Private Service, Public Viewing for Cornell in Hollywood

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is being laid to rest Friday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Representatives for the late singer-songwriter say private memorial service Friday will be followed by a public viewing of Cornell’s burial site.

The 52-year-old was pronounced dead May 18 after he was found unresponsive in a Detroit hotel room after a concert performance. Coroner’s officials released say preliminary autopsy results show the singer hanged himself, but full toxicology results remain pending. The singer’s family has disputed the findings and claim Cornell may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed.

Cornell was a leading voice of the grunge movement in the 1990s. Besides Soundgarden, he scored hits with Temple of the Dog and Audioslave. He is survived by his wife and two children. (AP)


Jon Stewart to Host Session With Nirvana Members


Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart will host a Q&A session with the surviving members of rock band Nirvana to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its album “Nevermind.”

Stewart will host the event on SiriusXM for two hours on Sept. 24. It will feature fans, Nirvana band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, and Butch Vig, the producer behind “Nevermind.” Kurt Cobain, the band’s lead singer, committed suicide in 1994.

“Nevermind” was the band’s second album and has sold 10 million units in theUnited States. It features Nirvana’s biggest hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Grohl is now the lead singer of the Foo Fighters.

SiriusXM will also launch the all-Nirvana channel, Nevermind Radio, on Sept. 23 until Sept. 28.


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Kurt Cobain Statue Unveiling in Hometown April 5

Kurt Cobain

A sculpture in honor of Kurt Cobain will be installed in his hometown on the 17th anniversary of his death.

The eight-and-a-half-foot tall sculpture of a guitar will be unveiled April 5 in Aberdeen, Washington, in a park next to the Young Street Bridge.

Cobain mentions the area in “Something in the Way,” and he spent time there growing up, when it was still covered in brambles. It used to be hard to find references to

Cobain in Aberdeen, but the city has adopted “Come As You Are” as its unofficial slogan.

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Ex-Alice in Chains Bassist Dies in Salt Lake City


(Starr is bottom right)

I was really sad to hear about this. Luckily, I finally got to see Alice in Chains play in Reno last year at the Knitting Factory. But the more I thought about his death the more I started to wonder if anyone would know who he was outside of Celebrity Rehab.

Police say officers have found former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr dead in a home near Salt Lake City’s downtown area.

Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Shawn Josephson says officers responded to the home Tuesday afternoon. He says details about the cause or circumstances of the 44-year-old’s death were not immediately available.

It wasn’t immediately clear who owned the home or phoned police.

Starr was the original bassist for Alice in Chains, an iconic Seattle-based band that made its mark on the grunge scene of the early 1990s. He left the group in 1993.

Josephson says Salt Lake City police arrested Starr last month on suspicion of possession of medications without a required prescription.

Starr appeared on the third season of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2009.

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