06/12/09 Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, FL
06/13/09 House of Blues Lake Buena V, FL
06/14/09 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
06/16/09 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
06/17/09 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
06/18/09 Thursday at the Square Buffalo, NY
06/19/09 Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza NY
06/20/09 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
06/23/09 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
06/25/09 The Vogue Indianapolis, IN
06/26/09 4th Street Live Louisville, KY
06/27/09 House of Blues Chicago, IL
06/28/09 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
07/09/09 Alive @ 5 Stamford, CT
07/10/09 Bottle & Cork Dewey Beach, DE
07/11/09 The Norva Norfolk, VA
07/12/09 The National Richmond, VA
07/14/09 Rex Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
07/15/09 Emerald Theatre Mt. Clemens, MI
07/17/09 Snowden Grove Southaven, MS
07/18/09 40 Watt Club Athens, GA
07/19/09 3rd & Lindsley Nashville, TN
07/24/09 Kansas City Live Kansas City, MO
07/25/09 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
08/12/09 Independent San Francisco, CA
08/13/09 Plaza De Cesar Chavez SJose, CA
08/21/09 Power Plant Live Baltimore, MD
08/22/09 Budweiser Raleigh, NC
10/04/09 New Riverfront Gretna, LA
10/07/09 Walt Disney World Orlando, FL
10/08/09 Walt Disney World Orlando, FL
10/17/09 Great Miss. Balloon Race Natchez, MS
Compiled today are recent news and releases from bands from the 90s:
BETTER THAN EZRA
betterthanezra.com ♥ myspace.com
Technically, this band's been around since the late 80s, but they weren't well-known until they signed to Elektra Records in the mid-90s with the re-release of Deluxe (the album with their hit song "Good").
I guess the weird thing is that they've never revealed where the name comes from:
I'm sure it's probably best if we didn't know the origin of the name. What's the fun in knowing anyway?
We have never revealed it, even under duress.
- singer Kevin Griffin
Their latest album is called Paper Empire, released just recently in May on Ezra Dry Goods.
THIRD EYE BLIND
3eb.com ♥ myspace.com
06/12/09 Hard Rock Pool Las Vegas, NV
06/13/09 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
06/16/09 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY
06/20/09 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA
06/21/09 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
06/23/09 Ventura Theatre Ventura, CA
06/24/09 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
06/25/09 Palladium Hollywood, CA
06/27/09 Pipeline Cafe Honolulu, HI
I know a lot of bands do this, but through contests, they're able to get people to basically remix songs for them (via indabamusic.com) or, just very recently, they needed a support act for their June 16th show at the Roseland Ballroom. The show is almost sold out and it would be a nice break for any band - they ask that you email your myspace page to openfor3eb[a]gmail.com. NOTE: deadline for bands is 10am EST on Sunday, June 14th.
Since they had recorded so much music, whatever doesn't make it on Ursa Major will be collected in another album, tentatively called Ursa Minor. Keep an "eye" on the band at news.weheartmusic.com.
* Update 6/12/09 11:53am: I just received this breaking news: "the upcoming Third Eye Blind album will be released on August 18th via Mega Collider"
ALICE IN CHAINS
aliceinchains.com ♥ myspace.com
| Tour Dates
07/18/09 Comerica Park Detroit, MI
08/01/09 Marlay Park Dublin
08/02/09 Sonisphere Festival Knebworth
08/06/09 Cologne, GR Essigfabrik
08/08/09 Berlin, GR Columbia Club
08/10/09 Hamburg, GR Grunspan
08/11/09 Amsterdam, NE Melkweg
William DuVall is the new singer, who joined the band in 2006. They seem to be very excited about their upcoming album, Black Gives Way to Blue, out on September 29th, 2009, on Virgin/EMI records.
Just prior to the album's release, they are planning on playing through Europe (particularly in Germany). Their upcoming gig on July 18th is with Kid Rock at the Comerica Park in Detroit.
Can't get enough? More at news.weheartmusic.com.
chriscornell.com ♥ myspace.com
06/13/09 Download Festival Donington
06/14/09 Olympia Dublin
06/17/09 New Exhibition Centre Tel Aviv
06/20/09 Nova Rock Festival Nickelsdorf
06/21/09 Roxy Prague
06/23/09 Markthalle Hamburg
06/24/09 Huxley’s Berlin
06/25/09 Szczecin Rock Festival Szczecin
06/27/09 Peace & Love Festival Borlange
06/29/09 Vega Copenhagen
07/01/09 Train Aarhus
07/03/09 Quart Festival Kristiansand
07/06/09 Alcatraz Milan
07/07/09 Ostia Antica Rome
07/10/09 Bilbao Live Festival Bilbao
07/11/09 Optimus Alive Festival
As far as I know, Soundgarden broke up in 1997 and remained so. Along with Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Alice in Chains, Soundgarden destroyed the world with grunge/metal/rock music. They supernova with their major hit song "Black Hole Sun" (which incidentally failed to get mentioned on my the Sun article).
That summer of '95 saw the band doing some major touring that would've permanently damaged Cornell's vocals cords if he had kept going:
The band canceled and rescheduled the concert dates at a later time. The band split up shortly after concluding their 1996 Lollapalooza tour with Metallica.
I think we kinda overdid it! We were playing five or six nights a week and my voice pretty much took a beating. Towards the end of the American tour I felt like I could still kinda sing, but I wasn't really giving the band a fair shake. You don't buy a ticket to see some guy croak for two hours! That seemed like kind of a rip off.
- Chris Cornell
So, recently, you may have actually heard about Cornell with his high profile work with former Rage Against the Machine members in a band called Audioslave as well as hearing his theme song on the James Bond movie "Casino Royale" with "You Know My Name".
More info at news.weheartmusic.com
Update 6/12/09 1:35pm: Wow so many bands from the 90s...
themeatpuppets.com ♥ myspace.com
06/12/09 Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
06/13/09 Rock n Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
06/14/09 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
06/16/09 The Earl - Altanta, GA
06/17/09 Exit/In - Nashville, TN
06/19/09 Cambridge Room - Dallas, TX
06/20/09 The Parish - Austin, TX
You may remember this band as closely tied to Nirvana in the early days, as Kurt Cobain was a huge fan of the band. Their most famous album is probably Too High to Die in 1994, the album was produced by "worst band name ever" Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary.
The band broke up and recently reunited in 2006. The new album is called Sewn Together on Megaforce Records and was released on May 12th.
Update 6/12/09 10:10am: Possible origin of name?
Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 9:27 AM
I always thought it was possible that Better Than Ezra's name came from Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler (who wrote The Accidental Tourist, among others). I never thought too much about it, and didn't know they'd never revealed the source, and I read the book in HS way before the band was around and never read it again. BUT...there was a character named Ezra and it always made me think of that. The End.