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Musicares Honors Mike McCready at Seattle’s Showbox with Historic Night of Music

source: Northwest Music Scene May 11, 2018

Musicares honors Mike McCready at Seattle’s Showbox with historic night of music

Every year Musicares, a part of the Grammy Foundation that helps people in the music industry with addiction and other medical resources, puts on a special music event and for the first time, Seattle was the chosen spot. The 2018 version was organized to not only pay homage to one of the greatest music cities on the planet but to honor one of its biggest supporters, Mike McCready. With Mike’s history with recovery, Musicares and of course Seattle, the night that was planned out couldn’t be anything but legendary.

The first to take the stage was Senior Director of Musicares Erica Krusen, explaining how important it was to do this show in Seattle. (she herself has a huge connection to Seattle via Pearl Jam) After the roll call of generous sponsors was finished up, it was time for some music and the first all-star grouping of the night of McCready, Danny Newcomb, Duff McKagan, Mark Arm and Barrett Martin started things off with a bang. Spread out across a stage packed full of gear, they fired off a blistering version of “Search and Destroy” by The Stooges. After the last note was played, Newcomb exited, leaving the four remaining rock stars to play “TV Eye” also by The Stooges, much like they did a few years ago on top of the Pike Place Market sign.

Thunderous applause greeted the end of The Stooges portion of the night, giving way to what is lovingly known in the northwest as Flight to Mars. The usual suspects came out for this one, with Mike wearing his trademark white flying Vee. As Paul Passarelli, Gary Westlake, Tim DiJulio, McCready and Mike Musburger played the first few notes of Thin Lizzy‘s “Cowboy Song” from the 1976 album, Jailbreak, the crowd had a sense they were in for something good. Although most were seated you could feel the energy somehow rising with Passarelli delivering the kind of epic vocal performances he’s known for, with the rest of the members bringing their “A” games as well. The twin-guitar attack of McCready and “Rock Tim” DiJulio completely destroyed the legendary solos in that song as they traded licks and played off of each other throughout. With zero pause, the band launched right into UFO’s “Lights Out,” once again knocking it out of the park with this lineup of friends finishing off the FTM portion of the show with one of the greatest rock songs ever written, “Love to Love” from UFO‘s 1977 album, Lights Out. If you’ve ever seen FTM, then you know how much this band puts into making these songs special, and this performance at the Showbox left most people with jaws on the floor, again. Especially those that had never previously experienced Flight to Mars.

After that epic display, a special video was shown on the screen behind the stage with all four members of Seattle darlings Thunderpussy telling Mike how much they love him and wishing they could have been there but they are on tour and the video would have to suffice. Mike clearly was moved by their message and playful display!

Next up were a few auction items, a 2014 Gibson Les Paul signed by all the members of Pearl Jam and a one of a kind Nixon watch crafted from a guitar strap from the late Chris Cornell. (still hard to type that) Those priceless items brought in a whopping $16K and $15.5K respectively and after Chris Adams had taken the last bid, he welcomed Musicares Chair Michael McDonald to the stage, who explained a bit of his personal recovery story, before asking for donations to directly help others suffering from addiction. The Seattle crowd was generous with countless people standing up with their glowsticks wanting to contribute financially. After some light-hearted banter from northwest native Joel McHale, the next set of music was ready to take over the sold-out venue.

Kim Virant, Nancy Wilson, Chad Smith, Josh Klinghoffer, Duff, Mike would play “Dead Flowers” from The Rolling Stones with Kim and Nancy sharing a mic for what turned out to be another righteous display of musicianship. As Kim sang to Mike with her arms on his shoulders, you could feel the love for this guy in the room, from the band members, to every table in the Showbox. A quick lineup change would have Barrett taking over on drums, with Nancy and Kim exiting, while Star Anna came out. The first few unmistakable notes of Mad Season‘s “River of Deceit” brought another “oh wow” moment to a night full of them. Star made it her own with a hauntingly beautiful vocal performance featuring Duff on backing vocals.

Another highlight of the evening came when Nancy Wilson wandered back out with Ben Smith and Ryan Waters, joined by Duff and Mike for a mind-blowing performance of Pink Floyd‘s  “Comfortably Numb,” which found McCready absolutely owning the universe on the guitar solos. They quickly followed that up with Heart‘s “Even It Up” with Wilson singing, providing even more northwest music epicness on that one.

Part of the reason for this gathering of stars was to present Mike with the Stevie Ray Vaughan award from Musicares. The presenter, Duff McKagan, lovingly explained how important McCready, his friend of 40 years, is to him and the world in general. After accepting the award, McCready went down a partial list of the people in the northwest we have lost and then honored Musicares themselves for the work they do to help prevent that from happening again.

Guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Nancy Wilson of Heart and Duff McKagan of Guns and Roses perform on stage during the MusiCares Concert For Recovery presented by Amazon Music at the Showbox on May 10, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/WireImage)

Alice In Chains feat. Phil Anselmo & Duff McKagan – Would? – Dedicated to Layne and Dimebag Darrell

Alice In Chains feat. Pantera’s Phil Anselmo on vocals and Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan on guitar performing “Would?” at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Etess Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 10, 2006. At the end of the performance, Jerry Cantrell dedicated the show to his late friends Layne Staley and Dimebag Darrell. This concert was part of the Decades Rock Live show honoring the band Heart. Ann Wilson introduced the band at the beginning.

Line-up: Phil Anselmo – lead vocals Jerry Cantrell – lead guitar, backing vocals Duff McKagan – rhythm guitar Mike Inez – bass Sean Kinney – drums

Velvet Revolver: Why They Fired Scott Weiland

Tributes To Chris Cornell Part 1: Eddie Vedder, Guns’N’Roses and Metallica

EDDIE VEDDER

The first concert of his solo tour that began in Amsterdam was heavily influenced by Chris Cornell’s death. Here is the coverage of Consequence of Sound

Eddie Vedder kicked off a European solo tour in Amsterdam on Saturday night. Reeling from the death of his longtime friend and collaborator Chris Cornell, the performance was said to be an emotional one, with Vedder playing several songs in tribute to the Soundgarden singer.

In his opening performance of Pearl Jam’s “Long Road”, Vedder changed the lyrics to “Without you/ something is missing.” A cover of Cat Stevens’ “Trouble” followed. Vedder than played Pearl Jam’s “Sometimes” during which he cried out, “Where were you, dear God?” Other notable performances included his own composition “Without You”, a cover of Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done” (a song about heroin addiction), and Pearl Jam’s “Immortality”. He opened the first encore with a cover of Fugazi’s “I’m So Tired”, which features lyrics like, “Out here/ Barely see my breath/ Surrounded by jealousy and death/ I can’t be reached/ Only had one call/ Dragged underneath Separate from you all/ You all.”

At one point during the concert, a fan yelled out, “I love you!”, to which Vedder responded, “Thank you. I need it – we all need it. I’m thinking of a lot of people tonight. And some in particular and their families. And I just know that healing takes time, if it ever happens. It takes time, and that means you have to start somewhere. So let it be music. Let it be love and togetherness. And let it be Amsterdam.”

A PearlJam.com member named Electro_UK who attended the show, posted the following account to the band’s message board,

“The show was pretty much entirely about Chris without directly mentioning him. It was clear Eddie couldn’t bring himself to talk about it head on. He spoke a little how the healing process can start with music and made numerous references to how sad he was and how much he and his friends were struggling.

Frankly it is the bravest performance I have ever seen. At times it seemed like he was a word or two away from breaking into tears. He mumbled more than usual, he violently stamped into the floor on Immortality and others and after ‘The End’ I thought he was ready to just walk off and not play anymore. There were funny moments and he picked up in the second half. You could hear the crowd emotionally gasp when Light Years started. On the outro to Sometimes he cried out ‘Where were you, dear God?’ It was heart breaking.”

Guns’n’Roses

Here is the coverage by Consequence of Sound

Guns N’ Roses kicked off their 2017 summer tour at Slane Castle in Ireland on Saturday. Near the middle of the set, after ripping through a bunch of their greatest hits, the band took a moment to honor Chris Cornell with a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”. Watch fan-shot footage below.

“This one’s for you Chris,” the band tweeted prior to the performance.

This one’s for you Chris.
Black Hole Sun.
Live from Slane, Ireland.#GNRinSlane

— Guns N’ Roses (@gunsnroses) May 27, 2017

In 2015, GNR bassist Duff McKagan collaborated with Cornell as part of a Mad Season reunion performance staged by surviving members Mike McCready and Barrett Martin and also featuring the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Metallica

Again the coverage of Consequence of Sound

Metallica are currently on one of the most anticipated tours of the season as they support their latest album, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct. During a concert near Boston last Friday, however, the metal rockers took time out of their set to remember fallen grunge legend Chris Cornell.

As Metallica were wrapping up a performance of “Halo on Fire,” bassist Robert Trujillo launched into a solo bass version of Soundgarden classic “Black Hole Sun”. Though brief, Trujillo knocked it out with both admirable focus and reverence. Listen to it on Metallica’s Instagram account.

to be continued…

andy and chris

 

New Mad Season Material

Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, and Barrett Martin are recording new Mad Season material

The three musicians are currently in the studio cutting tracks

Read more on consequenceofsound.net

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Duff McKagan and Krist Novoselic Perform ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

Kudos to Krist Novoselic!

via Duff McKagan, Krist Novoselic Perform ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ | Rolling Stone

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Duff McKagan Is Writing Alice In Chains’ Biography

More about it on Blabbermouth.net

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Mad Season Reunion (2)

The show took place on Jan 30th, here is some coverage:

TICKETS AND SETLIST

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Sonic Evolution Setlist:

Con Seattle Symphony:
1.- “Ashes” (de Yann Robin, inspirado en Kurt Cobain)
2.- “Beyond Much Difference” (de Angelique Poteat, inspirado en Pearl Jam)
3.- Mike McCready y Matt Cameron – “Walking the Horizon”

– INTERMEDIO –

Seattle Symphony con Mad Season:
4.- Long Gone Day
5.- River of Deceit
6.- I Don’t Know Anything

Mad Season sin Seattle Symphony:
7.- Wake Up (con Matt Cameron y Kim Virant)
8.- Lifeless Dead (con Jeff Angell)
9.- I’m Above (con Jeff Angell y Kim Virant)

Temple Of The Dog:
10.- Call Me A Dog
11.- Reach Down

Mad Season:
12.- All Alone (con Sean Kinney y voz grabada de Layne Staley)

(source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=383875738403794&id=178971208894249)

PICTURES

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mad season 2015 b

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mad season 2015 c

 (source: https://www.facebook.com/chriscornell/photos/a.116887764686.94354.5052659686/10153030782924687/?type=1)

For more pictures see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.791502494259966.1073741951.232077143535840&type=1

PERFORMANCE

Playlist on YouTube

ARTICLES

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/01/mad-season-reunites-seminal-grunge-outfit-performs-first-show-in-20-years-watch/

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/live-reviews/mad-season-temple-of-the-dog-reunite-at-overwhelming-one-off-show-20150131#ixzz3QPkvJp9K

TOTD reunion

Mad Season Reunion (1)

Mike McCready and Barrett Martin are planning at least one – gig reunion of Mad Season with Chris Cornell and Duff McKagan. Read more about the event here:

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/mad-season-reunion/

 http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6406402/mad-season-reunion-chris-cornell-seattle

http://www.alternativenation.net/photo-mad-seasons-full-new-lineup-rehearsing/

Why Mark Lanegan isn’t there?!

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