R.I.P., Chris Cornell…

Chris Cornell (B. Christopher John Boyle): 20 July 1964 – 17 May 2017

I’m a bit floored at the moment. I just heard about the death of Chris Cornell, frontman of the bands Audioslave and Soundgarden. Soundgarden is one of the top three bands synonymous with the genre of grunge music, and Chris Cornell was instrumental in helping launch grunge from the local Seattle stage to nationwide and international status. Nirvana and Pearl Jam are the other two which were the main powerhouses of the time; Alice In Chains, Mother Love Bone, and the Screaming Trees are others who were well-known in that scene and the circles at the time.

I was fortunate enough to see a good number of those bands in person as they were up-and-coming; they performed regularly at places like the Vogue, the Moore Theatre, and the Crocodile CafĂ© in Seattle, among other local hot spots. Chris’s voice was just as distinctive as that of Kurt Cobain or Eddie Vedder, and it had the power to move you through the emotional highs and lows of a song effortlessly.

There’s really not much else that I can say with words, so here’s my little musical tribute to one of the best musicians of my lifetime. Rest easy, Chris…you left us too soon. You still had so much to offer.

R.I.P., Scott Weiland…

I just saw this report – sad. Great singer and talented writer, dead before the age of 50. Scott Weiland, former frontman for the groups Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was found dead on his tour bus. He was 48 years of age. From the Huffington Post:

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died on Thursday. Cause of death was not released. He was 48…According to TMZ, the musician was found dead on his tour bus ahead of the show his most recent band, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, was scheduled to perform at the Medina Entertainment Center in Minnesota.

The singer rose to fame as the frontman of the Grammy Award-winning Stone Temple Pilots, whose hits include “Interstate Love Song,” ”Plush,” and “Vasoline.”

When the band broke up in 2003, Weiland went on to front Velvet Revolver, the supergroup that featured former members of Guns N’ Roses, including guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, The Associated Press reported. STP reunited in 2008 and split again five years later.

Weiland struggled with substance abuse issues for years, and had a long string of drug- and alcohol-related arrests and stints in rehab. His addiction contributed to STP’s 2003 breakup.

R.I.P., Scott…what a damn shame. Here are my 3 favourite Stone Temple Pilots songs.

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