STRIPPED

VELVET REVOLVER performed a five-song set as part of “Stripped”, an in-studio performance series created for artists who thrive on performing without the typical studio and video embellishments. VELVET REVOLVER was celebrate New Year’s Eve by performing at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The Grammy-winning band’s set will consist of material from their current and…

JUNIOR BROWN

Four-time Grammy country-rocker nominee, Junior Brown, is regarded as one of the hippest guitar-playing vocalists in music today. His biggest fans include some of the most cutting edge artists in rock and alternative, providing him opportunities to cross the borders of traditional country. He has performed with such artists as the Dave Matthews Band and…

TRL – TOTAL REQUEST LIVE

Total Request Live (known commonly as TRL) is an American television program broadcast on MTV that premiered on September 14, 1998. In Latin America, a version of TRL called Los 10+ Pedidos (The 10 Most Requested) airs daily. The show is hosted by “Gabo” and “Macarena”. The series features popular music videos played during its countdown, and was also used as a promotion tool by…

BI-POLAR BEAR

Combining the phrases “bipolar disorder” and “polar bear,” Scott Weiland arrived at “Bi-Polar Bear,” which he wrote after he and his wife Mary Forsberg were diagnosed with the condition. Wondering if there was something in their brain chemistry that was causing them to be temperamental and impulsive, they went to a psychiatrist who confirmed the diagnosis. Weiland…

BARBARELLA

“Barbarella” was based on a comic strip that was serialized in a French men’s magazine in the early 1960s, created by artist Jean-Claude Forest. When the collected strips were published as a stand-alone book in 1964, a scandal ensued when it was deemed pornographic even though it was, at best, slightly erotic. The book caught…

DECADES ROCK LIVE

At first glance, the guest stars that joined Cyndi Lauper for her Trump Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino concert would surprise many. Shaggy? Ani DiFranco? The Hooters? Pat Monahan? Scott Weiland?!. But those following the singer’s career know that she long ago left behind the flaming hair, flamboyant secondhand shop wardrobe and bouncy pop that…

WHERE THE RIVER GOES

A band composition from Stone Temple Pilots first album, this song is about going where life takes you: “I wanna be big as a mountain, I wanna fly high as the sun”. They came up with the riff the first time they jammed with Dean DeLeo, who replaced Corey Hickok on guitar. Dean is five…

SHANGRI-LA DEE DA DOCUMENTARY

Stone Temple Pilots filmed a behind-the-scenes documentary as they recorded the LP in their beach villa-turned-recording studio. “It set out to be like a modern-day ‘Let It Be,’” Chapman Baehler, the film’s director, said Thursday (April 5, 2001), referring to Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 Beatles documentary. The film follows singer Scott Weiland, guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist…

TOO COOL QUEENIE

This song was written by Scott Weiland, who at the time refused to comment on it’s subject, but later revealed that it was about Courtney Love, something most fans suspected. The lyrics describe a woman who berates a man in a rock band until he kills himself – a thinly veiled reference to Love and…

FALL TO PIECES (THE BOOK)

Around the time that The Strokes were first being hyped-up-the-ass in the press as the Saviors of Rock – while simultaneously confounding my senses with their hopelessly derivative, shitty music – I found myself in the NYC office of that band’s publicist. This particular guy, who I’ll call Ken, because that is his name, had…

I WON’T USE MEGAPHONE IN LIVE SHOW

New STONE TEMPLE PILOTS vocalist Jeff Gutt said in an interview with Detroit News that one of late STP singer Scott Weiland’s signature stage props — a megaphone — will not find its way into Gutt’s act. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Gutt explained that the megaphone was “sacred” with Weiland, adding, “There’s nothing…

(INSIDE) OUT: THE RISE OF VELVET REVOLVER

It’s January 2003, several years after former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum walked away from the band that made them rock stars. And here they are in a North Hollywood rehearsal studio trying to rekindle their undeniable musical chemistry. All they need is the perfect singer. But finding a worthy…