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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.

Courtesy of the artist

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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Rock On The Range Reveals Daily Band Line Ups!

ROCK ON THE RANGE REVEALS DAILY BAND LINEUPS FOR SOLD OUT FESTIVAL MAY 19, 20 & 21 AT MAPFRE STADIUM IN COLUMBUS, OHIO.

The daily band lineups have been revealed for the 11th annual Rock On The Range, America’s premier rock festival, May 19, 20 and 21 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH. Tickets for Rock On The Range sold out in record time, just over one month after going on sale, marking the fifth consecutive advance sellout for the festival.

Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn will each headline one night of America’s largest and most-acclaimed rock festival, while the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent will feature sets from nationally known comedians plus Columbus’s top comedy talent. For more information, visit www.RockOnTheRange.com.

The daily band lineup (subject to change) for Rock On The Range is as follows:

Friday, May 19
Soundgarden, +LIVE+, Chevelle, Bush, Pierce The Veil, Gojira, Sum 41, Of Mice & Men, Thrice, Motionless In White, Beartooth, The Amity Affliction, I Prevail, Red Fang, Bleeker, Norma Jean, Badflower, Goodbye June, Cover Your Tracks, Aeges

Saturday, May 20
Korn, The Offspring, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Alter Bridge, Skillet, In Flames, Starset, The Story So Far, Turnstile, Whitechapel, Attila, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Kyng, DED, Sylar, Fire From The Gods, One Less Reason

Sunday, May 21
Metallica, Volbeat, Primus, The Pretty Reckless, Biffy Clyro, Amon Amarth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Nothing More, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons, Deafheaven, Suicide Silence, Every Time I Die, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Dorothy, Radkey, Wage War, As Lions, Royal Republic, Mother Feather

Read entire press release here.

Northern Invasion Announces Single Day Lineups


NORTHERN INVASION SINGLE DAY BAND LINEUPS ANNOUNCED & SINGLE DAY TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 FOR SATURDAY, MAY 13 AND SUNDAY, MAY 14 FESTIVAL AT SOMERSET AMPHITHEATER IN SOMERSET, WI WITH SOUNDGARDEN, KID ROCK, GODSMACK, THE OFFSPRING, BUSH, PAPA ROACH AND MANY MORE!

The single day band lineups have been announced for the third annual Northern Invasion– Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI–and single day tickets go on sale next Monday, February 13.

Soundgarden and Kid Rock will headline Northern Invasion 2017, which hosts the biggest rock bands for over twelve hours each day on three stages, and offers a top tier campground experience.
Single day General Admission tickets for Northern Invasion will be available for only $59.50 each beginning Monday, February 13 at Noon Central Time.

The daily band lineup (subject to change) for Northern Invasion is as follows:

Saturday, May 13: Soundgarden, Godsmack, Bush, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, In Flames, Sum 41, The Struts, Of Mice & Men, Dillinger Escape Plan, Rival Sons, The Story So Far, I Prevail, Volumes, Attila, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Dorothy, Bleeker, As Lions, Citizen Zero, and more.

Sunday, May 14: Kid Rock, The Offspring, Papa Roach, Alter Bridge, Amon Amarth, Opeth, Gojira, Motionless In White, Fozzy, Nothing More, Every Time I Die, Starset, Bad Omens, Radkey, Wage War, Sylar, Badflower, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Charm The Fury, and more.

Read the entire press release here.

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Soundgarden Spring Tour!

SOUNDGARDENChris Cornell and the gang have plotted out their next U.S. road trip.

Following the January/February leg, Soundgarden will be back on the stage for its second round of 2013 dates in May.

The rockers are touring in support of their sixth studio album, 2012’s King Animal.

The upcoming excursion includes headline gigs in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, St. Louis and Dallas, as well as festival appearances at Carolina Rebellion and Rock On The Range.

The first stop is Atlantic City.

Check out the schedule below.

05/03 Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
05/04 Washington, DC – RFK Stadium (‘DC101 Chili Cook Off‘)
05/05 Concord, NC – Rock City Compound (‘Carolina Rebellion‘)
05/07 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
05/08 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
05/10 Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace
05/11 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center (‘May Day 2013‘)
05/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/14 West Long Branch, NJ – The MAC at Monmouth University
05/15 Worcester, MA – Palladium
05/17 Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theatre
05/18 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center (‘MMR*B*Q 2013‘)
05/19 Columbus, OH – Columbus Crew Stadium (‘Rock On The Range‘)
05/21 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
05/22 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
05/24 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
05/25 Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall
05/26 Dallas TX – The Palladium Ballroom
05/28 Broomfield, CO – 1stBANK Center