Brett Buchanan

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Dave Grohl made his return to the stage with Foo Fighters last night in Washington DC for the band’s epic 20th anniversary concert at RFK Stadium. Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett, LL Cool J, and Trombone Shorty also performed. Grohl performed on a throne surrounded by guitars and even showed off footage of himself after his surgery for his broken leg. You can watch video of Foo Fighters performing “Everlong” below, followed by a photo of Grohl post surgery and a close up look at his throne.











Monkey Wrench
Learn to Fly
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Cold Day in the Sun
Big Me
My Hero (Acoustic)
Times Like These (Acoustic)
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)
All My Life
These Days
For All the Cows
Alone + Easy Target
This Is a Call
Best of You

Billy Corgan tweeted a Periscope video from Smashing Pumpkins’ rehearsal in Los Angeles a couple of days ago featuring the first footage of Jimmy Chamberlin performing with The Smashing Pumpkins since December 2008. Watch video below of “United States” off of 2007’s Zeitgeist.

Jimmy Chamberlin has rejoined The Smashing Pumpkins for their summer tour with Marilyn Manson after an arrangement with drummer Robin Diaz fell through.

“We suddenly found ourselves in the situation of not having anybody lined up,” Corgan told USA Today.

“You can’t just grab somebody and say, ‘Play drums on this Smashing Pumpkins song,'” he says. “Jimmy’s drum parts are so incredibly technical and nuanced that it’s a very rare class of people that can step in and play.”

Chamberlin, who now runs a tech company called LiveOne in Chicago, says Corgan called him about the challenges of filling the drum chair. “He asked if there was any way I’d consider coming back for the tour,” Chamberlin says. “It’s a great opportunity not only to celebrate the music, but to celebrate the friendship and the legacy.”

Corgan and Chamberlin haven’t made any plans together beyond the 24-date tour, set to end August 9th in Nashville. “That’s the only way it works for me,” Chamberlin says. “I’ve got a commitment to LiveOne; that remains my priority right now.”

Chamberlin last played with the band on their 20th anniversary tour in December 2008, and he departed in early 2009.

Pearl Jam tweeted a photo yesterday stating that a ‘Special Announcement’ is coming soon, with a photo of New York City. The band is rumored to be performing at the Global Citizens Fest in Central Park on September 26th. Ed Sheeran was announced to perform at the festival a couple of weeks ago, with further announcements at the time planned for early July. The festival launched in 2012 and is part of Global Citizen’s 15-year campaign to end extreme poverty by 2030.

Only fans who take initiative to help the poor on, raise awareness via social media, attend charity events, and sign petitions will get a chance to go to the concert. The Ken Ehrlich produced show is set to be broadcast live on MSNBC. Jay Z, No Doubt, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Alicia Keys and Carrie Underwood have previously headlined the Global Citizens Fest.

Scott Weiland looked back on his prime years with Stone Temple Pilots in a new interview with WRIF‘s Meltdown, and for the first time revealed that he wrote the guitar riff to STP’s smash hit “Vasoline” from Purple.

Robert DeLeo said in the past that the song was previously “Crackerman”. He recalled (via Below Empty), “That song was actually the first ‘Crackerman’, and then that was made into a jam we used to do, an instrumental jam called ‘Crush’, when we were Mighty Joe Young, in 1989/1990.”  Weiland told MTV News in 1997, “The main riff on ‘Vasoline’ was originally from a song when we still called Mighty Joe Young and had been playing in clubs in Hollywood.”

Dean DeLeo has credited his brother Robert for writing “Interstate Love Song” in the past. He told Ultimate Guitar in 2013, “He wrote everything on ‘Interstate Love Song’ but the lyrics. He wrote that melody, that guitar line and the bass line and he may have even come up with the beat. I can’t say enough about him – he’s an extraordinary musician.”

You can read Weiland’s quotes from his WRIF interview below on STP’s classic songs and his memories of the band’s hey day.

On Vasoline: “‘Vasoline’ is a song that I had the riff of, and introduced the riff to the band, and they took it from there and wrote the rest of the music, and then I wrote the melody and the lyrics.”

On Sex Type Thing: “It was a song that we wrote, and it felt like an obvious first single to go with. We put it out, and actually started getting airplay from it right off the bat, and it launched everything for us.”

On Plush: “‘Plush’ is another song that was probably the song that we wrote that we felt would be a big hit before we put out the album. But that song sort of wrote itself. We went into rehearsal and started working on it, and the melody sort of came right away.”

On Interstate Love Song: “Interstate Love Song” is another one that sort of wrote itself. We were in pre-production [at the studio] and Robert brought in the riff, and we started jamming on it, and I came up with the melody right away. I sort of scatted up some lyrics, and then penned them after that. When we recorded Purple the album, we recorded it in 10 days.

On meeting The Rolling Stones: “It was more of a meet and greet photo op.”

On going by Weiland in the early 90’s: “Yeah, that’s true, kind of like Madonna.”

On thinking about STP going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “I have, when I watch it, and see bands being inducted, it’s crossed my mind before. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see.” He added, “It would mean a lot, it would be a great honor. A great honor. It’s kind of the pinnacle. Green Day was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and they’re still chugging along.”

On feeling like he’s at the top of his game: “I feel that I’m more inspired than I’ve been in a long time, I’ve got a great band that I play with. We go out on stage and put out 200% every night.”

On his peak with STP: “I would probably say that we were at our peak around 2000, as far as playing as a live band.”

Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan talked about the common ground he shares with Col. David W. Sutherland of Easter Seals in a new interview with Fox News.

“It might be a strange way to put it, but what makes me proud to be an American is that a person as crazy as I, with an individual vision as I, could rise to the highest levels of American society, be successful, and then represent things that a person like me is not supposed to represent. I’m supposed to be a left leaning liberal artist, I’m not, I’m a libertarian.

I’m supposed to be against people like him, I’m not, I appreciate what this man represents, not from a political point of view, but from a value point of view, and I want to reinforce those values. That’s what makes me proud, is we can find common ground as Americans, because we believe in the American dream. We don’t have to agree on every part of it, we just have to believe in the dream. I’m a living example, he’s a living example of how merit based value systems, how honor, how working together is why America is a country that God’s never seen on this earth, but this country.”

jerry cantrell

Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently discussed recording with Deftones in an interview with Metal Hammer.

“Deftones and I have known each other for years, and we’re also under the same management. Chino sent over the song file and I thought it was really great, cool and moody, so I worked on it that night and threw something down. He sent me a file of them jamming the song live, I sent it back with the idea I laid down, and Chino thought it was perfect. I waited until they got back in the studio and then came in and laid it down. So, it was pretty easy, and I think it’s going to be a great song.”

He added: “Chino’s a really talented guy and an amazing frontman, and they’re a band that has a sound that’s uniquely their own.”

Judd Apatow interviewed Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder in his new book Sick in the Head, and during the interview Vedder discussed his spirituality.

“It’s a curiosity, for sure, and an unanswered question. I think we can all agree that there’s no evidence to say that it’s just this one thing. But I think about the people who have stopped asking the questions, who have stopped searching and stopped looking for answers. I think that when you’re committed to one religion – let alone into the level of being a fundamentalist – you close yourself off to things that might be out there. There becomes a closed-mindedness where you don’t allow anything more in, and I think you’re missing out on half the plot, or half the experience of life on this planet.”

Vedder also remembered working on the Into the Wild soundtrack, “An interesting moment for me was the movie Into the Wild, when Sean Penn asked me to contribute a song. I thought, Yeah, I can relate to this kid, this character – and I was a little surprised at how quickly it all just came back. I thought I’d processed all that. But it was crazy. It was just like a rash that had been slightly under the skin the whole time. It was upsetting, you know. But you’re just kind of putting it out and turning it into something hopefully worthwhile that other people can kind of experience, too. They can share in that and not feel like they were the only ones.”

Over 3 months following the March 31st release of Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts’ Blaster, Weiland and his management have still failed to ship several expensive perk packages for fans who bought the album on with bonus items including a $500 signed megaphone.  Back in mid-May, we reported that fans were threatening legal action due to his failure to ship items, citing the Federal Trade Commission.  Weiland responded on Facebook on May 22nd, “Just a quick word to those PledgeMusic supporters that have not yet received their items. Some of this was out of my hands, some of it was just a matter of the chaos of the last weeks…but we are almost there. Your items ARE coming. Thank you again for supporting me, The Wildabouts, and BLASTER. (And yes, I do write the lyric sheets. Each and every one.)  Your support means everything to me. Thank you again.”

Fans have taken to Weiland’s PledgeMusic discussion page yet again to continue to call out the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman and his team.  Lucas Keller/Milk & Honey is Weiland’s management, while Liz Ottiniano of Diana Barton Media is his publicist.

A fan posted yesterday on PledgeMusic:

Any updates on the megaphones? I was told to contact you guys on Monday if I did not receive a shipping notification, which I did contact you as no notification was received, and I have not received a response two days later.

To echo the sentiments of everyone else below, can we get some update as to what the hold up is? There were only 25 of these which had to be signed versus the hundreds of CD’s and books that have been signed and shipped long ago. I think we are all reasonable people here, but an update aside from “they are working on it” is in order as these items were expensive and over 2 months overdue at this point.

I also realize this is not PledgeMusic’s fault entirely, but both camps need to be better on communicating with the fans who spent a ton of money on these items. Judging from the comments below, a lot of bridges are being burned and most people will think twice before purchasing from PledgeMusic or Scott Weiland in the future based on the fiasco this is turning into.

If there are some extenuating circumstances preventing these from being fulfilled, that’s fine, just keep us in the loop!

On June 29th a fan posted on PledgeMusic:

I’m a patient guy, but at this point, due to the obvious utter lack of respect towards the fans, I want a full refund.

I will not be supporting Mr. Weiland going forward. I need to be refunded for the shirt that never shipped, as well as the signed vinyl that is missing a song and not signed. You remember, the issue that was supposedly being looked into months ago?

I know Mr. Weiland is a self-centered POS, and knew that going in, but I assumed he would have a team to take care of this stuff for him. Apparently not…

I am fully aware that this is NOT Pledge Music’s fault, and Mr. Weiland took advantage of Pledge just as much as he did the fans. Hopefully he will be blacklisted from using this site in the future.

On June 23rd a fan posted on PledgeMusic:

Another 8 days have passed since my last update from pledge… an update that appeared to be the same update cut and paste from the last few months. No updates are coming proactively … I have to ask, and then all I get is “we have reached out to Scott’s team” or “we have looped Scott’s team in…” and ” we will update you as soon as we have any info”. I want my stuff, you don’t shell out £100+ on stuff unless you really want it ! Pledge Music are spot on when they say you cannot get these experiences elsewhere!! This is not a request for another update but I am ‘reaching out’ to you and ‘looping’ all the other pledgers in .. in the hope that you will sort this mess out and send us our merch. Kind regards

A fan responded:

I have heard from Scott’s manager and still get no solid answer. He emailed me that Scott was signing the megaphones almost 2 weeks ago but still have not recieved anything!

Another fan responded:

I also e-mailed Lucas Keller, and was PROMISSED twice that they were on there way. Still no confirmation if they have been mailed out. Might I suggest that in the future when Crowd Funding involves another band that they have confirmation merch and signed merch is ready to roll right away. If I were them, I would be looked at a law suit for this fiasco.

A fan posted on’s forums:

Scott really lived up to his reputation on this thing. Releasing the digital copy only after a ton of complaining, when every other band gave out the digital copy on the release date. Like most people on there I got a refund, so basically, Scott gave away a digital copy of the album for free, while at the same time pissing off the few fans he has left. The guy is a genius.

The 14th annual Layne Staley tribute show will take place on August 22, 2015 in Seattle at The Crocodile. Jar of Flies (Alice in Chains Tribute Band), Outshined (Soundgarden & Temple of the Dog Tribute Band), and Poottana Play For Money (Nirvana Tribute Band) are set to perform.


Jar of Flies
is a gathering of top Seattle musicians with an addiction to live energy and showmanship. In honor of Alice in Chains, the Seattle, WA based tribute bands JAR OF FLIES bring an authentic and powerful sonic experience. They do not try to look like the bands, act like the bands, or try to “be” the bands; they just painstakingly recreate and make sure that they sound exactly like the albums.

It is all about the music.

They do not do their own arrangements or try to make it their “own”. This is no bells, no whistles, just straight up Alice in Chains exactly the way they intended it.

This music was the revolution of a generation and they respectfully pay homage to that. The people that come to these shows are die-hard fans of Alice in Chains. They enjoy the memories and embrace the ride of reliving the moments of when they first came to know and love this VERY special band!

Jar of Flies authentically replicate the sound of this band EXACTLY LIKE THE ALBUMS. No gimmicks, no frills, no costumes, just the MUSIC performed EXACTLY the way YOU want it and EXACTLY the way it use to be. If you are a skeptic, you have to hear this to believe it.

Outshined plays all your favorite SOUNDGARDEN songs, with a selection of Temple Of The Dog classics peppered in for an amazing sonic experience. Truly a world class act, featuring top notch musicians who are all dedicated fans of the music, OUTSHINED brings a powerful show to any stage.

Marilyn Manson discussed his feud with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor during a recent Reddit AMA.

“I know I’m cool.

I mean, are you asking are we cool with each other?

I mean, I don’t have a problem with him. I have a problem with some of the things he’s done to me in my career. But at the same time, I have to give him credit where credit is due, as being inspiration when I was starting out and giving me my break.

But we’re not at odds with each other. I just don’t have interest in being friends anymore.”

Trent Reznor was asked if he still thinks Manson is a ‘dopey clown’ during a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

“No, I mean, I really haven’t thought much about that guy. I wish him the best and we were good friends at one point in the past, and we became not such good friends. People change, and I don’t go around carrying it on my shoulders at all. So I have said many, many stupid things in my career. That wasn’t as bad as some, so I’m glad that you focused on that one. Notice, I didn’t deny saying that or my feeling didn’t change.”

Foo Fighters have banned some bizarre items from their upcoming July 4th concert in Washington DC. You can check out eight of the weirdest items from the tour rider below.




Copies of Boy’s Life magazine


Uncured meats of any kind


Bubble and/or squeak Confetti and streamers


Weird weapons that may have been used on the show “Vikings”


Selfie sticks




Wallet Chains

It looks like Dave Grohl’s days of resting his leg are over. While the five European shows between June 19th and June 26th were cancelled due to the frontman’s injury, it now seems like they will go on with the North American tour as planned.

No official statement has been made, but the band has posted the same message on their official website, Twitter and Instagram: “Can’t f***ing wait for the 4th!!! See you at home, DC.”

Since the next scheduled show, the first on their North American tour, is in Washington DC on July 4th, it feels pretty safe to bet that it’s going to happen.

Grohl discussed his injury in a recent open letter to fans:

So….here I am, recovering with 6 metal screws in my leg, thinking about a lifetime of holding up TSA lines from here to Kalamazoo….damn.

Here’s the not so witty bit…….My doctors have advised me to lay low for a while. The most important thing now is for me to recover from the surgery, to keep my leg elevated so as to keep swelling down and prevent any infection/complication that could do long term damage. I’m not out of the woods yet, folks…

Which means, and it kills me to say it…..the doctors have told us to cancel shows. I’m really so sorry, guys. You know I hate to do it, but I’m afraid it’s just not physically possible for me at the moment. We’re doing our best right now to work out a plan, so bear with us. You know we’re good for our word. But for now, I need to make sure we have YEARS of gigs ahead of us….

You have always stood by our band, and we will always stand by you. Like I say at every show, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you guys. And I mean that. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I will do everything I can to come back and give you a night to remember for the rest of your lives AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Judd Apatow interviewed Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder in his new book Sick in the Head, and Vedder told a touching story about his daughter.

“A crazy thing happened the other night. My daughter likes to listen to this ukulele record that I did – she goes to bed to it, and especially if I’m not around, at least I’m there playing her to sleep. There’s a sad song about sleeping by myself or something and it was pretty intense. She started by asking me, you know, ‘What’s that song about? Why are you singing that?’ And I said, ‘Oh, that was before I met Mom,’ and the whole thing. And then she started bawling. She said, ‘It’s so sad, it’s so sad.’ I had to comfort her, but she really kind of lost it, it was pretty intense, so we skip that song now. It was interesting to see the empathy that she had for her dad. I don’t know if I ever had that, or an opening to have that. I was raised differently.”

Apatow also asked him if he was happy with his family life. Vedder said, “My type of personality is that even when things are going really good, then I feel like something bad could happen at any minute. I think a lot about the fragility of life. From knowing people like Thomas Young, who’s a soldier who lost the use of most of his body due to a couple of gunshot wounds in Iraq, and the challenges he faces, or just having friends who are dealing with diseases – knowing these people have given me a great appreciation for life and the moment. I just see the fragility at all times.

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers discussed Grunge music in a new interview with Variance Magazine.

“It’s a shame that pop music is sometimes branded as all plastic and hollow,” Flowers explains. “Grunge music distorted the idea of pop. It’s not even debatable. As great as grunge was, and it was a powerful movement, that was an effect. For every action there’s a reaction. And I grew up loving pop music. I remember reading interviews with Morrissey and even though we don’t necessarily think of him as pop, that’s what he considered himself to be. He was trying to write catchy pop songs. Now, he was able to turn it on its head and he’s definitely on a different level than everyone else—you know I think he’s just the greatest—but I always thought of pop music as being a positive thing.”

And in further defense of the genre, the singer calls it a “great craft and a wonderful form of art. It’s not that easy,” he ardently declares. “And you can’t just write it off. If making pop music were as easy as critics say, everyone would be doing it. Of course, I don’t like the idea of these massive teams of people formulating a single, but I still appreciate when I hear a really great song.”

Marilyn Manson discussed Jimmy Chamberlin’s return to Smashing Pumpkins and his relationship with Billy Corgan in a new Reddit AMA.

“And I think this one coming up is gonna be interesting, seeing how we meld together, Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins. I’m quite excited if the rumors that Jimmy Chamberlain is back in the band are true. Hearing more of the original songs I first listened to for the Smashing Pumpkins, before I even had a band. Billy asked me if I knew any drummers, I guess he needed a replacement drummer, and on my flight home from France, i had a strange dream that I told him Jimmy Chamberlain, and then I woke up and saw that it was true.

So I don’t know if that means that dreams come true, or if the flight was so long that something strange happened, and synchronicity brought it together.

It continues to be one of those years for me and a lot of people that are in my life that special synchronicity keeps happening, and I feel like it’s going to continue to build.”

He also discussed his similarities and differences with Billy Corgan.

“Billy’s – he’s very similar, I guess. And quite the opposite of me.

Both, at the same time.

He has the childish enthusiasm that I have. And he has a vision of what he wants.

It’s two strong-minded heads at the same time. That could potentially be troublesome. Not that we’ve argued. He’s always been very helpful and guiding. He gave me one of my first guitars, and taught me how to tune it. Back in 1998.”

Trent Reznor told Rolling Stone yesterday that he is in the early stages of working on new Nine Inch Nails music.

“Yeah, I’ve been messing around with some things. And I went through a period of “tour, tour, tour.” Things right after another, with scores and what I’ve been doing whilst working on Apple music here is what I call “laboratory time,” more experiments without any definite agenda. It’s not for a thing, it’s not a record I’m trying to finish in a month. It’s more just feeling around in the dark and seeing what sounds interesting. It’s nice to do that every few years to try and reinvent and discover and try to learn about yourself and what feels exciting to you as an artist.”

He also discussed rock bands no longer selling albums, “As an artist, there’s the difficult transition from realizing that where you used to sell an item that you got X amount for – those days are over. And the toothpaste is not going to go back in the tube. And people aren’t going to suddenly want to buy CDs again and feel good about overpaying for them. That’s a fact. Most of my peers have swallowed the bitter pill that I have swallowed, which is that you don’t make a lot of money selling music these days. It’s just the way it is. I don’t think that’s the way it should be, but that is the way it is. So I’m excited to accept that.”

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan recently posted a blog on Facebook where he criticized ‘religious zealots’ who oppose gay marriage.

Where to begin? Maybe I’m missing some insider info. Maybe the religious zealots are in fact as omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent as their one true God. Maybe they have a working knowledge or understanding of his plan. And therefore our celebration of this glorious day will be met with eternal damnation, fire and brimstone, blah blah blah.
Or maybe circumstances have changed. Just like when it was supposedly necessary to write a Bible V2 aka The New Testament. Maybe we are in fact coming closer to a Revelation, a Rapture, or a Home Coming of sorts. Maybe there is a divine plan that no one could possibly comprehend. And the religious zealots are in fact NOT omniscient, omnipotent or omnipresent. Maybe this one God of pure light of which they speak put forth a test. And the test was to recognize pure LOVE. I’ll say it again in case you were speed reading. Maybe the entry level test was to recognize pure LOVE aka LIGHT, Infinite and without Judgement. And they all fucking blew it. (PLEASE PLEASE follow through with your threats to set yourselves on fire. Soooo many problems solved.)

Or maybe I’m wrong and we’ll all be smoking turds in hell.


Congratulations to LOVE winning over antiquated archaic judgement.

M J Keenan
World Class Multi Tasker,
Curmudgeon, Musician, Winemaker.

Judd Apatow interviewed Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder in his new book Sick in the Head, and Vedder discussed the Disney Channel.

“I don’t want to say anything, you know, because there are certain good things about Disney.” He added, “But that channel is not one of them, if not just even a single line in a half-hour show, that has anything of value and that isn’t said with an attitude other than, you know, being snarky.”

“And it rubs off, you know. It’s a bad influence. I probably sound like my parents. I mean, I was listening to Country Joe and theFish and George Carlin and, you know, Jimi Hendrix and all of that. We were pretty excited about this stuff.”

Vedder also discussed growing up and listening to Motown records, “I had this period in Chicago where we lived with some foster brothers – it was like a home for boys kind of thing – and there was a basement and we had a lot of Motown records, Sly and the Family Stone and James Brown, and we had kids of all races and all – it was a really great upbringing in that way. It made you grow up and toughen up a little bit even though I was only like seven or eight. But man, Michael Jackson was an anomaly. The stuff coming off that record player.”

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell mocked Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Twitter today, tweeting the following photo and also an article on Trump’s recent controversial comments on Mexican immigrants.


Cornell played expensive fundraiser shows for President Obama in 2012 in Iowa and San Francisco, with costs for one show ranging from $100 to $7,000 for a photo with Obama. Soundgarden also performed at Obama’s Inaugural Ball in 2013.

Cornell told the Washington Post in 2013 that Soundgarden playing for Obama was ‘triumphant.’

“I had done three different Obama fundraiser events alone, just with an acoustic guitar. When inauguration came up, they invited me to play, and I said, ‘I’m out touring with my band. What if my band played?’ And they loved the idea of Soundgarden doing it. To me it just seemed like a triumphant thing to be able to do.”

“When we went there, unfortunately, it becomes less about the moments you’re onstage and more about just getting from the hotel to the event, and getting inside and everything happening the way it’s supposed to. It was all that – it was totally crazy, and we were totally fish out of water in terms of the kind of music we play. I like that. . . . The moments that Soundgarden has done things where we were fish out of water have always been the most memorable and the most rewarding.”

Cornell said in 2012 regarding Obama, “I for one am very excited about four more years.”

Billy Corgan has frequently been doing Periscope videos recently that have been getting rave reviews from fans, and in a video last week he discussed his reunion with Smashing Pumpkins bandmate Jimmy Chamberlin. Corgan called Chamberlin his brother, and said that right now the only confirmed plans for Chamberlin with the Pumpkins is the upcoming ‘End Times’ tour with Marilyn Manson, but that doesn’t mean that he will or won’t be playing with the band in the future.

Corgan revealed (via a transcription by Alternative Nation) that he and Chamberlin first discussed a reunion as Corgan attended a Rush concert, and that their initial musical connection 27 years ago was sparked by Rush.

“When I wrote Jimmy the message saying, ‘Would you consider coming back and jumping on this tour? We’re kind of in a pickle here, we need somebody, and it just feels right to ask you right now. It’s not something I’ve been sitting around ruminating on.’ And Jimmy and I over the last couple of years casually would bring up when might be a good time to get together and play again. It wasn’t even necessarily about playing in the Pumpkins, it was more just, when would it make sense? Does it make sense? Or is it forever done? [It was] conversation with family, basically.”

He added, “So when I wrote that message, I was on my way to see Rush, and when he responded, I’m sitting there watching Rush. To give you a little context, in one of the early Pumpkins rehearsals, maybe the second, third, or fourth rehearsal, I don’t remember, but Jimmy played something, and I just thought he was like every other drummed I worked with, whatever. He played something, and I said, ‘Are you a Rush fan?’ He was like, ‘Oh yeah.’ Typical Jimmy, he goes (mimics Jimmy’s drumming with his voice). He plays five Neil Peart parts in quick succession, perfectly. I was like, ‘You can’t play like that unless you’re pretty good.’ That was the first time where he and I were like, there’s another thing happening here, inter-personally.

So there’s sort of a weird crazy divine justice there that we decided to do this together, to kind of cook back up, at least make the initial contact about it, as I’m sitting there watching Rush, who inspired us, and continues to inspire us. If anybody’s interested, I’d say try to catch this Rush tour, because I don’t care what age you are, it’ll remind anybody of a time where just being a great musician was enough.”

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will perform at the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago fundraiser on July 9th at Metro in Chicago’s Wrigleyville. Cubs President Theo Epstein, MLB Network reporter Peter Gammons, Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper, Wilco bassist John Stirratt, and Cheap Trick drummer Daxx Nielsen will join Vedder at the concert. WXRT’s Lin Brehmer, Mad Men’s Joel Murray, and Mike O’Malley will be the emcees at the event. Tickets are 75 dollars and are available on Proceeds benefit Cubs Charities and Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, which contributes to programs that aid disadvantaged youth and adults.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Bronson Arroyo discussed Eddie Vedder’s love of baseball in an interview with Alternative Nation.

“I met him first on the field at Wrigley in Chicago when I was with the Pirates, I was a rookie in 2000. He was shagging some fly balls in the outfield with Kerry Wood. I was playing catch with a guy named Jimmy Anderson. When you’re a young guy in the major leagues, it’s a very specific pecking order to the game. If it’s your first year in the league, you’re kind of walking on eggshells. You don’t have the run of the place, you kind of need to follow orders. I knew I might get in trouble if I left playing catch with my partner at that time, just before batting practice started. But for me Eddie was the number one guy in my life that I wanted to meet, so I just took off and ran to the other side of the field. I saw Ed and I said, ‘Hey man I love [Pearl Jam], my name’s Bronson.’ He said well you know who I am, [I said] I’m a big fan I’d love to have a baseball signed by you. So he signed [the] baseball, and he was just so pumped, he would never remember this no matter what. He was so pumped that he caught a couple of balls in the outfield during batting practice that he was asking if there was a cameraman who got a picture of it. It was like he won the World Series, which is amazing for a guy who had done everything he had done on stage, to be so pumped about a couple of fly balls during batting practice. So he signs that ball for me, and then I don’t have any contact with him at all until 2010 when I go up to Columbus.

I go to the Columbus [Pearl Jam] show and I got an opportunity to hang out with him probably for about an hour before the show and about a half hour afterwards. So then I told him about him signing him that ball, I was just asking him some questions because he drew this funky little wave on the ball and I was asking him why he drew that wave. He was telling me used to do that back then a lot. So over that hour and a half of getting to talk to him in Columbus, I got to pick his brain a bit and we got to talk about baseball and have a real conversation. So then this offseason I go to his solo show and I told his tour manager that I was coming. In the middle of the show, it’s like an hour and a half in, and I don’t even know that he knows I’m there. Other than the fact that I’d run into his wife and his family earlier the day at the hotel, they were talking to me a bit because they have some people in their family that were Red Sox fans. I didn’t know that Ed knew I was there, and he calls me up and just whispers in my ear in the middle of the show, ‘Do you know how to play Black?” I said sure, and he’s like, “Okay I’ll get you on a couple songs.’ It was mind-blowing to me that somebody would even take a chance on doing that at a solo show not know if I could play this stuff.”