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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 9:09 am    Post subject: Chris Cornell dies aged 52 Reply with quote

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Representative for singer, who helped take the grunge sound of the 1990s into the mainstream, said his death was sudden and unexpected

In a statement to the Associated Press, his representative, Brian Bumbery, said Cornell died on Wednesday night in Detroit.

Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause, and asked for privacy.

Cornell had been touring with Soundgarden, and was tweeting upbeat messages about a sold-out concert the band played in Detroit just hours before his death.

His rock peers paid tribute, such as Mark Lanegan, Billy Idol and Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro.

Soundgarden were part of the Pacific Northwestern grunge scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, coming up alongside bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam – Cornell recorded a 1991 album with the latter under the name Temple of the Dog. Like Nirvana, Soundgarden were first signed to indie label Sub Pop before making the jump to a major, taking their heavy, angsty sound into the mainstream with singles like Black Hole Sun.

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The band sold more than 10m albums in the US alone, and were nominated for nine Grammy awards, winning two. They broke up in 1997, but reformed in 2010; their most recent album was King Animal in 2012, and had been working on new songs over the past year.

Following the breakup of Soundgarden, Cornell recorded a solo record, before being recruited as the singer for Rick Rubin-produced rock supergroup Audioslave, which also featured former members of Rage Against the Machine. Featuring a glossy yet robust update of the bands’ 1990s sound, their 2002 debut album was a big success, eventually going triple platinum in the US.

Cornell also recorded You Know My Name with composer David Arnold, which was used as the theme for the 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale, which introduced Daniel Craig as 007.

He had struggles with addiction to drugs and alcohol, checking into rehab in 2003 and going sober ever since. “I actually like rehab a lot. It’s like school; it’s interesting. I’m learning that I can be teachable at age 38,” he told Spin magazine that year. “I would sometimes drink before we played. It wasn’t a big deal. It became a bigger deal when I stopped doing the other things I liked to do. I used to ride mountain bikes around with my friends, and we’d keep 40-ouncers where the water bottle was supposed to be. But once I removed the mountain and the bike, there was just the drinking.”

He later told Details magazine: “When I transitioned into adulthood – high-stakes emotional responsibilities – I did everything I could get my hands on. It happened without me really noticing it. The thing is, when you pick up the pipe for the first time, you don’t know that that’s your fate. The moment isn’t that dramatic. And then that was it – I didn’t want to care anymore.”

In 2012, he and his wife Vicky created a foundation that works with vulnerable children facing poverty and homelessness. The couple had two children, Toni and Christopher Nicholas; Cornell also had a daughter with first wife and former manager Susan Silver.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/may/18/chris-cornell-former-soundgarden-singer-dies-aged-52
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocking, to be honest. I saw them: once opening for Voivod and once opening for Danzig. Both were strange bills. Both were in Detroit.

The first show was a little after Louder Than Love was released and was absolutely phenomenal. The second show wasn't nearly as memorable.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm shocked too. Saw them three times. 1992 opening for Guns n Roses, 1994 as Headliner and 2013 opening for Black Sabbath. R.I.P.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris Cornell’s Cause of Death Confirmed as Suicide by Hanging
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A medical examiner has confirmed that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell committed suicide by hanging last night after a show in Detroit, according to the Associated Press.
The singer was found dead in his hotel room late Wednesday, reportedly with something around his neck. TMZ has unearthed video of Cornell jokingly looking ahead to the band’s next show with the crowd before playing “Rusty Cage” as the first song of the group’s encore.
“You guys f—ing show up! Thank you,” he tells the audience. “I mean, I feel a little bit sorry for the next f—ing place we play. It’s okay, we’re not going to go in there with the same expectations anyway. We’re going to go in there [saying], ‘Hi guys, you should have been at that Detroit show. Because that crowd is something.'” Earlier in the evening, Cornell had tweeted about being excited to play in “Rock City,” ending his message with the curious hashtag #nomorebulls—.
Soundgarden were scheduled to headline Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio, Friday night. The festival has promised to “celebrate and honor” Cornell all weekend long. “As we mourn Chris Cornell’s sudden passing, additional details surrounding Rock on the Range performances will be shared when they become available. We appreciate the patience and understanding of the music community during this difficult time and we will have more to share in the near future.”
Meanwhile, Pointfest, the St. Louis festival the band was scheduled to headline Saturday night, announced that “with deep regret, due to the sudden passing of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden overnight, Pointfest on Saturday is canceled. … We extend our deepest sympathies to the members of Soundgarden, their crew, management and the Cornell family.”

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