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Alice in Chains, Ghost and Walking Papers Tour Photos

Alice in Chains, Ghost and Walking Papers were inducted into the Rock n’ Roll haGG of Fame this week; inspired by the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in the human world; becoming the gig of the year in the Greenygrey world. They join an exalted list of great heavy rock and metal bands since the award’s inception in 2009. Here’s how the list looks now:

Alice in Chains Tour Photos

Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head honcho at Greenygrey Creation in the absence of the legendary Andy Wolfhol. Here’s some photos from the Alice in Chains tour at the Leeds O2 Academy. The first is of Walking Papers, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses fame on the bass.

The second is of Ghost, which were undoubtedly the most greenygrey of the night. Their charismatic vocalist, Papa Emeritus, sported a surreal greenygrey cape, and the lighting was greenygreyish too. Moreover, their Grucifix logo begins with a capital G! Their tongue-in-cheek conceptual image reminds me of the Greenygrey too!!

The bottom two are of Alice in Chains. They produced a great musical performance, mixing great musicianship with fantastic songs; playing a set focused on their classic tunes, with a few new ones.

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The Alice in Chains U.K. tour continues in Glasgow tonight, and ends in Newport on Saturday. The Newport one is sold out.

Marc Latham has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

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Alice in Chains Devil Put Dinosaurs Here Message

Hi, it’s Howlin’ Werewolf, music correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by Howlin’ Wolf. While I talked more about the old Alice in Chains in our poetry and prose yesterday, the new Alice in Chains have also featured on this very blog.

Devil Put Dinosaurs Here 

In September our blog agreed with Alice in Chains in contesting the kind of Creationist thinking that considers the Earth only a few thousand years old.

Some of the Creationists now accept that dinosaurs were real, but argue that they lived within the few thousand years that they think the Earth has been in existence.

I don’t know if any Creationists think the Devil created dinosaurs. I think Alice in Chains are taking artistic license to be sarcastic and make a point.

Alice in Chains Music Message

A point and style we agree with at the Greenygrey, inspired by the artistic license of Andy Wolfhol.

Here’s the Alice in Chains part of that September 2013 blog, with a link to the blog at the end.

Religion Should Be Personal, and By Choice

At the Greenygrey we think religion should be personal, and the Middle-East monotheists should allow Britain and Europe to continue developing in an intelligent informed scientific secular way to how it has been over the last century.

Alice in Chains seem to want this too, from their new single and video The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which also first came to our attention on Planet Rock News. It criticises television evangelists for misleading; and profiting from their deception. It’s now available on YouTube, and is embedded here:

Alice in Chains

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Alice in Chains, Ghost and Walking Papers Tour

Hi, it’s Howlin’ Werewolf, music correspondent at the Greenygrey. I’m delighted to announce that the Alice in Chains, Ghost and Walking Papers has won our U.K. Rock Tour of the Year Award. The tour kicks off in London tonight, before also visiting Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Remembering Layne Staley

It is fitting that Alice in Chains should be touring over the military remembrance days, as they lost long-time lead singer Layne Staley to heroin in 2002.

Although Staley was a rock n’ roll warrior rather than a military one, many military veterans, and even serving personnel are lost to drug abuse and suicide, so the divide between soldier and singer isn’t as extreme as it might at first seem.

Both are usually trying to do what they think is right, and serve those they relate with; trying to make a difference in the best way they know how.

Alice in Chains in Poetry 

Walking Papers features Duff McKagan, from Marc Latham’s favourite group Guns N’ Roses. While Alice in Chains were never one of Marc’s favourite bands, he loved the Dirt album, and has loved/liked lots of their other material.

It’s great that their two albums since reforming have been such big successes, reaching number 2 in both the U.S.A. and Canada.

In March 2011 Marc wrote a Folding Mirror poem after Mike Starr became the second Alice in Chains member to succumb to heroin abuse, while Charlie Sheen was creating lots of media attention for himself by acting crazy:

Life Reality and Media Publicity

Charlie Sheen
relishing living his dream
within media screen.
Should one criticise
a publicity exercise?

Abyss, Abyss, each time you think you’ll miss

junkhead down under!
lost soul asunder
rock music dreams
social cares fuel nightmares
Mike Starr

Alice in Chains in Prose

Alice in Chains also appeared in the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. They merged with Alice in Wonderland at the end of the Kerang-Kerrang rock epic time-travel story within a story to pacify the Grunginator. It was posted on this site in July this year. That links to it, and here’s the end part that features Alice in Chains:

Terminator to Blade Runner 

With that, the Grunginator seemed to calm down, and called for a time-out coffee break. It made a couple of cappuccinos for itself and Wood and they sat down on the temple steps.

Down in a HoleDown in a Hole (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It all seemed to be calming down, but then Alice in Chains fell out of the sky, singing Down In A Hole. Alice looked doomed, but the Grunginator reached out its handles and caught them.

The Grunginator looked into the eyes of Alice, before saying: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Faster Pussycat screeching on stage at the Rainbow Bar and Grill; I’ve watched Seasick Steve die in a dark shared with Love/Hate. A poison-dart-frog glowing in the Italian Job; Janis and Jimi running wild in the 1970s streets. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to fly.’

And with that it released Alice’s chains, and Alice flew over the Sea of Sorrow to Nirvana.

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Notes

The Grunginator speech is a pastiche of one in the Blade Runner film. In Blade Runner, the replicant Roy Batty delivered the following soliloquy after saving the hero, who was its previous target: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.’
Captain Hi-Top and Heartshine are Mother Love Bone songs.
Axl Rose is the singer in Guns N’ Roses. He and Kurt Cobain didn’t get along.
Alice in Chains and songs: Down In A Hole, Sea of Sorrow.

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Werewolf of Oz Time-Travel Tale Whams Whiskey-a-Go-Go

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. You might have thought the thrilling time-travel tale in Kerang-Kerrang was all over after the Alician ending told in yesterday’s blog, but like in many a good tale told in books and movies, it’s not quite the end of the tale.

Suddenly (Angry Anderson song)
Suddenly (Angry Anderson song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nope, before the Werewolf of Ozzers can continue eating up the miles on their epic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps journey there’s the not so small matter of getting Angry to the Whiskey-a-Go-Go in time to save trash metal; set up in Chapter 84. Meanwhile, Angry finds a puppy that becomes relevant in a later Perishers-themed chapter; that storyline was inspired by the photo that is used again below.

Wham, bam, werewolf comedy slam, here we go to the Oz 1960s-1990s time travel town:

Chapter 91.  No Rest for the Licked: it’s All Go, to Whiskey A GO-GO

We turned the corner of the Temple of the Dog, just as the spirit of Andrew Wood Thru Fade Away with a Gentle Groove. We could see no sign of the Grunginator, just a Man In The Box.

Remembering Angry’s Appearance at the Whiskey a Go-Go 

Angry Chair
Angry Chair (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was feeling drained, plum knackered in fact, so I lay down on the temple steps. I was about to drop off, when I heard Dizzy exclaim:

‘I’m waking you up
before to sleep you go-go,
there’s no time to rest
so Wham is a necessary pest,
Angry was supposed to be on floor
of the Whiskey a Go-Go
over an hour ago.’

It had completely slipped my mind, and seemed Rock of Ages since I’d seen the Whiskey a Go-Go poster advertising Angry’s appearance.

Rushing Angry to the Whiskey a Go-Go 

We rushed back to the 1980s, and arrived at the Whiskey a Go-Go in next to no-no time, pronto.

Angry Anderson, a singlet, a puppy and a boot.
Angry Anderson, a singlet, a puppy and a boot. (Photo credit: Gribiche)

The crowd roared raucously as Angry took to the stage. The show went brilliantly, and Angry surprised us all at the end when he magicked a puppy out of his boot, telling the crowd it was a gift from the Temple of the Dog. I didn’t see Angry receive it; maybe I did drop off before Dizzy’s wake-up call.

Angry left the stage to resounding cheers, surely having fulfilled his destiny to inspire the LA metallers.

It had been hard work, and downright dangerous at times, but it was rewarding to think we’d played a small part in saving trash metal.

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Notes

Angry’s puppy was inspired by a Zemanta photo of Angry Anderson holding a puppy.
Mother Love Bone songs: Thru Fade Away, Gentle Groove.
Alice in Chains and song: Man In The Box.
Wham and song: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.
Rock of Ages is a musical.

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Link for Amazon book and kindle.

Link for multiple Ereaders at Smashwords.
Link for multiple Ereaders at Smashwords.
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Terminator to Blade Runner through Mother Love Bone

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Here’s the next beyond thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google, which sees the denouement of the Grunginator grunge rock Terminator tale that burst into the Kerang-Kerrang time-travel town back in Chapter 82.

Grunge Rock and Trash Metal, Terminator and Blade Runner 

Blade Runner: Pris
Blade Runner: Pris (Photo credit: Traumatron Illustration)

This episode travels through a series of Mother Love Bone songs to a conclusion based on another classic 1980s sci-fi movie, Blade Runner; whereas the Terminator was all machine, Blade Runner featured android assassin replicants that were more human.

After Andrew Wood uses his grunge icon status and deductive reasoning (Marc Latham’s PhD was useful there) to reach the Grunginator; convincing it that Axl Rose shouldn’t be blamed for everything; the story ends with an Alice in Wonderland and Alice in Chains Alice mix after a pastiche of the leading Blade Runner android assassin antagonist’s final speech. Enjoy!

Chapter 90.  Andrew Wood Converts Terminator to Blade Runner 

Andrew Wood looked at us, and then farther down the cobbled criss-crossed streets, where the Grunginator was fast approaching. Wood motioned us behind the temple, before putting his right arm up in the air while singing to the advancing robot: ‘Stop right there Captain Hi-Top, because this has gone on long enough, you ain’t been programmed right, and you need to tighten up your screws.’

Axl Rose not to Blame for Kurt Cobain’s Death 

Blade Runner 1982
Blade Runner 1982 (Photo credit: Dallas1200am)

The Grunginator stopped, and seemed to show emotion for the first time. Did a tear roll down from its lid, or was it percolator perspiration? It was hard to tell through the swirling mists enveloping the Temple of the Dog.

The Grunginator looked up at Wood, saying ‘I know you are a friend, as all the Seattle music heroes have been installed in my memory. But I know not what I do, only what Frank Grungenstein programmed in me.’

Wood looked down with sympathy, before telling it, ‘I can see your Heartshine, but they programmed you with biased and incomplete information; blaming Axl Rose for Kurt Cobain’s early death, and sending you back to the 1980s to eliminate him. Just look at me and my life; I never had no beef with Rose, but I also died tragically young.’

Terminator to Blade Runner 

With that, the Grunginator seemed to calm down, and called for a time-out coffee break. It made a couple of cappuccinos for itself and Wood and they sat down on the temple steps.

Down in a Hole
Down in a Hole (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It all seemed to be calming down, but then Alice in Chains fell out of the sky, singing Down In A Hole. Alice looked doomed, but the Grunginator reached out its handles and caught them.

The Grunginator looked into the eyes of Alice, before saying: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Faster Pussycat screeching on stage at the Rainbow Bar and Grill; I’ve watched Seasick Steve die in a dark shared with Love/Hate. A poison-dart-frog glowing in the Italian Job; Janis and Jimi running wild in the 1970s streets. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to fly.’

And with that it released Alice’s chains, and Alice flew over the Sea of Sorrow to Nirvana.

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Notes

The Grunginator speech is a pastiche of one in the Blade Runner film. In Blade Runner, the replicant Roy Batty delivered the following soliloquy after saving the hero, who was its previous target: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.’
Captain Hi-Top and Heartshine are Mother Love Bone songs.
Axl Rose is the singer in Guns N’ Roses. He and Kurt Cobain didn’t get along.
Alice in Chains and songs: Down In A Hole, Sea of Sorrow.

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Link for Amazon book and kindle.

Link for multiple Ereaders at Smashwords.
Link for multiple Ereaders at Smashwords.

 

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Poem Comparing Mike Starr and Charlie Sheen

Cover of "Dirt"
Cover of Dirt

Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem pays tribute to Mike Starr, and also draws attention to Charlie Sheen, within the high and low form.  Here it is used to try and highlight the fine line between success and survival, and decline and death, when you start playing that game; not suggesting at all that Starr was playing the same game as Sheen seems to be, or that he is lower than Sheen; just that he has gone under.

Mike Starr recently became the second member of Seattle grunge band, Alice in Chains, to die from drugs.

Alice in Chains classic Dirt album

The band sung of their demons and addictions on the classic album, Dirt, which included the track Junkhead.

It was one of the best albums of the 1990s, and seems all the more real and haunting since bassist Starr and vocalist, Layne Staley, have prematurely left us.

Charlie Sheen is Playing with Media?

Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is creating a media frenzy with his over the top antics, and past use of narcotics.

This blog isn’t to judge or advise, just to try to show two sides of a serious issue within a short poem.

Mike Starr R.I.P

I can’t claim to have known that much about Mike Starr, or followed the band much.  I just loved one album, and liked most of the other stuff.

But Starr was obviously a talented musician and Alice in Chains sang about a lot of the issues that still trouble the West and world.

R.I.P Mike Starr.  Best of luck Charlie Sheen.

 

Life Reality and Media Publicity

Charlie Sheen
relishing living his dream
within media screen.
Should one criticise,
a publicity exercise?

Abyss, Abyss, each time you think you’ll miss

junkhead down under!
lost soul asunder.
rock music dreams
social cares fuel nightmares
Mike Starr