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Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Sells For $6 Million At Auction

source: Blabbermouth    June 20, 2020

Julien’s Auctions’ marquee two-day music auction event Music Icons culminated today in a world-record-breaking sale of one of the most recognized and important guitars in rock ‘n’ roll history: the acoustic-electric guitar played by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s acclaimed MTV Unplugged performance.

The legendary instrument played by one of rock’s most influential musicians and icons in one of the greatest and most memorable live performances of all time sold for $6,010,000 million, far surpassing its original estimate of one million U.S. dollars. The sale set five new world records for world’s most expensive guitar, world’s most expensive acoustic guitar, world’s most expensive martin guitar, world’s most expensive piece of memorabilia and world’s most expensive nirvana memorabilia. This makes it one of the rarest and most valuable acoustic guitars in the world. The buyer was Peter Freedman, founder of RØDE Microphones, who attended the live auction in Beverly Hills and successfully won the guitar in a bidding war among collectors and bidders all across the globe who participated live on the floor, online and on the phone.

Freedman plans to display the guitar in a worldwide tour of exhibitions to be held in distinguished galleries and art spaces, with all proceeds (including the guitar) going to the performing arts.

“When I heard that this iconic guitar was up for auction,” says Freedman, “I immediately knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure it and use it as a vehicle to spotlight the struggles that those in the performing arts are facing and have always faced.”

He continues: “The global arts industry has been shattered by the impact of COVID-19, with musicians and artists being amongst the most affected. The last few months were the straw that broke the camel’s back, and for many in the arts brought forth the harsh reality that they work in an industry for which there is little support in times of need.

“For most, access to financial and health services — particularly mental health services — is very limited. While many industries are gradually returning to normal, it’s going to take a long time before this industry can begin functioning as it was. The toll this has taken and will continue to take is enormous and requires more than just lip service. It requires action now, and I am a man of action.”

In a live taping for the popular MTV Unplugged series on November 18, 1993, approximately five months before his death, Cobain chose this guitar to paint what Rolling Stone called “his last self-portrait.” Nirvana’s acoustic performance that night produced one of the greatest live albums of all time, “MTV Unplugged In New York”, with recordings of the most celebrated and defining versions of Nirvana’s songs. The multi-platinum “MTV Unplugged In New York” debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard charts and won the Grammy Award for “Best Alternative Music Album” in 1996.

“Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged’ is one of my favorite records of all time,” says Freedman, “and easily one of the best live performances ever captured on film. They were a huge influence on me; the early-90s were RØDE’s formative years, and Nirvana’s music was very much the soundtrack to that time in my life and that era of the company.”

The guitar was the seventh of only 302 D-18Es built by Martin and was customized by Cobain who added a Bartolini pickup to the soundhole. Accompanying the sale of the guitar is its original hard-shell case personalized by Cobain with a flyer from the punk rock band Poison Idea’s 1990 album “Feel The Darkness”, three baggage claim ticket stubs, an Alaska Airlines Fragile sticker affixed to the case, a partial set of Martin & Co. Phospher Bronze guitar strings, three Dunlop 60mm guitar picks, and a small black velvet pouch containing a miniature silvertone knife, fork, and spoon lapel pins each with pinbacks.

Julien’s Auctions has broken world records with the sale of Kurt Cobain’s memorabilia, including Cobain’s cardigan worn on “MTV Unplugged”, which sold for a record $334,000, his “In Utero” tour Fender Mustang guitar which sold for $340,000, his cardigan worn on his last photoshoot which sold for $75,000 and a Nirvana paper plate set list written in Cobain’s handwriting which sold for a record $22,400.

Video of the auction of the “MTV Unplugged” guitar can be seen below.

Other Nirvana items sold at the auction included a signed “Nevermind” poster ($56,250); the camera, original negatives and signed original prints, and the copyright from Nirvana’s 1992 Spin magazine photoshoot ($35,200); and Nirvana all-access passes ($512 each).

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’

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Tributes To Chris Cornell Part 3: Corey Taylor, Bush, Live And Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Soundgarden was due to headline the Rock on the Range Music Festival on Friday night [May 19th]. In the wake of Chris Cornell’s tragic passing, the festival staged an all-star tribute featuring Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Bush, and Live. Video highlighting Cornell’s isolated vocals was also shown.

Taylor covered Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike”, Bush played Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”, and Live performed Audioslave’s “I Am the Highway’.

Watch fan-shot footage from the tribute below.

source: Consequence of Sound

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​​Following the stunning and heartbreaking death of Chris Cornell, tributes to the late singer have been showing up everywhere. Last night in Indianapolis, Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered their own salute to the beloved musician.

During the band’s set at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday evening, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer opened the encore by coming out on stage alone. He performed a cover of “Seasons”, a solo acoustic song Cornell had written for the Singles soundtrack. Watch video of the performance below (via Rolling Stone).

 

Temple of the Dog Talk About Their Reunion

I post a lot about TOTD recently but in the end we have all been waiting for the news for 25 years so why not? 😀

Here is an article from Rolling Stone where they reveal details:

When Temple of the Dog – the early 1990s grunge supergroup featuring Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam‘s Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron – first began contemplating a tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their sole album, they weren’t sure how it would be received. “We were a little anxious about what size venues we could play,” Ament tells Rolling Stone. “We’ve never toured and are essentially a baby band.”

They decided to hit just five cities, playing a mixture of big theaters and arenas. Much to their shock, nearly every ticket disappeared within minutes, with scalpers charging upwards of $1,399 for primo seats at the Madison Square Garden stop. “We’re super excited,” says Ament. “We can finally road test these songs and see what they become.”

The songs – born out of the extreme grief Cornell felt after Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood died of a heroin overdose in March 1990 – will be re-released on September 30th in four different configurations. The biggest one will contain two CDs, 1 DVD and 1 Blu-ray Audio disc. It contains seven unheard demos, five studio outtakes and live footage of Temple of the Dog shot between 1990 and 2011. Longtime Pearl Jam producer Brendan O’Brien remixed the album.

“The quarter-inch tapes got lost,” says Ament. “The only way we could’ve used the original mixes would have been pulling it off a CD, which would have been inferior. Brendan really didn’t mess with the levels, but he just pulled back a bit on the effects and reverb. The new mix is just a bit crisper. The way we listen to music is so different than 25 years ago. People have gotten used to so much clarity on the top end, and I think he really brought a lot of that out.”

Pearl Jam have been on the road for the past few months, meaning that Temple of the Dog have yet to begin rehearsals for the tour kicking off November 4th in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and wrapping up November 21st after a two-night stand at Seattle’s Paramount Theater. “We’ve discussed what other songs we might play in addition to the 10 songs from the album,” says Cornell. “But it was mostly left on the table to be discussed as a later date. It’s still a mystery to me.” Playing the album in sequence is a possibility. “Playing albums in sequence can be awesome or it can be very limiting,” says McCready. “I hope we mix it up a little bit.”

Pearl Jam have made the Mother Love Bone song “Crown of Thorns” a regular part of their live show, and it seems likely that Temple of the Dog will dip further into Mother Love Bone’s catalog. “I think that makes a lot of sense,” says Cornell. “There are also some songs that Andy wrote outside of Mother Love Bone that may or may not be something we can do. There’s some other songs from that period we discussed, but there’s been no decision made about anything other than what’s on the album.”

Cornell has performed the Pearl Jam songs “Better Man” and “Footsteps” (the latter having many similar musical elements as Temple of the Dog’s “Times of Trouble”) at his solo shows, but he doubts fans at these Temple of the Dog shows will hear any Pearl Jam or even Soundgarden tunes.

“I feel like that doesn’t feel right in my gut,” he says. “That’s nothing that I talked about with anybody. It’s just you asking and me reacting. It doesn’t feel like the right thing, but I might change my mind.” McCready feels the same way. “I’d love for this to be its own thing,” he says. “We can maybe do some [Mother] Love Bone songs and some cool covers. But if Chris wants to do ‘Better Man,’ please. That’s fine with me.”

Then there’s the issue of Eddie Vedder. He’s not billed at any of the shows, even though he sings half of Temple of the Dog’s most famous song, “Hunger Strike,” and contributed backing vocals to three others. Might he drop by a show or two? “I can’t say anything about that,” says McCready. “I don’t know if he is, and that’s kind of up to him. I would love it if he did.” Adds Cornell: “I don’t think that’s even been discussed, but we certainly haven’t planned on it.”

There are no Temple of the Dog plans beyond this November, but the group doesn’t rule out booking more shows. “I hope if these go well, there will be more in the future,” says McCready. “That’s kind of why we didn’t want to do an extensive tour. We just wanted to feel out the landscape. I hope we can go to Europe. It depends on how much fun we have with it, and how much people get out of it.”

But the group stresses that a second Temple of the Dog record is less likely. “We’d have to feel really great about the songs,” says Cornell. “It’s a scary thing. I don’t want to say they’d have to live up to the [first] album, but I wouldn’t want it to take away from it either. It was the same issue with reforming Soundgarden. I’m super excited about writing new songs as long as we don’t detract from what came before, and ultimately we did that. I think the same thing would apply to Temple.”

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Pearl Jam’s Ten Week (2)

 

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Here’s how Rolling Stone’s music critic, David Fricke, reviewed Ten on December 12, 1991:
“On Ten, Pearl Jam — descended from the late, lamented Mother Love Bone — hurtles into the mystic at warp speed. Singer-lyricist Eddie Vedder sometimes lets his words get way ahead of his good intentions: ‘I don’t question/Our existence/I just question/Our modern needs’ (‘Garden’). Focus instead on his voice — a ragged, enraged mongrel blend of Robert Plant and James Hetfield — and the Pearls’ surprising, and refreshing, melodic restraint. They wring a lot of drama out of a few declarative power chords swimming in echo.”

Photo from the Ten cover shoot by Lance Mercer Photography.

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(rare picture with Dave Krusen)

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