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

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Festival d’été de Québec (The Quebec City Summer Festival) have revealed their complete lineup for their 2015 event. The Rolling Stones, along with Foo Fighters will be headlining this year’s edition of the festival. Controversial cock-rockers Nickelback are slated to perform. This should also mark the first time in music history that Nickelback and the Foo Fighters have performed together. The event runs 11 days between July 9th and 19th throughout venues in downtown Québec City.

Other notable acts include The Doobie Brothers, Deep Purple, Boston and Royal Blood. You can view the full lineup above.

In other Foo Fighters news, “There might be a season two [of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways],” Dave Grohl said in a recent interview with Billboard. “There are a lot of studios.” What might be included in this next run? Grohl suggested drummer Taylor Hawkins is the person to answer that. “Taylor is one to ask about the U.K. studios, he’s been to them all, even if they’re kabob shops now. He’ll show up and be like, ‘You guys know that they fucking recorded Queen’s The Game in here, right?’”

“If we went to somewhere like Abbey Road it’d be fun to interview someone like Paul McCartney or George Martin, that’d be kind of cool,” Grohl said. “Or go to say, Berlin, and interview someone like David Bowie or Iggy [Pop].”

“Perhaps we could go to Melbourne wherever they made all those AC/DC records and interview George Young,” Shiflett suggested. “Or you could go to Manchester and interview the Happy Mondays, guys,” Grohl added.

Foo Fighters are set to release Songs From The Laundry Room on Record Store Day as a 10 inch vinyl. Side A will feature Dave Grohl’s early demos of “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me.” A cover of “Kids In America” and the previously unheard “Empty Handed” will appear on Side B.

Side A
01. “Alone + Easy Target” (demo version)
02. “Big Me” (demo version)

Side B
01. “Kids In America”
02. “Empty Handed”

See the cover (via FooFightersLive.com and FooArchive.com) below, along with with a clip of “Kids In America” from HBO’s Sonic Highways, and a clip of Dave’s early 90’s version of “Alone + Easy Target” (though the version on this EP may be different).

In the latest Teens React video, a popular web series put out by the REACT channel and a sub-channel from popular YouTubers TheFineBros, modern era teens were subjected to listen to various popular song that came out in the 1990s. The teens were also asked if they knew the songs and the artists. Watch below as these teens admit to not knowing popular 90s rockers such as Green Day and Tool as well as popular 90s pop acts. On a personal level, the fact that only 4 knew who Mariah Carey was is quite frankly embarrassing. You can watch the video below:

According to Truetoyou, one of the leading Morrissey fanzines, the former frontman of The Smiths has announced that he will partake in a 18 date United States tour in promotion for his tenth studio album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business. Blonde is slated to open during Morrissey’s stop in New York City. You can view a full list of tour dates below:

Tour dates:
June 11: Saenger Theater, New Orleans, LA
June 13: Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA
June 15: The Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC
June 18-21: Firefly Music Festival, Dover, DE
June 24: Hanover Theater, Worcester, MA
June 27: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (w/ Blondie)
June 29: Akron Civic Theater, Akron, OH
June 30: Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH
July 2: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, TN
July 8: Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI
July 9: Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL
July 11: Bloomington Center for the Arts, Normal, IL
July 13: Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, MN
July 16: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
July 18: The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
July 21: Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA
July 23: Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
July 25: San Jose Event Center, San Jose, CA (w/ Amanda Palmer)

 

World Peace Is None Of Your Business hits shelves on July 15th.

A new snippet from the new and authorized Kurt Cobain documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck has been released, via The Guardian. In it, pages from Cobain’s diaries are animated to show the various rejected band names Cobain came up with before finally choosing Nirvana.

HBO will airing Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck which will be produced by Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean, on May 4. It will also be hitting theaters around the world on April 10.

Dave Grohl discussed Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged rehearsals in a recent interview with American Way.

“Oh, yeah,” he starts, looking ­toward the ceiling, searching his head for details of a long-ago faded memory. Then he straightens up and nods. A smile purses his lips. “That show was supposed to be a disaster. We hadn’t rehearsed. We weren’t used to playing acoustic. We did a few rehearsals and they were terrible. Everyone thought it was horrible. Even the people from MTV thought it was horrible. Then we sat down and the cameras started rolling and something clicked. It became one of the band’s most memorable performances.”

The interviewer later mentioned that he had attended Nirvana’s Halloween 1993 show in Akron, Ohio.

“You were at that show? When Kurt was dressed as Barney the dinosaur and I was wrapped in gauze like a mummy? That gauze was so tight that the roadies had to try to cut it off me while I was still playing!”

When asked how he could remember a show from over 20 years ago, Grohl said he remembers all of his shows.

Days after the tragic death of Scott Weiland and the Wildabout’s guitarist Jeremy Brown, Weiland has dedicated the release of his new solo album “Blaster” to his late band member. The album has hit shelves as of 3/31.

In a statement Tuesday (March 31) Weiland said simply that, “I’d like to dedicate today’s release of our album, Blaster, to my friend and collaborator Jeremy Brown. It breaks my heart that you are not here to receive the recognition you so deserve and worked so hard for”.

The cause of Brown’s death has not yet been revealed.

Alternative Nation sends its best wishes to Jeremy Brown’s friends and family during this tough time. Reporter Doug McCausland said, “I met Jeremy briefly in Atlantic City last year after his tight performance, and he was very laid back and personable. His crunchy guitar riffs on Blaster really brought new life to The Wildabouts. I give nothing but my deepest condolences to Brown’s friends and family.”

RIP Jeremy Brown

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In an unprecedented move, Tool have shared a leak of new material that the band has been working on. The leak is not without controversy however as the band had the following to say about it via Facebook:

“This music leak is unsettling on many levels. First off, it truly sucks to have your unfinished music available on the interweb without your consent. And second, to have it immediately picked up by someone and released as their own work is infuriating. We don’t encourage anyone to listen to this leaked clip because it’s far from finished and it will spoil what’s to come. But if you absolutely must, then listen to both clips. These are practically identical. It’s a clear cut case of copyright infringement and plagiarism.” ‪#‎sueeverybody‬ ‪#‎marchthirtysecond‬

You can listen to the leaked track, entitled “Spreading It Like Herpes”, along with the track from the artist that Tool is claiming plagiarized them below:

New Tool leak:

Alleged rip-off version:

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YouTuber Joey Siler has put up a new feline parody of Alice In Chains’ classic “Man In The Box.” The parody is appropriately titled “Cat In The Box” by the even more appropriately titled “Kitties In Chains”. Check it out below:

This article is in loving memory of William Patrick Corgan’s cat Sammi who passed away last week.

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In an Alternative Nation exclusive, we have gathered exclusive comments from guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses/Art of Anarchy) after his controversial (well, awkward) interview with Alternative Nation. Thal actually took to my Facebook page to lash out about what took place. You can view the responses below:

Bumblefoot: “Dude, it was just a miscommunication. It was awkward for both of us. I could say the same about you but am totally understanding that you didn’t get the info you needed (even though it was sent but you didn’t receive it for whatever reason.) I thought we were both making the best of it, and I tried to offer things to talk about. Sorry it didn’t work out. Ron”

Bumblefoot: “PS – I’ve done about 100 interviews for this new album, this is the only one that ended up like this. Would be happy to try again when we’re not caught off guard.”

It should be noted that Bumblefoot and myself originally spoke after the interview took place via e-mail and we both left that it was all due to a massive misunderstanding due to the part of Bumblefoot’s publicist. What Bumblefoot is responding to, is a “vent-like” message after the interview was conducted on my personal Facebook page.

Alternative Nation owner Brett Buchanan was quite pleased with the interview, calling it “the modern day equivalent of Frost/Nixon.”

Reporter Doug McCausland said he had actually uncovered video footage of the interview. “Here is actual footage of Mike Mazzarone vs Bumble.”

You can purchase Bumblefoot’s new solo album Little Brother Is Watching today, and read Alternative Nation’s interview with him by clicking here.

Today I had the chance to interview Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. While Bumblefoot touched on many topics including his relationship with Joe Satriani, Art of Anarchy, a potential Little Brother Is Watching world tour and his favorite GNR material, Ron was very hesitant to answer anything related to Guns N’ Roses.  I was able to get him to discuss his favorite GNR tracks and recording the “Pink Panther Theme,” but otherwise he said that talking about GNR would give him a headache.

Bumblefoot also discussed recording the Art of Anarchy album, and how Scott Weiland worked with the band, praising his work, but being unsure of his commitment to the band.  Thank you to MSL and GNRTruth for providing many questions.

Are you planning a Little Brother is Watching World Tour?

It’s possible. I would love to, I definitely want to, I need to, I should. However, first I want to nurture the album a little bit more, I want to put out more videos, I want to do more things to let people know that it exists so people can check out the music and get to know it. After that though, I would like to hit the road, all over the place.

What accomplished songwriters that you’ve worked with have influenced your solo work most?

(Laughs) Ones that I have worked with that have influenced me the most? Let me think. Accomplished, that I’ve worked with? There are accomplished songwriters that I haven’t worked with, and songwriters that I have worked with that weren’t accomplished at all! I would say the one person that has it all is Tony Harnell (of TNT), he writes beautiful melodies and definitely makes me think a bit more when it comes to vocal melody.

Is there any material you initially wrote for GNR that ended up on your album?

Yes, I had two songs, “Argentina” and “Don’t Know Who To Preach To Anymore” that when I first wrote them I left them unfinished and I was thinking that I could bring them to the table with GNR but I felt ultimately that both songs were better fits on my solo album.

A three part question here: What is your favorite original GNR song, your favorite Chinese Democracy song, and your favorite unreleased GNR song?

Did you get the memo about no GNR questions or no?

No sir, I was never informed of that.

Oh, well, I’m sorry, I’m not supposed to talk about GNR. I will answer this question but from here-on we cannot discuss GNR. It actually would be fucking fantastic if you skipped every question you had about them from here-on. It would save a lot of headache. However, my favorite original GNR song is “Don’t Cry”. For personal reasons, of course it’s a beautiful song but that was also a time during shows where I would play the solo, the fans would sing along and it was my own personal chance to connect with the audience and that made that song extra special for me.

As far as stuff off of Chinese, I would say “Shackler’s Revenge” because of all the crazy setlist stuff, two handed stuff and doing that wild singing, it kept me busy and out of trouble.

How much time did Scott Weiland spend writing and recording with you guys in the studio, and did it come off to you like he was committed to the band, or just doing it for the check?

(Sigh) Well, he started off and wrote one song with us, he did everything in his own studio and had Doug Grean, his former right hand man doing everything with him at his place. Scott did one song called “Til The Dust Is Gone” and it came out beautifully. In fact, it’s probably going to be one of the singles. We shot a video for it and then he agreed to do the whole album so he pretty much banged out really quickly, in about a month. Scott would just write, write, write & hand things over. It was great.
As far as getting inside of his mind or spread any sort of negative dirt, that I cannot get into or even tell you. That is not stuff that I can answer.

Have you considered doing guitar and vocals for Art of Anarchy if there is a tour and more albums after the debut is released?

I don’t think so, no, because Art of Anarchy was created as a supergroup. Meaning, it would have a singer with one background, me in there with another background…etc. I think that’s what made it special and if I take over vocal duties I would compare that to teaching a three legged dog to run. I would love to if Scott was willing to see it through but if he didn’t then I would love to find someone that would be willing to see it through.

What is the current status of Blowout-NYC? Any plans for more shows?

There is no status, that’s not happening. Yeah, we did one show and everyone is too busy doing other things so that’s just not going to happen.

Can you tell me about the recording session for the track “Pink Panther Theme.” I understand most members of GNR contributed with the exception of Axl.

That one, we actually played live and then I put it in my solos at my place. We did it live in California and then we took it live before we hit the road and I wrote my solos on it, spending around three weeks trying to transcribe it.

What was it like meeting Joe Satriani and playing with him? Do you have a favorite song of Satriani’s you like to play?

Joe is just a sweetheart, just a wonderful guy. We stay in touch, we see each other, whenever Chickenfoot would come into town I try and get over there and say hello. One of my favorites is “Always With You”. That song has such a beautiful melody and could go on forever and never stop being beautiful.

Wonderful track. Beautiful song, I would like to thank you for taking par-

Hey listen, do you have some actual questions for me about my solo album, or no? Anything of interest that you want me to tell you about, anything? Anything that doesn’t have to do with GNR or Scott Weiland?
Here, I’ll tell you something cool about the new album, one thing that was cool about it was that I really enjoyed the process. I had 100 fans and friends and we all met at a venue in Brooklyn. So, like this listening party but the album wasn’t finished yet. We played each song in the state that they were in at the time, talked about each song with a little Q&A talking about what each song was about as well as different things. I then showed everybody different parts to sing and we sang them together so the album has group vocals of about 100 different people chanting stuff and singing different stuff. That is something that I really wanted to do.

For me, albums I like including people that are actually going to be listening to the stuff and make them part of the process. To me that’s most special because it’s for everybody, not just for me.

During a recent show in Buenos Aries, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and touring member of the Smashing Pumpkins and member of the Killers, Mark Stoermer met Jack White for the first time. You can view the photograph of them together below:

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In other recent BilLCo news, in a recent interview with Australia’s The Morning Show, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman shed some light on how he felt Kanye West handled his feelings during the Grammys, when he interrupted Beck’s Grammy receiving and acceptance.

When asked about how he felt about the incident between Beck and Kanye West, Corgan commented, “I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own or try to channel that energy in somebody’s moment… you’re basically saying that everything Beck has done to be in that position is negated because in your mind, it’s not relevant to your own thing…I don’t think that’s the moment to do it. Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can write your own blog, but to jump on stage and sort of steal that moment and re-appropriate in your own way is…inappropriate…I don’t know Kanye but I think he is speaking from his heart, I think he really believes what he’s saying… I just think that’s the inappropriate venue to do it.”

Corgan also expressed his disappointment with how social media rewards negative behavior, which he feels will ultimately reflect badly on the Grammys and on West himself.

Corgan also addressed how he would have handled any similar situation: “I’ve stood at that podium too and I’ll tell you what, if somebody got up on my stage, I would knock them out. I don’t care who it is, I would have knocked him out.” Tongue-in-cheek, he further remarked that it would have been a “stand off” between him and Kanye, but that Kim Kardashian would “probably take me down!”

The Smashing Pumpkins, with Mark Stoermer of the Killers on bass and Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine on drums, just wrapped up their Australian tourdates and will continue to tour in South America.

 

 

The Rolling Stones are expected to make a big announcement regarding their touring career on Tuesday, March 31st. This news comes from sources close to the legendary rock and roll group and the StarTribune. The expected announcement was slated to come out yesterday (3/19) but was suddenly pushed back. The alleged announcement is expected t be that the Stones will launching a North American Summer tour. Their first since 2012.

Scott Weiland held a paid VIP meet & greet session with fans at a recent show at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. The following is three different fan accounts from the event in Boston, including a fan claiming Weiland bizarrely said to him “Let’s suck a dick!” Each fan account comes from Stone Temple Pilots fan forum, BelowEmpty. You can read our review of Weiland’s recent show in Philadelphia by clicking here:

PigsInZen:
The VIP early entry allowed me to get into the venue and secure a nice spot right upfront and center. Stocklyn was very energetic and had some cool songs, I enjoyed them. Scott and the band were on time, and sounded kickass. I can’t get over how much Joey Castillo adds to their sound. He is a total monster. Scott danced around stage, joked, and actually seemed very happy during the set. Amethyst, Vasoline and The Jean Genie were major highlights for me, and all of the new songs went over very well. Scott’s voice wore down as the night went on but he was very strong on most of the tunes. The set was short and people were sticking around after Unglued expecting more, but the crowd was very satisfied and I heard people saying that this is the best they have seen Scott in years.

As for after the show, Tommy hung around out front and took pictures and chatted with many of the fans. I talked to him for a minute and he was very down to earth and humble. The VIP meet and greet was held in the back and like I expected you get about two seconds to shake everybodys hand, the manager gives you a pre signed poster and you get one picture with the band. I still wanted to meet my hero and it was an extra plus to meet Joey. I told Joey to stick with this band and it creates a monster rhythm section. Before I got up there to meet them, Scott was posing for pictures, smiling, putting people in headlocks, kissing them, the whole nine yards. When I get up there Scott didn’t even look at me when I was talking to him, he put his arm around me and literally said “lets get this shit done with”. As I fakely smiled for my photo, I couldn’t believe what just came out of my hero’s mouth. I felt so betrayed after spending so much money to support him over the years. Scott should not be saying that when people paid 150$ for a brief picture with him after the show. He obviously wants no part of the meet and greet and thats fine if he doesn’t market one. Always treat your fans with respect, I have always defended Scott and now it made me second guess myself. I actually thought of the DeLeo brothers and imagined how meeting them and Chester would not be a similar experience at all.

On a concluding note, I loved the show, his heart was into it and so was mine, and the crowds. One thing that should be mentioned is that Scott seemed like he was in slow motion, most likely drinking. I always thought it was his stage persona but after the show he talked slow, and his eyes seemed empty, even my girlfriend took notice to that. I will see Scott again, the meet and the greet is kind of out the picture now but I can’t wait for Blaster and for the next show!

Matthew:
I did the meet and greet as well and he said “let’s suck a dick!” to me and that was it. Over and done in 10 seconds. He was definitely drunk and ready to get outta there. I was about as drunk as he was so I didn’t really feel disappointed until looking back today. It’s funny, but also disappointing. Overall though I met some cool people and had a blast before and after the show. Thats what really counts.

Toahiaph:
Add me to the list of fans who Scott was not so nice too. The other members of the band all cool and with it…. scott seemed hammered.

As a long time fan (from the age of 10 years old) Scott and STP have been a HUGE part of my life. Collected everything I could STP as well saw them in concert every time I could. One of the things on my “Bucket List” was to meet Scott and get his autograph….. which I really wanted tattoo’d, to commemorate the day I met him.

When the Meet & Greet VIP passes came available I hesitated to spend the money but it’s a once in a life time thing. So I bought them! I had known Scott was hit or miss but I was really hoping for a good experience, but wasn’t getting my hopes up.

On the night of the concert after we were let in early for VIP I went over and nervously asked the gentleman in-charge of the VIP access about getting scotts signature for a tattoo. He was really nice about it but kindly let me know that Scott WILL NOT sign skin, and most definitely WILL NOT SIGN anything that he knows will be then turned into a tattoo. He also mentioned to not tell or show Scott my 2 other STP tattoos.
Sheesh Glad I asked!!!

Concert was great, besides some A-holes who can’t follow rules or have any respect…. but that’s at every concert. All 30 (?? not sure how many) of us VIP pass people line up out back and wait for the band. Scott is joking with people and making all sorts of wacko gestures for people pictures. Sweet this is going to be awesome I think!!! I can’t stop smiling at this point. It’s finally my turn….. I walk up and tell scott something along the lines of “I just wanted to tell you I have been a fan for 20 years” Scott then interrupts me and says something like OK hurry up I don’t want to hear it. I stand next to him and smile for my picture… mean while he was complaining the whole 5 seconds that it was taking too long.

I will NEVER pay to shake his hand again. I am glad I did it…. but when the day comes to put the Bucket List in order of awesomeness…. scott is going down to the bottom.

I can’t stress enough how cool Jeremy and Tommy are. I wish I could say the same for Scott.

It was maybe 30-45 mins of his time after the concert…. he could of at least been thankful that people still want to see him and pay $150 to shake his hand.

Music icon and legendary Led Zeppelin frontman, Robert Plant will be playing with the Pixies on select dates of his new North American tour, in support of his latest solo album, Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar. The tour begins on May 24th at the Sasquatch! festival and is to conclude mid-June at Bonnaroo.

You can view both Plant’s tour dates and the Pixies’ upcoming tour dates below.

Robert Plant 2015 Tour Dates:
03/16 – Santiago, CL @ Caupolican
03/19 – Asuncion, PY @ Asuncionico
03/21 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
03/24 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ CitiBank Hall
03/26 – Belo Horizonte, BR @ Chevrolet Hall
03/28 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
04/25 – Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center
05/24 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Festival
05/25 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
05/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot #
05/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl #
05/30 – Napa, CA @ BottleRock Festival
05/31 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl #
06/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre #
06/05 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
06/07 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre %
06/09 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadowbrook Music Festival %
06/10 – Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion %
06/12 – Memphis, TN @ Mud Island Amphitheatre
06/12-14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
06/15 – Raleigh, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheater %
06/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center %
07/10-11 – Gloucester, UK @ Forest Live
07/14 – Stockholm, SE @ Grona Lund Tivoli
07/16 – Molde, NO @ Moldejazz Festival
07/18 – Pori, FI @ Pori Jazz Festival
07/19 – Salacgriva, LV @ Positivus Festival
07/21 – Charlotta Valley, PL @ Charlotta Valley Amphitheatre
07/23 – Brno, CZ @ @ Hala Rondo
07/28 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
07/31 – Notodden, NO @ Notodden Blues Festival
08/08 – Landerneau, FR @ Fete du Bruit Festival
08/11 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
08/12 – Colmar, FR @ Foire Aux Vins d’Alsace Festival

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Pixies 2015 Tour Dates:
05/01 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
05/03 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Sunfest
05/05 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
05/06 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
05/08 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/09 – Tampa, FL @ Big Guava
05/11 – North Charleston, SC @ PAC
05/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
05/13 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
05/15 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace
05/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium
05/19 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
05/21 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn P.A. Center
05/22 – Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang
05/23 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
05/24 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
05/27 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
05/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
05/30-31 – Columbia, MD @ Sweetlife Festival
06/07 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre %
06/09 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadowbrook Music Festival %
06/10 – Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion %
06/15 – Raleigh, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheater %
06/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center %
06/18-21 – Montebello, QC @ Amnesia Festival

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Pearl Jam have announced, that they will be kicking of a South American tour. The band’s tour begins in Santiago, Chile on November 4, and wraps in Mexico City, Mexico on November 28. In between, Pearl Jam will play five shows in Brazil. There’s still one date yet to be announced so we’ll soon find out just where Pearl Jam will play on November 7. Ticketing information will be announced on the group’s official website.

Pearl Jam 2015 Tour Dates:
11/4 – Santiago, Chile @ Estadio Nacional
11/11 – Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Arena do Gremio
11/14 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Estadio do Morumbi
11/17 – Brasilia, Brazil @ Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha
11/20 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Estadio Mineirao
11/22 – Rio de Janerio, Brazil @ Estadio Maracana
11/28 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Foro Sol Stadium

In other PJ news, Keith Cameron has published a new interview with Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard (conducted last summer) where Gossard discusses the band’s creative dynamic, and differences they had in the past regarding songwriting, and why the band ultimately stuck together. Cameron mentioned to Gossard that any long-term relationship has its ups and downs, and Gossard agreed.

“Absolutely. And there might not even be anything going on at a certain period of a band’s existence, but somebody just wakes up and goes, ‘I’m gonna change…’ Glorious things can come out of somebody saying, ‘I’m not gonna put myself in this process any more, I’m gonna choose a different process.’ There’s nothing wrong with that. But our particular band has been stubbornly persistent at just saying: ‘Nope, we’re gonna keep doing it.’ And there’s been times when that has probably not benefited us. There’s been times when we’ve been stagnant and times where it would have been nice to have somebody come in and break the thing open and say, ‘No, try it this way’ – where we were incapable of doing that. But I think in the long run our persistence and stubbornness paid off in the sense that now I think we’re better at challenging ourselves internally. Going back in time and thinking about songs that I hated – ‘Oh, this song’s not a Pearl Jam song’ – and then just loving it 10 years later and going, ‘God, I was just in a shit mood, because I wasn’t in charge of some particular track or it wasn’t going the way I wanted it to’. I had a predisposed notion about how I felt about it.

Everybody in the band has gone through moments like that, where they’re like, ‘I’m not happy right now.’ But, you can’t be happy every day! And anyone that’s ever tried to put a new band together knows you’re going to run into a whole new set of personalities and whole new set of problems, and anyone that thinks they can just go out and do it by themselves and have that same momentum is… Y’know, Ed’s as good as anyone at generating that energy by himself, he’ll go out and do solo shows, but I think at some point during those tours he’s like, ‘Ahh, I’m excited to be getting back to my band,’ just because those faces and the support that he gets and the energy he gets from the history of it and the song catalogue and the crowd’s response to it, is all still evident.”

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Kaiser Chiefs have just released the music video for “Falling Awake.” The track is now released as a digital single, but will also be included on the indie rock group’s follow-up to 2014’s Education, Education, Education & War. Danny North filmed the video during Kaiser Chiefs recent South American tour in support of the Foo Fighters.

In April, the band will return to North America for a headline tour with openers Priory. The group will also be performing at the Shaky Knees Festival, which occurs on May 8th-10th in Atlanta, Georgia and includes acts such as The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Mastodon, Brand New, Old Crow Medicine Show, Neutral Milk Hotel, Ride, Interpol, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, Flogging Molly, Death From Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Clutch, The Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, The Mowgli’s, Fidlar, Surfer Blood, and many more. You can view tour dates below the video player.

Kaiser Chiefs tour dates:
4/20 – Victoria, BC – Distrikt
4/21 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
4/22 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
4/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
4/25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
4/26 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues: San Diego
4/28 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
4/30 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s: Outdoors
5/1 – Dallas, TX – Trees
5/2 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Main Room
5/5 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
5/6 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
5/8 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
5/9 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
5/10 – Richmond, VA – The National
5/12 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
5/13 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
5/15 – Boston, MA – House of Blues: Boston
5/16 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
5/17 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre

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Alice in Chains has just announced a headlining US summer tour. The grunge group will embark on the road starting on July 17th at the Starlight Theatre in San Diego, CA and finish off at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. As of now, there has been no opener announced for the 20-date tour. Ticket pre-sales begin tomorrow (Tuesday, March 10th). Also, the band is donating two dollars for every pre-sold ticket to a memorial fundraiser. You can view the full list of tour dates in the image or text below:

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Alice in Chains tour dates:
7/17 – Pala, CA – Starlight Theatre
7/18 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl
7/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
7/21 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
7/22 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
7/24 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
7/25 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino
7/28 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
7/31 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre
8/1 – Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino
8/3 – St. Louis, MO – Pageant
8/4 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
8/6 – Cincinnati, OH – Horseshoe Casino
8/7 – Nashville, TV – Ryman Auditorium
8/8 – Nashville, TV – Ryman Auditorium
8/10 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
8/11 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock
8/14 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods
8/15 – Atlantic City, NJ – Taj Mahal
8/16 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest

Kurt Cobain’s childhood home is back on the market. We originally reported the story back in September of 2013 when the asking price was half a million dollars for the four bedroom/one bathroom home. The asking price for the home has since changed to $400,000 – which is still well over the median price for homes in Aberdeen, Washington. ($100,000)

The listing description describes it as “a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of rock history.” You can view photos below:

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Almost a month after Kayne West stormed the Grammy stage and blasted Beck, West took to Twitter to issue an apology:

West originally went on E! after Beck’s Grammy win to publicly blast the 2015 Album of the Year award winner

“The Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. ‘Flawless,’ Beyoncé video. Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it. Because what happens is, when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration.”

West continued:

“We as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyoncé album and they feel like it takes them to another place. Then they [the show’s producers] do this whole promotional event, they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. Like, no, we not playing with them no more. By the way, I got my wife, my daughter and my clothing line, so I’m not going to do nothing to put my daughter at risk but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s the reason why I didn’t say anything tonight. But you all know what it meant when ‘Ye walks on the stage.”

In related Kayne/Beck drama news, In a recent interview with Australia’s The Morning Show, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan shed some light on how he felt Kanye West handled his feelings during the Grammys, when he interrupted Beck’s Grammy receiving and acceptance.

When asked about how he felt about the incident between Beck and Kanye West, Corgan commented, “I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own or try to channel that energy in somebody’s moment… you’re basically saying that everything Beck has done to be in that position is negated because in your mind, it’s not relevant to your own thing…I don’t think that’s the moment to do it. Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can write your own blog, but to jump on stage and sort of steal that moment and re-appropriate in your own way is…inappropriate…I don’t know Kanye but I think he is speaking from his heart, I think he really believes what he’s saying… I just think that’s the inappropriate venue to do it.”

Corgan also expressed his disappointment with how social media rewards negative behavior, which he feels will ultimately reflect badly on the Grammys and on West himself.

Corgan also addressed how he would have handled any similar situation: “I’ve stood at that podium too and I’ll tell you what, if somebody got up on my stage, I would knock them out. I don’t care who it is, I would have knocked him out.” Tongue-in-cheek, he further remarked that it would have been a “stand off” between him and Kanye, but that Kim Kardashian would “probably take me down!”

The Smashing Pumpkins, with Mark Stoermer of the Killers on bass and Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine on drums, just wrapped up their Australian tourdates and will continue to tour in South America.