Godsmack Pay Tribute To Chester Bennington & Chris Cornell, Discuss The Band’s New Direction

Godsmack paid tribute to both Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell during their August 9 show at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. You can see footage of them performing Linkin Park’s “Crawling” and Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike” below:

In other news, Sully Erna and Shannon Larkin were recently interviewed by WFMZ-TV, and talked a bit about their new direction. Erna said the following when asked if their new album has a theme:

“Not so much a theme, but we have made a conscious decision to kind of change the game a bit. This show [Musikfest] we’re kind of marking as the last of the nostalgic Godsmack shows, and from this point forward, we’re gonna kind of open a new chapter in our career and go for a new sound, a new stage and a new look for the band. We’re gonna change things up enough, maintain the integrity of what we are and what we do. But it feels so far that the writing is going a little bit more down into a commercial, mainstream kind of feel. But, again, without losing the power and the stuff that we built our heritage on.”

[via Loudwire]

Corey Taylor On Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington: “Calling Them ‘Cowards’ Is A Very Immature Way Of Looking At It”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) was recently interviewed by Loudwire, and opened up about the tragic suicides of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) and Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). During the chat, he made a point to call out people who are referring to the two as “cowards,”saying it is an “immature way of looking at it.”

Taylor said the following:

“Calling them ‘cowards’ is a very immature way of looking at it. Obviously they’re hurt, which is why they’re lashing out and saying that. It’s the easy way to look at something like that because it makes you not have to face what a serious issue it is.

It’s easy for someone to label it like that so they can turn their back on it and pretend that it was something that didn’t happen to them, when inside they’re hurting. People who fight depression are almost in a constant state of hurting. it comes and goes, the tide rises, the tide ebbs. It’s hard to get past that break. I think people need to realize that not only is that immature, but it’s cop out. And it’s needlessly, needlessly simplifying a very real issue…”

He also added the following, after discussing his own depression:

“It is a goddamn tragedy. That does not make them cowards. I’ve even heard people recently say something to the fact of, ’It was bound to happen. This was always going to happen.’

And I’ve gotten so angry hearing that that I’ve gone on record saying, ‘You are absolutely wrong for saying that.’ No one… Suicide should not be a foregone conclusion. That means you’re not listening. You say you care about that person, that means you’re not listening.”

Taylor also offered some resources for those who are struggling:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255




Chris Cornell Statue To Be Erected In Seattle, WA

Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden) widow Vicky Cornell has decided to memorialize her husband with a new statue in Seattle, WA. “He is Seattle’s son,” Vicky told The Seattle Times, “and we will be bringing him home and honoring him, I hope, with all of you, your love and support.” Wayne Toth, who previously made a memorial statue of Johnny Ramone, has been recruited to craft this one.


Staind & Godsmack Members Pay Tribute To Chester Bennington & Chris Cornell At Aaron Lewis And Friends Benefit Concert

Staind’s Aaron Lewis recently hosted his sixth annual “Aaron Lewis Invitational Charity Golf Tournament” and “Aaron Lewis And Friends” benefit concert in Northampton, Massachusetts, and was joined by numerous guests including Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Sully Erna (Godsmack) and more. Among the various performances, there was a couple tributes that took place including Lewis, Erna, and Mike Mushok (Staind) paying tribute to the late Chester Bennington with a cover Linkin Park’s “Crawling” and the same three paying tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a cover of Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike.” You can see footage of that below. In other news, the concert notably featured a full Staind reunion as well, with Lewis, Mushok, Johnny April, and Sal Giancarelli taking the stage for acoustic versions of “Outside,” “Something to Remind You,” and, “It’s Been Awhile.”

Chris Cornell’s Daughter Toni Paid Tribute To Her Father & Chester Bennington By Covering “Hallelujah” With OneRepublic

Chris Cornell’s daughter Toni Cornell joined OneRepublic on “Good Morning America” for a performance of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” in honor of her father and Chester Bennington, who both tragically took their own lives. You can watch official footage HERE, and an unofficial upload below:

Seether Dedicate 2017 Rise Above Fest To Chester Bennington & Chris Cornell

Seether have decided to dedicated their annual Rise Above Fest, which helps raise money for Suicide Awareness Voices Of Education, to Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and Chris Cornell, who both sadly took their own lives. The festival will be held at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine this weekend (July 22-23), and it will include: Seether, Korn, Stone Sour, Skillet, Falling In Reverse, Red Sun Rising, Crobot, DragonForce, Cane Hill, Ded, Killer At Large, Shinedown, Halestorm, Theory Of A Deadman, HELLYEAH, All That Remains, Pop Evil, Starset, Avatar, Kyng, and Black Map. Shaun Morgan commented:

“Losing another great rock voice to suicide yesterday is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking. It’s exactly why we are doing what we set out to do this weekend — to build awareness for this mental disease. I started this festival as a tribute to anyone who has lost someone. If this festival does something to help one person reconsider the tragic choice of suicide, then it will be the greatest success of my career. We will honor the memories of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell and dedicate this weekend to them.”


Childhaven Establish Music Therapy Program In Honor Of Chris Cornell

Nonprofit organization Childhaven have announced that they have established a new “Chris Cornell Therapy Music Program”, with $100,000 donated by Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell. The program, which focuses on therapeutic early learning for children who faced trauma, was announced today on what would have been the late vocalist’s 53rd birthday.


Vicky said the following:

“The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is excited to join Childhaven to support its extraordinary work impacting the lives of those in need. Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music, and through Childhaven’s establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world’s most vulnerable children.”

Musician Brian Vogan, who runs music therapy at Childhaven, added:

“Because of what they’ve experienced, a lot of children come to Childhaven struggling with anger and other overwhelming emotions. Being able to beat on drums is really helpful for them. Other kids are very shy, and music helps to bring them out of their shell.”

Childhaven CEO Jon Botten also commented:

“We’re honored to preserve Chris Cornell’s memory with this program. Music has the power to engage, to delight, and to heal. Thanks to the Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation, more of our most vulnerable children will be able to use music to build the resilience they need to reach their full potential.”

In other news, Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard (also of Temple Of The Dog) has shared a new tribute:

“I keep waking up in the middle of the night and remember, fresh again, that you are gone. An absence grows in my stomach and slowly turns circles like a far off galaxy on a grainy tv.
The same questions follow and my heart races…searching for reasons and what ifs..
I’m so selfishly sad that I’ll never get to see you again, never play with you again, never feel the bask of your approval or be part of your life.
We all miss you so much…it was always a given in my mind we would all spend more time together when we got older, we would play more music and love and be loved like we dreamed…this was your time and you shared it with us…thank you.
You were too much…
Your talent was jaw dropping…your songs, lyrics, your voice…how could you have all 3…
And then, the not so obvious…your wicked sense of humor and your playfulness…
all of us are heartsick and we will never get over losing you.
We hope you’re in peace and that your particles are mutating and transforming in harmony with nature. We wish your family our utmost condolences and sympathies.

We love you Chris,
Happy Birthday”