L7 announce reunion, documentary and live shows

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Unless you’ve been living under an alt-rock, well, rock… you can’t fail to have noticed that L7 have announced their reunion.

The seminal all-female group will be playing a set at this year’s Download festival at Donington Park in the UK; their first since they split up in 2001.

They also be playing at Azkena Rock Festival in Spain and Hell Fest in France, with more shows to be revealed.

“It’s going to be a blast playing Download Festival this year,” said frontwoman Donita Sparks. “We can’t wait to see all of our maniac rock and roll mates in the UK again. Reunited, and it feels so good! See you there!”

The band have also begun a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary film, L7: Pretend We’re Dead, to be directed by Sarah Price. “The film takes viewers on an all access journey into the 1990’s grunge movement that took the world by storm and the band that helped define it as the genre of a generation,” reads a press release.

“Culled from over 100 hours of vintage home movies taken by the band, never before seen performance footage, and candid interviews, L7: Pretend We’re Dead chronicles the early days of the band’s formation in 1985 to their height as the ‘queens of grunge’ and follows a roller coaster ride of triumphs and failures. It offers particularly revelatory insight into the band’s eventual dissolution in 2001.”

The band announced their reunion with a short video that you can watch below:

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Auf Der Maur cools rumours of Hole reunion

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Melissa Auf Der Maur, former bassist with Hole, has played down suggestions that the band are about to reunite.

Courtney Love said earlier in the year that Hole’s classic lineup – featuring Love, Auf Der Maur, Eric Erlandson and Patty Schemel – would work together again following a series of successful jams.

Speaking to the Guardian however, Auf Der Maur said: “Courtney described it as, ‘We went on a date but we did not make out.’ That’s what I can say.”

“It was fucking beautiful to be in the same room with them for the first time in aeons. That was special – it was truly beautiful and there was a group hug. That’s as far as it’s gone. Now I’m back to being a mother and having a big old factory.”

Auf Der Maur co-runs the Basilica Hudson art centre, a converted factory in New York, with husband Tony Stone. As well as playing in Hole, she had a brief stint in The Smashing Pumpkins, and has released two albums under her own name: 2004’s Auf Der Maur, and 2010’s Out Of Our Minds.

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Morello and Cornell to play together at charity benefit show

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Former Audioslave bandmates Chris Cornell and Tom Morello are to play together at a charity benefit show, the pair have revealed.

The two musicians joined forces when Audioslave formed in 2001 after the break up of legendary bands Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine. The group enjoyed a six year, three album run before Cornell left citing “personal and musical differences.” Morello, along with Audioslave bandmates Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, returned to Rage Against The Machine, and Cornell regrouped with Soundgarden in 2010.

The two men will reunite on stage in Seattle on the 26th of September at a concert raising funds and awareness of the 15 Now campaign, which aims to raise the US minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Morello will headline the show in his Nightwatchman persona, with Cornell appearing as a guest during the acoustic set.

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Phil Anselmo confirms Superjoint Ritual reunion

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Phil Anselmo has confirmed that Superjoint Ritual will play a set at this year’s Housecore Horror Film Festival.

Anselmo has previously dismissed any chance of a reunion following a fallout with drummer Joe Fazzio which led to the band splitting in 2004.

Asked in 2011 about a reunion, Anselmo said: “Absolutely a hundred percent no fucking way. There’s too many sour feelings, too much bad business. I don’t take steps backwards any more.”

But the bad blood must have been put to one side for now, as Anselmo has said in a statement ahead of the film festival set: “If people want to hear Superjoint jam a badass set, then we’re all for giving the people what they want.”

The festival, co-owned by the ex-Pantera singer and author Corey Mitchell, takes place at Emo’s in Austin on October 23-36. Also confirmed on the bill are Gwar.

Anselmo and co. will be billed for the festival simply as “Superjoint”, as an unidentified legal issue will prevent them using their previous full band name.

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Kinks reunion still a possibility confirms Ray Davies

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A reunion of The Kinks is still very much a possibility according to Ray Davies.

Speaking in yesterday’s The Sunday Times (8th of June), Davies revealed: “I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again.”

“We’ve also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed. He’s been composing his own songs, but I’d really like to write with him again.”

“We both agree we don’t want to do old stuff or tour with past hits,” continued Davies. “It’s got to be something new.”

Speaking in the February edition of Uncut magazine, Ray Davies had previously discussed the possibility of Kinks shows in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the group. “It’s as close as it’s ever been to happening,” he said then.

“I said to Ray I thought that it’d be a great shame if we don’t try and do something,” said guitarist Dave Davies. “I don’t think our love has diminished. I think the stage-play has played itself out a bit, the pretence and the acting. I think it’s time reality took over, and started directing the last years of… whatever it is. It’s like Cain and Abel.”

Though Davies added: “I don’t want to see the legacy of The Kinks soured by two miserable old men doing it for the money.”

Watch this space!

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