Duff McKagan’s Pre-Guns N’ Roses Band The Living To Release “The Living: 1982” In April

Duff McKagan’s pre-Guns N’ Roses band The Living will be releasing their debut album, “The Living: 1982,” for the first time on April 16. The band, which featured McKagan on guitar, John Conte on vocals, Todd Fleischman on bass, and Greg Gilmore (Mother Love Bone) on drums, have launched pre-orders for the effort HERE. The first single, “Two Generation Stand,” can also be streamed below:

“The Living: 1982” track listing:

01. “A Promise”
02. “Two Generation Stand”
03. “Live By The Gun”
04. “A Song For You”
05. “No Thanks”
06. “Live Is A Terror”
07. “I Want”

Gilmore said the following:

“The Living was the beginning of all things Seattle for me –a turning point in my life. I joined a band and a community. These guys are still my brothers. I’ve cherished these recordings since the days we made them. This record is a fantastic document of a loaded moment. I love it.”

McKagan also commented:

“Would this even ever get out of our basement? We had something magical then, and it was ours, so who gives a fuck!”

Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), label chief of Loosegroove Records, added:

“It doesn’t matter what year this music was recorded cause it is undeniable. But the fact that Duff, Greg, Todd and John created these fully realized songs in 1982 gives credence to the idea that this band, The Living, are ground zero for the Seattle sound.”

Watch Guns N’ Roses, Screaming Trees, Foo Fighters, Etc. Members Cover Outlaw Country Classic “Highwayman”

Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees), Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters), Jefferson Angell (Walking Papers), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse) and more recently covered “Highwayman” for KEXP’s 2020 SMooCH benefit for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. You can check that out in the below video at the 53:40 mark. The track was written by Jimmy Webb in 1977, before being covered by Glen Campbell in 1979 and The Highwaymen in 1985. The latter was a supergroup featuring Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson.

[via Loudwire]

Metallica, Korn, Mastodon, Etc. Cover Alice In Chains Tracks During Virtual MoPOP Awards Ceremony

Alice In Chains were honored with this year’s Museum Of Pop Culture Founders Award during a special ceremony last night (December 1). The virtual event included performances from Alice In Chains, Metallica, Korn, Mastodon, and more.

Footage of the full ceremony can be found below. Here’s the setlist:

– Alice In Chains – “Your Decision” (8:18)
– Ann Wilson – “Rooster” (14:09)
– Dave Navarro, Taylor Hawkins, Corey Taylor, and Chris Chaney – “Man In The Box” (27:07)
– Duff McKagan and Shooter Jennings – “Down In A Hole” (34:08)
– Korn – “Would?” (43:04)
– Nancy Wilson, Mark Lanegan, and Liv Warfield – “Brother” (47:15)
– Fishbone – “Them Bones” (53:40)
– David’s Van – “Dam That River” (01:01:07)
– The Human Missile Crisis – “Swing On This” (01:02:01)
– Katyrose – “Your Decision” (01:02:52)
– Talaya – “All I Am” (01:04:44)
– Dallas Green – “Rain When I Die” (01:07:09)
– Liv Warfield – “Put You Down” (01:12:45)
– Mastodon – “Again” (01:19:56)
– Kim Thayil, Shaina Shepherd, Bubba Dupree, Bill Herzog, and Nathan Yaccino – “It Ain’t Like That” (01:26:41)
– Krist Novoselic, Kim Thayil, Jillian Raye, Jennifer Johnson, Jeff Fielder, and Ben Smith – “Drone” (01:32:37)
– Lily Cornell Silver and Chris Degarmo – “Black Gives Way To Blue” (01:43:20)
– Mark Lanegan, Maggie Bjorklund, Jeff Fielder, Ben Smith, and Ryan Waters – “Nutshell” (01:47:36)
– Ayron Jones, Jeff Fielder, Ben Smith, Andy Stoller, and Ryan Waters – “Heaven Beside You” (01:52:00)
– Soundgarden with Tad Doyle, Mike McCready, and Meagan Grandall – “Angry Chair” (01:58:52)
– Billy Corgan – “Check My Brain” (02:04:10)
– Metallica – “Would?” (02:07:47)
– Alice In Chains – “No Excuses” (02:15:23)
– Eric And Encarnación – “Black Gives Way to Blue” (02:23:47)

Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Etc. Members To Guest On New Album From Heart’s Nancy Wilson

During a recent interview with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF, Nancy Wilson (Heart) offered some more details on her new solo album. She confirmed that the effort will be titled “You And Me” and that it will feature guest appearances from Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters).

Wilson said the following:

“[The] title is ‘You And Me’. That’s a song on the album, called ‘You And Me’. And it just turned out really great. It’s a song my longtime collaborator friend Sue Ennis and [I] wrote together. We kind of blended two different songs that we had written about our moms, actually, and we made a new song out of it called ‘You And Me’. And it’s just so simple, I just thought, ‘Okay, well, that’s pretty easy to remember.'”

She continued when asked if the record features any special guests:

“I’ve got one song that I wrote with Duff McKagan and Taylor Hawkins. They had a jam that they shared with me, and I finished it. And it’s called ‘Party At The Angel Ballroom’. And actually, I covered [Simon & Garfunkel’s] ‘The Boxer’, which I did with Heart last year, with Sammy Hagar guesting on that. He’s a buddy. He sounds really good on that. I have this other big rocker. I said, ‘Do you wanna sing on this big rocker?’ And he’s, like, ‘It’s kind of expected. It would be a little less interesting.’ I said, ‘Okay. What about ‘The Boxer’?’ And he’s, like, ‘I love that song. I’ve loved that song forever.'”

She also revealed that the album will feature her cover of Pearl Jam’s “Daughter,” which she previously recorded for the South African film “I Am All Girls,” which shines a light on the issue of human trafficking:

“It’s a real story. It’s a really cool movie, and it should be in that too pretty soon.”

Wilson went on to say that making a solo album has been “really rewarding”:

“It’s fun for me to sort of take hold of the first studio solo album and do all the singing. Not that I consider myself a premier ballerina kind of a singer like Ann, but it’s really fun. I love it — I love trying to be the singer and doing the harmonies and playing all the parts, pretty much. My band guys, from Heart mainly, are passing around files, and we’re just taking notes and responding to the new parts that they put on. And it’s coming together really great.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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.”

Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) & Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) Share Acoustic Performance Of “A Satisfied Mind”

Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) and Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) have shared an acoustic performance of “A Satisfied Mind.” That track was originally written by Joe “Red” Hayes and Jack Rhodes and later covered by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and more. The following statement was issued:

“Duff McKagan & Jerry Cantrell would like to wish former president Jimmy Carter a happy 96th Birthday and highlight all he’s done to help create a sustainable future for mankind! From putting solar panels on the roof of the White House to pioneering the growing of Empress (Paulownia) trees…which happens to be the wood Duff‘s guitar is made from in the video. Enjoy!”

Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Arch Enemy, Etc. Members Pay Tribute To Late Rock Fashion Icon Jimmy Webb

Jimmy Webb, manager of New York clothing store Trash And Vaudeville, has sadly passed away at the age of 62. A number of musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late fashion icon. You can find some of their posts below:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses):

Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe):

Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Doyle (Misfits):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

The 69 Eyes:

Joan Jett:

Cro-Mags:

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.’”

Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) To Launch “Three Chords & The Truth” SiriusXM Radio Show

Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) will be launching a new radio show called “Three Chords & The Truth” on SiriusXM’s “Ozzy’s Boneyard” tomorrow (March 20). McKagan will host the show along with his nephew Dexter Charles, who will curate songs to play for the audience and provide commentary and insight behind the music. New episodes will air every Friday at 11 a.m. ET.

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler & Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith To Be Honored At Adopt The Arts’ Eighth Annual Benefit Concert

Adopt The Arts, the organization co-founded by Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.), have announced that their 2020 benefit concert will be held at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA on May 12. The show will launch this year’s “Sound And Vision Awards,” which will honor Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and visual artist Shepard Fairey. In addition to Sorum, the event will also feature performances from Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Dave Kushner (ex-Velvet Revolver), John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), and producer Andrew Watt (Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne). Sorum said the following:

“Doing these annual events for Adopt the Arts are always rewarding with so many great artists stepping in to help out. I’m very grateful for all of my musician and artist friends who I’ve met throughout my career that believe in this organization. I feel this year might be our best yet with the great Chad Smith and Geezer Butler along with the incredible Shepard Fairey as our honorees. This show is going to Rock!”