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2012 Isle of Wight Festival recap: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Black Stone Cherry (video)

by on Jun.27, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

2012 Isle of Wight Festival recap: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Black Stone Cherry (video)

The Isle of Wight festival last weekend promised to be one of the concert events of 2012, and despite the rain and mud, it delivered. Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, along with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band delivered memorable headlining sets, and Black Stone Cherry returned for another rocking appearance. Check out the footage below.

In case you don't know, The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest island in England, located in the English Channel, on average about 2–5 miles off the south coast of the county of Hampshire, separated from the mainland by a strait called the Solent. The Isle of Wight Festival is an legendary concert experience, originating in 1968.

Here's one of my fav's Black Stone Cherry, with the only footage I've found posted of their set. VH1 Classic in the U.S. aired some of the SkyArts footage last Sunday night, but I didn't tune in early enough to see and BSC. They did show Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Pearl Jam, and much of that footage in available below as well.

Pearl Jam had an incredible set, which included many of their most well known tracks. At one point in the set, Eddie Vedder stopped down to speak about his admiration for the late Clash singer Joe Strummer and how he was on their minds as they played the festival. Vedder explained, "He would have loved this place. We were thinking about it on the way here, and sad to say, it’ll be almost 10 years in December he’s not been with us." The band then kicked into 'Arms Aloft' from Strummer’s late-in-life group the Mescaleros. The group has trotted out the cover at several stops over the past year.

Pearl Jam also performed a cover of the Beatles 'Rain' as a bit of commentary on the situation, and included the Ramones 'Blitzkrieg Bop,' the English Beat's 'Save It for Later,' and Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing' were infused into 'Daughter,' 'Better Man,' and 'Yellow Ledbetter.'

Pearl Jam’s Isle of Wight Festival Set List
1. Unthought Known
2. Last Exit
3. Hail Hail
4. The Fixer
5. Rain
6. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
7. Supersonic
8. Given to Fly
9. Untitled
10. MFC
11. Even Flow
12. Setting Forth
13. Corduroy
14. Arms Aloft
15. Jeremy
16. Why Go
17. Got Some
18. Daughter/Blitzkrieg Bop
19. Just Breathe
20. Better Man/Save It for Later
21. Porch
22. Blood
23. Alive
24. Yellow Ledbetter/Little Wing, Batteries for Everything!

Tom Petty played his first ever U.K. festival headlining gig at the Isle of Wight Festival on Friday (June 22). It was part of his first U.K. trek in 20 year. The show opened with the 1978 classic track 'Listen to Her Heart' followed by 'You Wreck Me,' and hits like 'Don’t Come Around Here No More,' 'Free Fallin',' and 'Learning to Fly.'

Petty and the Heartbreakers then busted out some surprises, including the well-know Traveling Wilburys track 'Handle with Care' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well,' before wrapping up the set with 'Mary Jane’s Last Dance' and 'American Girl.'

Petty will complete his current European run with dates in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy.

Tom Petty’s Isle of Wight Set:
1. Listen to Her Heart
2. You Wreck Me
3. I Won’t Back Down
4. Here Comes My Girl
5. Handle with Care
6. Good Enough
7. Oh Well
8. Something Big
9. Don’t Come Around Here No More
10. Free Fallin'
11. It’s Good to be King
12. Something Good Coming
13. Learning to Fly
14. Yer So Bad
15. I Shoulda Known It
16. Refugee
17. Runnin’ Down a Dream
18. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
19. American Girl

Bruce Springsteen and the E Steet Band wrapped up the festival with an epic three-hour set, closing on June 24th with a cover of "Twist and Shout," the 1962 Phil Medley and Bert Russell song made famous by the Isley Brothers and the Beatles. Though rain and mud overtook the island, the enthusiastic crowd kept the energy level high from beginning to end. Springsteen lets loose with some dance moves and extended jam time for his bandmates. "I've got a fuckin' boat to catch!" he jokes halfway through the song. "I gotta get on a fuckin' boat!"

Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" tour is currently in Europe through July 31st, before continuing in North America on August 14th.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band setlist:
1. Badlands
2. No Surrender
3. We Take Care Of Our Own
4. Wrecking Ball
5. Death to My Hometown
6. My City of Ruins
7. Spirit in the Night
8. Lonesome Day
9. Jack of All Trades
10. Atlantic City
11. Because the Night
12. Working on the Highway
13. Shackled and Drawn
14. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
15. The River
16. The Rising
17. Out in the Street
18. Land of Hope and Dreams
19. We Are Alive
20. Born in the U.S.A.
21. Born to Run
22. Glory Days
23. Dancing in the Dark
24. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
25. Twist and Shout

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Alice In Chains News: Band working on new album, Jerry Cantrell involved in Sea-Tac Airport Initiative and to be honored by MusicCares MAP Fund Benefit

by on May.25, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Alice In Chains News: Band working on new album, Jerry Cantrell involved in Sea-Tac Airport Initiative and to be honored by MusicCares MAP Fund Benefit

Jerry Cantrell revealed that Alice In Chains is working on a new album they hope to have out befor the end of 2012.

Alice in Chains 2009 album 'Black Gives Way to Blue' was the bands first album in 16 years and first without late vocalist Layne Staley, whose memory served as the inspiration for the last album. The band began working on new material as far back as last summer, but their progress was interupted when Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.

Cantrell has since recovered and told Rolling Stone of the new album, "It's time to get to work and the material is really interesting, the body of work that we’ve done. It’ll be as different as any one of our records is to any other, and it’ll also be just as recognizable. It’s an Alice record, for sure."

Cantrell predicts that the album will be out in late 2012 or early 2013 at the latest but says the band won’t rush the album to meet a deadline. “We’ve been very lucky to be able to kind of do things at our own pace for our entire career. And this is no exception.”

Cantrell will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan award at the MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit later this month for his continued contributions to help musicians who struggle with addiction. "Everybody’s human, everybody has flaws, everybody falls down. It’s just a fucking fact of life," said Cantrell. "A lot of people stand and get the fuck back up after falling. Some people don’t get that chance. My band’s been a harsh example of that – what happens when you don’t deal with it."

The official lineup for the May 31 charity event will feature performances from Duff McKagan, Billy Idol, Heart and Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age singer-guitarist Mark Lanegan, in addition to Alice In Chains., Batteries for Everything!

The event takes place at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia and has general admission balcony tickets available for $55, while VIP floor seats will fetch $1,250 a pop. All proceeds from the benefit dinner and concert will go to the MusiCares MAP fund.

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in the Pacific Northwest is making effective use of the region’s rich musical history, both past and current. The airport has launched a new campaign, called The Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative, Experience the City of Music, to feature the sights and sounds of the area, increasing the visibility of the local talent in the busy, heavily-traveled airport. Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell is just one of the many artists involved in the initiative.

Cantrell recorded an overhead safety and information announcement about where any of the 32 million people who pass through Sea-Tac can take a smoke break. Cantrell’s message lets passengers and travelers know the airport’s no-smoking policy, with a little dose of humor. He says, "This is Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains reminding you that smoking is allowed on the lower drive outside the building and only in designated areas...Bummer, dude."

Pearl Jam‘s Eddie Vedder is also involved in the campaign.

"Seattle is known around the world for its music culture, so it’s great to see this identity embraced and showcased to all the travelers going through the airport,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. "Jet City, meet Music City."

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Pearl Jammin’ Karaoke style

by on May.23, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Pearl Jammin’ Karaoke style

Eddie Vedder, retired NHL defenseman Chris Chelios, and now former Chicago Cub Kerry Wood were caught during live band karaoke night this past Sunday (May 20) at Stanley's, in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Check out Vedder and Chelios pairing up for a rendition of The Band's "The Weight," with Wood looking on.  Wood graciously retired from the Cubs earlier this week and looks to already be enjoying himself, as do Vedder and Chelios.

The video has been taken down off of youtube, but you can watch it here:, Batteries for Everything!

Here's a pic of Vedder and Chelios with Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstien at a Cubs Fantasy Camp


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Pearl Jam News: Mike McCready’s ‘Flight To Mars’ UFO tribute benefit band, movie soundtrack, Eddie Vedder charity track


Pearl Jam News: Mike McCready’s ‘Flight To Mars’ UFO tribute benefit band, movie soundtrack, Eddie Vedder charity track

Mike McCready's Flight to Mars, his tribute to UFO, is currently on a 7-date 10th Anniversary tour. In Flight to Mars, McCready channels his inner Michael Schenker while imparting his own sense of soul on the underated English group's classic tunes.

Proceeds from the tour benefit Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's Camp Oasis for kids afflicted with the disease and Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness. Both are non-profit organizations which the guitarist has helped support for almost ten years. Flight To Mars plays tonight in Santa Ana, California at The Observatory.

Artist Direct talked to McCready about Flight To Mars, his passion for UFO, and the cause behind the band:
What was the initial impetus behind Flight to Mars?

MM: I was trying to figure out a fun way to raise more money for kids who have Crohn's Disease or Colitis. For me, fun entails getting together and playing with friends of mine in a cover band. That's came to mind. UFO is a band no one had really done which I knew about. Michael Schenker and that band were very important to me growing up as a guitar player. When we were kids, Stone Gossard and I were so into them we used to trade pictures of Michael Schenker [Laughs].

You're using music for a very positive goal. That's one of the best aspects of this.

MM: Right! If we can do something and be proactive and solution-oriented, that's what life is about. Instead of sitting around, you've got to get out there. I have a lot of energy, and I want to devote that to positive efforts. It helps me to come out and talk about Crohn's and Colitis, especially when I meet other people who have it.

When did you first discover UFO?

MM: That's a good question. I don't exactly remember. I had the record in my house in 1979. I don't remember how it got there though [Laughs]. I might've gotten it as a present or from a friend, but I remember having the Strangers in the Night live record after hearing it at a buddy's house. As a young guitar player, they were one of the bands that made me go, "Wow, what's this all about?" They had really great songs. I loved Phil Mogg's voice, and I loved Michael Schenker's guitar playing. I loved how the songs were structured. It was very exciting to hear that. Strangers in the Night is what we mostly cover., Batteries for Everything!

Is it important for you to infuse your style into the covers? These definitely have your flare.

MM: It's mostly because I don't know how to play like Michael Schenker [Laughs]. He's so good it's hard for me to play him note for note. He's the kind of guitar player who can hit every single note. He probably practiced a whole bunch. I'm not a guy who's practiced a whole bunch. I've just played in bands since I was eleven-years-old. That was my upbringing. I practiced a bit but never my scales. My flare, as you say—which I appreciate—is me not knowing how to play as well as Michael Schenker [Laughs].

There's a blues element to your renditions of the UFO songs.

MM: That's how I play. The feel aspect of it is important to me. Michael Schenker had a feel aspect, but he was a German guitar player and he came from a different thought process—which is probably more of a classical background. Within that, he had a certain feeling. I can feel it when he's playing. I didn't come from that background though. I came from metal and blues and a mixture of those two things.
Read the rest of the interview with more on McCready talking about Micheal Schenker and the next Pearl Jam album:

Flight To Mars tour dates:
May 14 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
May 15 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
May 16 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip
May 17 - West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour
May 20 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
May 22 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
May 23 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market

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McCready wrote the music for a new Matthew Lillard-directed movie called 'Fat Kid Rules the World.' You may remeber Lillard from his acting work in films like ‘Scream,’ ‘She’s All That,’ ‘Scooby Doo,’ and more recently the Oscar-nominated movie ‘The Descendants.’ This is his directorial debut and he told that it was a major coup to land Mike McCready for his musical contributions. “It’s one of the few times in my entire life where the agent has made a direct impact on my life,” says Lillard of the contact who put him in touch with the Pearl Jam guitarist. “She said, ‘Do you need music for your movie? What about Mike McCready from Pearl Jam?’ and I was like, ‘That would be heaven on earth.’”

Lillard added that his agent made the phone call and much to his surprise he was dining with and pitching his film to McCready four days later. “It was one of the best collaborative relationships I’ve ever had,” said Lillard. McCready earned a 2004 Golden Globe Award nomination for ‘Man of the Hour,’ for Pearl Jam's contribution to the film ‘Big Fish.’ McCready also served as one of the musicians helping score last year’s comedy, ‘Horrible Bosses.’ He’s also worked as a guest composer for episodes of the TV series’ 'Hawaii Five-0' and 'Fringe.'

‘Fat Kid Rules the World’ deals with an overweight and depressed teen whose life is saved when a former classmate and a local guitar legend convince him to form a band. The film has been making the festival circuit rounds and won the South By Southwest Audience Award for Narrative Feature Spotlight back in March. The movie closed the TIFF Nextwave Festival this past Sunday (May 13)  and Lillard is currently seeking distribution opportunities.

Eddie Vedder is giving us a taste of the single he created for model Christy Turlington Burns’ compilation album, 'Every Mother Counts Vol. 2.' The album is the second installment of Burns’ charity album series and features the Pearl Jam frontman’s new track, “Skipping.”

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"Eddie was amazing to accept this project while in the midst of so much," Burns tells Rolling Stone. "I spoke to him and exchanged several emails about his contribution. 'Skipping' is such a sweet song and I just love that his daughter Olivia has a little cameo at the start. He once wrote me saying that his girls would be proud one day that their dad contributed to such a meaningful project."

The album also includes previously unreleased tracks by Beck, Coldplay, Bono and The Edge, Alanis Morissette, and Dave Matthews Band, plus more.Every Mother Counts Vol. 2 is available now at participating Starbucks through May 29.

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Upcoming Jimmy Fallon album ‘Blow Your Pants Off’ track listing featuring Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and more

by on May.11, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS

Upcoming Jimmy Fallon album ‘Blow Your Pants Off’ track listing featuring Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and more

Jimmy Fallon's will release his upcoming star-studded album, 'Blow Your Pants Off' on June 12. The album includes 15 tracks including: 'Scrambled Eggs,' a take-off of the Beatles classic "Yesterday" sung as a duet with Paul McCartney; and the rendition of Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" performed on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' featuring Bruce Springsteen along with Fallon's Neil Young alter ego.

'Blow Your Pants Off' also features Fallon's impersonations of Bob Dylan, The Doors' Jim Morrison, as well the David Bowie/Tim Tebow combo "Tebowie." Collaborations with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews and Justin Timberlake are included on the album as well., Batteries for Everything!

Complete track list for 'Blow Your Pants Off':
1. Neil Young Sings 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'
2. History of Rap (with Justin Timberlake)
3. Tebowie
4. Scrambled Eggs (with Paul McCartney)
5. The Doors Sing 'Reading Rainbow'
6. Balls in Your Mouth (with Eddie Vedder)
7.  My Upstairs Neighbors Are Having Sex (and Listening to the Black Eyed Peas)
8.  Bob Dylan Sings 'Charles in Charge'
9. Walk of Shame (with Dave Matthews)
10. Slow Jam the News (with Brian Williams)
11. New French Girlfriend
12. Cougar Huntin' (with Big & Rich)
13. You Spit When You Talk
14. Friday (with Stephen Colbert)
15.  Neil Young Sings 'Whip My Hair' (with Bruce Springsteen)

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