honest. I’m like dude, we should have been doing this for the – so much time has passed, of course. We talked about some things, we did, we thought we were just this gang, we weren’t going to fall into any typical rock crap, no man. We fell into every one of them man, and we were laughing about that.”

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1. Slash said he and Axl are friends again

Slash has stated in a new interview with Aftonbladet that he and former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Axl Rose are friends again.

The reporter asked: “I heard you made friends with Axl Rose again, how was that possible after all those years?”

Slash responded: “It was probably way over due but it was very cool at this point. Let some of that…Dispell some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”

Slash refused to discuss a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion, asking to change the subject. The Guns N’ Roses News Twitter has a major update on this story, reporting that Axl Rose and Slash have been communicating for months, with a source informing them about their reconciliation months ago.

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam/Mad Season), Barrett Martin (Mad Season/Screaming Trees), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), and Mark Arm (Mudhoney) performed songs from the catalog of punk pioneer Iggy Pop and his genre-defining band the Stooges on the Pike Place Market rooftop in Seattle yesterday for the Raw Power: A Tribute To The Stooges concert. Ticket sales benefited the Pike Place Market Foundation’s Pike Up! Capital Campaign. The Raw Power tribute drew a massive crowd, you can watch the epic show and see the setlist below!

Setlist:
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T.V. Eye
I Got A Right
I Need Somebody
Down on the Street
Search & Destroy
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Last week, KEXP posted articles spotlighting the performers for Raw Power KEXP, Below are excerpts from their short interviews with Mike McCready (Pearl Jam/Mad Season), Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees/Mad Season), and Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver).

Mike McCready:

“I first discovered Iggy and the Stooges around 1982 when I was at a party in the U District that members of Shadow, Green River, and Overlord were all at.

I was aware of Iggy because of my love of the New York Dolls and Alice Cooper. That party was the first time I heard the first side of Raw Power. Its angry guitars and awesome vocals immediately caught my attention. The energy was undeniable as was the feeling of freedom in their sound.”

Mark Arm:

“I got into The Stooges shortly after I immersed myself in punk rock. I was trying to figure out where this exciting new music came from and all roads led back to The Stooges.”

Duff McKagan:

“In 1979, Kim Warnick of The Fastbacks turned me onto The Stooges. A few nights later, I had a dream I was Iggy, and I was playing a show in a church basement… rolling around in broken glass and totally immersed in the moment of noise and chaos. I still reference that dream before gigs to this day.

Barrett Martin:

“I discovered the Stooges when I was a kid in the ‘70s because my aunt (the rock & roll aunt everyone should have) was playing me records by The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John, and The Stooges got mixed in there, too. I liked the rawness of The Stooges the best, although no one called it punk rock back then, it was too early for that term.”

Dave Grohl discussed Foo Fighters’ recent RickRolling of the Westboro Baptist Church before performing “My Hero” at a recent concert.

“You can’t just sit there and do nothing, you got to go out there, and say what you wanna say, so we did. Well tonight we were sitting backstage, and someone said: ‘Guess who is coming tonight?’ And I said: ‘Who?’ They said: ‘Them.’ I said: ‘Why?’ They said: ‘Cause.’ And I said, ‘Cool, let’s go out and fuckin’ hang out with them for a bit.’ So we didn’t have enough time to put together the big old show that we put on last time, so we figured, you know what, why don’t we just fucking RickRoll their ass? Cause nothing says love like a little Rick Astley in your life, you know what I’m saying? Never gonna give his ass up!

So I’m going to dedicate this song to all the people who go out and speak their mind, to stand up for what they think is right, because every time we got to stand up in this city in front of them, we do it because we feel like we’re standing up for what we think is right.”

After hearing that Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) was going to protest the Foo Fighters Friday, August 21st concert at the Kansas City Sprint Center, Dave Grohl and company ‘Rick Rolled’ WBC who were protesting in front of the venue. The flamboyant counter protest included the band in the back of a truck which was also blasting the Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” while drummer Taylor Hawkins waved a sign that read ‘You Got Rick Roll’d, Again’ and his drum tech sporting nothing but thong underwear below the waist.

During the Foo Fighters set, Dave Grohl dedicated My Hero to those who “fight for what they believe in” in reference to U.S. soldiers who WBC often protest against.

The WBC Vs Foo Fighters protest/counter protest started in 2011 when WBC declared the Foo Fighters teachers of “fornication, adultery, and idolatry” and also referenced their pro stance on gay rights. WBC went on to say “people in this nation have sinned away their day of grace and have so enraged their God that you are seeing new outpourings of his wrath continually. We will be there to remind you that the day of your destruction is upon you, even as you vainly seek comfort in the frivolities of this life.”

Here is the footage from the 2011 protest/counter protest.

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts launched a PledgeMusic campaign in January for Blaster, which was later released on March 31st. The PledgeMusic campaign offered fans expensive signed megaphones, lyric sheets, t-shirts, and more collectors items from the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman. Fans became enraged when they were forced to wait months for items, most notably a $500 signed megaphone that was finally shipped out a few weeks ago. The megaphones were advertised under the name ‘The Original Signed Tour Megaphone’ as: “We have 25 of these in the warehouse. Some have been used on STP and Velvet Revolver tours. Some during the recordings of STP and Velvet Revolver albums. You will receive on of these megaphones, but we may not be able to tell you exactly when and where it was used.”

Scott Weiland and his management Lucas Keller/Milk and Honey ‘parted ways, we did not quit or get fired’ last month, claims Keller. Tom Vitorino was hired as his replacement and has sought out disgruntled fans to try and make things right. Some fans though have still not received their t-shirts, and they have taken to the PledgeMusic discussion page to voice their frustrations.

Ryan commented on August 20th:

Does anyone know the status of the T-shirts? Any chance we get them before they invent flying cars?

Jason responded on August 20th:

Good luck if you still want to wait, I finally asked for refund today. Ebay has all kinds of blaster and wildabout shirts for same price if not little cheaper if interested…

While Ryan and Jason are still having trouble getting their t-shirts, there have been happy endings for other Scott Weiland PledgeMusic fans.

Christopher commented on August 20th:

I received my signed soft-cover book and the day after I finished reading it, the signed poster arrived along with a letter thanking me for my support! Although there was some delay getting them, I’m very happy with the items to add to my collection. Totally worth the wait! Thanks again!

Slash has stated in a new interview with Aftonbladet that he and former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Axl Rose are friends again.

The reporter asked: “I heard you made friends with Axl Rose again, how was that possible after all those years?”

Slash responded: “It was probably way over due but it was very cool at this point. Let some of that…Dispell some of that negative stuff that was going on for so long.”

Slash refused to discuss a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion, asking to change the subject. The Guns N’ Roses News Twitter has a major update on this story, reporting that Axl Rose and Slash have been communicating for months, with a source informing them about their reconciliation months ago.

A confirmed source for Guns N Roses told WRIF last month that Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, is no longer a part of the band. Thal, apparently hasn’t been a part of Guns N’ Roses in quite some time as the source says: “Bumblefoot quit last year. I don’t understand why he continues to be evasive on his status with the band — he quit in South America. He told Axl he was done and (Las) Vegas would be his last run with the band.”

Bumblefoot joined GNR in 2006, replacing Buckethead. This news also comes in the wake of fellow band member DJ Ashba announcing that he will be leaving the band to focus on other endeavors.

Dave Grohl discussed the Seattle episode of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways in a new interview with Billboard.

“Oh yeah. You know, there’s a lot of ghosts in Seattle. Whenever I go back to Seattle I feel the good and I feel the bad and it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth. When we were deciding on cities to focus on, one of the big criteria was to find cities that we had a personal connection to. Sometimes those cities were the most difficult to direct or to edit because it was hard to take myself out of the middle of it…

You also have to decide how much you want to open up to the viewer and in Seattle I opened up a lot. Seattle’s story is just so amazing anyway and a perfect example of the concept of the entire series. What is it about the city that makes for the type of music that comes from there? In Seattle, it rains nine months of the year, so what do you think you’re going to get? You’re going to get the fucking Melvins and Nirvana.”

Seattle has lost several talented musicians including Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Mike Starr, Andrew Wood, John Baker Saunders, Kristen Pfaff, Mia Zapata, and Ben McMillan. Today is actually Layne Staley’s birthday, he would have been 48.

This week, KEXP have been posting articles spotlighting the performers for Raw Power KEXP, an all star tribute to Iggy Pop and the Stooges that will take place on the roof of the Pike Place Market this Sunday. Below are excerpts from their short interviews with Mike McCready (Pearl Jam/Mad Season), Mark Arm (Mudhoney), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees/Mad Season), and Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver).

Mike McCready:

“I first discovered Iggy and the Stooges around 1982 when I was at a party in the U District that members of Shadow, Green River, and Overlord were all at.

I was aware of Iggy because of my love of the New York Dolls and Alice Cooper. That party was the first time I heard the first side of Raw Power. Its angry guitars and awesome vocals immediately caught my attention. The energy was undeniable as was the feeling of freedom in their sound.”

Mark Arm:

“I got into The Stooges shortly after I immersed myself in punk rock. I was trying to figure out where this exciting new music came from and all roads led back to The Stooges.”

Duff McKagan:

“In 1979, Kim Warnick of The Fastbacks turned me onto The Stooges. A few nights later, I had a dream I was Iggy, and I was playing a show in a church basement… rolling around in broken glass and totally immersed in the moment of noise and chaos. I still reference that dream before gigs to this day.

Barrett Martin:

“I discovered the Stooges when I was a kid in the ‘70s because my aunt (the rock & roll aunt everyone should have) was playing me records by The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John, and The Stooges got mixed in there, too. I liked the rawness of The Stooges the best, although no one called it punk rock back then, it was too early for that term.”