• PROJECTED Feat. SEVENDUST, ALTER BRIDGE, TREMONTI Members: 'Ignite My Insanity' Album Due In July
    on May 25, 2017 at 17:09

    PROJECTED, the project featuring SEVENDUST members John Connolly (guitar) and Vince Hornsby (bass) alongside ALTER BRIDGE/CREED drummer Scott Phillips and guitarist/vocalist Eric Friedman (a.k.a. E-Rock; TREMONTI), will release its sophomore album, "Ignite My Insanity", on July 21 via Rat Pak Records. The two-disc collection is currently available for pre-order in various configurations at this location. The follow-up to 2012's "Human", "Ignite My Insanity" features twenty-one all-new tracks from PROJECTED and continues to build upon the sound the band established with its debut. It is an album designed to resonate with fans from the members' original projects and guaranteed to garner new fans along the way. From the melodic piano interlude of the opener "Strike" to the raucous ending of closer "Battlestations", the new album takes the listener on a journey inside the minds of the band. Songs like "Six Feet Below", "Gomorrah", "Inhuman" and "Upside Down" are infectious rockers. The first single, "Reload", is a frenetic composition that showcases the musicianship of these accomplished performers. ALTER BRIDGE/TREMONTI songwriter Mark Tremonti co-wrote "Rectify" and "Call Me The Devil" and SEVENDUST's Morgan Rose co-wrote "Concede" with PROJECTED. On the subject of PROJECTED's new record, Connolly comments: "There are four very strong personalities in this band. Everyone has been in the business doing various things, from ALTER BRIDGE to CREED to SEVENDUST to TREMONTI, and it took all those elements and sounds to make this album what it is!" Phillips adds: "We're all part of other bands that we've put our heart and soul and life into and this was just a chance to extend that into somewhat of a different direction." Friedman comments: "When I think PROJECTED, the first words that come to my mind is a very raw and honest band. Things aren't overthought. It's very organic." Hornsby says: "We've been playing so long together, you know it's kinda like a marriage to a certain degree. It really warms my heart to be able to play with my friends and these great musicians." "Ignite My Insanity" track listing: Disc 1 01. Strike 02. Reload 03. Six Feet Below 04. Vain 05. Rectify 06. Faith 07. Gomorrah 08. Heaven Above 09. 10 Years Gone 10. Only Disc 2 01. Fire 02. Ignite 03. Call Me The Devil 04. Concede 05. Inhuman 06. Better 07. Hate You Back 08. Upside Down 09. Seconds 10. Inside The Sun 11. Battlestations […]

  • MÖTLEY CRÜE: More 'Girls, Girls, Girls' 30th-Anniversary Reissue Details Revealed
    on May 25, 2017 at 15:54

    Iconic Los Angeles rock band MÖTLEY CRÜE celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its fourth studio and four-times-platinum album, "Girls, Girls, Girls", with special album reissue bundles that will be available on August 25 via Pledge Music. Fans can get a jump start on owning the exclusive merchandise today by pre-ordering bundles exclusively at Pledge Music! Various bundles will include, colored vinyl, cassette tape, commemorative poster/lithograph, vintage t-shirt, vinyl test pressings, a limited-edition, numbered drum head, a flexi single of "Wild Side", "Girls, Girls, Girls" patch, and more! The band recently celebrated the thirtieth anniversary on the album’s actual release date – May 15 — with the announcement of the August 25 reissue. MÖTLEY CRÜE paved the way for rock bands to push the envelope since the band's inception and their music, as well as their antics, provided them a successful thirty-six-year career as a leading force in rock around the world. 1987's "Girls, Girls, Girls" included three smash hits, "Wild Side", "You're All I Need" and the title track, which became a global success, despite the original uncensored video being banned from MTV at the time. MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx says: "It's hard to believe 'Girls, Girls, Girls' already turned thirty this year. We went against the grain with this album when it first came out in 1987. The music and lyrics reflect what was going on in the streets of Los Angeles at that time. "A big thank you to all the fans who have made the album stand the test of time. It's really cool to now see a new generation of fans exploring and digging 'Girls, Girls, Girls' three decades later." A trailer for the "Girls Girls Girls" special deluxe edition is available below. A product of the '80s Hollywood Sunset Strip, MÖTLEY CRÜE was the quintessential L.A. hair metal band. Their string of hit albums and crossover songs on radio and MTV was only matched by their over-the-top live show, mounting legal bills, and alarming drug use. By 1987, the band was dancing on a fine line between real life or death. Sixx told the "In The Studio" show what he remembered about the Billboard No. 2-charting album. "We were a mess," he said. "I know we didn't go overseas, because the management said, 'You guys go, and somebody’s not coming back. Or if they do, they're coming back in a body bag... We were operating like a punk band! We were completely out of control." MÖTLEY CRÜE's last studio album was 2008's "Saints Of Los Angeles", which was followed by a 2009 "Greatest Hits" compilation. A tour film about MÖTLEY CRÜE's final shows, "The End", came out last fall, and a film adaptation of the band's 2001 autobiography "The Dirt" is still said to be in the works. Sixx told SiriusXM's "Debatable" about MÖTLEY CRÜE's decision to call it quits after one last show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles following an eighteen-month tour that saw the group performing to packed houses all over the world: "MÖTLEY CRÜE was never really meant to stay together. I mean, I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did. It was wired like a bunch of Rottweilers or like a gang. And there's all these Type A personalities and different issues within the band that made it really magical. But maturity and that doesn't necessarily work together, and I think that it was kind of cool that we sat down together and said, 'Hey, man, let's just let this thing go.'" […]

  • ADEMA's Reunited Original Lineup Plays First Comeback Show (Video)
    on May 25, 2017 at 15:27

    The reunited original lineup of the California rock band ADEMA — vocalist Mark Chavez, vocalist/guitarist Tim Fluckey, guitarist Mike Ransom, bassist Dave DeRoo and drummer Kris Kohls — played its first comeback show last night (Wednesday, May 24) at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. ADEMA is writing material for a new album, to be recorded later in the year. The band previously toured with Chavez in 2010, marking his first run with the group in seven years. He left ADEMA due to "creative differences" in 2004 after two successful albums, "Adema" and "Unstable". The singer — who is the half brother of KORN frontman Jonathan Davis — quit ADEMA again in January 2011 in order to pursue his "solo project." Regarding his original split with ADEMA, Chavez told in a 2010 interview: "I had just had a son, a newborn boy, and he's my little Marky. He's my everything. He's my life. Due to some 'creative differences,' I call it, band members will go through some really crazy things. It was time for me to leave. "I wasn't going to be a jerk and say, 'Oh you know what? I'm taking the band. The band's over for right now.' I said, 'Here, you guys want to find another singer, you can go on with it, go ahead.' So I didn't leave on the greatest of terms. A lot of people were upset. But I don't regret anything. I spent every single day for three years straight raising my son. It has set up my relationship with my child for life now." After Chavez's original exit from ADEMA, the other members of the band found their way with new lead singers Luke Caraccioli and later Bobby Reeves, while Mark founded MIDNIGHT PANIC with his cousin, Peter Shubert. He also produced fellow artists. ADEMA's last release was 2013's "Topple The Giants". The group's first CD since 2007's "Kill The Headlights" contained brand new tracks plus re-worked versions of ADEMA's chart-topping hits "Giving In" and "Unstable". […]

  • MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Says DAVE MUSTAINE Is A 'Commanding Leader' Onstage
    on May 25, 2017 at 15:15

    MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was recently interviewed by the "Music Mania" podcast. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his return to MEGADETH in 2010: Ellefson: "Well, [it was] really important, not just for me but I think just for the, if I could dare call it, the franchise of MEGADETH. Rock bands are kind of a unique little beast in that the songs are as attached to the personalities who wrote 'em and record 'em, and being able to have that experience of going to see… You're not just going to hear a song played at a concert, you're going to watch those people play it. When I was at NAMM, I was in the lobby of the hotel, and Tom Petersson from CHEAP TRICK was there. He does some stuff with Gretsch Guitars, which is part of Fender, and I do stuff with Jackson Guitars, which is part of Fender, so we just had this really cool moment… And I've actually done shows… When I played bass with Ronnie Montrose, we did a couple of shows with CHEAP TRICK, and I've kind of known them a little bit over the years. But it's just kind of interesting how… Tom, I used to learn his songs growing up, and there's a season when he wasn't in CHEAP TRICK, and, quite honestly, my interest waned in CHEAP TRICK. Now that he's back in the band, he is a… Rick Nielsen, I think, is the main songwriter of CHEAP TRICK, but Tom's playing his part and him being there, it's part of the blueprint of the band. And I think that's what happens when you get to see, I guess in our case, MEGADETH, me and Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH leader], from the very beginning, you get to see us there… We've reached this point in our career where us being together on that stage and in the studio and working together, it's a visual, it's audio, it's all part of the thing that you really… that is the nucleus of it. I just think it's cool for just the whole experience for everybody all around." On his relationship with Dave Mustaine, both onstage and offstage: Ellefson: "I'll tell you, onstage, there's no one I'd rather be onstage with than Dave, because that guy totally has control of the venue and he's got control of the audience, he's got control… He can shut down a fifty-thousand-capacity audience in one… All he's gotta do is stop playing and people know he's pissed. All of a sudden, it's, like, 'Oh, shit. We pissed Dave off. Oh-ho.' [Laughs] You know what I mean? And it's been like that from the very first shows we did up in San Francisco back in 1984. I very much felt like, man, Dave is fearless on stage and he's at home on stage; that's really where you see the essence of him and you just feel his presence, and he's a commanding leader. And, quite honestly, the audience loves that — the audience wants to be led, they want to know someone's in command, and he's in command in the live show. So that's a beautiful thing. And then creatively and in the studio, [MEGADETH's latest album] 'Dystopia' really, quite honestly, wasn't much different than making 'Peace Sells' or maybe some of the earlier records. Dave very much has a very… he's got his hand on the creative process, and he knows… When he hears something in his head, he knows what it's gonna sound like later on, and that's a gift that I don't see a lot of people have. I know sometimes musicians sit around, they play a lot, they practice a lot, they'll continually hone and work on things. And Dave's a guy, he plays what he hears, he doesn't hear what he plays. And that's a different… He's a begin-with-the-end-in-mind kind of guy, and as a result, MEGADETH has had a… I guess part of the reason the band's been able to stay together, quite honestly, is because there was this vision cast from the very beginning, and every day we're together as MEGADETH, we are executing what that vision was back in 1983." MEGADETH has spent more than a year on the road promoting "Dystopia", which arrived in January 2016. The group is currently scheduled to head back out on tour in June and July with MESHUGGAH, TESSERACT and LILLAKE. SCORPIONS' "Crazy World" tour with MEGADETH will kick off on September 14 in Reading, Pennsylvania and run through October 15 in Tampa, Florida. […]

  • MASTODON To Perform On Tonight's 'Conan'
    on May 25, 2017 at 14:21

    Atlanta progressive heavy rock icons MASTODON will perform the song "Show Yourself" on tonight's (May 25) episode of Conan O'Brien's nighttime talk show, "Conan". The show airs on TBS at 11/10C. "Show Yourself" is taken from MASTODON's seventh studio album, "Emperor Of Sand", which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart, making it their third Top 10 album. The follow-up to 2014's "Once More 'Round The Sun" was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside MASTODON's hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O'Brien (PEARL JAM, NEIL YOUNG, AC/DC, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE), who first worked with MASTODON on their seminal 2009 album "Crack The Skye" MASTODON bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders and guitarist Bill Kelliher explained in a recent interview with Noisey that the band doesn't let online trolls and haters — and even some of their own fans — get to them with criticism about their sound or the way it's changed. Kelliher said, "Our fucking fans are nuts. They pick apart every fucking note, every fucking word, who's singing what, why this song doesn't sound like the last song, why this song sucks because it's different." Kelliher added: "I read these comments on the internet of people saying we sold out by playing songs like 'Show Yourself'. Who the fuck are you? What do you mean we sold out? I'll play whatever music I want to play! I'll put out a goddamn pop record if I want to. I don't have to answer to anybody but my bandmates — and my wife." Kelliher offered his perception of who some of these alleged fans are, saying: "There's people that follow the MASTODON Facebook page and then they talk shit. Are you just trying to be cool? I think of a pimply-faced 14-year-old in his underpants sitting on his computer. Where's your band that you've had for 17 years? Where are your three-time Grammy loser certificates?" MASTODON has been nominated for a Grammy three times in the "Best Metal Performance" category over the years, losing all three times. […]

  • RICH WARD Feels 'Really Good' About FOZZY's Upcoming Album
    on May 25, 2017 at 13:46

    FOZZY guitarist Rich Ward was interviewed by The Front Row Report at this year's edition of the Northern Invasion festival, which took place Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 at Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about the overwhelmingly positive response to FOZZY's new single, "Judas", Ward said: "Well, this is the first time that we have finished a song and released it before the album is even finished being written and recorded. Normally, we write and record an entire album, choose a single and then release the single from it. This, we knew right away that 'Judas' was a standout track, so the idea was to have it ready for the spring radio-festival season. So we're doing Rocklahoma and last week was Carolina Rebellion, so we needed to have a single out in order to kind of build momentum for FOZZY into this season of loud music. And then the [full] record will be out in September." He continued: "We all feel really good about the album, but until it's done, until you can taste the soup, you never know. And we'll always be our hardest critics, because we're all fans at our core. We started playing music when we were teenagers because we loved other bands. We never did it because we wanted to be rich or famous; we did it because we loved OZZY OSBOURNE and IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA, and we wanted to be like our heroes, and just being able to be in the same business as the bands that we grew up listening to is a great honor." FOZZY's new album, which is also called "Judas", will be released via Century Media. The band's lead singer, WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho, told The Front Row Report about what fans can expect from the new disc: "It's definitely the next step. It's an extension. It's more of an evolving FOZZY. We really put a lot of stock in bands like U2 and GUNS N' ROSES and METALLICA, and I think the best example might be David Bowie, where there's always different styles, different eras, and we like that too. And we're not completely changing what we do. But there's different more melodies and this is very much a hookier record. There's not as many guitar solos on the record, but it's still heavy and melodic. It's an evolution from 'Do You Wanna Start A War' [2014] as much as 'Do You Wanna Start A War' was an evolution from 'Sin And Bones' [2012]. I think it's a great trilogy of records that shows a lot of growth, but it's still very heavy and very melodic. Like I said, the trilogy of records — from 'Sin And Bones' to 'Judas' — I think they're all very great records that have a little bit different elements to them all, which is a key to longevity for sure." Jericho also talked about the songwriting process for "Judas", which was composed during late 2015 and most of 2016 while FOZZY took a break from the road. "We never really sit in a room and write," he said. "In the past, I would write my parts and send them over to [guitarist] Rich [Ward] and Rich would send it back to me. Also, we had Johnny Andrews writing with us for the whole record. He wrote 'Lights Go Out' on the last record, so we wanted him involved. He produced the record, so Rich and him did a lot of sessions [in the studio where they spent many hours] jamming it out… We wanted to give him total control and let him produce the record and make the record that he thought we should make, and we're really happy that we did." FOZZY recently announced the return of bassist Paul Di Leo. Paul previously played with FOZZY between 2011 and 2014 and appeared on the group's last two studio albums. After "Do You Wanna Start A War"'s release, Di Leo was replaced on the road by Jeff Rouse and later by Randy Drake. "Do You Wanna Start A War" sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived on July 22, 2014 via Century Media. […]

  • BOBBY DALL Admits He Was Upset When BRET MICHAELS First Started Performing POISON Songs With Solo Band
    on May 25, 2017 at 13:14

    POISON bassist Bobby Dall has admitted to Rolling Stone that he was upset when singer Bret Michaels first started going on the road as a solo artist and playing POISON's songs. "Yeah, if I'm being honest," said Dall, "I think it'd bother anybody. And if anybody in the band tells you otherwise, I'd think they're lying." POISON guitarist C.C. DeVille took a slightly different stance, telling the magazine: "I would like to be out there as well, but, no, it does not piss me off. Bret just loves to work. He likes to have ten things going at once." For his part, Michaels said: "There's no malicious reason I do it. It's just in addition to what I do with POISON." POISON's reunited original lineup kicked off its North American tour with DEF LEPPARD on April 8 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The trek will wrap on June 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana. POISON hadn't done any major touring since taking part in the 2012 "Rock Of Ages" trek with DEF LEPPARD and LITA FORD. "If it takes me four years to get Bret to agree to play a tour," Dall told Rolling Stone, "you never know if there's going to be another one. It's gotten so hard to just get it done." Back in 2015, Dall, DeVille and fellow POISON member Rikki Rockett (drums), plus vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (CHEAP THRILL, DEVIL CITY ANGELS), played several shows as THE SPECIAL GUESTS in what was widely perceived as a not-so-subtle message to Michaels that they weren't willing to remain completely inactive while he pursued a solo career. Rikki later told "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon": "Why should we sit home while Bret does things?' You know what I mean? That was the only message: 'Hey, Bret, we're not gonna sit around either.' It wasn't like, 'We're replacing you, Bret,' but it was kind of like, 'We're not gonna just sit on our thumbs either.' That's more or less what it's about… And honestly, we didn't do it as a message to Bret, but that message, I'm sure, [came across]… And the fans actually really liked it. Brandon did an awesome job." POISON's last album of new material was 2002's "Hollyweird". Back in 2007, they released "Poison'd", an album of covers. […]

  • EARTH CRAWLER Feat. Former FORBIDDEN And TESTAMENT Guitarist GLEN ALVELAIS: 'Black Veils' Lyric Video
    on May 25, 2017 at 12:23

    The official lyric video for the song "Black Veils" from EARTH CRAWLER — the new San Francisco Bay Area metal band featuring former FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT guitarist Glen Alvelais — can be seen below. The track is taken from EARTH CRAWLER's debut album, "From Below", which was released on May 5. Recorded at the Blue Room Recording Studio by mix and mastering engineer Eric Hill (XEROSUN, PLENTY HEAVY, GRAVEL, SOCOTRA), the effort "features six tracks of punishing riffs, melodically emotive and furious leads, dynamic vocal interplay that reaches into uncomfortable territory, and will show you that EARTH CRAWLER isn't afraid to wear their classic Bay Area Thrash influences on their sleeve," according to a press release. EARTH CRAWLER's music doesn't concern itself with the confines of any subgenres. Since their inception in 2016, their goal has been to write songs that incorporate any and all influences from every corner of the musical world they have experienced, while challenging themselves to reside outside of each member's comfort zone. By not having a preconceived niche to fit in, EARTH CRAWLER creates songs whose journey is devoid of staleness or redundancy. Without rehashing concepts from song to song by bringing in elements of death metal, thrash, hardcore, post-metal, doom, and stoner metal to the table, nothing feels foreign to the world that EARTH CRAWLER lives in. EARTH CRAWLER is: Ryan Reynoso - Vocals Glen Alvelais - Lead Guitar Kimo Sanborn - Guitar, Vocals Nick Benigno - Drums […]

  • MAX And IGOR CAVALERA Refused To Allow Early SEPULTURA Music To Be Used In Official Documentary
    on May 25, 2017 at 12:07

    According to Folha De S. Paulo, former SEPULTURA members Max and Igor Cavalera have denied permission to the makers of the band's official documentary, "Sepultura Endurance", to use the group's early music in the film. The director of the movie, Otávio Juliano, told the Brazilian news outlet that he could not even use footage of early SEPULTURA songs being performed by the current version of the band, which includes singer Derrick Green and drummer Eloy Casagrande alongside two members of SEPULTURA's "classic" lineup, Andreas Kisser (guitar) and Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. (bass). "I'd be really glad if [Max and Igor, who own 50% of the rights to SEPULTURA's early material] changed their minds, because they haven't even seen the film yet. There is nothing in this movie that isn't a celebration of everything they've achieved," said Juliano. Whenever artists record songs that someone else wrote and attempt to "synch" them with any audio/visual element, they need a synchronization license. This pays a royalty to the composer of the song for the right to use their song on the new video recording. Synchronization licenses are required no matter how small a portion of the song is used. Copyright owners of music, which are usually the publishers, have the exclusive authority, backed by U.S. copyright law, to say "yes" or "no" to any license request where audio/visual projects are concerned. This means that the copyright holder can demand any price or deny permission altogether. "Sepultura Endurance" received its world premiere on May 21 at the Regent theater in Los Angeles. A screening of the film was followed by a question-and-answer session with the band, as well as Juliano. During a recent interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Igor Cavalera was asked about his relationship with his former bandmates in SEPULTURA today, more than ten years after his departure from the group. The drummer, who has been celebrating — along with his brother, former SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera — the twentieth anniversary of the band's classic album "Roots" by performing the LP in its entirety, responded: "It is negative because, to a certain extent, me and Max believe SEPULTURA doesn't really make sense nowadays, to do what they're doing, and with that comes a lot of anger from their part. But, at the end of the day, we don't really care. This is what we do. And we're really happy with what we have right now. I know a lot of fans appreciate that by coming to see us. I don't know — life's too short to be angry and fighting and doing all this stuff. So I don't really care what they do or what they don't do." Igor also downplayed the possibility of a reunion of SEPULTURA's classic lineup, saying: "We don't really … Unless it's something really solid — and we haven't seen that from their part — of doing something totally professional and coming together, trying to do something like that. At the end of the day, it would be special for the fans, so it's not like a closed door, but at the same time, we have no time to spend energy with this kind of thing. So we just move forward." Max echoed his brother's sentiments, telling The Salt Lake Tribune that he doesn't even think about his former bandmates much. "For a time — for a long time — there was a war in the press, like, 'He'll talk this, I'll talk that,'" he explained. "I got really tired of it, honestly. I'm not gonna do that anymore. So let them go their way and do their thing, and we're gonna do our thing, and I think that's the best for everybody." He continued: "The fans know in their heart that we were there in the beginning. Unfortunately, we don't have the name, they continue with the name, but we have paid homage to real great records like 'Roots', and we might do some other ones. And [Rhino Records] releasing all the 'Max years' on vinyl and CDs — it's a great compilation that just came out. We focus more on that and the other projects that I have." Max added: "I don't really have time to think about what those other guys are doing, and I honestly don't even care. It's whatever, you know? They're gonna do their thing, and we're gonna do our thing. That's pretty much how it's gonna be. I don't listen to their stuff and I don't really care. I just really wanna do what I'm doing, and I'm happy with that." While stopping short of completely ruling out a reunion of SEPULTURA's classic lineup, Max said: "Right now, we don't even need it. It's been so much of that kind of bad vibes through the years that I don't even know how that would even really work out. I think what [Igor and I] are doing is the closest thing to that, and it works great, it works like a charm. It's amazing. I'm happy just with this. This 'Return To Roots' [tour], for me, it's enough. I don't even need the reunion. For me, this is great, this works just as great. And I'm having fun every night playing the songs that I love and were a big part of my life. But I'm a guy who looks to the future, too, so at the same time I'm doing this 'Roots' thing, I'm looking forward to and excited about KILLER BE KILLED, for the new CAVALERA [CONSPIRACY], for the new SOULFLY. I think, for me, that's more important than a reunion. It's what's in front of you. I'm very pleased with how things are turning out right now, so I wouldn't change anything." In 1996, Max exited SEPULTURA after the rest of the band fired Max's wife Gloria as their manager. Igor left SEPULTURA in June 2006 due to "artistic differences." His departure from the band came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from SEPULTURA's touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006). Thanks: Gabriel Costa […]

  • SOUL ASYLUM, KING'S X, LIVING COLOUR Members Pay Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL At 'Ultimate Jam Night' (Video)
    on May 25, 2017 at 10:29

    In response to the tragic passing of Chris Cornell, Ultimate Jam Night, the long-running show in residency at Hollywood's Whisky A Go Go held a special tribute in his honor on Tuesday, May 23. The event was free of charge and was broadcast worldwide on Zinna.TV. A long list of performers — including SOUL ASYLUM's Dave Pirner — performed with Doug Pinnick of KING'S X, as well as the entire band LIVING COLOUR, BUDDERSIDE's Patrick Stone, Stevie D. from BUCKCHERRY, Debby Holiday and forty other known artists. Video footage of some of the performances can be seen below. Cornell's remains were cremated on Tuesday (May 23) ahead of a private funeral service set to take place this Friday (May 26), according to TMZ. A small group of family and friends were on hand for the cremation, including his brother Peter, his wife Vicky, and his friends Linda Ramone and singer J.D. King. The funeral on Friday will be held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. Cornell's attorney told Variety that after 3:00 p.m. local time on Friday, following the private ceremony, the public is welcome to visit the gravesite. Information about larger public memorials was still undecided at press time. The 52-year-old was pronounced dead early last Thursday morning (May 18) after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room on Wednesday night. SOUNDGARDEN had played a show earlier that evening. The official cause of death was suicide by hanging, although the result of a full autopsy and toxicology tests are pending. Cornell's wife has said he may have taken more of the anti-anxiety drug Ativan than he was prescribed, with side effects that could have contributed to his demise. Meanwhile, SOUNDGARDEN's longtime front-of-house engineer and tour manager, Ted Keedick, told TMZ that the vocalist seemed to be "high" during the band's last performance in Detroit, hours before Cornell's death. Keedick revealed, "Chris was out of character from note one of the show. I've never heard or seen him that way before, at least if we did not cancel a show... I'd never heard his voice that way before. He was having serious control problems." The engineer said that at one point during the concert he was so concerned he phoned someone backstage from his mixing board in the middle of the venue and asked what was wrong with Cornell. He added that the singer seemed "fucked up" but not depressed. […]

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