SINGER CHRIS CORNELL’S DEATH RULED A SUICIDE

As reported earlier, singer Chris Cornell passed away yesterday. There were questions raised as to whether the death was a possible suicide, as the vocalist was found with with a band around his neck.

Unfortunately, a new report by the Associated Press, reveals that to be the case. The medical examiner determined that singer did die as a result of suicide by hanging.

Cornell played his final, sold-out performance with band Soundgarden on Wednesday night in Detroit. He reportedly ended the set by singing a cover of Led Zeppelin’s In My Time of Dying which include the lyrics, “In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn/All I want for you to do is take my body home.”

Cornell leaves behind a wife and three children. He had one child, Lillian Jean, in 2000, with his first wife Soundgarden manager Susan Silver. They divorced in 2004, and then in the same year, he married Vicky Karayiannis. Together, they had two children, a daughter in 2004, and a son in 2005. In the philanthropic realm, the couple co-founded the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support homeless, abused and impoverished children.

additional sources: people.com and billboard.com

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SINGER CHRIS CORNELL PASSES AWAY AT AGE 52

Chris Cornell, the powerful, dynamic singer whose band Soundgarden was one of the architects of grunge music, has died at 52.

Mr. Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit, said his representative, Brian Bumbery, in a statement that called the death “sudden and unexpected” and that said the singer’s family would be “working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.”

Dontae Freeman, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department, said in an interview that at about midnight officers responded at the MGM Grand casino to an apparent suicide of a white man, born July 20th, 1964, who was pronounced dead on the scene. He would not confirm the victim’s name; Mr. Cornell’s date of birth is July 20th, 1964. Mr. Freeman said that the victim’s wife called a family friend to check on the victim; the family friend forced his way into the room and found the individual unresponsive on the bathroom floor.

The victim was found with a band around his neck, Mr. Freeman said. He said that the police were not confirming that the victim died of a suicide, though the preliminary determination was an “apparent suicide.” He said that more details would be released in a statement later Thursday.

The group played at the Fox Theater in Detroit on Wednesday night, and it had been scheduled to perform in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday at the Rock on the Range festival.

Mr. Cornell appeared to be active on social media in the hours before his death. A post on his Twitter account on Wednesday 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 hours before his death.

Mr. Cornell had admitted in interviews to struggling 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.

Cornell was born in 1964 in Seattle and helped form Soundgarden 20 years later. 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, came a year later.

Badmotorfinger,” released in 1991, benefited from the swell of attention that was beginning to surround the Seattle scene, where Soundgarden, along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam, were playing a high-octane, high-angst brand of rock n’ roll. 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.

Three of Soundgarden’s studio albums have been certified platinum, including Superunknown, from 1994, which featured Black Hole Sun, Fell on Black Days, Spoonman and My Wave.

The singer released five solo albums during and after his time with Soundgarden, starting with the 1999 LP Euphoria Morning. His 2007 album Carry On featured an acoustic cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean that served as the inspiration for a well-received version of the song on American Idol. He contributed the song Seasons to the soundtrack of Singles, Cameron Crowe’s love letter to the Seattle music scene, and performed alongside other members of Soundgarden in the film.

source: New York Times

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OZZY OSBOURNE TO OPEN A DOG CARE CENTER ON HIS ESTATE

New York Post’s Page Six reports:

Ozzy Osbourne has backed plans to open a dog care center for up to 30 animals on his $6.4 million country estate.

It comes after wife Sharon Osbourne branded him a “dirty dog” for his alleged affair with a hairdresser last year.

A dog walking business is set to use four acres of the rocker’s Buckinghamshire farm for the pet project.

Black Sabbath singer Ozzy, 68, and wife Sharon, 64, have six dogs named Bella, Rocky, Alfie, Charlie, Flick and Moe, and would likely use the facility themselves, it is claimed.

The family, who also reside in America, are famously dog daft with Sharon alleged to spend $297,022 last year flying her pets first class.

Qualified dog trainer Francesca Maddock, of Positive Dogs, has applied to the local council for planning permission for a change of use of four acres of his land which is currently a horse grazing pasture.

She cites the A-list couple’s name at the bottom of the application.

Her planning agent said, “The logic behind the new business is to create a central facility where dogs will be collected in the morning, spend the day in the countryside, in the safe and secure environment of the field, and then be dropped home at the end of the day.

This will reduce the amount of travel required throughout the day along with the risks associated with walking groups of dogs on local footpaths.

Dogs are currently walked in open spaces, parks and footpaths, normally in groups. This can be intimidating to other dog owners, cyclists, runners, young mothers with prams and children.

The owner of the property gives full support to the application and would use the proposed day care.”

The dog care center would run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a maximum of 30 dogs split into groups of seven to eight and walked up to four times a day.

References are made in the paperwork to a need for a commercial waste company to collect all the dogs’ waste and new 6 ft fence and stable block shelter will be built, with plans for up to four members of staff.

Planners at Chiltern District Council are expected to make a decision next month (June 13) and there has so far been no objections from neighbors.

Ozzy was kicked out the family home last year after having a fling with hairdresser Michelle Pugh – but the couple, married for 35 years, have since reconciled.

Sharon said, “I forgive. It’s going to take a long time to trust but you know we’ve been together 36 years, 34 of marriage, and it’s more than half of my life. I can’t live without him. Even though he’s a dog. He’s a dirty dog. He’s going to pay for it though, big time!”

source: pagesix.com

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AC/DC’S BRIAN JOHNSON RETURNS TO THE STAGE

Former AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson and Robert Plant joined Paul Rodgers onstage in Oxford for a cover of Barrett Strong track, Money (That’s What I Want).

The show at the city’s New Theatre was part of Rodgers’ Free Spirit UK tour and saw all three frontmen share vocals, with Plant also providing harmonica. Watch the video below.

The live performance marked a return to the stage for Johnson, who was forced to bow out of AC/DC in March last year after doctors warned him he faced total hearing loss if he continued. The band hired Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose to complete their Rock Or Bust world tour.

Johnson said at the time, “My entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances. While the outcome is uncertain, my attitude is optimistic.”

He’s been working with audio experts Asius on a solution with their chief scientist Stephen Ambrose telling TeamRock in October that Johnson could return to performing live “within six months to a year.”

source: Classic Rock via teamrock.com

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BEAUTIFUL CREATURES TAP NINE-TIME EMMY AWARD WINNING VIDEO DIRECTOR FOR NEW CLIP

Beautiful Creatures have tapped nine-time Emmy Award-winning and MTV Video Music Award-nominated director Fabio Jafet (Pitbull, Enriqye Iglesias, KISS, Children OF Bodom) to direct the video for the bands first new song in over a decade, Get You High. The track was recently released on Deuce Deluxe.

“I am beyond excited to be working with Fabio again,” says lead guitarist Alex Grossi. “He was the perfect director to bring Psycho, California to life on screen a few years back for Hotel Diablo, and this one is shaping up to be next level” Fabio edited Pitbull‘s I Know You Want Me, which ended up being the number one music video of 2009 on YouTube, with over a 190 million views to date, making it one of the most-watched YouTube video of all time.

Beautiful Creatures founding bassist Kenny Kweens states, “I am very amped up to be working with Fabio and collaborating with him. His reel and resume speaks for itself. I love making and working on videos, so I am hopeful that not only will this be a cool video, but a learning experience for myself.”

Beautiful Creatures sophomore record Deuce was produced and mixed by guitarist Anthony Focx, with additional production by bass guitarist Kenny Kweens. Deuce was released worldwide in 2005 and ultimately landed premier placements on the hit FX TV series Sons Of Anarchy, the Walt Disney/Touchstone hit film The Proposal” starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds as well multiple other TV & movie soundtracks.

In addition to Get You High Beautiful Creatures Deuce Deluxe features every track the band recorded for the Asian Release (JVC Records) as well as the U.S. Release (Spitfire/Eagle Rock), In one digital package that has been re-mixed and remastered. It also includes new album cover artwork and edits that up until now, were not included in either initial release.

Beautiful Creatures 2017 is:

Joe Leste – Vocals
Kenny Kweens – Bass Guitar
Anthony Focx – Guitar
Alex Grossi – Lead Guitar
Timmy Russell – Drums

For more info, please visit facebook.com/BeautifulCreaturesMusic.

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SINGER DON DOKKEN ON THE REUNION SHOWS WITH THE CLASSIC LINE-UP, “I DIDN’T THINK I WAS THAT GOOD, SINGING-WISE”

Don Dokken was a recent guest on Eddie’s Sirius/XM show, Trunk Nation. The singer discussed the band’s reunion with the classic line-up, portions of the conversation appear below (as per blabbermouth.net).

On the Dokken reunion:

I had trepidation[s]. George came and left the band three times over twenty years. We get back together, we’re getting older, we think we’re all gonna chill out, then he and I have these personality conflicts and we start going at it. Then we do an album, then he goes away. Then he comes back a couple of years later and we make an album, and then there’s the stress, and then we go away. So I didn’t wanna do it again — for any amount of money. So I was really, really happy that when we got to Japan, George and Jeff and everybody was just being easy. I had a lot of stuff going on in my life and a lot of stress, and I said, ‘Guys, just try to make it easy for me, will you, man? I just wanna have fun. If it ain’t fun, I don’t wanna do it.’ And they made it fun. And I was very serious about that. I said, ‘Look, if this is stressful, I don’t wanna talk about any future shows.'”

The only downside of that tour was I didn’t think I was that good, singing-wise. I played three or four shows in a row, three days rehearsal, fourteen- [or] fifteen-hour flight. My game wasn’t where it should be. Like [the] M3 [Rock Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland]; M3 I was really happy this year, ’cause we were like 0-and-2. The last time we played there, same thing. You play every night, two hours sleep, play another show, two hours sleep. You get to M3, this huge festival, and Jon are I are laying on the floor, [preparing] for the show, going, ‘Coffee. I need coffee.’ So this time we said, ‘Look, we have to be… crack of dawn, get there, sleep five or six hours, nobody stay up, no screwing around. Let’s just sleep and be professional.’ So the point is, I thought we kicked ass at M3, and that just reminded me why there’s no reason to do a reunion tour — ’cause my band is amazing.”

Would he be willing to do more shows with the classic line-up?

The singer said, “[I don’t] see the point, because the point would be, again, to make money [and] I don’t need it, to be blunt. I’m not arrogant, but I don’t need it.”

Discussing the DVD, that classic lineup filmed during the reunion shows, and which is is tentatively due before the end of the year or in early 2018:

We rehearsed for three days. [Badlands Pawn owner] Chuck [Brennan] let us use the venue, we did it — we filmed it, recorded it — then, 24 hours later, went to Japan. We did a huge festival. We headlined with the Scorpions at Loud Park. And then we had that footage, which we weren’t planning on using. So, all of a sudden, I’m an idiot, I said, ‘Wow, wouldn’t it be nice if we got both the shows and edited both and make it Japan and America and mix ’em together, the footage?’ Which means triple the work. And Chris McCarvil, our bass player in Dokken, he’s actually doing all the work, and I’m just helping with special effects. So now we’re working on it, but I’ve just doubled the workload. I don’t even have the footage from Japan yet; I’ve gotta get it. I’ve been working out of Jeff’s house doing some vocal repairs.

The DVD, I’m hoping… The problem is I’m on tour all the way up to October. When do you edit? I go home for two days, and there’s no time to walk my dog. That’s about it. So I don’t know when the DVD is coming out. It is gonna be on Frontiers and we’re working on it.

The cool thing about the video is we’ve got five hours of backstage stuff — on the bullet train, George having beers and talking about the Indian plight and everybody getting silly and Mick being Mick. I think that’s gonna be better than the live performance. We’ve got five hours of us just misbehaving.”

source: blabbermouth.net

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