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Feb.
18th

Soundgarden to release live album, record new songs

Soundgarden will release its first live album, “Live on I-5” on March 22, and has headed into the studio to record new material, Rolling Stone reports. The live album consists of tracks recorded on their West Coast tour of 1996.

“We brought Adam Kasper out on the West Coast leg of our headlining ’96 tour,” guitarist Kim Thayil tells Rolling Stone. “We wanted him to record it for a number of things – as a way to appraise and review the performances, we were hoping to maybe provide content for B sides for foreign releases, and

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Feb.
2nd

Pearl Jam to reissue expanded versions of grunge classics “Vs.” and “Vitalogy”

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary celebration will continue with newly restored and expanded versions of the band’s “Vs.” and “Vitalogy” albums. They’ll be released on March 29, the band announced today.
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Jan.
11th

Agent Orange, more headed to Backstage

We now have a better idea of the bands general manager Joy Hutt plans to bring to the forthcoming Backstage Bar & Grill, which is under construction at 6409 Sixth Ave., in Tacoma, formerly home base for the short-lived Game On Sports Grille.
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Nov.
4th

Pearl Jam to celebrate 20 years with live CD

Pearl Jam will release a new live compilation to celebrate their 12th anniversary, the band announced today. “Live on Ten Legs” will be released through Pearl Jam’s Ten Club and select digital and independent music retailers on July 18. A Ten Club pre-sale of the CD and vinyl versions began today on the band’s web site.
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Nov.
4th

Reunited Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland make it to Kent for hit-filled show


Scott Weiland: Well dressed and fully functional in Kent (photos by Ernest Jasmin)

The usual speculation about what could go wrong for Stone Temple Pilots was greatly amplified after the reunited band postponed several tour dates in September following bizarre behavior from embattled front man Scott Weiland. Surprise!

But Weiland made it to Kent’s Showare Center Wednesday night, along with drummer Eric Kretz and the brothers DeLeo, Dean and Robert on guitar and bass respectively. Weiland looked pretty dapper, in fact, in tailored coat and tie. He didn’t ramble incoherently or otherwise seem under the influence, reserving most of his minimal banter for calling out the new cuts from the self-titled album (starting with that one that blatantly rips of Nirvana.) And the guy didn’t appear to be lip-syncing, as alleged after another tour mishap this year. I was looking and listening for it, and a pitchy delivery on “Still Remains” suggested authenticity.

Nope, there were no train wrecks in Kent as STP delivered grunge era hits to a sparse but enthusiastic crowd. Click the more button for a set lists and a few more shots I snapped during the band’s set.
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Oct.
14th

Major Nirvana exhibit to open next year at EMP/SFM

Seattle’s Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum announced a major Nirvana exhibit this week. “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses” will run from April 16, 2011 to April 22, 2013, and here is a list of a few of a few artifacts that will be on display, excerpted from the announcement on EMP/SFM’s web site:

• Kurt Cobain’s never-before exhibited, high school painting of two aging, Reagan-era punks in the post-apocalypse, informally known as “punk American gothic.”
• The Teac reel-to-reel tape machine owned by Mari Earl, Cobain’s aunt, on which a young

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Sep.
29th

The Melvins’ King Buzzo talks Hollywood, “Groucho Marxism” and Fox News (audio)

Better late than never, but as promised here are a few more clips from my interview with Melvins leader Buzz Osbourne (first batch here.)

The godfathers of grunge are still in the area. And as anyone who witnessed the band blow the roof off of Hell’s Kitchen Monday night will tell you, tonight’s all-ages show at Olympia’s Capitol Theater should not be missed. Meanwhile, click the links to hear King Buzzo on …

… band stability and playing with Jared Warren and Coady Willis from Big Business.

… appearing

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Sep.
23rd

The Melvins’ Buzz Osbourne on staying away from Montesano, influencing other bands (audio)

The mighty Melvins return to Tacoma on Monday where they’ll headline the new Hell’s Kitchen for the first time. Then they’ll play an all-ages show at Olympia’s Capitol Theater on Wednesday. They’re the subject of the cover story in Friday’s GO section, and here are a couple of clips from my interview with front man Buzz Osbourne to whet your appetites. Click the links to hear what he said about …

… the odds he’ll kick it in Montesano or Aberdeen any time soon.

… his band’s influence and who he’d like

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Aug.
17th

Spin runs revealing story on Soundgarden reunion

There’s a great Soundgarden interview coming up in the September Spin, on newsstands Aug. 24. Among the tidbits you’ll learn:

Bassist Ben Shepherd – the Soundgardner I’ve spotted most around Seattle the past few years – is apparently homeless: “Literally. I’ve been sleeping on studio couches and at friends’ houses. I’m totally broke,” he tells Spin.

Also, that cryptic tweet that Chris Cornell sent out on New Year’s Day – the one about how “Knights of the Soundtable ride again!” – wasn’t a reunion announcement. According to guitarist Kim Thayil, “We’re not the Knights of the Soundtable,

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July
13th

Settle down, people! Pearl Jam hiatus rumors officially overblown

Yesterday, speculation that Pearl Jam would be taking an unusually long break – or even hanging it up for good – ran rampant. That was after front man Eddie Vedder’s announcement that the band was going on hiatus during a show in Portugal. But band publicist Nicole Vandenburg dropped me a line to reassure that nothing unusual was going on. And it seems Vedder’s wording – as he addressed the crowd in Portuguese – had something to do with how people read into what he said.

(It’s) nothing serious. He says that at the end

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