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21 years ago today Metallica’s album “Load” was released…

Metallica’s “Load” sparked a lot of outrage from Metallica fans. Why? Simply because Metallica has finally had it with thrash metal and hair metal so they decided to ditch it all. They changed their sound and got a hair cut too. Fans weren’t too happy about that at all. They were accused of going “alternative” ’cause of it. They just wanted to change their sound ’cause they have grown tired of thrash metal. They finally wanted to grow out of writing 10 minute headbanging songs to focus on songwriting.

The album got a lot of mixed reviews over the years but I still find it a great album. I loved every song. It showed that Metallica weren’t afraid to be different musically.

I don’t know why fans still bash Metallica for “Load & Reload” ’cause I think both are great albums. Even though they got rid of thrash metal with the two albums, they are still heavy. I’ve always supported Metallica no matter what they did. I even thought “St. Anger” was a great album too. I love all of their music!

I just love how Metallica aren’t afraid to make music they want to make and don’t give a shit what people thought of them. That I think is the reason why I respect the band so much.

Kev

 

Did Dickey Betts bury the hatchet with Gregg before he passed? Seems so… the former Allman’s guitarist comments on Gregg’s passing…

Longtime fans of the Allman Bros. are probably well aware of the public feud between Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts. They’ve had a tough time getting along over the years. Their feud was pretty heated but they seem to be cool with each other because Dickey says here he talked with Gregg a few times before he passed.

Remember,  Dickey Betts helped founded the Allman Brothers and Dickey also wrote and sang on their hit “Ramblin’ Man”, the song that gave them the label Southern Rock. Dickey wrote many songs with the Allman Brothers.

I really miss the Duane and Dickey era of the Allman’s ’cause that’s when the Allman’s put on the best improvised jams. I do like the Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks era but I prefer the Duane and Dickey era more.

Kev

Chris Cornell was laid to rest earlier today in a private funeral, a lot of famous people attended…

Chris Cornell was laid to rest at a private funeral in Los Angeles today. A lot of famous people and celebrities attended. Famous musicians & celebrities who attended: surviving members of Soundgarden (of course), Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica were there, members of the Foo Fighters were there, popstar/rapper Pharrell Williams, Krist Novoselic, Courtney Love, Dave Navarro and Joe Walsh.

There were a few movie stars that were there like Christian Bale, Josh Brolin and Brad Pitt. Why were Bale, Brolin and Pitt there??? Were they close friends with Chris? Probably. I’m also sure Chris’s family members attended too, of course.

Chris’s remains were cremated but they made a headstone for him for the cemetery. The headstone for Chris is nothing all that fancy, no huge statue of him or anything. They set his ashes next to his friend Johnny Ramone’s. I believe Chris was a huge fan of the Ramones.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chris-cornell-laid-to-rest-at-private-los-angeles-funeral-w484613

http://www.tmz.com/2017/05/26/chris-cornell-buried-next-to-johnny-ramone-hollywood-forever/

Wonder why Eddie Vedder wasn’t there at the funeral. Did they try to invite him but couldn’t make it?

Anyway, even though this funeral was made private, I heard the family is planning a public memorial for fans. That will be the time when all these famous bands & artists will be covering Chris’s songs from over the years. We’ll have to wait and see how they’re gonna do the public memorial.

Kev

My top 10 Favorite Soundgarden songs… and some of them aren’t their radio hits…

I have been a Soundgarden fan for years. Like I said in a post before, they were an important part of my high school years. The grunge movement was big in the 90’s but I was in high school during then. During high school, I was listening to a lot of music. Mostly metal and hard rock kind of stuff. Soundgarden has always been my favorite band and they still are.

Here are my top 10 favorite Soundgarden songs in no particular order, I just love these songs and they don’t have to be their hits either. There will be some songs that many people will not know about, their obscure songs, ya know?

I would suggest you give these a listen yourself. After you hear all these songs, you would then realize why Soundgarden is very important to us in the rock world. They always wrote tight music.

Here we go, my top Ten favorite Soundgarden songs:

(“Badmotorfinger” is a great album but these are the two best songs on it. These two songs are probably the heaviest songs Soundgarden has ever written. The riffs in both of these songs are sick and so are Chris’s vocals)

(This song came from one of Soundgarden’s earlier albums before they got big. Another pretty heavy song with great riffs and great vocals. Their second album, “Louder than Love” was really good shit too!)

(“The Superunknown” was Soundgarden’s best album in their career but these were my favorite songs on it. “Black Hole Sun” was a beautiful song, don’t get me wrong but I love these three songs from “The Superunknown” even more. “Mailman” gives me goosebumps each time, I would say that song is the heaviest on the album. “My Wave” and “Fell On Black Days” are pretty heavy too. Chris was one of the greatest rock singers ever.)

(The critical reception for “Down on the Upside” wasn’t receive very positively but I still think it’s a great album. There are some pretty heavy songs on it. These two songs are my favorite off the album. “Blow Up The Outside World” and “Overfloater” are both powerful songs and give me goosebumps each time I hear ’em.)

(A lot of people thought “King Animal” their latest record was a disappointment, I thought it was a great album. I liked every song on it but these two “Blood on the Valley Floor” and “A Thousand Days Before” are the best tunes on this album. Chris really showed his singing talent in those songs)

Enjoy the listen!

Kev

Soundgarden is probably gonna announce a breakup soon but will they still release one more studio album??? They probably will…

So Soundgarden didn’t play Rock on the Range over last weekend. They took off the rest of their tour dates on their official website too:

http://www.soundgardenworld.com/live/

So there’s a few signs that the band is probably gonna announce a breakup real soon. They’re pretty much done, I think. They can’t go on without Chris Cornell being the band’s main frontman ’cause Chris is Soundgarden. It’ll be a mistake for the band to continue without him.

Even though it’s looking like the band is gonna call it quits due to Chris’s passing, will they still release another studio album? That’s a definite possibility and I can see it happening ’cause the band was working on a new studio album before Chris died. I don’t know how many songs the band completed before Chris’s death but hopefully they have enough for a full length album.

I would think Soundgarden will release the new studio album ’cause they know that’s what Chris probably would have wanted. Soundgarden releasing the new album would be a nice way for them to tribute Chris and they would probably do that. I hope they do release the new album and they’re probably gonna.

When will the surviving members do a little tribute for Chris on the Soundgarden website? I’m sure they’re gonna do something. They probably need more time to grieve and then they’ll do something for Chris when they’re ready.

What will the new Soundgarden album sound like? Will they go back to their heavy & hard rocking stuff or will it sound more like “King Animal”? A lot of fans said “King Animal” was kind of a disappointment but I loved the album. Soundgarden was another one of those bands who was not afraid to sound different every album and I would think the next album will be different once again.

If Soundgarden doesn’t have enough material for a full length album, maybe they’ll release those songs for a Greatest Hits album or something? They’ll figure something out.

Even though Soundgarden is pretty much done, I’m sure the surviving members: Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron would move on to other projects. Matt would probably go to Pearl Jam full time but I don’t know what Kim and Ben are gonna do, though. They’ll probably start new bands of their own. For right now, though, the boys need to find out what they’re gonna do with their next album.

They’ve been silent since Chris’s passing which is understandable but I’m sure we’ll hear from the band soon.

Kev

All the Chris Cornell band tributes start coming in… they’re all good but…

While I’m enjoying all these rock bands tributing Chris Cornell, the only thing though that so many of them try to sing like him but it’s impossible to do. Chris was quite a singer and had quite a range so it’s gonna be hard to sing like him. In fact, nobody can sing like Chris. There maybe a few singers out there that maybe pretty similar but nobody could copy Chris’s singing voice.

Singing Chris’s songs is hard to do… even I tried it. Whether you try to sing Soundgarden songs, Audioslave or his solo material, you’ll never reach his extremely high notes. Nobody will ever be able to sing like Chris, ever. Chris was totally unique and was a total original.

All these bands do a good job but the vocals man, that’s the thing, even Ann Wilson seems to be struggling when she was trying to sing “Black Hole Sun” on Jimmy Kimmel. (see video in youtube) Chris was that type of singer. He touched all of us with his singing, even me. I listened to Chris’s music throughout my whole life pretty much.

Chris may have been a liberal guy politically but still he was very talented and plus, Chris was a cool guy. He was one who didn’t ram his political opinions down our throats. Kept his focus on the music.

I think the best Chris Cornell tribute I’ve seen so far was Train’s version of “Black Hole Sun”. Train killed that. I’m not a big Train fan but Patrick Monahan is a great singer. I might get into Train music more.

Will I do a Chris Cornell tribute video? Thinking about it and probably will. Trying to decide whether I should do a guitar cover or a vocal cover. Probably a little bit of both.

Kev

When Metallica performs their set at Rock on the Range tomorrow night, what song by Soundgarden would they cover?

Metallica is set to perform the headlining slot for tomorrow’s Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio and you know Metallica will probably tribute Chris Cornell in some way. They will probably perform a Soundgarden cover, I would think but what song would they do?

I hope Metallica doesn’t do “Outshined” ’cause I’m thinking that song has been overplayed by a lot of metal bands out there. I think James Hetfield would sound great singing, “Jesus Christ Pose”, “Room a Thousand Years Wide”, “Searching With My Good Eye Closed”, “Big Dumb Sex”, “The Day I Tried To Live”, “My Wave”, “Limo Wreck” and “Rhinosaur” (a song off “Down on The Upside” album).

I’m sure James and the boys will do something for Chris ’cause I’m sure Soundgarden was a major influence on Metallica. I’m sure Soundgarden and Metallica both played shows together in the past before but I’m not sure how many times, though. I do know that Metallica and Soundgarden were on Lollapalooza ’96 together. That’s about all I know.

We’ll have to wait to see what Metallica are gonna do. I’m sure Metallica will put on a killer set like they always do. I’ve always liked listening to Metallica live.

Kev