Shaun Morgan Says Seether's "Words as Weapons" Came a Year Early; Inspired Him D


Image Courtesy Marina Chavez/Concord Record Group"Words as Weapons," the first single from Seether's new release, Isolate and Medicate, is lodged at the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.  Not bad for a song that Seether frontman Shaun Morgan says was initially written as a one-off for the band's greatest hits compilation.Morgan tells ABC News Radio that he wrote "Words as Weapons" last year -- "actually, right before we got told we were no longer with our label," he says.  Then, "a friend of mine had mentioned to me, 'Don't you think that song's too good to go on that throwaway compilation?,' and I was like, 'You've got a point.' So I called all the guys and said, 'We've got to keep that song, we'll have to do something else [for the compilation].'"Of course, after the greatest-hits collection, Seether's label sold them to another label, which plunged Morgan into a depression. Luckily, having "Words as Weapons" set aside helped pull him out. "I don't think I didn't write at all during that time," Morgan says. "But I think it was certainly good to know I had that [song] as a foundation, some positive energy driving me to keep writing."Morgan says that the band knew "Words as Weapons" was a great song, and that belief helped them "pretty much set the bar for the rest of the album. It was like, 'Whatever is written has to be better than that song.'" Isolate and Medicate is available at the usual digital and brick-and-mortar outlets now.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kid Rock Subpoenaed in Sexual-Harassment Case Against Insane Clown Posse


Image Courtesy Clay Patrick McBrideA phallic glass sex toy given to Kid Rock years ago by a former Insane Clown Posse employee is about to become a key piece of evidence in an ongoing sexual-harassment lawsuit against the rap-metal group.On Monday, Michigan's Rasor Law Firm, which is representing plaintiff Andrea Pellegrini, filed a subpoena giving Rock 14 days to produce the item in question, reports the Detroit Free Press.Co-defendant Dan Diamond, who worked for Insane Clown Posse and the group's Psychopathic Records, testified Friday in Las Vegas that he tried giving the glass object to then co-worker Pellegrini.  When she refused it, Diamond subsequently gave the item to Rock.Pellegrini, a publicist and in-house attorney at ICP's label for three years, filed a 17-page lawsuit against ICP in September 2013, alleging wrongful termination and harassment, among other claims.  Her lawsuit makes specific reference to an incident that occurred on or around July 16, 2012, when Diamond, with two other Insane Clown Posse employees present, allegedly attempted to give Pellegrini a gift, which turned out to be a clear dildo he removed from a velvet bag.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Judas Priest's Future May Include More Concert Dates and Another Studio Album


Image Courtesy Epic RecordsJudas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton says the band may be getting a second wind.Tipton tells tells Powerline that the addition of guitarist Richie Faulkner has "injected a lot of enthusiasm into the band," and as a result, there seems to be a renewed enthusiasm about Priest's future on the concert stage and in the studio.It was assumed that Priest was in the process of winding down when it was announced in late 2010 that the Epitaph tour would be the metal band's final world trek.  But when the tour began, Tipton tells Powerline, "we hadn't found Richie yet. ... Fate hadn't put us together, so things change."Now Tipton says that he expects more dates to be added to Priest's current concert itinerary, which was to be a smaller outing than the Epitaph tour and covers North America this fall; and more music could be on the way following up the recently released Redeemer of Souls.The album is the first Judas Priest studio effort to feature Faulkner, who replaced guitarist KK Downing in 2011 during the Epitaph tour.  Faulkner is optimistic that Redeemer of Souls won't be his last with Priest."Based upon the new album and on how much material we came up with, and how easy it flowed from everyone on this record, I wouldn't rule out another studio record," Faulkner says.  "Based purely on the creative juices of these sessions, I wouldn't rule it out completely."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eddie Vedder Tapped to Sing During Seventh-Inning Stretch of Thursday's Chicago


Image Courtesy Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSIt's become a regular event: At least once per baseball season, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch of a home game played by his beloved Chicago Cubs.The Chicago Tribune reports that Vedder will continue the tradition in 2014 by performing the song Thursday night, when the Cubs host the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field.Prior to Thursday's game, Vedder will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch, which he's done before when the Cubs play at Wrigley.Other notables slated to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at future Cubs games this season include Fitz and the Tantrums on July 31.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Bob Geldof's Daughter Died of Heroin Overdose, Inquest Rules


Alex Huckle/GC ImagesThe surprise death in April of Bob Geldof's daughter, 25-year-old British TV presenter, model and journalist Peaches Geldof, was caused by a heroin overdose, a coroner has ruled.According to the BBC, the inquest into Geldof's death turned up extremely pure heroin in a bag inside her house, as well as syringes, burnt spoons, and a pair of knotted pantyhose -- all evidence of drug use.  A syringe was also found in a box next Geldof's bed.  The level of heroin in her body was in a "fatal range," according to the pathologist, while puncture wounds were found on her elbows, wrists and thumbs.  Codeine, methadone and morphine were also found in her body.The BBC reports that the married mother of two had formerly been a heroin addict and had taken methadone, a heroin substitute, for two-and-a-half years prior to her death.  Her husband, Tom Cohen, said that Peaches had started using heroin again in February, and had lied to him when she told him that she'd passed drug tests every week.Peaches Geldof's mother, TV personality Paula Yates and ex-wife of Bob Geldof, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41, when Peaches was 11.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Godsmack Offers Two Instant Song Downloads with Digital Album Pre-order


Image Courtesy Paul Brown/Universal Music GroupGodsmack's sixth album, 1000hp, doesn't arrive in stores until August 5, but fans can get an immediate two-song taste by purchasing it in advance through iTunes.By pre-ordering, fans will have access to instant downloads of the title track and "Generation Day."  The band is still offering pre-order packages on Godsmack.com featuring colored vinyl, clothing and signed drumheads.Look for Godsmack on the road later this summer as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, which begins August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jack White Adds Publishing Division to Third Man Records


Image Courtesy Third Man RecordsAs a musician, producer and record-label boss, Jack White already has a full plate of professional responsibilities.  Now comes word that his Third Man Records is launching a publishing division.The first commercial title from White's Third Man Books imprint will be Language Lessons: Volume 1. The 321-page hardbound book will include contemporary poetry and nonfiction from a variety of writers, among them Richard Hell, former bassist for the punk band Television. Each copy of Language Lessons also comes with two vinyl albums of jazz, blues, pop, poetry and psychedelic-punk, as well as five pieces of art.Look for Language Lessons August 5.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Casting Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love Is "Outside the Box" Says Sons of Anarchy


Courtesy Delaney Bishop/Universal Music Group DistributionEvery season, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter says he likes to "do stuff that's fun" in terms of casting.  Choosing to hire Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love for roles in the seventh season of the FX series fits that description, and at the same time, it's "a little bit outside the box."During an Anarchy panel Monday at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills, Sutter said that casting Manson, a friend of his through mutual music pals, "was him basically just wearing me down," Access Hollywood reports."We found a great role for him [as incarcerated white supremacist Ron Tully], and he's great," Sutter added.As for filling the role of a school teacher, Sutter said he thought, "Who better than Courtney Love?"  He admitted not knowing Love "that well" prior to casting, but she had expressed a desire to be on his show.Sons of Anarchy is scheduled to premiere September 9 on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Slash, Billy Corgan Among Honorees at Inaugural "Alternative Press" Music Awards


Image Courtesy Martha's MusicAerosmith's Joe Perry made a surprise appearance at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards on Monday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, where he presented his friend and current tour mate, Slash, with the Guitar Legend Award.Introducing the former Guns N' Roses star, Perry noted, "He came up in a generation after mine, but he always had great respect for the musicians who came on before him.  To his own generation he became a superstar, and deservedly so.  Now, to all generations, he's become a model of great guitar playing and an icon of his own right."For his part, Slash thanked Alternative Press magazine, adding, "It's quite an honor to be included on your list of awards tonight, especially for something like guitar legend, which is very humbling…I loved playing guitar since I was 14 years old and it's nice to get recognized for it, and it officially means I've been doing it a long f**king time."Among the evening's many other honorees were Joan Jett and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who were presented respectively with the Icon Award and the Vanguard Award.  Jett also was one of the rockers who performed at the ceremony, playing her classic "Bad Reputation” with The Vacancies' Billy Crooked, her new tune "Soulmates to Strangers" with Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Star Star" with some help from Slash.The event also included performances by The Misfits, Fall Out Boy, rapper Ice-T's thrash metal group Body Count, and Korn's Jonathan Davis, who teamed up with the band Asking Alexandria for a rendition of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf."You can check out complete coverage of the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards at AltPress.com/APTV.Here's the complete list of winners:Best Vocalist -- Brendon Urie, Panic! at the DiscoBest Live Band -- Pierce the VeilBreakthrough Band -- Crown the EmpireBest Bassist -- Jaime Preciado, Pierce the VeilBest International Band -- Bring Me the HorizonArtist Philanthropic Award -- All Time LowBest Guitarist -- Phil Manansala, Of Mice & MenVanguard Award -- Billy CorganBest Drummer -- Mike Fuentes, Pierce the VeilIcon Award -- Joan JettMost Dedicated Fans -- Black Veil BridesGuitar Legend Award -- SlashSong of the Year -- All Time Low with Vic Fuentes of Pierce the VeilAlbum of the Year -- Bring Me the Horizon, SempiternalArtist of the Year -- Fall Out BoyFollow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Chris Martin, Billie Joe Armstrong & System of a Down's Serj Tankian to Guest on


Image Courtesy Anton CorbijinChris Martin of Coldplay, System of a Down vocalist Serj Tankian and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong are among the artists slated to appear on the sophomore set by Swedish DJ Avicii.Rolling Stone reports that Avicii is hunkered down in Hollywood, working on the follow-up to last year's smash album True.  Avicii has written close to 70 tunes for the as-yet-untitled disc, which he promises will be “a lot more song-oriented” than his debut, which may be part of the reason why he's reaching out to rockers.The pop and dance music star also says he's learning from the veteran rockers too. Of working with Martin, Avicii says, “Chris has been like a brother… He needs every part to be perfect. I’m not like that -- which is why I’ve got 70 songs.”  As for Armstrong, he appears on a track called "No Pleasing a Woman." The album is expected to be released before the year is through.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Releases Lyric Video for Song from Debut Solo Album


Image Courtesy of Columbia RecordsAC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has given fans the first taste of his upcoming debut solo album, Head Job, which is scheduled to be released on August 29 in his homeland of Australia.  A lyric video for a song titled "Repo Man" has premiered on the veteran rocker's official website and YouTube channel.The track is a riff-heavy, mid-tempo rock tune that is, not surprisingly, reminiscent of AC/DC, although Rudd's gruff vocals are a bit deeper than those of his famous band's lead singer, Brian Johnson.  The song, which according to a press statement is "a gentle reminder about karma," features such swaggering lyrics as "There's a storm blowing rock 'n' roll/ It tears a whole right through my soul/ Just try and catch me if you can/  Who gonna get ya?/ It's the repo man!"Rudd produced Head Job himself, and wrote or co-wrote all of the songs with help from Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin, who also contributed their vocals, guitar and bass talents to the project.  Among the other tunes on the album are tracks titled "Head Job," "Bad Move," "Crazy" and "40 Days & 40 Nights."Among the artists Rudd says inspired his music are Ringo Starr, Mountain's Leslie West, Free/Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke and Phil's AC/DC band mates Angus and Malcolm Young.  The album came together over the course of a number of years and was recorded at several different locations.  "I'm very happy for it to finally make its way out there and for people to hear it!" Rudd declares.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Panic! at the Disco Turns Hate Group's Protest into Money for Human Rights


Fueled by RamenPanic! at the Disco is as tired of the Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-gay hate-mongering as you probably are.  And they’ve found a great way to turn the organization’s protests against them.When they learned that the Westboro Baptist Church was planning to picket their Sunday night show in Kansas City, Missouri, Panic! at the Disco tweeted, “For every member of WBC that actually shows up we will donate $20 to @HRC #pride2014.”  HRC is the Human Rights Campaign, which bills itself as the world’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBT equality.As it happened, only 13 Westboro picketers showed up Sunday night.  At $20 a head, that’s only $260.  That prompted another tweet from the band: “Thank you @WBCSays for the update on the total amount you donated to @HRC today. $20X13= weak. We're going to make it an even $1000.”  In addition, Panic! at the Disco said they’re donating five percent of their merchandise sales to the Human Rights Campaign.Panic! at the Disco’s next tour stop is Tuesday night in Milwaukee.  Check out the complete tour itinerary at PanicattheDisco.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Imagine Dragons' Singer Says Second Album Will Be as Eclectic as Their First


Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCIn between concert dates, Imagine Dragons has been working on their second album in their hometown of Las Vegas, and singer Dan Reynolds says they've been "having a lot of fun."  He also says fans can expect a mix of sounds and styles -- just like on their best-selling 2012 debut, Night Visions -- because they don't want to write "themselves into a box."The hit singles from Night Visions -- "It's Time," "Demons," "Radioactive" and "On Top of the World" -- all sounded very different from one another; at times, it was hard to believe all those songs were by the same band.  And Reynolds says for Imagine Dragons' sophomore release, he expects to continue creating an eclectic bunch of tunes. "I think a lot of my favorite artists that I listened to growing up....[like] The Beatles, were always changing and never really writing themselves in a box," he explains.  "They would write, like, 'Helter Skelter' and then 'Let It Be.'  It's like, at least for us as a band, we always are trying to push our limits and try something refreshing to us...I think we'll always continue to do different things."Dan feels that Imagine Dragons' new material shows that "we have a lot of growth as songwriters."   As for whether or not the band's newfound success has changed their approach, Dan says he still feels that the best songs are born from trying experiences."I've always felt that struggle really breeds art, your best art," he explains. "Sometimes, you know, happiness can breed your best art, but for me I feel like it's always been, almost, my journal.  It's been my thing that I've gone to since I was in sixth grade -- pretty nerdy and geeky and I still am -- but it's always...brought me comfort.  At the end of the day I could write a song about what I was going through."Dan has hinted in the past that some of the things the band has been going through recently -- like trying to adjust to their sudden fame and insane schedule -- may find their way into the new music.   Back in May, he told reporters that all the "crazy changes" the band has experienced "has been kind of entwining into the album, and so it has a lot of emotion...the highs and lows that come with that."No word yet on when we can expect the follow-up to Night Visions.  The band has a string of festival dates booked next month in Europe and the U.K, and then they'll return to the U.S. at the end of August to perform at the L.A. installment of the Budweiser Made in America festival on August 30.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Stone Sour Posts Lyric Video for "House of Gold and Bones"


Roadrunner RecordsCorey Taylor must not be sleeping much this week. Within a day of posting a second album teaser for the new Slipknot album, Taylor's other project, Stone Sour, has just posted a new lyric video.The clip is for "The House of Gold and Bones" and it's not just lyrics on-screen; there's also some graphic novel-type illustrations providing visual drama. The song is from The House of Gold and Bones -- Part 2, which is of interest because it was released more than a year ago, in April 2013. The two singles from that record, which was the second volume of the Gold and Bones set, were released two months before and two months after the album hit stores. It seems likely the lyric video was put together to stir interest for Slipknot's new release, the details of which have been kept under tight wraps.What scant information there is about the new 'Knot collection must be gleaned from the two mysterious album trailers, both of which are streaming on the band's official Instagram page as well as Slipknot's website. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

AMC Reality Series About KISS Members' Arena Football Team Premiering August 12


Ben Leuner/AMCKISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will be featured in a new AMC reality series titled 4th and Loud that will take a behind-the-scenes look at LA KISS, the new Los Angeles-area Arena Football League team the rockers co-own.  The docu-series, which premieres August 12 at 7 p.m. ET, follows Simmons, Stanley and their partners as they try to infuse some rock 'n' roll spirit into the first pro football franchise to play in L.A. in 20 years.The program also will focus on the team's players, coaches and cheerleaders as they prepare for their inaugural season.Deadline reports that Simmons and Stanley chatted about LA KISS last week at a Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles."What we've brought to rock 'n' roll we want to bring to sport," explained Stanley.Simmons added that they wanted the team's cheerleaders to display a bit more sex appeal than the ladies seen on the sidelines of your average NFL game.  "We wanted to have girls who are not the girl next door but the girl you wish was next door," he said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Slipknot Posts Second Album Teaser


Image Courtesy Bobby TongsWhat a week for Slipknot fans -- after months of waiting for new album news, the band has posted two new album teasers in the last few days.The second is much longer than the first, but additional footage does not mean more album information. There are equally creepy images as are in the first trailer -- including the same severed ear -- and ghoulish-looking young women, including one who closes the clip by holding up two severed goat heads.The second teaser, like the first, is streaming on Slipknot's official webpage.Seems likely there'll be more teasers in short time, so stay tuned.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lamb of God Drummer to Open Whiskey-Themed Restaurant


Image Courtesy Adrenaline PR Lamb of God's Chris Adler has found a good use for his time during the band's hiatus: the drummer announced that he's partnering with a Virginia-based resturanteur to open the Big Whiskey Grill in Richmond.Set to open in October, the Big Whiskey Grill will offer a 700-bottle whiskey selection, 150 craft beers and a 200-bottle wine list. It will also feature two separate kitchens to accommodate people with allergies and dietary restrictions, an idea sparked by Adler's wife. "My wife has suffered from severe food allergies for her entire life and has never been able to comfortably dine out -- and she's not alone," Adler said in a statement.  "I'm driven to create a safe environment for an dietary concern, choice or not."Adler also adds that he plans to be out front at the Big Whiskey Grill. "I won't be in the back behind a purple rope holding court," he says. "I'll be behind the bar serving up the gold."Lamb of God has been largely on hiatus since singer Randy Blythe was accused in the Czech Republic of being criminally liable for the death of a fan who had died after sustaining a head injury during the band's show in Prague.  Blythe was acquitted of criminal liability in the incident in March 2013.  In January, he announced on Instagram that he would not be "thinking about Lamb of God, touring, playing heavy metal, writing new Lamb of God material...for a good long while."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eddie Vedder Posts Anti-War Essay on Website


Image Courtesy Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSA week after delivering an onstage rant that many have interpreted as being anti-Israel, Eddie Vedder has posted an essay on the Pearl Jam website that he hopes will shed some light on his position. The post is titled "Imagine That, I'm Still Anti-War,"and opens with the line from John Lennon's "Imagine": “You may say I’m a dreamer,… but I’m not the only one.”In the essay, Vedder says, in part, "some of us, after another morning dose of news coverage full of death and destruction, feel the need to reach out to others to see if we are not alone in our outrage. With about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts in the news everyday, and with the stories becoming more horrific, the level of sadness becomes unbearable."That seems to suggest that Vedder was referring to war in general -- not merely the Israeli/Palestinian conflict specifically -- when he ranted onstage last week, "I swear to f***ing God, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill!" and then went on to deliver a profanity-ridden speech about nations dropping bombs on each other and how everyone basically wants the same things and so we should all should try to get along. On the website post, Vedder says that his optimism is "not something I’m going to stop anytime soon...I’d rather be naïve, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution."The Pearl Jam frontman closes mashing-up "Imagine" with a quote from Paul McCartney's "Listen to What the Man Said": "I hope someday you’ll join us... Won’t you listen to what the man said."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scott Weiland Willing to Perform with Velvet Revolver for the "Easy Money"


Sony Legacy RecordingsWell, you can’t fault him for not being honest.  Former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland says he’s willing to play some reunion gigs with his former bandmates, but not because he’s looking to reconcile -- he just needs the money.Despite his departure from Velvet Revolver six years ago -- it’s never been quite clear whether Weiland quit, was fired, or some combination of the two -- the singer tells the French-Canadian newspaper La Presse there are no hard feelings.“With Velvet Revolver, there’s no problem,” Weiland says.  “I even called the guys to suggest we do some shows together in a few months. We’re on good terms, but I don’t want to be a member of Velvet Revolver full-time.  If possible, I’d like for us to only do festivals.  Y’know, to make easy money.”Not that we’re likely to see a Weiland-Velvet Revolver reunion anytime soon: Weiland says the other VR members are either too busy to consider a reunion, or they don’t need the money.  “Dave [Kushner] made music for TV, the theme for Sons of Anarchy,” says Weiland.  “Duff [McKagan] made a lot of money in the stock market.  As for Slash, he put aside the money made from the Guns n’ Roses days.   Matt [Sorum] has done a bunch of stuff.”Even so, it sounds like Weiland will have a better chance of mending fences with Velvet Revolver than with Stone Temple Pilots.  It’s been almost 18 months since he was fired from the band, for reasons that remain murky, at least publicly.  His former bandmates then sued Weiland for performing STP songs during his solo shows and trading on the band’s name.  Weiland counter-sued, saying STP’s suit was without merit, since he co-founded STP and wrote much of the band’s material.So how are things are going on that front?  Not surprisingly, Weiland doesn’t have much to say.  “As for Stone Temple Pilots, we’re still in mediation and my lawyers have forbidden me from talking about what’s going on because it could be harmful [to our case],” he says. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Pearl Jam Guitarist Says Soundgarden Raised the Bar for Everyone


Mike LavineSoundgarden's Superunknown just celebrated its 20th anniversary, and it seems no one's a bigger fan of the 1994 album than someone else who was busy making music in those days -- Pearl Jam's Mike McCready. Though Soundgarden and Pearl Jam were in what McCready describes to Billboard as "a healthy competition," the guitarist has no problem admitting that "Soundgarden are kind of the masters of writing songs that aren't pop clichés." Furthermore, he says that Soundgarden songs have "very hard, strange timings but Chris Cornell makes the vocals memorable over the top of that. That, in itself, is an art."McCready says that Superunknown "is my favorite Soundgarden record...[because it] made me think, 'Okay, this is what can be done.'"Pearl Jam itself has an album turning 20 this year: Vitalogy, which contained several hits including "Better Man," "Spin the Black Circle," "Corduroy," and "Not for You." The album was released on vinyl on November 22, 1994 and on CD on December 6, 1994.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio