Red Hot Chili Peppers Get The Funk Out of Pittsburgh

For some, it is hard to be a champion of The Red Hot Chili Peppers these days.  Long gone are the under-dog years when their biggest fan was George Clinton.  Long gone are a slew of guitar players.  And probably, most importantly, long gone is John Frusciante. Frusciante, although in and out of the band twice, was some sort of lifeblood for the Chili’s.  Although it really is Keidis’ and Flea’s band, it was John who brought them into stardom through vehicles such as Blood Sugar Sex magic, Californication, and Stadium Arcadium.

So how does a Pepper fan move on?  Well, the “new kid” Josh Klinghoffer is one hell of a guitar player.  He fits much better than Dave Navarro ever did but has not proven himself as of yet to the fan base.  In other words, it’s a tough gig.  But RHCP is still relevant and still entertaining.  They put on one hell of a show and rock with the best of them.  But, like all things in us older folk, it’s just not what it was.

Jump back to 1991 at Duquesne U. when the lineup was a barely known Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, and RHCP on the Blood Sugar Sex magic Tour.  Just by the sound of it, that show was hard to top, and by all means, it will remain as such.   This writer has seen RHCP at least seven times and can tear apart the good and bad of each show, except that one.  So, the question remains, do you compare?  Well, no, not if you are looking for a good time.  RHCP has evolved for better or worse.  Anthony actually has a better voice, Flea is still one of the best bass players around, period. Chad Smith is an awesome drummer. And Klinghoffer is a great funk guitar player.  They may be a bit more rough around the edges, but they deserve respect and command it live, they are incredibly tight.

Highlights of the show included a “Let’s go Pens chant” joined in by Smith, “Snow”, “Californication”, and “Otherside”.  But for this multi Chili viewer, the most fun was when the band played The Stooges “I Wanna Be Your Dog” as an intro to “Right On Time” and introducing the 70’s hit “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) as a ‘Joy Division tune’, but we like the ‘Motorhead version better’.  Obviously, someone went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and we were all better off for it.

All photos ©2017 AWeldingphoto

In Celebration of Misfits 40th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Unveils Misfits Jerry Only’s Bass and Vest

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Unveils Misfits Jerry Only‘s Bass and Vest

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Misfits (note: the legendary punk band’s first gig took place on April 18, 1977 at CBGB in NYC), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unveils the latest edition to its permanent collection of historic punk artifacts…

Misfits founding member Jerry Only’s custom Devastator Bass and custom spiked leather vest—both designed by Only personally, and used at both of the Original Misfits Reunion Shows in 2016—now on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland!

Jerry’s artifacts are specifically displayed in the Hall of Fame’s Blank Generation: New York/London/Los Angeles case in their Cities and Sounds exhibit. This exhibit focuses on the music scenes in various cities (Detroit/Motown, Memphis/Sun Records, etc.). The Blank Generation covers the birth and enduring legacy of punk and new wave.

Meredith Rutledge-Borger, Curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says: “The Misfits have long been a favorite here at the Rock Hall among both visitors and staff. We are thrilled to add these unbelievably kickass and iconic items to our permanent collection, and are so grateful to Misfits’ founding member and bassist Jerry Only for his generosity in sharing the legacy of his genre-defining career. These artifacts will help us continue to engage, teach and inspire our visitors through the power of rock & roll.”

Jerry Only speaks about the inclusion of his vest and bass in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “Fame was not my intent. It was always the creation of something so unique that others would remain in awe of its design. I am proud to walk among icons who felt the same way. We changed the world!!! I am honored to have my Excalibur…’The Devastator’ and my ‘Fiend Battle Armor’ on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… May we one day grace its halls and exhibit a full arsenal of our weapons of mass destruction. Search -n- Destroy!”


This particular Misfits Devastator bass is very rare and unique for a variety of reasons. Not only was it used at both of the historic Original Misfits Reunion shows that took place at Riot Fest on September 4th 2016 in Denver, and September 18, 2016 in Chicago, but this particular Devastator also marks the first model ever made from authentic Louisville Slugger wood—as used in their world famous line of iconic baseball bats.

“I’m also very proud that this is the first Devastator bass made from Louisville Slugger wood, which is an American institution,” says Jerry Only. “For every home run in major league baseball hit with a Louisville Slugger bat, I don’t think any one ever hit a home run bigger than I did in Denver and Chicago with this bass. It may be the concert of the millennium. The reaction from our devoted fans, the fiends, was unparalleled and their blood lust is for more…”

More info on the Hall of Fame display:
To the upper right of Jerry’s Devastator Bass is Dee Dee Ramone’s 1978 Fender Precision Bass, and to the lower right of Jerry’s Devastator is Johnny Ramone’s main guitar used from 1977-1996. Johnny himself wrote those dates on the back of the guitar upon retiring in 1996.  The black leather jacket above Johnny’s guitar is Joey Ramone’s, circa 1988. To the left of Jerry’s artifacts you can see a red Tama drumhead used by Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads, c. 1988, as well as the very first Talking Heads T-shirt, worn by Tina Weymouth in 1975. The Hall of Fame’s collection also includes original paintings by Dee Dee Ramone on loan.

Fit For An Autopsy to play Pittsburgh @SmilingMoose Oct 13

FFAA released Absolute Hope Absolute Hell on 10/2.
“‘Absolute Hope Absolute Hell’ is poised to be one of 2015’s greatest deathcore albums.” SUBSTREAM MAGAZINE 9/10 
“Absolute Hope Absolute Hell” Music video:
“Saltwound” Lyric video:
“Murder In The First” (Lyric Video) –

Preview YouTube video Fit For An Autopsy – The Perfect Drug (Nine Inch Nails cover)

Fit For An Autopsy – The Perfect Drug (Nine Inch Nails cover)
The band also just released a three way split with THY ART IS MURDER and THE ACACIA STRAIN called The Depression Sessions.
The band covered Nine Inch Nails’ 1997 song “The Perfect Drug.” They also released a new song called “Flatlining.”

REVIEW: German rock legends The Scorpions release MTV Unplugged in Athens on Bluray, DVD, and CD

When it comes to making immaculately crafted acoustic sets that warrant repeated listens, MTV Unplugged has a nearly unparalleled track record. For a program and recording series that has spanned more than twenty years, and seen such a wide and disparate cast of talents, the show has become a cornerstone for acoustic sets. From Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam, to Led Zepplin and Kiss, to LL Cool J and Jay-Z, one thing remains the same, and that is the consistency and standard they hold to the audio quality of all of their recordings.

On the latest release, Scorpions Unplugged In Athens, MTV has stayed true to their format and delivered another high quality performance from a group of musical legends. The release, a CD-DVD combo set, is set below the stars in a gorgeous open-air amphitheatre in Athens in front of a decent sized crowd Scorpions loyalists. The band has come dynamically well equipped and full bodied to this performance, appropriating 6 additional musicians, a full 8-piece string section accompaniment from the group Strings From Heaven, as well as special guest appearances from Morten Harket, Johannes Strate, CATHE, and Dimitra Kokkori. The sound is full and rich, the quality is exceptional, and most of all the music is on point, staying true to the spirit and energy the Scorpions have been conjuring since the early seventies.

All the huge classics are here in spades: “Rock You Like a Hurricane“, “No One Like You“, “Send Me an Angel“, “Still Loving You“, and “Wind of Change“. The instrumental arrangements are dynamic and robust, doing justice to the sound that brought these German rock legends international fame and recognition. Around every corner there are visually as well as audibly interesting details that make watching worth the price of admission. For instance, the finger picking insanity at the beginning of “Speedy’s Coming”, or any of the mid-set solos illustrating the guitar chops and expertise of a lifetime of performing.

As this Unplugged album comes on the heels of the worldwide Scorpions farewell tour, it seems these guys are alive and still kicking. While they’ve had a long touring history and become heavy metal icons, it seems fitting to see a group that have been together for the better part of forty years to step into a subtler arena and do an acoustic set. Although the boys have additionally confirmed after the farewell tour that they will not be breaking up, it seems that they might be ready to step back and take some time to reflect. Overall this is an entertaining set, albeit a bit relaxed and calmed down compared to the Scorpions early catalog. A must have for any die-hard Scorpions fan.

CD review SCORPIONS "MTV Unplugged - live in Athens"


1. Sting in the tail

2. Can’t live without you

3. Pictured life

4. Speedy’s coming

5. Born to touch your feelings

6. The best is yet to come

7. Dancing with the moonlight

8. In trance

9. When you came into my life

10. Delicate dance

11. Love is the answer

12. Follow your heart

13. Send me an angel

14. Where the river flows

15. Passion rules the game

16. Rock you like a hurricane

17. Hit between the eyes

18. Rock’n’roll band

19. Blackout

20. Still loving you

21. Big city nights

22. Wind of change

23. No one like you

24. When the smoke is going down

25. Where the river flows

Pearl Jam Pulverizes Pittsburgh On First Show Of The Tour

To sum it up: A Monster Show.  Pearl Jam came into Pittsburgh five days before their first show of the the first leg of the Lightning Bolt Tour to support the forthcoming (Oct. 15) release of Lightning Bolt, the already deemed classic by none other than Rolling Stone Magazine.  Many of the concert goers had taken advantage of the streaming songs from the new effort on iTunes, or at least were familiar with the first two releases of current smash “Sirens”, and the first released punk rocker PJ- signature style “Mind Your Manners”.  What was really special, of course, was to be the first to hear most of these tunes live, besides maybe the Wrigley Field attendees who heard “Lightning Bolt” this summer.  But the set list was not all chalk full of new stuff, PJ was very cognizant to play their beginning and middle catalog songs as well.  And even though they have been rockin’ for over twenty years as Pearl Jam, they have not lost a single step.  From the time this reviewer first saw them open up for The Smashing Pumpkins and The Red Hot Chili Peppers at Duquesne University’s A.J. Palumbo to Lollapalooza to all the countless shows up until now, Eddie and company (including touring keyboardist Boom Gaspar) have only changed in years and hairstyle, but not energy.  They bring the goods every time and play at Bruce like length, giving the fans who stay for every note their monies worth.

With a minimalist set lit by glowing balls and a sculpture-like scrap metal bird structure that held the overhead lighting, Pearl Jam hit the stage with a moody blue setting and a new subdued tune called, “Pendulum”.  It was the right call for the evening, letting the crowd know that PJ was in control of the ride, they were going to experiment a bit, but it was going to be alright, trust them a bit.  Going head strong into “Of The Girl”, “Nothingman”, and “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” the energy built upon itself as the familiarity of those songs and lyrics left everyone rest assured that all the bases were going to be covered, symbolically played out by the Pittsburgh Pirate hats displayed on the drum riser.

The band quickly shifted back into new material with “Lightning Bolt” and “Mind Your Manners” and then back again into familiar territory with “Animal”, “Got Some”, and “Given To Fly”, continuing the roller coaster ride of melodies.  Warmed up and primed, Eddie began to talk a bit more and jump around with Jeff and Mike a bit as well, spilling into the atmosphere with splayed legs in abandon.  Vedder went into telling tales of going to the Warhol and Clemente museums, telling an amusing anecdote and showing off a massive bottle of Italian wine with Franco Harris on the label as the band all took swigs (and later some of the audience got a pour), and promising not to skip our town for seven years.  One of the most intriguing tales was his talk with Springsteen recently and how nervous he was for the opening show, to which The Boss replied, ‘Pittsburgh?  That town will be smokin’.  You’ll be fine.’  And Eddie may not have been sure if it was the seven year hiatus, their rabid fan base here, or the beauty of the first evening of a tour, but it was a magical buzz he felt; and we felt it too.

And that buzz continued with such songs as “MFC”, “Faithful”, a jaw droppingly beautiful rendition of new hit “Sirens” dedicated to some Cincinatti friends, who were present, that lost their son to a tragic accident whom had interviewed Eddie atop a bridge many years ago, and then a huge cheer for “Unemployable” dedicated to what Vedder described as he thought ‘everyone in Congress should be’.

Of course, where many bands are pulling to a grinding halt, PJ is just getting started, and so they jammed on with “Why Go”, “Daughter”, “Infallible”, “Let the Records Play”, “Unthought Known”, and a blistering “Rearview Mirror”. McCready proved he is a guitar god once again, Cameron is the most the new Charlie Watts, Stone is infallible, and Ament is so dead on in the pocket he’s a rock.   And Eddie…priceless as always.  “The new Springsteen”.  After a short break they ventured into “Speed of Sound” then “Yellow Moon” from the new one, “Future Days” and the huge crowd pleaser “Footsteps”.

And then it came.  A huge Pittsburgh moment.  There appeared on the stage one of the biggest Pearl Jam fans, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, Jason Grilli.  Decked out in flannel, t-shirt, jeans, and baseball cap, Grilli thanked Pittsburgh for all their backing throughout the baseball season and the playoffs and then completely rocked out with PJ on “Whipping”.  And on the way off the stage he received the ultimate parting gift, to his complete surprise…Eddie’s guitar.  Talk about jealousy.

Far from over, the boys launched into their second encore with powerful renditions of “Do the Evolution”, “Porch”, and “Betterman” before coming to play “Black”, “Alive”, “Rockin’ in the Free World” and then end on a perfect note with “Yellow Ledbetter”.

It was a  rare opportunity to see a legendary band on a history making night.  It will be some time before Consol Energy Center will contain that much energy from a concert and not a playoff Pens game.  Maybe we can get Pearl Jam to come back and bookend the tour at the end and relive it once more…hey Grilli, you’ve got pull.

All photos  © 2013 AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine


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Pittsburgh Pirate Jason Grilli joins PJ for "Whippin"
Pittsburgh Pirate Jason Grilli joins PJ for “Whippin”
The beautiful overhead lighting sculpture
The beautiful overhead lighting sculpture


Gary Clark Jr. To Appear In ‘Made In America’ Documentary








October 8th, 2013 – (Burbank, CA.) – Singer, songwriter, and guitarist extraordinaireGary Clark Jr. is featured in the upcoming documentary Made In America, which will have its world premiere this Friday, October 11th, on Showtime at 9 p.m. PT/ET.


Directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful MindApollo 13, etc.) and produced by Howard, Grammy Award-winning music icon artist Jay Z, and Oscar winner Brian Grazer, the film captures Jay Z uniting the biggest names in music – including Clark, D’Angelo, Janelle Monáe, Pearl Jam, SkrillexRun-D.M.C., Kanye West – to perform at a star-studded, multi-genre, two-day “Made in America” festival in Philadelphia. The film chronicles the inspirational event, which emphasizes “the diversity of musical genres that appeal to today’s youth, the cultural heterogeneity of the festival’s target audience – and, perhaps most important, the myriad possibilities for success that exist for those willing to do the hard work of making dreams come true,” as Variety put it in its review. Watch a trailer here.


In other news, Clark has been dominating network television as of late, having made recent appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live (for the second time), The Queen Latifah Show (which airs tomorrow, October 9th), The Arsenio Hall ShowThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno (his third appearance), and The Late Show With David Letterman (his fourth appearance, this time solo, which airs on November 7th). Check local listings for details.


Clark is currently on the road supporting his major-label debut album Blak And Blu. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.


10/10    Salt Lake City, UT         The Depot

10/11    Denver, CO                  Ogden Theatre

10/13    Mexico City                  Corona Capital Festival

10/15    Nashville, TN                Marathon Music Works

10/16    Atlanta, GA                  Tabernacle

10/18    Charlottesville, VA         Jefferson Theater

10/19    Atlantic City, NJ            Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Music Box

11/10    Boston, MA                  Royale Nightclub

11/11    Boston, MA                  Royale Nightclub

11/12    Washington, DC            9:30 Club

11/13    Washington, DC            9:30 Club

11/14    New York, NY               Apollo Theater

11/16    New York, NY               Terminal 5

11/18    Toronto, ON                 Danforth Music Hall

11/20    Minneapolis, MN            First Avenue

11/22    Indianapolis, IN             The Vogue Theatre

11/23    Columbia, MO               The Blue Note

11/25    New Orleans, LA            House of Blues

11/26    Houston, TX                 Warehouse Live – Ballroom

11/27    Dallas, TX                    House of Blues

11/29    Austin, TX                    Stubb’s


For more about Made In America:

For more about Gary Clark Jr., visit:!/garyclarkjr

Pearl Jam “Mind Your Manners” Video

Pearl Jam releases a new music video for “Mind Your Manners”, the debut track off the band’s forthcoming album, Lightning Bolt, which is out  on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on October 15th.
Watch the “Mind Your Manners” video here.
Lightning Bolt is available for pre-order at and iTunes.
Video Credits:
Director: Danny Clinch
Producer: Lindha Narvaez
DP: Vance Burberry
Editor: Grant James, Paul Greenhouse
Visual Effects: S77
Animation: Andy Smetanka
Color: Marshall Plante
Production Company: Milkt Films
Song Credits:
Words: Eddie Vedder
Music: Mike McCready

Don’t Forget Pearl Jam Comes to Pittsburgh First On Their Tour!

October 11, 2013

For dates go to

Pittsburgh Is First Stop On Pearl Jam North American Tour 2013

Pearl Jam announced today that they will embark on a two-leg North American tour this fall. The first leg kicks-off in Pittsburgh on October 11th and wraps up in New Orleans at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience the weekend of November 1st. The second leg of the tour commences in Dallas on November 15th and closes in the band’s hometown of Seattle on December 6th.

Leg One:

DATE                           CITY                                         VENUE
Oct-11                         Pittsburgh, PA                          Consol Energy Center
Oct-12                         Buffalo, NY                               First Niagara Center
Oct-15                         Worcester, MA                         DCU Center
Oct-18                         Brooklyn, NY                            Barclays Center
Oct-19                         Brooklyn, NY                            Barclays Center
Oct-21                         Philadelphia, PA                       Wells Fargo Center
Oct-22                         Philadelphia, PA                       Wells Fargo Center
Oct-25                         Hartford, CT                             XL Center
Oct-27                         Baltimore, MD                         1st Mariner Arena
Oct-29                         Charlottesville, VA                   John Paul Jones Arena
Oct-30                         Charlotte, NC                           Time Warner Cable Arena
Nov-1-3*                     New Orleans, LA                     Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Leg Two:

DATE                           CITY                                         VENUE
Nov-15                         Dallas, TX                                American Airlines Arena
Nov-16                         Oklahoma City, OK                 Chesapeake Energy Arena
Nov-19                         Phoenix, AZ                    Arena
Nov-21                         San Diego, CA                         Viejas Arena
Nov-23                         Los Angeles, CA                      Sports Arena
Nov-24                         Los Angeles, CA                      Sports Arena
Nov-26                         Oakland, CA                            Oracle Arena
Nov-29                         Portland, OR                            Rose Garden Arena
Nov-30                         Spokane, WA                           Spokane Arena
Dec-2                           Calgary, AB                              Scotiabank Saddledome
Dec-4                           Vancouver, BC                        Rogers Arena
Dec-6                           Seattle, WA                               Key Arena

*Pearl Jam will only be playing one night in New Orleans.  The performance date will be announced when the festival announces their schedule.

Mad Season Above Deluxe Reissue


From SPIN:  

Rare Footage and Interviews

February 27 2013, 10:52 AM ET
by David Bevan

In preparation for the deluxe, expanded re-release of the grunge supergroup’s landmark debut

“I remember that we laughed a lot,” says Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, of writingAbove, the lone (and beloved) 1995 release from Seattle supergroup Mad Season. “We laughed about being sober for the first time, and the newsness of that. We laughed at ourselves and a lot of the stupid things we’d done as young men.”

It’s a memory that stands in moving contrast to the soon-to-be-reissued full-length’s relatively somber origin story: Having just left a rehab facility in Minnesota after the completion of 1994’sVitalogy, Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready approached Martin and Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley about the prospect of writing together, in hopes of helping the latter gain some distance from a battle with addiction that would haunt him until his death in 2002. Joining them on bass was late Chicago native John “Baker” Saunders, a friend and fellow rehab alum. “It was kind of a failed attempt at trying to get everybody to not be drinking or doing drugs,” says McCready. “Not that you can really control that. You have to figure that out for yourself. It’s been really hard to go back and listen. I miss Baker. I miss Layne. I wonder how Layne would be met these days, what kind of music he’d be making or if he’d be a father. And his lyrics [on Above] in particular still sound fresh to me. They still make me feel, and that’s good.”

Above, Martin adds, is the only album comprised entirely of Staley-penned lyrics, many of which were inspired by a spiritually minded, Kahlil Gibran-enriched stack of books the late vocalist carried with him from place to place in a backpack. Coupled with compositions that remain outliers for their time, the result was a delicate, blues-driven set whose recording the foursome financed themselves, just weeks after they performed for the first time at a sold-out performance at Seattle’s legendary Crocodile Cafe. “It has a certain mood and a certain quality to it that no other records of that time really have,” says Martin. “There’s a real atmosphere to it. And when I listen to it, it just makes me happy. I’m sad about my friends being gone, but I also feel proud that we all left behind a beautiful piece of music. You can’t always say that.”

On April 2, the album will get a deluxe re-release in expanded form, including three songs originally meant to appear on Disinformation, a second Mad Season full-length that never came to be. And because Staley never recorded vocal takes, Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan stepped in to complete them with fresh vocals and lyrics of his own. Hear the genesis of both the reissue (which also includes a disc dedicated to the group’s show at Seattle’s Moore Theater on April 29, 1995) and that collaboration in the exclusive mini-doc above. You can pre-order it now on iTunesAmazon and Pearl Jam’s Ten Club store. Additionally, there will be double 12″ LP of the re-issue made available for Record Store Day on April 20.


RNDM (pronounced “random”) is a new musical group featuring Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and former Fastbacks drummer Richard Stuverud. The band has released its debut album Acts on October 30th in CD, vinyl LP and digital formats via Monkeywrench Records/RED in the U.S. and Canada. To celebrate the release, Acts is streaming in full at AOL Spinner and MSN Listening Booth.

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The trio released a new video for the song “Walking Through New York” yesterday and shows the group walking through a rainy New York City evening and then taking the subway. Watch the video on VEVO and below.

“Walking Through New York” Video

Singer Joseph Arthur’s latest artistic endeavor is the music video for Acts album track “Throw You to the Pack” which premiered on this week. The wild animated visuals were created by Arthur on his iPad to illustrate what he calls “Nihilism giving way to creation and back again.” Arthur continues, “I wanted to capture the frenetic energy of the track with art. Make something visual that moved with the spirit of the song.” Watch the animated video below.

RNDM “Throw You to the Pack” Video

In support of Acts, RNDM will bring their beef on the road, their North American tour kicking off November 2nd in Brooklyn, NY and ending November 27th in Seattle, WA.

See below for a full list of tour dates.

Date City Venue
Nov 2 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
Nov 3 Washington, D.C. The Black Cat
Nov 4 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Nov 7 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Nov 8 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
Nov 9 Montreal, QC Théâtre Corona
Nov 10 Ottawa, ON Algonquin Theater
Nov 11 Toronto, ON Lee’s Place
Nov 13 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Nov 14 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
Nov 15 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Nov 16 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
Nov 18 Boulder, CO The Fox Theatre
Nov 21 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Nov 23 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Nov 25 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Nov 26 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 27 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market

Acts on iTunes |
Album Tracklist:
1. Modern Times
2. Darkness
3. The Disappearing Ones
4. What You Can’t Control
5. Hollow Girl
6. Walking Through New York
7. Look Out!
8. New Tracks
9. Throw You to the Pack
10. Williamsburg
11. Letting Go of Will
12. Cherries in the Snow

For more information on the beef with RNDM, please visit: HTTP://RNDMBAND.COM

The Beef with RNDM Revealed in New Video

RNDM (pronounced “random”) is a new musical group featuring Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and former Fastbacks drummer Richard Stuverud. The band will release its debut album, Acts, on October 30th in CD, vinyl LP and digital formats via Monkeywrench Records/RED in the U.S. and Canada.

To celebrate the release, the band put together a 6-minute video to introduce RNDM Acts. Find out how Ament, Arthur and Stuverud made RNDM a reality by watching the EPK video premiere at

The single, “Modern Times” made its debut on Rolling Stone, while the video recently premiered on SPIN.


In support of Acts, RNDM will embark on an 18-date North American tour, which kicks off November 2nd in Brooklyn, NY and ends November 27th in Seattle, WA. See below for a full list of tour dates.

Date City Venue
Nov 2 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
Nov 3 Washington, D.C. The Black Cat
Nov 4 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Nov 7 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Nov 8 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
Nov 9 Montreal, QC Théâtre Corona
Nov 10 Ottawa, ON Algonquin Theater
Nov 11 Toronto, ON Lee’s Place
Nov 13 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Nov 14 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
Nov 15 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Nov 16 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
Nov 18 Boulder, CO The Fox Theatre
Nov 21 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Nov 23 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Nov 25 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
Nov 26 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 27 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market

Spin premieres the music video for “Modern Times” by RNDM

“The video acts as an introduction to the band. I had the idea about us shaving our heads when I was in Mexico and figured Jeff and Richard wouldn’t be into it but much to my chagrin they were! But instead of shaved heads Jeff suggested mohawks. I’ve never had a mohawk so I figured it would be an exercise in abandoning vanity in front of the camera. One thing I didn’t know, which I learned the day of, is that Jeff’s dad is a barber so Jeff is an expert with the sheers. In the end we didn’t look half bad. Originally we were gonna have silent movie style footage acting out the story of our transformation. Ehud (the director) and I spent an evening writing a treatment and Jeff added to it later. There were quite a few ideas we never got to including girls in orange bikinis and baseball with oranges but in the end we just lived in the moment and it flowed so easily we were done in a few hours. Ehud edited the very next day and no one changed a thing. To me it’s a video about a band saying hello to the world and having a whole lotta fun in the process. PS. Those masks are all Jeff!

We hope you dig it.” Love Jo RNDM

– Joseph Arthur

Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament and His Side Project RNDM

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and his longtime drumming collaborator Richard Stuverud team with singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur in the new band RNDM. The group’s debut album, “Acts,” features 12 songs recorded by Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason during a four-day session this April at Ament’s Montana studio. “Acts” crackles with a plug-and-play spontaneity, from concise blasts of rock’n’roll like “Letting Go Of Will” and distinctly Pearl Jam-my numbers such as “Throw You To The Pack” and “Look Out!,” to blissed-out jams like “Hollow Girl” and the soulful, wah-wah guitar-tinged “Williamsburg.”

“It felt like those first bands you’re in, where the first few weeks you ate and slept and breathed the music that you were working on,” Ament says. “All you did was hum those songs until you got to the next practice. I was completely open to whatever was going to happen, and I know Joseph was too.”

RNDM will release their debut album “Acts” on October 30 and tour North America this fall. For more info visit:

Pop Market: ‘Groupon Style’ for Music Lovers and Collectors

I am a huge music fan and an avid collector of off the wall CD’s, DVD’s, memorabilia, etc. from my faves. I have been receiving emails from Pop Market for some time now and have purchased quite a few good deals from these guys. I’ve gotten Stones, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Clash, Ozzy…all kinds of goodies at fair prices and free shipping.

Kings of Leon Special

That’s why I want to pass on this site to all our readers. We had to make sure the deals were legit and the service outstanding. We have no endorsements, advertising, or kick backs from Pop Market. We just wanted to send along something you might love as much as we do. Here is a link for today’s deal on a Megadeth CD/DVD pack.
Sign up for their emails and you will be able to keep up with their daily specials and then check out their weekly specials and regular surprises as well. Happy shopping!

Pearl Jam to Headline Made in America Festival

Pearl Jam is headlining Made in America Music Festival curated by Jay-Z. Made in America takes place Labor Day Weekend (Saturday, September 1st – Sunday, September 2nd) at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.

PLEASE NOTE: Made In America Festival will announce Pearl Jam’s exact performance date and time in the coming weeks.

In addition to Pearl Jam, this 2-day music festival will include performances from fellow artists like Jay-Z, Passion Pit, Dirty Projectors, D’Angelo and much more.


Made In America Festival two-day passes go on sale this Wednesday, May 23rd at 10am ET / 7am PT at:

Pearl Jam travel packages are not available for Made In America Festival.