Police Report: CHRIS CORNELL Used Red Exercise Band To Kill Himself

According to TMZ, Chris Cornell used "red elastic exercise band" to take his own life. Sources tell the site that the SOUNDGARDEN frontman secured the band attached to a carabiner to the top of his hotel bathroom door. A carabiner is a device commonly used by mountain climbers which they attach to a belt to keep them from falling. The device can withstand enormous weight. Cornell jammed the door shut with the carabiner at the top of the frame. The carabiner was jammed so tight it left an indentation in the door frame. A police report obtained by The Detroit News reveals that Cornell's wife asked his bodyguard to check on him in his hotel suite because she became concerned when her husband kept repeating "I am just tired" in a telephone conversation with her a short time earlier. The bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, went to Cornell's room in the MGM Grand Hotel just after midnight Thursday, and kicked two doors open— the front door as well as a second door leading to the bedroom suite — before finding Cornell slumped on the bathroom floor "with blood running from his mouth and a red exercise band around (his) neck," according to the report, which was filed by officers from the Detroit Police Gaming Unit who responded to the scene. According to the police report, Kirsten was in Cornell's room late Wednesday night to help him fix his computer and to give Cornell two Ativan pills, "which victim takes for anxiety." MGM medic Dawn Jones arrived at the room at 12:56 a.m., the report said. "Jones untied the red exercise band from (the) victim's neck and began CPR on [Cornell, who] was not breathing." At 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Cornell was pronounced dead by a doctor who came to the scene, the report said. Cornell's family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise."


The music lineup, along with food and beverage highlights have been announced for the third annual Monster Energy Rock Allegiance festival, set to take place Saturday, October 7 at the festival's new location at BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden, New Jersey. The Northeast's biggest rock experience will feature over twenty bands on three stages, along with mouth-watering, Philly-centric food offerings, regional and national craft beer, band meet-and-greets, autograph signings, and more for fans from around the country to immerse themselves in rock and roll culture. The current music lineup for Monster Energy Rock Allegiance is as follows: ‪ROB ZOMBIE FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH MARILYN MANSON HALESTORM MASTODON GOJIRA IN THIS MOMENT STEEL PANTHER AUGUST BURNS RED BEARTOOTH STARSET RADKEY BLEEKER BADFLOWER DED WHILE SHE SLEEPS BLACK MAP GRETA VAN FLEET HE IS LEGEND BITERS THEM EVILS Zoltan Bathory of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH said: "Rock Allegiance has become a staple on the U.S. festival circuit. It's one of the coolest festivals out there for fans to discover new music and see their favorite bands live. We are excited to return this year to see our friends and fans in Philly. Don't miss it! It will be another great one this year." Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM commented: "We are so excited about being a part of Rock Allegiance 2017! We've been busy writing new music for our next record and have been missing the stage. We cannot wait to see all of you and give a loud offering to the rock 'n' roll gods!!" Tickets for Monster Energy Rock Allegiance will go on sale Wednesday, May 24 at noon ET at RockAllegiance.com and LiveNation.com. Monster Energy Rock Allegiance is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents in association with Live Nation. "We are honored to be working with DWP again as we welcome Rock Allegiance back to the area for its third year," said Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia regional president. "And we couldn't be happier that they chose BB&T Pavilion and the Delaware River Waterfront as the festival's new home." General Admission and VIP tickets will be available for purchase starting Wednesday, May 24 at noon ET, starting at the following prices: VIP: $135.00 Reserved: $49.50 General Admission Lawn: $44.50 Monster Energy Rock Allegiance VIP tickets include: * Great seats in the 100 level of the Main Stage / Pavilion for the headlining four band performances * Commemorative Rock Allegiance 2017 VIP laminate * VIP entrance to the festival * VIP hang areas on the Battleship New Jersey, Blackbox and BB&T Pavilion lounge (space limited at each area) * Exclusive VIP restrooms, special food and beverage offerings (for additional purchase), and exclusive VIP Afterparty on the Battleship New Jersey (space limited). During the first portion of the festival, all seating will be general admission. For the headlining four bands, the Main Stage / Pavilion will be assigned seating based on the ticket purchased.

HEART’s ANN WILSON Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL With ‘Black Hole Sun’ Performance On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

HEART singer Ann Wilson paid tribute to Chris Cornell by performing a cover version of the SOUNDGARDEN classic "Black Hole Sun" during an appearance on last night's (Thursday, May 19) episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old. Ann Wilson and her sister and HEART bandmate Nancy Wilson both issued statements on Thursday honoring their late friend. "It's important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive," Ann wrote. "He is on his way. We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul." Nancy added: "No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family. And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music. Devastating." Cornell's family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise."

KISS Frontman PAUL STANLEY Recalls Ditching Makeup, Talks Frankly About GENE SIMMONS

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Paul Stanley has admitted that KISS shedding its makeup in the early 1980s was liberating for him. Stanley, who's prepping his second memoir, is currently out on the road with KISS and performs on Saturday (May 20) in the Czech Republic. He chatted with Classic Rock magazine and revealed that KISS wiping off the grease paint helped him grow as a performer, recalling: "The years that we were without the makeup [1983 to 1996] were fine for me. I found them very satisfying because I got a chance to be out there without makeup, which I craved at that point. I think it was easier for me because my persona wasn't really defined by the makeup — it was embellished. To me, the makeup was just reinforcing what you were seeing and who I was. But the day we put the makeup back on before the reunion tour was magical. To look in the mirror and see that face again was empowering." On his long-lasting — and sometimes rocky — relationship with KISS co-founder Gene Simmons, Stanley explained: "Gene's my brother. He lives right down the street. And we like each other so much that we stay out of each other's way. As sickening as it might sound, we're not beyond sending each other texts of appreciation. We both have the lives that perhaps we didn't intend to in the beginning, but we both made it possible for us to reach the lives that made us happy. If you would have told him thirty, forty years ago where he'd wind up, he couldn't comprehend it. But you have to keep moving forward. And you may find your destination is not where you intended." Although Paul Stanley has been vocal about his issues with co-founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, in his recent memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", he talks frankly about the problems in keeping a partnership going with Gene Simmons over the decades. He admitted to The Pulse Of Radio that it's taken a lot of work to keep the pair moving forward and on the same page. "Oh, sure," he said. "That over the years that's been an ongoing theme in our relationship. But time is the ultimate judge, and the fact that we've been together, at this point for, forty — my gosh — almost forty-four years says volumes. There have been times where I've been very angry and resentful — and I'm not saying momentarily, I'm saying for long periods of time. But, in time, everything falls in place and you get a better perspective — hopefully. If you don't expect from someone what's not possible, then you won't be disappointed."

ORDEN OGAN: ‘Gunman’ Video Premiere

"Gunman", the new video from German power metallers ORDEN OGAN, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Rainer "Zipp" Fränzen, who previously worked with the band on the videos for "The Things We Believe In" and "Land Of The Dead". "Gunman" is taken from ORDEN OGAN's new album, "Gunmen", which will be released on July 7 via AFM Records. The disc consists of ten songs and includes a guest appearance by former LEAVES' EYES and THEATRE OF TRAGEDY vocalist Liv Kristine on the track "Come With Me To The Other Side". "Gunmen" was once again produced by the band's guitarist/vocalist Seeb Levermann, who recently also mixed and mastered the upcoming RHAPSODY OF FIRE release "Legendary Years". Said Leverman: "The creation of the 'Gunman' clip was once again real team work. "The new ORDEN OGAN album, 'Gunmen', is set in a dark fantasy Wild West environment, so, obviously, we had to go to Monument Valley (Utah) to shoot there. There is no other place in the world that is more 'Wild West.' We shot at the classic Monument Valley scenery as well as at the famous John Ford's Point and also did horseback rides." The second extensive part of filming took place in Germany, where the band also tried something new. "A Western city in an adventure park proved to be the perfect location," Seeb said. "Things came full circle here, because we’ve also recorded the drums for 'Gunman' there — to be more specific, in the 'Western Saloon' of the 'Fort Fun' adventure park. We wanted to have this huge '80s snare ambience that you can only get from big rooms. "When the Wild West concept took form, we learned about the Saloon (in Fort Fun), did some test recordings there and were totally blown away. The hall sounds amazing and 'Gunmen' may be my best-sounding mix so far." "Gunmen" will be made available as on CD, as a limited digipak (including the "Live At Wacken 2016" bonus DVD), limited colored vinyl (red and silver), limited picture vinyl and limited "coffin" box set (including a limited digipak, a figure of the band mascot "Alister Vale" [approximately 15 cm tall] and more). "Gunmen" track listing: 01. Gunman 02. Fields Of Sorrow 03. Forlorn And Forsaken 04. Vampire In Ghost Town 05. Come With Me To The Other Side (feat. Liv Kristine) 06. The Face Of Silence 07. Ashen Rain 08. Down Here (Wanted: Dead Or Alive) 09. One Last Chance 10. Finis Coronat Opus Digipak Bonus DVD - "Live Wacken 2016" 01. Orden Ogan (Intro) 02. Ravenhead 03. Here At The End Of The World 04. We Are Pirates! 05. Deaf Among The Blind 06. Sorrow Is Your Tale 07. F.E.V.E.R 08. The Things We Believe In 09. In Grief And Chains (Outro)

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Pay Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL In Indianapolis (Video)

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist Josh Klinghoffer paid tribute to Chris Cornell at their Indianapolis concert Thursday night (May 18) by singing the acoustic "Singles" track "Seasons". Klinghoffer previously performed a Cornell-penned song in November 2016 in Vienna, Austria when he played a solo version of TEMPLE OF THE DOG's "All Night Thing" in honor of that band's reunion tour. Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. Some of the artists who paid tribute to Cornell on social media included PEARL JAM, Paul Stanley of KISS, Elton John, Jimmy Page, Perry Farrell of JANE'S ADDICTION, William DuVall from ALICE IN CHAINS, Brian Wilson, Lzzy Hale of HALESTORM and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH. The surviving members of SOUNDGARDEN — drummer Matt Cameron, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Ben Shepherd — have yet to make a public statement.


U.S. metallers SANCTUARY have recruited Attila Vörös (NEVERMORE) as their new second guitar player. Vörös will join the band on the 2017 European summer tour. Says SANCTUARY in a statement: "We are all very stoked to share the stage with such a great musician. Attila has always been at the top of our guitar player wish list." Attila added: "This is an absolute honor and pleasure for me that I'll be playing with the legendary and such influential band SANCTUARY over this upcoming summer festival season. Over the years, we stayed in contact with my friend Warrel Dane, and now I can't wait to share the stage with them again. It's gonna be hell of a summer for sure!" Tour dates: Jun. 16 - Loreley, Germany - RockFels Festival Jun. 17 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting Jun. 18 - Clisson, France - Hellfest Jul. 12 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head!!! Jul. 14 - Gävle, Sweden - Gefle Metal Festival Jul. 16 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Gagarin Jul. 21 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205 Jul. 25 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metal Days Jul. 26 - Munich, Germany - Free and Easy Jul. 27 - Berlin, Germany - Musik und Frieden Jul. 28 - Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany - Headbangers Open Air Jul. 29 - Erfurt, Germany - From Hell Jul. 30 - Aarburg, Switzerland - Musigberg Jul. 31 - Nurnberg, Germany - Hirsh Aug. 02 - Hanover, Germany - Musikzentrum Aug. 03 - Arnhem, Netherlands - Willemeen Aug. 04 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air After returning from the European festival/club tour, SANCTUARY will resume work on the follow-up to 2014's "The Year The Sun Died" album. SANCTUARY's last release was "Inception", the official prequel to 1988's classic debut "Refuge Denied". "Inception" contains presumed lost 1986 studio recordings, which guitarist Lenny Rutledge discovered recently and which were magically restored, remixed and remastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (QUEENSRŸCHE, HATEBREED).

TANKARD Releases Video For ‘One Foot In The Grave’ Title Track

German alcohol-soaked thrash metal act TANKARD will release its seventeenth studio album, "One Foot In The Grave", on June 2 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "R.I.B. (Rest In Beer)" was recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf with producer Martin Buchwalter (DESTRUCTION, ACCUSER, PERZONAL WAR, SUIDAKRA). The official video for the "One Foot In The Grave" title track can be seen below. "One Foot In The Grave" track listing: 01. Pay To Pray 02. Arena Of The True Lies 03. Don`t Bullshit Us! 04. One Foot In The Grave 05. Syrian Nightmare 06. Northern Crown (Lament Of The Undead King) 07. Lock`Em Up! 08. The Evil That Men Display 09. Secret Order 1516 10. Sole Grinder This time, the album is going to have a serious streak, not only filled with humor but criticizing today's society. Even the traditional beer song "Secret Order 1516" displays some critical elements. But don't worry: fans of the typical TANKARD humor won't be disappointed! With songs like "Sole Grinder", the band hasn't forgotten their raison d'être. This song pays tribute to the band's manager Buffo (Gerre: "The funniest choleric person in Germany") in an ironic way. The cover artwork for "One Foot In The Grave" was created by Patrick Strogulski, who is a student of Sebastian Krüger, the recent artwork designer of TANKARD. He also created the cover artwork for the "A Girl Called Cerveza" and "R.I.B." albums. With this, the iconic band mascot, the TANKARD Alien, celebrates his return after about 13 years of absence. The alien was born in 1989 with the "Alien" EP and has already graced five album covers. The TANKARD fan club "Maniac Aliens" is also named after it. States TANKARD vocalist Andreas "Gerre" Geremia: "Mister Strogulski has once again created a real masterpiece and surpassed himself. Our first plan was that I would be on the cover instead of the alien... but, lucky me, it ended up being the alien..."

IRON MAIDEN’s STEVE HARRIS: ‘We Will Be Bringing The Full Production’ On North American Tour

IRON MAIDEN's "The Book Of Souls" world tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in June and July. Support on the trek will come from GHOST. IRON MAIDEN bassist and main songwriter Steve Harris tells Express & Star: "We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the U.K. as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn't have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible. "We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us, including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There's been a great reaction from everyone to this tour's theme, people really seem to love it. We're still deciding on the final set list and we'll work that out once we get into rehearsals. "Most of our North American fans haven't seen the show yet, so as we want to give them the same 'Book Of Souls' live experience that we took around the world, it's unlikely we'll change much. And, of course, we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that." MAIDEN's current European tour consists of a total of sixteen dates, including three shows in Germany, eight in England, two in Scotland and one each in Ireland and Wales. The U.K. leg marks MAIDEN's first full U.K. arena tour in six years. "The Book Of Souls" is MAIDEN's first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No. 1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No. 4 in the U.S.A.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Feat. SOILWORK, ARCH ENEMY Members: ‘Something Mysterious’ Video

The official video for the song "Something Mysterious" from the Swedish classic/progressive rock supergroup THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA — featuring members of metal frontrunners SOILWORK and ARCH ENEMY — can be seen below. The track is taken from THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA's third studio album, "Amber Galactic", which is being released today (Friday, May 19) via Nuclear Blast. The disc was recorded at Handsome Hard Studio in Lund, Sweden. The album follows THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA's two previous releases, 2012's "Internal Affairs" and 2015's "Skyline Whispers". THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA guitarist David Andersson says: "Almost everyone, no matter who they are, has experienced one, or perhaps even a few, epic nights in their lives. That night when you met the love of your life, and you couldn't go to sleep because your heart was beating too fast out of pure excitement and joy. That night when you lost the love of your life. The night when you thought that no matter what happens next, I'll remember this night for the rest of my life. 'Something Mysterious' is a song about standing at that crossroads, gathering the courage to take that plunge into the unknown, knowing your life will never be the same again." "Amber Galactic" is being made available as a limited edition digipak CD featuring an alternate cover art (see below), 2LP vinyl (black and violet sparkle) and as digital download and stream via all known platforms. THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA singer Björn Strid states: "'Amber Galactic' is a relationship drama set in space, the first classic rock space opera on double vinyl. "As seasoned musicians, we're taking this project seriously, although we might come across as slightly retrofuturistic at times, there's no irony involved. It's just us trying to shape our future into a place where our race is led by female space commanders with pearl necklaces and a quasar sense of gravity. "'Amber Galactic' is about setting free from genre boundaries and expectations that are put on people like us. We just want to create music that we would like to hear ourselves, but that isn't only for us. "THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is here to set you free, to invite you to enjoy music in whatever form it is presented. "For this particular journey, we'd like you to follow us into space, but who knows where we'll go next! After entering the NFO universe, you won't ever be the same!" "Amber Galactic" track listing: 01. Midnight Flyer 02. Star Of Rio 03. Gemini 04. Sad State Of Affairs 05. Jennie 06. Domino 07. Josephine 08. Space Whisperer 09. Something Mysterious 10. Saturn In Velvet 11. Just Another Night (bonus track, limited-edition digipak, vinyl) 12. Fly Tonight (Never Rewind) (bonus track, Japan only) Strid previousy stated about the album: "'Amber Galactic' was made during late nights and way too early mornings, when sometimes, in the corner of your eye, you can catch a glimpse of another dimension, where all the women are heartbroken space commanders in evening gowns, the champagne is always free and the drugs won't hurt you. "We wanted to create more than just a listening experience; instead we want it to be an alternative reality. "We hope that after listening to 'Amber Galactic', you'll be wide-eyed, horny and slightly drunk." Guitarist David Andersson added: "Musicianship in itself is not interesting, neither are the technical aspects of creating music. The ideas and visions behind the music are the only things really worthy of in-depth discussions. "We've all reached a point where we can all pretty much play and sing whatever we want. "We didn't talk much about chord changes or amplifiers during the recording sessions. But we spent a lot of time discussing Kierkegaard's concept of anxiety, different vintages of sparkling wine, the psychoacoustic aspects of modulation, the innate superiority of women and why a pearl necklace always look better when whoever wears it has a bored expression on her face." When asked about the direction of THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA within the realm of classic rock, Strid explained with a chuckle: "Most other classic rock bands sound like weed or LSD — we sound like cocaine." THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA is: Björn Strid - Vocals Sharlee D'Angelo - Bass David Andersson - Guitar Richard Larsson - Keyboards Jonas Källsbäck - Drums Sebastian Forslund - Guitar, Percussion
nightflightambercd Alternate cover art for limited-edition digipak CD: nightflightambercd2