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18th May 2017

chris cornell

Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has passed away aged 52.

His representative, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement to the Associated Press that the vocalist died on Wednesday night in Detroit.

Bumbery called the death "sudden and unexpected" and said Chris' wife and family were shocked by it. The statement also said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death and asked for privacy.

Chris was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, one of the biggest bands to come out of Seattle's emerging music scene alon with Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains.

Soundgarden, formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, released their third studio album, 'Badmotorfinger', in 1991 and the record spawned enormously popular singles 'Jesus Christ Pose', 'Rusty Cage' and 'Outshined' and Chris went on to collaborate with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple Of The Dog. Their self-titled 1991 album was a tribute to friend Andrew Wood, former frontman for Mother Love Bone.

Three years later, 'Superunknown' debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. It included hit singles 'Spoonman', 'Fell On Black Days', 'Black Hole Sun','My Wave' and 'The Day I Tried To Live'.

Soundgarden broke up in 1997 due to tensions in the band and Chris began a solo career. In 2001 he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. They released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba's first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim.

Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released the band's sixth studio album, 'King Animal', in 2012.

In addition to his music, Chris also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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