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Chris’ Week on Grunge Graveyard: Chris Cornell. A Life In 15 Songs

source: Classic Rock   20.07.2020

Chris Cornell: a life in 15 songs

 

 

 

 

Chris’ Week on Grunge Graveyard: Taylor Momsen Talks About Chris Cornell

source: Blabbermouth  May 25, 2020

THE PRETTY RECKLESS’s TAYLOR MOMSEN On CHRIS CORNELL’s Death: ‘That Hit Me Extraordinarily Hard’

The Pretty Reckless frontwoman Taylor Momsen has reflected on how the deaths of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and longtime producer Kato Khandwala affected the making of The Pretty Reckless’s new LP, “Death By Rock And Roll”.

Momsen, whose band was the opening act for Soundgarden’s spring 2017 run of dates, told Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 (hear audio below): “[Chris’s passing] hit me extraordinarily hard. Getting that tour, I’m such a massive Soundgarden fan, that was the highest of the highs for all of us. And it obviously ended not ideally. I had to take a step back and we canceled touring. I wasn’t in a good place to be public, so I went home to kind of reflect on what had happened and try to process. And then I started writing again, and very soon after that, I got the call that Kato, my best friend and our producer, had passed on a motorcycle accident. And that was kind of a nail in the coffin for me at that moment in time. I sunk into this whole depression, and I wasn’t entirely sure how I was gonna get out of it, or if I was gonna get out of it. Not to get too heavy here, but the short of it is that music saved my life again. I delved into music, and that’s what really pulled me out of it. And this record is really the culmination of all of that. So it’s all there in the record.”

Asked how one knows it’s time to get back to work after going through such a dark period, Taylor said: “You kind of don’t. I kind of took a jump. I had written some stuff that I really liked, and that was the first hint of, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta start doing something again.’ And that in itself was a process. It was the first record that we did without Kato. We worked with a guy named Jonathan Wyman, who’s a longtime friend of mine and the band’s — a great engineer, a great friend, a great producer. And it’s the first record we actually co-produced. He was a lifesaver in this scenario.

“I’d say this record is like a rebirth for us,” she continued. “In one way, it feels like the first record in the sense that we really threw everything — physically, mentally — everything we had at it and in it. And now it’s finished, and now I’m excited for people to hear it. Making the record was a part of the healing process.”

Momsen has confirmed in a separate interview with Detroit radio station WRIF that Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello guests on “Death By Rock And Roll”. Morello appears on a track called “And So It Went”.

Morello joins previously announced guests Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron from Soundgarden. The song with Cameron and Thayil, called “Only Love Can Save Me Now”, was recorded at Seattle’s legendary London Bridge Studios, where seminal LPs like Pearl Jam’s Ten and Soundgarden’s “Louder Than Love” were laid down.

Momsen told The Pulse Of Radio about working at the historic Seattle studio: “In one way it was kind of like walking back in time. You come in and there’s just all the Pearl Jam gold records and paintings and there’s a wall that’s covered in signed drumheads and pictures of people who’ve worked there. And then the studio itself is very warm and inviting, very comfortable. So it was very suited to what I was used to, but with all this added history to it.”

“Death By Rock And Roll”, the fourth studio album from The Pretty Reckless, will arrive in late 2020 or early 2021. It will follow up 2016’s “Who You Selling For”, which featured the rock radio hits Oh My God”, “Back To The River” and “Take Me Down”.

source: Alternative Nation  Jul 11, 2020

Taylor Momsen Drops Singing For Audioslave Bombshell

By Brett Buchanan

The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen was opening for Soundgarden on their final tour before Chris Cornell died by suicide in Detroit. Momsen discussed singing an Audioslave classic shortly after Cornell’s death, and how she struggled with substance abuse in the wake of the tragedy.

Momsen told Offstage With DWP about Soundgarden influencing her, “Their level of artistry and songwriting and musicianship is so above what I can even comprehend. It’s so intricate, it’s so detailed, it’s so good and it’s so smart that it takes a minute to understand Soundgarden. They’re catchy, and everyone’s heart the hits, but when you really investigate Soundgarden and get into it, it’s like a religion — it’s so in-depth and it’s just superior to so much music that’s out there.

 

“I’ve based my whole career and identity off of The Beatles and Soundgarden. They’re two bands that I put next to each other, and I know that might sound crazy to some people. But they’re so important. There’s very few bands, I think, that needed to exist, and Soundgarden is one of those bands that there’d be a hole in the music world without their records.”

She later said about covering “Like a Stone” after Cornell’s death, “That was a cover that we’d been doing for years, just because I love singing the song, but it certainly took on a different meaning at that show. I could barely get through it. It was probably not my greatest moment. I was not in a very good place to be public, ’cause after that, I canceled all touring. I needed some time to clear my head, to process what had happened, or attempt to, so I went home after that. I couldn’t get on stage and pretend that I was okay and that I was happy to be there.

To put on a show and put on façade, I wasn’t capable of doing that. So I left and went dark for a while to try to regroup. And then, unfortunately, as I started to put the pieces back together, I got the phone call that Kato, our producer, had passed in a motorcycle accident. So that kind of put the nail in the coffin. Not to get super heavy here, but I fell down a hole into such depression, substance abuse and a hole of grief that I didn’t know how to get out of. And it took a while.

To make a very long story short, it took music, rock and roll, to save my life again,” she explained. “I know it sounds super cliché, but it’s entirely true, ’cause I had nothing — I had given up on everything. I didn’t know if I wanted to do this anymore, I just thought, ‘What’s the point?’ And I turned to music, ’cause music, in my entire life, has been the one thing that’s never let me down — it’s always been my friend; it’s always been my salvation.

And listening to the records that I loved turned into me wanting to write — not even wanting to write, it just kind of became this outpour of writing without really… I didn’t have to try to write this record; I kind of just poured it out. And then that led to figuring out how to record this album. So there was a lot of baby steps in trying to heal, but without music, I don’t know how I would have made it through.”

Happy Birthday Chris!

Happy birthday to Chris Cornell who was born on this day in 1964! I’ll be posting a song or an article every day this week to celebrate his life and legacy, this will be Chris’ Week on Grunge Graveyard.

Chris Cornell – Unplugged In Sweden (Full Album)

Tracklist:

01) Doesn’t Remind Me (Audioslave) 1:03

02) Like A Stone (Audioslave) 5:31

03) Wide Awake (Audioslave) 10:17

04) Fell On Black Days (Soundgarden) 14:19

05) Be Yourself (Audioslave) 18:58

06) Billie Jean (Michael Jackson Cover) 23:21

07) Original Fire (Audioslave) 27:49

08) Redemption Song (Bob Marley Cover) 31:49

09) Peace,Love And Understanding (Elvis Costello Cover) 35:18

10) All Night Thing (Temple Of The Dog) 37:40

11) Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden) 41:37

12) Call Me A Dog (Temple Of The Dog) 47:24

13) Thank You (Led Zeppelin Cover) 52:11

The Anniversary of Chris’ Death

It is the 3rd anniversary of Chris Cornell’s death today.

Chris Cornell – Like a Stone Acoustic Live (Unplugged Sessions @ AOL)

Chris Cornell Posthumously Wins Grammy for Best Recording Package

source: Daily Mail

Chris Cornell won a posthumous award at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman was recognized in the Best Recording Package category for his career-spanning box-set compilation that dropped in November of 2018, a year-and-a-half after his passing at the age of 52.

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, his brother Barry Ament and Joe Spix, who contributed artwork to the box-set, accepted the award in Cornell’s honor.

Both Cornell’s and Soundgarden’s Twitter accounts tweeted out responses.

‘Congratulations Jeff & Barry Ament, thank you for this amazing work of art, your dedication & love for Chris,’ the Soundgarden tweet began.

‘Thank you @UMG & everyone who helped create such a beautiful work of art, in loving memory of Chris. He would be so proud -VC.’

‘Chris would be so proud! Thank you for your incredible work, dedication & loud love-VC #barryament #jeffament #chriscornellforever #Grammys2020,’ it read on the Black Hole Sun singer’s solo page. The message was tagged VC, the initials of Chris’ widow Vicky.

Along with his work with Soundgarden and Audioslave, the compilation album includes songs from his solo releases and Temple Of The Dog, which featured Jeff Ament and some of his Pearl Jam bandmates.

The super deluxe box-set has 64 tracks, including 10 unreleased songs.

One of the new tunes, When Bad Does Good, won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

In a statement, Cornell’s widow Vicky said that she felt ‘we needed to create a special collection to represent all of him – the friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and artist.’

She added, ‘His soaring vocals found their way into the hearts and souls of so many. His voice was his vision and his words were his peace. This album is for his fans.’

Born and raised in Seattle, Cornell struggled with depression and substance abuse for much of his life.

He has widely been considered among the greatest rock singers of all time.

The Anniversary of Chris’ Death

It is the 2nd anniversary of Chris Cornell’s death today so I am posting some rare treasures from his long career. This time Chris sings the songs of other artists and the list is really impressive.

1. Beatles 0:00 2. Michael Jackson 6:35 3. Creedence 10:40 4. Pearl Jam 13:40 5. Prince 17:40 6. Otis Redding 22:39 7. Whitney Houston 26:20 8. Mad Season 31:12 9. Eagles 36:00 10. Skynyrd 40:50 11. Mother Love Bone 43:32 12. Springsteen 48:24 13. Sabbath 54:27 14. Metallica 1:01:48 15. Bob Marley 1:06:04 16. Elvis Costello 1:09:30 17. John Lennon 1:11:39 Bonus 18. Pearl Jam/ Nirvana 1:15:34

Petition to Name Black Hole After Chris Cornell Exists

Hello to all the readers, please have a look at the news if you don’t know it yet, this is important!

Full story here and the link to petition here. 54,179 have already signed, including yours truly.

Tributes To Chris Cornell Part 5: Anneke van Giersbergen, Norah Jones and Audioslave

Renowned Dutch vocalist Anneke Van Giersbergen paid tribute to Chris Cornell by performing a cover version of AUDIOSLAVE‘s “Like A Stone” during her acoustic set on June 30 at the 20th-anniversary edition of the Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland. You can watch video footage of the performance below.

Anneke‘s new band, VUUR, will release its debut album, “In This Moment We Are Free – Cities”, on October 20 via InsideOut Music.

VUUR was created as a vehicle for the heavy progressive metal side of Anneke‘s career.

The name VUUR — translated from Dutch as “fire”, which can also be interpreted to mean “passion” or “drive” — was chosen as a moniker to represent Anneke‘s metal side, with the idea that when fans buy a ticket with the VUUR name on it they will be getting her heavy progressive music, while an Anneke Van Giersbergen show will be entirely different.

Cornell was pronounced dead on May 18 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room the previous night. SOUNDGARDEN had played a show earlier that evening.

The 52-year-old had sedatives and an anxiety drug in his system on the night he died by hanging himself. According to a completed toxicology report released by Michigan’s Wayne County Medical Examiner, the drugs didn’t contribute to the cause of death.

In addition to SOUNDGARDEN, Cornell sang with AUDIOSLAVE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG, while also recording four solo studio albums and one live set on his own.

Chris was laid to rest on May 26 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

source: Blabbermouth

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Norah Jones covered “Black Hole Sun” at the Fox Theatre in Detroit last night. It was the first concert at the venue since Chris Cornell’s final performance with Soundgarden last Wednesday.

source: Alternative Nation

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Surviving Audioslave members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford performed “Like a Stone” in honor of Chris Cornell a few days ago in the studio with no vocals. Watch below.

They also performed this song with Serj Tankian:

SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian joined surviving members of AUDIOSLAVE during a PROPHETS OF RAGE show last night at the Rock Im Park Festival festival to pay respect to late Chris Cornell with a “Like a Stone” performance. Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.

Cornell was known for his role as one of the architects of the 1990s grunge movement, for his extensive catalog as a songwriter and for his near four octave vocal range as well as his powerful vocal belting technique. He released four solo studio albums, Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), Higher Truth(2015) and the live album Songbook (2011). Cornell received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song “The Keeper” which appeared in the film Machine Gun Preacher and co-wrote and performed the theme song to the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), “You Know My Name“.

sources: Alternative Nation and Metal Addicts

Tributes To Chris Cornell Part 4: Megadeth, The Pretty Reckless and Toronto Choir

Another portion of tributes to Chris Cornell, I will post the last episode of his covers next week.

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MEGADETH

Dave Mustaine paid tribute to late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell yesterday at a Megadeth show in Japan with a cover of “Outshined.”

A visibly shaken Mustaine had to start by somewhat patiently explaining to some of his younger fans who Cornell was, and get some of the rowdier fans to stop yelling out requests so he can properly pay tribute.

via Alternative Nation

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The Pretty Reckless opened for Soundgarden during the band’s final shows this past week prior to frontman Chris Cornell’s death, and frontwoman Taylor Momsen sang Audioslave’s “Like a Stone” in honor of Cornell yesterday for a tear filled incredible performance.

Momsen discussed her excitement about opening for Soundgarden in an interview a couple of weeks ago with Alternative Nation reporter Lauryn Schaffner.

“Well we’ve only played with them once before and it was in Quebec City. They were amazing and I love Matt Chamberlain who was playing with them at the time, but I’m very excited to see them with Matt Cameron tonight. It’ll be my personal first time seeing Matt Cameron play, and he’s one of my favorite drummers.

Soundgarden is one of the bands that brought us as a group together, we all bonded over the Beatles and Soundgarden. So when we got the call that we were gonna open for them, I didn’t know what to say. I have no words – we are extraordinarily excited and I hope we don’t disappoint their fans.”

via Alternative Nation

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TORONTO CHOIR

Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir! have paid tribute to late singer Chris Cornell with a stirring rendition of Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun.

A total of 225 people gathered in the Canadian city to record the Superunknown track, saying simply: “RIP Chris Cornell. No one sang like you or ever will.”

The choir have previously covered a range of songs, including Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer, Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart and Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.

via Metal Hammer

Tributes To Chris Cornell Part 3: Corey Taylor, Bush, Live And Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Soundgarden was due to headline the Rock on the Range Music Festival on Friday night [May 19th]. In the wake of Chris Cornell’s tragic passing, the festival staged an all-star tribute featuring Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Bush, and Live. Video highlighting Cornell’s isolated vocals was also shown.

Taylor covered Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike”, Bush played Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”, and Live performed Audioslave’s “I Am the Highway’.

Watch fan-shot footage from the tribute below.

source: Consequence of Sound

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​​Following the stunning and heartbreaking death of Chris Cornell, tributes to the late singer have been showing up everywhere. Last night in Indianapolis, Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered their own salute to the beloved musician.

During the band’s set at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday evening, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer opened the encore by coming out on stage alone. He performed a cover of “Seasons”, a solo acoustic song Cornell had written for the Singles soundtrack. Watch video of the performance below (via Rolling Stone).