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5th June 2017

chris cornell

Serj Tankian joined Prophets Of Rage on stage at Rock Im Park in Nuremberg, Germany on Saturday for a performance of Audioslave's 'Like A Stone' in tribute to the late Chris Cornell.

Prior to the performance, the System Of A Down frontman recalled his last meeting with Cornell which was on April 12th when they both attended a red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles for 'The Promise', a historical drama about the Armenian genocide, the soundtrack of which included music by both artists.

Tankian told Rolling Stone:

"He was doing great, doing press – fighting the good fight for the project. Chris was one of those guys who tried to make everyone in the room feel comfortable with themselves. He was generous that way, with his emotions and time."

Before the premiere, both men were guests at a star-studded 70th-birthday gala thrown by Elton John in LA.

"We had this long chat, sitting next to each other," Tankian recalled and revealed they talked about touring.

"For myself, it's fun but nothing new under the sun. Chris was just the opposite: 'I'm really excited. I'm doing this tour with Soundgarden. I've got these other ideas.' He had plans, man."

Audioslave featured Cornell alongside Rage Against The Machine members Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk, all three of whom are members of Prophets Of Rage along with Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real.

Guns N' Roses also paid tribute to Cornell on Friday, as they have done at every show of their current European tour. The Gunners performed a cover of Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun' at Passeio Marítimo de Algés in Lisbon, Portugal.

Both the Audioslave weith Serj Tankian and the Guns N' Roses videos are fan filmed.

Meanwhile, the completed toxicology report was made public on Friday and stated that Cornell was using prescription drugs at the time of his death and has Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (a sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) and barbiturates in his system on the night he died.

Michigan's Wayne County Medical Examiner said that the manner of death was suicide and that "drugs did not contribute to the cause of death."

Wayne County assistant medical examiner Theodore Brown wrote in his post mortem report:

"It is my opinion that death was caused by hanging. Based on the circumstances surrounding this death and the autopsy findings, the manner of death is suicide."


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is stricylt limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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