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Daytonians share memories of Chris Cornell’s music, shows

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 11:39 AM

Kevin Virobik-Adams for aa-s. Chris Cornell, formerly frontman for Soundgarden, played in Austin Saturday (3/4/2000) at La Zona Rosa as part of his solo tour.
Kevin Virobik-Adams for aa-s. Chris Cornell, formerly frontman for Soundgarden, played in Austin Saturday (3/4/2000) at La Zona Rosa as part of his solo tour.

Area rock fans reacted in shock as news of Chris Cornell’s death greeted morning readers Thursday. 

The 52-year-old musician known for his work with Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and solo work died late Wednesday evening shortly after a performance in Detroit, according to a representative. Detroit police are investigating the cause.

>> The latest: Autopsy being conducted on body of Chris Cornell

“He was one of the strongest singers of the grunge era,” said former Dayton Daily News music critic Dave Larsen of Cornell. 

Larsen, who now works in communications for the University of Dayton, saw several performances involving the singer and guitarist. 

“He had a tremendous voice and was a strong songwriter. I was a true fan.”

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Other Daytonians remember Cornell and Soundgarden long before the Seattle Sound exploded across the airwaves in the early ‘90s. The young band toured heavily, but not everyone was a fan.

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“Honestly, I never saw ‘em once when I was looking forward to it,” local musician Eric Purtle recalled after seeing them multiple times in the late ‘80s. “We caught ‘them three times before (third album) Badmotorfinger even came out and they sucked. I was in no mood for ‘70s throwback when we were in the mood for ‘80s faux-futurism. Mind you, once Badmotorfinger came out, it was another story – the songs were a lot better and we were more in the mood for the idea of them.”

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Dayton musician Chad Wells heard things differently.

“The first time I saw them was transcendent,” Wells said of their performance opening for Danzig and Corrosion of Conformity in 1990 at Cincinnati’s Bogart’s. “Just perfect. So psychedelic and swirly and so heavy. (They) covered ‘Earache My Eye’ by Cheech and Chong and the pit at Bogart's went berserk -- but not violent, just fast running swirl.”

Chris Cornell performs in Austin in 2015. Suzanne Cordeiro/for American-Statesman(Suzanne Cordeiro)

Jim Contway of Dayton was living in Seattle when Cornell and Soundgarden were just getting started and saw him perform in his all-star side project Temple of the Dog as well. 

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“One of the most pure voices ever,” Contway said. “I didn’t consider (Soundgarden) alternative rock or heavy metal. They were just a great rock band.”

Soundgarden played the Dayton area three times, most notoriously at the Nutter Center Jan. 13 and 14 of 1992 as the opening act for Guns ‘N’ Roses. 

Scheduled to start the second show “around 8 p.m.,” Cornell and crew hit the stage at 9:30 p.m. and played for an hour. It would be well past midnight before fans heard from Guns ‘N’ Roses due to an alleged technical glitch, though Guns singer Axl Rose had reportedly not even shown up to the venue until after midnight.

Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs at The Guitar Center Sessions at the Starr Builidng rooftop at SXSW on Friday March 14, 2014. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Jay Janner/Jay Janner)

Soundgarden returned two years later, this time at Hara Arena, as one of rock’s biggest bands. 

>> Representative: Rocker Chris Cornell dead at age 52

“The band delivered a powerfully assured two-hour set for the crowd of 3,500,” Larsen reported at the time. “Cornell even recalled that Nutter Center show and what a mess it was from the stage.”

Despite his initial impression of Cornell and his band, Purtle believes the group’s legacy as one of the greats is well assured. 

“I’m not sure anybody ever put out a three-album string better than BadmotorfingerSuperunknown, and Down on the Upside.” 

Do you have memories of Chris Cornell and his music? Send them to Jim.Ingram@coxinc.com.

3 Butler County holiday events not to miss this weekend

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:00 AM


            Liberty Center kicks off the holiday season with its annual holiday parade and tree lighting on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Liberty Center kicks off the holiday season with its annual holiday parade and tree lighting on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Get in the holiday spirit and check out these area tree lightings and family-friendly celebrations this weekend in Butler County:

1. Hamilton Welcomes the Holidays

Saturday, Nov. 18

Carriage rides and Santa’s arrival will help to welcome the holidays in Hamilton as part of the annual tree lighting ceremony, which will be held at the Butler County Courthouse on Saturday, Nov. 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Hamilton.

The family-friendly event is free. The program will begin about 5:30 p.m. with caroling on the courthouse steps. Santa arrives around 6 p.m. to light the tree. Then, Santa will visit with children at the gazebo until about 7:30 p.m.

Downtown stores will be open during the event, so you can also get a start on your holiday shopping.

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2. Olde West Chester Christmas Walk, Parade and Community Tree Lighting

Saturday, Nov. 18

The nighttime holiday parade starts at 7 p.m. and runs along Cincinnati Dayton Road to the West Chester Twp. Administration Building, where the community tree lighting will take place around 8 p.m.

The Merchants of Olde West Chester will host a free, family-friendly community event during the day, beginning at 2 p.m., along Cincinnati Dayton Road. Photos with Santa, shopping, kids’ games and crafts, a petting zoo, horse-and-wagon rides, food, beverages, live music and more are a part of the event.

Note: Cincinnati Dayton Road from Cresthaven Avenue to West Chester Road will be closed from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for the parade.

MORE: There’s plenty of local holiday events to fill your calendar. Find more here

3. Light the Way at Liberty Center

Saturday, November 18

This annual holiday parade and tree lighting at Liberty Center will kick-off the holiday season for the community on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.

Santa will make an appearance inside the Foundry, carriage rides will be available, and there will be a performance by Amy and the Arrangements in the Square at 7 p.m.

Starting at noon, there will be live performances and appearances from North Pole visitors in the Square.

Santa’s helpers will gather in the Cub Clubhouse from 2 to 5 p.m. for cookie decorating and a free showing of the movie “Elf.”

Lady Gaga stops show after seeing fan bleeding in the audience

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 5:25 PM

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Lady Gaga stopped in the middle of a concert to check on a fan who reportedly started bleeding after she was hit in the face -- presumably by accident -- in the middle of the show.

People reported that Gaga, who is back on her Joanne World Tour, was in Connecticut when the incident occurred. 

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“I just looked over and I saw,” Gaga said in a video a fan account posted to Twitter. “Are you all right? Do you need some extra help? Yeah? OK, so do you need a paramedic? They’re on their way? OK.”

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After learning the fan’s name is Meredith, Gaga went on to say, “Meredith, I’m so sorry that you got hit in the face and that you’re bleeding.” The audience gasped.

“You OK? We’re going to make sure that you’re OK, all right?”

The audience cheered as Gaga stood up.

“OK. I think she is gonna go off to see the doctors. What we all need to remember is that there are some things that are more important than show business. So we’ll do this one for Meredith, all right?” 

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The singer then broke out into an a cappella version of “Paparazzi.” She paused her singing and then said, “Make sure to give that girl a backstage pass, too.”

Gaga is back on tour after taking a break to focus on her health. She previously canceled recent tour dates in Europe due to her chronic pain from fibromyalgia.

Sylvester Stallone rep says sexual abuse allegations are ‘ridiculous, categorically false’

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 8:18 PM

Sylvester Stallone Denies Sexual Abuse Allegations

Sylvester Stallone has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 1986.

According to a report from The Daily Mail, the alleged victim filed a police report and claimed the actor, then 40 years old, sexually assaulted her in a hotel room in Las Vegas. Stallone’s bodyguard, Michael De Luca, was also involved in the assault, the accuser said, according to the report. Stallone was in the city filming “Over the Top,” the report said.

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The unnamed teenager said she was threatened not to tell anyone about the incident. The Daily Mail, which reported it obtained a copy of the original police report, said the teen said she was “humiliated and ashamed” and did not press charges against Stallone or the De Luca as a result.

The report alleges that retired Las Vegas Metro Police Department Detective Sgt. John Samolovitch, who was in change of the department’s sexual assault unit, confirmed that the police report “is in fact a true copy of the original report.”

A representative for Stallone says the report is not true.

“This is a ridiculous, categorically false story,” Stallone’s spokeswoman, Michelle Bega, told People in a statement. “No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone. At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.”

Serena Williams marries Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans, reports say

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 9:57 PM

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are reportedly married
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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are reportedly married(Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly/Getty Images For Entertainment W)

Serena Williams is officially a married woman, according to reports.

People reported that the tennis legend and her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, were married Thursday in New Orleans.

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Reports bubbled this week that the pair was getting married at the Contemporary Arts Center

E! News reported that the nuptials came two years after Ohanian and Williams began dating. They welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in early September.

Related: Report: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian set to wed Thursday

On Wednesday, the pair and 100 guests reportedly attended  a rehearsal dinner at Emeril Lagasse’s Meril restaurant. Eva Longoria and Colton Hayes were among those at the dinner, as was Williams’ mother, Oracene Price, and sister, Venus Williams.

Williams’ wedding gown was seen being brought into the city the same day.

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“Entertainment Tonight” reported that Beyonce, Venus Williams, Kelly Rowland, Lala Anthony, Kim Kardashian and Ciara were among the famous wedding guests. According to an ET source, daughter Alexis Olympia was also in attendance. 

Related: Serena Williams welcomes baby girl with fiance Alexis Ohanian

Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ tennis coach, offered the couple congratulations in an Instagram post earlier Thursday.

“I send you all my positive feelings for that very special day. I wish you a very happy wedding, a fantastic party and a full life of happiness,” he captioned the post.