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Bio: Mike Mazarone graduated from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in 2011 with a degree in communications, basically relegating him to better then you status (Except for boss Brett Buchanan). Before joining the AlternativeNation staff he was a contributor and producer to Brett Buchanan’s pro wrestling/MMA/comedy radio show – Barbaric Wrestling Radio, from 2006 to 2009. Mazzarone’s job there was to be a contributor and book interviews. After the show ended Buchanan hired Mazzarone right away to be AlternativeNation's head reporter. Contact: MJMazarrone (at) yahoo.com or; mike (at) alternativenation.net

The Pixies have released a new music video for “Ring The Bell”, the latest single from the new Pixies album Indie Cindy. You can view it below:

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The newest season (or series for our British counterparts) of the BBC hit show Doctor Who is in full swing. The franchise is stronger and more popular than ever with Peter Capaldi taking the reigns from Matt Smith as the newest incarnation of the Doctor. However, while all eyes are on the 12th Doctor, it is not Capaldi, Smith or even David Tennant’s version of everyone’s favorite time and space traveling timelord that I will be analyzing. Today I would like to discuss the work of not only my favorite doctor, but the one I feel to be the most underrated in show history. Of course I am talking about the 9th doctor, played by the fantastic character actor Christopher Eccleston. Here are 9 reasons why I think the 9th Doctor is the greatest Doctor of the show’s run.

1. He Re-Introduced The World To Doctor Who

Eccleston played a big role in helping re-introduce millions to the Doctor Who franchise. The show had been off air for a staggering sixteen years, sans a failed revival attempt with a TV movie featuring Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor. When Doctor Who was brought back I was engrossed with not only the direction of the show, but Eccleston as an actor. I personally feel nine doesn’t get as much credit as he should. Perhaps it’s because Christopher decided to leave after one season (series) or because most fan girls didn’t find him as attractive as the likes of David Tennant or Matt Smith, but the fact of the matter is he paved the way for future doctors to come. Without the success of Christopher Eccleston there would be no David Tennant, Matt Smith and especially no Peter Capaldi.

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2. His Depth

9 was unlike any Doctor we have seen before. He was darker, edgier than the Doctors of old. He was a Doctor born out of war. For those unaware with the Doctor Who saga, Eccleston’s Doctor was created out the “Last Great Time War” where the timelords and long-time enemy, the Daleks destroyed one another. Born out of that was a tortured, angry, dark yet witty Doctor that brought more depth to the character then any of the previous incarnations.

3. He Was A Badass

One of my favorite badass nine moments came in the episode Dalek when nine tortures the last Dalek in existence after the Time War out of pure, unfiltered anger. Yes he had his eccentric side but it was subtle and not as blatantly obvious as say, Matt Smith. In the end, nine was a total badass and it showed from his attitude down to the leather jacket he wore.

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4. The Outfit

I mean look at this. Which would you be more afraid of if you were one of the many Cybermen or Daleks.

This…

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Or This…

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Enough said.

5. Rose Tyler

Yes, David Tennant’s doctor was associated with Rose as well but nine was associated with her first and to me the on-screen chemistry between Eccleston and Billie Piper equated to some of the best television I’ve ever seen. She stuck with the Doctor through and through. She humanized and gave warmth to the Doctor. This wonderful, selfless and heroic companion, the first one of the rebooted Who just tells the Doctor the pretty much save the world and she does so along with him without a second thought. The on screen romance between Rose Tyler and the Doctor has often been criticized by Who purists but there is a reason why ratings were always a major success with her around. It made for wonderful television and Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston just played off each other so fantastically. Both Nine and Ten had the pleasure of being side by side one of the best companions in Who history but it’s Eccleston’s doctor that introduced us to not only Rose Tyler but that on-screen romance. The way he takes Rose’s hand throughout his series was simply fantastic stuff.

6. The Show’s Tone

Perhaps this is more of a nod to former showrunner Russell T Davies but when you compare the episodes (or serials) for the ninth doctor in comparison to a incarnation like, eleven, it’s truly night and day. Ironically I would say the episodes for nine were more light-hearted than the dark, complicated plot of the Matt Smith era which were written by new show front runner Steven Moffat (and still are with new Doctor Peter Capaldi). However that’s what makes the ninth doctor’s run so great, the lighter stories combined with a darker doctor made for an excellent contrast. I mean, the very first episode of new Who had to do with the Autons – which were killer mannequins of all things!  In comparison the darker plots with Matt Smith’s doctor, especially the “God Complex” storyline just came off as silly given how childlike the eleventh Doctor was.


7. The Villains

It also goes back to the first point that he introduced us all to the classic villains such as the Daleks and Autons. Nine’s interaction with the Daleks are also much more darker and convincing:

8. The “Everybody Lives, Just This Once” Speech

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9. He Was Genuine

Even with newer villains created for the reboot like the Slitheen, the ninth Doctor just shines. Especially when not being a dark brooding timelord and instead showing off his more funny side. In fact, I feel like there were more genuine moments with nine then with any other Doctor, with exception to David Tennant. Again, that just goes back to the writing of Davies. He wrote real, emotional characters. Something that current showrunner Steven Moffat doesn’t really do. Moffat isn’t as interested in the backstory of the companions or even really in continuity as his predecessor which in my opinion downgrades the show. The Ninth Doctor was one of the most emotional, brooding, dark, witty and fun to watch incarnations in the show’s history and hands down my favorite within the history of the show. Although Mr. Eccleston was only around for thirteen episodes, there is no denying how fantastic he truly was and the impact he had on the Doctor Who franchise.

Note: Due to a extremely strict no camera/photo policy there are no photos.

I had the great pleasure to attend last night’s Eagles show (September 10th, 2014) at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. First off, fuck the Prudential Center. I have covered shows for a couple years now for AlternativeNation and I haven’t dealt with more mismanagement in all my life. I thought Firefly was bad but this took the cake. The moment we got there it was clear everyone from the security to the ushers were vastly unprepared. Allow me to bullet point the total ineptness of the staff for tonight’s show:

– I was told when I first got there to make my way all the way to the back of the building to the VIP doorway of the Prudential Center by several guards. Following this, I was told “oh no, that isn’t right” and then brought back to the main doorway.

– They told me originally I had photo pit and then I find out moments later that it was soundstage which did me no good because I didn’t bring my extended zoom lens. I didnt think I’d need it

– I had to miss songs by bringing my camera to the car because of a “no camera policy” and couldn’t bring my camera back to my seat

– The main usher had no idea what he was doing decided to eat a pretzel and just told me “straight and right” with no further direction.

Completely unprofessional on the venue’s part and it will be a long time before I visit the Prudential center for anything outside New Jersey Devils games.

What I can say though that the show was absolutely fantastic. The show which was billed as “The History Of The Eagles Tour” was exactly that. A history lesson. I enjoyed watching Don Henley and company give the stories behind the band and behind certain songs throughout the night. It felt as if you were actually learning more and more about the band throughout the night and their set. Like the Crosby, Stills and Nash show I attended this past Summer and unlike the Soundgarden show I recently attended the Eagles actually played more than just their classic hits. The great thing about this show was that they opened up with two lesser known tracks in Saturday Night and a Dillard and Clark cover of Train Leaves Here This Morning. Albeit most songs were of the greatest hits variety it was wonderful to hear obscure tracks.

The Best of My Love was my favorite track of the night. Such a beautiful song and filled with passion. Passion, however, could be used as the word of the night for this performance as each song was intense and energic. Even the slower tracks like “Tequila Sunrise” were sung with such passion and feeling. Even the greatest hits sounded completely fresh with the band putting new spins on classics such as Heartache Tonight”.

We were then treated to a few Joe Walsh solo songs. Joe Walsh is outstanding. The energy he has at sixty-six years of age is out of this world. He has the stage presence of a twenty-something year old. The banter between him and other band members seemed (and probably was) completely genuine, just as genuine as the banter between him and the crowd. He really played up to the crowd tonight and especially being from New Jersey. Several “cheap pops”. The best non-singing moments actually I would say came from Mr. Walsh. Walsh came out wearing a camera on his head like a coal miner and playing around with the crowd while the other memorable moment came in the form of a guitar duel with Glenn Frey.

The band closed out with a beautiful rendition of Desperado. The Eagles are, of course, one of those “bucket lists” acts that everyone who is a fan of rock music should see once. You need to see Desperado and Hotel California performed at least once in your life to really get the feeling on how ageless the Eagles truly are. My sixty-something year old father who went with me to the show said that he wanted to see the Eagles since 1975 and all these years later they put on a show like you would of expected from the 70s. I honestly have to agree. It’s a wonderful thing to see ageless acts like these perform their craft. These are legends we need to not take for granted. To say the people in attendance experienced a true treat tonight would be a complete understatement.

It is being reported that U2 are going to be apart of the launch for the iPhone 6 next week. Noise11 is reporting that it is suspected that the new U2 album will be preloaded onto the new smartphone. It should also be noted that Ebay employee, Stephen Browne, who was near the shoot snapped the following picture and uploaded to his Twitter account.

 

The iPhone 6 is set to be released on September 9th while a new single by U2 is set to debut also on September 9th.

We reached out to Barbra Streisand for a comment regarding the passing of Joan Rivers. Rivers passed today at the age of 81. Here is the comment:

“I first met Joan Molinsky, that was her real  name, when I was 17 years old and we were both in a  off off Broadway show called ‘Driftwood.’  She was a real character then and now.. I am so upset by her passing.  She was too young and had too much to do still.”  – Barbra Streisand

Bush have released the cover art and track listing for their upcoming album Man on the Run via their official site. You can view both below:

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Man On The Run track listing:
01. Just Like My Other Sins
02. Man On The Run
03. The Only Way Out
04. The Gift
05. This House Is On Fire
06. Loneliness Is A Killer
07. Bodies In Motion
08. Broken In Paradise
09. Surrender
10. Dangerous Love
11. Eye Of The Storm
12. Let Yourself Go
13. Speeding Through The Bright Lights
14. The Golden Age

Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine parodied Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder on the most recent edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Levine along with Fallon were playing the “Wheel Of Music Impressions” in which a random singer and song title were generated onto the screen and Fallon and Levine had to do impressions of that singer singing the song title that came up at random. You can view Adam Levine doing an impression of Eddie Vedder performing the classic children’s tune “The Muffin Man” below, 4:13 in.

Billy Corgan revealed to a fan big news about a potential acoustic tour under the Smashing Pumpkins name. This would be in addition to the tour that will be upcoming in support for Monuments to an Elegy and Day For Night:

Earlier in 2014, Radiohead debuted their newest venture, an audio-visual app called PolyFauna. PolyFauna was described by frontman Thom Yorke as a an idea coming “from an interest in early computer-life experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious”. Today the app was given a massive update and overhaul which includes previously unreleased music and new visuals.

You can look at the new images and listen the new audio below:



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A little while back we did an editorial on the top ten ways the WWE Network can grow as a network. This week fellow AlternativeNation reporters Mike Mazzarone, Anthony Falco and contributor Joseph R. Cooper delve into the WWE Network months into launch as we ask – has the WWE Network reached it’s peak in this new roundtable discussion. We invite readers to post their thoughts in the comments section.

Mike Mazzarone: Alright. First off, I want to say so we don’t get things twisted that I love the WWE Network. However the subscriber reports have been disappointing to say the least. The Network needs 1,000,000 to break even and they are around, I believe at the 7-800,000 mark. There have been no significant gains recently in subscriber numbers. Is it safe to say the WWE Network subscription base has plateaued?

Anthony Falco: I’m not sure we can say that just yet. I feel that in the coming months, we’ll probably see a decent enough gain here in the United States before it finally plateaus, however it’s not going to be fast by any means.

Mike Mazzarone: You can argue that things will take time, yes. Netflix only had 400,000 subscribers in 2001 and were just starting out. However, WWE clearly expected more than a million. They didn’t expect this to be a slow building thing and it’s not there. We won’t know if expanding into other countries will exceed the one million mark, although it should. But what is stopping fans from investing in what is undoubtedly a big steal in terms of pure content?

Joseph R. Cooper: First off as a Canadian, I am getting hosed and hosed bad by this Rogers deal, I don’t have cable nor do I have any intention of getting cable, I cut the cord a long time ago and then moved into a building that has no cable, so even if I wanted it, I can’t have it, so my initial reaction of “shut up and take my money” was replaced with “Are you [redacted] kidding me?” Rogers launched The Network at 12.99 that has even less content and more problems than the United States did at launch but it really doesn’t hurt that the WWE has MLB helping them in the States while here in Canada we have call centres in Quebec and India, but they’re working on releasing an app that will no doubt require you to be a Rogers subscriber to use and I couldn’t give them my money if I wanted to as I’m serviced by a different cable provider and as mentioned previous, my building doesn’t have cable connections, this is 2014 and the WWE which looked like they were going to be leading the future of the business by moving to the Internet and now just 6 months later are going to be making deals with the Cable companies abroad to provide the same experience I am having here, hello United Kingdom, I’m talking to you.

Anthony Falco: They have a few issues. One of the issues is that the casual fans don’t need to see all the old Pay Per Views, they could probably care less and only want to see what is going on right now. Sure their are exceptions to that rule, but mostly it’s the more die hard fans, the more hardcore fans, who want the network.

Joseph R. Cooper: Back to the question though, what’s stopping most wrestling fans from investing in The Network is the price, at 9.99 its not much at all, I’ve had subs from Subway that cost 15 bucks without a drink, but even if they offered it at 99 cents a month wrestling fans would still find a reason to bitch about it, in this world of streaming sites like VIPBox and First Row Sports alongside wrestling centric sites like WatchWrestling.net and Xtreme Wrestling Torrents, almost everything you can find on the Network can be found online, for free. Although 9.99 a month is nothing in comparison to 60 bucks a month for a PPV, plus all the other content on top of it, for example I pay 3.99 a month for a YouTube channel, Drive+, which is a car magazine channel started by YouTube and JF Musial during YouTube’s New Content Initiative thing they were funding until 1/1 of this year and had to switch to subscription service last month after exhausting all of their YouTube Money to keep the expected content, I’ve bought Porn Mags for 4 times that, I spend 4-5 times that a month on my Steam account for stuff to just collect dust, yes I get it, you’re a millennial, you’re used to getting everything handed to you for next to nothing, if not free but if you want to call yourself a wrestling fan and you don’t have The Network, I have something to say to you, “You are not a wrestling fan, you’re just a cheapskate.” Get The Network, it pays for itself in the 2nd month even if you only watch it once a month.

Mike Mazzarone: In my opinion I don’t know if causal if the vast library and archived content is as big of a draw as we think. It’s nice but there was a reason why WWE 24/7 had pretty low subscriber numbers. I don’t believe your casual, every day fan will be interested in past events and stuff that happened in the 80s mid 90s. A lot of diehards most likely own these events either on DVD, Blu-Ray or even VHS so why pay money to view content you already have.

Joseph R. Cooper: WWE 24/7 was also the drizzling shits, Mike. WWE on Netflix is better by comparison. I’m pretty sure everybody involved would like to forget about it existed anyways, it was a good in theory but poorly priced and the content wasn’t up to date in practice. Kinda like how The Network is in Canada right now.

Anthony Falco: Another problem is their aggressive advertising. As much as it works for the casual fans who are on the edge, it just drives the die hard fan base away since they find it annoying and over saturated. We know they are going to advertise, and even more so now since it’s numbers are doing as well, but it comes off bad especially to the hardcore fans.

Mike Mazzarone: It’s something I agree on. It helps that their C shows are exclusive to the network – Main Event, NXT. But again, does that really cater to the CASUAL fan? The casual fan watches for RAW and sometimes Smackdown. WWE should’ve found a way to air RAW or at least SD exclusively on the network. This NBC deal is going to cripple them. Also, the infomercial-like advertising could potentially backfire in my opinion. I think one of the reasons I have yet to download the WWE app is because I have Michael Cole telling weekly to download the thing.

Joseph R. Cooper: I just deleted the app last week, because I was missing RAW live often enough that I was getting spoilers that I thought were texts because of the notification it used, you’d only see 20 or so characters on the screen before dismissing it, but that was usually enough to let me know what was about to happen. You can chalk it up to being lazy and not messing with the settings myself, but some vagueness on the notifications during a live show would be nice, the app in general is good for what it does, promotes lesser talent, has a cool commercial feed so you don’t miss on the action, but you really need a tablet to get the full function of the app, as I feel a phones screen just isn’t catered for that and it shows that the WWE is moving towards a digital content, but with nobody buying in they still have to make deals with the cable companies to keep the Network afloat, see Canada, see United Kingdom.

Mike Mazzarone: But think about the whole pay per view aspect of the Network as well. Their major selling point, asides from the back catalog is the fact that each PPV is basically 9.99 a month instead of 60 dollars a month. This is a good thing, yes. I’m not denying that. However, how many PPVs is one actually going to watch? Out of the 12 PPVs that WWE produces. How many are actually important? Summerslam, Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble and MAYBE Survivor Series. The rest feel like bloated RAWs. Why would I, even at that price choose to watch Payback or TLC over Football on Sundays or the NBA? Or a show like Game Of Thrones.

Joseph R. Cooper: I am going to watch them all, the WWE is really starting to stack the PPV cards with enough action to make you think the 9.99 is a steal, which it is, but people aren’t understanding what kind of deal they’re getting and as such the subscriber rates are less than expected hence the whole “9.99” edict that went through recently to push The Network as a bargain, which after how good Summerslam just was, will hopefully drive the point home.

Anthony Falco: I always thought when the Network was being developed that they were going to show RAW and Smackdown on it as well as the other shows. Once I found out they weren’t, even though I could still watch it on a TV, i felt the value of the service dropped.

Joseph R. Cooper: It would be nice to have RAW and Smackdown up within 24 hours of airing, hell it would stop me from using WatchWrestling as much as I do, but with current television deals in place, they have to wait 30 days for it to be up on The Network which doesn’t really make sense when the PPV’s are up pretty much as they air, sure they own all the content because its on The Network but it would be nice to be able to watch the week of the PPV before the PPV is up, just in case you missed something or need to get your friend up to date before the show, but as it stands right now you can’t do that and it is one of the glaring downsides of The Network.

Mike Mazzarone: Same. My ex-friend bought the network thinking RAW and SD was going to be on it. Perhaps it was unrealistic to air RAW on the Network right during launch but it would of helped numbers. It could’ve been doable when it comes to SD which airs on Syfy of all places. Let’s face facts. Besides from the CW Smackdown has never really been on an established network.

Anthony Falco: Exactly, that is a big issue as well. Pay Per Views are great to rewatch, sure, but how many times do I really need to re-watch Summerslam 2002, or Wrestlemania 17. Not to mention the vast amount of PPV’s I have no real desire to re-watch.

Mike Mazzarone: The WWE need to stick with the Network. They cannot claim failure. Currently with this model HHH and Co. are losing 20 dollars per PPV. I strongly believe the Network is one of the main reasons all the budget cuts are being made. You also have five hours of programing per week (three coming in on one day. The casual fan has their WWE fix and can follow without watching PPVs or some random 90s PPV. There needs to be an overhaul on the marketing. They need to make this a better draw. Like I said, the NBC deal is going to hinder them. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want this to seem like I’m against the WWE network. I LOVE everything the WWE offers but then again I’m a diehard. I’m in the camp that can’t wait for the WCW content to come out. This is just to examine the flaws within the Network and it’s appeal (or lack there of) to casual fans.

Joseph R. Cooper: I’m with you there Mike, I need more WCW content, all of the Clash of the Champions and PPV’s are nice and everything, but they keep holding me off on the Monday Night War, Thunder and would it kill them to start posting some WCW Saturday Nights? SATURDAY 6:05! ONLY ON THE SUPERSTATION! That was a staple of my childhood, I want some JCP, I want the entirety of WCW 1993 where Vader kills everybody with Harley Race doing most of the talking, I want Rick Rude as the World Champion, I want to see classic Heyman promos when he was the leader of The Dangerous Alliance, if only for those to show up in a supercut compilation of his best work on YouTube, hell put the 2011 season of RAW on The Network and I will binge watch from 11 til now just to see how quickly the product changed to what it is now and of course for all the awesome Punk promos, I love The Network, I’ve watched almost all of the Legend’s Roundtables, most of the Original Specials, I need to catch up on NXT because I’ve been busy the last couple months and thats been on the burner, but that’s what weekends are for.

Anthony Falco: See, I am also a big fan of the WWE network. I love the service, but I see why so many people are turned off about it. The network could be so much more than it is though. Imagine the network doing brand new content that you want to see. I honestly want to see what the reruns of Total Divas and Slam City do on the network, because I don’t ever have a desire to watch those.

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Mike Mazzarone: Right. The original content is something I have issue with. Especially Slam City which is an excellent premise. However, when you cannot get your own employees, the superstars of your own company to do the voices then it’s a bit suspect. Legends House was fantastic but I would love to see more original programing and reality shows.

Anthony Falco: Legends house was good, but I feel it lacked in some areas. Slam City would be greatly helped by the wrestlers actually doing their parts. I understand that’s hard for some of them to do, like John Cena, who has a heck of a schedule. Still, it would help a lot to get that show going in the right direction.

Mike Mazzarone: There is no reason someone like Sheamus can’t do his voice. Also it’s not like Slam City is a 30 minute show. It’s like 5-8 minutes if that.

Joseph R. Cooper: You won’t find a complaint about that from me, but I haven’t watched any of the Original Series like Legends House or Total Divas, reality TV isn’t my thing and Slam City isn’t Archer, but I can see their appeal and yes Slam City should have the characters being voiced by the talent.

Anthony Falco: I just imagine that one day, the WWE Network will finally be what we want it to be. All old RAWs and Smackdowns, not just some. Half of wanting to see the old PPV’s is wanting to see the old shows. I don’t just want to see Vince McMahon get his ass kicked by Stone Cold on a PPV, I want to see it for the several weeks it happened on TV before that as well. Imagine if they got one on one interviews on the network as well. What better ways to showcase your talent then on your own network. How about once a day, you have some in a interview, or a promo, or something. Have them go off, do it the right way, give them the mic and let them go and showcase it on the network. What better way to gauge who has the Stone Cold or The Rock factor then letting them do it. If they do a promo, and it sucks, oh well, move on, down the line we will try again. The Network could help in this area though. It’s a place where it’s lower risk if people see a bad promo, but it’s great place to test these types of things.

Mike Mazzarone: I see the Network as a potential cornerstone for the WWE. However, this is a growing period. That needs to be realized by most. Right now the Don West infomercial style shills come off as cheesy. But if WWE stays course, tones down the weekly ads and changes its focus on the casual demographic as well as your die hard fan and in turn finding that balance then they would really have something. I hope it happens.

Anthony Falco: I hope it does too, because the Network is a great thing already, and if they just put in that extra effort and do it right, there is no telling where it will be in a few years.

Joseph R. Cooper: Good things come to those who wait, some wrestling fans can’t grasp that sometimes, but a year or so from now when The Network is in full swing and is properly worldwide on the internet, we’ll find another thing to complain about it, because we’re wrestling fans, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

In a new interview with CBS affiliate 93XRT, producer and musician Butch Vig discussed what it was like working with Dave Grohl and the Foo’s once again.

“I love Dave like a crazy brother. I don’t know anyone who has such infectious enthusiasm for life and for music…(The Foo’s)are capable of doing what they want to do, and we decided to make this record in eight different cities. The band wrote eight songs and we recorded them all in eight different locales in the U.S.”

Vig, who worked with the Foo Fighters on their 2011 album Wasting Light discussed details on the band’s upcoming album Sonic Highways as well as the band’s upcoming HBO documentary:

“Part of the documentary is about the recording of the song and a lot of it is about he musical history of that city…And it’s also about what it means to the Foo’s and to Dave. He taps into what each city musically, personally means him. Each city truly had it’s own experience. One of the cool things about the album is…each song has that city’s sound to a certain extent and definitely the environment we recorded in. Each song is it’s own unique beast.”

Sonic Highways is due out November 10, 2014. Documentary series Sonic Highways premieres on HBO October 17th, at 11pm.

Soundgarden setlist:
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Spoonman
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Outshined
Jesus Christ Pose
Hunted Down
Fell on Black Days
Mailman
A Thousand Days Before
Burden in My Hand
Rusty Cage
Beyond the Wheel

Nine Inch Nails setlist:
Copy of A
Sanctified
Came Back Haunted
1,000,000
March of the Pigs
Piggy
Terrible Lie
Closer
Gave Up
Disappointed
Find My Way
The Great Destroyer
Eraser
Wish
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole
Encore:
Hurt

 

According to Deadline, FOX will be making a sitcom based on the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Cuomo has teamed up with Steve Franks, the creator of the USA Network show Pysch for the show. The sitcom, entitled DeTour will be about a rock star in his thirtys that walks away from fame to discover experiences he’s missed out on while being famous and would star a character that would be heavily based on the life of Cuomo. Deadline is also reporting that the network has given the series a put-pilot order, meaning there is a chance the show won’t air. However, FOX is confident in the success of DeTour and will face a financial penalty if there is no series order for the show.

Live are set to release their first studio album since 2006’s Songs of Black Mountain. The newest effort entitled The Turn will be released on October 28th via Think Loud records. The new album will be the first one to feature Live’s new frontman Chris Shinn as well as eleven new tracks. The band is also set to plan a world tour after The Turn is released.

Everywhere you look, there’s a chance you’ve been hearing about the Full House revival rumors, which when you look at it makes perfect sense. Revivals of TV programs, especially 90’s ones have been in full swing recently, especially with the Boy Meets World spinoff ‘Girl Meets World.’ A potential revival of Full House wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen a reunion of the Full House gang as John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier reunited together during a recent taping of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The question many are asking though, is who will be on board for a potential revival? Let’s go through each cast member, with their reported net worth also listed to show who actually could use the gig financially:

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John Stamos (Uncle Jesse)

Stamos is heading the reunion front and is actively involved with the project. He has been fairly active recently, producing an upcoming untitled Beach Boys project and starring in the new ABC series Galavant. According to TVGuide.com Stamos has ownership stake in Full House and recruited show creator Jeff Franklin and original executive producer Bob Boyett to help with the revival. If you can bank on one thing about this potential Full House reunion, Jesse Katapolis will be one of the first faces you see.

Net worth: $40 million
Reported status: In

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Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner)

One of the names rumored to be on board is Candice Cameron-Bure who played D.J. Tanner, the eldest Tanner daughter.  Cameron-Bure has been keeping fairly busy by starring in multiple made for TV movies as well as a guest spot on the hit ABC show The Neighbors. While not confirmed, Cameron-Bure seems like a safe bet be a part of the potential revival.

Net worth: $10 million
Reported status: In

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Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner)

Jodie Sweetin, who played middle child Stephanie Tanner on Full House is also on the “rumored to be on board list,” per TVGuide.com. Although Sweetin has a new film, a biopic on Walt Disney’s early life entitled Walt Before Mickey in post production, she hasn’t been in the spotlight as much as other Full House alumni. Committing to this would put Sweetin in an ideal situation.

Net worth: $400,000
Reported status: In

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Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler)

Andrea Barber played Kimmy Gibbler, the annoying neighbor and friend to D.J. Tanner. Barber actually quit acting back in 1995 when Full House ended and hasn’t been in anything since sans a short playing the Gibbler character on fellow Full House alum Dave Coulier called It’s F*Ckin’ Late with Dave Coulier. It appears that the only acting Barber feels at home with is playing the Gibbler character and why it shouldn’t be a surprise that she has been billed as onboard by TVGuide.com.

Net worth: $500,000
Reported status: In

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Mary-Kate/Ashley Olsen (Michelle Tanner)

Who could forget the Olsen twins or the loveable youngest Tanner sibling they both portrayed, Michelle Tanner. Seriously, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were plastered everywhere in the 1990’s. From Full House, to solving mysteries with The Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley, their likeness was can’t miss. Now? Not so much. Mary Kate’s last project was in 2011, and Ashley’s in 2009. A bigger question mark regarding the Olsen Twins would how both could they get away with playing Michelle Tanner. Each actress alternated playing the role when Full House was on, due to their age. However, since both twins are, well, older it would be harder to pull off. A solution would be switching off per episode instead of per scene or having one out of the two agree to play the part. Or maybe a long lost twin storyline? Regardless, it would be interesting to see where the Michelle Tanner character is in 2014. Would she still be the wholesome darling that we knew the early-mid 90s or would we see a rebellious Michelle Tanner a’la Lindsay Lohan? It would be a shame to see a show go on without all three siblings intact. I’m sure they could come up with a reason though. Michelle Tanner is finally at college! Wait, these girls can still pass as college kids right?

Net worth: $300 million (Don’t need the money)
Reported status: Uncertain

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Bob Saget (Danny Tanner)

Speaking of a character that is pretty much essential to the show, TVGuide.com has said that Bob Saget, who played everyone’s 90’s TV dad Danny Tanner, will be apart of the show in some capacity, although we aren’t too sure what that means yet. The ironic thing is that Saget is as far from Danny as you can get and is one of Hollywood’s raunchiest comics, as seen in The Aristocrats. Saget has still been getting a lot of TV work, most notably serving as the narrator for the recently ended and hugely successful show How I Met Your Mother, as well as having guest roles in shows like Louie, Entourage and Legit.  I don’t think you could have a Full House reunion without Bob Saget, and while it has been reported that he’ll have a role, let’s hope it’s a leading one.

Net worth: $100 million
Reported status: Involved in some capacity

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Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey)

Another name that is pegged to be apart of the potential revival, although in an unknown capacity is Dave Coulier who portrayed the zany and loveable Uncle Joey. Coulier’s last projects were in 2013 with his stand up film The Clean Guys of Comedy as well as the Cartoon Network show China, IL. But come on, you know he’s chomping at the bit for this, and he is reported to be involved in some capacity.

Net worth:
$4 million
Reported status: Involved in some capacity

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Lori Loughlin (Becky Donaldson)

Lori Loughlin’s starred in the recent Hallmark Channel show When Calls the Heart, but recently is more known as of late for playing Debbie Wilson of the CW’s 90210 reboot. It’d be pretty lame if she turned down the reboot of her own show after being on one she wasn’t even originally on in the first place.  Could you have Uncle Jesse without Aunt Becky? You could, but we think Lori will be in with the right offer.

Net worth: $6 million (Could use the money)
Reported status: Uncertain

Brandon Flowers has revealed his plans for a new 2015 solo album. The Killers frontman told NME in their newest issue:

“The record’s not done yet, but I’m excited about it… I’m liking it. People are going to interpret it how they will, but there’s only a little bit of Vegas in there.”

Flowers also discussed working with Vampire Weekend and HAIM producer Ariel Rechtshaid who will serve as producer to the untitled Flamingo followup:

“He’s taking me out of my comfort zone. Normally I make demos and they’re pretty similar to how the song ends up. but he’ll take a song and be like, ‘I hear this’. It’s incredible – his palette and his range, what he’s able to say. At first we were butting our heads together, but now we’re hitting it off.”

Flowers’ last solo album Flamingo was released in 2010 while The Killers released their last album, a greatest hits compilation entitled Direct Hits last year. Fans of the band can rest easy that Flowers has no intention to dissolve The Killers saying to NME:

“I wanna keep being in this band. I don’t think we’ll get too morbid about it, I think we wanna keep going.”

Soundgarden Setlist:
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Spoonman
Flower
Outshined
Jesus Christ Pose
Black Hole Sun
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Blow Up the Outside World
Fell on Black Days
A Thousand Days Before
Rusty Cage
Beyond the Wheel

Nine Inch Nails setlist:
Copy of A
Sanctified
Came Back Haunted
1,000,000
March of the Pigs
Piggy
Terrible Lie
Closer
Gave Up
Disappointed
Find My Way
The Great Destroyer
Eraser
Wish
The Hand That Feeds
Head Like a Hole
Hurt