Mike Mazzarone

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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

Former Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong has a cameo in a new music video put out by Future User, the new project from Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave bassist Tim Commerford. The video, entitled “Mountain Lion” is the fourth video from the group, but the first that actually shows Commerford as the band’s frontman/bassist. The song will be featured on Future User’s debut album called #Steroidorheroine, which comes out on February 24th:

You can view the video below:

With former Audioslave members Tom Morello and Tim Commerford recently attending Chris Cornell’s 50th birthday party, and Cornell/Morello reuniting for a Seattle performance, many are speculating that Audioslave will soon reunite, 7 years after their 2007 breakup. AlternativeNation.net reporters Brett Buchanan, Riley Rowe, Mike Mazzarone, and Doug McCausland recently sat down for a roundtable looking back at Audioslave’s 2000’s run, and analyzing the prospects of a reunion.

Mike Mazzarone: I SAY HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY WHY YOU SCREAMIN AT THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD!

Brett Buchanan: You there Riley?

Riley Rowe: Hey sorry, you gotta scream louder next time.

Brett: Anyways, down to business. Recently, Tom Morello and Tim Commerford attended Chris Cornell’s 50th birthday party, and Morello and Cornell performed together in Seattle last week, fueling speculation that a full fledged Audioslave reunion is coming. My question today is: what do you think about Audioslave possibly reuniting? Does this excite you or not? Were you a fan?

Doug McCausland: I got into Audioslave around the same time they broke up, so I never had the chance to see them live. It’s hard to believe that was already 7 years ago. I think it would be neat if they got back together for at least a few shows, considering Rage Against The Machine isn’t doing jack.

Riley: Of course an Audioslave reunion is exciting. They were an awesome supergroup and put out some great songs. I think at the time, they had just run their course. Revelations wasn’t a very memorable album.

Mike: I enjoy Chris Cornell. Soundgarden and his solo stuff. But Audioslave never did it for me. “Be Yourself” was alright, brings me back to the days of when I was a pubescent teenager watching the WWE Diva Search. That’s it.

Brett: I love Audioslave’s first album. I think it’s among the better rock albums of the 2000’s, but I’m not a fan of the other two records. I like some of the hits like “Doesn’t Remind Me” and the “Revelations” title track, but those two records just weren’t my bag. I’d be interested in seeing them do the first record front to back, but otherwise an Audioslave reunion isn’t the most exciting thing in the world to me. The band ran its course, as did the whole supergroup thing. They split about a year before Velvet Revolver. Tom Morello seems free artistically with his own projects.

Riley: I agree that the second and third albums were less heavy, but they were still very emotional and showed a different side of Cornell that we normally wouldn’t see.

Doug: Audioslave’s records aren’t something I’d dig into front to back like I would for Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, or Chris’ earlier solo material, but each record had a handful of solid songs on them. Maybe Chester Bennington can join Velvet Revolver to open on the reunion tour.

Brett: I just thought the songs were kind of flat. I don’t really care about heavy, I love Euphoria Morning. Like I said, Out of Exile and Revelations just weren’t for me. Seeing the first album performed front to back would be appealing to me, but do these guys really want to do that? At least my feeling on Cornell is these days he seems most inspired with the Songbook tours and the select acoustic material he’s recorded over the last few years, and Morello seems very content with his projects. Maybe some high paying festival gigs could be in the works or something? Who knows.

Riley: I’d assume they’d mostly play the first album. I don’t think they’d need to play more than 2 songs off Revelations. It would definitely be the cherry on top if they incorporated material from all their projects.

Brett: Also how would Cornell balance Soundgarden and his solo stuff with Audioslave? As we’ve seen with Maynard James Keenan, something’s got to give usually. Would Soundgarden just be an on and off touring act if Audioslave made a new record? Or a tour together maybe?

Riley: Oh, I definitely think a reunion would be difficult with the members’ busy schedules. I’m just saying it would be a cool event. It would be very awesome to hear new material from them again.

Brett: I think it’d be a very profitable thing especially with major festivals, even if they just focused on that with performances largely based around the first album and major hits. Personally though it’s just not something I’m that excited about, I think Audioslave ran its course. Great first record, a couple more hits I enjoyed, but in 2014 I’m just not that pumped. I’m more excited for the next Dead Sara record.

Mike: I would have to agree. There is just more on my mind right now when it comes to rock than an Audioslave reunion. A few tracks I like, I’m sure the Cornell diehard will line up and plop money down for a reunion tour. It’s gonna be profitable, but it’s not for me.

Riley: Would you go if they played Soundgarden and RATM songs too? Or if they played new material?

Brett: Soundgarden will tour again in the future so there’s no point in compromising their business. Obviously the number one priority in anything for me is to hear good new music, but I’m only interested in hearing new material live if I like it. So I’d have to like it to be interested in seeing it live. But these guys are like 50, they’re all legends, but I don’t think they’re going to write another “Cochise,” it’s just a different time in their lives. That’s why I enjoy Cornell’s Songbook stuff and Morello’s projects he’s done, it seems very fitting for 2014. Hell even the type of performance Chris and Tom did in Seattle seemed fitting.

Riley: This is awesome, you can’t deny it. Even the songs I don’t remember at all sound good.

Riley: Proof is in the pudding, baby.

Brett: Oh yeah, that Cuba show was awesome. But it already happened.

Riley: So hell, if they reunited and played a show like that I’d be so down to see a performance like that.

Brett: I think Audioslave could put on some good shows, but that Cuba show was like 10 years ago. The energy they had at that show was lightning in a bottle, you can’t repeat or relive history. We’ve learned that with other reunions we’ve seen. If they were actually to do something else to elicit that same response from you, it’d need to be something fresh. I don’t know, I just want something new in rock. I want the next Chris Cornell, and the next Tom Morello. And I also want those guys to keep pushing forward artistically.

Riley: I’m sure they could write something better than King Animal.

Brett: I thought Soundgarden themselves would write something better than King Animal, but you just never know. It’s not 1994 any more, or even 2004. Things are different with reunions, and our preferences might be different than somebody who is 40 now and grew up on Soundgarden in the 90’s and then went through their late 20’s and early 30’s with Audioslave. But if Audioslave do reunite, hopefully there’s some awesome shows at the very least and some songs I like off a reunion album. I love “A Thousand Days Before” off of King Animal. But an Audioslave reunion is just another thing to me, not something that’s going to consume my mind like when Soundgarden first reunited. I have bigger fish to fry now, like imagining what the Scott Weiland/James Iha collaboration will sound like, and wondering if Billy Corgan’s cats Mr. Thom and Sammi will join the Smashing Pumpkins. That’s what dreams are made of.

Brett: I think the one thing we can conclude is that Audioslave have been away too long.

Doug: First Audioslave reunion single: “I’ve Come Back After Awhile”

Cage The Elephant have confirmed via the group’s official Twitter that the band have begun work on what will be their fourth studio album. The band tweeted out a bunch of recording equipment and instruments in the studio with the following caption: “Week 1 of writing for album #4 in the books!!!”.

In other Cage The Elephant news, U2 guitarist The Edge praised the band in a recent Rolling Stone article, while being critical of ‘hippie’ music.

“The band that I liked at Coachella (last year) was Cage the Elephant. Their commitment to the performance really blew so much of the other stuff away. They really did own it in a way that few other artists did. Broken Bells were great, and Skrillex’s thing was pretty cool. Pixies were on, that was good to see them. And I love Outkast. Some of the more strange hippie stuff wasn’t that great. Neutral Milk Hotel, you know them? If you were sort of one of the faithful, you could sort of get excited about it. It didn’t really have a universal appeal at all. And that might be its appeal.”

Cage The Elephant released Melophobia in 2013. U2 released Songs of Innocence in September of 2014 via Apple’s iTunes.

Bono discussed the album in a press release with Apple, “From the very beginning U2 have always wanted our music to reach as many people as possible, the clue is in our name I suppose—so today is kind of mind-blowing to us. The most personal album we’ve written could be shared with half a billion people… by hitting send. If only songwriting was that easy, it’s exciting and humbling to think that people who don’t know U2 or listen to rock music for that matter might check us out. Working with Apple is always a blast. They only want to do things that haven’t been done before—that’s a thrill to be part of.”

“U2 has been an important part of Apple’s history in music and we’re thrilled to make ‘Songs of Innocence’ the largest album release ever,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We get to share our love of music today by gifting this great new album to over half a billion iTunes customers around the world.”

In a new Reddit AMA, the promoters and producers for the Governors Ball Music Festival, which is held annually at Randall’s Island, NY, discussed their dream acts to play the festival. Two out of the three promoters listed Pearl Jam:

[–]ZeldaFitzgerald
If you could build your dream lineup (artists still alive or passed away) who would headline?

[–]TeamGovBall[S]
Each of us are gonna answer this one:

Talking Heads, Bob Marley, Pearl Jam

[–]TeamGovBall[S]
I’d say Talking Heads Reunion, Phish, Radiohead, and for passed away (or partly passed away): Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, The Beatles. Also quite bummed we don’t have Alt J, Sylvan Esso, and Jungle this year. Pumped about Ratatat -YR

[–]TeamGovBall[S]
LCD Soundsystem. Pearl Jam. Beyonce. Radiohead. Eddie Murphy.

Speaking of Pearl Jam, the producers also answered a question on which artists they tried to get to perform at this year’s festival, but ultimately couldn’t. With Pearl Jam being on that list:

[–]tiki_k
Were there any artists that you tried to recruit for Gov Ball this year but couldn’t quite land (similar to Eminem last year)?

[–]TeamGovBall[S]
Pearl Jam. Beyonce. June didn’t work for their schedules.

The 2015 Governor’s Ball Music Festival comes to New York’s Randall’s Island from June 5th to 7th. You can view the full lineup below:

Gov Ball 2015

According to ConsequenceOfSound, to celebrate the band’s 40th year anniversary as a group, Rush and Live Nation have both confirmed that the rock and roll hall of fame band will roll out a massive 34-city tour entitled the “R40 Live Tour”. The tour will run from May to August. Tickets for select dates starting 1/30. You can view the full list of confirmed tour dates below:

May 08 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
May 10 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 12 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
May 14 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
May 16 – Austin, TX – 360 Ampitheater
May 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
May 20 – Houston, TX – The Toyota Center
May 22 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
May 24 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
May 26 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
May 28 – Greensboro, NC – The Greensboro Coliseum
May 30 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jun. 08 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Jun. 10 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center
Jun. 12 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Jun. 14 – Detroit, MI – Palace Of Auburn Hills
Jun. 17 – Toronto, Ontario, CAN – Air Canada Centre
Jun. 19 – Toronto, Ontario, CAN – Air Canada Centre
Jun. 21 – Montreal, Quebec, CAN – Bell Centre
Jun. 23 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Jun. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Wells Fargo Center
Jun. 27 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Jun. 29 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Jul. 09 – Kansas City, KS – Sprint Center
Jul. 11 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Jul. 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
Jul. 15 – Calgary, Alberta, CAN – Scotiabank Saddledome
Jul. 17 – Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN – Rogers Arena
Jul. 19 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
Jul. 21 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Jul. 23 – San Jose, CA – Sap Center At San Jose
Jul. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
Jul. 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Us Airways Center
Jul. 30 – Irvine Meadows, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 01 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

Two years removed from HAIM putting out their highly successful debut album ‘Days Are Gone’, the indie rock sister trio, are now back in the studio for the follow up.

The band said that in interview with Rolling Stone that a follow up to ‘Days Are Gone’ would be ready “very soon” and had intended to start recording back in July. Another hint came in November, Alana Haim uploaded a photo of Danielle Haim on guitar with the caption “S S Studio via Instagram.”

Now a new photo has emerged via the Twitter account of HAIM member Este Haim, confirming that the band is recording once more with the their go-to producer, Ariel Rechtshaid. The photo features Rechtshaid sitting at a computer desk with a picture of David Bowie in the background with the caption “Here we go again everybody, Uh ohz”

HAIM is currently up for Best New Artist at the Grammys alongside Bastille, Brandy Clark, Iggy Azalea, and Sam Smith. You can view the photo below:

Paul McCartney has been reportedly named as one of the headliners for this year’s Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE. The rumor comes from Infinitypass, well known Inforoo insider who has been 100% accurate in festival leaks over the years. The same source has called the Bonnaroo and Gov Ball headliners for this year before they dropped. The source has also reported that The Killers and Kings of Leon will be the other main headlining acts and that the Firefly lineup will feature St. Vincent.

We reached out to The Killers’ publicist who would neither confirm nor deny the allegation. We also reached out to McCartney’s publicist as well as Kings of Leon’s, however, neither returned our calls and e-mails.

In other Macca news, McCartney discussed working with Dave Grohl and if he would be open to doing his own UK version of Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways concept in an interview with XFM back in November. “I like what Dave does…his enthusiasm comes over.

“He told me the idea months ago, before he started on the series and I thought it was quite a brave idea because of the end of the week he’s got to come up with a song.”

“But it’s good to have a deadline if you’re a brave soul – which he is!”

Sir Paul was hesitant though when asked if he’d do a UK version of Sonic Highways.

“I wish I had the time. There’s so much history in something like Abbey Road – forget it! It goes right back, way back before us.

“I’m doing a lot of stuff and I love it – but I’ve also got a life beyond work, so I probably wouldn’t have time. But it’s a good idea!”

McCartney fronted Nirvana in 2012 for select live performances of their Grammy winning collaboration “Cut Me Some Slack,” which was part of the Sound City soundtrack.

“It was magic for me playing with these guys,” McCartney told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “I knew who Dave was because I’d met him, and he said ‘I have a couple of friends coming along.’ And during the session I hear them talking: ‘Wow, we haven’t played since Nirvana.’ So I found myself in the middle of a Nirvana reunion.”

He added that they could collaborate again “You never know. They really are great to play with. They were a great band with Kurt. That’s what I experienced – just playing with a really good band, which is a very special thing. I should know.”

According to thefader, new T-shirts have popped up on various internet outlets.  The shirts feature the sucide note of late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain. The shirts, were originally available on the popular internet marketplace, Etsy as tank tops, but the online retailer caught heat for it and took them down. Now the shirts are available for just $25.19 on eBay with the retailer, a resident of Thailand that goes by the handle Nuchyk selling them. You can view pictures of the tank tops and the new shirts which come baseball tee variations below:

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In other Cobain news, Kurt Cobain reportedly met Courtney Love at a Nirvana club show at Portland’s Satyrion club on January 12, 1990. The concert featured The Melvin’s Dale Clover on drums before Dave Grohl joined the band. A YouTube use just posted his bootleg audio from the show yesterday for the first time with the following message:

“I was there. I recorded their set. And I put it away in a box of tapes. Today marks the 25th anniversary and it seems like the right time to let people hear this. Enjoy and Play Loud. Recording is raw in accordance with the equipment and tape used at the time.”

The recording is indeed very raw and suffers from bad recording quality and “tape flutter” but it’s a part of history.

Nirvana at the Satyricon, Portland, Oregon (January 12, 1990):
1. “Scoff”
2. “Floyd The Barber”
3. “Love Buzz”
4. “Dive”
5. “Polly”
6. “Big Cheese”
7. “Spank Thru”
8. “Sappy”
9. “Breed”
10. “Molly’s Lips”
11. “School”
12. “Been A Son”
13. “Stain”
14. “Negative Creep”
15. “Blew”

Writer’s Note: This bootleg audio is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Kobalt Music Publishing. Seriously? A low-quality 25-year-old bootleg was taken down after one day? There are hundreds of other Nirvana concert bootlegs and videos on YouTube. Why take down this one?

Anyway, here is the story of how Kurt and Courtney met at this show via The Daily Beast. Listen to a high-quality live recording of Nirvana playing Portland again exactly four weeks later at the Pine Street Theatre on February 9, 1990 here.

Interview conducted by Mike Mazzarone and Brett Buchanan

WWE superstar Daniel Bryan returns to the ring on Thursday’s episode of Smackdown on Syfy against Kane, just over two weeks after announcing his intentions to wrestle at the Royal Rumble on January 25th.  Bryan was on top of the world at last year’s WrestleMania 30, winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title, but just a month later he was sidelined with an injury that kept him out of action for 8 months.

In this exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net’s Sports section, Bryan discusses meeting James Hetfield, seeing Metallica in his hometown of Aberdeen (also the hometown of Kurt Cobain), how long he will continue to wrestle, if he will alter his wrestling style after his injury, Vince McMahon recently calling out the WWE roster to reach for the ‘brass ring’ in an interview with Steve Austin, WWE’s lack of competition, Triple H’s leadership in WWE, a potential match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31, Sting’s WWE debut, Randy Savage’s WWE Hall of Fame induction, Batista’s 2014 WWE comeback, and the original plans for him at WrestleMania 30.

First off a music related question, what was it like meeting James Hetfield a few months ago? Are you a big Metallica fan, do you have any favorite albums?

Okay, so I’m not necessarily the biggest Metallica fan, it was actually really neat to meet him because I got to talk to him. I forget what year it was, but MTV ran this contest or lottery where you could enter, and Metallica would come do a concert at your house. Somebody from Aberdeen, Washington, which is where I grew up, actually won the contest. (Laughs) So Metallica did a show in Aberdeen, Washington in this guy’s backyard, and so when I met him and said that to him, he was like, ‘Oh my god that was this and this and this.’ He kind of told me the story of [how they got there], it was a neat and interesting conversation. So I don’t know any Metallica albums, but I know when I was in the high school weight room, they would play non stop all the time.

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Your first match back will be on Smackdown on Thursday, which surprised many fans who thought you wouldn’t be back until the Royal Rumble. Did you have any input on when your first match back would be?

Absolutely, I requested my first match back to be when Smackdown moved to Thursday nights. I think it’s a good time to change the branding of Smackdown, it’s a very important show for us, to get new viewers on a new night, and I wanted to be the guy to bring the new viewers to the new night. So once I got cleared, I actually asked for the spot. My vision of Smackdown is going to be [it changing] in 2015. I would like it to be the show that would actually be more fun to watch than Raw, and this is all part of the process, so I’m really looking forward to it.

Will you alter your in ring style after your injury?

I will, but not necessarily because of my injury. It’s something where your style has to constantly evolve. I like to look at wrestling as the most artsy of all the martial arts. It’s a very creative process, what we’re doing is artistic creative combat. So as such, it needs to evolve. Being able to sit at home for the last 8 months and watch the product, and I see things where there’s too much of this, or there’s not enough this, and here’s what I can bring to the table that’s different, and more exciting for the fans. So yes, my style will be changing. Will it be any easier on my neck? I have no idea (laughs). Yeah, my style will be changing, but it’s not necessarily going to be physically easier.

How long do you see yourself being able to continue to wrestle, and who would you like to wrestle before you retire?

Those are very difficult questions. I would like to wrestle as long as my body is physically capable of it. I love what I do, I used to do this for very little money (laughs). It’s one of those things where, I do this because it’s fun, being with WWE is the first time I ever made any real money doing it. It’s just a blast, it’s my passion. It’s like asking a musician how long do they want to play music for. It’s very difficult to grapple with the idea of not being able to wrestle any more, but you also have to come to the realization that this is a very physical business, and your body will only last you so long. So I would like to say that at some point I would have the mental intelligence, or maybe the mental support from my wife or somebody, to know, ‘Okay, it’s time for you to stop, because if you don’t, you’re going to have to replace your hips, your knees, all that kind of stuff.’ So I don’t know when that time will be, but I’d like to wrestle as long as I can, but at the end of it still be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle afterwards.

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What was your take on Vince McMahon’s interview a couple of months back on the WWE Network where he encouraged talent to reach for the brass ring?

(Laughs) You know it’s funny, because one of the things that he had mentioned was, he said something about the Millennials not having any ambition, right. It’s funny, because the WWE does this personality test with some of their more successful superstars, where they rank you on all of these scores, like your desire for power, and your personality, and all that kind of stuff. One of the things they ranked was ambition, and it’s funny, because in this personality assessment, I got the lowest score for ambition that the lady had ever seen. So they do it on a percentile basis, so from 0 to 100, I was in the bottom 1 percentile of ambition.

(Laughs) It’s funny because the lady was like, ‘How on earth are you so successful given that you seem to have no ambition?’ I said, ‘Well, that’s where there’s a flaw on the test. I have no ambition for what society says is important as far as things like money, and all that kind of stuff.’ What I am ambitious about is I want to be the best wrestler that I can possibly be, and I think there’s some sort of mistake in generations, as far as what he thinks as far as our generation lacking ambition. Our generation just wants different things than what his generation wants, and I think that’s a societal thing as well. There’s an older generation of people who say, ‘No, you guys should want this, you guys should want this, you guys should want this.’ Whereas our generation, a lot of us say, ‘No, we don’t want that, we want something different, and a lot of the things that you guys wanted, are the reason that the world is messed up. We need to change our value system.’ So that’s it, that’s a very different take on what’s going on.

But people do need to stand up and say, ‘No, this isn’t what I want, I want to do this. This is me, this is how I want to present myself on television. This is how I want to be within WWE, this is how I view professional wrestling, this is what I would like it to be.’ People have to have the courage to come up and say that. But the hard thing is, he was talking about the Attitude Era and how things were different, well things wouldn’t have been that much different if there wasn’t a WCW. Like guys could say, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do this. If you want to fire me fine, because I’m going to go to WCW and make just as much money.’ That doesn’t exist right now. It’s people who are okay with like, ‘Hey, my life without WWE, is as good as my life with the WWE.’ They have to be able to say, ‘Okay, if I’m going to say this is what I want to do, or else I’m taking my ball and going home.’ They have to have some sort of plan for when they take their ball and go home, they have something else to do, which is hard, especially when you have a family, and all that kind of stuff. So yeah, I have very interesting thoughts on that whole podcast. It’s a very interesting look into the mind of Vince McMahon, so it was fascinating.

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CM Punk recently mentioned that he thinks you could have a successful MMA career. Is that something you’d ever be interested in trying, and have you done any MMA training?

Yeah, I’ve actually done a lot of jiu-jitsu and kickboxing. The Yes Lock that I do, it was actually taught to me by Neal Melanson, the head grappling coach at Xtreme Couture. It’s a move I use regularly when I do jiu-jitsu, it’s a [type of] kind of face lock to keep the guy from rolling. So I love doing jiu-jitsu and kickboxing, I will probably never do and MMA fight, and here’s why: I am not competitive. So I love jiu-jitsu, I love going in, I love going on the mat, I love rolling the people, but I love doing it with my friends.

It’s like the way dogs play, dogs play like they’re fighting, but they’re not trying to hurt each other unless they’re actually really fighting. That’s what I’m like with my friends, like, ‘Hey, let’s spar a little bit with kickboxing, but I’m not going to punch you in the face as hard as I can. I’m just going to see if I can touch you, and by me touching you, we both acknowledge that I’ve done something good.’ Or likewise with grappling, when I can turn an armbar, and in no way shape or form am I trying to break your arm, and if you don’t tap out because you don’t think you’re in that much trouble, I’m not going to crank it just to prove to you that I do have this armbar, right (laughs). So I love martial arts, I love that sort of thing, but I’m also not competitive enough to go in and be like, ‘Oh, I’m going to break this guy’s leg.’ That’s just not my personality type.

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Triple H’s role in WWE management has been expanding in the last couple of years, especially with him spearheading NXT. What do you think about Triple H’s work with the NXT talent he’s selected, and have you talked to him about what his vision is for the future of wrestling?

I have never actually talked to him about his vision for the future of wrestling, and that is actually something I should talk to him about, because we think a lot alike in a lot of ways. I like what he’s done with NXT, I think NXT is an awesome show. That last special that they did was an awesome product. I think Hunter is very intelligent wrestling wise, like he knows wrestling, he knows what works wrestling wise. I’m not exactly sure what are his ideas, and what aren’t his ideas within the WWE, but I want to say two of the most successful current acts that happened in the last year, like The Shield and the Wyatts, I think those are Triple H ideas, but I’m not exactly sure, as far as their execution and that sort of thing. The only way I can really gauge him is by what happens on NXT, and NXT is a wonderful product, it might be the best wrestling product out there. I love watching that show, and I think they’ve chosen some pretty awesome guys to be the stars of that show: Sami Zayn is incredible, Adrian Neville is incredible, Finn Balor is incredible, Hideo Itami, who used to be KENTA, and I wrestled on the independents and Japan, he’s incredible. So they’ve got some incredible talent down there, and they’re doing some really good stories.

Many thought you would face Brock Lesnar last year at Summerslam before your injury, and you recently stated you’d like to face Brock at WrestleMania. Could you envision incorporating any Japanese or strong style elements in a match with him?

Oh absolutely. I truly believe that if I wrestled Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania 31, for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it might be the most physical, realistic, style of pro wrestling match that has ever been seen in the United States. Whether it would be the most physical, realistic pro wrestling match that has ever happened, I don’t know, because there’s been a lot of awesome stuff like that in Japan. But it would just be something very, very different from what people are used to seeing now in WWE, and I think we need something like that, something that feels like a spectacle. I think it would be incredible.

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How was it working with Batista during his comeback run last year? Were you both surprised by the crowd reactions going into the WrestleMania match with Randy Orton?

(Laughs) So I was never supposed to be in that match, and the crowd reactions are what forced me to even be given that opportunity. I was surprised that the crowd was so vocal, because it was clear when Batista came back that he was supposed to be the returning hero. He was going on to main event WrestleMania against Randy Orton, and that was the big plan, but the fans changed that plan. That’s one of the amazing things about WWE that doesn’t happen in any other sport, or any other area of entertainment, is how much power the fans have. The fans literally changed the course of the biggest wrestling event of the year just through their actions, just through making their voices heard.

I wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near the top of the card. I think I was scheduled to wrestle Sheamus, and probably be 5th or 6th match from the top, and maybe get a 10 minute match if we were lucky, but because of fan support, all of the sudden now I’m doing 2 matches and I’m in the main event of WrestleMania. I kind of had thought that the fans might react the way that they did as far as booing him and cheering for me, but in no way shape or form did I expect it to be as vocal as it was. It turned into a transformative amount of cheering, you don’t get anything like that in any other form of entertainment or sports, so it was pretty incredible.

On Monday we found out Randy Savage was getting into the WWE Hall of Fame. Can you discuss how much influence he had on you as a sports entertainer?

I’m thrilled he’s being inducted, he’s clearly one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time. As a kid I had a Macho King wrestling buddy. I had bunk beds in my room, and I would jump off the top bunk bed and do an elbow drop onto the Macho King wrestling buddy. When you watched him, he was one of the best at mixing being an entertaining character, and flashy, and also being great in the ring. Like that match he and Ricky Steamboat had was awesome, the matches he had with Ric Flair were awesome, the matches he had with The Ultimate Warrior were awesome. He was a guy who was so good at blending entertainment and wrestling, and that’s something that a lot of wrestlers could learn from when you watch him.

How was it meeting Sting last year, and would you like to wrestle him in WWE?

Yeah, I’d love to wrestle Sting. Whether he would love to wrestle me, I have no idea (laughs). The first night I met him was at Comic Con last July in San Diego, and meeting him, he just seemed like such a nice man. He hasn’t changed into an egotistical person because of his success in wrestling. Obviously I didn’t know him before he was a big star in wrestling, but he just seemed like a very nice man, somebody who you’d love to hang out with, because he’s so cool.

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Foo Fighters are set to headline the 2015 Hangout Music Fest in May in Gulf Shores, AL.  Beck, Zac Brown Band and My Morning Jacket are also set to perform. You can view the full lineup below:

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In other Foo Fighter news, you can read our review of Foo Fighters’ secret show in Los Angeles, CA from Saturday below:

Foo Fighters played their first show of 2015 last night on a rainy night in Los Angeles at the Forum. The show was hyped as being a celebration of Dave Grohl’s birthday, but not much was known going in regarding what setlist might be going in, or if any special guests might show up. Foo Fighters kicked off the show and Dave Grohl immediately said that it would be a long night with tons of guests. The band were also using a new round stage setup in the middle of the arena that rotated throughout the show. Grohl would use the stage to rile up fans to cheer for the stage to rotate in their direction, and joked that he was getting nauseous at one point.

When it came to the set, KISS’ Paul Stanley was the first guest. Stanley performed “Detroit Rock City” and “Do You Love Me.” After Stanley left, the band performed “All My Life,” “Rope,” and “The Pretender.” The show mostly continued with this type of rotation, with a couple of songs with a guest performer followed by a few hits. Tenacious D and Slash were the next guests, performing Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” Jack Black led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Dave Grohl, with balloons dropping from the ceiling.

Alice Cooper performed his two biggest hits: “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen.” Former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri came out to perform Roky Erickson’s “Two Headed Dog.” Grohl introduced Oliveri by mentioning ‘the band I used to drum for,’ which led to many fans immediately thinking that Krist Novoselic would come out.

Zakk Wylde was arguably the best guest performer. When he came out, Dave Grohl took over on bass and he, Wylde, and Taylor Hawkins performed as a ‘power trio,’ according to Grohl. Wylde absolutely ripped and immediately won over the crowd, despite being less famous than some of the other guests. Wylde, Grohl, and Hawkins covered Black Sabbath, and it was definitely the heaviest portion of the set. Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell was the next guest for “Mountain Song” and “Miss You.” Farrell was another highlight, with great stage energy despite being in his mid 50’s. Farrell missed some lyrics of “Miss You” and had some light hearted banter with Taylor Hawkins regarding it.

Trombone Shorty came out during “This Is A Call” like he did at a recent festival performance, throwing some variety into the show instrumentally. Grohl then discussed the guest from the night largely being friends that he called, but he said he wanted to play with someone that he never had, and that ended up being the next guest: Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. Roth was a huge surprise, as he is not a part of Grohl’s usual cast of characters in his all star projects. Roth was on top form, telling a joke in a middle of a song about mixing up the word ketchup with ‘you’re a fucking bitch.’ “Panama” was one of the highlights of the night.

The show ended up Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Slash, and Zakk Wylde coming out for “Let It Rock,” which was definitely the loudest performance of the night with 6 guitarists on stage. The show ended at 32 songs clocking in at well over 3 hours, it was definitely a special night that you can only really get in Los Angeles.

In a new interview with Noisey, Marilyn Manson made claim to have had coined the term grunge during a review he wrote for Nirvana’s debut studio album Bleach:

“I hated rock n’ roll when I started. It was on the cusp of grunge and a lot of bands that I used to call “commonist rock” because everyone wanted to be like the common man with the flannel shirts and Pearl Jam and their fight against Ticketmaster and all this horse shit.”

Manson continued:

“Nirvana was different. That was one of the bands I covered first as a journalist and I’m just going to go ahead and say I coined the term ‘grunge’ in a review of Bleach. You’re welcome.”

You can read our review of Marilyn Manson’s upcoming studio album, The Pale Emperor below:

Ever since the release of 2007’s Eat Me, Drink Me, shock-rocker Marilyn Manson’s fame and songwriting skills have seemingly plateaued. Although, I must admit all four albums he has released since, including The Pale Emperor, have had a remarkable quality for a growing likeability with each listen.  On Manson’s ninth studio album, which will be released on January 20th via Hell, etc. and Cooking Vinyl Records, the renowned Antichrist Superstar returns along with bassist/guitarist Twiggy Ramirez, percussionist Gil Sharone (Stolen Babies), and multi-instrumentalist/producer Tyler Bates. You can view Alternative Nation’s review of Marilyn Manson’s The Pale Emperor below.

The album begins with the funky, mid-tempo “Killing Strangers.” This opener is noted for its simplistic percussion rhythm, chugging bass line,  and lyrical content focused on America’s public shooting issue and gun policies. The two singles, “Deep Six” and “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge,” provide a deeper peek into the frontman’s poetic wordplay, love/drug abuse, and Born Villain-esque interest in Greek mythology. The formerly mentioned single reveals a more upbeat, heavy composition with strong vocals as the latter possesses a slow groove accompanied by a melancholic vocal delivery.

“The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” holds a strong chorus and is a solid transition track to what I view as the meat of this album. Beginning with eerie ambience, “Warship My Wreck” evolves into something far more sinister with each pounding verse. The next track, “Slave Only Dreams To Be King,” harkens back to the samples, synths, and chaos of 1996’s Antichrist Superstar. “The Devil Beneath My Feet” tones the album down a bit with a more straight-forward rock sound while “Birds of Hell Awaiting” is pushed along by vocal reverb galore.

Third single, “Cupid Carries a Gun,” has a catchy acoustic guitar riff complimented by swinging choruses and plays out for an enjoyable listen. For the last official song, “Odds of Even,” boasts elements of post-rock, doom metal, a string/choral arrangement, and typical Manson sass. Bonus tracks “Day 3,” “Fated, Faithful, Fatal,” and “Fall of the House of Death,” reveal stripped-down versions of “Odds of Even,” “The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles,” and “Third Day of a Seven Day Binge” respectively in a tasteful fashion.

A realization arose while listening to this release in regards to comparing Manson’s recent material to hits like “The Beautiful People” or “Disposable Teens.” Most of the compositions on this album are based upon a jam or percussion-driven soundscape, while previous charting singles revolved around a guitar riff. Now, this can be good and bad. The optimist would argue that stepping away from the guitar-dominant verse-chorus-verse layout that skyrocketed Marilyn’s previous albums allows for more room for experimentation and maturation. On the flip side, a distinct riff within a conventional rock song format creates for a more memorable listen.

For this LP, the non-conventional approach at first seemed to convey a somewhat underwhelming experience, yet with time, a more detailed and expansive sound was revealed on tracks like “Warship My Wreck,” “Slave Only Dreams to be King,” and “The Devil Beneath My Feet.” The current singles are not the strongest released in his catalog, but still provides a heavy edge. In conclusion, The Pale Emperor is a significant milestone in Marilyn Manson’s musical career as he takes a step farther in a dark, melodic direction.

Overall score: 8.5/10

You can preorder The Pale Emperor by clicking here

As former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is getting ready to put out a new solo album, he was recently interviewed on Bay Area rock station 107.7 The Bone and the “Lamont And Tonelli Show”. Here are some highlights from the interview. First, Weiland discussing his current relationship with Slash and if he would ever be interested in a Velvet Revolver tour, “I have no problem with Slash. I have no problem with him at all. I wouldn’t be opposed to, at some point, doing a (Velvet Revolver) tour. That’s just coming from my perspective, though. I know there’s been a little banter before. And he was doing his own solo project, so he defused that. But, you know… That’s the thing about rock and roll: you never can say never.”

Weiland also discussed which band he’d rather reunite with: Stone Temple Pilots or Velvet Revolver: “That’s a difficult one, because there was all the stuff that went on with me leaving STP, it made things really confusing. And all I can say is, time heals wounds. And it would depend on what the situation was, really. It’s a hard one to say. I mean, I had great years with both bands and a great career with both bands.

According to Delawareonline, Pearl Jam won a fan vote of nearly 200 submissions to be voted as the top dream headliner for the 2015 Firefly festival. The band bested the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, Arcade Fire, Muse and a whole list of others.  Other massive festivals such as Coachella and Governors Ball have already announced their lineups, but a spokesperson for Firefly has stated that the official lineup will be announced early next month.

It should be noted that Firefly and Coachella recently announced a partnership. Overlap should be expected, however it’s not confirmed that headliners for the Coachella Festival (Drake, AC/DC and/or Jack White will be pulling double duty.  Kings of Leon and The Killers have been rumored as being potential headliners on Reddit.

 

We reported last year that Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder would be one of many acts to perform when music legend, Bob Dylan, is honored as MusiCares Person of the Year at a special tribute ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, February 6th. It is now being reported that more names have been added to that list and are set to perform at the ceremony. The confirmed list includes: Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, Eddie Vedder, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Beck, The Black Keys, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Norah Jones, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Aaron Neville, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Alanis Morisette and John Mellencamp, among a few others.

The event takes place just two days before the 57th annual Grammy awards. Former President, Jimmy Carter, will present Dylan with the award.

In other Vedder news, NBC News reports that President Obama’s visit with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was shorter than Backspacer, lasting under 30 minutes. The White House described Vedder as a ‘friend of the Obama family.’ The visit capped off Obama’s two week vacation in Oahu. The Obamas are renting a vacation home not too far away from Vedder’s home in Kailua.

Vedder played a set at a Florida fundraiser in 2012 for Obama, and has been a longtime supporter of his. Vedder told Repubblica (via translation) in 2009, “The night he was elected, I wanted to go out and dance in the street. The next day, Seattle had a rare day without rain, the sky was clear.”

He added that the people who had not voted for Obama were recognizable at first glance as they were, “Sad, disappointed, pathetic.” He added that he was disgusted when President Bush was reelected in 2004, “When Bush was reelected, I could not help but think: ‘Fuck you Americans, because you are ill-informed and base your vote on values that I can not accept.’”

In a new interview with the Red Bulletin, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl spoke his mind about the current state of music, claiming rock fans rely too much on the internet.

“People have forgotten what it’s like to really rock out because they spend all day in front of a freakin’ computer, which they hail as the new God.”

Grohl then continued:

“They seriously think technology can make them rich, if they stumble on something new. But I’m telling you: technology might make you rich, yet it will never make you happy.”

In a new Q&A with Rolling Stone, Grohl ripped critics of the Foo Fighters latest studio album Sonic Highways:

Look, that was one of the first conversations that we had when we started this project. I would explain the idea and someone would say, “Oh, cool. So, are you going to play a blues song? Are you going to make a country song in Nashville? Are you going to do jazz in New Orleans?” And I thought, “Can you fucking imagine how much of a train wreck that would be?” I said, “You have to remember that not everybody has HBO and is going to see the series.”

So, first and foremost, we have to make a Foo Fighters record. That’s it. And I really fought to retain that. At one point in Nashville, I walked in the control room and everyone was wearing fucking cowboy hats. I was like, “Guys! Don’t! Stop! Wait! We are still the Foo Fighters. Don’t forget that.” I think maybe people misunderstood the concept and thought that we were going to incorporate all of the different flavors or genres from each city, and, to me, it didn’t make any sense because the last thing I want to do is chase something that’s not real.

Grohl also said:

“You’re like, Hey, I’ve done this thing! Fuck, I can’t wait for people to hear this! I’m so proud of it. It was such a blast to do.” You get excited and then you realize that people didn’t really understand it in the first place. So you’re like, “Aw, fuck it.” It’s one of those things that after 20 years, nothing is going to keep us from doing what we do. And there’s not much to discourage us from the path that we’ve been on for this long. Look, if some dude with a blog says the band blew it because we didn’t fucking put a lap steel [guitar] on our song in Nashville, then that same day you sell out Wembley Stadium in a day, it’s like, “OK, well, I guess we’re doing something right.”

In a new interview with NME, Royal Blood drummer Ben Thatcher discussed how much opening for the Foo Fighters means to him:

“If you asked us individually before Royal Blood even started with band we’d most like to tour with the Foo Fighters would be the ones,” Thatcher told the magazine. “So to get the opportunity on this album run is insane.”

Mike Kerr, guitarist of the group discussed on the band’s plans for the new year:

“We just want it to flourish musically and make sure we’re always getting the best out of ourselves,” he said. “As long as we’re doing that, everything else doesn’t really matter. This is still an exciting project for us. I can’t really hope for anything. I don’t really need anything.”

Royal Blood will be supporting the Foo Fighters on the following tour dates:

7/6/15 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
7/9/15 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/16/15 – New York, NY – Citi Field
7/19/15 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park

8/12/15 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
8/13/15 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
8/17/15 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
8/19/15 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/21/15 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
8/22/15 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
8/24/15 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/25/15 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

Jack White was once part of a band called the Upholsters, the joie being that Muldoon and White were legitimate upholsters in the trade and renovated furniture for a living. Back in 2004, the band would release singles by sewing copies into pieces of different furniture, all without telling the customers anything.

Third man says that out of 100 copies of the hidden 2004 single, entitled “Apple Of My Eye”, only two were found. Both by completely different people. Third man has now shared photos of the art which you can view below, along with the track itself.

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In other White news, Mike McCready’s interview with Jack White aired on Pearl Jam Radio on SiriusXM recently. White and McCready talked about Pearl Jam bringing back the blues, and why the blues influence is lacking in rock today. Here is our transcription.

White said, “We were just saying on the bus a couple days about Pearl Jam, our bass player Dominic who is playing with me was saying, it was so great when we were in high school when a double guitar band came out with Pearl Jam, and how nice it was to see that. It had blues undertones throughout it, because there was punk bands, and heavy metal bands, but at that time, in the late 80’s, it didn’t seem like there were that many rock and roll bands. The rock and roll was sort of like Guns N’ Roses, that was the rock and roll of that moment. So it was great to see a double guitar band that had that bluesy feeling to it because we were kind of grasping at straws, taking whatever we could, because there really wasn’t anybody doing that.”

He added, “I think that when people say about modern music, ‘What is wrong with modern music? Where is rock and roll at?’ The hard part is that, even if you see bands on MTV now, there are these bands that have guitar, bass, and drums, and they’re the formation of a rock and roll band, but they don’t have any blues undertones or references in their mind to fall back into. Which is sort of, it’s okay and everything, but I think that the ones that have a little taste of that, 10% inside of knowing where the roots of this all came from, somehow they’re able to do something more interesting. Because if painters nowadays, if you work in Photoshop, maybe you can make something beautiful, but if you’ve never actually gone into a dark room and worked with the materials and developed the film, or worked with some kind of analog mechanical means to get that, you’re missing out on a big part of what you do as an art form.”

Mike McCready said, “I agree with that, and thank you for the Pearl Jam stuff. Myself, I got to see Stevie Ray Vaughan play 4 times, and the big turning point for me was seeing Muddy Waters on The Last Wall on Channel 9 one night by accident. I was way into metal, and I still love metal, but I was like, okay, I don’t need to play it that fast any more.”

The Foo Fighters latest promotional stop on the Sonic Highways tour brought them to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon where they band delivered a dramatic version of “I Am A River” with a full orchestra. You can view the video below:

In other Foo Fighter news, Paul McCartney discussed working with Dave Grohl and if he would be open to doing his own UK version of Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways concept in an interview with XFM. “I like what Dave does…his enthusiasm comes over.

“He told me the idea months ago, before he started on the series and I thought it was quite a brave idea because of the end of the week he’s got to come up with a song.”

“But it’s good to have a deadline if you’re a brave soul – which he is!”

Sir Paul was hesitant though when asked if he’d do a UK version of Sonic Highways.

“I wish I had the time. There’s so much history in something like Abbey Road – forget it! It goes right back, way back before us.

“I’m doing a lot of stuff and I love it – but I’ve also got a life beyond work, so I probably wouldn’t have time. But it’s a good idea!”

McCartney fronted Nirvana in 2012 for select live performances of their Grammy winning collaboration “Cut Me Some Slack,” which was part of the Sound City soundtrack.

“It was magic for me playing with these guys,” McCartney told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “I knew who Dave was because I’d met him, and he said ‘I have a couple of friends coming along.’ And during the session I hear them talking: ‘Wow, we haven’t played since Nirvana.’ So I found myself in the middle of a Nirvana reunion.”

He added that they could collaborate again “You never know. They really are great to play with. They were a great band with Kurt. That’s what I experienced – just playing with a really good band, which is a very special thing. I should know.”

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Dead Sara have announced the details of their upcoming studio album “Pleasure To Meet You” via the band’s official Facebook page:

We are delighted to tell you that our forthcoming newwww album “Pleasure To Meet You” is now available to pre-order!!!

It will be released in late March 2015 and you can order it here first PLUS a load of other awesome items with it.

Those of you who pre-order it we will be getting lots and lots of free bonus content and treats….. starting with a FREE download of the opening track off the record “Suicidal”.

So excited this is finally getting out to you guys and stay tuned for upcoming news on our new music video and single and much much more!

Love,

Em, Sioux, Sean and Chris

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Last month, AlternativeNation.net had the chance to interview Dead Sara frontwoman Emily Armstrong. With rock and roll at one of its lowest points, Armstrong is one of the genre’s greatest hopes as it eyes a comeback from the dead, with her gut wrenching voice definitely being one of the best to come out in the last decade.

When asked if rock is dead and if it could come back, Armstrong had an optimistic outlook. “I think it always comes back. If history has taught us anything, it does die out, and then comes back. There’s just like a certain wave of rock and roll I think, and right now we’re just at a decline, just like how the 80’s died, and then Grunge came in. There’s only a few that were sticking around in the late 80’s, like Guns N’ Roses and stuff like that, and then you had the Grunge scene that came in, then everybody in rock and roll was big again, there were so many bands that people loved. I think history repeats itself, and there’s no way that could really end. I can’t say it’s going to, or it’s not, but it’s just from what I’ve learned, and what I hope. It’s what I live for, so whether people buy it or not, who fucking cares? I’ll still be doing it.”

The second album was recorded at a big house in Malibu, and features the track “Mona Lisa,” which had a video filmed for it last month. “Radio 1 2″ is Armstrong’s favorite track from the record.

Armstrong sang backing vocals on Courtney Love’s 2010 Hole album Nobody’s Daughter. When asked what she learned from Love, Armstrong said, “Just stay sane, never do drugs.” She added, “I think the learning part was listening to her records, and the icing on the cake was to meet her, and sing on her record, that was the awesome part.”

While Dead Sara are only one album (soon to be two) into their career so far, Armstrong envisions the band will have a strong catalog under their belt a decade from now, “Well hopefully we’ll have 5 more records out at least, and touring. In 10 years, we’ll be in our 30’s by then. I think that’s a good time to be on top of our game, and then some.”

Noel Gallagher had some choice words for Arctic Monkeys in a new interview with BBC Radio Four’s Mastertapes.

He went on to say: “Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian, that’s 10 years ago now and shame on those two bands for a start because they didn’t inspire anybody else. The working classes have not got a voice anymore, there doesn’t seem to be a noise coming from the council estates, you know what I mean?”

The former Oasis member lashed out at modern rock act Bastille:

“Music is very middle class, I’d have eaten Bastille alive in an afternoon in the ’90s, one interview, destroyed, gone, never to be heard of again. Easy, had ‘em for breakfast. My bass player summed it up, we’re constantly saying, ‘Where is the next band coming from?’ and he rightly says, ‘Never mind the band, where are the people? When I first started I wanted to get in the charts and wreck it, like stamp Phil Collins out and Wet Wet Wet, they’ve got to go, and all that ’80s gear, we don’t need that anymore. I don’t see anything from the working class, I just don’t see it

Gallagher also disclosed that there is a bunch of unused Oasis tracks still left over:

“I’ve never written for a specific project, I’ve never been in the studio with less than 30 songs. I’ve just recorded an album, but I’ve still got another 30 songs. Instead of writing 15 or 16 songs for a cycle of where (Oasis) were at, we were using five, but I was still writing 15, 20 songs, so there’s loads of stuff left over from those days. Albums and albums worth of material. Because you move so fast as a writer, and you can only really do ten songs on an album at a time, lots get left behind.”

In other Gallagher related news, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl discussed Oasis in a recent interview with XFM.

“The whole Oasis thing is a shame,” Grohl said. “We all love Oasis. We’ve played shows with them before, where I look at them and think ‘That’s the greatest rock band I’ve ever seen in my life’.

“To know that they’re out there somewhere but they won’t come together to do the thing that everybody would love so much…”

Grohl later added: “They’re fun. They have such a crazy reputation of being ‘the Oasis guys’, and then you see them at the bar and they show you pictures of their kids. And you’re like, ‘Wow, they’re just normal dudes’, y’know?”

Liam Gallagher recently announced the break up of Beady Eye over the weekend on Twitter. Beady Eye featured former Oasis members Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell, and Chris Sharrock. Kasabian’s Jay Mehler also joined the band playing bass on tour last year. Beady Eye formed following Oasis’ breakup and released two albums: 2011’s Different Gear, Still Speeding and 2013’s BE.

Liam has claimed that he would be opening to reuniting Oasis with his brother Noel for a lot of money, but the brothers have trashed each other in the press in recent years, though they apparently made up earlier this year. Here are some of the Gallagher Brothers’ quotes regarding Oasis’ breakup.

Liam Gallagher (Daily Star, 2011):

“The people that go: ‘Oh, Beady Eye is not Oasis,’ well, Noel’s music ain’t Oasis either,” he said. “It might remind you of it but there’s something missing – fucking me.”

Liam Gallagher (Q 2011):

“Listen, [Noel]‘s a mouthy fuck too. He said we had a year to come up with a band name and came up with Beady Eye. He had three and came up with the High Flying Turds. I don’t know who dressed him but he looks like something out of Westlife.”

Liam Gallagher (The Guardian 2011):

”That’s the thing that makes me want to throw up. I just look at him now and think, ‘You’re a fucking fake’.”

Noel Gallagher (Press Conference 2011):

“On the way out [of the dressing room in 2009, Liam] picked up a plum and he threw it across the dressing room and it smashed against the wall. Part of me wishes it did end like that, that would have been a great headline. Then he kind of leaves, he goes out the dressing room, for whatever reason he went to his own dressing room and he came back with a guitar and he started wielding it like an axe and I’m not fucking kidding. And I’m making light of it because it’s kind of what I do, but it was a real unnecessary violent act, and he’s swinging this guitar around, he nearly took my face off with it.”

Liam Gallagher (Twitter 2011):

“[In respond to press conference quote] SHITBAG!”

Liam Gallagher (Daily Mail 2011):

“I’m quite prepared to go head to toe (sic) verbally, physically, musically, mentally with Noel Gallagher.”

Liam Gallagher (Lawsuit Statement 2011):

“I am used to being called all sort of things by Noel and I have in the past said things about him, but what Noel has alleged this time went way beyond rock-and-roll banter and questioned my professionalism.” He added, “This is not about money, all I want is a full apology from Noel.”

Noel Gallagher (NME 2012):

“[I wouldn’t reunite Oasis], not even if all the starving children in the world depended on it.”

Noel Gallagher (BBC6 2012):

“[Liam]‘s like a squeaky toy that swears a lot… in a blazer.”

Liam Gallagher (Q 2013):

“Fuck Oasis as far as I’m concerned and fuck Noel Gallagher. The thought of going onstage with that fucking idiot and hanging out with his daft mates, the pretend drug addicts and all his snobs from Sloane Street. Fuck that, not interested, mate.”

Liam Gallagher (NME 2013):

“If you want to play fucking Oasis songs put the band back together and stop being a fucking gobshite.”

Liam Gallagher (Clash Music 2013):

“The fuckin’ geezer that’s in the band? I fuckin’ absolutely fuckin’ despise [Noel when he’s in the band]. And I guess he feels the same way. But if you speak to him, he’ll probably go: ‘Yeah, I know; I hate both the cunts’. But yeah, I love our kid when he’s not surrounded by the bullshit.”

 

Last night, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan performed a surprised acoustic set at Las Vegas based record store Zia Eastern. You can view photos and video from the event below:

Photo credit @ZiaRecords

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In other BillCo news, in a recent piece with NME, Corgan discussed his take on staying relevant in today’s music industry and his displeasure for nostalgia:

“I had grown very frustrated with that widening gap between rock and roll and music where you have to get to the chorus within the first ten seconds or I’m gonna start taking a selfie. I had to really realize that the game had changed during my twenty something years and that I was facing the same kind of challenged that I had faced when I was making an album like Siamese Dream against hair metal bands of the world. You have to look at what the enemy is, in this case, time or attention spans and just go straight at it. The song’s the thing and it’s funny because if I listen to a Beatles song I like I’ll realize that the song begins with the vocals! No intro, just right into the chorus. So I took lessons from things like that.”

Corgan then added:

“I think of all the data of touring around the last seven years, seeing what music sticks and doesn’t we were pretty clear on that if we didn’t update what we were doing then we were pretty much dead in the water. I can’t speak for Europe as much, although I have played over there a lot the past few years, but America is very much stuck on the sentimental idea of what grunge was and what rock and roll was. You literally can phone in the same record over and over again and the public is actually OK with it. That creeps me out personally but that’s sort of the choice you’re given, do you update, come forward and get in there with the kids and get people on the dance floor or you might as well get on an oldies circuit, get on those package tours and play the hits. Which, to me, is like a form of slow motion suicide. It’s got nothing to do with why I started a band or am in a band and I rather not face oblivion in that type of way. I rather do a record like monuments, take a shot at it, if it doesn’t work then it doesn’t work but at least I’m on my feet trying.”