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Posts from May 2013

Scott Weiland Rants
If you're unfamiliar what's going on with STP, several months ago founding lead singer Scott Weiland announced he was going on a "Purple to the Core" tour.  Scott, out in front of a band that is NOT Stone Temple Pilots would be playing STP's two seminal albums.  A few weeks later, the remaining band members announced they were kicking Scott out, with the possibility of Chester Bennington as a replacement.  Scott has since filed suit saying they don't have the right to call themselves STP anymore.  He posted this letter to his fans on his facebook page May 24th.

A letter to my fans,

Like everybody else out there, I read about my band, Stone Temple Pilots, and their recent performance this past weekend with a new singer. To tell you the truth, it took me by surprise. And it hurt.

But the band that played last weekend was not Stone Temple Pilots and it was wrong of them to present themselves as that.

First of all they don't have the legal right to call themselves STP because I'm still a member of the band. And more importantly, they don't have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it's misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years.

When I tour on my own, it's never as Stone Temple Pilots. It's as Scott Weiland. The fans deserve to know what they're getting.

Like any band that's stood the test of time and made music for more than two decades, STP had a special alchemy - the four of us together were greater than any one of us apart. So if my former bandmates want to tour with a new singer, that's their prerogative.

I don't give a fuck what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots.
And so I say to you, our fans, I'll see you out there on the road this summer where I'm touring as "Scott Weiland" with my band The Wildabouts. But don't give up on STP. I know I haven't.

~ Scott

Who do you think is in the right?  Scott or STP?
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Drowning Pool at Ground Zero
Last night, May 28th I caught Drowning Pool, Eye Empire, and Ghosts in the Machine at Ground Zero in Spartanburg. I got there just as Eye Empire was starting their set.  Those guys certainly bring a show and an energy equally as strong as bands half their age.  It's always great to see Corey Lowery (a hard rock O.G.) still giving it everything he's got night after night.  I felt that Donald Carpenter's vocals were a little off, and that parts of the show felt choreographed.

The big performance of the night though was Drowning Pool.  Now I know what you're thinking: "Aren't they on singer number 4"?  Answer: Yes.  I had some apprehension on the new guy, Jasen Moreno the first time I heard them, thinking he just didn't have a deep enough voice to match their more recent output, but after seeing them live, those reservations are blown away.  Does he have a deep Ryan McCombs voice?  No, but consider also he's got to fill the shoes of both Dave Williams and Jason Jones.  My opinion is Moreno is the perfect fit to cover the band's entire career of records.  He had a fire in him that would've made you think he was playing for 20,000 (instead of the paltry [maybe] 150 in attendance).  Drummer Mike Luce kept the crowd laughing with his "drunken" antics (he was sober enough to catch drum sticks thrown to him from side stage while playing, so I question how drunk he was).  Bald headed CJ Pierce jumped around like a madman and Stevie Benton left nothing in reserve either.

All in all, good show.  The core members of the band still have it, and Jasen Moreno is a very solid addition to the group.
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Shavo from System of a Down Rants
Turns out Adam Gontier isn't the only one who can rant on his band...Shavo Odadjian, bassist from System of a Down went off on Serj Tankian for basically leading the band his entire post here:

ok….. Ill come clean.. Its not us(meaning Daron,John Or Shavo!! Its Sej, who doesn’ want to do a new album!!!! so please stop harassing us about it!!! We are just waiting for SERJ! Now He might hate me for exposing the truth but i Had too.. Sorry folks!!! we’re trying to get a new album out, its just not passing Serj’s RULES! . Kinda funny, since we started the band and now he’s holding us back!! I think we should should release another album again??? As for me.. I’m ready to release one with someone who wants to be the singer of SYSTEM. not soeome we have to beg to be a part of SYSTEM!! So with that in mind, what do you guys w should do? Just remember, Hes been holding us back for 7 years so far.. wanna wait another $-5 years? or shall we release a record without Serj? u tell us?????

I dont want to make a record without him… but if he’s not down? should the 3 of us just sit and wait?? Not cool!!!!!!!! i want the fans from all over the world including Brazil to tell us what they think.
No System? or System with with a new singer whos just as good if not better? PLUS new System songs and tours???? please give me ur opinion people!!! is SYSTEM better with no singer or someone who is excited to be our new singer?? you decide.. cause im confused!!!

no diss to Serj.. If he wants to be in the band then he’s welcome but if he’s not? what do you expect us 3 to do.?? we really want anorther System Record! wish Serj was down but if hes not, then im going ahead and making a System record without him!!! im furious that he let us down like this, but we gotta do something to keep this great band alive!!! agreed????????

(Pardon the broken English, he's foreign...)

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Video from Tim Lambesis' Arraignment
Wow, Tim's face is blank during this arraignment.  It's freaky to watch.

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Adam Gontier Rant on Facebook
If you're unaware, there has been a long brewing stew of discontent among the members of Three Days Grace which came to a head with founding lead singer Adam Gontier leaving the band in early 2013.  Rumor mills have been spitting out theories as to why (mostly concerning drug use, as Adam had been in rehab previously), but no one truly knew.  Adam says he's clean and sober.  Here's something he posted on his facebook page that addressed the rumors and spoke his side of his departure:

to the people that come here and attempt to get their frustration about my old band out, I have no problem with you posting your opinion of the events that took place. We all know that I have posted many things that, in retrospect, weren't necessary. (I probably still will the odd time)
BUT do NOT forget this.

You DO NOT know, no matter WHO you are, how I, or anybody in that band feels now, or have felt, over the past 5-7 years. And unless I am willing to share those feelings with you personally, you never will. There may, or may not be, a point when I feel I want to share that with you.

If you truly believe that I will return to that band, you haven't really listened to what I've said, and you need to accept what happened, and move forward. Easier said than done... I am constantly working on becoming the best person that I can be, and moving forward and not focusing on the past is hard to do, but also very necessary, when things change.

Many of you out there have decided to make reality, and decisions, out of ignorance. Many of you have chosen to just chalk everything up to... "the way Adam left was wrong and he "screwed them over", or left them "high and dry". How do you know in what manner I left that group? Were you there? Were you a part of it? You were left with "further details of Adam's departure", written by "the band", or people surrounding them. And that's where it's left. By myself as well. So I guess I can assume that we all really DO believe, whole heartedly, what we read on the Internet. What you won't see from me are "further details as to the numerous events, attitudes, and internal battles & frustration built up over years and years, that lead to Adam's departure". It's unnecessary. I know. They know. They "choose to take the high road"..., If you feel a need to tell people again and again that you're taking the "high road".., I'm sorry, but truth is, you're already ON the low road. When you feel as though you have to tell, and explain to thousands of people on a daily basis, that you're a good person, chances are... you're not. You're obviously too self absorbed to realize that other people actually exist, and that they, themselves, have their own lives and problems Just Like You.
My life is good. No, actually it's f#*^n' great. I love my wife so much I miss her when she goes into the other room. I love my family, my dad, my brothers my sister, my real friends, and my beautiful dog & daughter Mabel! I'm actually playing music now with people who, first off, truly are playing music because they actually LOVE it, and LIVE for it. And by "it" I don't mean the "life of a rockstar"., I don't mean the endless amounts demands that you will always get when you are "successful"., I don't mean the money, the hotel rooms, the parties, the kiss ass DJ's, the gophers that get you toilet paper on your demand, the going to the after party club in a limo and being the one, (you think), everyone is looking at, the food brought to your bus on a paper plate backstage at a festival that you're headlining because you don't want people to see you before you go on stage and pretend (lie) to your fans that you're so f*^*n' stoked to be in their hometown, which actually MEANS something to your fans, while you don't even know what the towns name is, other than knowing that you're "somewhere close to Chicago I think". The ego. No. I don't mean the ego.
"It" is not the ego. "It" is making music. In it's TRUE form. The way it is meant to be made. With no pre conceived notions of making sure it will be catchy and under three minutes, so it'll make the radio. With no demands from your mates to write out a set list of the same 15 songs you've played every day, like a robot, just for something to do. The first show I played with my new band was amazing! Do you know why? Because we rehearsed ONCE before we played that show. We didn't know what was going to happen. We had guitars, drums and amps that we'd never used, set up behind us. No expectations. None. When we all sat down together on the day of our first rehearsal, I said to them,
"What do u guys wanna play?"
"Well, it's your call man. Whatever you think we should do"
My call? We ended up sitting down on the couches, eating some food, shootin the shit, & crackin jokes. For HOURS. We had to play our very first show together in about 36 hours. Most would consider jamming for maybe 2 out of 8 hours a waste of time. Perfect segue into an all time favorite Lennon quote:
"Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted."
(Then we broke into "Instant Karma") .... No.... We didn't. I think it was "Never Too Late". We did some Lennon later, because it was just fun to do.
I guess my point of this whole rant that I've been punching into my phone, is that there are two sides to every story. We all know that. We hear it all the time. Do we all practice it? Actually live by it in a situation such as mine? Thankfully many do. Unfortunately, even more don't.
My old band was and is pigeonholed, and always will be. For my mental health, because we all try to make sure we stay healthy, and are concerned when we feel like we aren't, I had to move on and evolve. Whether it meant crawling and scratching my way back into the ears of music fans out there or not. Didn't matter. I could not and will not, sacrifice the music that I make, that I was born with and that is "in my blood", for a false reality. Unfortunately, people find it hard to see the big picture. Writing the same songs with the same chords, with the same basic lyrical ideas and the same drop D power chords, is too easy. Once you've made it, with that formula, it's next to impossible to escape.
I am thankful every single morning I wake up, that I was able to escape.
And every morning I am even more thankful and honored that so many people get it, and are following me on this journey. It's a brand new journey with no destination. Everything happens for a reason. For some purpose. I can feel deep down, that this journey has more purpose than I could have imagined...
I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Wow. That was about 2 hours typing all of that. The perfect amount of time it took for my first upload to finally finish.
Yep. I'll post it in about 5 minutes!
And just to answer your questions that you may feel a need to ask after watching it.... Yes. I will play ANY song that I have written, or have been a part of writing, ANY time I feel like it, ANYWHERE I decide to. Cool?
I've got no regrets.
Nuff said! lol.
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Spoiler Alert!
Thursday night I caught the midnight premier of Iron Man 3 in IMAX 3D.  Iron Man 3 had all the familiar plot points that made parts 1 and 2 so much fun: a sociopathic, ego driven Tony Stark is on top of the world when a bad guy arrives to shatter that, shake Tony's confidence, send him and the suit back to the drawing board, and ultimately give him the opportunity to adapt and overcome to save the day.  In this installment, a flashback shows Tony snubbing a young scientist (Aldrich Killian) who teams up with an idealistic botanist working on a cellular regeneration project (think lizards who regrow their tails when injured) and uses her work for eeeevil!  Iron Man 3 does use some of the same plot devices to keep a similar feel to parts 1 and 2, but approaches them in different ways and does allude to both the Avengers and real-life threats like international terrorism.  One thing I've always liked about the Iron Man series is it's rooted in what is plausible.  All of the technology and gadgets in Tony's suits have felt like they're on the real-life horizon, however 'the Avengers' gave Iron Man 3 permission to break away from that just a bit.  Some super hero movie cliche's are all too familiar, such as the girl being captured forcing the good guy to save her.  The ending came across as a little confusing to me (without giving it away), if doing X doesn't kill the bad guy the first time, why would it kill him the second time?  The way the villain is finally defeated also poses and interesting sign of the times, but left a strange (not bad, just strange) taste in my mouth.

SURVEY SAYS: 7.5 / 10.
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