ATN's Music News of the World: Stone Temple Pilots
STP'S SCOTT WEILAND "RECEIVING SOME CARE"Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: A shroud of silence had hovered over the Stone Temple Pilots camp concerning the sudden and unexplained cancellation of three shows the band was to play (one on New Year's Eve (Anchorage, Alaska) and two, Jan. 4 & 5, in Hawaii). The cloud was finally lifted when STP manager Steve Stewart revealed that troubled singer Scott Weiland, who has a history of drug abuse including an arrest in May of 1996 for possession of cocaine and heroin, is now "receiving some care.""Scott [Weiland] made them [the band] aware that he was having problems again and he is taking care of himself at this point," said Stewart. "He's safe, he hasn't been arrested, he wasn't picked up, but he's in a situation where he's getting care."Stewart said that following a string of nearly 20 dates that had the band performing in front of an audience for the first time in 1996 (following Weiland's court-ordered five month stint at the Impact Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center), it "got to the point where it didn't seem productive to go on with the shows, so the band decided to cancel them. It just didn't look like touring would be the best situation at that point. We feel bad for the folks that couldn't see us in Alaska and Hawaii."Although Stewart wouldn't specify what kind of facility Weiland had checked into, he did describe it as a "California facility that can deal with his problems." Thus far, none of the 30-odd dates the band has scheduled in Feb. and Mar. have been canceled or postponed. Stewart said the dates are "on hold" while the rest of the band waits to hear more about Weiland's "situation" before they make any decisions.No decision has been made yet on whether the three canceled shows will be made up at a later date. Throughout the tour, Weiland was traveling with counselors who had been hired to help him stay clean while on the road. "The band is still together, they haven't broken up, no one's been fired," said Stewart. "They all just hope he [Weiland] gets some help."As a testament to the (career) rehabilitational qualities of being on the road, however, Stewart did mention that STP's latest record, Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop had jumped 76 spots on the Billboard charts, from 188 before the fall tour to 112.AEROSMITH HAMMER OUT ANOTHER ONEAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: After many months of drama, trauma and innuendo, a source confirmed that aged rockers Aerosmith have finally completed their latest album, their first for Columbia Records, who inked the band to a $50 million deal two years ago. The new album--no doubt a tip of the hat to news reports that the band is once again on the skids--is called Nine Lives (March 18) and it was produced by Kevin Shirley (Silverchair, Journey).The Boston brontosauri originally tapped the very hot Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Paula Abdul) to turn the knobs, but after several months of recording, were unable to come to terms with the direction Ballard was leading them (which one person told Rolling Stone online sounded like "an Aerosmith cover band doing dance tunes") and parted ways with him in July. Several of the tracks they co-wrote with Ballard, however, will appear on the album, including "Taste of India," which a source described as "awesome."The album also contains a few tracks co-written with longtime collaborators of Steven Tyler, Mark Hudson and Richie Supa, as well as some arrangement by David Campbell, Beck's dad. None of the trio of tracks the band recorded with Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Robert DeLeo will appear on the album, but it will contain such Aerosmithian tunes as "Kiss Your Past Goodbye," "Ain't That a Bitch," "The Farm," "Falling in Love (Is So Hard On the Knees)" and the likely first single, "Pink," another of the Ballard tunes. The band will start a European tour in May and a U.S. tour in July.KEROUAC TRIBUTEAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: If this thing were any hipper, you'd need the modern equivalent of a Studio 54 VIP pass just to purchase it. What am I talking about? No, not the Richard Pryor biopic to be directed by Martin Scorsese (although that sounds cool too), but the thickly-titled Kerouac--kicks joy darkness (a spoken word tribute with music) (March 18), a 25-track, all-star tribute to the beatest Beat Poet who ever died. Patched together from both published and rare, unpublished poetry from the author best known for his classic hipster yarn, On The Road, this collection exudes attitude and savoir-faire from top to bottom. Its Associate Producer is none other than Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and it has contributions from every (barely) surviving Beat legend, not to mention Hollywood actors, musicians and the cream of today's poetry and spoken word crop. A source at Rykodisc, the label releasing the CD, says Kerouac devotees might be surprised by the works on the collection, since, "people don't normally think of him as a poet because they're more familiar with his fiction, but this is very cool stuff."The source said that once producer Jim Sampas found some long-lost tapes of Kerouac reading his poems, he started thinking about a compilation, and soon, "everyone wanted to be on it." That "everyone" includes Morphine (who perform one of two original pieces), Michael Stipe, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler (reading one of four unpublished works), Helium (with Beat legend Lawrence Ferlinghetti), Eddie Vedder and Hovercraft, tomandandy (with William Burroughs), Juliana Hatfield, John Cale, Come (with Johnny Depp), Robert Hunter, Lee Ranaldo & Dana Colley, Hitchhiker, Patti Smith with Thurston Moore & Lenny Kaye, Warren Zevon & Michael Wolff, Jim Carroll with Lee Ranaldo, Lenny Kaye & Anton Sanco, Joey Altruda (with Matt Dillon), Inger Lorre & Jeff Buckley and Eric Andersen. Joining the fray are performance artist/singer Lydia Lunch, spoken word poet Maggie Estep & the Spitters, comedian Richard Lewis, poet Allen Ginsberg, performance artist Anna Domino, Hunter S. Thompson (who reads the other original piece) and Joe Strummer, doing a post-mortem "duet" with the poet. "Jim Sampas found this tape of Kerouac performing one of his poems," said the source, "basically him sitting with a tape recorder in his kitchen late one night, reading it with some faint Sinatra music in the background, and Joe Strummer took that tape and mixed some stuff on top of it and it ended up being this weird duet."Going Nowhere FastAddicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Nowhere is the name of the final film in maverick director Gregg Araki's self-proclaimed "Teen Apocalypse" trilogy, and like the one before it, the barely-watchable fugitive sex and drugs tale The Doom Generation (the trilogy began with F***ed Up), this one has a killer soundtrack. Featuring a slew of remixed, unreleased and rare mixes of songs from bands like Hole, Radiohead, Marilyn Manson and The Chemical Brothers, the soundtrack (release date: Mar. 4) is as wide ranging and schizophrenic as the mood of Araki's movies.>From the unreleased Radiohead ballad, "How Can You Be Sure?" to the ultra-rare 7" recording of Hole's abrasive "Dicknail" (which sounds like a mix between Seven Year Bitch and Sonic Youth), to the awesome non-LP remixes from The Chemical Brothers ( "Life is Sweet" [Daft Punk Remix]), Massive Attack ("Daydreaming" [Blacksmith remix]) and the hard rockin' Danny Saber remix of Chuck D's "Generation Wrekkked," this is one of those rare soundtracks that really does have a little bit for everybody, even if your taste runs to the neo-glam rock of London Suede represented with their recent UK single, "Trash." Now if only Araki could come up with more inventive dialogue for his movies than lines like, "Just eat my fuck, okay?"The movie, which stars Debi Mazar, Shannon Doherty, John Ritter and Beverly D'Angelo, opens in March, and is described by a press release as "one of the sexiest, wildest, far-out rides of the year, taking audiences through a network of doomed youths as they experience teenage doubt and insecurity, the highs and lows of adolescent love, S&M, hallucinogenics, rape, murder and alien abductions." Yeah, like we haven't seen all that before. Other bands on the soundtrack include 311, Coco and the Bean, Catherine Wheel, Curve, Lush, Ruby and James.OFF-THE-(ATN)-WIRE: Although it is still homeless (labeless is more like it), Big Star Small World is a star-studded 25th-anniversary tribute to Big Star, the Alex Chilton (Box Tops)-led band that released a pair of under-appreciated albums way back in the early '70s, then fizzled out, but not before they greatly influenced everyone from R.E.M. to the Replacements. Big Star drummer Jody Stephens says he's already gotten ten of the expected twelve tracks that will appear on the album and has been shopping it around to several labels, although it's now looking like the release might have to be pushed back to early summer...Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was given a "police caution" in connection with his recent London bust; this means is that he will not be banned from the U. S. and will be able to tour America with the band should they so choose...One of Liz Phair's nine month projects saw the light of day on December 28th. No, it wasn't her long-awaited follow-up to 1994's Whip Smart, that's still cooking. It was 8.5 pound James Nicholas Staskauskas, the little bundle of joy she shares with husband Jim Staskauskas. Phair is said to be in good spirits and enjoying her first stab at motherhood and folks at her label, Matador, promised ATN that her oft-delayed record is now scheduled for an August release, (although we know better than to hold them to that.) Scott Litt will reportedly still be producing, although the folks at Matador didn't know when the pair would actually be in the same room again, since Phair has been toiling away on the tracks at her Lincoln Park, Chicago home for many months now without the assistance of R.E.M.'s producer.