Chris Cornell, who is best known as the frontman of Seattle grunge legends Soundgarden, died Wednesday night while on tour in Detroit, according to the AP. He was 52.
No cause of death is known at this time, but Cornell’s representative told the AP that the musician’s death was “sudden and unexpected.” AP News is reporting that police are investigating his death as a possible suicide, stating there were “basic things observed at the scene” to warrant this. Cornell had performed with Soundgarden in Detroit, MI, that night, and was later found dead on the bathroom floor at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel.
Scott Weiland, best known for his time as lead singer for the popular 90s grunge band Stone Temple Pilots, died on Thursday while on tour in Minnesota. He was 48.
The news was confirmed early Friday morning via a post on Weiland’s official Facebook page, which stated that the singer died in his sleep while on tour with his solo band The Wildabouts. No cause of death was given, but the musician had had a long, publicized struggle with substance abuse.
Grunge rock superstars Soundgarden performed live last night on Conan.
Watch the video here below of their live performance of “Black Rain,” a single from their new album, Telephantasm, which was released in September. Also embedded below is a web-only video of them playing another song, “Hunted Down,” which did not air during the Conan broadcast.
On January 1, 2010, the band announced their plans to reunite after a 12-year break. The current line-up of Soundgarden is Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd.
Former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell‘s official site was updated today to announce that the grunge rock pioneers are reuniting after a 12-year break!
The message simply states:
The 12 year break is over and school is back in session. Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again! www.soundgardenworld.com
When you sign up at the site, a video for “Get On The Snake” from their 1989 album Louder Than Love pops up, but there’s no other information at this time, though I gather we’ll be getting some details real soon.
The Seattle-based quartet released their first album Ultramega OK in 1988, but didn’t rise to fame until 1991 with Badmotorfinger, which contained the hits “Outshined” and “Rusty Cage” (which subsequently became popular videos in constant rotation on MTV). From then on, Soundgarden was at the top of the music scene, paving the way for other Grunge acts (along with fellow Seattle bands Nirvana and Pearl Jam).