by: Kidman J. Williams
Chris Cornell was on tour with Soundgarden when he died suddenly late on Wednesday night. Though the details are not clear yet as to what killed him, police who are investigating are saying a possible suicide, although not confirmed.
According to the AP News, Detroit police spokesman Michael Woody had said that he couldn’t release any details about why the police are looking into this tragedy as a possible suicide, Woody only noted that there were “basic things observed at the scene.”
“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,” Bumbery said in an email. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty.”
Woody had also added that a family friend had found him dead on the bathroom floor in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit Hotel.
Cornell and his music meant a lot to many different people over the decades prompting many celebrities and by now plenty of real people from the real world to speak up about their feelings on the news of Cornell’s passing.
Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) tweeted “SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP.”
Billy Idol had said in a tweet, “Sad 2 hear of Chris Cornell passing..great singer and artist…another blow…RIP.”
Even the great Jimmy Page jumped to the Twitter nation, “RIP Chris Cornell. Incredibly Talented. Incredibly Young. Incredibly Missed.”
A Personal Look Back at
I heard the news on my clock radio when it went off at 8:30 in the morning. The no personality having DJ from 98 Rock in Tampa came on and broke the news,
“Singer Chris Cornell was found dead in his hotel room in Detroit while on tour with Soundgarden. Cornell was just 52 year old.”
My heart sank and all I wanted to do was go back to sleep at all costs.
Like the majority of the people I wasn’t introduced to Cornell’s music until Temple of the Dog (1991) and of course the Soundgarden album, “Badmotorfinger” (1991). I was all of 12 years old and not even in full swing of my puberty.
I had just been forming my own tastes, likes, dislikes, and acquiring a bad attitude formed by an arrogantly young and narrow view of what I wanted my world to be and what I thought it was. Grunge music was the perfect soundtrack for that blind dismal view of life in the early 90’s.
Back then, we all thought we were being led into some kind of insider information and voices like Cornell’s, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Shannon Hoon, and Eddie Vedder were our prophets giving us a peak into the beauty and Hell that was life.
After the majority of the people I listed off were in a tailspin of self-destruction, Cornell kept working, creating, and producing great music, even after the ugly breakup of Soundgarden in 1997.
In 1997, shortly after Soundgarden disbanded he recorded “Ave Maria” with Eleven for a Christmas album, “A Very Special Christmas 3.”
I didn’t hear the track until 1999 while I was working as a telemarketer for a shop at home food service, but when I did, it was like an angel hit me with an encyclopedia spine first. Nothing showed the soul and beauty of Cornell like hearing him sing that song.
Like many others around the world, news of Cornell teaming up with members of Rage Against the Machine to form a supergroup were tantalizing. Audioslave hit the scene with their debut in 2001. I could say that time stood still, but it didn’t. It was like a fast rush through time and you were dancing, crying, and loving through the whole thing.
Cornell’s voice was distinctive despite generic people trying to box him in with the likes of Vedder and Staley and the whole Grunge sound.
There was something Earth shattering and touching about Cornell when he sang. When he sang, it was like he was only singing to you.
The good thing about Cornell, is that he left us no shortage of great music to continue listening to and for future generations to enjoy. You will be missed. Rest in Peace.
by: Doc Jeffurious Higgason
This March, the world lost another in a continuing series of musical legends when Chuck Berry passed away at age 90 near his hometown of St Louis, Missouri.
He was a man who contributed much to the music style that was once known simply as ‘rock and roll’. A genre which since it’s conception in the early 1950’s has grown into a multi-headed beast of sorts and still continues to perpetuate (kind of) to this day.
Berry was known for his flashy showmanship on stage with his quirky behavior and his trademark “duck walk.” Berry also had a very distinct guitar style. His style has been copied and used in many other arenas of music throughout the years. He locked it in at ‘4/4’ and taught the world about ‘backbeat’ syncopation adding elements of rhythm and blues, boogie-woogie and country-western.
You can hear echoes of Chuck Berry in music ranging from ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd’ to the ‘Sex Pistols’. It is fair to say that the rock music we know today owes a great deal to those earlier rock pioneers like Chuck Berry.
His rise to stardom was a magnificent long and bumpy one. Continue reading
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Chuck Berry, legendary singer/songwriter who defined what rock-n-roll was going to be with many hits like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Maybellene,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” and of course the iconic “Johnny B. Goode” died Saturday March 18 at 90.
Even though Berry had stopped singing telling Rolling Stone that
“My singing days have passed. My voice is gone. My throat is worn. And my lungs are going fast. I think that explains it.”
We have put together a few choice videos down here for you to listen to and reminisce about while listening to one of the true pioneers of Rock music.
This isn’t a good-bye to Chuck Berry. He will live forever through his musical triumphs that he has left the world.
We will be doing a much bigger piece about this, not only legendary musician, but legendary life. Watch for the next publishing cycle.
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Rick Ross has released his highly anticipated album Rather You Than Me. The newest album from the Hip-Hop virtuoso features a star studded cast of guests that includes, Nas, Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Dej Loaf, Anthony Hamilton, and even King of comedy Chris Rock appears on the album on the track “Idols Become Rivals.”
The track “Idols Become Rivals” featuring Chris Rock is actually a dis track on Birdman. The track isn’t actually a personal feud with Birdman, it is actually a track that is sticking up for his friend Lil Wayne who was originally disrespected by Birdman.
This is the first new album from Ross since his release of Black Market back in 2015.
by: Kidman J. Williams
Here it is people! The tour to end all tours. Rancid and Dropkick Murphys are joining their unique brands of punk rock pounding into one big North American tour this summer. The From Boston to Berkeley Tour kicks off in Bangor, Maine on July 27.
The tour will not just be a couple quick sets either. It is reported that both Rancid and Dropkick Murphys will be doing full sets. Yes, full sets for the tour.
Not only will they be hitting it hard for the fans, but both bands will get together after every show to do a joint encore as well.
The Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers will be opening the show from July 27 through Aug. 9. Where one ends another begins. The Selecter and Kevin Seconds from 7 Seconds will take over the spot from Aug. 11 on through the end of the tour.
Tickets are set to go on sale March 10 at 10 am.
For more details you can go to Dropkick Murphys’ website.