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)


Tupac Shakur, Pearl Jam, Yes to be Inducted Into Rock Hall

The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam lead a class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees that also include folkie Joan Baez and 1970s favorites Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra.

The rock hall also said Tuesday it would give a special award to Nile Rodgers, whose disco-era band Chic failed again to make the cut after its 11th time nominated.

The hall’s 32nd annual induction ceremony takes place on April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will show highlights at a later date, with SiriusXM doing a radio broadcast.

Shakur, Baez, Pearl Jam and ELO were all elected in their first year as nominees. (AP)

Brewers Team Up on Beer to Help Military Families


Craft breweries from around the country are teaming up to raise money for military families by selling a beer aged on baseball bats.

The Hops for Heroes project began in 2011 as a collaboration between Center of the Universe Brewing Co. in suburban Richmond and Fremont Brewing Co. in Seattle.

This year, the list also includes breweries in Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado and California.

Homefront IPA is being released in time for Memorial Day. It is brewed with orange peel and aged by soaking with unfinished Louisville Slugger maple bats.

Using the same recipe, the participating breweries will sell the beer in bottles and kegs in their areas.

All proceeds are being donated to local chapters of Operation Homefront. The national organization provides emergency financial assistance to military families.

Other adult beverage makers also support projects that benefit the military.

Several wineries a have created wines to support military groups like Operation Homefront.

Bourbon bottler Jim Beam has partnered with Operation Homefront for the past five years to raise money and awareness through promotional events such as concerts. And whiskey company Wild Turkey has teamed up with The Boot Campaign, which supports veterans through the sale and promotion of combat boots. Its “Boots and Bourbon” initiative raises money and highlights returning veterans’ issues.


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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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All Roads Lead to Reno

In case you haven’t heard by now, my hometown is currently once again in the national news spotlight. First, a suspected serial killer fromRenowas arrested in connection with four Bay Area cold case murders. Then less than 24 hours later an overnight air traffic controller slept while an air ambulance tried to land at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. (Earlier today the head of the FAA Air Traffic Control division resigned over the seemingly ongoing issue.)It seems every timeRenohits the big time it’s for something bad – Darren Mack killing his estranged wife and shooting their divorce judge, the nearby Angora Fire that destroyed 254 homes inLake Tahoe, the Brianna Denison case…I could go on and on.

Somehow someway we always have our fingers in something bigger than the Biggest Little City.

Always fascinated me why people come here – what attracted you here and not, say, Dallas or Charlotte or Seattle.

People always say ‘All roads toRome.’ Maybe instead it should be ‘All roads lead toReno.’

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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