NFC News 06/2003
- - - June 21, 2003 - - -

"Velvet Revolver -- the supergroup featuring Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland, former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and Suicidal Tendencies' guitarist Dave Kushner -- made their live debut last night at the celebrity-filled El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. The band kicked off their six-song set with the Sex Pistols' 'Bodies.' Next was 'Set Me Free,' their single from the Hulk soundtrack, which is already garnering heavy spins on L.A. rock radio stations. Velvet Revolver finished with an encore of Nirvana's 'Negative Creep,' served up special for the band's former drummer Dave Grohl." Story courtesy of Rolling Stone. Also check out this interview.


- - - June 19, 2003 - - -

This news is a little old but fairly interesting: "My name is Kris. I went to see the Foo Fighters yesterday [early June] in Grand Rapids, Michigan. [After the show we found] the tour busses so we went over there. We waited for like 2 and a half hours and finally Taylor [Hawkins] came out! He said 'Aww, you guys are waitin' in the rain and everything. Dave will be right out dudes!' So then Taylor and Dave Grohl himself walked around the corner of the tour bus. They shook our hands, signed our shit, and he talked to me! I asked when the next Nirvana release would be out and he said sometime next year. He didn't know for sure, but he said there will be a compilation CD and then a boxed set. I asked about the studio version of 'Old Age' and he said he couldn't really remember it. He said 'How does that one go again' - so I hummed it and sang the lyrics I could think of, and he said 'Oh yeah!' and that it will be on there in 2 different forms!" Thanks to Kris for the story and also thanks to Jamie.


- - - June 13, 2003 - - -

Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit has been named the best song of the past 25 years by VH-1: "The Seattle band's groundbreaking grunge anthem is No. 1 on VH1's list of the '100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years.' The whole countdown will air over five nights, starting at 10 p.m. EDT Monday on the video music channel. The series will feature clips of videos and performances by the artists along with interviews from musicians and celebrities discussing why the songs matter. Of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan said: 'That was really a breakthrough for a great scene that had been going on for a long time up in Seattle. And it was kind of another victory, I think, for a misunderstood music, you know. The dam broke when Teen Spirit came out.' " The list was determined by VH-1 executives and loses considerable credibility given the fact that Eminem made it to #4! Ow! Story courtesy of AP and Yahoo! News. Thanks to Amir, Aspromatis, 'GrumpyOldMan', Sam, James, Travis, Eduardo, Doris of VH-1, Jes and a bunch of others for the news. You can view the list of the 100 Greatest Songs here.

Here is some information about the broadcast featuring the songs on the list: "100 GREATEST SONGS OF THE LAST 25 YEARS. Tune in: Mon June 16-20 @ 10/9c PM. Music can divide a nation or unite a generation. Whether R.E.M. croons about 'Losing My Religion,' or Bon Jovi is 'Livin' On a Prayer,' music artists are constantly doling out hits that appeal to the public and cause them to dance, rock out, and even cry. Whether it's rock, pop, rap, or R&B some of the greatest songs have been produced since 1978 and have had a lasting impact. VH1's '100 Greatest Songs from the Past 25 Years' will allow the viewers to reminisce with the top 100 songs that have had the greatest influence and effect on music and pop culture for the last quarter-century, premiering Monday, June 16 - 20 @ 10pm (ET/PT). From 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' to 'My Heart Will Go On,' every song on the list has helped define the past 25 years. Not only are they going to show you the best of the past 25 years but they're going to tell you why and who says. The story behind each song will be told through interviews with legendary artists who created, or were inspired by the song. Prince, U2, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Guns N' Roses, Britney Spears and Run-DMC are among the many artists featured." Thanks to Doris. More info here.

In the latest issue (No. 1, 2003) of the official Metallica Club magazine, "So What!", the band members are asked whether they have read Kurt Cobain's "Journals" book. Here are their responses. Lars Ulrich: "I haven't". Kirk Hammit: "Yes. I was very impressed when he wrote down the words to 'The Thing That Should Not Be.'" James Hetfield and their new bassist Rob Trujillo both respond: "I haven't." Thanks to the So What! editors for this one.

A number of Nirvana-related books are on the way. In September comes "Dave Grohl: Foo Fighters, Nirvana & Other Misadventures" - an unofficial biography by Martin James. In October follows a re-issue of the popular Charles Cross and Jim Berkenstadt book "Nirvana: Nevermind" with a new cover. November features a graphic novel called "Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic" by James McCarthy and Barnaby Legg, illustrated by Flameboy. Then, in 2004 follows an updated and redesigned edition of Bill Graham's "The Complete Guide To The Music of Nirvana". All of these should be published by Omnibus Press. Also to be released this year is a book documenting all of Nirvana's recording sessions among other things. More info about that project will be posted soon.


- - - June 1, 2003 - - -

The latest NFC Poll: "How do you think the You Know You're Right music video turned out?" has been concluded after 16,717 votes. A significant majority of these were actually quite happy with the video. Thus, no less than 15,360 of the voters (91.9%) found it to be "pretty good" while only 1357 (8.1%) were unhappy with it. Thanks to everyone who took time to vote. A new poll question has now been put up: "What would you most like to see released in DVD form?". Go ahead and vote on the main page now!




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