When news broke earlier this week that a reformed Soundgarden will headline this year’s Lollapalooza, it only enforced what we’ve known for months: 1990s alt-rock is ready to come back in a big way. Whether it’s the reformation of that Seattle staple, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains or Courtney Love’s Hole self, it’s quite evident that current alt-rock acts like Vampire Weekend, Broken Bells, and perennial survivors of the decade – Pearl Jam – are about to get some company running the genre.
The nostalgic ’90′s trip is currently on display on book shelves as well. Last winter, Mary Forsberg Weiland – the ex- of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland – released her autobiography entitled Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n Roll and Mental Illness. The book explores the model’s years on the road and on drugs with Weiland (you’ve read about his massage while she gave birth, right?), and her battles with bipolar disorder, motherhood, booze, and drugs.
I spoke with Weiland recently on her highs and lows, and how she feels about the 1990s alt-scene coming back on the scene.