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Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell Dies


Credit image: Brian Bumbery

The curse of 2016 still continues after all as the first half of 2017 saw a number of artists passing away. As of this post, one trending news today got this author shocked. One of the most prominent singer-songwriters in the 90’s “grunge era”, Chris Cornell died at age 52. In a statement confirmed by Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery to the Associated Press, the Seattle rocker passed away in Detroit on Wednesday evening just hours after he performed a show with his band, Soundgarden at Fox Theatre. The death was “sudden and unexpected” that his wife and family were shocked. The family asked for privacy as they would work closely with the medical examiner in finding out the cause of death.

Cornell’s last tweet before the show.

Chris Cornell was a founding member of Soundgarden, one of the bands that spearheaded the grunge movement, and has fronted with other popular supergroups, Audioslave and the Soundgarden-Pearl Jam collaboration tribute band for Andy Wood, Temple of the Dog. Audioslave performed a show this year while Temple of the Dog had their reunion tour last year. Soundgarden, meanwhile are back on tour and have made some materials for their next album. He’s also best known for his performance on 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, You Know My Name. and this year, he’s got another song for a film in store for everyone, The Promise.

UPDATE: According to the latest news released by the Associated Press, medical examiner determined Cornell’s death as suicide by hanging.

May you rest in peace Chris. Say hello to heaven! Thank you for the music!

Here’s Cornell’s very last performance. Thanks to the uploaders who shared the band’s show.

The band performing their last song Slaves and Bulldozers with Chris mashing it up with Led Zep’s In My Time of Dying.

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Chris Cornell’s Tribute to Whitney Houston

Chris Cornell, frontman of the just reunited rock band Soundgarden and Audioslave, pays tribute to the late Whitney Houston by singing her hit song, I Will Always Love You on his solo concert. Whitney as you might have known, died last February 11, shocking the whole world of her sudden death.

 

The acoustic rendition reminds me of his version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean wherein he displayed a fresh take of the hit pop song and made it edgier and darker that suited well for a rock genre.

 

On singing this song, I think many purists will not like what he did and they may call him a sell-out, but heck, he just made another great version which I’m pretty sure aspiring singers from the rock genre will use it as their piece on talent searches. It only shows how diverse and creative he is and still on top of his career, just listen to his splendid, powerful voice. Whew, seeing this vid gets me goosebumps.. Amazing performance!

 

To Whitney, may you rest in peace.

 

 

For related news on Whitney’s death, click here.

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Temple of the Dog Reunites at Pearl Jam 20

Pearl Jam, one of the most important bands that emerged in the 90s, is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. The Seattle based group also has a film coming out by Cameron Crowe documenting their 20 years as a band. Whoah! 20 long years! That’s a great achievement if you’re in a band, ’cause often times, a group disbands after just a few years. There are only quite a few groups that I know who are still intact for 20 or more years and I’ve never thought this group would reach this milestone ’cause most of their contemporaries have disbanded already, or may have disbanded for quite some time and then regrouped again for a tour. I’m a hardcore fan of them so looking forward to see PJ20 concert even just on Youtube.

 

Upon reading the news about their big plans to celebrate their anniversary a few years back, I was thinking of a Temple of the Dog reunion to be included on those tours since the core of that group comprised of the current band’s line-up sans Chris Cornell. And since Cornell is friends with the band and Matt’s been drumming for both PJam and Soundgarden, which had just reunited and did some touring earlier, why not include a TOTD setlist.

 

This freaked me out when I saw a TOTD performance at PJam’s 20th anniv show at Youtube. Thought it was just the song Hunger Strike ’cause they’ve done it before when they’ve guested Cornell, but they performed more than one even doing a Mother Love Bone song.

 

Felt like I was moved back in time to the good ol’ glory days of grunge era, got me goosebumps while watching the vids. Their rockin’ performance got me thrilled ’cause it’s what I’ve been waiting for and they just did it! Hope I was there on the show, anyway I just hope they include the Philippines in their upcoming tour dates ’cause there are many PJam fans out here and hey it’s been more than a decade when the guys had a concert here. As for the TOTD setlist, this was the highlight of the show!!! Fans of this super group would enjoy watching these vids… Many thanks to the one who took the HD vids and uploaded ’em on Youtube, you rock man! Those were awesome! It did my day great! \m/.