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Carta a mis fans,
Como todo el mundo ahí fuera, leo sobre mi banda, Stone Temple Pilots y su reciente actuación el pasado fin de semana con un nuevo cantante. Para seros sinceros, me cogió por sorpresa. Y duele.
Pero la banda que tocó el pasado fin de semana no era Stone Temple Pilots y estuvo mal por su parte presentarse como tal.
Primero, no tienen el derecho legal para llamarse así porque yo sigo siendo miembro de la banda. Y aún más importante, no tienen el derecho ético de llamarse Stone Temple Pilots porque lleva a confusión y es deshonesto con los millones de fans que nos han seguido desde hace tantos años.
Cuando giro por mi cuenta, nunca es como Stone Temple Pilots. Es como Scott Weiland. Los fans merecen saber qué van a tener.
Como toda banda que ha aguantado el paso del tiempo y ha hecho música desde hace más de dos décadas, STP tenía una alquímia especial – los cuatro juntos éramos más grandes que cualquier de nosotros solos. Así que si mis ex-compañeros de banda quieren girar con un nuevo vocalista, es su derecho.
Me importa una mierda como se llamen pero no es Stone Temple Pilots. Y así os lo digo a vosotros, los fans, os veré ahí en la carretera este verano donde estaré de gira como “Scott Weiland” con mi banda The Wildabouts. Pero no dejéis a STP. Yo sé que yo no lo he hecho.
A letter to my fans,
Like everybody else out there, I read about my band, Stone Temple Pilots, and their recent performance this past weekend with a new singer. To tell you the truth, it took me by surprise. And it hurt.
But the band that played last weekend was not Stone Temple Pilots and it was wrong of them to present themselves as that.
First of all they don’t have the legal right to call themselves STP because I’m still a member of the band. And more importantly, they don’t have the ethical right to call themselves Stone Temple Pilots because it’s misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years.
When I tour on my own, it’s never as Stone Temple Pilots. It’s as Scott Weiland. The fans deserve to know what they’re getting.
Like any band that’s stood the test of time and made music for more than two decades, STP had a special alchemy – the four of us together were greater than any one of us apart. So if my former bandmates want to tour with a new singer, that’s their prerogative.
I don’t give a fuck what they call themselves, but it’s not Stone Temple Pilots.
And so I say to you, our fans, I’ll see you out there on the road this summer where I’m touring as “Scott Weiland” with my band The Wildabouts. But don’t give up on STP. I know I haven’t.
Chris Cornell, vocalista de Soundgarden, ha hablado con ESPN Playbook sobre como hace para, a sus 48 años, seguir en forma para dar conciertos de más de dos horas.
Durante años, no me sentía bien conmigo mismo. Mi cabeza no estaba limpia. No hacía nada productivo. Decidí que si me centraba en mi mente, el resto encajaría solo.
De su pasado recuerda:
De niño siempre estaba en forma. En EEUU, el ejercicio se centra en la imagen corporal y como te ves. Para mi, todo esta en la mente. Recordando mi infancia y recuerdo correr. Todos corríamos de aquí a allá. No era por ponerse en forma. Simplemente era lo que hacíamos.
Luego cuando logró el éxito como músico:
Todo va a la mente. Nunca sentaba bien a no ser que hiciera ejercicio. Si fueses psiquiatra, doy por hecho que era por propia imagen. No me gusta estar fuera de forma y necesitaba centrarme en mi ética de trabajo. Recuerdo antes de lograr el éxito cuando trabajaba en todos esos trabajos raros que hacía dominadas en la parte trasera de las cocinas en las que trabajaba. Nunca sabías la disponibilidad o tiempo o espacio. Lo encajaba ahí. Luego tenía periodos en mi vida en los que estaba inactivo. No me sentía bien. Me forcé a salir y hacer algo.
Prefiero no usar máquinas. Me centro mucho en el cardio, que es lo que hago cuando estoy en el escenario. También ando metido en ejercicios isométricos. Cuando me distraigo mentalmente, hago ejercicio. Siempre hago senderismo o andando estos días. Y sigo enamorado de mi mountain bike.
En este momento, hago tres conciertos seguidos durante más de dos horas y luego tengo un día libre. Ese es mi ejercicio. No hago nada en el día libre para poder prepararme para el próximo concierto. Necesito un día libre para descansar y poder ser capaz de cantar tanto tiempo.
It’s probably too strong a statement to say that without exercise, Chris Cornell — lead singer of 1990s grunge band Soundgarden — wouldn’t be around anymore.
But it’s pretty close.
“For years, I wasn’t feeling good about myself,” said Cornell, who formed the Seattle band in 1984. “My head wasn’t clear. I was doing nothing productive.”
When Soundgarden hit it big with the 1994 album “Superunknown,” Cornell lived the typical rock star lifestyle: drugs, alcohol and no sleep. That was no different from other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam.
Then, as with other bands, internal strife torpedoed Soundgarden in 1997.
“I decided I needed to work on my brain and not just my body,” said the 48-year-old Cornell. “I figured if I focused on my brain, that everything else would fall into place.”
It wasn’t an easy road as Cornell struggled to give up drugs and alcohol and focused on solo work and creating Audioslave (2001-2007). He then went solo again and reunited with Soundgarden in 2010.
These days, the band is touring off its sixth studio album, “King Animal.” Tuesday night, Soundgarden is performing in New Jersey.
Cornell, who rarely gives interviews, talked exclusively with Playbook about exercise, music today and life on the road.
What does being physically fit mean to you?
“It means I can do whatever I want without having to worry about it.”
“I remember as a kid that I was always physically fit. In the United States, workouts tend to focus on body image and how you look. For me, it’s really all about the brain. I think back to my childhood, and I remember running around as a kid. We were all running around then. It wasn’t about getting into shape. It’s just what we did.”
So what happened when you hit it big as a rock star?
“It goes back to the brain. It never felt right to me unless I was working out. If you’re a psychiatrist, I assume it was about self-image. I don’t like being out of shape and I needed to focus on my work ethic. I remember before hitting it big when I was working in all these odd jobs that I would do pull-ups in the back of kitchens that I was working at. You never know about availability or time or space. I would just wedge it in. I then had those periods of my life when I was inactive. I wasn’t feeling good then. I finally forced myself to get out and do something.”
So you decided to get back into shape. What did you do?
“I prefer not to use any machines. I focus a lot on cardio, which is what I do when I’m on stage. I also am into isometric workouts. When I’m mentally distraught, I work out. I’m always hiking or walking these days. And I still love my mountain bike.”
So now that you’re back on the road, do you get to work out?
“At this point, I’m performing three shows in a row for more than two hours at a time and then I’d get a day off. That is my workout. I don’t do anything on the off days so I can prepare for the next show. I need that day off to rest to be able to sing that long.”
You’ve been on the road for more than 20 years. What does touring in 2013 mean to you?
“I feel pretty much that I can do whatever I want. You need to be focused and get to that place. What’s important is to get into shape and then not to have to worry about it. I don’t want to get on stage and not being able to do something. Not being physically fit doesn’t work for me.”
What is today’s music business like?
“I consider where my place in the world of music is now. I’ve had a long career and I want to continue to have a long career. The way to do that is not to go away. Starting out in music today is a lot different. The methods of gaining an audience and communicating with an audience and how to monetize that audience is more challenging. Thankfully it’s very different for us. We already had an established career and people know who we are. It’s like the old method of attracting an audience.”
Is being out there still fun?
“I don’t think it is as much fun as [when] we were first did it. There is a lot of paranoia in this world. We used to travel around in a van and play these small venues, often in front of nobody. It really was hit or miss. We needed to get enough money to get a hotel room at the next place. That was more like what rock ‘n’ roll really is.”
But you wouldn’t have done anything differently, except maybe quitting smoking and drinking earlier.
“I was going to be a musician, no matter what it took. I supported myself with blue-collared jobs so I could write music and be in a band and play shows. I even got into an underground art scene. I was going to do whatever. I just had to pay rent and buy guitar strings. I look at my situation and realize how extremely fortunate I am that I can support myself and my family today. I’m getting to do what I love.”
Soundgarden reeditarán su disco “King Animal” el 2 de septiembre bajo el nombre de “Plus”. El disco tendrá 5 canciones extra en directo grabadas en el Wiltern Theatre de Los Angeles (“Taree”, “Blind Dogs”, “Rowing”, “Non-State Actor” y “A Thousand Days Before”) y uno en acústico (“Halfway There”) grabado en la 89X CIMX de Detroit. Los temas extra serán editados también como EP.
Soundgarden will edit his album “King Animal” on September 2 under the name “Plus”. The album will have 5 bonus tracks recorded live at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles (“Taree”, “Blind Dogs”, “Rowing”, “Non-State Actor” and “A Thousand Days Before”) and one acoustic (“Halfway There “) recorded in Detroit CIMX 89X. The bonus tracks will be edited in EP as well.