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.”

Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Releases New EP “American Death Squad”

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has released a new solo EP titled “American Death Squad.” The effort is available in digital outlets now and it can also be pre-ordered on vinyl. Ament commented:

“In the days following the postponement of our tour, I found it necessary to find an outlet for the energy we had created going into the tour. Pivot was the word of March. So, every morning, I retreated to the studio with the goal of writing a song every day, no matter how shite. Days of isolating and watching the news of the destruction courtesy the virus (and the ineptitude of our leadership or as named here, the American Death Squad) made for vivid dreams and a helplessness. These were some of the first songs out of the gate. Raw and succinct.”

Pearl Jam “Have A Bunch Of Stuff That’s Sort Of Partly Written” For Their New Album

Pearl Jam released their single “Can’t Deny Me” back in March, and said a new studio album would follow, but now it appears they haven’t even started the recording process for the effort. During an interview with Jeff Sweatman of 106.1 The Corner, Jeff Ament was asked for an update on the album and he responded with the following:

“I wish I had an answer for you. We have a bunch of stuff that’s sort of partly written. Unfortunately, we have rehearsals coming up for Europe and the shows this summer, so it’s in a little bit of a limbo state right now. We still need to record it; we haven’t really recorded anything. But [there are] a lot of ideas.

“We’ve sort of been telling ourselves that we weren’t gonna put a ton of pressure on the situation. We really wanna make something great, and we wanna have the freedom to live with some of these ideas for a while and then maybe record them in a different way. We’re sort of exploring all sorts of different things right now. So I think it bodes well for whatever the next album is.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Premieres “Safe In The Car” Video

Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament has shared a new video for “Safe In The Car” off his new solo album “Heaven/Hell” (out May 10). This track features Ament’s Pearl Jam bandmates Matt Cameron (drums) and Mike McCready (guitar), as well as Angel Olsen on additional vocals, and Brianna Atwell, Jordan Voelker, April Cameron and Alex Ho on strings. Ament told Rolling Stone the following about the clip:

“I was seeing Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’ — you’re driving to the coast and you’re trying to get away from the nuclear winter and you have your dogs in the car and you’re just trying to escape this horrible apocalypse that just happened. [The directors] asked me what I wanted [the video] to look like and the first thing that came to mind was grindhouse. I always loved the super high-contrast, dark look of that. It’s the world coming to an end and trying to have a sense of humor about it.”

“Heaven/Hell” Track Listing:

01. “The Noise The Noise”
02. “The Door”
03. “Safe In The Car”
04. “Hyperphagia”
05. “Drugs”
06. “Moment Of Impact”
07. “The Voices”
08. “Somewhere”
09. “Are You Truing?”
10. “Choose Your Color”
11. “Only One”

Gone Is Gone (Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age, Etc.) To Play Special Benefit Show At Upcoming Art Exhibit & Auction

Gone Is Gone (Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age, etc.) will be playing a special show as part of an art exhibition/silent auction on February 8 at the Smile + Wonder building in Los Angeles, CA. Proceeds from the event will go towards kids in need. The auction will feature art from all the following: Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), Jose Pasillas (Incubus), Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At The Drive-In), Troy Sanders (Mastodon, Gone Is Gone, etc.), Mario Duplantier (Gojira), Chelsea Wolfe, Lynn Gunn (Pvris), Shepard Fairey, Kat Von D, and Gregory Siff. You can read more in the below Instagram post:

Temple Of The Dog Add More Dates To 2016 U.S. Tour

Temple Of The Dog (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) have added some more dates to their U.S. tour. The band will be touring in support of the 25th anniversary reissue of their self-titled album, which will be released on September 30.

Tour Dates:

11/04 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
11/05 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
11/07 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
11/11 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Center
11/12 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Center
11/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
11/20 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
11/21 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater

Temple Of The Dog To Reissue Self-Titled Album In September/Announce U.S. Tour

Temple Of The Dog (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) will be reissuing their self-titled album on September 30, to commemorate its 25th anniversary. The effort has been remixed, and all the details for the super deluxe version can be found HERE. In other news, the band have also announced their first ever tour.

Tour Dates:

11/04 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
11/07 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
11/11 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Center
11/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
11/20 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater

Proceeds from these shows will go towards the Chris And Vicky Cornell Foundation and Peal Jam‘s Vitalogy Foundation.