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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

Dave Grohl performed an acoustic version of “Something From Nothing”, the lead single to their newest studio album “Sonic Highways” as an exclusive for RollingStone. Watch video below!

Taylor Hawkins discussed Foo Fighters’ nearly splitting up in 2002 in a recent interview with NME.

“A high point in a way, I would say for me, would be when we finished One by One, because it almost ended, and it was a rebirth for us. We almost ended, Dave almost busted it all up, and we almost busted it all up, I was going to quit, we were over it. I remember meeting Nate and having long conversations, ‘Well, it’s a bummer. It’s going to be over for sure.’ It was done. When we went and played Coachella, as a broken band about to disband, and got up there and played, and did what we could do best, have a great great show. Just that period, that One by One period, that rebirth, I think that solidified us as a band that was going to be around for more than a couple records.”

Foo Fighters also discussed their new album Sonic Highways in another recent interview with NME.

Nate Mendel discussed how the album is not a huge departure from past material, “It’s not a radical departure from things that we’ve done in the past. Probably the thing that’s the most different is we had these guests in every city, so the middle sections would get a bit more improvised, and we had people who are not in the band playing on them, so that’s where the songs spread out a bit, and maybe sound different than things we’ve done in the past. But this isn’t a reinvention type record.”

Dave Grohl claimed the coolest Foo Fighters song of all time is on Sonic Highways, “The song that we recorded in Chicago, ‘Something From Nothing,’ is the coolest thing we’ve ever recorded. I love it.”

Taylor Hawkins said, “We like the way our band sounds, naturally. I want drums to sound like drums, as opposed to a drum machine. We kept it as humanly perfect as possible but nothing more. It’s as perfect as we can be, which is not perfect.”

Foo Fighters have just announced a set of North American tour dates starting next year on July 6th. The group will be performing in promotion of their newest studio album, Sonic Highways, which was released earlier this year via Roswell/RCA. Royal Blood and Mission of Burma will be opening for Foo Fighters during the tour. Online Pre-sales begin on Monday, December 1st and tickets will be made to the general public on December 4th and 5th. A box office only pre-sale will be held on Saturday, November 22nd.

You can view the full set of dates below:

SHOW DATE VENUE LINE UP LOCATION LINE UPS BEGIN LINE UPS END TICKET LIMIT
6-Jul Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center* Susquehanna Bank Center Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
9-Jul Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre* Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Box Office 8AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
16-Jul New York, NY – Citi Field* Citi Field Gate 8 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
18-Jul Boston, MA – Fenway Park ** N/A N/A N/A N/A
19-Jul Boston, MA – Fenway Park * N/A N/A N/A N/A
12-Aug Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place* Rexall Place Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
13-Aug Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome* Scotiabank Saddledome Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
17-Aug Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre* Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
19-Aug Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater* Verizon Wireless Ampitheater Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
21-Aug Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center* Sprint Center Box Office 9AM 1PM 2 floor / 4 seated
22-Aug St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center* Xcel Energy Center Gate 1 7AM 3PM 2 floor / 2 seated
24-Aug Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre* Palace of Auburn Hills 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
25-Aug Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion* First Niagara Pavilion Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
27-Aug Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center Klipsch Music Center Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
11-Sep Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena Rogers Arena Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
12-Sep George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre Key Arena Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
14-Sep Portland, OR – Moda Center Moda Center Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
16-Sep Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre Shoreline Ampitheater Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
18-Sep Anaheim, CA – Honda Center Honda Center Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
21-Sep Los Angeles, CA – The Forum The Forum Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
25-Sep Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion Comerica Theatre 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
27-Sep Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater Isleta Ampitheater Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
29-Sep Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena Chesapeake Energy Arena Box Office 7AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
30-Sep Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena INTRUST Arena Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
4-Oct Atlanta, GA – Centennial Olympic Park Centennial Olympic Park Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 ticket limit
5-Oct Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena Bridgestone Arena Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seated
7-Oct Memphis, TN – FedExForum FedExForum Box Office 9AM 3PM 2 floor / 4 seate

* With special guests Royal Blood
** With special guests Mission of Burma

If you missed our review of the Foo Fighters’ latest studio album “Sonic Highways”, you can view it below:

Foo Fighters released their new album Sonic Highways on Tuesday, and AlternativeNation.net has the first American review of the album. The album’s 8 songs were recorded in 8 different cities, and it’s all documented on the band’s HBO Sonic Highways series.

“Something From Nothing” kicks off the album. The track repeats a couple of melodies/riffs from “I Should Have Known,” and has been heavily scrutinized by fans and critics since it was the album’s lead single. The vocals sound great on the song, and there are great riffs, but the flaw of the song is its somewhat disjointed arrangement. Nate Mendel’s bassline though is one of his best on the album, and the last couple of minutes of the song include some great headbanging moments.

“The Feast and the Famine” sounds like a classic Foo Fighters radio song, carried by a hook laden riff like the past hit “Monkey Wrench.” It’s pretty much Foo Fighters by numbers with standard lyrics, but it’s catchy as hell.

“Congregation” has a killer chorus and is the most inspired track on the album 3 songs in. It’s a very tightly structured song, and the lyrics sound more natural and less forced than the first two songs. The instrumental breakdown featuring Zac Brown also adds to the song and doesn’t feel thrown in.

“What Did I Do/God As My Witness” opens up with Dave Grohl singing alone only accompanied by a quiet guitar and piano, ‘There you go again putting words into my mouth/this one’s for you to know/and for me to find out/all that trouble you went about/how you gonna know til you hear it out loud?’ Then the band comes in for a southern tinged verse, with some hints of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” 3:30 in it shifts into “God As My Witness.” Grohl sings, ‘God as my witness/it’s gonna heal my soul tonight.’ “God As My Witness” is definitely better than “What Did I Do,” which leans on the cheesy side at times. “God As My Witness” leaves you wanting more.

“Outside” sounds like it could have fit in on One by One. The song is about Los Angeles, where it was recorded. Grohl sings, ‘There you are dancing at your altar/beautiful earthling/dressed in kashmir/all of your sound echoes in the canyons/down below they’re dreaming/hear the sirens screaming/another time/another world/girls were boys/and boys were girls/find the glitter/in the litter.’ There is a breakdown part where Joe Walsh comes in that definitely has a late 70’s/early 80’s Pink Floyd vibe. “Outside” is one of the weaker tracks on the album, there really aren’t any memorable melodies and the lyrics are generic.

“In The Clear” opens with an upbeat intro with horns that sounds different from anything on the album before going to a verse riff that sounds like “All My Life.” The chorus is pretty poppy, ‘You know I’m not in the clear/you are not in the clear.’ There are some interesting ideas here, including the inclusion of some instruments not usually used on Foo Fighters songs, but it’s a middle of the road song.

“Subterranean” opens with an acoustic guitar and adds in some beautiful electric guitar lines and keys as the track goes on. The sonic landscape of the song is different from the rest of the album, and doesn’t ever devolve into the ‘classic rock’ tribute moments that many of the other tracks do. The song is clearly about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Grohl sings, ‘Nothing left within/I’ve been mined/hell and back again/subterranean/I’ve been digging in down inside/I will start again/subterranean/but the truth is so unkind/what do you know/how low the sky.’

Grohl also sings, ‘You might think you know me/I know damn well you don’t’ followed by a beautiful ‘Oh no/you don’t’ refrain. The songs gets even darker with lines like ‘Buried my heart/cannot go this alone’ and ‘I might think you love me/but I know damn well you don’t/Oh no/you don’t.’

The song reaches a crescendo with, ‘Bring all your lies leave them deep in the dirt/Oh no/you don’t/Pull down my eyes/lay me deep in the earth.’ There’s a beautiful moody guitar lead at the end that sounds a bit like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins’ Adore. This is definitely the best song on the album, the lyrics are great and personal. It’s not one of those big ‘stadium’ Foo Fighters songs but it’s beautiful, kind of in the vein of “February Stars.”

“Subterranean” seamlessly transitions into “I Am A River.” “I Am A River” is a song that builds up throughout. Early on Grohl sings, ‘I found a reason/beneath the subway floor/I found the water/the devil’s water/and walked along its shore/is that what you want/the channel’s changing/the heart is racing/from voices on the wire/the soul is yearning/the coal is burning/the ember starts a fire/can we recover/love for each other/the measure of your life/is that what you want.’ The song then hits the chorus, one of the most epic ones on the album, ‘I am a river.’

“Subterranean” and “I Am A River” are the best tracks on the album, they’re just beautiful songs and don’t sound like the band retreading past ground. “Congregation” and “God As My Witness” are other album highlights, and while “The Feast and the Famine” has ‘rawkish’ lyrics, it’s an incredibly catchy song. The flaw of the album is that there are some middle of the road songs with generic lyrics and mediocre hooks, and with only 8 songs they stick out more than on a 10-13 track Foo Fighters album. This album isn’t on the same level as 2011’s Wasting Light, as it really lacks that album centerpiece, which that album had with “Walk.” This album definitely has some memorable songs though like “Subterranean” and “I Am A River” and has phenomenal production, but this isn’t one of Foo Fighters’ best albums. Despite this, it is definitely a worthy addition to their stellar catalog.

Rating: 3 ‘February’ Stars

Photo credit: Illinois Entertainer

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, and an all-star cast of other musicians were on hand last night at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, England for The Who Hits 50 tribute night in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. This was Gallagher’s first live appearance since announcing the dissolution of Beady Eye. The event saw Vedder, Gallagher and other musicians such as Geddy Lee, Joe Elliot and more singing songs by The Who of their choosing. The setlist for the event, along with event photos and videos can be viewed below, including a clip of Vedder performing “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and Liam Gallagher performing “My Generation.”

Setlist:
‘Can’t Explain’ – Andy Burrows
‘The Kids Are Alright’ – Wilko Johnson + The Strypes
‘Getting In Tune’ – Tom Odell
‘Behind Blue Eyes’ – Amy Macdonald
‘Who Are You?’ – Rizzle Kicks
‘You Better You Bet’ – Rich Hall
‘5.15’ – Ricky Wilson
‘Bell Boy’ – Ricky Wilson + Phil Daniels
‘Love Reign O’er Me’ – Joe Elliott
‘Acid Queen’ – Sheila Ferguson
‘The Seeker; Geddy Lee
‘Baba O’Riley’ – Leslie Mendelson
‘My Generation’ – Liam Gallagher
‘Naked Eye’ – Eddie Vedder
‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ – Eddie Vedder
‘Listening To You’ – Eddie Vedder
‘Substitute’ – Roger Daltrey
‘Young Man Blues’ – Roger Daltrey

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In related news, The Who have announced a 50th anniversary tour. Roger Daltrey said the tour will be “the beginning of the long goodbye.” The band’s last tour was their Quadrophenia tour.

The Who 2014-2015 Tour Dates:
11/26 – Dublin, IE @ The O2
11/28 – Belfast, IE @ Odyssey Arena
11/30 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
12/02 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
12/05 – Nottingham UK @ Captial FM Arena
12/07 – Birmingham, UK @ NIA
12/09 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
12/11 – Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
12/13 – Manchester, UK @ Phones 4U Arena
12/15 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
12/17 – London, UK @ The O2
12/18 – London, UK @ The O2
04/15 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
04/17 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
04/19 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
04/21 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
04/23 – Duluth, GA @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center
04/27 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
04/29 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
05/02 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
05/11 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
05/13 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
05/15 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
05/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
05/20 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
05/22 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
05/24 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
05/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
05/30 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium
09/14 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
09/16 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
09/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Colosseum at Caesars Palace
09/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
09/23 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
09/25 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
09/27 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
09/29 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
10/01 – Calgary, AB @ Scoitabank Saddledome
10/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
10/13 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
10/15 – Chicado, IL @ United Center
10/17 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
10/19 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/21 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center
10/25 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
10/27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
10/29 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
11/01 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
11/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

In related Liam

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready performed the National Anthem during the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas playoff game on Monday. You can view the performance above.

In related Mike McCready news, Original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen was reunited with McCreedy during a recent Pearl Jam show in Memphis.

Krusen was Pearl Jam’s original drummer, playing on Ten and at the band’s early shows, when they were known as Mookie Blaylock. Krusen brought a ‘big’ classic rock drumming sound that is very unique to Ten. Krusen left Pearl Jam in 1991, for reasons he discussed in a 2010 interview on the All That’s Sacred podcast:

“My leaving the band had to do with, they gave me so many opportunities to get it together, they were so nice about it. They never got on my case and sat me down and confronted me, but they always kind of subtly [would say], ‘Take care of yourself, don’t drink too much.’ That kind of thing. They gave me every opportunity in the world, and I just couldn’t stop.

I had so much going on at the time, I had a relationship I was in that wasn’t going well. I was about to have a baby, and I was sticking around to try and ‘do the right thing,’ which ended up not being the right thing. These are things that if you look back when you’re older and you realize, I should have been true to myself, but it’s easier said than done. But at the right time I thought I was doing the right thing, but I wasn’t.”

He added, “I was at the Singles wrap party, and we played a show, and I ended up getting so drunk that we ended up getting in this big melee at the after party. I got in an argument with my girlfriend, which led to a fight with some other guy, which led to the police coming, this is all in Seattle, which led to me disappearing for two days in a blackout. Finally the band get a hold of me and say, ‘You know you’ve got to get some help, because obviously the drinking is so out of control.’

I had a really bad attitude about it, then I finally went you know what you’re right, I’m going to go to rehab. I went to rehab for all the wrong reasons, this was my 2nd time in rehab. I got out and got a call that the band was going to play the RKCNDY, and that there was a plaque to pick up at the office. I ended up going to the show and talking to Kelly Curtis, he asked how rehab went, and I said it was great. I started drinking like a week out of rehab, and the band was doing crazy well, and I was very much in denial. I was probably extremely depressed, but I didn’t even have a clue about what I was feeling, and ignored it, and thought this is the way it goes, and didn’t deal with anything and started drinking again.

Then when I went to the show and Kelly asked how it was going, I said it was going great, I quit drinking, blah blah blah. Probably an hour later I’m getting in a fight with somebody, getting pulled off, totally drunk. I remember the look on his face, he was like Dave, get it together.”

In a new piece with with The Daily Mail Australia, various prostitutes have come forward and revealed forward to describe bizarre encounters with AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd.

One prostitute said that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd likes group sex, asks prostitutes to call him ‘babe’, doesn’t like wearing condoms, paying on time – or sex workers playing with his pet dog and another one recalls that she had visited Rudd’s house and boat a couple of times. However they spent the night together without having sex.

‘I’ve been there at night right through until the following day,’ she said. ‘I’m a mature lady and he wanted me to join in with the other girls. I just said no.  I’m not into doing anything with other women. He wanted me to. What I didn’t like about him is he doesn’t want to use condoms. It’s illegal for one thing, I wouldn’t have sex without it. The amount of women he has been with, it’s pretty risky.’

One other prostitute had harsh words for Rudd:

‘I would never go there again even if you paid me a million dollars a week. He’s constantly got a girl, maybe even five. He is a sick bastard, trying to keep up with his image.’

Last week, Rudd ran into trouble while facing a murder-for-hire charge. Though that charge has been dropped the hard rock drummer still faces charges of “threatening to kill”, methamphetamine and cannabis.

Nasty Little Man, the PR firm who handles the Foo Fighters have posted the following on their official website regarding the Foo Fighters’ upcoming Sonic Highways screening and Austin City Limits taping in Austin, Texas:

Due to a family matter, Foo Fighters regrettably must postpone Friday’s appearance in Austin for their Sonic Highways screening and Austin City Limits taping.

The band sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and promises to make it up when they return to Austin on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  All passes for the original engagement will be honored.

Tonight’s Sonic Highways preview screening will go on as scheduled. 

In related Foo Fighters news, if you missed our review of Foo Fighters’ single “Something From Nothing,” you can read it below.

The track is very different from past Foo Fighters lead singles, which have traditionally been verse/chorus/verse structured songs based around a huge chorus. The sonic qualities heard in “Something From Nothing” though are familiar, some of the riffs are very similar to “I Should Have Known” off of Wasting Light, in particular the riff first heard 42 seconds into the track.

Chris Shiflett has some lead guitar parts that are classic rock inspired, mixed with an early 90’s Jane’s Addiction tinged riff that is heard throughout the track. 2:40 in the song picks up pace wise and begins to sound Black Sabbathesque musically after Grohl screams, ‘Fuck it all I came from nothing!’ leading to even more trademark Grohl howling. The shredding reaches a fever pitch 4 minutes in.

The production on the song is great, especially on Grohl’s vocals on the softer parts, which is an aspect of his voice to me that was at its peak in the 90’s, while his ‘hard rock’ voice has been more of his go to style in the last decade, so it’s nice to hear him more melodic here for the first half of the song with production that showcases his voice the right way.

After about 10 or so listens, “Something From Nothing” isn’t as catchy as previous Foo Fighters album lead singles like “Monkey Wrench,” “Learn to Fly,” “All My Life,” “Best of You,” “The Pretender,” and “Rope,” which all have immediate hooks. “Something From Nothing” is a good song, but it sounds more like a deep album track than a ‘catchiest songs on the album’ type lead single, not really topping any previous singles. Overall though, the Foo Fighters are back, and they still rock.

Foo Fighters have announced that the group will be holding a massive concert at Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium in-lieu of the band’s 20th anniversary. It is being billed as an “All-day extravaganza” with multiple acts including blues legend Buddy Guy, Heart, Joan Jett and many others. the show will also feature a BBQ, a motorcycle rally, and a fireworks display. It follows the Foos recent surprise show at D.C.’s Black Cat in celebration of their Washington episode of HBO’s Sonic Highways. You can view the poster for the event below:

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In related Sonic Highways news, Foo Fighters members Pat Smear and Nate Mendel discussed Dave Grohl’s work ethic in a new interview with Rolling Stone. “If Dave had time off he’d still fill it with work,” says Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear. Bassist Nate Mendel describes Grohl as, “He’s got to be constantly in motion, like a shark” – Grohl bounces from project to project like an ADD-afflicted child on a trampoline. Probot, Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stone Age, Sound City, and drumming for artists like Zac Brown have kept Grohl busy over the years, even during his Foo Fighters downtime.

Foo Fighters also discussed their new album Sonic Highways in a recent interview with NME.

Nate Mendel discussed how the album is not a huge departure from past material, “It’s not a radical departure from things that we’ve done in the past. Probably the thing that’s the most different is we had these guests in every city, so the middle sections would get a bit more improvised, and we had people who are not in the band playing on them, so that’s where the songs spread out a bit, and maybe sound different than things we’ve done in the past. But this isn’t a reinvention type record.”

Dave Grohl claimed the coolest Foo Fighters song of all time is on Sonic Highways, “The song that we recorded in Chicago, ‘Something From Nothing,’ is the coolest thing we’ve ever recorded. I love it.”

Taylor Hawkins said, “We like the way our band sounds, naturally. I want drums to sound like drums, as opposed to a drum machine. We kept it as humanly perfect as possible but nothing more. It’s as perfect as we can be, which is not perfect.”

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways

Guest performers:
Rick Nielsen – baritone guitar on “Something from Nothing”
Zac Brown – guitar, backing vocals on “Congregation”
Gary Clark, Jr. – guitar on “What Did I Do? / God As My Witness”
Joe Walsh – guitar on “Outside”
New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band – alto saxophone, drums, piano, trombone, trumpet, tuba on “In the Clear”
Ben Gibbard – guitar, vocals on “Subterranean”
Joan Jett – guitar on “I Am a River”.

Locations and studios:
Something From Nothing – Chicago, IL – Electrical Audio Studio
Feast And The Famine – Washington, DC – Inner Ear Studio
Congregation – Nashville, TN – Southern Ground Studio
What Did I Do/God As My Witness – Austin, TX – Think this was recorded at the Austin City Limits Studio or the KLRU Studio.
Outside – Los Angeles, CA – Rancho De La Luna Studio
In The Clear – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Preservation Hall
Subterranean – Seattle, WA – Robert Lang Studio
I Am A River – New York, NY – The Magic Shop New York Studio

Lollapalooza have announced that the Berlin variation of the famous music festival will take place at Tempelhof Airport from September 12-13, 2015. Germany will join Chile, Brazil and Argentina as the fourth international location for Lollapalooza and is also the festival’s first time being held in Europe.

“We have very carefully considered bringing our festival to Europe and frankly, were intimidated by the rich festival history Europe has had for 50 years. Berlin feels like it is ready to explode as a city and cultural center and we want to be there to grow with the city,” said Marc Geiger, head of William Morris Endeavor’s music division.

Lollapalooza Berlin will follow in the tradition of Lollapalooza U.S; which is held annually in Chicago’s Grant Park.

“Over two decades since its inception, Lollapalooza is more than ready to break new ground and bring the experience to new audiences, offering not just music, but fashion, food, plus an environmental awareness that is so important in the future of music festivals. Working with C3 and Melt! Booking to bring the Lollapalooza brand to Europe gives me great pleasure in not only building upon my relationship with these global partners but allows me to return to the iconic Templehof site in September,” said Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic.

You can buy tickets via the official site for the festival.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl had the chance to interview the president for Sonic Highways, the TV documentary accompanying the album of the same name, which comes out on Monday, November 10th. In an interview for the newest issue of NME, Grohl praised United States President Barack Obama by saying the following:

“We had met before a few times and he’s genuinely cool. He’s musically inclined. He’s very into Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and the Stones. He’s a rocker, he’s cool.”

Grohl also spoke about the interviewees he didn’t manage to secure, which included Patti Smith and Carole King. Grohl said: “Patti Smith. She’s a hero of mine. Carole King; she’s an American icon. Just a few, not too many, but there were some that I was afraid to contact, too. I thought, ‘Wow, you know, I have to talk to Dylan,’ but I haven’t called him yet… I figured that once I got the president, I could maybe get Dylan, but I think he may be the harder one to get!”

If you missed our review of Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways Nashville episode, read it below.

Foo Fighters aired the third episode of their HBO series Sonic Highways on Friday night, and it was the best episode yet of the series. While the first two episodes were very enjoyable, there was a bit of a disjointed and disconnected feel when it came to the narrative of Foo Fighters recording a new song and visiting the city they were in, and the musical history of the city aspect. In this episode, everything felt connected due to Zac Brown’s strong presence in the episode, and also in the studio with the Foo Fighters when they recorded “Congregation.” Brown’s story as an outsider was great, especially when he discussed telling a prominent person in the Nashville music scene to essentially fuck off when a band went back on their deal with Brown to only use a cover version of his song if it was not a radio single. Brown’s rebellion was ultimately the start of his success.

Dolly Parton was also featured heavily, and she was another example of somebody who believed in their music and refused to be pushed around by the industry. Decades ago, Elvis Presley was set to record a cover of Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” which she was thrilled about, but ultimately the suits called her and demanded half of the publishing if Elvis was going to cover the song, and Parton stood her ground and refused the deal. In the episode, Grohl talks about his respect for outsiders in the Nashville scene like Brown and Parton, who write their own material and are not a part of the system. The Nashville music system in the episode is described as based around songs, with in most cases, the songwriters writing the songs and the singers singing them.

The recording of “Congregation” is documented. Nate Mendel talks about how Dave Grohl had been adamant that the song they recorded in Nashville wouldn’t turn into a country song, but that’s what was happening. Dave Grohl walked in when Chris Shiflett was recording some lead guitar lines and said, “When I walk in the control room, and everyone’s wearing cowboy hats, and they’re playing a guitar lead that sounds like its from the Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, I get a little bit nervous.” The performance of “Congregation” at the end was great, it’s definitely the best Sonic Highways track released yet.

Quotes of the episode:

Nate Mendel walks into a hotel room and sees pictures of old time Nashville female singers: “I don’t recognize any of these people.”

Pat Smear: “Wow, Kevin Costner has played the Grand Ole Opry? Rad.”

In a new feature with the Hollywood Reporter, Trent Reznor, frontman for Nine Inch Nails, voiced his displeasure when it comes to the Grammys:

“Having won a couple Grammys for stupid shit — best metal performance — it’s hard to feel good about the integrity of that. If that’s how much you’re paying attention to what you’re giving out, why should I think that really means anything? When the Oscar [nomination] came up, it felt very different. I can’t tell if that’s because I’m older or it felt like it’s coming from a more sincere pedigree. … And particularly in a field we’d just gotten into, to see that, “Hey, you think [we] deserve this?” It felt nice.”

In related Reznor news, in a new interview with HitFix to discuss Gone Girl, Trent Reznor talked about his process in creating music with collaborator Atticus Ross for Nine Inch Nails and film scores:

“For us the hardest part is we start by thinking quite a lot, and thinking what not to do. In other words, it’s two guys in a room, filled with gadgets, and we have access to great ideas, and we have a bunch of ideas. What do we take off the table?”

Reznor added, “We found that by creating some limitations, we end up focusing on the result. It gives different projects, may it be Nine Inch Nails projects or different films, the goal is it has its own identity, so it doesn’t just feel like more crap we’ve churned out with the title on it.”

Foo Fighters have announced the following show dates via their Facebook page:

Friday, Nov. 7th
Foo Fighters live on Austin City Limits
Want to be there? Sign up now at http://bit.ly/FFACLTV

Preview screening of Sonic Highways: Austin, followed by the live show taping.
No tickets will be sold for this event, the only way to get in is to enter on the above link.
One entry per person. If you are chosen, you will receive an email from KRLU.
Read the FAQ http://acltv.com/faq/#faq1

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20th Anniversary Blowout!!
Saturday, July 4th, 2015
Washington D.C. @ RFK Stadium
All day extravaganza!!! Multiple bands and MORE!!
Full details Thursday at 8am
Tickets on sale this Saturday at 10am
http://bit.ly/FOOJULY4

The band has also announced a secret show in Los Angeles according to KROQ, you can enter a contest to win free tickets to the show, which currently doesn’t have an announced venue.

Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett recently discussed picking the cities for Foo Fighters’ new album Sonic Highways in an interview with TheRock.net.nz, “The initial idea was that we were going to go all over the world, the scope was maybe going to be a little bigger, and wider. But once it got narrowed down to the 8 cities that we did, it maybe got a little more focused. After the last Foo Fighters record, Dave had a lot of big crazy ideas for that record, I remember at the beginning of that last record thinking, ‘There’s no way we’re going to pull all this stuff off,’ then we did. So when he came in with this idea, I thought, ‘Yeah okay, cool.’ When he comes up with a big idea, he figures out a way to get it done.”

Dave Grohl discussed the series recently with The Pulse of Radio, “This has been two years of my life — and I’m still not done, man. On the break between the last interview and this one, I had to go in there and approve edits on the next episode that we’re working on. My life has been consumed by this thing — which is amazing, and I’m so psyched — but, when it’s done… I’ll probably miss it. But, good God, I can’t wait to get this thing (done).”

Sonic Highways Tracklisting:

01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and The Famine
03. Congregation
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
05. Outside
06. In The Clear
07. Subterranean
08. I Am A River

In an exclusive update on TNA’s TV deal negotiations for Impact Wrestling, an anonymous TNA wrestler recently told AlternativeNation.net’s Sports section that TNA are not communicating well with talent regarding the company’s TV future.  The talent said, “They don’t tell us shit.”  They added that they hope TNA airs on a new network, and that the situation should be resolved soon so they can air in January, but they added, “Like I said, they tell us shit.  We are the last ones to know.”  TNA’s current contract extension with SpikeTV runs out at the end of the year.

Kurt Angle painted a more optimistic picture about TNA’s TV future when AlternativeNation.net’s Sports section spoke to him in late September, “Well at the TV’s we just did, Dixie Carter and ‘Big’ John Gaburick sat the talent down and eased their minds a little bit, because I think a lot of the talent were a little bit confused and nervous regarding what was going on. I had a private sit down with Dixie, she reassured me of what was going on, and what her plans were. It was a good meeting, it was a very positive meeting. She just knows that the next deal that they sign really has to help benefit TNA, in every regard.”

“When it comes down to it, it is about money, and it is also about how you can get promoted on that network. I won’t say that Spike did a bad job, but I will say that Spike could have done better. If it is going to be Spike, and I don’t know, because Dixie really wouldn’t say who it was, they’re going to have to do a better job. I know that that’s where TNA is right now. They’re in a period where they’re budgeting because they don’t have the money from the network to pay for the TV shows. I believe Panda Energy is funding the show right now, so yes, we’re going to have to do TV tapings in the same city 2 or 3 days at a time until we get to the point where we can go live again, and that will be when the TV deal is done.”

Former WWE and ECW superstar Justin Credible tweeted the following picture with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan on Thursday.

Billy Corgan discussed Smashing Pumpkins’ new album Monuments to an Elegy with AlternativeNation.net last month, “The album is very in tune to the speed of this generation. Whether or not Generation X wants to be a part of it, we are part of it now. So I just think you’ve got to move at the speed of the world, or you look kind of flat footed and antiquated. I think we’ve found a nice balance of what we do well, and the speed of the world. So it’s hard to talk about, because at the end of the day, people either get it musically, or they don’t. There’s times where I’ve been certain that people would get it, and they don’t, and there’s other times where I thought nobody would get it, and they do. So I’ve learned to kind of not guess on that any more.

I feel like it’s there, and all of the response that I’ve gotten behind the scenes is off the charts. Just a really, really intense response. Things like people saying, ‘This is the record I’ve been waiting for you to make for 15 years.’ That kind of stuff, very grandiose things, but it tells me that we’re on point, in terms of hitting the right note. Because if you made like, ‘Hahaha, Siamese Dream 2,’ people wouldn’t have that response. They wouldn’t see it as current, and I know that from my own list, so it feels current to people that are hearing it.”

Legendary rock band The Who have posted the following on their Facebook page today:

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THE WHO HITS 50!
AN EVENING OF WHO MUSIC
IN AID OF TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
O2 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE, NOVEMBER 11th

FEATURING EDDIE VEDDER, LIAM GALLAGHER, WILKO JOHNSON, GEDDY LEE, RICKY WILSON, JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD, THE STRYPES, RIZZLE KICKS, TOM ODELL, AMY MACDONALD, BRODY DALLE, ANDY BURROWS AND MORE

THE WHO, one of rock’s legendary and defining bands celebrate 50 years of Maximum R&B, as part of these celebrations November 11th will see a very special evening of Who music at the Shepherds Bush Empire in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

The house band for the evening, THE WHO’S BAND featuring Simon Townshend, Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino, Billy Nicholls, Frank Simes, Loren Gold and John Corey will be joined onstage by some of the best artists in the world all performing WHO classics.

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher, Wilko Johnson, Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield, Geddy Lee from Rush, The Strypes, Brody Dalle, Tom Odell, Amy Macdonald, Andy Burrows and Rizzle Kicks as well as more to be announced soon, have chosen their favourite WHO songs to perform in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

THE WHO’S Roger Daltrey is a long-standing patron of Teenage Cancer Trust and has been curating the charity’s annual flagship event, Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, for 15 years. In that time the shows have raised over £19 million to help young people with cancer and the charity has grown to include 28 specialist units and 48 expert teenage cancer nurses and youth-support coordinators.

Tickets for An Evening Of Who Music In Aid Of Teenage Cancer Trust are on sale from 9am Friday 31st October from:

www.ticketmaster.co.uk / www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk

https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/ www.thewho.com

Tickets for THE WHO HITS 50 UK tour are on sale now from http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/The-Who-tickets/artist/945180

THE WHO HITS 50! – THE VERY BEST OF THE WHO 2CD/DIGITAL IS RELEASED NOVEMBER 3rd ON UMG/POLYDOR

Soundgarden have released a new song titled “Storm.” It is the band’s first new track since 2012’s King Animal. Listen below.


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In related Soundgarden news, the group’s B-sides and rarities compilation which has apparently in the works since 1997, is rumored to be released this holiday season. Soundgarden has teased such a project over the years. Interviewed by AlternativeNation.net last June, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil told us, “Any pre Screaming Life material? I don’t think so. Well, if it was something it might be from Deep Six. We were on the C/Z records cassette Pyrrhic Victory, we had ‘Incessant Mace’ on that, but we released that on Ultramega OK. So some of the pre Screaming Life stuff; there’s maybe two dozen songs that were never released. There’s songs that we liked well enough to record and play live all the time, but we never released in any form. I don’t think those would be included on a B-sides thing. We could re-record them, or take the crude early recordings and have that stand alone as a release on its own.”

Thayil also told AlternativeNation.net that a reworked version of an older song could make the cut: “There’s a song that recently we were doing with Jack Endino, we recorded it a few weeks or a month ago. That was from the mid 80’s, we actually recorded that potentially to use it in some form, maybe a soundtrack or something. We recorded it just to see how it would turn out, we haven’t really confirmed how it’ll be used, but it’ll probably end up on a compilation of some sort, and I’d imagine that would then be included on a B-sides album.”

AlternativeNation.net correspondent Christine Lawrence was in attendance at Jimmy Chamberlin’s show last night in New York, New York yesterday at the Iridium. Chamberlin performed with Love Supreme Collective (Frank Catalano, Percy Jones, Adam Benjamin, and Chris Poland). See the photos below!

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Jimmy Chamberlin is best known as the former drummer for the the Smashing Pumpkins. Jimmy Chamberlin exited The Smashing Pumpkins in 2009, in what was described as him quitting, and also being fired according to a 2010 Rolling Stone article. Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin have since reconciled and become friends again, but Corgan told AlternativeNation.net last month that he doesn’t want to compromise his friendship with Chamberlin by entering back into a musical relationship, “My relationship with Jimmy is great, we talk here and there. As far as playing together, I don’t know, I think we’re kind of happy to not have that be part of the equation of our relationship at this point. In essence, we can have a relationship without the stress of the band, or a musical relationship on top of it sort of altering the dynamic.”

“I know he’s in a great place, he’s been out lately with this company he’s working with, I know he’s very excited about that. He’s such a smart guy, most people don’t realize how brilliant Jimmy is as not only a musician, but as a person. So I don’t know, I’m so much in the moment. I get the gist of those questions, and the general interest in those types of questions, but right now I’m just so focused on getting the new album out, and how to tour it and all of that.”

Chamberlin drummed on Gish, Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, MACHINA, MACHINA II, and Zeitgeist.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and actors Eric Dane & Rebecca Gayheart have just settled a dispute lasting two years over trees.

That’s right. Trees.

More specifically four of them and when a huge eucalyptus tree on Corgan’s property fell onto the property of Dane, a feud ensued and the insurance companies settled on property damage issues. The trial was to begin in Los Angeles on Monday in L.A. County Superior Court but was settled when Corgan finally agreed to cut the trees down. You can view photos below via TMZ:

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In related Corgan news, the Smashing Pumpkins released their newest single on Monday entitled “Being Beige (World’s On Fire)”. The single is off of their newest LP Monuments to an Elegy. Corgan spoke to AlternativeNation.net last month about the new LP:

“The album is very in tune to the speed of this generation. Whether or not Generation X wants to be a part of it, we are part of it now. So I just think you’ve got to move at the speed of the world, or you look kind of flat footed and antiquated. I think we’ve found a nice balance of what we do well, and the speed of the world. So it’s hard to talk about, because at the end of the day, people either get it musically, or they don’t. There’s times where I’ve been certain that people would get it, and they don’t, and there’s other times where I thought nobody would get it, and they do. So I’ve learned to kind of not guess on that any more.

I feel like it’s there, and all of the response that I’ve gotten behind the scenes is off the charts. Just a really, really intense response. Things like people saying, ‘This is the record I’ve been waiting for you to make for 15 years.’ That kind of stuff, very grandiose things, but it tells me that we’re on point, in terms of hitting the right note. Because if you made like, ‘Hahaha, Siamese Dream 2,’ people wouldn’t have that response. They wouldn’t see it as current, and I know that from my own list, so it feels current to people that are hearing it.”

 

John Hennigan, formerly John Morrison in WWE, is making a comeback in the national wrestling spotlight with Lucha Underground on the El Rey Network on October 29th. Hennigan’s new ring name in the promotion is Johnny Mundo. In this exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net’s Sports section, Hennigan discusses working with Eric Bischoff, Joey Mercury’s new ‘corporate’ on air role in WWE, Lucha Underground’s potential, his acting career, and more. Check out our recent interviews with Kurt Angle, Kane, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy, Randy Couture, Eric Bischoff, and Hornswoggle in our Sports section.

Considering how you got into your WWE career with Tough Enough, what do you think of WWE’s new performance center and training faculties? Also what do you think of their developmental system with NXT?

One of the most frustrating things I’ve found with getting into wrestling is when you expend a big pile of effort and feel like you aren’t getting the best training, or you’re wasting your time. The performance center is ridonkulous! I’d love to train there now. The facilities are cutting edge, but more important, when it comes to pro wrestling, or really learning any skill from kung fu to basket weaving to medicine the people you learn from are your most powerful influences.

If you have ambition, dedication, and a knowledgeable trainer who isn’t bitter about their own career and believes in your potential, you can learn anywhere… but not everywhere has air conditioning like the performance center.

For the business side of WWE, NXT is great because it’s a way to monetize their developmental system (NXT guys! thanks for the rasslin’… sorry ‘bout the money) For Talent, it’s a good chance to see what it’s like to wrestle on TV tapings. Politics, pacing of matches, intensity, expectations, selling to cameras, etc…

When you first got on the WWE roster, you were doing a lot of skits with Eric Bischoff as his assistant. How did you like working with Bischoff and did he share any wisdom about some of the wrestling business?

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“… back then it was about booze and blow, now it’s about starting my TV days with a good bowl of oatmeal to keep my energy level up.”

~some RAW taping in 2004 the Bisch to Johnny Nitro & Jonathan Coachman

Eric was great to work with. Gave me some awesome insight into the business of Wrestling. At the time I was thinking in terms of what I wanted to accomplish in the business, Eric talked in business terms, what do people want to see, what will people pay for? Pro Wrestling is a business, what can you do that people will pay to see you do? I really didn’t appreciate the opportunity I had as ‘The Apprentice’ Johnny Nitro. All I wanted to do at the time was wrestle.

Why do you think Dolph Ziggler hasn’t been given a main event push and what do you think it will take for that to happen?

Ziggler should wear a suit to TV tapings, wait outside Vince’s office to shake his hand & talk about deadlifts, tell HHH that he should be the lead Viking on that Viking TV show that the kids are watching, maybe less selling in the ring, more crossfit at home, paint his face, get bigger, forget how to work completely then remember half of what he forgot … I dunno?… he could start with all that or just accept that success in wrestling is usually a combination of luck and skill.

What do you think of you former tag team partner, Joey Mercury’s new on-air role in WWE which is kind of similar to what Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco did in the late 90s?

Love it. Every time I see Joey on TV I get so happy! That dude has lived wrestling his entire life & is a genius in wrestling psychology. Working with him in MNM was like teaming with a non annoying agent- haha. I couldn’t be happier to see him back with WWE in a fun on air role & as an agent behind the scenes as well. Of course if our paths ever crossed on-air, I’d have to let ‘Corporate Joe’ know what a sell out he became and how badly Joey Matthews would’ve kicked the crap out of Corporate Joe

We remember what happened at Armageddon in 2006 when Joey Mercury was struck in the face with a ladder during a spot in the match. What was your first reaction to seeing Joey like that?

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Do you have any favorite Doors songs and how much did Jim Morrison influence your character?

Huge Doors fan, huge fan of Jim Morrison; dude is an icon. The John Morrison character is obviously an homage to the Lizard King. My original finish as John Morrison: the Moonlight Drive. I got so into the Morrison character I started writing Morrison-esque poems in 2007 and posting them on my MySpace page- this is one of my favorites:

“The Brightest Star”

Acetylene torches hide in the shade
with nuclear explosions drinking lemonade
as flashbulbs retire and angels conspire
to get close to brightest star god ever made.
Howls in the distance,
blind men drunk with the light:
All scream, “We see you, though we are without sight.”
And I am their pilot
And I am their sun.
They remember my work backwards
They count:
three,
two,
one.
And as their sun raises its arms in a V
I know that the world turns only for me
For I am the center
and I am its soul,
and everything distant from me is so cold.

Another poem I wrote was titled “Starship Pain.”

When you split from The Miz, you were featured in a lot of good matches; you won the Intercontinental Championship and started to end up in many different World and WWE Championship matches. Was there ever a plan to make you a World Champion at some point? Did you ever get that impression that in a few years you would be in that position?

My plan was always to become World Champion, I felt at times I was months away, and at times I was years away.

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You pitched a fitness book to WWE in 2009, they decided not to publish your book through the WWE machine, why not?

I wanted to write a book about functional fitness and get into some autobiographical stuff as well, but the literary guys at WWE said they’d published an earlier fitness book that hadn’t done very well. So… I pitched a series of DVDs which they passed on as well but then said I could do a fitness product on my own if I wanted to. So… it took a while, but I did.

In 2010 I met Jeff Carrier at a gym and started talking about ideas for a functional virtual personal training system. We spent 2 years programming, coming up with exercises then we started filming everything. That’s where the difference between having the backing of a billion dollar company and producing your own program out of pocket is the most evident. We had to shoot at night in friends gyms and set up lights and backdrops and hustle to get it done.

The product we came up with Out Of Your Mind Fitness (www.ooymfitness.com) is the most comprehensive functional training program on the market. We focus on exercises that improve the body’s ability to do what it was meant to do; MOVE, run, jump, push, pull, twist. If you want more info on OOYM Fitness check out the YouTube www.OOYMFitness.com @OOYMFitness and Facebook.

You have been doing more independent shows recently; do you think independent wrestling is in a good state right now?

Yes. Do you think independent wrestling is in a good state right now? Do you think I should stay with Lucha Underground? Go Back to WWE? Post more videos about OOYM Fitness? Make more movies and wrestle less? Buy the rights to Suburban Commando and reboot the franchise? Cut my hair? Change my name some more? Tweet me your questions @TheRealMorrison!

You left WWE in December of 2011, why did you decide to start acting?

I was a film major at UC Davis. I’ve been a lifelong fan of 2 things, wrestling and film. In college I was studying all aspects of film; acting and production, and specifically, stunts. Action acting, like the stuff that Jackie Chan does really interested me. I wrestled in high school, and in college, but didn’t consider a career as a pro wrestler until I saw Tough Enough. I’d been preparing for an action acting career, making kung fu movies with my roommates like ‘The Foot of DEATH’ … a flick about a man with a very dangerous foot, ‘Kung Food’, a fast food restaurant where kung fu fights happen frequently… Hahaha… training in martial arts and movement based skill sets like breakdancing and gymnastics… I was doing all that when I saw Tough Enough season 1, I was like dayum! Pro Wrestling is the perfect combination of everything I wanted to do my whole life. I’d dreamed of being in the WWF when I was a kid… but seeing Tough Enough on MTV is what made me think of my dreams as a kid as a tangible career path. Wrestling is entertainment, so are movies, so is theatre, so as far as what influenced me to get into acting?… I like telling stories. I like entertaining. Acting is necessary to share my stories with people. Check out IMDB.

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Have you had talks with TNA or Global Force Wrestling and what are your thoughts on the two companies?

I’m booked to wrestle Jeff Jarrett on December 6th, might talk a little talk about Global Force. TNA & I have had talks, I live in LA, Florida is far. Wrestling is a business, the more promotions the better, more opportunities for wrestlers to work. Both of those companies could be fun to work with. Right now I’m signed with Lucha Underground and I’m happy with where I’m at. Backstage is great, no drama, great shows, great people involved, and in my hometown of Los Angeles.

How do you psychologically prepare for the ring? Do you have to get in the right frame of mind?

Warm up. Stretch. Breathe. FIRE UP! enter.

You signed with Lucha Underground last month, and you are going to be working as Johnny Mundo. That should be airing near the end of the month on October 29th. What sets Lucha Underground apart from other wrestling shows and do you think it could succeed long term?

Johnny Mundo is going to rock the world on October 29!

Lucha Libre itself has a rich tradition and deep roots in Mexican culture, it has a powerful built in following. The stuff we’re doing in Lucha underground is going to put the rest of the wrestling world on blast! Prince Puma (Ricochet) Fenix, Pentagon Jr, King Cuerno, Drago, these guys can do things you won’t see anywhere else. I’ve been pushing myself every week to try moves I’ve never done before. What’s happening at Lucha Underground is exciting to me both as a wrestler and a fan. This is a melting pot of ideas from the best wrestlers, writers, and film production people in the world; we are creating a show that is defining itself and rapidly evolving every week.

I describe lucha sometimes as extreme acrobatics… What sets Lucha Underground apart is the extreme acrobatics of Lucha Libre with the story telling psychology of WWE, the culture of Mexico, and also the style of Robert Rodriguez which I think will be especially evident in the backstage vignettes which look like scenes from gritty action films. Chavo Guerrero, Big Ryck (Ezekiel Jackson), Konnan, the luchadors I mentioned earlier this whole promotion is made up of people who have creative ideas and want to contribute to a show that is going to be more entertaining than any other wrestling show in the world (Mundo). So yes. This show definitely has the potential to succeed long term. Will it? Damn right it will!

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Chico Resch is one of the NHL’s most beloved personalities, both as a goaltender and as a broadcaster where he spent nearly twenty years as the color commentator for the New Jersey Devils. Resch is set to be honored by the Devils on October 24th, 2014 for his contributions to the team. In this exclusive interview with AlternativeNation.net’s Sports section, Resch discusses the upcoming ceremony, Mike “Doc” Emrick, the future of Martin Brodeur, Adam Larsson, if he thinks this year is truly “do or die” for Devils coach Peter DeBoer, what the Devils have to do to make the playoffs this season, and more.

On Friday the New Jersey Devils will be honoring your career as a player and a broadcaster. Your playing career spans fourteen seasons; your broadcasting career nearly twenty years. How did you find out that you were going to be honored by the New Jersey Devils?

Well at the end of last season when I made it known that I was going to retire, Lou Lamorello, Scott O’Neil and Hugh Weber who are the day to day operators there said to me: “Hey Chico, we’re going to have a night for you next season”, and I thought, “A night for me? What could this be about?” I didn’t do anything to stand out in any way or did anything that you expect to get a special night for. I’m certainly not a hall of famer as a broadcaster or player. I tried to do a good job each night, come prepared, have fun with the fans and was enthusiastic but nothing that made me an Emmy award winner! I would leave that to Doc Emrick who was picking up all of those Emmys. It was just really overwhelming and I would like to thank those guys very much.

Management and I talked and I told them that they could even make it a pre-season game if they wanted to. I gotta tell ya though, when you look at all the greats that were celebrated by the Devils on the ice like Scott Stevens, Ken Daneyko, Scott Niedermayer or Martin Brodeur as he will be one day, I’m thinking, “What am I doing down here?” Then I got to thinking, “Well I helped put a lot of guys in the hall of fame with all the goals I gave up!”

So maybe that’s my niche here, that’s where it was at and they decided it would be on October 24th.

Your former broadcast partner, Mike “Doc” Emrick, is going to be at the ceremony, do you still talk to “Doc” at all?

Oh yeah. Mike and I became very good friends. We grew up in the minor leagues together, he was broadcasting in the lowest level of the minor leagues where I was playing. Our wives our friends, Doc and I see the game the same and he really taught me how to be a pro. I knew I was working with the best and thought to myself “Don’t blow it because it’s like you are working on a line with Wayne Gretzky. Recognize what your role is and take the lead from Doc” and I think Doc appreciated that. Doc Emrick is a pretty humble guy and even though we know him as the greatest, he also gives the guy he’s working with a lot of respect.

But yeah, we would hang out together on the road, go to church together and did a lot of things that made us best friends and that’s kind of where we’re at now.

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What are your thoughts on your successor in the commentary booth, Ken Danekyo?

Everyone loves the Dano man! Kenny will bring enthusiasm but he really loves the Devils, as do I, but I realize one of the things that I said, and Doc said this also, even though we were Devil announcers first and foremost, he said “we can’t be too much of a homer”. So I have to chuckle when I think of Dano because I’m thinking “Can Dano refrain from being too much of a Devils cheerleader and too much of a homer”? That was just a fun little thing that I was playing off in my mind.

I know Dano and Steve Cangialosi and we’ve talked, Kenny and I have talked quite a bit and gone over some things and I think that Kenny is going to work into it really well. I find with Kenny as well as me that it all comes down to training. This isn’t going to sound “earth-shattering” but there is a timing and meshing process that takes time between a play by play and color man. That means knowing not to step on each others toes and to have a sense of that timing. You know, Doc was brilliant and that’s why he is “The Doctor of hockey”, that’s why they call him “Doc”, I was more quirky, so I could say more quirky and off the wall stuff mixed in with a little bit of mumbo-jumbo while Doc brought it all back into perspective or added humor to it. At the end that’s why we were clicking so well because he knew what I might be saying and he could spin it into something clear or humorous.

So, I think with Kenny, he’s such an enthusiastic guy and he’s going to have to find that balance. He needs to make sure he does his homework, talk to people, whether it be Zamboni drivers or anyone that might have a little insight or interesting story that Kenny could bring to the broadcast but it’s not like Dano is a total rookie out there. After all, he did the sideline reporting for a few seasons, which is now being done by Johnny Maclean and also helped out with Hockey Night Live. I think he and Cangi will be really great out there, I really do. They have opposite personalities but they are terrific people, the both of them.

What people don’t realize is that in the booth, you have a lot of tension going on. You can have some really big egos and I don’t know if it’s hockey as much as the other sports but I worked with a couple of guys with big egos and while you can work together is that it’s just not the same warmth that develops because you are constantly in competition. I don’t see that with Cangi and Dano though and I think they will be great.

I’m not sure not too many people actually know where the “Chico” name comes from but it was actually given to you by one of your former Islanders teammates in reference to a sitcom in the 70s called Chico and the Man. What were your thoughts the first time you heard you’d been given the nickname ‘Chico’ and what do you think of it now since it’s become such a huge part of your legacy?

You know, I gotta tell you Mike, I remember the first time the crowd chanted it. I grew up in a small town in Canada and never thought for one second that I would play in the NHL. I never thought that once. Well, it was in my rookie year, I’m in the NHL which is overwhelming enough and my teammate who told a funny story about not only the relationship with Chico and the Man but also about how I was trying to learn Spanish. So when they started chanting that on a Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum I got chills. I just couldn’t believe it and if I could do it all over again and I didn’t have a nickname I would give myself a nickname. People never forget a nickname and people warm up to you because you have a nickname. You go, “Hey I know this guy, his name is Rocky or Bandit or whatever the hockey names are these days.

My nickname just fell in perfectly with what I was trying to accomplish, because, I knew early in my career that I wasn’t going to be a Hall Of Fame goalie so I thought that this is such an incredible blessing and opportunity. I found that because of the nickname fans and writers wouldn’t just rip me when I played poorly, and they couldn’t. The nickname spun-off into a lot of positives in different areas of my life and I think the only one that doesn’t call me Chico anymore is my wife, my five sisters and their families. To them, I’m just “Uncle Glenn” but to everyone else and including friends that I’ve known since way back call me Chico. That’s OK though because I like the name!

One of the segments you were most known for during your years as a member of the broadcast team for the Devils was Chico Eats, where you would greet fans and savior some of the local fare surrounding the arena and inside of it. What was your favorite thing that you ever consumed during those Chico Eats skits?

Oh boy, favorite thing? I eat so much. Well, if I could spin it off into something, it was a lot of pressure. Every night I had to come up with a different idea. One time we were doing pizza and I got to flip the pizza and put it into the oven with that…what’s that thing called with the long handle and the round end?

A Pizza peel?

A pizza peel! Well I used that pizza peel as a goalie stick and did some things but one of the things that sticks out to me, one night we were eating and I have a big sweet tooth, now, what was the food, it’s fried dough and you dip it into sugar…

Zeppoles?

Zeppoles! That’s it! We did the Zeppoles, it was freshly fried dough and at the time LeBron James or one of the basketball players had this commercial where they would put white powder in their hands before he would play and fling it into the air, I did that with the sugar of the Zeppoles and that segment was fun because of the sweet tooth and the connection to LeBron James. Every one of those were really fun. The Mucho Nachos, which was one of the first ones we did was really memorable.

That’s the one where you are holding the nachos up like it’s the Stanley Cup right?

That’s it! That one was good. The problem though, was that I never got to eat the stuff! We would do the segment and I would take a bite of the food but then you would have fans wanting autographs and I would be conflicted on whether I sign for the fans or stuff my face with all of this delicious food. I would just give it away but it was fun because the fans were always lying around and watching. My producer actually came up with the idea. You look at NFL games or MLB games and it’s amazing how many other people picked up on the food thing and we were proud to be one of the first. Unfortunately we just ran out of restaurants.

Speaking of Chico Eats, the Prudential Center has revamped their entire selection of food stands this season. Could we possibly see a special edition of “Chico Eats” during that same game as your ceremony?

(Chico laughs) That’s a good one! I don’t know, You know, Dano has a pretty big appetite and a much bigger body then myself and he could probably do it for years in a row without getting heavy. I don’t know what they will do with that but tell me this, I heard, and I haven’t seen it but I heard the new look of the arena is kind of cool but how about the food? Did you notice a change?

You know they have this boardwalk theme going on when you go up the stairs and it’s pretty cool. If you decide to do Chico Eats again, they have a boardwalk stand and you talk about a sweet tooth, they have fried Oreos and it’s the most decedent thing you could ever have. They also have a bucket filled with fried seafood. Talk about a meal that you could lift like a trophy!

Haha, yeah that sounds good.

Looking back at 1982 and the founding of the Devils, what was the excitement and fanfare like for NJ hockey fans and did you think, after seeing the team go from Kansas City to Colorado and now to NJ, that the move was going to be permanent?

Well, we quickly knew it was going to be permanent because we got to meet Mr. McMullen and see his commitment. John obviously had the finances and was a New Jersey guy but you know Mike, as I try and write my speech, what people don’t really realize is that I was really “fan aware” and tried to be fan friendly because it’s the fun thing to do. Fans are fun. I never looked at them as being an “obstacle” or people that I couldn’t trust, being out to get me or anything like that. I knew it was going to be a challenge though because back then there wasn’t a lot of hardcore Devils fans and I knew we would have to win them over.

The way I look at it, we had some Flyer fans, we had Islander fans and I thought, the Islander fans have to go a long way to Long Island and the Flyer fans have to go all the way to Philly and that should be our target audience because we could win them over. The Ranger fans, and I still see it today, they were never coming over to the Devils no matter what we did, even though they lived in New Jersey. I think that’s why we would average around twelve to thirteen thousand and that was the bulk of the Devils fans, because we couldn’t get the third of hockey fans in New Jersey.

I wasn’t worried; I was only frustrated that for the first couple of years we just weren’t better than we were. Of course, the big thing was when we had the chance to get Mario Lemieux. I remember that year, we were awful and remember thinking, “if we get Mario Lemieux, those fans, including those Rangers fans aren’t going to be able to say no to the New Jersey Devils because Mario was just that dynamic. Marshall Johnson was the head scout at the time and said “Chico, you gotta see this guy!” That was a bit of a heartbreaker and not that it’s anything against the man we did draft that year, Kirk Muller, he was great. However, you go through the legacy and it’s Gretzky then Orr then Lemieux. Every 15 years or so that “phenom player” comes along, we saw it with Sidney Crosby, but the Devils had the chance to get Mario but it just didn’t work out.

Which lines (offense and defense) in your history with the Devils were your favorites to watch out on the ice, be it the chemistry, grit, poise…etc?

Oh my goodness, it’s a no brainer for me, the “A Line”! (Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora) That line when it was cookin’, I couldn’t wait to see each shift because those guys would dominate. Those three had a love and respect for each other. You gotta remember that there was a lot of clutchin’, grabin’, hookin’ and you had the trap going on as well. There were a lot of defensive obstacles to get through and these guys would just crisscross, change positions and on the power play you would have Jason who had that big shot. You know, Slava Fetisov was there, great Russian coach and he was running the powerplay and the guys were saying “Geeze, we got three or four different breakouts on the powerplay” and to me it was just a magical time for the Devils.

Of course, on the back end you had Scott Stevens who we all loved and respected, you’ll never see another Scott Stevens and of all the defensemen that I played with or against and I’ve been around the NHL for forty years now I can say that Scott Stevens was the toughest defenseman with that amount of skill. I’ve seen other tough defensemen, like Denis Potvin who had more skill then Scotty but if you evaluating tough defensemen and go down that list you would have Ray Bourque, Larry Robinson, etc, Scott Stevens with his level of toughness and his intimidating factor, and he did it cleanly was in another class.

Who I really marveled at was Scott Niedermayer because you saw him skate and knew he could pass and while you wish he took more risks offensively I would watch him, and of course I was doing the games, the broadcasts, I’m sure it must of happened at one point in time Mike but I cannot remember one time defensively where I would say “Oh Nieder, why did you rush out of position?” or “Nieder, why did you make that decision?” or “Nieder, how could you let that puck go through your feet or through your stick?” The guy was amazing, how he never let two on ones or passes out of the corner. To me, this guy was the most brilliant defensive defenseman, although he wasn’t really considered that. I’m sure, being a goalie, Marty Brodeur would tell you, Niedermayer was a locked gate on the back door where no one was getting there.

Speaking of Martin Brodeur, Marty has been a question mark this year. It’s obvious that he wants to still play and not ready to hang up his skates. What do you think is the fate of Martin Brodeur? Do you think a team, is going to take a chance on him, if so, who? Especially with other quality veteran goaltenders looking for work such as Tomas Vokoun and Tim Thomas?

Yeah, Marty is going to be a tough one. I hope someone gives him a look but I’m not too optimistic and I’ll tell you why. How old is Marty? 40? 41?

I believe he’s 42 years old.

At 42 years of age, inactivity really comes into play when you’re older. Look at Jagr, he did so well last year because he was in a rhythm, he got twenty minutes a game and so for Marty to try and stay sharp it’s going to be hard. You had people saying last year that he was going to be moved at the trade deadline and I’m thinking “are you kidding me?” You think at 41-42 Marty is going to jump in and play the whole season? Even Marty will tell you that he’s had to get some games under his belt, flow into the season and that’s gonna take him about a month. The other thing that Marty has going against him but is why he is one of the greatest of all time is that he’s not a butterfly goalie and he’s not going to go out, stand there, drop and get hit with pucks. Marty is a reactionary goalie, he sees the puck, makes a move for it and makes the save. It’s a very exact thing. I think the window for Marty; I would say is a month into the season. I think if no one signs him by then it’s going to be tough, unless he agrees to go to Europe and play, to get in shape and to just play somewhere! To just sit around and have no game or activity, I don’t think it looks promising.

I’ll say this about Marty. Both he and his agent said that he wants to get to 700. I’m sure most people are thinking “he’s at 688, what’s the difference?” Well, I can tell you that as a goalie, the 700 club is pretty amazing. I don’t begrudge Marty for wanting to do it, who cares! I personally thought that the team that should have been in on Marty was Buffalo. It would be a story, it would create interest, they’re a team that’s not going to make the playoffs so why not have Marty? Let him play! It just makes sense. You have a story; a legend playing that would help sell tickets. If I am a general manager though and I’m thinking about “team”, I’m going to wonder if I want a distraction where Marty Brodeur’s march to 700 is going to be documented and that march to 700 will be a story. Every time he plays he’s going to be a bigger story then the team and I think that’s what general managers were afraid of, the cost of bringing on an icon with a personal goal as much as the team goal, which is really the truth. I just don’t know who is going to take that risk.

As a goaltender yourself, what are your thoughts on the butterfly revolution, the large pads and the ability of a tall goaltender to cover the entire ice?

Good for the goalies, bad for the shooters. I mean, it’s not as pleasing to look at and again I’m thinking about entertainment. I’ll tell you what it is about butterfly goalies; they all think they’re the same! In some cases they are but the ones that are going to separate themselves are if they can play the butterfly, challenge, pivot and move laterally because they’re going to be the best. What happens is, goalies that are butterflies, the ones that remain average are the ones that think that they can just play in the crease, drop down for every shot and get hit. That is not going to get you there and that’s why I’m always amazed at the big goalies that are mobile and can pivot, turn, get back to the post, challenge, etc. There isn’t a lot of shooting area on those guys and it is what it is. Goaltending now is about size and I want to see how goal scoring around the league goes this year. Personally, I think they should do something with the nets, make the nets a little bit bigger but not too much.

What was one of the funniest pranks ever pulled on you by a teammate?

Well, when playing with the Devils I collected a lot of memorabilia, I have a lot of great sweaters (jerseys) and I even have a Glenn Hall from when he won the Stanley Cup in 1961. I have a lot of NHL equipment from goalies so I was really fortunate that stuff was coming out of the woodwork in the 70s and early 80s. One night, I go into the Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens, I’m going into the dressing room and Tim Higgins who was a funny guy said “Hey Chico! A guy was just in here, one of the ushers and he’s got an old net and some old sticks and stuff from the 1930s and he’s lookin’ for ya!” So I went “Where? Where is he?!” Then Higgins said “I don’t know I think he’s at the other end of the rink now, he said that’s where he’s going to set up.”

So I go rushing out there and I’m asking “Hey do you know who the usher is?” and I exhausted all of the places this usher might be. Well, I go back into the dressing room and the boys are just howlin’! There was no usher that had anything, they just thought they’d play a trick on Chico!

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The New Jersey Devils have missed the playoffs now for the last two out of three years, which is historically very uncharacteristic of them. The last time, before this drought took place that the Devils missed the playoffs were in 1996. At what point, if you are Lou do you look at the results produced by Coach Deboer and go “Pete, we have to go in another direction.” Do you think this year is “do or die” for Peter Deboer?

I can only go by Larry Robinson, who is now the assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks. Larry talked about Todd McLellan and Pete DeBoer and gave them both rave reviews. Adam Oates said the same thing. I’ve talked to players privately as well. I know the fans can get on the coach but the players aren’t as of yet pointing any fingers at Pete. I think when the players are disgruntled, and I don’t think that’s the case yet but this is a pivotal season for the Devils and in terms of where this team is heading within the next few years.

I just don’t know, before I could answer that question I would need someone to answer how good are the Devils? Break down all down all of the teams in the NHL, where are the Devils at? You see, we follow our own team, it doesn’t matter who it is, and you tend to see the good points but quite honestly? I think what Lou Lamorello will have to evaluate is if the talent is good enough? I mean, last year should we have made the playoffs? Look at last season with the shootout which was horrendous for this club, is that a coaching thing? I mean really? It could be if the coach is aggravating the player in other ways but that’s not the case and I think Pete has done a very good job with Jagomir Jagr who is kind of a temperamental player but Jagr doesn’t have a problem voicing his opinion or showing his frustration but he’s really liked what Pete has done.

So, I just don’t know. I know, as fans we always like that quick solution, it’s the coach, it’s the player or this or that but I think this is a question that we should re-visit say around February or March. I don’t know how good this team is and I don’t think that they know, they made a lot of changes. Some really good! You have to score three goals a game in the National Hockey League to win. I’ve said this for years, you score three consistently, you win, you score two consistently, and you are on the wrong end of the playoffs.

Having said all of that, being around the game for around forty years, having played it, there are some times where you have to move a coach. Whether that means that you just need a new voice or whatever the case may be. I would say, in fairness to Pete, he has three other coaches and they’re rackin’ their brain, they’re watching and trying things and I sum it up based on the last year’s shootout record, if two thirds of those games were winners then we’re in the playoffs. Even if it was 50% it would have done wonders for the team both in the standings and psychologically. Can you really pin that on the coach? I hear fans go “Why didn’t he pick that guy? Or why didn’t he pick that guy?” and you have to realize that Pete picked just about every guy that he could. If anyone had gotten hot then Pete would of had him in there. I can’t really say though. I think what really hurt the Devils more then anything was Kovy leaving and a few of our recent draft picks haven’t turned into the impact players that Lou, the scouting staff and coaches thought they would and that leaves a big hole.

Regarding the impact of those recent draft picks, what are your thoughts on defenseman Adam Larsson?

I don’t know why [the coaching staff] are so down on Larsson. I don’t know and I’m not second guessing because I’m sure they have reason but I just don’t know. He’s such a nice kid, he wants to try and do so well, I just don’t understand what they don’t see in Adam.

Lastly, what are your expectations for this New Jersey Devils hockey club as we move forward into the 2014-2015 NHL season?

I think this team has some assets. I think the goaltending is rock solid and I think the youth on defense has potential to be a really strong core with a balance of offense and defense. The question mark is the age and to me the question mark is that a lot of players who have had success with other teams, and even here in New Jersey, how many of them can restore the offensive scoring ability that they had in the past? You have Cammalleri who has scored well, but how many are you realistically going to get out of Havlat? How many are you going to get out of Jagr this year? Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias? You are going to need some goals from the third line, Michael Ryder and Ryane Clowe are going to have the produce. To me, it’s completely unpredictable but if they can score three goals a game, if their powerplay can be powerful enough that they can score some timely goals and if they can win some shootouts then they have a shot on getting back into the playoffs. Let’s hope they are because if they’re not? Then I just don’t know what to say.

Maynard James Kennan, frontman of bands such as Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, has sold his home in the Hollywood Hills.

For a cool $2.37 Million.

The property which was built in 2001, features extravagant wooden ceilings, a den, bar and wine tasting room. Along with over five bathrooms, four bedrooms and two fireplaces in 3,750 square feet.

Tool are currently in the process of creating their newest studio album, band member Adam Jones told Metal Hammer the following back in the July:

“We’re always on an experimental path. We never think about what worked on the last record or what’s good on the radio right now. It’s a selfish process, we just go in there with some riffs. We experiment and the riffs start to take a different path and over time, this riff from last week might go really well with this riff from two years ago. We piece stuff together, almost like a film soundtrack, you know? But I’ll tell you this – there’s a lot of stuff in 7/4. Breaking up 7 can sound like an even number to the listener even though it’s an odd number, that’s really exciting. Rosetta Stoned had some elements of that where we had a middle break and the end rhythm of 7 against 5. It kinda opens up a whole can of worms! There’s some really light stuff going on but there’s also a lot of heavy stuff in there too.”

Tool’s last album was 2006’s 10,000 Days, with fans still anxiously awaiting their next release.

You can view photos of the home below:

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