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Chris Cornell's Death Ruled A Suicide - (hennemusic) Chris Cornell’s death on May 17th in Detroit, following a Soundgarden show in the city, has been ruled a suicide by hanging following an autopsy. The Detroit Free Press reports The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the news less than 24 hours after the singer’s body was discovered on the floor of the bathroom in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit."The Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy on 52-year-old Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden musician who died last night in Detroit,” the office said in a statement this afternoon. “The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed. There is no additional information at this time." Cornell performed with the Seattle band at The Fox Theatre as part of a recently-launched North American tour before returning to his hotel after the concert. A spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department revealed Cornell was found after his wife called a family friend and asked him to check on Cornell; the friend forced himself into the room and made the discovery before calling 911 at approximately midnight. “He was found in his room with a band around his neck," said Detroit PD Digital Media Relations Manager Dontae Freeman. "His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing,” spokesperson Brian Bumbery said in a statement. "They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time." Cornell co-founded Soundgarden with lead guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto in Seattle in 19u
84; bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron went on to round out the band’s longtime lineup. Soundgarden released six studio albums since 1988, earning worldwide sales of 23 million copies. The group’s commercial peak was 1994’s “Superunknown”, which sold 5 million in the US alone. Cornell – who also handled vocals for supergroups Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave – issued four studio records as a solo artist and enjoyed a long history of film and soundtrack work.
W.A.S.P. To Finally Release Crimson Idol Film - (antimusic) W.A.S.P. have announced that the film that they planned to accompany their "The Crimson Idol" album will finally be released as part of a special 25th anniversary reissue. The band plans to release a special 25th anniversary edition of the album later this year. The package will be entitled "Re-Idolized" and will include the original album and "The Crimson Idol" movie on DVD and Blu-Ray". We were sent these details: "The album about the anti-hero Jonathan Steele was originally intended to be accompanied by a movie, with several hundred hours of film that were shot to create approximately 50 minutes of movie footage." Watch the newly released trailer here:
Kendrick Lamar Painting To Grace U.S. Capitol Building - ( Kendrick Lamar’s likeness will grace the U.S. Capitol Building. Tiona Cordova of Pueblo, Colorado won the annual District Congressional Art Competition for high school students with a portrait of the Compton rapper, titled “Utmost Appreciation.” The painting will be on display for one year. Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton announced the winner and shared the artwork via his social media accounts.
Snoop Dogg To Host Revamped Game Show 'The Joker's Wild' - ( Hip-hop veteran and celebrity entertainer Snoop Dogg will host a revival of the classic ’70s game show The Joker’s Wild. The half-hour program will feature a casino set with classic over-sized dice and playing cards featured in the original show. Contestants will answer street-smart questions to win. The set will also include the original slot machine from the show reports Variety. Snoop will executive produce the show with Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Moriniof SMAC, Ted Chung of Snoopadelic Films, and Vincent Rubino. While you’re waiting for The Joker’s Wild to air, you can enjoy watching the rapper and Martha Stewart on their new cooking show Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.
Drake Chaperones Cousin At Her High School Prom - ( The Chainsmokers may be turning heads by showing up at proms around the country, but Drake may have one-upped them earlier this month (May 13) by dropping in unannounced to a prom at Fairley High School in Toronto, Ontario. Drizzy was there to chaperone his second cousin Jalaah Moore and her prom date and although he didn't take the stage and perform, he ordered the couple a white Rolls Royce for the night and threw a party for Moore and 400 of her classmates at the local Hard Rock. "Best Day Everrrr," Drake posted on social media in a pic that depicted the star posing with the snazzily dressed couple.
Wishbone Ash Announce New Band Lineup - (antimusic) Rock veterans Wishbone Ash have announced guitarist Muddy Manninen has decided to leave the band after over a decade with the group and they have revealed his replacement. Manninen is said to have left the group to pursue his own musical interests and frontman Andy Powell had this to say about the departure, "It's been a very rewarding relationship with some great work being laid down, from 'Clan Destiny' to 'Blue Horizon.' We sincerely thank Muddy and wish him good luck on his solo project, currently well under way." The band had recruited Mark Abrahams to take Muddy's place. The new axeman had these comments, "It was the sound of the twin lead guitars that first caught my attention. The sound was different to any other music I had heard up until that point. A couple of years after my first discovery of Wishbone Ash, my dad had a couple of VHS videos of the reunion gigs, and I would sit and watch them for hours. I was hooked!" He will be making his first appearance with the band at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 9th. "I've been overwhelmed by the response from Wishbone Ash fans, and I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to you all for the positive comments and 'welcomes' to the band," said Mark. "Thank you! It means a lot to this Yorkshire lad who's just had the dream of a lifetime come true." "It's going to be an exciting new phase for Wishbone Ash," said Powell. "Come and check us out on the road as we welcome Mark Abrahams into the band."
Miniature Version Of Bowie Statue Revealed - (BBC) A model of a David Bowie statue planned for the town where his Ziggy Stardust persona was first performed has been revealed. The bronze sculpture, named Earthly Messenger, will be unveiled later this year in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. It will be installed under the arches in Market Square, referenced by Bowie in the song Five Years.  The work features a likeness of Bowie in 2002 looking down at Ziggy, alongside of some of his other looks. Funds for the statue, designed by sculptor Andrew Sinclair, have been raised through a £100,000 crowdfunding appeal, plus grants. When completed, speakers mounted above the life size artwork will play one of 2,000 tracks every hour. Some changes are expected to the design before the finished product is officially unveiled in March. Bowie unveiled two albums and his Stardust persona during gigs at the Friars venue in the early 1970s. He played a gig there in September 1971 where he gave the town the world debut of his album Hunky Dory. Four months later he played the venue again where the majority of the set was made up of songs which featured on the Ziggy Stardust album.
Kansas Cancel Tour Due To Safety Concerns - (antimusic) Veteran rock band Kansas have announced on Friday that they have canceled the dates of their 2017 European tour citing and security warnings issued by U.S. government agencies. The tour was scheduled to include performance at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 10th and the Night of the Prog Festival in Loreley, Germany on July 16th. The band released the following statement "The cancellation is based on safety and security warnings issued by the United States government and various U.S. law enforcement agencies concerning Americans traveling in Europe this summer. Kansas is extremely saddened that the band will not be able to perform for its European fans this year."
Don Henley Reveals Glenn Frey Replacement - (hennemusic) Eagles co-founder Don Henley has revealed that Deacon Frey, the son of the late Glenn Frey, will join the band for its summer 2017 appearances at The Classic West festival at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and The Classic East event at Citi Field in New York. "There's going to be an official announcement in a few days but let's just do it here," Henley told Mike Rhyner of Dallas, TX sports station The Ticket during a May 15 interview. "Glenn's son Deacon is a very talented young man, and he seems to be up for the task. He's enthusiastic about it and he's been working real hard on it, and he's gonna do it with us. I think that's appropriate. "I never planned on it coming out this way but it's my responsibility to carry on this legacy and to keep these songs alive," he continued. "Apparently people still want to hear them I thought we were done when Glenn passed away and I said as much, but I was in a state of shock at the time. But we have gotten a lot of messages from people all over the world from people who would like to see things continue." Glenn Frey died on January 18, 2016 at the age of 67 from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia following surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.
Elton John Cancels Shows After Being Hospitalized With Rare Infection - ( Elton John has canceled all of his Vegas performances through next month due to an illness that forced him to be hospitalized, it was announced on Monday (May 15). His entire performance schedule for the upcoming April/May run of “The Million Dollar Piano” at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace was canceled, as was his scheduled performance for Bakersfield, California, on May 6. According to the statement from Rogers and Cowan, after his South American tour, John contracted a rare bacterial infection, and became “violently ill” on his flight home from Chile. He was admitted to the hospital when he returned home to the U.K., and spent two nights in intensive care. He was released from the hospital on Saturday, and is now “comfortably resting at home per doctor’s advice.” He is expected to make a full recovery, and is set to resume performing in Twickenham, England, on June 3. “I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologise for disappointing them. I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well,” John said in a statement. John was previously scheduled to perform April 28-29, May 1, and May 4-5 at the Colosseum. Tickets are being refunded to those who purchased.  

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