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Hype! 20 Years After Interviews (July 2017, Seattle)

Hype! SEATTLE GRUNGE 20 Years After Interviews (July 2017, Seattle)

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)

Mad Season ‘River of Deceit’

My pain is self-chosen
At least, so the prophet says
I could either burn
Or cut off my pride and buy some time
A head full of lies is the weight, tied to my waist
The river of deceit pulls down, oh oh
The only direction we flow is down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
Down, oh down
My pain is self-chosen
At least I believe it to be
I could either drown
Or pull off my skin and swim to shore
Now I can grow a beautiful shell for all to see
The river of deceit pulls…

Seattle Musicians Talk About ‘Singles’ Movie On The 25th Anniversary Of Its Release

source: an archive article in Alternative Nation from May 16, 2017

Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains & Soundgarden Members Unite For Incredible Grunge Video

A new video has been released the commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Singles soundtrack, featuring Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Screaming Trees, and Heart members. You can watch the video following the transcribed comments.

“I just remember thinking, ‘Cameron’s magic,’” Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney recalls. “‘You’re gonna go to Seattle and make a movie about stuff that just a small sect of people know?’ At the time, there was no ‘the grunge.’”

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell said, “Because the film was conceived and shot before the international explosion of all of the bands, that ended up being kind of a key factor in what was referred to as the Seattle scene, and the Seattle movement, and then the Grunge movement. Because there was this one thing called the Singles movie, where if you saw it, you were exposed to it.”

Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell remembered, “It was a big deal man, it really was. For as small and humbly as we all started, to be that involved in a major film, and to have it be with a guy who you’re friendly with, and cares about music as much as he does. Things took off really quickly.”

“It bottles a moment in time,” Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin adds of the soundtrack.

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready said, “It was an exciting time to be here, and that was just another part of it. Like oh, and then there’s a movie, it was surreal.”

Heart’s Nancy Wilson, “You know when it’s Eddie Vedder, you know when it’s Alice In Chains with their great dissonant harmonies, you know Soundgarden. It’s the Seattle sound (laughs).”

Watch the video below via Rolling Stone.

Watch Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains Members Look Back on ‘Singles’

US President Considered Addressing Nation After Kurt Cobain’s Death

source: The Music

American President Bill Clinton allegedly took Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder to one side to ask him whether he should address the nation following the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

In an extract from Keith Cameron’s book Mudhoney: The Sound And The Fury From Seattle, which has been published on Spin, Mudhoney say that during a tour where they were supporting Pearl Jam the two bands were invited to the White House one day – the day after Kurt Cobain’s death.

After Mudhoney bassist Matt Lukin smoked a joint on the way to the White House (and freaked out a bit when he got there) Cameron retells the following:

Soon after arriving at the White House, the two bands got separated by officials. Pearl Jam were ushered into the Oval Office to meet Bill Clinton, which hadn’t been part of the original plan—apparently, the president wanted to seek advice on whether he should address the nation in the wake of Cobain’s suicide.

While the matter of apparent national importance was being discussed, Cameron says:

Mudhoney, meanwhile, were assigned a Secret Service agent who gave them a behind-the-scenes tour of the White House. As they were ushered past the velvet ropes, tourists waiting in line for a regular tour ran up and asked for autographs.

“Obviously word had got around that Pearl Jam was in the House, but these old ladies didn’t know what Pearl Jam looked like,” says [drummer Dan] Peters. “We’re saying, ‘Yeah, we’re not Pearl Jam.’ And they were like, ‘Ha ha! Just give us your autograph.’ Still, it was a nice diversion from the whole Kurt-blowing-his-head-off thing.”

The two bands’ paths eventually crossed in the White House Press Room, where [vocalist Mark] Arm and Vedder had their picture taken shaking hands over the presidential seal on the podium.

“It was a great private tour,” says [guitarist Steve] Turner. “The Secret Service guy was telling us about the different people that have been killed on the White House lawn. There was one guy dressed in full ninja gear who thought he was invisible, coming across the lawn. They finally just shot him. I don’t recall hearing about that on the news! It was a surreal day. I remember being almost troubled that the President of the United States of America is taking the time to meet Eddie Vedder. Like, that’s top of today’s agenda? Really?!”

The book, released later this month in America, was released last year in Australia through Omnibus Press.

The Anniversary of John Baker Saunders’ Death

John Baker Saunders passed away on this day in 1999.

Mad Season: The Story Behind ‘Above’ Album

‘Wake Up’ by Mad Season With Layne And John

Wake up young man, it’s time to wake up
Your love affair has got to go
For 10 long years, for 10 long years
The leaves to rake up
Slow suicide’s no way to go, oh
Blue, clouded grey
You’re not a crack up
Dizzy and weakened by the haze
Moving onward
So an infection not a phase
Yeah, oh
The cracks and lines from where you gave up
They make an easy man to read, oh
For all the times you let them bleed you
For little peace from god you plead, and beg
For little peace from god you plead
Ah, yeah, ah, yeah, ah, yeah
Wake up young man, wake up, wake up
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up
Oh, yeah
Wake up young man, it’s time to wake up
Your love affair has got to go
For 10 long years, yeah
For 10 long years, the leaves to rake up
Slow suicide’s no way to go, oh
Slow suicide’s no way to go
Wake up, wake up, wake up

Happy Birthday Chris!

Happy Birthday to Chris Cornell! He was born on this day in 1964 in Seattle. It took me more than a year but eventually I prepared his bio, you can find it here.

The song I chose for today is Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun), recorded by Chris, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron on the tribute album to Jimi Hendrix (as M.A.C.C.) in 1992.

‘Hunger Strike’ by Temple of the Dog

Apologies for long silence, harsh reality prevented me from posting on all my blogs. But I am back and getting ready for July 20th.