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Why Is Everything So ‘Heavy’? How Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Gave Us Strength, Even on His Last Hit

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Chester Bennington in the video for “Heavy.”

Chester Bennington is gone, lost to suicide at the age of 41. News like this jabs you out of nowhere, first hitting you with shock and sadness, then shape-shifting to reflect whatever unique ways the artist’s work affected you. Linkin Park is one of the most popular rock bands of our generation, so that pain is festering in many ways for many, many different people.

The Linkin Park frontman lived a difficult life, battling depression, anxiety and substance abuse. As a child, he was molested by an older man over several years and spoke openly about this as an adult. Today, our social media feeds are flooded with words of encouragement for those battling mental difference, often with phone numbers for suicide prevention hotlines and the like. The exact messages always differ, but the common thread often boils down to #TalkingAboutIt — encouraging openness, offering support, de-stigmatizing issues that are, in fact, deeply stigmatized in American society. With Bennington at the mic, Linkin Park spent the better part of two decades doing exactly that, right through the band’s most recent hit song.

Chester Bennington photographed on Aug. 04, 2009 in London, England.

Yes, whether or not you were still paying attention, LP remained a massively popular band into 2017, and “Heavy,” the Kiiara-assisted electro-rock single from May’s One More Light, was a staple at top 40 radio this spring. It was not particularly well-received by critics, though, and the band’s pivot from metallic guitar to EDM-lite synthscapes turned off many an old-school fan. But below its marketable surface lies the emotional vulnerability that’s marked Linkin Park since Hybrid Theory: “I’m holding on/ Why is everything so heavy?” Skeptics and believers alike: Try re-listening to that chorus and not feeling an emotional jolt you didn’t feel the first time.

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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Dead at 41

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Chester Bennington photographed on Aug. 04, 2009 in London, England.

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has committed suicide at age 41. TMZ first reported that Bennington hanged himself at his Palos Verdes residence on Thursday, July 20, after which the L.A. County coroner confirmed to Associated Press that Bennington had died. Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda tweeted “shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He spoke openly about both, as well as about being molested by an older man when he was a child. Bennington was married and is survived by six children.

The band’s most recent album, One More Light, topped the Billboard 200 earlier this year.

Linkin Park’s massively popular 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, introduced the world to their immaculately produced hybrid of alt-rock, metal and rap. Its follow-up, 2003’s Meteora, became the first of the band’s six chart-topping albums. Over the course of seven studio albums and a collaborative EP with JAY-Z, Linkin Park established itself as one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of the 21st century. The band has sold 27.8 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.

Their biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit, “In the End” from Hybrid Theory, peaked at No. 2 in 2002. “Numb” from Meteora hit No. 11 in 2004, “What I’ve Done” reached No. 7 in 2007, “New Divide” peaked at No. 6 in 2009 and “Shadow of the Day” earned a No. 15 spot in 2008.

In addition to Linkin Park, Bennington formed Dead by Sunrise in 2005, who released one album, Out of Ashes, in 2009. Bennington teamed up with Stone Temple Pilots after Scott Weiland’s departure for one EP, High Rise, in 2013.

MINISTRY Announces U.S. Tour With DEATH GRIPS; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

MINISTRY Announces U.S. Tour With DEATH GRIPS; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

American industrial metal juggernaut MINISTRY, led by Al Jourgensen, has announced a co-headlining U.S. tour with experimental rap trio DEATH GRIPS. The trek kicks off at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on October 13 and will hit Pittsburgh, Seattle, and San Francisco before concluding on November 11 at Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, Texas.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time and end on Thursday, July 20 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “PIT” to access tickets before the general public.

The general on-sale is Friday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

MINISTRY and DEATH GRIPS tour dates:

Oct. 13 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA (buy tickets)
Oct. 14 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA (buy tickets)
Oct. 16 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY (buy tickets)
Oct. 17 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY (buy tickets)
Oct. 19 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD (buy tickets)
Oct. 20 – The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH (buy tickets)
Oct. 21 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA (buy tickets)
Oct. 23 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI (buy tickets)
Oct. 24 – Express Live – Columbus, OH (buy tickets)
Oct. 26 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN (buy tickets)
Oct. 27 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO (buy tickets)
Oct. 29 – The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO (buy tickets)
Oct. 30 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT (buy tickets)
Nov. 01 – Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA (buy tickets)
Nov. 02 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR (buy tickets)
Nov. 04 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA (buy tickets)
Nov. 05 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA (buy tickets)
Nov. 07 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ (buy tickets)
Nov. 08 – The Historic El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM (buy tickets)
Nov. 10 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX (buy tickets)
Nov. 11 – Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX (buy tickets)

MINISTRY 2017 is:

Al Jourgensen – Vocals
John Bechtel – Keyboards
Sin Quirin – Guitar
Cesar Soto – Guitar
Jason Christopher – Bass
Thomas Holtgreve – Drums

MINISTRY debuted a new song called “Antifa” during its May 27 appearance at this year’s edition of the “Blackest Of The Black” festival, which took place at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California.

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“Antifa” is expected to be included on MINISTRY‘s next studio album, “AmeriKKKant”, which will tentatively arrive this fall. The disc will feature guest appearances by DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) and Lord Of The Cello.

Fans can pre-order the album now from PledgeMusic, where they can find a number of different pledge options, including opportunities to have their name listed among the album credits, get a copy of a signed lyric sheet, a personalized signed signature Al Jourgensen guitar, a vinyl test pressing, a happy birthday message delivered as an MP3 file, various merch options and more, all at staggered pricing.

In 2016, Jourgensen announced plans to record a new MINISTRY studio album to follow 2013’s “From Beer To Eternity”, despite previously saying there would be no further MINISTRY records after the death of longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia in 2012.

Jourgensen‘s side project SURGICAL METH MACHINE released its self-titled debut album in April 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded primarily at Jourgensen‘s home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D’Ambruoso.

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Daily Set Times Announced For 2017 ‘Chicago Open Air’ Festival

Daily set times have been unveiled for this year’s ‘Chicago Open Air‘.
The event will be held July 14th-16th at the Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. Here’s how it will run:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, July 14th:

Main Stage:

09:50pm Kiss
08:20pm Rob Zombie
06:15pm Megadeth
04:40pm Anthrax
03:20pm Falling In Reverse
02:20pm Crobot
01:20pm Hell Or Highwater

BlackCraft Stage:

07:10pm Meshuggah
05:30pm The Dillinger Escape Plan
04:00pm VIMIC
02:50pm Suicide Silence
01:50pm Whitechapel
12:50pm Code Orange
11:50am Failure Anthem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 15th:

Main Stage:

09:35pm Korn
08:05pm Godsmack
06:25pm Seether
04:50pm Steel Panther
03:35pm Avatar
02:30pm Metal Church
01:30pm Cane Hill

BlackCraft Stage:

06:20pm Clutch
05:40pm Body Count
04:15pm Mushroomhead
03:00pm DragonForce
02:00pm Pig Destroyer
01:00pm Black Map
12:00pm ReverbNation Battle Of The Bands Winner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, July 16th:

Main Stage:

08:25pm Ozzy Osbourne
06:25pm Stone Sour
05:05pm Lamb Of God
03:40pm Amon Amarth
02:30pm HELLYEAH
01:30pm Demon Hunter
12:30pm DED

BlackCraft Stage:

07:20pm Slayer
04:35pm Behemoth
03:10pm Kyng
02:00pm DevilDriver
01:00pm Norma Jean
12:05pm Whores.
11:15am Aversed

 

Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

When: Friday, 14 July – Sunday, 16 July 2017
Where: Union Park, Chicago, IL // USA
About: The Pitchfork Music Festival is an annual summer music festival organized by Pitchfork Media and held in Union Park in Chicago,IL. The festival, which is normally held over three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) in July, focuses primarily on artists and bands from alternative rock, rap & hip-hop, electronica, and dance music, although it has also included acts from hardcore punk,experimental/avant-garde rock and jazz in its lineups.

Pitchfork Music Festival Line-Up:

July, 14 July, 15 July, 16
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM A TRIBE CALLED QUEST SOLANGE
DIRTY PROJECTORS PJ HARVEY NICOLAS JAAR
DANNY BROWN ANGEL OLSEN THE AVALANCHES
THURSTON MOORE GROUP THE FEELIES RIDE
VINCE STAPLES GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC AMERICAN FOOTBALL
ARCA & JESSE KANDA MITSKI HAMILTON LEITHAUSER
KAMAIYAH MADLIB ISAIAH RASHAD
HIS GOLDEN MESSENGER ARAB STRAP PINEGROVE
FRANKIE COSMOS S U R V I V E JAMILA WOODS
WILLIAM TYLER FRANCIS AND THE LIGHTS COLIN STETSON
DAWN RICHARD WEYES BLOOD DERRICK CARTER
PRIESTS JEFF ROSENSTOCK JOEY PURP
MADAME GANDHI CHERRY GLAZERR NE-HI
VAGABON KILO KISH

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Chris Cornell’s wife writes heartfelt tribute: ‘I will fight for you’

Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave Frontman, Dies at 52

 Dontae Freeman, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department, said in an interview that officers went to the MGM Grand hotel and casino around midnight in response to a call about an apparent suicide of a white man, whom he did not identify. Mr. Freeman said the man’s date of birth was July 20, 1964, which is Mr. Cornell’s.

Mr. Cornell appeared to be active on social media in the hours before his death. A post on his Twitter account announced that the group had arrived in Detroit, and a clip of the group’s 2012 release “By Crooked Steps” was posted to his official Facebook page.

Mr. Cornell acknowledged in interviews that he had struggled with drug use throughout his life. In a 1994 Rolling Stone article, he described himself as a “daily drug user at 13” who had quit by the time he turned 14.

After Soundgarden disbanded in 1997, a breakup that would last for more than a decade, Mr. Cornell returned to heavy drug use, telling The Guardian in 2009 that he was a “pioneer” in the abuse of the opiate OxyContin and that he had gone to rehab.

Soundgarden’s musical journeys tended toward the knotty and dark, plunging into off-kilter meters and punctuated by Mr. Cornell’s voice, which could quickly shift from a soulful howl to a gritty growl. Onstage, Mr. Cornell was an imposing figure, flinging his long hair as he presided over mosh pits of fans churning to the band’s metal-tinged riffs.

Mr. Cornell was one of four prominent frontmen — along with Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Layne Staley of Alice in Chains — who brought Seattle’s sound to the national stage in the late 1980s and 1990s. He helped form Soundgarden in Seattle, where he was born, around 1984. Sub Pop, then a fledgling record label, released the group’s first single, “Hunted Down,” in 1987, as well as two subsequent EPs. The group’s debut album, “Ultramega OK,” which came a year later on the punk label SST, was its last release before it made the leap to a major label.The album “Badmotorfinger,” released in 1991, benefited from a swell of attention that was beginning to surround the Seattle scene, where Soundgarden, along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, was playing a high-octane, high-angst brand of rock ’n’ roll.

Three of Soundgarden’s studio albums have been certified platinum, including “Superunknown,” from 1994, which featured the Grammy-winning songs “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman” as well as “Fell on Black Days” and “My Wave.”

After disbanding, the group — which includes the guitarist Kim Thayil, the bassist Ben Shepherd and the drummer Matt Cameron — reunited in 2010 and has performed regularly since then.Reviewing a 2011 concert at the Prudential Center in Newark in The New York Times, Jon Pareles called Soundgarden “one reunited band that can pick up right where it left off.” In 2012, it released “King Animal,” its first album in 16 years, which Mr. Pareles said “sounds like four musicians live in a room, making music that clenches and unclenches like a fist.”

Music became a refuge, and Mr. Cornell started to take it very seriously. He has said he was drawn to the harmonies of the Beatles early on, and started to play drums at 16. His first group was called the Jones Street Band (named after the street he lived on), and Mr. Cornell played the role of the singing drummer. After answering an ad to be a vocalist in another band, he met Mr. Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden’s original bassist, and the trio quickly wrote a batch of songs.

He married Susan Silver, who managed Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, in 1990, and had a daughter, Lily; the couple split in 2004. Mr. Cornell is survived by Lily; his wife, Vicky Cornell, with whom he started a foundation to protect “vulnerable children”; and their two children, Christopher and Toni.

Mr. Cornell released five solo albums during and after his time with Soundgarden, starting with “Euphoria Morning” in 1999. His 2007 album “Carry On” featured an acoustic cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” which was the inspiration for a well-received version of the song on “American Idol.”

He contributed the song “Seasons” to the soundtrack of “Singles” (1992), Cameron Crowe’s love letter to the Seattle music scene, and made a cameo in the film.

Chris Cornell – “Seasons” Video by Micheleland

In 2001, after Rage Against the Machine’s lead singer, Zack de la Rocha, left the group, Mr. Cornell and members of that band formed Audioslave. The group released three albums before announcing its split in 2007.

In November 2016, Mr. Cornell hit the road for the first time with another supergroup, Temple of the Dog, featuring a blend of members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. The band, known for its breakout hit “Hunger Strike,” a dramatic duet between Mr. Vedder and Mr. Cornell, had been formed about 25 years earlier as a tribute to Andrew Wood, the lead singer of the Seattle bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone, who died of a heroin overdose in March 1990.

Mr. Cornell told The Times that the group had finally decided to bring its songs to life to honor Mr. Wood. He said, “I thought, well, this is one thing that I can do to remind myself and maybe other people of who this guy is and was and keep his story — and, in a way, his life — with us.”

A close friend, Eric Esrailian, whose family regularly took vacations with the Cornells, said Mr. Cornell was never the bold persona he seemed onstage. “He liked to take pictures of our kids at dinner, just talking to each other,” Mr. Esrailian said, adding that “In 10 years of friendship, I’ve never seen him have more than a Diet Coke.” He said he had seen no mood changes in recent days or weeks. “We were talking about summer vacation plans in Greece,” he said.

Mr. Esrailian produced the 2017 movie “The Promise,” about the Armenian genocide, for which Mr. Cornell wrote music and donated the proceeds from all audio downloads to help refugees. “He wanted his song to be an anthem about hope and perseverance for everyone,” he said.

Mr. Esrailian told a story about Mr. Cornell’s giving him a guitar for his birthday, signed by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. “I’m a fan of Jimmy Page, and Jimmy Page is a fan of Chris Cornell,” he said. “This is the same guy we’d eat sushi with and he’d make jokes.”

When Pearl Jam was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last month, Mr. Esrailian said he told his friend that he belonged there as well: “He said, I don’t need that now, because I’ve got so much ahead of me.”

Correction: May 18, 2017
An earlier version of this obituary misidentified the source of a tweet honoring Chris Cornell. The posting came from a Rage Against the Machine fan account, not from the band.

Chris Cornell, Lead Singer Of Soundgarden And AudioSlave, Dies At 52

In 2012, King Animal was Soundgarden’s first studio album in 15 years. Lead singer Chris Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit. A representative said his death was “sudden and unexpected.” He was 52.

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Chris Cornell gained fame as the lead singer to the grunge band Soundgarden and later with Audioslave.

Brian Bumbery, Cornell’s representative, released a statement to NPR on the singer’s death:

“Chris Cornell passed away late last night in Detroit, MI. His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”

Soundgarden was formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and Bassist Hiro Yamamoto — it went on to become one of the biggest bands of the 1990s grunge movement.

Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains were other bands to come out of the Northwestern grunge-rock scene at about the same time.

Soundgarden found a place on mainstream radio with the album Superunknown, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995.

Cornell pursued a solo career after Soundgarden broke up in 1997.

In 2001, Cornell joined Audioslave and the band released three albums — disbanding in 2007.

Later, Cornell and Soundgarden reunited and in 2012 released the band’s sixth studio album, King Animal.

NPR’s Rachel Martin talked to Cornell in 2015. At the time he had just released a solo album called Higher Truth.

In the interview that aired on Weekend Sunday, Martin noted Cornell was still recording with Soundgarden, and asked if he needed the band and the solo projects to make the whole?

I would live without both parts, Cornell answered. “But it’s a lot more satisfying to have them. It’s great to still be having new experiences with the same group of guys — because we invented a band together, and kind of co-invented a genre of music. Being able to come back and experience being a band together at a different time in our lives has been really rewarding, but it’s also just really nice to still share some part of my life with these people that have been so important to it.”

Cornell, who was on tour in Detroit at the time of his death, was 52.

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