ANONYMOUS SOURCES PAINT DARK PICTURE OF CHRIS CORNELL'S FINAL DAYS
An anonymously sourced report at TMZ suggests that Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell may have been using other drugs besides his prescription medication Ativan shortly before he committed suicide early last Thursday morning (May 18th) in a Detroit hotel room. Sources told the website that Cornell had "obvious" track marks on his arms when his body was discovered. Although Cornell had a past history of drug use, he had reportedly been clean and sober since 2002.
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- The results of toxicology test are pending and will reveal what, if any, other substances were in his body at the time of his death.
- Cornell took Ativan for anxiety, with his family's lawyer suggesting last week that side effects of the drug have been linked to suicidal feelings.
- Soundgarden's longtime house engineer and tour manager, Ted Keedick, told TMZ that the vocalist seemed to be "high" and "f**ked up" during the band's last performance in Detroit, hours before Cornell's death. He said that the singer was "out of character from note one of the show."
- Cornell's remains were cremated on Tuesday (May 23rd), with a private funeral service scheduled for Friday (May 26th) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. After 3:00 p.m. local time on Friday, following the private ceremony, the public is welcome to visit the gravesite.
LINKIN PARK'S CHESTER BENNINGTON RESPONDS TO COREY TAYLOR
Linkin Park's Chester Bennington has responded to remarks made by Stone Sour and Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor, in which Taylor dressed down Bennington for lashing out at fans who were unhappy with the new Linkin Park album One More Light. At the time, Taylor told Tucson radio station KFMA, "I would’ve never say it the way he did, but you get frustrated and you want people to embrace the evolution. At the same time, you should probably be very, very fortunate that people this far along the line still love that music you made . . . Be fortunate for what you have."
Bennington, who said in interviews that he would like to punch people in their "f**king mouth" who believe his band "sold out" with the pop direction of the new CD, wrote on Twitter, "Just heard Corey Taylor's response to something I said in an interview and I agree with him. I do appreciate our fans." He later added, "I'm human and sometimes take things too personally. Most of our fans have been very positive lately. Some . . . not so much.." He continued that it was "time for me to recalibrate my perspective."
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- Bennington also told Music Week earlier this month that Linkin Park fans should "move the f**k on" and stop asking the band to return to the sound of its 2000 debut album, Hybrid Theory.
- The singer has said in the past that Linkin Park always aims to keep its fans interested and entertained: "We've discovered that if you keep your fans, like, happy and give them something different, they keep coming back for more. We're not looking at it as, from a business who's trying to sell things for people to consume. It's more like, we want to continue, like, if people are into us, if people like our music, then we want them to stay, like, interested in us and continue to like our music." . All six of the band's previous albums have landed in the Top 10.
GUNS N' ROSES EXTEND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, ANNOUNCE SUPPORT ACTS
After teasing a big announcement this week, Guns N' Roses has unveiled 15 additional tour dates on the next North American leg of its "Not In This Lifetime" trek, extending the band's itinerary well into the fall. The new string of mostly stadium-sized shows starts on October 8th in Philadelphia and concludes with two arena gigs in the group's hometown of Los Angeles over Thanksgiving weekend. Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, June 3rd.
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- The previously announced summer leg of the tour kicks off on July 27th in St. Louis and wraps on September 8th in San Antonio.
- Guns N' Roses have also announced the special guests for the summer shows, including ZZ Top on three Texas dates, Deftones on the St. Louis and Minneapolis dates, Sturgill Simpson on the Denver, Little Rock and Miami gigs, Royal Blood in Vancouver and George, Washington, Live on the Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Hershey, Pennsylvania dates, and Our Lady Peace on four Canadian shows.
- Opening acts for the fall shows have yet to be revealed.
- Newly announced Guns N' Roses tour dates (subject to change):
October 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
October 11 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
October 15 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
October 22 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
October 26 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
October 29 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
November 2 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
November 6 - Chicago, IL - United Center
November 10 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
November 14 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
November 17 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
November 21 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
November 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
November 25 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
MUSE REISSUING EARLY ALBUMS LATER THIS YEAR
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has revealed that the band is preparing extended versions of its first two albums, Showbiz and Origin Of Symmetry, for re-release later this year. The records, which originally appeared in 1999 and 2001 respectively, will be reissued with additional material under the title Origins Of Muse. Asked by a fan on Twitter how many previously unheard songs would be included, Bellamy replied, "I prefer the term ‘terrible early demos’ not songs haha. A few," later adding, "First two albums plus early demos and rare stuff etc. A kind of autobiography of music."
Neither Showbiz nor Origin Of Symmetry made an impact in the U.S.. although the latter launched the band to stardom in the U.K. Bassist Chris Wolstenholme told us a while back that he thinks the early CDs went unnoticed in the U.S. because their label at the time didn't bring the band over to tour: "I mean, for us at the time, we always knew that playing live was such a massive part of this band, and a big part of how we were gonna turn people onto the band, was to go out and play live, and the record company we were with at the time, I think they were kind of holding out for this kind of big radio hit that, you know, we kind of knew wasn't gonna happen. You know, we weren't really that kind of band at the time. So, you know, we were very frustrated because we wanted to get out and tour and tour and tour, because it was working everywhere else."
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- The band played Origin Of Symmetry in its entirety at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2011.
- Bellamy also mentioned that the song Muse released last week, "Dig Down," is the first of several that will arrive before the trio's eighth LP, which is expected in mid-2018.
- Bellamy told Radio X, "We’re going to put out at least another three songs, or even more. People are going to see into the creative process as we’re writing and recording, and we’re going to put them out quite soon after. Even though the overall album will be a long wait, some of the songs are going to available way ahead of that."
- Muse is in the midst of a short North American tour that next stops in Nashville on June 3rd.