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April is the cruellest month…

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
— T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland, section 1, lines 1-4

Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. April 5, 1994)

Layne Staley (August 22, 1967 – ca. April 5, 2002)

 

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Happy Birthday Mike Starr!

Happy Birthday Mike Starr!! He was born on this day in 1966.

Anniversary of Mike Starr’s Death

Today is the 7th anniversary of Mike Starr’s death.

Rock in Peace wherever you are.

Layne and Demri

Today I decided to post some pictures of Layne and Demri. For those of you who don’t know, Layne Staley, the singer of Alice in Chains, was in the long time relationship with Demri Lara Parrot who sadly died in 1996 from drug overdose. It is believed that her death has overwhelmed Layne so much that he returned to addiction. You can read more about her on her FB tribute page.

Below you will find an article from Alternative Nation about their wedding that eventually did not happen.

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The 20th anniversary of the death of late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley’s girlfriend Demri Parrott was over the weekend. Alice In Chains: The Untold Story author David de Sola shared some information with Alternative Nation about the wedding that never came to be between Staley and Parrott, and how the planned site of the wedding eventually was where a much sadder event took place.

“People who knew both of them well generally agree (and told me) that Layne never got over Demri’s death. He was already pretty reclusive in 1996, but after her death, there were only three recordings that I know of (Despiseley Brothers, 2 AIC songs, and a Pink Floyd cover for a movie soundtrack). He was supposed to record guest vocals for a song by Taproot, but his body was found shortly before a recording session was set to take place.

The last time Kathleen Austin – Demri’s mother – saw Layne was in 1997. He wanted a teddy bear that Demri had had with her in hospital. Austin got that bear back after it was found in Layne’s things after his death. She also has Demri’s engagement ring that Layne gave her. The engagement was called off, but she did pick out a dress. They had chosen Kiana Lodge on Bainbridge Island as the wedding venue, that’s why the private invitation-only memorial service for Layne’s family and close friends was held there in 2002.

Mike Starr said he was going to be best man at Layne and Demri’s wedding. Neither Demri’s mother nor Layne’s stepfather have been able to confirm that. Thinking about both of them yesterday and today, and what might have been. RIP Layne and Demri.”

Demri Parrott died on October 29, 1996.  Layne Staley died on April 5, 2002.

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Chris Cornell’s Funeral (Part 2)

Chris Cornell’s Final Resting Place And Funeral Details

Chris Cornell, the lead singer for Soundgarden, will be laid to rest on May 26 in Los Angeles, two people with knowledge of the plans told CNN Saturday.

Cornell’s body will be flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday, and Cornell will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the sources said.

One of the sources told CNN, “The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service.”

Late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s funeral was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in December 2015, with members of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and Jane’s Addiction in attendance.

One of the sources told CNN, “The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service.”

Late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s funeral was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in December 2015, with members of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and Jane’s Addiction in attendance.

source: Alternative Nation

 Chris Cornell’s Mother-In-Law Criticizes Eddie Vedder, Claims He Won’t Attend Memorial

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has left for his European solo tour, and Chris Cornell’s mother in law is claiming he will not be attending Cornell’s Celebration of Life on Friday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Vedder kicks off his tour on Saturday in Amsterdam, and the tour runs through the end of June.

Cornell’s mother in law Toni Karayiannis criticized Vedder on Twitter for not attending the ceremony, and for a variety of other reasons. At first she did not say who she was talking about by name, but she later retweeted messages critical of Vedder, and tweeted about him singing “Daughter.” Pearl Jam released a tribute photo entitled ‘Chris’ on their website a few days ago.

We usually post written text from tweets in addition to embedding them, but due to the highly emotional nature of these remarks, we are only embedding them in case Karayiannis decides to remove any of them at a later date.

Everyone grieves in their own way, especially with a terrible tragedy like this. We have yet to hear from Vedder about how he is dealing with the loss of his friend of 27 years, so it is impossible for us to judge him or anyone involved in this situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cornell family, Eddie Vedder, and all of Cornell’s other friends and fans.

View Vedder’s tour dates below.

DATE CITY, COUNTRY VENUE
May 27 Amsterdam, The Netherlands AFAS Live
May 29 Amsterdam, The Netherlands AFAS Live
May 30 Amsterdam, The Netherlands AFAS Live
June 1 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle
June 3 Kvaerndrup, Denmark Heartland Festival, Egeskov Castle*
June 6 London, UK Eventim Apollo
June 7 London, UK Eventim Apollo
June 9 Dublin, Ireland 3 Arena
June 11 Cork, Ireland Live at the Marquee*
June 19 Antwerp, Belgium Lotto Arena
June 24 Florence, Italy Firenze Rocks Festival*
June 26 Taormina (Sicily), Italy Teatro Antico di Taormina
June 27 Taormina (Sicily), Italy Teatro Antico di Taormina

source: Alternative Nation

[I personally agree with the editors of Alternative Nation. It’s just impossible to believe that Eddie was not deeply touched by his long time friend’s death but with the tour dates already scheduled, he had to make a difficult choice and I absolutely understand that he did not want to leave his European fans. In fact, he paid a tribute to Chris during his live shows and I think it was the best he could do to celebrate Chris’ life. I believe Chris would understand and approve it. – footnote by Anna Solun]

First Video And Photos From Chris Cornell’s Funeral

The first video and photos have surfaced from Chris Cornell’s Celebration of Life at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

source: Alternative Nation

Watch Dave Grohl & Courtney Love Hug Chris Cornell’s Bandmates In Beautiful Video

More video footage has surfaced from Chris Cornell’s funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery from Friday.

The new video initially shows Josh Brolin, Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, Filter frontman Richard Patrick, and then 1:05 in Dave Grohl and Courtney Love are shown hugging Chris Cornell’s surviving bandmates, Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and Audioslave’s Tom Morello.

Watch a video of the beautiful and surreal moment below.

source: Alternative Nation

Watch Tom Morello’s Beautiful Eulogy At Chris Cornell’s Funeral: ‘Look Out For Each Other’

The first video clips of one of the eulogies at Chris Cornell’s funeral has surfaced, and it is two portions of former Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello’s eulogy. The clips are short, but a videographer also included another quote that Morello said during the service.

Morello told mourners to make a committment to look after one another “for Chris’ sake.”

Watch two video clips of Morello’s eulogy below.

source: Alternative Nation

 

Surviving Soundgarden members reunite for dinner following Chris Cornell’s funeral

Family, friends, collaborators, and contemporaries came out in force to honor Chris Cornell during a funeral service held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery last Friday. Soundgarden’s three surviving members, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron were in attendance, as was founding bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Following the ceremony, Thayil, Cameron, and Yamamoto went out to dinner together, joined by longtime Soundgarden producers Jack Endino and Stuart Hallerman, and Cornell’s ex-wife, Susan Silver. Hallerman shared a photo of the group with the caption, “We’re all living on ‘silver linings’ today, but they are abundant” (via Alternative Nation).

Stuart Hallerman shared the following photo after Chris Cornell’s funeral with the caption: “We’re all living on “silver linings” today, but they are abundant.”

In the photo are Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, former Soundgarden producer Jack Endino, Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, former Soundgarden bassist Hiro Yamamoto, and Chris Cornell’s ex-wife Susan Silver.

Hallerman responded to a comment from former Screaming Trees drummer Mark Pickerel, “Your name came up, Matt was reminiscing about their first trip to Ellensburg, a show with you and the Trees. Car problems! VW bus with no clutch cable made it home over the pass after…”

Ex-Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese commented, “Absolutely fantastic!! Thank you for posting this photo! Great great great to see you all together!”

Ben Shepherd was not featured in the photo, and the only photograph that appeared to surface of him at the funeral was a picture of him next to Filter frontman Richard Patrick.

source: Alternative Nation

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Blog Renovations + Layne&Shannon

Hello everyone!

I just want to say that I have refurbished the blog a bit so hopefully the layout is clearer and easier to read now.

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And now that I’m done with announcements I can post Layne and Shannon 😉

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Jerry Cantrell About Saying Goodbye To Layne Staley

Today would be Layne Staley’s 49th birthday… On this sad occasion let me quote Jerry Cantrell talking about the way he was coping with the death of his bandmate.

Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell says he still has a hard time listening to the Black Gives Way To Blue, the group’s 2009 tribute to their original frontman Layne Staley.

After struggling with severe drug addiction, Staley died in his Seattle apartment in April 2002 from a mixture of heroin and cocaine while the band were on hiatus.

The remaining members regrouped in 2005 for a three-year run of reunion shows that featured a variety of singers, including former Madfly and Comes With The Fall vocalist William DuVall, who joined Alice In Chains in the studio for their 2009 comeback album Black Gives Way To Blue.

The project’s title track saw a guest appearance by Elton John on piano as the band offered a public goodbye to their fallen bandmate.

Cantrell exclusively tells the latest edition of Metal Hammer: “That song really set it in stone, because we had to properly address Layne’s death and say goodbye to our friend. We had done it privately, but if we were going to do this, we had to do it publicly. It’s a beautiful song and it’s still really tough for me to listen to.”

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The song, which features Elton John on piano, doesn’t specifically mention Staley, but it’s not hard to make the connection to him, particularly with the last verse. “Curtains drawn, now it’s done / Silencing all tomorrows / Forcing a goodbye.”

Staley died of a fatal mixture of heroin and cocaine on April 5, 2002. His body was discovered two weeks later in his Seattle apartment that was littered with drugs and drug paraphernalia. In his hand was a syringe with another dose of heroin. Although Alice in Chains had not broken up, they had been mostly inactive since they opened up for Kiss in July 1996, with a couple of songs recorded in 1998 as Staley’s last sessions with the band.

At the time of his death, Staley weighed only 86 pounds. Coincidentally, it was eight years to the day that the biggest star of the Seattle alternative scene of the early ’90s, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, died of a self-inflicted shotgun blast.

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