Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell & Heart’s Ann Wilson Pay Tribute To Chris Cornell With A Cover Of Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun”

During the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, OH last night (April 14), Alice In Chains‘ Jerry Cantrell and Heart‘s Ann Wilson paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a cover of Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun.” You can see footage of that below:

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MC5’s Wayne Kramer Reveals Dates For “Kick Out The Jams” 50th Anniversary Tour Feat. Soundgarden, Fugazi, Etc. Members

MC5‘s Wayne Kramer previously announced that he would be performing the MC5‘s debut album “Kick Out The Jams” in full on a 50th anniversary tour. Now, he has officially announced the dates for the trek. The lineup for the tour will include Kramer along with Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Doug Pinnick (King’s X, KXM), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), and Marcus Durant (Zen Guerilla).

Tour Dates:

09/05 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
09/06 St. Augustine, FL – Backyard Stage at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
09/07 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
09/08 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
09/09 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
09/11 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
09/12 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
09/13 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
09/14 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
09/15 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
09/17 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
09/18 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
09/19 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
09/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
09/22 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
09/23 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
09/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
09/26 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
09/28 Austin, TX – Mohawk
09/29 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10/01 Phoenix, AZ – The Marquee
10/02 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
10/03 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/04 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
10/05 Los Angeles, CA – John Anson Ford
10/15 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/16 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
10/17 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
10/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
10/20 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
10/23 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
10/24 Chicago, IL – Metro Chicago
10/25 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
10/26 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
10/27 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore

In other news, Kramer will be releasing his new memoir “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5, And My Life Of Impossibilities” on August 14, via Da Capo Press.

Small Town Titans Cover Soundgarden’s “Spoonman”

In celebration of the 24th anniversary of “Superunkown”, Small Town Titans have shared a cover of Soundgarden’s “Spoonman.” Frontman Phil Freeman commented:

“Chris Cornell has been a musical hero of mine since I was in high school and has been a major influence in the style of our band. Soundgarden’s repertoire of music is vast and difficult to pull off. The reason we decided to cover this classic of theirs is not only to challenge our musicianship and ability but to also pay tribute to one of the greatest voices and lyricists of Rock ‘n Roll from one of the greatest bands of all time. Our hope is that our interpretation does the song and it’s original performers the justice and recognition it deserves.”

MC5’s Wayne Kramer Recruits Soundgarden, Fugazi, & King’s X Members For “Kick Out The Jams” 50th Anniversary Tour

MC5‘s Wayne Kramer has announced that he will be heading out on tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MC5‘s debut album “Kick Out The Jams.” He will be performing the effort in full along with other fan favorites every night. The lineup for the trek will include Kramer along with Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Doug Pinnick (King’s X, KXM), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), and Marcus Durant (Zen Guerilla). Dates have yet to be announced, but the trek is expected to start in September and run through October. So far, an October 27 show has been announced at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI.

In other news, Kramer will be releasing his new memoir “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5, And My Life Of Impossibilities” on August 14, via Da Capo Press. The following synopsis was shared for that:

“In January 1969, before the world heard a note of their music, The MC5 was on the cover of Rolling Stone. The missing link between free jazz and punk rock, they were raw, primal, and, when things were clicking, absolutely unstoppable.

Led by legendary guitarist Wayne Kramer, The MC5 was a reflection of the times: exciting, sexy, violent, chaotic, and out of control, all but assuring their time in the spotlight would be short-lived. They toured the country, played with music legends, and had a rabid following, their music acting as the soundtrack to the blue collar youth movement springing up across the nation.

Kramer wanted to redefine what a rock ‘n’ roll group was capable of, and there was power in reaching for that, but it was also a recipe for disaster, both personally and professionally. The band recorded three major label albums but, by 1972, it was all over.

Kramer‘s story is a revolutionary one, but it’s also the deeply personal struggle of an addict and an artist, a rebel with a great tale to tell. The ’60s were not all peace and love, but Kramer shows that peace and love can be born out of turbulence and unrest.

From the glory days of Detroit to the junk-sick streets of the East Village, from Key West to Nashville and sunny L.A., in and out of prison and on and off of drugs, his is the classic journeyman narrative, but with a twist: he’s here to remind us that revolution is always an option.”

Listen To The Late Chris Cornell’s Take On Johnny Cash’s “You Never Knew My Mind”

Johnny Cash’s son John Carter Cash will be releasing a new album featuring his late father’s poems backed by music on April 6. That effort, which is titled “Johnny Cash: Forever Words“, will feature a number of guests including the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.). Cornell’s contribution is a track called “You Never Knew My Mind,” which is a combination of two works, “You Never Knew My Mind” & “I Never Knew Your Mind.“ You can check that out below:

Trailer Released For “Johnny Cash: Forever Words” Featuring Chris Cornell

It was previously revealed that the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) would be featured on the “Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music“ album that Johnny Cash’s son John Carter Cash put together. That effort features a collection of Johnny Cash’s poems backed by music, including “You Never Knew My Mind,” which Cornell guested on. The effort will be available on April 6, and a new trailer for it can be seen below:

UCLA To Establish Chris Cornell Scholarship

UCLA is establishing a new scholarship in the name of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.). This comes as result of a coalition led by his widow Vicky Cornell, who has put together an endowed fund of more than $1 million to help support students at the UCLA School of Law.

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Vicky Cornell commented:

“My husband and I agreed that given the opportunity of education, people have the power to change the world. UCLA School of Law is an institution known for its academic excellence and we are proud the Chris Cornell Scholarship will provide funding for future students and future leaders of the world under the leadership of Dean [Jennifer] Mnookin and Chancellor [Gene] Block.”

Chancellor Block added:

“This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world.”

During his life, Chris Cornell was an advocate of human rights and even wrote “The Promise” for the Armenian genocide film of the same name. Proceeds from the movie went toward human rights causes, and even led to the creation of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. The proceeds from the song itself, were also donated to the International Rescue Committee and the Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch.

Dean Mnookin said the following:

“Vicky Cornell and all the people paying tribute to Chris Cornell’s tremendous legacy are helping to ensure that the law school will extend and strengthen its commitment to our students and to the pursuit of justice. Through the work of the Promise Institute and the scholarships that this fund will support, Chris Cornell’s influence will be felt at UCLA Law and beyond for generations to come.”

[via Loudwire]