Chris Cornell's daughter has released a duet she recorded with her late father as a Father's Day tribute to the late SOUNDGARDEN singer.Toni and Chris Cornell's version of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" was accompanied by a note in which the 13-year-old thanked her dad for his support."Daddy, I love you and miss you so much," she wrote. "You were the best father anyone could ask for.Our relationship was so special, and you were always there for me. You gave me courage when I didn't have any.You believed in me when I didn't.I miss your love everyday.Recording this song with you was a special and amazing experience I wish I could repeat 100 times over and I know you would too. Happy Father's Day daddy, nothing compares to you."Toni's mother, Vicky Cornell, retweeted her daughter's tribute and wrote in an accompanying message: "I'm so proud of my baby girl for having the courage to share this. July 19, last year she found it in her daddy's studio files-they recorded it a few months before he died. You never know what life brings and how we live each day is what’s most important #FathersDay #chriscornell"Last August, Toni Cornell joined the band ONEREPUBLIC onstage ABC's "Good Morning America" to perform the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah". The performance was a celebration the lives of Chris Cornell and late LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington, both of whom died within months of each other.Chris Cornell was found hanged in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel in May 2017, following a SOUNDGARDEN show at the city's Fox Theatre. His body was found soon after he had spoken with a "slurred" voice to Vicky Cornell by phone. The death was ruled a suicide.But his family has questioned the medical examiner's ruling, saying that he had a prescription for Ativan and that a higher than recommended dosage may have caused him to experience suicidal thoughts.
I’m so proud of my baby girl for having the courage to share this. July 19, last year she found it in her daddy’s studio files-they recorded it a few months before he died. You never know what life brings and how we live each day is what’s most important #FathersDay #chriscornell https://t.co/UcauXjLvgb— Vicky Cornell (@vickycornell) June 17, 2018
DREAM THEATER vocalist James LaBrie and guitarist John Petrucci have revealed in a new video message that the band has regrouped at an undisclosed studio to begin work on material for the follow-up to 2016's "The Astonishing" album."John and I are here at the studio," James said in the clip, which can be seen below. "We've been here for one week, and it is going sensational. Everybody is in the one room, and we're all interacting with one another, and I've gotta tell you, if the first week is any indication of where this album is going, you're in for a treat."Addd John: "Yeah, the vibe is really cool, the hang is cool, the atmosphere, the inspiration. It's been great — there's a lot of ideas flowing. It's already been really productive, only a week in, which is cool."Continued James: "Not to mention just the style of the music, which I think a lot of people will stand up and applaud at this point. But there's a heaviness to it, there's an aggression to it. But you mentioned something earlier when we were talking about this, and you said, what was it? The five…""The five pillars of D.T.," said John. "I think everyone's on the same page with the type of record this is gonna be. I mean, so far the music is heavy, it's progressive, it's melodic, it's shredding, and it's also epic. So it has all those elements, which… they are the five pillars of DREAM THEATER, if you wanna call it that. We just called it that; there you go."Added James: "The whole thing is that everyone's feeling it, and there's such an incredible synergy going on here. This environment that we're in, this particular studio — and no, we're not revealing to you what studio — but it's so conducive to what we're trying to attain."John went on to say: "And the cool thing is everybody is contributing. We're fired up with all our gear as a band, so it's a real big live sound. We kind of get an idea when we're writing what things really feel like to play and whether the grooves are powerful or whatever, whether it really is hitting us and making the hairs on our arms stand up. And just to give you a little insight on how we're doing this and what we'll be doing for the next couple of months, we have all the gear set up, all of our live gear, and we're basically going through this kind of neat little board here that we have set up. It's a very simple thing, but all the instruments are pretty much direct. We only have four mics on the drums, and as we complete a section or a song even, we get it to where we can all play it — as hard as it is, however many takes we have to get and we get a really solid live demo out of it. And then what we're gonna do is we're also multitracking, so we'll take that multitrack and then we'll mix that down, so we'll have a pretty good-quality demo. And then our engineer will then take that and prep it for tracking, so he'll prep it for Pro Tools, so when it's time to track and overdub, we'll be all set to do that."Said James: "I think that's the beauty, though — you're laying it down and you're recording it, and then we get a reference mix. So we know right away: is it hitting us the same way that it felt when it was going down? And then you're able to either adjust, go back, rethink it, or it's great, and we can just move on. It's a very positive situation and a very productive one."Petrucci hinted in a recent interview that DREAM THEATER's next album will be musically inspired by the "Images, Words & Beyond" tour, which saw the pioneering group celebrating the 25th anniversary of its milestone RIAA-gold-certified album "Images And Words".DREAM THEATER's next studio album — its 14th — will be the band's first for Sony Music's progressive imprint InsideOut Music. The group spent the past 25 years recording under various labels in the Warner Music Group system, most recently Roadrunner Records, which released five albums by the band between 2007 and 2016.
The classic lineup of California metallers AS I LAY DYING — Tim Lambesis on lead vocals, Jordan Mancino on drums, Phil Sgrosso on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Nick Hipa on lead guitar and backing vocals, and Josh Gilbert on bass and clean vocals — played its first first comeback show last night (Saturday, June 16) at Soma Sidestage in San Diego, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.The $10 tickets to AS I LAY DYING's first live appearance since 2013 at the 300-capacity Soma Sidestage reportedly sold out in four minutes. It was said to be the band's decision to play on a smaller stage rather than the 2,000-capacity mainstage.Earlier in the month, AS I LAY DYING released a new song called "My Own Grave", which marked the first fresh music from the band since it issued its sixth album, "Awakened", back in September 2012.In May 2014, Lambesis was sentenced to six years in jail after pleading guilty to paying a San Diego police officer posing as a hitman $1,000 to kill his wife. Approximately two and a half years later — on December 17, 2016 — he was discharged from a California detention facility and was transferred to the Division of Adult Parole Operations.Last December, Lambesis released a statement in which he apologized to his former wife and children for his "appalling actions." He also accepted responsibility for being "the sole offender and the only one to blame for everything that happened."The return of AS I LAY DYING raised some questions, particularly since Hipa categorically denounced the band's disgraced frontman as a "sociopathic narcissist in definite need of rehabilitation" in a social-media post back in 2014.Lambesis was arrested in May 2013 after handing a "hitman" — really an undercover police officer — $1,000 in cash, along with his wife's address and gate security codes.Prior to the murder plot, his wife had asked a San Diego Superior Court to dissolve their marriage.Last night, the five members of AS I LAY DYING released a half-hour video in which they discussed the return of their classic lineup, including how they reconnected and repaired their personal relationships following Lambesis's release from prison.