Tag: Wish You Were Here
Matt Sorum says “you never know” about making new music with Scott Weiland as Velvet Revolver singer (video)
Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum answered "no" when asked if Scott Weiland was officially back in the band during an online chat with fans at the Musicians Inquiry web site. Sorum was also asked if Velvet Revolver would ever record new music with Weiland, and said "you never know." He added, "Scott is a great frontman; it's just hard to be on the road sometimes when things don't flow."
Sorum was also asked if Velvet Revolver was still looking for a new singer, and stated "Yes," before adding, "We are trying out a guy from England now." Ours frontman Jimmy Gnecco, who performed three tracks with McKagan and Slash at the recent Road Recovery benefit, has been mentioned as a possibility. British rocker Royston Langdon, Donovan Leitch also reportedly auditioned for the band last year, and we all know about the well-publicized audion of Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. There was a split between VR band members as to bring Corey into the fold, with Sorum and Duff McKagan for it, with Slash not feeling Taylor as the new singer. It was recently revealed that the group recorded an album's worth of material with Taylor.
Corey recently told espn.com: "What I would have brought to Velvet Revolver would have been more of the attitude that I think they wanted from Scott, but they got the negative side of it, you know what I'm saying? Scott, to me, has always been the guy who — he's much more interesting when he's being a dick to other people than he is onstage, to be honest. I mean, he does the lizard weird-thing-dance and everything, but that gets old after a while. When you need that strong frontman, he just really didn't do it because he was too busy just being into himself instead of engaging the audience."
Corey added, "So I would have tried to basically build a bridge between what (the members of Velvet Revolver) had with Axl [Rose during their time with Guns N' Roses) and what they had with Scott, but with a little more good time feel to it — 'cause I can have an attitude and still smile, all fucking day. I think, in a lot of ways, they could have relaxed a little bit, knowing that they wouldn't have to worry about, What's the singer going to do? Are we going to be able to go onstage on time? Are we going to be able to play our show without a fit being thrown? Are we going to be able to play the songs the way they were written?
"I am a firm believer in, give the fans what they want. Do what you do, but give the fans what they want. They're the whole reason that you are where you are, and they deserve every fucking bit that you can give them."
Check out Velvet Revolver's four-song performance with Scott Weiland at the "Love You Madly: A Concert For John O'Brien" event at the House Of Blues on January 12th below. The guys paid tribute to their friend, award-winning ASCAP composer John O'Brien, who was found dead in his Chicago hotel room last August.
The band's setlist was as follows:
1. Sucker Train Blues
2. She Builds Quick Machines
4. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover)
Velvet Revolver performed last night (Jan. 12) with vocalist Scott Weiland for the first time since he left the band in 2008. A cover of Pink Floyd‘s ‘Wish You Were Here’ was part of the four song, one-off reunion concert.
The concert was a benefit to honor the late composer John O’Brien, who was the best friend of Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner. The band also performed their ‘Sucker Train Blues,’ ‘She Builds Quick Machines’ and ‘Slither’ during the brief set. Sheryl Crow, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Stephen Stills also appeared at the event.
There has been talk that this could lead to more shows with Weiland, but no one is talking full-blown reunion. Kushner reportedly told Rolling Stone after the concert, “We haven’t played together in four years, and so we’re really just like, 'Let’s see how this goes.' Slash told Eddie Trunk on his Sirius/XM radio show this past Monday not too read to much into this one-off, as he will be busy with his next solo project.
Pink Floyd have just re-released the "Wish You Were Here" album on Vinyl, Immersion, SACD and Experience Editions. It's the second of three phases of Pink Floyd reissues and collectors box sets. Preview tracks from the Experience and Immersion editions of Pink Floyd's classic album, including previously unreleased songs below.
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour recounts the “difficult” and “painful” beginnings of the studio sessions for the band’s 1975 album ‘Wish You Were Here’ in this video interview promoting the next phase of the WHY PINK FLOYD? campaign. Gilmour talks about the release with Paul Rappaport, who visited David's houseboat/recording studio, Astoria, for the conversation. Gilmour even takes a moment to play a little of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."
Wish You Were Here 'Immersion' 5-disc and 'Experience' 2-disc editions both will include bonus material from the band's 1974 Wembley dates, including a 20-minute tour de force live rendition of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," as well as a unique recording of "Wish You Were Here" featuring the legendary jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli.
When asked if the band felt confident at the start of the recording sessions for ‘Wish You Were Here,’ given the incredible success of its predecessor, ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ Gilmour responds with a laugh, “No, very much not like that! We were clueless for a long time, faffing about blindly trying to find a way forward.”
Gilmour says that despite recording in what he termed “a sh—-y little hole,” things got better: “That started quite painfully. It was difficult and we didn’t know what we were doing. But by the time we added songs like ‘Have a Cigar,’ we were firing on all cylinders.”
He also reveals details of an argument that came up between himself and bassist Roger Waters during the creation of the album. Apparently, in addition to ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond,’ which became the album’s centerpiece, the band had worked up early versions of ‘Dogs’ and ‘Sheep,’ which would eventually end up on their next album, 1977′s ‘Animals.’ As Gilmour remembers, “Roger wanted to drop the one that became ‘Dogs’ and the one that was called ‘Sheep.’ We had some arguing about that for a while. He was right, I was wrong, that’s not the first time that happened.”
He also explains how the famous album art for ‘Wish You Were Here’ came to be created by Storm Thorgerson. “(He) came in, as he would on every album, and would talk to us about what the album was about and what we were trying to get to. The theme of the album was absence, so you have a person swimming with an absence of water, a suit with an absence of a person.”
Great interview, with the always interesting and humble Gilmour:
Pink Floyd are re-releasing all of their studio albums in new editions on September 26. In addition deluxe versions of three of the bands most-cherished albums will be released. First, "The Dark Side of the Moon" (September 26), follwed by "Wish You Were Here" (November 7) and "The Wall" (February 27).
Drummer Nick Mason has also revealed that more of the special editions (which feature alternate and live tracks) will be released for other Floyd albums. Mason told Billboard.com: “We will do some more sort of in-depth versions of other albums, but I don’t know what we’ve got in the pipeline for that, yet."
As for the bonus material on the first three editions, Mason said he really enjoyed a different version of “Wish You Were Here” that featured violin. “When I heard that for the first time, I couldn’t for the life of me understand why we never put that on record in the first place,” he said. “I felt like, ‘This is great! Why didn’t we use this?!’”
In regards to any future Pink Floyd reunion, the drummer said, “I live in hope. I’d love to actually do something together again.”