Chris Cornell Dies At Age 52

It is with deep sadness to inform fans of the passing of Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, according to his representative. In a statement issued to The Associated Press, Brian Bumbery announced that Cornell died last night, May 17, 2017 at age 52 in Detroit. The family of Cornell have asked for privacy while the cause of death is investigated by medical examiners. Chris Cornell was best known for fronting legendary bands Soundgarden and Audioslave and who paved the way for Grunge music and bands who followed such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. 

Cornell's death is said to be "sudden and unexpected" after he performed at Detroit's Fox Theatre last night as part of Soundgarden's North American headlining tour. Chris Cornell is also famously known for collaborating with the would be Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog. Soundgarden broke headlines on mainstream radio with their album Superunknown which hit No.1 on the Billboard 200, having been nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. The album included the hit singles "Black Hole Sun", ''My Wave" and "The Day I Tried to Live." We send our deepest condolences to Chris Cornell's friends and family. 

 

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE To Perform Virtual Reality Show

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Killswitch Engage are getting on board with virtual reality. Their live April 17th show at House of Blues in Houston, TX will be broadcast via the NextVR app and Live Nation where fans will be able to get a three-dimensional view of Killswitch Engage's performance.  NextVR delivers an intense virtual reality experience of live music to fans for the first time. The app broadcasts concerts to fans from the front row, on-stage, and various vantage points to provide an ultimate concert experience. The live VR broadcast will be available for free in multiple countries through the NextVR app for anyone with access to  Google Daydream View or Samsung Gear VR headset with a compatible smartphone to download the app from. The app may be downloaded from the Oculus Store for Gear VR users or from the Google Play Store for Daydream users. More instructions can be found here
Killswitch Engage are currently on the Killthrax Tour performing beside Anthrax and The Devil Wears Prada. See more dates below. 

Paul O'Neill, Founder And Guitarist of Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dies At 61

We are sad to report thatTrans-Siberian Orchestra founder and guitarist Paul O’Neill has passed away at age 61 due to chronic illness. Besides forming the successful Progressive Rock band in 1996, O’Neill was also best known for working with management company Leber-Krebs Inc. which helped launch the careers of Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Tedd Nugent and Joan Jett to name a few and went on to make a name for himself as a successful producer. Paul O’Neill made headlines in 1986 and 1987 with Aerosmith’s Classics Live I and Classics Live II before going on to become Savatage’s principal producer and co-writer through 10 albums. O’Neill also produced albums for Metal Church and Badlands and later pursued his own project with TSO. Since forming in 1996, TSO has released six full length albums with production overseen by O’Neill, five of which had gone platinum, multi-platinum or gold.

Fans were delivered the news of O’Neill’s passing via the band’s official Facebook page and a report from TMZ states, ““Paul was found dead in a Tampa hotel room. There are no signs of foul play, but police don’t know yet how long he was deceased before they responded to a 911 call. We’re told the Medical Examiner has his body now.” In 2016 Trans-Siberian Orchestra made close to 1 million ticket, about 57 million dollars in sales, with 1,800 concerts under their belts, 14 million fans, and $625 million in ticket sales throughout their career.

WATCH: KAPTIVE Release New Single Off 'Sleepless' EP

Instrumental groove/rock band Kaptive from Brooklyn, NY just released "Sleeper", the first single off their Sleepless EP and it is worth more than one listen. "Sleeper" was released on April 4, 2017 with the video and track recorded live in studio. Kaptive (Max Devlin - Bass, George Sarpola - Drums, Ryan Pesa - Guitar) recorded Sleepless in one month's time and debuted the single live to a packed Pianos on the Lower East Side in February 2017.  See the video for "Sleeper" below!

Gig Review: SEPTEMBER MOURNING Reap Souls At Highline Ballroom

March 23, 2017 at Highline Ballroom was meant for the Industrial Metal community who came out in full gear to see Combichrist, Dope, September Mourning, and Davey Suicide with openers Panzie and Deprived on the "Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017". September Mourning are on tour in support of their July 2016 full-length album release of Volume II, the follow up to their 2015 EP Volume I. Volume II carries on from the EP as an emotional concept album which delivers a message of perseverance and strength. The music is a soundtrack to a storyline created by September Mourning involving the character September, the half human reaper who plays with Fate, believing that some human souls deserve a second chance at destiny. September Mourning’s EP was also released as a comic book titled “A Murder of Reapers”, which tells a story of love, loss, and redemption. Signed to Sumerian Records, September Mourning are sweeping national stages with music surrounded by influences of Industrial Metal and Alternative Rock while performing as the spectral characters from the comic book EP Volume I.

Front woman Emily Lazar (September) entered the stage draped under a black hooded cloak to the narrative of the introductory song "Eye of the Storm". Once unveiled to the crowd, September warned fans that she would collect their souls that night and she did, with the loyal assistance of her fellow reapers Riven, Wraith and Stitch, portrayed by September Mourning band members on stage. It isn’t just a concert when seeing September Mourning live. The band flawlessly recreate themselves as the characters from their comic book EP, bringing the fantasy tale to life during their performance. Emily Lazar effortlessly glides across the stage in full costume and make-up all while holding tuneful and emotional notes in her singing. She wears steadfast expressions of sorrow and determination during songs, singing lyrics that fans wholeheartedly related to. Lazar was enchanting on stage as she took the hands of fans who reached out cheering. September Mourning refer to their fans as Children of Fate, also one of the tracks on Volume II. Beside September are the hooded reapers on guitars and the reaper Stitch who plays maniacally on drums and crashing each cymbal, whose face is concealed under a black leathery mask. Standing in front of a cloud of red fog, Lazar demanded fans to bang their heads to “Eye of the Storm”. With that said, she took the mic stand in one hand and joined the crowd, her black and white tresses whipping above her hauntingly beautiful painted face. Fans reacted enthusiastically to songs, “20 Below”, “Eye of the Storm”, and "Skin and Bones". September Mourning also performed their brooding rendition of the classic “Stand By Me”. The rest of the set list included "Angels to Dust", and a ghostly introduction story by Lazar for "Children of Fate" , the closing song of their set before Dope and Combichrist took the stage. 

Lazar is impressively resilient during difficult moments of delivering ethereal vocals, crowd interaction, and stage presence all at once. Fans of comic books and Industrial Rock get the best of both worlds with September Mourning. With the intriguing knowledge of September Mourning’s album concept, we look forward to reading more about September’s journey of soul reaping and toying with fate accompanied with new music to deliver us to September’s world once again. The band's final show on the "Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017" will be on April 7th in New Mexico following more Spring and Summer tour dates into August 2017. September Mourning’s Volume II can be purchased here on iTunes. 

September Mourning Tour Dates 2017: 

September Mourning:

  • Rich Juzwick – Guitar
  • Emily Lazar – Lead Vocals/Lyrics
  • Josh Fresia – Drums
  • Kyle Ort - Guitar

GORILLAZ Make YouTube VR History With "Saturnz Barz" Video

Gorillaz are making a comeback with a new album titled Humanz with four new songs already released. Gorillaz shared their new 360 degree video "Saturnz Barz" featuring Popcaan on YouTube and has amassed over 3 million views in its first 48 hours of release. Billboard reports that the new "Saturnz Barz" video has set a new record, placing it as the highest debut of a virtual reality video in YouTube history, the previous record title being held by Russian band УСПЕШНАЯ ГРУППА which came in at 1.3 million views for their “СТРАННЫЙ” video. 

Gorillaz have also announced that they will perform their first North American show in seven years in Quebec at Festival d'été de Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival) on Saturday, July 15th. Check out the video for "Saturnz Barz" below. Humanz is set to release on April 14th via Parlophone!

A PERFECT CIRCLE Will Release Fourth Album In 2017

Photo: Tim Cadiente

Photo: Tim Cadiente

A Perfect Circle will release their fourth, LONG awaited studio album since their release of eMOTIVE in 2004. A Perfect Circle have played several shows since 2007 and unveiled "By and and Down" in 2013. A press release from today confirms that A Perfect Circle are now signed with BMG for their fourth album. Guitarist and founder Billy Howerdel stated, "We just signed a new record deal with BMG! Looking forward to sharing new music with you soon. New APC-2017!" 

“We’re thrilled to welcome A Perfect Circle to BMG and excited to present their highly-anticipated new music to the world. Their uncompromising approach, vision and legion of fans have made them one of the most artistic and commercially successful acts in rock" says Jon Cohen, EVP Recorded Music at BMG. The new album, artwork, track list, and release date is expected to be revealed all before the end of 2017. Until then, A Perfect Circle will be on their 2017 U.S. Tour, see dates below! 

  • 4/7-8 — Las Vegas, Nev. — The Pearl
  • 4/10 — Phoenix, Ariz. — Comerica Theatre
  • 4/11 — San Diego, Calif. — Open Air Theatre
  • 4/13 — San Francisco, Calif. —  Bill Graham Civic
  • 4/14 — Reno, Nev. — Reno Event Center
  • 4/15 — Salt Lake City, Utah — Maverik Center
  • 4/17 — Denver, Colo. — 1st Bank Center
  • 4/19 — Kansas City, Mo. — Starlight Amphitheatre
  • 4/20 — St. Louis, Mo. — Chafietz Arena
  • 4/22 — Tulsa, Okla. — BOK Center
  • 4/23 — Grand Prairie, Texas — Verizon Theatre
  • 4/25 — Austin, Texas — HEB Center at Cedar Park
  • 4/26 — San Antonio, Texas — Freeman Coliseum
  • 4/27 — Houston, Texas — Smart Financial Center
  • 4/29 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Welcome to Rockville
  • 4/30 — Ft. Myers, Fla. — Fort Rock Festival
  • 5/2 — Atlanta, Ga. — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • 5/3 — Nashville, Tenn. — Bridgestone Arena
  • 5/5 — Charlotte, N.C. — Carolina Rebellion
  • 5/7 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Hollywood Bowl