Chris Cornell dies in ‘suspected suicide’ aged 52, just hours after performing gig in Detroit


Rocker Chris Cornell has died aged 52, just hours after performing a sold out Soundgarden gig at the FOX theatre in Detroit on Wednesday night.

09:00 EDT, 18 May 2017

Police are reported to be investigating whether the death may have been suicide.

  • Chris was reportedly ‘found dead on the bathroom floor of his hotel room in the MGM Grand Detroit by a friend’
  • The singer tweeted eight hours before the news of his death broke 
  • Soundgarden split in 1997 and reunited in 2010, their last record was King Animal in 2012
  • During their 13-year hiatus, Cornell was admitted to rehab for alcohol addiction
  • He was married to Vicky Karayiannis for 13 years and they were parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11 
  • Cornell was previously wed to Soundgarden manager, Susan Silver, with whom they share daughter  Lillian Jean, 17
  • He famously sang the song, You Know My Name, for James Bond’s Casino Royale
  • The rocker was part of the same Seattle grunge rock music scene as Kurt Cobain

Chris’s wife called a family friend and asked them to check on him, according to channel 4 WDIV Detroit.

Too soon: Chris performed on stage to a sold out crowd at the Fox theatre in Detroit (pictured), just hours before his 'sudden and unexpected' death

Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, called Chris’s passing ‘sudden and unexpected’ and said his wife and family were shocked by it.

The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

Shock: Chris was reportedly found dead on the bathroom floor of his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit on Wednesday night by a friend (stock picture) 

Chris was reportedly found dead on the bathroom floor of his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit on Wednesday night by a friend (stock picture)

According to the site, Chris was staying at the MGM Grand in Detroit, when he passed away.

The news comes just eight hours after he posted his last message on Twitter, which read:

cornell final tweet

Chris, who famously sang the song, You Know My Name, for James Bond movie Casino Royale, was married to Vicky Karayiannis for 13 years, and they are parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11.

Sharing: Fans of the rocker took to social media to post pictures of the gig, without a sense that anything was wrong

The band: Musicians Chris, Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden at the Los Angeles premiere of Marvel's Avengers at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012

 The band: Musicians Chris, Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden at the Los Angeles premiere of Marvel’s Avengers at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012

 

His love: Audioslave band mates (L-R) Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, Chris and Tim Commerford posed for a photo backstage after performing at Teragram Ballroom during the Anti-Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Los Angeles

His love: Audioslave band mates (L-R) Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, Chris and Tim Commerford posed for a photo backstage after performing at Teragram Ballroom during the Anti-Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Los Angeles

The Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated singer also started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing poverty and abuse.

He told Details magazine in 2012: ‘When I met my wife Vicky’s family, I had to go out of my way to convince them – to show them – that I wasn’t anything like their idea of a musician.’

As for letting his own children date a rock star, Chris told Details: ‘I’ve met many, many musicians that I wouldn’t let anywhere near my daughter. Or my son.’

Cornell was previously married to Susan Silver, with which he fathered daughter Lillian Jean, 17.

Susan was manager of both Alice In Chains and Soundgarden – but they divorced shortly before he married Vicky.

His love: Chris, who famously sang the song, You Know My Name, for James Bond movie Casino Royale, was married to wife of 13 years, Vicky Karayiannis (pictured in April 2012)

His love: Chris, who famously sang the song, You Know My Name, for James Bond movie Casino Royale, was married to wife of 13 years, Vicky Karayiannis (pictured in April 2012)

Sweet: They are parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11 - pictured with his family in 2010

Sweet: They are parents to Toni, 12 and Christopher, 11 – with his family in 2010.

The family also all attended the New York screening of The Promise at the Paris Theatre on April 18 this year

The family also all attended the New York screening of The Promise at the Paris Theatre on April 18 this year.

Sweet: Chris shared this picture on Twitter just four days ago as he posted a sweet mother's day message to his wife VickySweet: Chris shared this picture on Twitter just four days ago as he posted a sweet mother’s day message to his wife Vicky

Touching: He also posted a poignant message to his own mother on the day

Touc

hing: He also posted a poignant message to his own mother on the day

He was part of the same Seattle grunge rock music scene as Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, and in 2015, footage emerged of Cobain doing an impression of him.

He told Shaun Keaveny during an interview with BBC Radio 6 in 2012 that having the Nirvana and Pearl Jam as friends when Soundgarden were making it big really helped him.

He said: ‘It was an exciting time. We had people we could talk to about this insane experience. It was happening to a few of us. People we had known for a long time.

‘It was all new to us. We didn’t know what to make of it. It helped to have some friends going through the same craziness.’

Ironic: Chris was part of the same Seattle grunge rock music scene as Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, and in 2015, footage emerged of Cobain doing an impression of him.

Upsetting: Social media was flooded with posts from devastated fans soon after the sad news

Upsetting: Social media was flooded with posts from devastated fans soon after the sad news

He continued: ‘We didn’t have anything close to overnight success but it was still crazy. It was very comic book like. Surreal.

‘It seemed to come out of nowhere and was not something we could have expected.’

Social media was flooded with posts from devastated fans soon after the sad news.

Posts read: ‘Truly saddened to hear of the death of @Chris Cornell, beautiful man, beautiful voice, outstanding music RIP #chriscornell #rip #legend.’

‘Actually gutted hearing about Chris Cornell passing. Soundgarden records shaped so much of my youth. This is s***.’

Tragedy: A statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy

Tragedy: A statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy

‘Shocked to hear about Chris Cornell. Way too young.’

‘Gutted to hear about Chris Cornell dying. 1 of the finest ever hard rock voices and great albums with #soundgarden #rip.’

‘RIP Chris Cornell. Only recently got into Soundgarden – great voice, powerful music. Sad loss.’

Good friends: Chris shared this picture of himself with Sting and Brad Pitt following the Rock4EB concert in January 

Good friends: Chris shared this picture of himself with Sting and Brad Pitt following the Rock4EB concert in January

‘Really sad to hear the news about Chris Cornell. Another one gone to soon.’

Meanwhile, Cornell faced his own share of personal demons before becoming a clean-living family man.

He said: ‘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,’ he confessed.

‘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.’

Chris Cornell talks his passion for music before his death.
Soundgarden split in 1997 and reunited in 2010, their last record was King Animal in 2012.

When Soundgarden reformed, he said the only real change was the lack of booze on the tour bus after he went tee-total.

He said: ‘The biggest difference I noticed… and we haven’t even really talked about it: There are no bottles of Jack Daniels around or beers. And we never talked about.. it’s just not there.’

Doing what he did best: Chris performing on stage at FOX theatre on May 3 in Atlanta, Georgia

Doing what he did best: Chris performing on stage at FOX theatre on May 3 in Atlanta, Georgia

Performer: He was also pictured performing during the Prophets Of Rage And Friends' Anti-Inaugural Ball at Teragram Ballroom on January 20, 2017 in LA

Performer: He was also pictured performing during the Prophets Of Rage And Friends’ Anti-Inaugural Ball at Teragram Ballroom on January 20, 2017 in LA

The band – also comprised of Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd – were due to continue their North American tour and travel to Columbus, Ohio on Friday, with the run ending in Oklahoma on May 27.

During their 13-year hiatus, Cornell went through a dark period and was admitted to rehab for alcohol addiction.

In 2012, Chris spoke about his struggle with addiction, saying at the time: ‘It’s something that would have happened even if Soundgarden had stayed together.

‘It was a long slow slide and then a long slow recovery, but there was self-discovery too.

‘For me it was mostly alcohol – from my late teens until my late thirties.’

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In 2012: Chris spoke about his struggle with addiction following Soundgarden's split in 1997, saying: 'It¿s something that would have happened even if Soundgarden had stayed together'

In 2012: Chris spoke about his struggle with addiction following Soundgarden’s split in 1997, saying: ‘It’s something that would have happened even if Soundgarden had stayed together’

At his last performance in Detroit, Chris added these words into the song Slaves And Bulldozers during his final song:

‘In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn. All I want for you to do is take my body home. Well, well, well, so I can die easy.’

Source: Google research and Daily Mail Online

Watch Dee Snider’s Emotional Stripped Down Version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” {VIDEO}


Directed by musician and illusionist Criss Angel in a desert outside Las Vegas, the promo was produced to help raise awareness of Angel’s new cancer charity, HELP (Heal Every Life Possible). It was founded in honour of his two-year-old son, who is in remission from leukaemia.

Angel tells the Las Vegas Review Journal: “Dee and I have known each other since the 1990s and he was a strong proponent of mine for years. We are both from Long Island, or as we like to think of it, ‘Strong Island’, and his record publishing company gave me the rights to the song and it is our anthem for gratis.

“Dee was unbelievably generous with his time and participation.”

The mission of the Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and provide funds for research, treatment, and – ultimately – a cure. Unlike many other non-profit charities, 100% of your donation will go directly to this fight; NOT one cent will be deducted for ANY expenses, salaries, or overhead. Criss Angel has funded the operations of the foundation out of his own pocket since its inception in 2008. It has now become his life’s mission (after working with childhood causes since 2001) when recently his own child, Johnny Crisstopher was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 at 20 months old.

If you would like to donate, you can go to HELP’s website.

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Peter and Sting USA Tour 2016 – Rock Paper Scissors – Tickets On Sale Now!


Peter Gabriel and Sting will tour together in the USA and Canada during June & July 2016.

The tour will be entitled Rock Paper Scissors

Click here to see all the dates and buy links on the Live page

Here are the dates:

Tickets for shows in Columbus, Wantagh, Detroit, Worcester, Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Seattle and LA (second show) go on public sale on Monday 1 February at 10am LOCAL time. Links to buy here.

Date City Venue Public On Sale (Time)
June 21 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena Mon. Feb. 1 (10am EST)
June 23 Washington, DC Verizon Center Sold Out
June 24 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Mon. Feb. 1 (10am EST)
June 26 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion On sale now
June 27 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Sold Out
June 29 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Sold Out
June 30 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills Mon. Feb. 1 (10am EST)
July 02 Worcester, MA DCU Center Mon. Feb. 1 (10am EST)
July 05 Montreal, QC Bell Centre Sold Out
July 07 Québec, QC Festival d’été de Québec On sale March 2016
July 09 Chicago, IL United Center Mon. Feb. 1 (10am CST)
July 10 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest Mon. Feb 1 (10am CST)
July 12 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Mon. Feb. 1 (10am MST)
July 14 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose On sale now
July 15 Lake Tahoe, NV Harvey’s Sold Out
July 17 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl Sold Out
July 18 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl Mon. Feb 1 (10am PST)
July 21 Seattle, WA Key Arena Mon. Feb. 1 (10am PST)
July 23 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome On sale now
July 24 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place On sale now

 

Peter and Sting first toured together in 1986 with Amnesty International in the USA and subsequently the World in 1988 and they have been friends ever since.

“I had a successful tour with Paul Simon, who is someone else I admire greatly, and that worked so well I thought I’d like to do this again… who could I tour with? And then I thought of Peter because we’ve known each other for so long” – Sting

“What intrigues me is that when you get a good bunch of musicians together then interesting things will happen if they are allowed to” – Peter Gabriel

For the shows fans can expect the two artists to be delving into each other’s catalogues to choose songs to perform together and will be doing their own solo slots.

“The interesting thing for me is what happens to our songs when they are juxtaposed with each other’s songs. What I do will change what he does and vice-versa. The songs we trade and the songs that we sing together will have an unexpected result, we hope”, says Sting, whilst Peter adds “For me it’s partly what sounds good in that present incarnation balanced with what people want to hear. You want to try and get both sides and throw in something unfamiliar as well as the hits”.

The tour will go on sale in two phases so please check the details based on the city most relevant to you so as not to miss out!

Ticketing details if you want to attend the shows in:
Washington, Philadelphia, NYC-MSG, Toronto, Montreal, San Jose, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, Calgary & Edmonton

All these shows go on Public sale on Monday, Jan. 25. Click here for buy links and on sale times.

Ticketing details if you want to attend the shows in:
Columbus, Wantagh, Detroit, Worcester, Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Seattle and LA second night.

All these shows go on Public sale on Monday, Feb 1 (10am local time). Click here for buy links and on sale times.


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Glenn Frey — Eagles Guitarist Dead At 67 


We’re told the cause of death was a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.

Frey had been battling intestinal issues for months and had surgery in November. We’re told in the last few days his condition took a turn for the worse. He died in New York City.

Glenn co-wrote and sang on most of the Eagles hits, including “Take It Easy,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” and “Heartache Tonight,” to name a few. He also co-wrote “Hotel California” and “Desperado” with Don Henley and took home 6 Grammys with the band.

After the Eagles’ 1980 breakup, Glenn launched a successful solo career, recording numerous hits … most notably “The Heat Is On” and “You Belong to the City.”

Glenn also got into acting, snagging a recurring role on “Miami Vice.”

He reunited with the Eagles in ’94 for their monster Hell Freezes Over tour and recorded music till the end, releasing what would be his fifth and final solo LP, “After Hours,” in 2012.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had been fighting intestinal issues for awhile but his condition relapsed before the holidays, forcing the Eagles to pull out of their Kennedy Center Honors appearance in December. At the time, the band said he needed major surgery that would require a lengthy recovery.

Don Henley said, “He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken. He added … “We built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But Glenn was the one who started it all.”

Glenn was 67. RIP.

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{VIDEO} Disturbed’s Incredible Version of ‘Sound of Silence’ presents the song in a whole new light! 


When rockers Disturbed put out their latest album, Immortalized, in August, fans weren’t surprised at all when the news came that the band had notched up yet another accolade: Its fifth No. 1 debut in a row. The release, Disturbed’s first in five years, contained a notable cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic “Sound of Silence.”

This incredible version presents the song in a powerful new light. As frontman David Draiman notes, “We hope that everyone enjoys the experience of this song and video as much as we have.”

Disturbed will be touring North America, Australia, and Europe starting at the beginning of 2016. If you’d like to keep up with their schedule, check here.

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Bowie ‘Was Still Full Of Plans’ Despite Cancer


The director of David Bowie musical Lazarus has told Sky News the singer “was still full of plans” for the future and “didn’t want to die at all”.

Ivo van Hove said the singer had told him about his cancer in November 2014 before the first workshop for the New York show.

“He said, ‘I have to tell you guys something because we are going to work intensely together. I want you to know if I’m not available or not there, why it is.’ He asked us to keep it confidential.”

Van Hove said Bowie was still very much involved in the musical – which he co-wrote with Enda Walsh.

“He was there a lot. It worked out really fine. He wrote a lot of new songs – not only Blackstar but also four new songs for the musical. He did this in one year and a half.

“He was totally not giving in to the disease and to his cancer – he was really a fighter.”

The Belgian director last saw Bowie at the Lazarus premiere in December and told Sky News he feared it would be their final meeting as the singer looked “fragile”.

“He came on stage with us. He looked well for the people in the audience, but he was fragile.

“We had a long conversation backstage after the show.

“It was beautiful and he was still full of plans because he said immediately, let’s make the second musical now – the sequel.

“He was very enthusiastic about the band which played on the Blackstar album.

“He said I want to make immediately a new album … He didn’t want to die at all. It was really not a fight against death, but a struggle for life.

“That’s the way I felt it. I admire him a lot, and it was hard sometimes but you could feel he suffered from it – he didn’t want to die, he wanted to go on.”

Lazarus, based on the book The Man Who Fell To Earth, is at the New York Theatre Workshop until 19 January.

It includes new songs by Bowie, as well as re-worked songs from his back catalogue.

Bowie himself starred in the 1976 film version of the novel.

 

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