Weiland rejoined with a statement to the metal news site Blabbermouth.net: “Well, first of all, the state of my family affairs is really none of his business, since he is too immature to have a real relationship, let alone children.” Classy! Throughout all the bickering, no clear-cut statement of break-uppage has been issued, and we are left in gut-wrenching limbo.

Although fears of being considered a “sellout” weighed heavily on KURT COBAIN while he was alive, the late Nirvana frontman has posthumously lent his name and signature to a new series of special-edition sneakers by Converse. Or, to be scrupulously accurate: COURTNEY LOVE has lent Kurt Cobain’s name and signature to the Nike-owned company. The shoes are decorated with scrawlings from Cobain’s journals; it would appear that the insole of one model reads, “punk rock means freedom.” I expect that this product will be consumed by many people with a robust understanding of the ideals of punk.

There’s bound to be someone reading this who’s planning to buy tickets to one of the recently announced MAROON 5/COUNTING CROWS headlining tour dates (August 2 for Boston). If you are that individual, please e-mail me at dthorpe@phx.com so I can berate you personally.

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