Music producer Steve Albini was delighted when he was given the chance to remaster the recordings of Nirvana's In Utero album as it finally vindicated his original work after 20 years. The legendary studio boss was left disappointed by the album's release in 1994 because the volume levels on several of the tracks he recorded had been adjusted amid concerns from record label bosses that Albini's versions would not sell.
Albini was convinced his original recordings were superior, and he was overjoyed to give fans the chance to hear his versions when heads at DGC Records commissioned several special edition box sets for the album's 20th anniversary this year (14).
He tells Uncut magazine, "It was gratifying that the people responsible for that reissue were willing to let (the band) go the distance for quality and by that I mean we had the original masters for the original sessions... I said I was happy to oversee the mastering and they signed off on that...
"So I got to see the production aspect of the reissue version of the original mix through to the end. That was very satisfying and in the end I don't know how to make a record better than that."
Australian rocker Jason Curley has died, aged 42. The Tumbleweed bassist passed away on Monday (25Aug14) at his home in Wollongong, Australia. No more details about his death were available as WENN went to press, but his bandmates have described his passing as sudden and unexpected.
A statement posted on the group's Facebook.com page reads, "It is with deep sadness that we inform everyone of a great loss in the Tumbleweed family, our brother, friend and bass player Jay Curley passed away suddenly in his home yesterday.
"We are still shocked by the news of his death. We hope that people will remember him for his music, his big heart and his total dedication to rock and roll."
His bandmate, guitarist Paul Hausmeister, adds, "Long hair, big smile, tattoos on the outside with a warm, loving, gentle soul on the inside... He has inspired countless musicians over the last 30 years and will continue in the future. The Australian rock 'n' roll community has lost a great musician and a great bloke. We have lost a great mate."
Curley shot to fame in the 1990s with the rock group, best known for supporting Nirvana on tour in 1992, but he left in 1999.
He later rejoined Tumbleweed when the original line-up reunited in 2009. His brother, Lenny Curley, is a guitarist in the band.
The group was due to perform at a festival in Sydney, Australia on 20 September (14).
BBC bosses have launched an ambitious, day-long hunt for the greatest guitar riff of all time. A list of 100 classic, instantly-recognisable hooks has been compiled by record producers, critics, and staff at BBC Radio 2, and listeners of the station will hear the entire rundown throughout Monday (25Aug14).
Fans have also been voting for their favourites, and the 'winner' will be declared by presenter Zoe Ball at around 5pm London time.
The list features iconic riffs including T Rex's 20th Century Boy, Money by Pink Floyd, Chuck Berry's Johnny B Goode, Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi, and Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie.
Others on the rundown include Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love, Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple, and The Kinks' You Really Got Me.
Radio 2 DJ Janice Long, who helped compile the list, says, "I was in agony trying to whittle down my nominations. It was a tough job but I am happy I got to do it."
Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean has offered words of support to actress Zelda Williams following the death of her father Robin Williams on Monday (11Aug14). The Good Morning, Vietnam actor passed away after hanging himself at his home in Marin County, California, aged 63.
Zelda has openly mourned her father on social media websites, and now her friend Frances Bean has offered the grieving 25 year old a shoulder to cry on.
Frances, whose Nirvana rocker dad Cobain died in 1994 when she was just 20 months old, writes on Twitter.com, "You have such an incredibly beautiful soul. I love you but you already knew that. Wherever, whenever u need me I'll be there (sic)."
Rocker Courtney Love has blown $27 million (£16 million) funding her rock 'n' roll lifestyle and settling lawsuits.
The Hole singer married Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in 1992 and was left millions when Cobain died two years later (94). She has been riddled with financial woes throughout the years and she has now confessed her losses have reached almost $27 million.
Most of these funds have been blown on her extravagant lifestyle and funding a string of legal settlements.
Love tells Australia's Style magazine, "I lost about $27 million - I know that's a lifetime of money to most people, but I'm a big girl, it's rock 'n' roll, it's Nirvana money, I had to let it go... I make enough to live on, I'm financially solvent, I focus on what I make now."
Former Nirvana rocker Chad Channing has opened the door for a return to the band by insisting he would love an onstage reunion with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Channing joined the band in 1998 but left by mutual agreement in 1990, just over a year before they shot to global superstardom with their 1991 album Nevermind.
He is adamant he still considers himself an honourary member of the group and now he has spoken out about his hopes for a reunion.
Channing tells NME magazine, "It'd maybe be something like Dave playing guitar and singing and Krist doing bass. That'd be about the only arrangement I could think of that we could pull off."
In July last year (13), Grohl and Novoselic performed together in Seattle, Washington with Sir Paul McCartney - it was only the second time they have shared a stage in their hometown since Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain died in 1994.
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Courtney Love is hoping to launch production on a Kurt Cobain biopic in the next 12 months.
The rocker has offered her full support to the filmmakers linked to the project and has come to terms with the fact she won't get to approve who plays her late husband in the movie - but she's happy with the actors lined up for the role.
She says, "The biopic should start within the next year or so (and) I won't name names, because I don't want to jinx it for anyone, but these are 25 year olds who are blond, gorgeous and the new Brad Pitts. There's a ton of those. Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces. I don't want to be the person who makes that decision."
And she admits that she and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain, together with the rocker's former Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, will oversee the project when cameras start rolling.
She adds, "I do have a say in it. So do Frances and Krist and Dave for that matter, if it touches on Nirvana - and it will. I am leading the charge because it's time to do this."
Love put aside almost two decades of bad feeling between her and Nirvana stars Grohl and Novoselic when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April (14), hugging the stars and paying tribute to them during her speech on behalf of Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994.
Nirvana rocker Krist Novoselic has backed Eddie Vedder's recent anti-war speech by writing an impassioned essay calling for peace. During a concert in England earlier this month (Jul14), the Pearl Jam frontman launched into a rambling rant about war, telling the crowd, "There are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill!... They're looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn't belong to them. They should get the f**k out and mind their own f**king business."
Vedder was not specific about who he was targeting, but he has been criticised by Israeli groups, who feel sure his frustrations were aimed at them amid their ongoing conflict with Palestine.
Now Novoselic has come out in defence of Vedder in a post on his blog, which reads, "Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world."
The former Nirvana bassist adds, "Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic.
"The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity. It is time to stop repeating the same old arguments, dogma and hate speech. It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticised and not the singer from a rock band.
"In addition, both sides need to make hard decisions about finding a settlement to the catastrophe that is Israel/Palestine. Thanks Eddie for sharing your feelings. I stand with you my friend!!!"
At the end letter, Novoselic posted a video clip of John Lennon and Yoko Ono singing Give Peace a Chance.
Broadway's Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me is to close early due to disappointing ticket sales.
The stage show, based on the music of the late rapper, officially opened at New York City's Palace Theatre on 19 June (14) and less than two months after its debut, the curtain will come down for the last time on Sunday (20Jul14).
Producer Eric L. Gold made the announcement on Monday night (14Jul14), attributing declining sales to the show's ultimate demise. He says, "We are so proud to be a part of this ground breaking production... My hope is that a production of this calibre, powerful in its story telling, filled with great performances and exciting contemporary dance and music will eventually receive the recognition it deserves."
"It saddens me that due to the financial burdens of Broadway, I was unable to sustain this production longer in order to give it time to bloom on Broadway. Tupac's urgent socially important insights and the audiences' nightly rousing standing ovations deserve to be experienced by the world."
The production reportedly cost $8 million (£4.7 million) to stage, and, after receiving mixed reviews from critics, box office figures have been declining ever since the show began previews on 2 June (14).
Lana Del Rey has responded to criticism from Kurt Cobain's daughter following a controversial U.K. interview in which the singer seemingly romanticised the deaths of young musicians.
The Video Games sensation came under fire from Frances Bean Cobain earlier this week (beg23Jun14) after talking about the premature passing of artists like the Nirvana frontman and Amy Winehouse in an article for Britain's The Guardian newspaper. The 21 year old took aim at Del Rey in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticise. I'll never know my father because he died young and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it's 'cool'. Well, it's f**king not. Embrace life, because you only get one life."
Del Rey has already accused reporter Tim Jonze of asking "sinister" questions about death, and she was quick to respond to Cobain. Replying to her tweet, she wrote, "It's all good. He (the reporter) was asking me a lot about your dad I said I liked him because he was talented not because he died young. The other half of what I said wasn't really related to the people he mentioned/ I don't find that part of music glam either."
Jonze has since published sounds bites from his interview with the singer, and in a follow-up article, wrote, "(Del Rey) seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job."