If you are interested in Wallflowers (you should all be!) there is an interesting interview at rollingstone.com today. So surf there and read...
Wallflowers frontman tackles God, war and drunken puppets on fifth album with rollingstone.com
Four albums and more than a decade down the line, the Wallflowers return on May 24th with Rebel, Sweetheart, the follow-up to 2002?s Red Letter Days. Recorded with veteran rock producer Brendan O?Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen), the album showcases more of singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan?s meticulously crafted songs, with topics ranging from the war in Iraq to failed friendships. The band -- singer-guitarist Dylan, keyboardist Rami Jaffee, bassist Greg Richling and new drummer Fred Eltringham (Ben Kweller) -- will launch a tour in support of Rebel at the end of April. Dylan speaks to Rolling Stone about songwriting, his secret sense of humor and not behaving like Axl Rose.
The name "Minus the Bear" comes from an in-joke among the band members, referring to the 70´s television program, B. J. and the Bear. "A friend of the band had gone on a date,” explains singer-guitarist Jake Snider, "and one of us asked him afterwards how the date went. Our friend said, ´You know that TV show from the ´70s B.J. and The Bear? It was like that... minus The Bear.´ That’s the straight truth."