GUNS N’ ROSES Guitarist RICHARD FORTUS: ‘I Don’t Think This Band Has Ever Sounded Better Than It Does Right Now’

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus says that the band has never sounded better than it does right now. GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California's Coachella festival. The "Not In This Lifetime" tour features classic lineup members Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and Axl Rose backed by Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese. Speaking to Hot Press, Fortus stated about the chemistry between him and Slash: "I've a lot in common with Slash. He feels like a kindred spirit and we relate on many musical levels. I've a lot of respect for him as a musician and have a blast playing with him. The greatest thing about him is that he's constantly stretching out. He's trying new things. Every night, he plays differently and is always reaching for new heights. He's very inspiring to play with." Fortus also spoke about the similarities between his playing style and those of his bandmates, explaining: "Slash and Duff have the same approach that I do. You play for the song, first and foremost. It's not about it being some type of masturbatory showcase for your abilities; it's about working together as a band. Supporting wherever the focus needs to be, not simply waiting for your turn to wank." He continued: "I don't think this band has ever sounded better than it does right now. Axl has never sounded better and we're tighter and more focused than ever." As previously reported, the "Not In This Lifetime" tour has reached a staggering overall gross of $230 million since launching more than a year ago, according to Billboard. That figure includes a $38 million haul from eight concerts in Australia and New Zealand, but does not yet account for earnings from seven Asian markets that the band visited during the first quarter of 2017. Last summer's North American leg, which featured 25 stadium shows in 21 cities, grossed a whopping $116.8 million with over one million tickets sold. GUNS will come back to North America for at least another 15 stadium dates this summer, starting on July 27 in St. Louis and ending on September 8 in San Antonio.

QUEENSRŸCHE Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL With ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven’ Performance In Biloxi

Seattle-based progressive metallers QUEENSRŸCHE paid tribute to Chris Cornell by performing the TEMPLE OF THE DOG song "Say Hello 2 Heaven" in the SOUNDGARDEN frontman's honor during QUEENSRŸCHE's May 20 concert at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Prior to launching into the track, QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre addressed Cornell's passing, telling the crowd: "So many of us have seen just all of these amazing people that touch our lives. And a lot of us, including the band, music is our escape, so when we lose an artist that writes music that touches our heart, I don't know that the artists even realize how that might feel to a lifelong fan or a listener. It's our friend, right? It's our therapy. And so it was tragic news when the singer of SOUNDGARDEN, Chris Cornell, was… He passed away. I'm not gonna get into why that happened, because it's not even my business, but the fact is it was deemed a suicide. It is very tragic. I'm sure there's people in this room that have been affected by that. I have — my dad committed suicide in 2014 — so it's rough. And so this next song… We decided to try to honor Chris Cornell and his family and the millions of people around the globe that have been touched by him and his music and his amazing voice — amazing voice; very unique. His music lives on beyond all of our time. And so we threw this together, literally. We're gonna give it our best attempt. We had about three hours to try to learn this song to try to perform for you. It's something that we don't [usually] do. But our hearts go out to the band and his memory and his family. I'm sure many of you know this song, so please sing along, won't you? Yes, I have a couple of 'cheat sheets,' but we wanted to show the most respect we could in a short amount of time." In the days since Cornell's tragic death, a number of artists have paid tribute by covering his songs, including MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, STONE SOUR, LIVE, THE PRETTY RECKLESS and HEART's Ann Wilson. Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old. In addition to SOUNDGARDEN, Cornell sang with AUDIOSLAVE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG, while also recording four solo studio albums and one live set on his own.

DREAM THEATER Singer Forgets Lyrics To ‘Black Hole Sun’ While Paying Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL At Bucharest Concert

James LaBrie forgot some of the lyrics to SOUNDGARDEN's classic song "Black Hole Sun" while paying tribute to Chris Cornell during DREAM THEATER's May 20 concert in Bucharest, Romania. The embarrassing moment took place just before the end of DREAM THEATER's main set Saturday night at Arenele Romane when the frontman joined keyboardist Jordan Rudess on stage for an extended keyboard intro during the band's 2017 "Images, Words & Beyond" tour. LaBrie sang the first half of "Black Hole Sun"'s opening verse correctly before losing his way and changing one of the lines to "I forgot the fucking words" prior to launching into the song's chorus. The visibly frustrated singer could be heard saying "shit" into the microphore before the duo proceeded to play the regularly scheduled DREAM THEATER song "Wait For Sleep", followed by "Learning To Live", thereby concluding the "Images And Words" "Act 2" portion of the Bucharest show. In the days since the SOUNDGARDEN singer's tragic death, a number of artists have paid tribute by covering his songs, including MEGADETH, STONE SOUR, LIVE, THE PRETTY RECKLESS and HEART's Ann Wilson. Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old.

AEROSMITH Holds Moment Of Silence And Dedicates ‘Dream On’ To CHRIS CORNELL At Batumi, Georgia Concert

AEROSMITH paid tribute to Chris Cornell by holding a moment of silence in his memory during the band's May 20 concert at Black Sea Arena in Batumi, Georgia. AEROSMITH honored the SOUNDGARDEN frontman by displaying a photo of Cornell on the stage's video screens before singer Steven Tyler came out for the show's first encore and positioned himself behind a white grand piano. He told the crowd: "Let's take a moment of silence for Chris Cornell." After a brief pause, he added: "Dear God, may this man forever 'dream on.'" Tyler then launched into the first notes of AEROSMITH's 1973 rock epic "Dream On". Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old. Cornell's family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise." The family's attorney, Kirk Pasich, said in a statement that the family would await the toxicology results to see if Ativan — the anti-anxiety prescription drug Cornell was taking — or other drugs contributed to his death. "The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions," Pasich said. According to CNN, Cornell will be laid to rest on May 26 in Los Angeles. His body will be flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday, and the singer will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

SLIPKNOT’s COREY TAYLOR Chokes Up As He Remembers CHRIS CORNELL (Video)

SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor had an emotional moment as her remembered Chris Cornell, saying that his "one regret" is that he never got to tell the SOUNDGARDEN singer how much Chris inspired him. Speaking to SiriusXM at this weekend's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, Taylor said (see video below): "[Chris] was truly an inspiration for me as a songwriter, as a singer, as a performer, because he wrote what he wanted. He didn't care about anything. He didn't let genres get in his way, he didn't let styles get in his way, and he was like that from the very beginning, whether it was stuff like 'Badmotorfinger' or the solo stuff that he put on the 'Singles' soundtrack, like 'Seasons'. It was amazing! He could go back and forth and all over the place musically, and that inspired me so much. And my one regret is that I never got to tell him… [Pauses and gets choked up] We love you, Chris." STONE SOUR honored Cornell by performing a cover version of SOUNDGARDEN's "Outshined" Thursday night (May 18) at the Rock On The Range Kick-Off Party at Express Live! (formerly LC Pavilion) in Columbus, Ohio. Taylor stated about his band's decision to play the track: "It was important, you know. Chris's impact can never probably ever be really encapsulated and spoken about enough. So us playing 'Outshined', and playing it with heart, and not just because we wanted to, but because we needed to, it came off really well, and the audience loved it." Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old. Cornell's family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise." The family's attorney, Kirk Pasich, said in a statement that the family would await the toxicology results to see if Ativan — the anti-anxiety prescription drug Cornell was taking — or other drugs contributed to his death. "The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions," Pasich said. According to CNN, Cornell will be laid to rest on May 26 in Los Angeles. His body will be flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday, and the singer will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Chris Cornell remembered at Rock on the Range

Chris Cornell's music and spirit live on here at Rock On The Range. Stone Sour Slipknot Corey Taylor Chevelle Of Mice & Men

Posted by SiriusXM Octane on Friday, May 19, 2017

I AM MORBID Feat. Former MORBID ANGEL Members: First Band Photo Unveiled

The first photo of I AM MORBID, the new band featuring former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN), can be seen above. I AM MORBID, which plays material from MORBID ANGEL's "Altars Of Madness" (1989), "Blessed Are The Sick" (1991), "Covenant" (1993) and "Domination" (1995) albums, will perform five shows in Russia in late May, followed by fourteen dates in the rest of Europe. The tour, which is presented by The Flaming Arts Agency, will feature NECROPHAGIA as direct support. Vincent recently told Ghost Cult about I AM MORBID: "It's been discussed off and on for a few years now, but, as they say, actions speak louder than words. While it was exciting to discuss, it was held off for a few years until I decided to go through some personal changes in my life, and really absorb the possibility of it happening. I went ahead and focused on my roots music, but this kept lingering, and now it's time for I AM MORBID to finally happen." Regarding the I AM MORBID setlist, Vincent said: "Like everything I do, I want to make this special. This is very different from MORBID ANGEL. If you want to see a MORBID ANGEL show, you know where to go, but this isn't it. I'm only going to be performing songs that I wrote on this tour. If I didn't write it, we aren't playing it. We are going to throw in things, here or there, to make things more unique, but it's going to be one brutal show. I can promise you that." MORBID ANGEL's controversial 2011 album, "Illud Divinum Insanus", marked the group's first CD to feature Vincent since "Domination". The band recently recorded a new studio album with a lineup that includes Steve Tucker on bass/vocals, Scott Fuller (ANNIHILATED, ERRORGEIST) on drums, and Dan Vadim Von (guitarist/frontman of the American death metal group VADIMVON) on second guitar.

Posted by I Am Morbid on Friday, May 19, 2017

PAPA ROACH Singer Says CHRIS CORNELL ‘Was An Amazing Performer’

PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix has paid tribute to Chris Cornell, saying the SOUNDGARDEN singer was "an amazing performer" who "always came with solid music and a good vibe onstage." Speaking to Ryan Daniels of Kilpop at this weekend's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, Shaddix said (see video below): "When you become a fan of someone's band and you get to know them through the music… When they write songs, it's their invitation for us to get to know them as people. Yeah, I didn't know him personally, but I knew him through the music and his energy and his vibe, and he just always came with solid music and a good vibe onstage and was an amazing performer. "I've been a fan for many years and so to hear the news, it was just, like, 'Uhh…' Gutted, man," he continued. "And you just think he's got kids and a wife and my heart just goes out to them, and his band too, man. And then being in a similar profession, I'm a singer in a rock band and I've been in moments in my life that I haven't been in such a good space. He will be missed, I will say that." In a separate interview with 100.3 The X Rocks, Jacoby said about Cornell: "I've been connected to that music since I was a young kid. 'Badmotorfinger', when that came out, I was, like… [It was] ridiculous. We just played with 'em a week ago and they were off the chain — it was amazing. So it is a very, very, very heavy moment in rock music." Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old. Cornell's family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise." The family's attorney, Kirk Pasich, said in a statement that the family would await the toxicology results to see if Ativan — the anti-anxiety prescription drug Cornell was taking — or other drugs contributed to his death. "The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions," Pasich said. According to CNN, Cornell will be laid to rest on May 26 in Los Angeles. His body will be flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday, and the singer will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Watch SLASH And JACK BLACK Perform GUNS N’ ROSES’ ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ At This Year’s ‘Beastly Ball’

Slash appeared at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA) annual Beastly Ball on Saturday, May 20 at the L.A. Zoo. This year's signature fundraiser celebrated the L.A. Zoo's 50th anniversary and featured a performance with the GUNS N' ROSES guitarist and noted wildlife advocate in an exclusive live concert backed by Jimmy Vivino and THE BASIC CABLE BAND, who performed a mix of blues and R&B, joined by special guests Jack Black, Grace Potter and Bernard Fowler. The Ball honored Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation and bestowed the Tom Mankiewicz Leadership Award on the National Geographic Society, represented by Gary E. Knell, president and CEO. Video footage of Slash and Jack Black performing the GUNS N' ROSES classic "Welcome To The Jungle" at this year's Beastly Ball can be seen below (courtesy of the Gibbos YouTube Channel). Beastly Ball proceeds in part support the Zoo's new Species Conservation Action Network (SCAN), including a dedicated Curator of Conservation whose sole focus will be to identify and respond to urgent animal conservation issues around the world. Beastly Ball guests, invited to dress in "safari casual" attire, stroll through the Zoo during a rare after-hours visit observing its inhabitants, watching animal feedings, chatting with keepers, viewing small animals up close, and enjoying entertainment and dining on bountiful fare provided by some of L.A.'s most popular restaurants. Also featured are a live auction and an online mobile-bidding silent auction — open to the public — comprised of hundreds of remarkable items and one-of-a-kind opportunities, plus opportunities to donate a Program Book ad or make other gifts in honor of the Annenberg Foundation, National Geographic Society, Slash or GLAZA. The GUNS N' ROSES "Not In This Lifetime" tour will come back to North America for at least another 15 stadium dates this summer, starting on July 27 in St. Louis and ending on September 8 in San Antonio. The "Not In This Lifetime" tour features classic GUNS members Slash, Duff McKagan and Axl Rose, backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

Slash ft. Jack Black - Welcome To The Jungle (Live at the Beastly Ball VR 2017) Nice scream :D ?? Setlist: Jungle Boogie Rock Me Baby Papa Was A Rolling Stone Can't You Hear Me Knockin Paris (Ooh la la) Born To Be Wild My Friend Sin Jumpin' Jack Flash Immigrant Song *Jack Black Welcome To The Jungle *Jack Black Gimme Shelter #snakedance

Posted by Gibbos YouTube Channel on Sunday, May 21, 2017
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METALLICA’s ROBERT TRUJILLO Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL During Foxborough, Massachusetts Concert

METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo paid tribute to Chris Cornell by working in a snippet of SOUNDGARDEN's classic song "Black Hole Sun" into his bass solo during the former band's concert Friday night (May 19) at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Check out video footage below. According to CNN, SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell will be laid to rest on May 26 in Los Angeles. His body will be flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday, and the singer will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A source told CNN: "The family is thinking about a [public] memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service." Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old. Cornell's family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise." The family's attorney, Kirk Pasich, said in a statement that the family would await the toxicology results to see if Ativan — the anti-anxiety prescription drug Cornell was taking — or other drugs contributed to his death. "The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions," Pasich said.

MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL Members Remember NICK MENZA On First Anniversary Of His Death

A video tribute to former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza, who passed away a year ago today, can be seen below. The eighteen-minute clip features remembrances from David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), Jason Bittner (OVERKILL, SHADOWS FALL), Rob Cavestany (DEATH ANGEL) and Chris "OJ" Ojeda (BYZANTINE), among others. On May 21, 2016, Nick collapsed after suffering a heart attack during a concert with OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Menza died of natural causes. The cause of Menza's death was listed as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Nick's long-awaited memoir, "Megalife: Nick Menza - The Book", will finally be released in late 2017. The book, which was written with J. Marshall Craig, was delayed after being drastically reworked in the months following Nick's passing. Menza's longtime manager Robert Bolger says the book will reveal how poorly Nick was being treated by MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine and the brutal truth of why there was never a MEGADETH reunion with the band's "Rust In Peace" lineup. Nick rightfully earned his place as heavy metal's fiercest drummer during MEGADETH's ten-year peak at the top. With "Megalife: Nick Menza - The Book", music fans are going to be thrilled to discover his candor just as fierce as his drumming. The highlight of his career, Nick said, was playing Rock In Rio before more than 100,000 people. The lowest point was being fired by Mustaine while he was still in a hospital bed after surgery to remove was doctors feared was a cancerous growth.