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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5/18: RIP CHRIS CORNELL. EXTENDED TRUNKNATION TODAY LIVE 1-4PM EST ON SIRIUSXM 106 VOLUME

Like many, I woke up today to the tragic news that one of rocks all time great singers Chris Cornell was dead at 52. For decades when anyone would ask me about my favorite late 80’s/90’s bands I would often answer Soundgarden, and that was largely due to Chris’ voice. Even when we had a Rage vs Audioslave debate on TMS I was with Audioslave, again because of the vocals of Chris. He was a monster talent to say the least, and now gone far far too soon. I did not know Chris. I only interviewed him once about 10 years ago for TV on MSG Network. That was at The Beacon Theater in NYC. We had a great post show chat. Chris was doing two nights solo at The Beacon. After I left the dressing room after night one and wrapped the interview I told him the only thing I was bummed about was he didn’t do “Fell On Black Days”. A favorite of mine. Chris said he would put me on the guest list to come to the second show the next night, and if I showed up would do it for me. So I did show up the next night, and sure enough Chris stepped to the mic mid show and said “this is for a friend I met last night” and played the song. A great and lasting memory of his kindness and amazing talent. More recently I was honored when the band reached out to have me contribute a quote to the special edition of Badmotorfinger, and I was in talks to hopefully have them on my new Volume show to talk more in depth. I was most excited to see Chris and Soundgarden, as were many, next weekend at Rocklahoma which I host every year. Sadly that now won’t happen. RIP Chris and condolences to his friends, bandmates, family and many fans. My radio show today will be extended by an hour to celebrate Chris today. Join me live 1-4P EST on SiriusXM channel 106 Volume. Plenty of calls from fans and musicians to celebrate this great talent. Join us at 844-686-5863

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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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5/16: METALLICA, RIVAL SONS, MIKKEY DEE, CHAD SMITH, ANN WILSON, MORE

Massive thanks to the guys in Metallica for a truly special night last Sunday in NJ. Took my 9 year old son to his first metal show and they could not have been nicer. Amazing seats, he met the guys and took photos, got sticks from Lars, just amazingly cool. I appreciate my long history and friendship with these guys, they never forgot where they came from and the people that were there for them when nobody cared. They are still fans and those people even though they are one of the biggest bands on the planet. And they are still amazing! 2 1/2 hours, maybe the best they have ever been. Do not miss this show! Also special thanks to Frank Munoz for his tremendous hospitality.

TrunkNation off to another huge week. M Shadows was in yesterday, today Rival Sons (who also played 2 songs live). Rival Sons the best newer band out there, and Jay Buchanan is the best singer in rock today. Just amazing. Big things coming for these guys I know!  Tomorrow Mikkey Dee, Ann Wilson & Chad Smith! All shows LIVE 2-4P ET on SiriusXM 106, and they replay 9-11P ET, and then On Demand on the SiriusXM app. Hope you guys are enjoying the daily rock talk on Volume.

By popular demand my recent interview with Michael Anthony will be my new free podcast posting this Thursday.

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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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