TODAY IS THE 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF CHRIS CORNELL. CORNELL, WHO STRUGGLED WITH DEPRESSION FOR MUCH OF HIS LIFE, WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS DETROIT HOTEL ROOM IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF MAY 18, 2017 AFTER PERFORMING AT A SOUNDGARDEN CONCERT EARLIER IN THE EVENING. HIS DEATH WAS RULED A SUICIDE BY HANGING. THIS IS A REPORT THAT RAN IN THE DETROIT FREE PRESS: “According to the records, obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, a call from Cornell’s wife prompted bodyguard Martin Kirsten to go to the Soundgarden singer’s suite — Room 1136 — to check on him “because he did not sound like he was OK.” Unable to access the locked room, Kirsten kicked open the main door, then did the same with the interior bedroom door. “I went inside and the bathroom door was partially opened, and I could see his feet,” Kirsten told police in a signed statement. The bodyguard loosened the band around Cornell’s neck, then tried to resuscitate the singer by compressing his chest, Kirsten said in his statement. Additional medical personnel were summoned, and Cornell was pronounced dead at about 1:30 a.m., an hour and 15 minutes after Kirsten was first contacted by Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell.
CORNELL WAS SUCH A FREAKIN’ TALENT. RIP CHRIS CORNELL. HERE’S CORNELL PERFORMING WITH SOUNDGARDEN
AND IN THE SUPERGROUP AUDIOSLAVE
SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO SCOTT WEILAND OF STP WAS ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION (HEROIN) ON THIS DAY IN 2003. HE WAS RELEASED ON $10,000 BAIL. WEILAND WAS BUSTED JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT AFTER POLICE PULLED HIM OVER FOR DRIVING WITHOUT HIS LIGHTS ON. A SEARCH OF HIS VEHICLE TURNED UP DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND SMALL AMOUNTS OF BOTH COCAINE AND HEROIN. HE WAS BOOKED ON 2 COUNTS OF POSSESSION AND WAS RELEASE ON $ 10,000 BAIL. HIS PASSENGER, 29 YEAR OLD JENNIFER LYNN SIRES, WAS ALSO ARRESTED. THE FELONY DRUG CHARGES WERE LATER DROPPED BY A JUDGE, FOLLOWING WEILAND’S STINT IN REHAB. HERE’S WEILAND AND STP LIVE FROM THE HOUSE OF BLUES CIRCA 2000.
ON THIS DATE 44 YEARS AGO QUEEN RELEASED THE SINGLE ‘YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND’ IN THE US. THE TRACK REACHED # 16 ON THE AMERICAN CHARTS AND WAS WRITTEN BY BASSIST JOHN DEACON. THIS IS WHAT DEACON HAD TO SAY IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE BBC ON THE WRITING OF THE SONG: “Well, Freddie didn’t like the electric piano, so I took it home and I started to learn on the electric piano and basically that’s the song that came out you know when I was learning to play the piano. It was written on that instrument and it sounds best on that. You know, often on the instrument that you wrote the song on.”
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND’