Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Etc. Members To Pay Tribute To Alice In Chains At Museum Of Pop Culture’s Founders Award Ceremony

As previously reported, Alice In Chains are set to be honored with this year’s Museum Of Pop Culture Founders Award during a virtual ceremony on December 1. Now, it has been revealed that members of Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and more will also be paying tribute to the band during the event.

In addition to Alice In Chains, the ceremony will feature the following performers:

  • Metallica
  • Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Korn
  • Ann Wilson (Heart)
  • Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses)
  • Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
  • Nancy Wilson (Heart)
  • Dave Navarro & Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction)
  • Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Mad Season)
  • Mastodon
  • Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
  • Krist Novoselic (Giants In The Trees, ex-Nirvana)
  • Shooter Jennings
  • Soundgarden members with Tad Doyle & Mike McCready
  • Dallas Green (City And Colour)
  • Lily Cornell Silver (daughter of Chris Cornell and Susan Silver)
  • Fishbone
  • Liv Warfield
  • Chris DeGarmo (Queensrÿche)
  • Ayron Jones
  • Bill Herzog
  • Bubba Dupree
  • Eric + Encarnacion
  • Jennifer Johnson & Jillian Raye (Giants In The Trees)
  • Maggie Björklund
  • Martin Feveyear
  • Nathan Yaccino
  • Shaina Shepherd

An all-star house band will also be taking part as well. The following artists are also expected to make appearances, but are not scheduled to perform:

  • Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
  • Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
  • Les Claypool (Primus)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (‘Iron Man‘, ‘Sherlock Holmes‘)
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.)
  • Vernon Reid (Living Colour)

Fans can RSVP for the event at mopop.org/foundersaward. The Museum Of Pop Culture’s executive director Alexis Lee commented:

“As our principal fundraiser, Founders Award is always a special event for MoPOP and we’re thrilled this year to honor Alice In Chains and provide free access to this magical evening fans around the world. We’re proud to call Alice In Chains hometown heroes but we know we share them with the world.

It’s a testament to their lasting impact that this talented group of musicians has come together to pay tribute to the band’s contributions to music and pop culture. We’re able to show the next generation of creators what’s possible through the funds raised at the event that support our youth development programs, our community engagement and access initiatives, and of course, the cutting-edge exhibitions people from around the world come to Seattle to enjoy.

While this entire night of exclusive performances is free to view for all, our hope is to raise $1 million to support the museum in this difficult and unprecedented year.”

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell continued:

“It feels truly special to receive the MoPOP Founders Award in our home town of Seattle. It’s also humbling to be joined by so many of our friends, peers and heroes to rock some AIC tunes. I hope people watching enjoy the show as much as we did putting it together. A big hearty thanks to everyone who participated in making this virtual thing happen during these strange times. Music has the power to unite, heal and inspire. It is all of ours. Let’s continue to create and celebrate that which feeds the soul. Rawk on!”

Alice In Chains’ Sean Kinney added:

“When we got to make our first record, I thought, great, we will be able to make one record, do our thing and hope for the best. Now, 30 years later to get this award and still be touring and making music is the most amazing feeling. We are brothers with all of the craziness that goes with it. This is for Layne, Mike, and for all of us now. We can’t wait to get back out on the road once this hellish pandemic is behind us.”

Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Etc. Members To Take Part In Virtual David Bowie Tribute Concert

Various artists will be paying tribute to the late David Bowie with a special virtual concert on January 8, 2021. The event, which is being called “A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day!,” was organized by Bowie‘s longtime bandmate Mike Garson and tickets for it can be found HERE. In addition to members of Bowie‘s band, the show will also feature Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Corey Glover (Living Colour), and more.

Guns N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Etc. Members Guest On Cherie Currie’s New Album “Blvds Of Splendor”

Cherie Currie (ex-The Runaways) will be releasing her new album “Blvds Of Splendor” in digital outlets on April 28. The effort, which was previously released on vinyl for Record Store Day, features guest contributions from Samshing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, Juliette Lewis, The Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle, The Veronicas, and ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum.

“Blvds Of Splendor” Track Listing:

01. “Mr. X”
02. “Roxy Roller”
03. “You Wreck Me”
04. “Black Magic”
05. “Blvds Of Splendor”
06. “Force To Be Reckoned With”
07. “Bad And Broken”
08. “Rock & Roll Oblivion”
09. “Shades”
10. “Draggin’ The Line”
11. “Breakout”
12. “The Air That I Breathe”
13. “What Do All the People Know?” (bonus track)
14. “Gimme” (bonus track)
15. “Queens Of Noise” (bonus track)

Sorum produced the record and had the following to say about it:

“Cherie’s voice tells it all, she is the real deal. And now more than ever that voice tells the story of where’s she’s been in her life. This record is about who Cherie Currie is now. We’ve waited a long time to hear this icon of Rock N’ Roll do what she does best. I’m very proud to be a part of this album by one of the best female singers of all time.”

Currie herself added:

“I’ve never had so much fun making a record before. We all looked at each other and went, ‘Oh my God, there’s magic happening here.’”

Smashing Pumpkins Planning To Release New Double Album This Year

During a recent interview with Tennessean, Billy Corgan offered an update on the new Smashing Pumpkins album. The singer said the band currently have 21 songs set to appear on the effort and that it will be released as a double record this year.

Corgan said the following:

“When we got back together with James, we went in with Rick Rubin and did eight songs. It was put out as a formal album, but I said at the time — and I did mean it — in my eyes, it wasn’t an album. We didn’t approach it like we’ve approached every other album we’d ever done, which is more like making a movie.

In many ways, this is the first real album [since the reunion] where we’ve hunkered down and made a classic, ‘Let’s throw it all at the wall and see what happens’ type of Pumpkins record. I’ve been working on it for over a year. It currently is at 21 songs, and we’re going to release it as a double this year.

This is the first album since the album that came out in 2000, ‘Machina’, where me, James and Jimmy worked on something for a very long time. It’s got a greater conceptual base, and it’s probably a wider swath of music. The last one was kind of like, ‘Let’s just jump in, record some stuff real fast, and let it be what it is,’ … so I’m excited about this, because we’re kind of back in the lane of taking a risk, and trying to bring something new to the table, as opposed to just aping what we’re known for.”

Billy Corgan Working On 21 Songs For New Smashing Pumpkins Album

During a recent interview with 102.9 The Buzz, Billy Corgan revealed that he currently has 21 songs in the works for Smashing Pumpkins’ new album. The frontman said the following:

“It’s currently 21 songs. I’ve been working on it for over a year. It’s pretty different — in a good way, I think. Everybody that’s heard it likes it a lot, so that’s a good sign. We’re gonna do some touring. We’re playing a big festival in Atlanta — I think in April or May — Shaky Knees. I’m not sure we’re playing Nashville this year. Actually, I think we might. I might be giving a secret away. We might be doing a little ‘surprisey’ gig soon.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Neil Peart (Rush)

As previously reported, Rush’s Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a battle with brain cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer and some of the various posts can be found below:

Geddy Lee (Rush):

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett:

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #NeiPeart

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

Gary Holt (Exodus):

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

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R.I.P. #nealpeart An extraordinary talent.

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King Diamond:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down):

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Overkill:

Mike Inez (Alice In Chains):

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Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7J9U-MBLlJ/?hl=en

Alex Bent (Trivium):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.):

Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch):

Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace):

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~ Shocked. The Legend. Rest In Peace Neil Peart. 🙏🏻

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Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Matt Halpern (Periphery):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage):

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me):

Peter Frampton:

Jack Black (Tenacious D):

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) To Release New Solo Album “Cotillions” In November

William Patrick Corgan, aka Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, has revealed that his new solo album “Cotillions” will be released on November 22. You can check out the cover art and track listing for that below:

“Cotillions” Track Listing:

01. “To Scatter One’s Own”
02. “Hard Times”
03. “Jubilee”
04. “Fragile, The Spark”
05. “Cotillions”
06. “Faithless Darlin'”
07. “Colosseum”
08. “Martinets”
09. “Buffalo Boys”
10. “Dancehall”
11. “Cri de Coeur”
12. “Like Lambs”
13. “Rider”
14. “Apologia”
15. “Neptulius”
16. “6+7”
17. “Anon”

Corgan commented via Instagram:

“COTILLIONS: NOV 22, this double album, a true labor of love, is available on all digital platforms. All you have to do is pre-subscribe so you can see the song titles and have it waiting for you the moment it comes out.

Don’t miss the chance to hear it for yourself before others tell you what my songs are or aren’t.

There is a reason I trust you, the people who support me day in and day out, to decide whether or not my efforts are worthy.

We live in a different world now, where an artist can speak directly to you without the filter of mass media shaping your heart and opinions before you’ve even had a chance to decide whether this music speaks to you. And this is absolutely an album from my heart. And so is the new SP, which will be out soon enough.

I can’t thank you enough for the support I’ve been given to make moments like this possible.

Soon, we’ll have details on how you can order a vinyl copy, of which there will be 2 editions; the Zuzu’s version being limited and having more in it.

Lastly, please give love to the artist who made the statues on the front cover, @avassfez and shot the cover and all images within, @jennyfaridathastrom. Now, go pre-subscribe for this record. OUT TO YOU Nov 22”

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) Announces Solo Tour

Billy Corgan has announced a November solo tour. The trek will find the frontman “playing songs from his extensive catalogue, including The Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, WPC, and more!”

Tour Dates:

11/04 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
11/05 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
11/06 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
11/09 Nashville, TN – CMA Theater
11/10 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
11/12 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
11/13 Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre
11/15 Covington, KY – Madison Theater
11/16 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
11/18 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
11/19 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
11/20 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) Announces Solo European Tour

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) has announced a solo European tour. Here’s the dates:

06/17 Glasgow, UK – Saint Luke’s
06/19 Dublin, IRE – Olympia Theatre
06/21 Luxembourg City, LUX – den Atelier
06/22 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
06/24 Paris, FR A- Trianon
06/25 Utrecht, NET – TivoliVredenburg
07/08 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romane

Smashing Pumpkins Have “Hundreds Of Songs” In The Vaults Ready For Release

According to Blabbermouth, Billy Corgan recently confirmed to Beats 1 that Smashing Pumpkins have a bunch of previously unreleased music that they want to release. In fact, the band have so much that the frontman says they “could literally never record another song and have a release every two months for the next 20 years.”

Corgan said the following:

“I’m really excited by the re-rise of the vinyl record shop and the fact that there is there is this beautiful balance now between vinyl releases and streaming services. We’re going to just start unloading the archives — and we have archives for decades.”

When asked how much material they have, Corgan said “You can’t even imagine,” while drummer Jimmy Chamberlin added that there were “hundreds of [finished] songs.”

Corgan continued:

“It’s insane how much work there is. We could literally never record another song and have a release every two months for the next 20 years. Easy. There’s alternate versions, there’s live versions, there’s acoustic versions. So we’re going to actually kill people with content.”

Before they start going to the archives, the group will release their new album “Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.” on November 16.