STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' DEAN DELEO Says Things With SCOTT WEILAND Started Unraveling After First Album
Steven Rosen of Ultimate-Guitar.com recently conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guitarist Dean DeLeo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Ultimate-Guitar.com: Did you come to the realization a long time ago that either Scott Weiland had to get it together or it was going to end? Dean DeLeo: I think everyone did whatever they could. I'm talking wives, brothers, friends and everyone. Ultimate-Guitar.com: It was very sad because you made some remarkable records with Scott. He was truly a great singer and lyricist. Dean DeLeo: He absolutely was, man. His lyrics were (amazing). In my humble opinion and it's easy for me to be biased. Everything he brought forth when we were all kind of running on all pistons per se — and that didn't really last very long — but when we were up and runnin', I don't think there was anybody better, man. Ultimate-Guitar.com: How long did STP run on all pistons? Dean DeLeo: Well, the first record went off without a hitch. [laughs] Ultimate-Guitar.com: It started to unravel that long ago? Dean DeLeo: [pause] Yeah, yeah. Ultimate-Guitar.com: Ultimately Scott Weiland leaves the band and you're thinking, "What do we do now? Call Chester Bennington?" Dean DeLeo: Look, man, that's not an easy position to fill. I've come to terms long ago — I'm merely the guy that stands next to the singer. [laughs] Ultimate-Guitar.com: And the guy who writes all the songs. Dean DeLeo: Well, along with Robert. A lot of people don't know because they deem me as the guitar player but Robert's responsible for really the band's biggest songs. Robert wrote "Plush" and my brother is an incredible guitar player. He wrote everything on "Interstate Love Song" but the lyrics. He wrote that melody, that guitar line and the bass line and he may have even come up with the beat. I can't say enough about him — he's an extraordinary musician. Ultimate-Guitar.com: You obviously have a lot of respect for your brother. Dean DeLeo: When I come into a session it's kinda like where I need to be or I try to be. I wonder what Robert's gonna bring in and I gotta be like, "OK, well I know it's gonna be really great so I gotta be as good as that or beat it if I'm gonna have any songs on the record." So um, sorry, I got sidetracked with the question. [laughs] Ultimate-Guitar.com: I had asked you about Chester and what you were feeling when Scott left. Dean DeLeo: Oh, right. I dunno, man. It really wasn't talked about much. When we kinda came to the rude, rude reality that it couldn't go on the way it was, there was no one talked about. We really weren't in that place. Like we didn't really discuss it; there was nothing discussed. It was just we knew things couldn't go the way they were. That's what we did know. Ultimate-Guitar.com: When was Chester's name first brought up? Dean DeLeo: One day I just said, "I think Chester is the person to do this." Immediately Robert and I are going, "That is amazing."
Read the entire interview at Ultimate-Guitar.com.
METALLICA To Perform In Antarctica?
According to the Colombian web site of Coca-Cola Zero (the low-calorie variation of Coca-Cola), METALLICA will play a very special concert in Antarctica. The Coca-Cola-sponsored event will take place between December 2 and December 15 and will see the group performing on Earth's southernmost continent, about 98% of which is covered by ice that averages at least 1 mile (1.6 km) in thickness. METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told a San Francisco radio station in an interview last month that the band has something coming up in December that will surprise fans. Asked what the group had in store for the immediate future, Ulrich explained, "There's a very interesting thing coming our way in December . . . There's another frontier heading in METALLICA's direction in December. Which, if anybody (at the band's management) even knew that I just said what I just said, they would hunt me down and silence me. But there is another frontier coming in December, which we're very excited about."
The first rock concert ever performed in Antarctica took place on July 7, 2007 at British Antarctic Survey's (BAS) Rothera Research Station, one in a series of Live Earth concerts that were held on the same day in all seven continents. The science team's indie-rock house band NUNATAK performed as the lone act. NUNATAK's concert, though performed in front of only 17 people, was broadcast all over the world. Coca-Cola became the first corporation to participate in an expedition to Antarctica. Each year an international group of Coca-Cola employees and bottlers join the expedition and embark on a journey of inspirational leadership and teamwork.
Over the years the Coca-Cola employees have supported the design and building of the worl's first education station in Antarctica, The E-Base.
Dave Grohl to Perform at Country Music Association Awards Next Month
You wouldn’t normally associate Dave Grohl with country music, but the Foo Fighters frontman is set to perform at the 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Producers for the CMAs say Grohl has been added to the event's lineup, noting he'll hit the stage with country superstars Zac BrownBand.
“The CMA Awards are renowned for presenting those one-of-a-kind collaborations that everyone is talking about the next day,” said CMA Board of Directors President Ed Hardy in a statement. “This year is no exception and these unique collaborations are not to be missed.”
The CMA Awards will be presented Wednesday, November 6 at Nashville's Bridgestone Area, and broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
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Courtney Love’s Memoir Gets Release Date
We won’t have to wait much longer to get our hands on Courtney Love’s upcoming memoir, Courtney Love: My Story. According to Amazon.com, the book will be available for your Kindle device starting December 15.
The book’s description notes the 400-page memoir will feature Courtney's life story, along with an inside look at her relationships with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor, actor Ed Norton, and her marriage to late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
In addition to getting a memoir from Love, the singer has said she’s hard at work on a follow-up to her 2004 debut solo album, America’s Sweetheart. Tentatively titled Died Blonde, Love hopes to release the record sometime next year.
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Three Days Grace Scores 11th #1 Active Rock Single with “Misery Loves Company”
Three Days Grace is celebrating a major milestone. The band’s single “Misery Loves Company,” from their latest album, Transit of Venus, hit #1 on the Billboard Active Rock Chart this week.
“Misery Loves Company” marks the eleventh time the band has achieved a #1 single on the Active Rock Chart, continuing their streak as the record holders for the most #1 singles on the tally. The band now leads Linkin Park and Shinedown by a margin of two for the most #1 singles on the Billboard Active Rock Chart, as those bands have racked up nine #1 singles each.
Three Days Grace is on a break from touring, but will be back out on the road promoting Transit of Venuswith two dates in Canada in December. The group will also be part of the lineup for the upcoming edition of the ShipRocked cruise, which is slated to set sail from January 26-30, 2014. Other bands set to perform on the ship include Lacuna Coil, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Device, Sevendust, In This Moment, Candlebox, Nonpoint and Young Guns.