Pearl Jam Expected to Score Fifth #1 Billboard Debut withLightning Bolt
Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt is headed for a big #1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart, with projected sales putting it somewhere around 170,000 to 180,000 units.
If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s fifth album to debut in the #1 chart position. The group first topped the chart with 1993’s Vs., then continued to score #1 debuts with 1994’s Vitalogy, 1996’s No Code and 2009’s Backspacer, the latter of which sold 189,000 copies its first week out.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.
Pearl Jam will be performing tracks from Lightning Bolt during a week-long tribute by NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon next week. The series of shows will take place Monday through Friday, and will include performances from Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, members of The Avett Brothers, Fleet Foxesfrontman Robin Pecknold, and country star Dierks Bentley.
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Buckcherry Parts Ways with Bassist Jimmy Ashhurst
Buckcherry is getting a new bassist. On Wednesday, the band announced they’ve officially parted ways with longtime bandmate Jimmy Ashhurst. The band issued a joint statement on their website about the split, noting they asked Ashhurst to step aside after “many years of freely voicing his extreme level of unhappiness on a daily basis.”
“It's not our desire to air dirty laundry or inner band circumstances that brought about this result,” writes the group. “Every band has its issues, and while we have gone to great lengths to minimize them and work through them, this band has had its own issues like any other. Simply put, we felt it was in the best interest of the collective group to find a replacement for Jimmy, for the good of the group as well as the good of Jimmy.”
Buckcherry adds they've already chosen Ashhurst's replacement: they'll be moving forward with formerMD.45 bassist Kelly LeMieux for the rest of the band’s 2013 touring schedule.
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Brian "Head" Welch Says He Left Korn to Escape Band’s “Dysfunctional and Unhealthy” Behavior
While Brian "Head" Welch is happy to be reunited with his Korn band mates, the guitarist says he had to quit the band in 2005 in order to escape the group’s self-destructive bad habits.
"I couldn't be around people killing themselves anymore,” he tells Billboard. “As far as people doing cocaine or just drinking themselves into a crazy alcoholic and watching people's lives slip away, I can't be around that. It was really dysfunctional and unhealthy, so I just needed to get away from that."
Welch notes he’s enjoying the group’s new chemistry on their latest release, The Paradigm Shift. “It seems like we've been given another chance to live and breathe and really appreciate and be so thankful for what we do,” he explains. “We're so pumped up about this record, and the songs [in concert] are just blowing up.”
You’ll get your chance to see the band perform new tracks live when they head out on the road with their old friend Rob Zombie next month. Dubbed the Night of the Living Dreads Tour, the North American trek begins on November 3 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV.