May 26th, 2017-It has been about a week since Chris Cornell of Soundgarden/Audioslave had been pronounced dead after he has hung himself in his hotel room just hours after a performance in Detroit. After reports of Cornell’s death, fans and musicians from all over the world have expressed their condolences and honesty about the situation.
Many of them express that they had no idea what Chris was going through and that this was very unexpected. Some also tweeted that they had hoped to see him that weekend at the famous Rock on the Range music festival located in Columbus, Ohio.
As we mourn the loss of an amazing musician who many believe “Is one of the greatest grunge vocalist” I think we should address a common but taboo problem; mental illness. Last month we interviewed Johnny Crowder as he came forward to discuss his mental illness. It seems that many fans seem to forget that musicians have obstacles in their lives as well. What performance you see on stage is for us the fans. What happens before and after may be a completely different image. We have no idea what is going through someone head. The only thing we can do is continue to check up on one another. A simple “How are you” may be the difference to change someones life.
Video of Chris Cornell’s last performance can be found here.
National Suicide Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project: Call 1-866-488-7386
The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As we know there have been bands that have been accused of mistreating their fans in a way that is never acceptable. This post isn’t about the accused but about those victims.
Netflix has released the heavily anticipated 13 Reasons Why original series produced by Selena Gomez. Without giving too much away there are scenes within this series that talk about how traumatic anyone who has survived sexual assault/harassment can be. Take the time to educate yourself and know the available resources. An organization that is very helpful is A Voice for the Innocent. This is a non profit organization where you can voice your story anonymously if you wish as well as be provided with resources.
I would like to share a story that is far too common. I am an avid concert goer. I crowd surf, get in the pit and am also a photographer. I was walking through the crowd to head to the open beyond the barrier to take photos of the next band and someone grabbed my butt. Like, I’m talking handful and a squeeze. I turned around quickly to see if I could see who it was but no one stood out to me. That situation is one occurrence of what can happen at shows or anywhere really.
I never told anyone the above had happened because I figured no one would have cared or could do anything. However, I have seen a lot of people act on behalf of those who have been in an uncomfortable situation. I’ve seen musicians stop shows and warn the crowd of their behavior and that it won’t be tolerated.
Check out this video of Aaron Lewis of Staind stopping a concert due to a teenage girl crowdsurfing and being inappropriately touched.
Billie Joe Armstrong ( Nurse Jackie)-
Playing Jackie’s pick up for the night, Armstrong plays a character that could potentially give Jackie a run for her money. Making a quick appearance, Armstrong’s roll was memorable by viewers. Season 4 Episode 1.
Dave Navarro (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)-
Playing the character Mr.Ferrari, Navarro was part of an episode that does touch on numerous serious topics. Playing witness to a serious domestic crime, Navarro takes on a character that is all too common in real situations. As normally on SVU, the show tries its best to portray all scenarios accurately. Season 14 Episode 16.
Patrick Stump ( Law & Order)-
Playing the character Marty Dressler, who is a suspect in a high profile case, Stump takes on a new adventure.Acting. Though the case isn’t pleasant, as are many crime showcases, seeing Stump on a new stage makes the episode enjoyable. Season 18 Episode 2.
Pete Wentz & Ashlee Simpson ( CSI: New York)-
Playing characters Chester Bryon and Lila Wickfield, former couple Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson took to the screen playing a Bonnie and Clyde wanna be couple. Taking on the roles in a great fashion, Wentz and Simpson added a flare to the show! Season 5 Episode 18.
Lets Eat Grandma-
Indie rock at it’s finest, UK band Let’s Eat Grandma is my top band to catch this year based off one thing. Their voice. Subtle yet edgy, this band surely knows how play music. A fresh and uncommon sound that will surely make your SXSW experience fantastic.
Skinny Girl Diet-
Two words, girl punk. Skinny Girl Diet restored my faith in punk music, especially girl punk. Gritty and true to what punk stands for ( or doesn’t) this band is a hoot to listen to. Check out the music video for their song ‘Silver Spoons’!
Indie rock with pop note this all girl band it already carving their own corner of the industry. With a different sound the band knows the formula to pumping out great jams. Check out my favorite song by them, ‘Hey Heartbreaker’!
Apes? Marching? Nakedness? Heavy Make Up? Here are four iconic music videos!
1) Thnks fr th Mmrs ( Fall Out Boy)- A cameo from Kim Kardashian? Plus apes that steal your girlfriend? Fall Out Boy’s Thnks fr th Mmrs takes my number one, because from the second it start to the moment it finishes the video is a wild ride. As part of the 2007 album Infinity On High this video still makes its rounds to this day!
2) Welcome To The Black Parade ( My Chemical Romance)- The song itself is iconic enough, now take the music and bring it to life? Oh yeah! With a full blown ‘black’ parade and enough sass from vocalist Gerard Way the video matches the song to 100%.
Can’t forget oh rocking ‘Mother War’ looks!
3) What’s My Age Again? (Blink-182)- What’s my age again? Who knows! All I know is that taking my number three stop is the video for their 1999 song, What’s My Age Again?! Running and performing naked throughout the whole video, I call this one iconic because that’s not something you can forget!
4) I Write Sins Not Tragedies (Panic! At The Disco) – The song that will have you screaming about shutting the blessid door! Once again another video adding towards an iconic song, P!ATD sure made this one rock! A circus esque themed wedding and an saying that will last forever, this takes my number four spot!
Through and through a common staple at many shows of a certain genre is stage driving. To concert attendees stage diving can either be a fun experience or something that will leave a bad taste in your mouth. For someone like myself, who doesn’t fancy jumping headfirst into a crowd of people I tend to stay away from the act of stage diving. For the people who choose to stage dive at shows, they make their own memories and if staging diving assists with making memories, then go right ahead! I can respect someone’s choice to stage dive, though where a problem arises is when it comes to the pesky backpack. Time after time myself and many others have had run ins with people stage diving with backpacks. Ranging from small things like simply getting hit in the face with whatever brick you chose to keep in your backpack that night to getting choked when you decide to keep your straps loose when you jump off the stage. When in the middle of enjoying a show wouldn’t that be one of the last things you would want to happen? Now, I know what you’re probably thinking, can’t take the “hit” get out of the pit but there is a fine line between having a good time and not taking into account your surroundings. Now there is various reason one may bring a backpack to a show-which may have lessened now due to security reason-, the question I have is why would you stage dive with a backpack?