Mike Mazzarone

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

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.

A lost interview from 1986 with Lou Reed was unearthed by PBS has animated as part of its Blank on Blank series. The interview has the late Velvet Underground frontman with choice words for fellow music icons such as The Doors and The Beatles:

“When [bands] did try to get, in quotes, ‘arty,’ it was worse than stupid rock & roll,” he said. “What I mean by ‘stupid,’ I mean, like, the Doors.” And what did he think of John Lennon and the Beatles? “I never liked the Beatles,” Reed said. “I thought they were garbage. If you say, ‘Who did you like?’ I liked nobody.”

Reed is set to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. You can view the interview piece below:

Tori Amos has released a cover of the iconic Nirvana hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” which will be featured on the bonus disc of the her forthcoming debut album Little Earthquakes re-release which you can listen to below:

The re-release of Little Earthquakes, along with the re-release of Amos’ follow up to that album Under The Pink, will be due out on April 14th.

In other Nirvana news, 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.

Our sources can confirm that former Smiths frontman, Morrissey will be one of the many acts to play at this year’s Firefly Music Festival this June at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. The official Firefly lineup is expected to be announced by Red Frog Entertainment at 3:00 PM EST/2:00 CST we can announce and confirm via a high ranking source that Morrissey will be one of the many acts to be performing at the festival.

The Firefly Music Festival lineup was reportedly leaked back in January from a Twitter account called @EDMSecrets, today it was also reported by Philadelphia rock station 104.5, that the official app for the festival leaked the lineup which mirrors the same one last month and also lists Morrissey as a performer.

As of 3:00, Firefly has revealed the official lineup. Along with Morrissey, This year’s Firefly boasts The Killers-Kings Of Leon, along with a mystery headliner. (Widely rumored and speculated to be Paul McCartney) You can view the official lineup poster for this year’s Firefly Music Festival below:




Not even the coldest recorded day in 20 years for New York City could keep one of the hottest rock groups right now, KONGOS, from blowing the roof off of the Irving Plaza. My colleague, Doug McCausland, and I got to the venue at around 7:00 PM, right when the doors where supposed to open. However, that was not the case. In fact, I would dare say that the line for the show grew longer and more anxious. A few moments later and the fans rushed the venue.

I truly wanted to get into the first act, Colony House. There were times when I felt some Killers-ish vibes from the lead singer, and upon listening to their in-studio work afterwards I can confirm those vibes. However, aside from tracks such as “2:20″ and “Silhouettes”, most songs from the band sounded nearly identical to one another. Colony House had an almost boring stage presence and while I understand some bands are just finding their way or are just better in studio then live, that’s something I would work on if I were them. I do feel fans of the modern scene would enjoy them, and I do recommend checking out “Silhouettes” which is a good track. However, the main problem with them is the un-inspired stage presence and the fact that nearly every song of theirs sounds similar. I’ve heard hundreds of bands like this one.

The next act, Sir Sly, I was truly excited for because I had missed one of my previous chances to see them during last year’s Firefly Music Festival. I heard their most known track “Gold” on alternative rock radio a couple years back and was hooked ever since. The group is the anti-Colony House in a sense. Their songs match their stage presence entirely and are a complete joy to watch. Extremely fun. Anyone that is a fan of Joywave would like this group. The high energy rock mix of electro-pop and alt rock was a welcoming change from the previous act and set the tone for KONGOS, who were headlining the night.

Within the last two years I would like to say that I’ve seen KONGOS either three or four times. Each time I see the band, Dylan and company mature as a group and Dylan seems to grow as a vocalist everytime I attend a show. One of the real highlights for me was actually towards the end of the show with one of the band’s current hit singles’ “I’m Only Joking.” Now, some people like to say that KONGOS sound exactly the same live as they do in-studio and I saw that during a few tracks. However, there is so much energy and raw emotion during “I’m Only Joking” that it’s the perfect way to lead into an encore because you are craving more after that performance.

Another highlight of the night was KONGOS’ cover of the classic Beatles’ track “Eleanor Rigby.” Now, even though it’s been covered quite a bit by bands, I think you need to have a lot of balls as an act to decide to cover the Beatles. As soon as I heard the first few bars I knew what song they were going with, and I actually rolled my eyes. I should of known better by doubting a band like KONGOS because while it wasn’t the most faithful of interpretations, they certainly did that track justice. I would dare say that I enjoyed that they put their own twist on a Beatles classic. It was a memorable part of the night. You can tell the band has “Beatles-ish” vibes as well. This is especially clear on tracks such as “I Want To Know.”

KONGOS also played some of their new songs as well, which are to be released on their upcoming third album. As a rock fan, I fully expect it to be the perfect follow-up to Lunatic. KONGOS are poising themselves up to be the next big rock band in the same way Cage The Elephant did. And hopefully they start getting the chance to play bigger venues soon. This is a group that you definitely need to see at least once.

In this exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net’s Sports section, Devils play-by-play man, Steve Cangialosi discusses his background as a broadcaster, Doc Emrick, what the locker room has been like since Peter DeBoer’s departure, who we could see behind the Devils bench next year, the development of Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas, what the Devils’ role  at the trade deadline will be, playoff hopes, Martin Brodeur’s stint with the St. Louis Blues and more.

Tell me the story behind you and hockey. Did you become a fan before getting into broadcasting or after?

Oh of course! Hockey had been my favorite sport, probably from the time I was eight years old. Since I’m fifty-one now, I will say that’s a pretty long time. *laughs* I grew up in Queens and the Islanders were my team. Strangely enough, Chico Resch had become my favorite player at a very early age, probably because I have a vivid memory of 1975 and him taking the Islanders to the Stanley Cup semi-finals.

How do you cope during the overlap of the NHL and MLS seasons? What preparations do you make to switch into soccer and hockey mode, from one night to the next?

Those are the two very tricky parts of the year, probably that segment of late September into October and come springtime you have late February into March where for me it’s double the homework and probably double everything on my plate. Once the Devils and the Stanley Cup playoffs are done it’s something where I completely immerse myself into MLS and vice versa, once the MLS season is done and I’ve called my last soccer game for a while then I’m in position to switch the work part of it off. I mean, I still watch all of the games, watch all that I possibly can but it’s a lot to balance and you are inevitable that you are going to miss things.

The first thing that you should know is that whenever there is a conflict, the Devils win out and that’s just the nature of the beast. I have promised to do every New Jersey Devils telecast. There are those times where both teams play on the same day and strangely enough I can do both if one is in the afternoon and one is in the evening but that doesn’t happen a heck of a lot! *laughs* I read a lot and I watch as much tape as I possibly can, my DVR is always at around 98% because I got games on the backlog, most of which I try to get to and some of which I just never get to. It’s a completely different craft I would say, the preparation is similar in that you are reading as much as you can, watching as much tape as you can talking to players and coaches as much as you can but the pacing and the job itself is very much different.

In my opinion, it seems like you are a student of the game and its rich history, much like how Doc Emrick was. Would you say you pattern your call style after Doc? Is there more to your love of hockey than it just being part of the job?

*Laughs* There is only one Doc and I can say that pretty confidently because I got to work with him for a good amount of time. I always tell people that the thing that I try to take from Doc is not only his commitment to the profession but his approach to people, because that was a big part of what came out on-air. Doc loves the people that he covers and I try to adopt that same mindset, he loves the players, loves everything around the game and I think none of that when we see him now or NBC is forced at all. To talk with him just about life and the game was just some of the most rewarding times to have.

I’ll tell you a story that I like to tell sometimes where everything I ever thought about Doc came out and was true. The very first time I joined the crew, which was around the fall of 2006, I remember that we had arrived in Carolina and it was my first game as the pre-game host. We arrived to that first production meeting in Carolina and I’ll never forget, Doc had already called more than 2,000 games in his career and obviously his reputation was one of, if not the most credible voice in the game. What struck me as interesting in the first production meeting back then was that he treated me as if my voice was equal, he wanted to know what I had to say about tomorrow night’s game and he wanted me to have an equal platform as him even though his credentials in the game far outweighed mine. Doc wanted that door open and I never forgot that. It’s an approach that one day that I want to pass on to somebody else in the game and that’s what I mean about his approach to people. It’s always genuine and I believe that love of the game always comes out.

As far as pattering my call style? Doc is very unique, very descriptive, so on the money with things and it all happens with a machine gun/rapid fire call. I think that there are very few people in the business that are equipped to do what he does. I do my best though! *Laughs*

Have you worked with Ken Danekyo, this season to help him learn the craft a bit? Is Dan-o receptive to constructive criticism? Also, how do you feel this first season without Chico Resch is going?

Oh absolutely he’s receptive to constructive criticism and it’s a totally different animal for Kenny than the role that he’s been in for the past ten years. I think that the place he comes from was, you watch a game, you’re emotional about it and that emotion would then cut out just in his between period segment, which is roughly four to five minutes and I did a lot of those with him when I was the pre and post game host. It’s a completely different animal now because you are tethering everything to a two and a half hour broadcast, there is a lot more pacing, a lot more deciphering of what’s important early, what can wait and what might not get into the broadcast at all. The preparation level is completely different, it’s much more intense and Kenny is figuring all of that out right now. It’s a very different job from the one he had over the last ten years. It’s a lot more analytical and this is a first foray for him, his first season and it’s a process, definitely a process.

However, Kenny comes at it from a totally different place then Chico and for me I guess that’s the biggest change. Chico, and I would always take this for granted, would see the game through the eyes of a goaltender, so that doesn’t just mean that he knows about the nuances of goaltenders throughout the league but he was also very good of picking up the nuances of the shooters. Now, Kenny comes at it from a completely different place, obviously from being a stay-at-home defenseman for the most part of his twenty year career. So, there is a different dynamic there, without a doubt and just like Chico had to find his way with things when he started back in the 1990s so is Kenny in the process of doing that now, I’m sure.


How do you feel the mood around the players and team has changed since Peter DeBoer’s departure?

Something needed to change. I don’t know if the mood has been altered that much and I think that there is this false perception out there that players wanted Pete DeBoer out and I never sensed that. As a matter of fact, I sensed that an overwhelming respect in the room, for Pete. So, this notion that when he was dismissed, the day after Christmas that “thank God, he’s out of the way”, I always thought that was tremendously off base. Now, have certain played benefited from Pete’s departure? Absolutely. Adam Larsson is playing 22 minutes a night now when there were times that was probably never possible, under Pete. However, that’s not to say that it wouldn’t have happened if the situation was given more time but it very well might have. Pete’s best team, and you can log his time in Florida and New Jersey to make that six and a half years as a NHL head coach, the best team he ever had and was assembled for him got to the Stanley Cup Final and I never forget that. I think a lot of people do. However to answer your question, I don’t think the mood in the room has really changed that much.

I want to put this to bed once and for all, was Adam Larsson held down by Pete DeBoer?

Adam Larsson’s playing time has increased now in the aftermath of it. Pete wants to win, did he hold him down? That’s a hard question. Pete put out the lineup every night that he thought was going to win a hockey game, so did that progress slow down? It probably did a little bit since his rookie season. Remember when Adam came up as an 18 year old kid, he was not only playing 65 regular season games that year but he was playing every situation. As a teenager, they trusted him with a lot and I think the Devils as time went on kind of admitted that they put too much on his plate early. Pete DeBoer wasn’t the only one to have said that, Lou Lamoriello had said that as well.

Again, given more time I don’t think Adam Larsson’s growth as a player will be any more exponential since Pete DeBoer is out of the way. I just don’t. I think Adam would have had a very good career regardless of who the coach was for the balance of this season and moving forward. If Adam was good and if Adam was going to play as consistently as he has in recent weeks that was going to come out, eventually that would of come out under Pete DeBoer too.

Who do you think the next coach for the team is going to be next season? Scott Stevens, Adam Oates or someone else?

My suspicion is that it will be one of the two as both have built up equity here with what they’ve done. It’s a short body of work since they’ve come aboard, we’re talking about since December 26th but everything from the Devils says that the two have been equal parts in this. I would say that Adam Oates has a touch more to do with the overall game-plan right now. The forwards are under his jurisdiction where as the defensemen are under Scott Stevens’ jurisdiction. The simple math is that there are more forwards on the team then defensemen and Adam, of course is in charge of the power play which is a very important thing, although I’m not demeaning what the penalty kill means.

Adam is a former head coach in the NHL, if I had to say one guy had an edge it would be Adam Oates but I’m going to temper that by saying by saying Scott Stevens has unwavering support from a lot of people. I always want to remember the importance of that; there are a lot of people who believe Scott Stevens’ mentality is that of a head coach. The thing that hasn’t happened yet is that Scott hasn’t come out and said that “I want to be a head coach someday.” I think that once we hear that then maybe the handicapping of all of this might be different.


After an impressive winning streak, the team seems to have cooled off a bit. Do you think the Devils have a realistic chance of making the playoffs? Did we see a bump in performance, which usually happens after any head coaching change or was it something else?

You know what; I think they’ve simplified the game. The winning that took place, up until the last two games was more than just adrenaline of a coaching change, that had to do with simplifying the game, which the Devils have done. Now, you’re asking me if they’re in the playoff race. They’re going to have to do something that no team in the past two decades has done and that is come back from a double digit deficit in the standings, in terms of points and do that with less than 30 games to go. That hasn’t happened in two decades. So, the math here is very obvious for everyone to digest, it’s a long shot at this point. I still think what they’re doing, is that they’re looking at a 6 game home stand and I think that they still have their sights set on that stretch of games that takes place starting next week when they play Buffalo, Vancouver, Carolina, Arizona, Calgary and Boston all at home. Now, if the success of that home stand is going to match what they did with the recent home stand then the conversation suddenly takes another turn. However, there is no doubt that the team has put themselves in a hole and it is a long shot at this point, without a doubt and history tells us that.

As the NHL trade deadline approaches. Do you think the Devils will be buyers or sellers?

I think they’ll see where they are on February 28th. You know, it’s a line that Lou recycles a lot and that is “when you have time on your side, why not use it?” I think that the Devils still do have some time on their side to sort some things out and I think that it’s somewhere in between, could the Devils move players that would be helpful to other teams? Absolutely. If you are waking up on the morning of March 1st and you are 15 points out then obviously you are considering some things, without a doubt.

Are they adding at this point? You know, I just don’t see the scenario where they do that, I think every deal is done with an eye on getting better in the future.

We have seen all of the hype regarding Connor McDavid, Jack Echiel and even other future draft picks, such as Mitch Marner and Dylan Strome. What type of player do you think the Devils should target in the upcoming 2015 NHL Entry Draft?

That’s truly a hard one. What I think any team needs, is that guy who is a bonafide top two line center because those kind of players just don’t grow on trees. Adam Henrique could potentially be that but we are still finding a lot out about his game. Travis Zajac is a guy that I want on my team but the template of his game has a lot more to do with the intangibles of the game than some lucrative point total. With that said, that creative playmaking center who is simply fun to watch. Those players just come around every day and I’m kind of tilted that way only because I’m looking at the defensive core, who the team has moving forward and I think they are very comfortable with that group moving into the next three to five year stretch. If you have (Adam) Larsson, (Damon) Severson, (Eric) Gelinas and (Jon) Merrill right now in the NHL level and you have Steve Santini who is projected to be a NHL player within the next two years then if you are just going by need, then that playmaking center who can make a difference is something that I think a lot of the fans would look forward to seeing.

You bring up Eric Gelinas, Lou Lamoriello recently said in a recent Q&A that he wants Eric Gelinas to be a “long range player”, however, do you think giving him such a lack of playing time is the way to unearth Gelinas’ potential?

I think that it has to be earned and it goes back to putting the six defensemen on the ice that will give you the chance to win that night. Give them that because they have not once maneuvered to the point where they throw in the towel on a season and they’ve never once sent that vibe to their fans. While I understand the logic that Eric Gelinas playing and being in the lineup is going to be something that serves Eric Gelinas, there is the matter of staying true to your beliefs and putting the team on the ice that you feel has the best chance to win every night. I understand Eric Gelinas’ gifts, he skates very well with the puck, he has a blistering shot that I think is going to be his biggest weapon moving forward but there is that matter of trust, in his own end that has to be earned. I still think that there is a lot of hockey in Eric Gelinas before this season comes to an end. I don’t think that we will see this pattern of him sitting continue for too much longer.

Yet, when you got that responsibility to get back in the race, you aren’t looking at “I need to play Eric Gelinas because he’s 23 years old” but rather “I need to play the six best guys that I have on the ice.” The team has never really wavered from that and has always been consistent when it comes to that kind of thing.


What were your thoughts on the way in which Marty Brodeur ended his career given the rare nature of seeing someone only play for one team their entire career, like Derek Jeter or Nicklas Lidstrom?

Strange. It was just strange seeing the announcement with the Blues logo behind him, it was strange seeing Bernie Federko and Al Macinnis sitting behind him when you always envisioned that day coming (Ken) Daneyko, (Scott) Stevens and (Lou) Lamoriello at the dance. I don’t ever try to tell people what’s right for them; I think we all go down a dangerous path when any of us do that. Marty Brodeur thought that this was right for him and he didn’t know that it was suddenly going to end on a Winter’s day in January. I’m sure he considered the possibility but he didn’t know. I’m sure that when he signed with the St. Louis Blues that there was a chance that he was going to be playing meaningful hockey games in the Spring and even in the Stanley Cup playoffs. I don’t think Marty suddenly envisioned that it would just come to an end and that would be that, so I get that.

I guess the answer to your question is that everybody has the right to go out on the terms that they want, but was it strange seeing him with the Blues logo, in that setting? Absolutely. Of course it was.

Since Marty was unable to reach 700 career wins with St. Louis, do you think Marty would have retired with the Devils?

To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t think that getting to 700 was the overwhelming factor. It would have been special but the guy just wanted to play. I just think that he felt he had more hockey in him, that’s all. Was getting to 700 career wins the one thing that was going to drive him? I don’t think so. Truthfully, I think once he got to 552, the rest was just adding to his legacy. To me, there was going to be no other milestone that was going to be the “end all, be all” for him. I think that it would have been nice for him and it would have been nice for the league to celebrate such a milestone as 700 career wins but at the end of the day I never really thought it was all that important.


In light of his injury history and declining stats, do you see Bryce Salvador coming back to the team next season?

The truth is that I haven’t spoken to Bryce Salvador in three months, so I got very little handle on it. I know that he has been at games and has watching from the suite from time to time but that is very hard to say and I have no firm grip on the injury that he suffered as well. I don’t believe that I can give you an educated stab at that question. I will say this though; Bryce is a good guy and has been an absolute pro in that locker room for the longest time. Fans give him a bad rep and I feel horrible for him because he is a good pro. People seem to forget how good he was in 2012 by the way. I’m not saying that we should continue to throw roses at players years later, I understand that’s the universe we live in but the Devils have had one magical run since 2003 and Bryce Salvador was a big, big part of that. People should not forget how good he was during a lot of those post season games.

Honestly, I don’t think it’s been any one player’s team since Scott Stevens last wore the captaincy and even then there was a measure of leadership coming through various pockets of that room. Bryce Salvador earned the “C”, he absolutely earned the right to wear that letter. However, leadership in that room has come from a lot of different places. There is a stretch of lockers, in the Devils room, where a bunch of veteran players all sit side by side and it began with Brodeur when he was still with the team but on one side of the locker room you had Brodeur, Patrik Elias, Danius Zubrus, Ilya Kovalchuk, back when he was still here, it’s always come from a bunch of different places and that’s more likely to happen when it’s a veteran laden team like this one is.

It was recently announced, that the IZOD Center, which was known for many years as the Brendan Byrne Arena/Continental Airlines Arena, and most importantly as the original home for the New Jersey Devils will be shutting down permanently. As my final question to you, out of all the important and significant memories there, what was your favorite Devils memory from the old arena?

*Laughs* I’m going to cheat because it’s one with me at the mic. I understand nothing beats game four of the 1995 Stanley Cup finals against Detroit but I’ll be selfish and speak as a broadcaster. I was part of the Devils broadcast team for only one season at the Meadowlands, that last year, 2006-2007. So, my favorite memory from that year was actually the second round of the playoffs and I got to call Jamie Langenbrunner’s double overtime goal against the Ottawa Senators, which turned out to be the only game the Devils would win in that series as they were eliminated in five and the Senators went on to the Stanley Cup final. For me though, that was my first year as a National Hockey League announcer and I got to call our team winning a double overtime winning game, which was the first really cool moment that I had in the booth and my favorite memory from the Meadowlands.

Announced today, the legendary Jeff Beck has signed an exclusive publishing deal with the London-based Genesis Publishing Group. Plans to release a high quality ‘signed, limited-edition’ book are in the works for release in the last quarter of 2015. In addition, Beck is hard at work on an officially sanctioned documentary and is currently penning his own autobiography.

Beck would like his fans to know, that while others may release un-authorized documentaries and biographies, these forthcoming works will be the only authorized versions by Beck himself.

Beck’s career took off in the mid-1960s, after replacing Eric Clapton as lead guitarist for The Yardbirds on the recommendation of his friend Jimmy Page. Over the years, Beck has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Roger Waters, Les Paul, Jon Bon Jovi, Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock and Joss Stone among many others.

Beck has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once with The Yardbirds in 1992 and once as a solo artist in 2009. He has won numerous Grammy Awards, including two at the 2011 Grammy Award Celebration when he won Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Hammerhead” and Best Pop Instrumental performance for “Nessun Dorma”, both from his last studio album, Emotion & Commotion.

Recently, in London, Beck participated in The Poppy Appeal song “No Man’s Land”, a tribute to the men and women that served in World War I, resulting in 4 performances, culminating in the NFL pre-game entertainment that was broadcast from Wembley Stadium. The song featured singer Joss Stone on vocals and a gospel choir with vocals arranged by Antonia Wilson. In the meantime, a DVD of Beck’s Tokyo concert from April 2014 was released last November and reached #1 on the Billboard DVD chart. For Beck, 2015 will include both solo tour dates as well as co-headlining dates with ZZ Top and will complete work on his new studio album, expected later this year.

Joining Beck on both the solo and double-bill tour are his band: Jimmy Hall on Vocals, Rhonda Smith on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums and Nicolas Meier on guitar

Jeff Beck Solo Dates

April 13 The Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
April 15 The Paramount Huntington, NY
April 16 The Paramount Huntington, NY
April 17 The Paramount Huntington, NY
April 18 The Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
April 19 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
April 21 Ulster Performing Arts Center Kingston, NY
April 22 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ
April 24 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ
April 25 The Strand – Capital Performing Arts Center York, PA
April 26 The Palace Theatre Greensburg, PA

With ZZ Top

April 30 Cedar Park Center Cedar Park, TX
May 1 Winstar Casino Thackerville, OK
May 2 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX
May 3 Concrete Street Corpus Christi, TX
May 7 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
May 8 Cruzan Amphitheater West Palm Beach, FL
May 9 St. Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL
May 10 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA

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.


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:

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

Each of us are gonna answer this one:

Talking Heads, Bob Marley, Pearl Jam

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

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:

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

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:



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.