Soundgarden headlined the first day of London’s Hard Rock Calling festival yesterday, and VH1 caught up with frontman Chris Cornell and lead guitarist Kim Thayil minutes before they hit the stage. And they knew this wasn’t just any ordinary gig. “It’s in Hyde Park and it’s with the Stooges,” Chris told us. “So those are the two ingredients that make it special for me.” Kim agrees, admitting to being in awe of Iggy Pop and Co. “They’re a huge influence on us, and they weren’t together during most of our career.”
Speaking of not being together, Soundgarden themselves reunited in January 2010 after 14 long years apart. They’re currently in the midst of recording their first new album since 1996′s “Down On The Upside,” due fore release later this year. Despite this apparently harmony, we couldn’t help asking them if any of the old tension ever reared its ugly head while on the road? Oh yeah, we went there! “It’s been good, it’s been cool, it’s been relaxed,” Chris told us. “For our first international touring, we were in our twenties and we scoured the Earth in a van, which we drove. We moved our own gear and played every little hamlet in every country we were in. Now it’s much more relaxed. We don’t drive. It’s great, it’s fun.”
While we were on the topic reunions and jamming with old friends, we asked Chris if he’d ever reform Temple of the Dog, his early 90s side project with the Pearl Jam crew and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron. “I don’t know, you never know,” he laughed. “The only times that’s ever happens seems to be once every ten years at a Pearl Jam show. Especially with Matt now being in Pearl Jam.” The drummer joined Pearl Jam following the breakup of Soundgarden back in 1997, and since the reunion Cameron’s pulling double duty with both bands. “If I walk onstage and sing with Pearl Jam, it’s Temple of the Dog. So that’s happened. And it’s always really fun.” Who knows, maybe someday we’ll get another album from them too? Grunge fans can dream…
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What Olympics? The Hard Rock Calling music festival is on every Londoner’s lips this weekend, as organizers turned the legendary Hyde Park into a not-so-small city within a city. One shop keeper warned us that it was going to “piss down with rain,” but that didn’t stop thousands of music lovers who turned up in their wellies yesterday for a chance to hear Soundgarden, Iggy and the Stooges and more! No fair weather fans here, folks.
While the festival is (and should be) all about the music, the first thing that hits you as your enter that site is the sheer size. This site is a sight, man. A whopping four stages lay within the rock compound, and depending on where you stand at any given moment, the experience can be like listening to a radio jammed between two frequencies. Wall-to-wall food stands offer any kind of fare you could possibly imagine, but the backstage realm is pure fantasy. Located literally right behind the main pavilion, this miniature resort boasts a full sized pool, a vintage double decker bus with an open air cafe on top, a spa, a DJ booth, a full bar and a separate bar specializing in Red Bull concoctions, a bakery, a photo booth, a smaller stage for intimate performances, and a candy cart. Rock and roll!
Before things got moving at full speed, we caught a band called Cold Chisel on the main stage. We weren’t familiar ourselves, but if you imagine a musical love child of The Who and Guns & Roses raised in the outback of Australia, you’ll have a decent approximation of these burly blokes. Despite knowing very little (ok, none) of their songs, they were actually incredibly fun and delivered some pretty sweet pub rock from lead singer Jimmy Barnes. Any band who greets the crowd with a “How the f–k are ya!? This is a song about pies and chicks!” gets our seal of approval!
Looks like Katy Perry‘s taste in bra-tops hews not just sickly sweet but, perhaps, life endangering, too! According to The Sun, insurers have voiced concern regarding Katy’s bold sartorial choices. Namely, they are worried about a certain peppermint number (see above) and all its moving parts, because it’s wheels apparently catch her hair and put her at risk for “high level of strain on her neck.” We wouldn’t want that for Katy either, but as far as we are concerned, those few moving parts pale in comparison to some of her more unusual garments past. Nary a household object is safe when Katy Perry is getting dressed, and that we don’t ever want to change. We do, however hope, that she’s keeping safe.
And so we present, Katy Perry’s 5 most death-defying outfits:
The gents of Aerosmith definitely have something of a reputation. A reputation for wailing guitar riffs, as well as for owning the radio waves with each new single. They’ve got a penchant for rocking hard on stage (and off!), and for dreaming big when it comes to casting their music videos. Earlier this week, they debuted their new Kill Bill-meets-Whip It clip for “Legendary Child,” —their first video in nearly eight years— and sure enough, it’s led by an all-grown up Alexa Vega (who, as a much younger girl, starred in the Spy Kids franchise!). A band may be getting older, but their taste in heroines remains ever as young and as beautiful. Hotties like Alicia Silverstone, Eva Mendes, and even Steven’s own daughter, Liv Tyler, have been starring in their videos for years. So, which of their video vixens reigns supreme? Join along as we break it down for you!
Who runs the world–girls! And running the world is much easier when you link up with like-minded bad girl rebels. On Wednesday night the streets of LA were a tad bit quieter when megastars Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey got together for a slumber party at Chateau Marmont hotel. That’s not to say they didn’t have their own little party in the privacy of their hotel room. According to X17online, a source revealed to them that the threesome spent the night playing board games and watching movies. Ohmygosh! If only we could’ve been a fly on the wall to hear all the naughty things they discussed.
Before their slumber party Lady Gaga and Lindsay Lohan had such a great dinner that Gaga tweeted to her new friend, “when you ordered a cucumber and a knife to the bar last night i thought your were gonna perform a vasectomy #justaskinnyb***h.” Gaga followed up with a Twitpic of a knife stuck in a large cucumber with the caption, “@lindsaylohan how much could one do with this arrangement!” The tweets have since been deleted, but Lindsay’s short response has not been: “#skinnysnack1 @ladygaga hahaha.” Forget about the knife in the cucumber, these three girls together are dangerous! Cucumber snacks, movies and board games are a recipe for trouble. A real triple threat.
X17 EXCLUSIVE – Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga And Lana Del Rey Have A Slumber Party
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It’s true. People don’t buy albums in massive numbers like the distant days of the 80s or 90s where going triple platinum wasn’t uncommon. That said, R&B sensation Frank Ocean is projected to do big numbers after digitally releasing Channel Orange a week early on iTunes after his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Def Jam artist is expected to open with 110,000-125,000 sales just from an iTunes release, which is pretty impressive considering he’s a new artist and had no additional retail push. Considering veteran Usher opened with 128,000 for Looking 4 Myself and Chris Brown topped charts at No. 1 with 134,000 sales for Fortune‘s opening week, Ocean’s slated success is a testament that fans will buy what they believe is quality music. Read more…
Money makes the world go ’round, so they say. Madonna is busy weeping over her own performance or having a minor nip-slip on her MDNA tour, meanwhile a Delaware company has hit her with a lawsuit claiming she stole parts of their song for her 1990 hit “Vogue.” Eons of years later, well, 22 years later, it has dawned on the company that “Vogue” allegedly includes portions of their 1977 song “Love Break.” Rolling Stone reports that VMG claims, “The portions of “Love Break,” which have been copied into “Vogue” and all its various ‘mixes,’ ‘remixes,’ videos, YouTube versions, etc., are numerous but intentionally hidden. The horn and strings in ‘Vogue’ are intentionally sampled from “Love Break” throughout.” Read more…
Good news about Fleetwood Mac after the tragic suicide of former band member Bob Welch last month. During an appearance on CBS This Morning, Stevie Nicks said it’s in the plan for the group to reunite for an album and tour in 2013. Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but the possibility sounds promising. Last year Lindsey Buckingham did and interview with Rolling Stone and said, “Nothing is on the books right now. With Fleetwood Mac, there’s a lot of landmines out there politically and it’s hard to get everybody on the same page at the same time–but I think this might be one of those years where everyone will want to do the same thing.” Yesterday when Nicks was asked if everyone was on board she gave a definite, “Oh, yeah.” Read more…
Hard Rock called and we answered! The 7th annual Hard Rock Calling music festival is almost upon us, and VH1′s got your front row ticket and backstage pass. The big event will take place this Friday through Sunday in London’s Hyde Park, and we’ll be there rockin’ out with some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll history! Hard Rock always treats us music fans right, but this year they’ve really spoiled us with some once-in-a-lifetime performances.
Grunge gods Soundgarden will be there playing cuts from their upcoming album, a first in 16 years! Paul Simon is going to celebrate the 25h anniversary of his landmark Graceland album by performing it start to finish, backed by the incredible Ladysmith Black Mambazo group who gave the original recording its timeless sound. Bruce Springsteen will no doubt turn rock ‘n’ roll into an athletic event during his marathon set with the E Street Band, and punk prince Iggy Pop will tear up the stage (and hopefully not himself). Lady Antebellum, Alison Krauss, John Fogerty and Robert Randolph…they’ll all be there to move it and groove it across the pond.
And get this, guys: That’s just the main stage. We’ve got three others to choose from, so get ready for more music than your ears can handle. We’re pleased to report some success stories, as one-time VH1 You Oughta Know artists Dawes and Christina Perri both take the stage. We’ll be sure to catch up with them and see how they like performing along side their idols. There will be tons of surprises along the way, so keep checking back for updates to see what went down in London Town! And also be sure to follow us on twitter (VH1Music) and instagram for up to the minute updates. See ya there!
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It’s probably only natural that a song about stripping down be stripped down. This VH1 Unplugged cover of the As Cruel as School Children cut finds the Gym Class Heroes getting “Clothes Off!” and having as good a time as ever. Travis McCoy goes hard into Travie mode as he raps his verses over the dancing strings, and Patrick Stump’s wailing at the chorus has us up out of our seats. When we spoke to Patrick Stump ahead of the tapping, he told us that “Clothes Off” is his favorite Heroes song because “it just happened” and that “when art happens by accident and you were just along for the ride? It’s way more fun.” We couldn’t agree more.
You can watch VH1 Unplugged: Gym Class Heroes in full online here now! You’ll be able to catch it on VH1 tonight at 12 a.m. ET/PT.