Critics who claim Rock And Roll is dead have not listened to Wisconsin native Jared James Nichols’ self-titled third album (Black Hill Records) which is filled with twelve pieces of evidence to the contrary. Nichols is known for his signature pick-less style and is one of only four global ambassadors for Gibson Guitars, which certainly sets expectations high for what you are about to experience.Continue reading →
Chris Cornell passed away five years ago today. Gifted with an incredible voice, songwriting talent, guitar-ability, and charisma; he helped define an an entire generation of artists who followed him and his bands. Few have had the ability and success music world, with both a solo project and acclaim with three different iconic bands such as Soundgarden, Audioslave,Temple of the Dog as Chris did. If you are having mental health and emotional issues, know that you are loved and valued. Please, don’t be afraid to seek help.Continue reading →
Having amassed a discography of over twenty albums as the lead vocalist (of which this is the fifth solely under his own name), and nearly two dozen guest appearances across a thirty year professional recording career, you could have forgiven James LaBrie for taking some overdue and well-earned time off when the 2020 Dream Theater world tour was halted. Instead, he and Eden’s Curse (whose Trinity album was adorned by his distinctive a glorious pipes) guitarist Paul Logue began trading the musical ideas that would grow into Beautiful Shade of Gray (InsideOut Music).
Tenebra – Moongazer (New Heavy Sounds / Seeing Red)
There is something evocative about the retro / occult rock of Italian quartet Tenebra that is encapsulated in a most vigorous way on the third track of Moongazer, ‘Black Lace’. A steady, spacious build from jangled, careful chords that takes its time gives room for the powerful smoke-and-whiskey vocals of Silvia to take centre stage, before a Zeppelin-esque vocal-led coda closes things out. It is not the only, nor possibly even the best, song to do this, but as a drawing together of the best elements of the Tenebra sound perhaps serves as their best showpiece. Continue reading →
Rocker Daughtry has shared a new cover of Temple of the Dog’s 1990s classic song “Hunger Strike” as a tribute to Chris Cornell, who died four years ago. The track features LaJon Witherspoon of Sevendust on co-lead vocals, in the role Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam had on the original track. Check out the track with a cool visualizer below.
Chris Cornell, the enormous talent with a one-of-a-kind voice, passed away four years ago today. Few have had the ability and success music world, with both a solo project and acclaim with three different bands such as Soundgarden, Audioslave,Temple of the Dog as Chris did. His scream and his riffs continue to reverberate forever. If you are having mental health and emotional issues, know that you are loved and valued. Please, don’t be afraid to seek help.Continue reading →
According to a report from Billboard.com, U.S. District Judge Michelle Peterson, working on the case between Vicky Cornell against the surviving members of Soundgarden, says there’s no evidence the band is withholding royalties from Chris Cornell’s widow. A federal judge in Washington state is recommending the court toss out two of Vicky Cornell’s six claims against the remaining members of Soundgarden, her late husband Chris Cornell’s band, so far.
In December 2020, the estate of late Soundgarden, Temple of The Dog, Audioslave, and solo artist Chris Cornell, managed by his second wife Vicky Cornell, released No One Sings Like You Anymore: Volume One (Ume), an album of mostly unreleased cover songs. Initially reported to be “the final solo recordings of Chris Cornell”, that idea was backtracked as more Cornell songs have been uncovered. Speaking to “The Rizzuto Show” on the 105.7 The Point radio station, Vicky said that there is much more music from Chris on the way. “There is a volume two,” she said (hear audio below). “The thing with this volume one, though, that makes it special is that he mastered it, he sequenced it — this is all Chris from beginning to end. And the other one was mastered, not sequenced, volume two. And then, because he was just such a prolific writer, we’re blessed, because he has left us lots of music. Not in completely finished form, but there’s enough to work with, and the Cornell stamp is all over it. So that’s really special. So there’s a lot of music.” As we previously reported,Vicky is also in a lawsuit against the surviving members of Soundgarden over the unreleased material that was meant to be Chris’ contribution to the final Soundgarden album.
Last week the estate of Chris Cornell surprise dropped a covers album, touted to be the final studio recordings of Chris, No One Sings Like You Anymore. Recorded by Chris in 2016, the LP features his renditions of John Lennon’s “Watching The Wheels”, Ghostland Observatory’s “Sad Sad City”, Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into The Fire”, Carl Hall’s “You Don’t Know Nothing About Love”, Electric Light Orchestra’s “Showdown”, Terry Reid’s “To Be Treated Rite”, Lorraine Ellison’s “Stay With Me Baby” (originally released for HBO’s show “Vinyl”), “Get It While You Can”, popularized by Janis Joplin, and a new studio recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, written by Prince. Chris’s cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Patience.” As reported by Blabbermouth.net, in a new interview with USA today promoting the album, Vicky Cornell was asked if more of Chris’ music would see the light of day.
Today is the final Record Store Dayevent of 2020, Record Store Black Friday 2020. While this has been a devastating year for the entire world financially, the music industry has suffered the most. None more so than DIY bands and Record shops, the lifeblood of purchasing music and supporting the ecosystem. As many in the mediahave pointed out, of the countless great Record Store Day special releases out this year, today’s seem to be among the very best including Alice In Chains, Corey Taylor, Chris Cornell, David Gilmour, Anthrax, Puscifer, Post Malone, Masters of Reality, Baroness, Ice-T, Best Coast, Motorhead, Sonny Rollins and many more. If you have the cash and can support record stores and your favorite bands, today is one of the last days in 2020 to do it. Continue reading →