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.

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.”

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.

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.

Father writes open letter to Ariana Grande after Manchester explosion

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:06 PM

A father wrote an open letter to singer Ariana Grande (pictured) after the Manchester, England, explosion Monday after her concert. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation)
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation

For parents, the suicide bombing earlier this week in Manchester, England, had to hit home.

So many in attendance at the Ariana Grande concert were children or young adults.

And even if your children weren’t in attendance, you felt something real after learning that 22 people were killed in the attack.

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Then there’s Grande, a world-famous singer and performer who will live with this for the rest of her life.

Just hours after the bombing, she sent a tweet to her nearly 50 million followers.

Patrick Millsaps, a father of three young girls from Georgia, saw Grande’s tweet and decided to respond.

He penned an open letter to the singer, and the response has been incredible.

The tweet has been retweeted nearly 25,000 times.

In it, he begins by saying, "I am the father of three daughters — ages 13, 12 and 12. So, you have been a part of our family for years.”

He wrote, “I’m afraid I need to set you straight girl. So listen up and receive some redneck love from a daddy of daughters.”

He said such things as, “You don’t have a dadgum thing to apologize for.”

He told her to, “Spend time with your God, your family and your friends who will give you space and support when you need it.”

His last piece of advice was, “When and only when you are ready, on behalf of all dads who love your… um… whose daughters’ love your music SING AGAIN.”

He closed by saying, “So there you go my dear, unsolicited advice from a fat dude in Georgia who loves his daughters and appreciates that there are people like you in the world. Take care of you first. Your fans aren’t going anywhere.”

Grande, who suspended her "Dangerous Woman" world tour and canceled several European shows after the bombing, announced Friday that she will return to Manchester, England, to give a concert to raise money for the victims of Monday’s deadly bombing at her show there.

In a statement, the pop star said, “We won't let hate win” and offered to “extend my hand and heart and everything I possibility can give to you and yours.

Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”

She did not announce a date for the concert.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor separating after 18 years together

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:53 PM

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor announced in a joint statement they are separating. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Fred Duval/FilmMagic

One of Hollywood’s longest-lasting couples is calling it quits.

Entertainment Tonight reported Friday that actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor announced in a joint statement they are splitting.

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“With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate,” the statement said. “Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that Taylor and Stiller, parents to Ella, 15, and Quinlin, 11, were married in May 2000 after meeting on the set of a TV pilot Stiller was developing. They began dating in April 1999 and got engaged that November.

Taylor co-stared with Stiller in several of his films, including “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Zoolander” and “Zoolander 2.”

Brad Pitt, Dave Grohl and other celebrities pay respects at Chris Cornell's funeral

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 7:14 PM

Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell was laid to rest at a funeral service Friday in Los Angeles.

Cornell died of a suicide by hanging at his MGM Grand Detroit hotel room at May 17, only hours after he performed with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. He was 52.

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Cornell's wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and their daughter, Toni Cornell, were at the service at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the musician was buried.

USA Today reported that Cornell’s bandmates, Soungarden drummer Matt Cameron and guitarist Kim Thayil, as well as Audioslave co-founder Tom Morello, delivered eulogies.

Related: PHOTOS: Celebrities pay respects at Chris Cornell's funeral

Actors Brad Pitt, Fred Armisen, Josh Brolin and James Franco attended the service.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Soundgarden’s music played outside the gates of the cemetery before the service.

Other notable rockers at the funeral included Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, of the Foo Fighters; Dave Navarro, Metallica members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich; and Joe Walsh of the Eagles.

Gavin Rosdale, lead singer of the band Bush, was at the funeral. On Wednesday, he wrote a tribute to Cornell in a post on Billboard.com

“With Chris, there was this innate, beautiful melody and beautiful words that anyone with any degree of sensitivity could relate to and did,” he said of Cornell’s singing voice.

Karayiannis wrote an open letter that was posted by Billboard Wednesday in which she spoke to her husband.

Related: Chris Cornell's widow shares heartbreaking open letter to late husband

“We had the time of our lives in the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night,” the letter read in part. “I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher. Your children know that too, so you can rest in peace.

“I’m broken, but I will stand up for you, and I will take care of our beautiful babies. I will think of you every minute of every day and I will fight for you.” she wrote.

Cornell is survived by his wife and three children.

Cincinnati brewery creates Fiona-inspired beer

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 11:09 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 11:22 AM


            Listermann Brewing Co. has just created a New England Style IPA dubbed Team Fiona. (WCPO)

A Cincinnati brewery has just created a New England Style IPA dubbed Team Fiona — and you’ll soon be able to buy the beer at a Butler County grocery.

The IPA can from Listermann Brewing Co. bears the face of the Cincinnati Zoo’s beloved baby hippo, and 25 percent of proceeds will go to benefit the 4-month-old as she continues to grow, according to the brewery.

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Listermann said it hopes the cans will become collector’s items like Bengals Who Dey cans from the 1980s.

“We love creative partnerships like this one where we can take their passion for local craft beer and blend it with our passion for animals,” Chad Yelton, vice president of marketing and communications for Listermann, said in a statement.

PHOTOS: Fiona the baby hippo is teething

Jason Brewer, general manager, said Team Fiona isn’t bitter like typical IPAs.

“It is a rather new style in which the beer has a very soft mouth feel, hazy appearance and is bursting with fruit/juice flavor … coming in at 6.2 percent, we feel like this beer and style make Team Fiona perfect for the summer,” Brewer said in the statement.

WATCH: Fiona’s first steps caught on camera

Listermann Brewing Co. will hold a tasting at 10 a.m. on June 10 at the brewery, located just two miles from the Cincinnati Zoo.

On June 12, four packs of Team Fiona IPA will be available for purchase at four Kroger locations: Oakley, Hyde Park, Anderson and Harper’s Point.

The beer will also be sold at Jungle Jim’s stores in Fairfield and Eastgate, and Cappies in Loveland.