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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.

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Dwayne Johnson answers girl's prom request, rents out theater for her

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:59 AM

Actor Dwayne Johnson attended the European premiere of 'Rampage' last week in London.
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Actor Dwayne Johnson attended the European premiere of 'Rampage' last week in London.(Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

An 18-year-old Minnesota student isn’t going to the prom with “The Rock,” but the actor and former wrestling star gave her the next best thing.

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Katie Kelzenberg of Stillwater Area High School had tweeted a video to Johnson, asking him to be her date for her school’s senior prom on May 5.

Friday during the school’s morning announcements, Kelzenberg and her fellow classmates were startled to hear Johnson’s voice over the intercom, ABC News reported.

“All right, let’s start this Friday morning announcement off with a little bit of fun and a little bit of excitement ... You're probably thinking 'What is 'The Rock' doing on our intercom system!?” Johnson said. “Well, I'm sending a message to very special young lady.”

While acknowledging that Kelzenberg might have been embarrassed -- in the video, her face reddens as Johnson continues to speak -- he thanked her for being “cool and awesome” for the prom invitation. He told the students that he was unable to make the prom because he would be in Hawaii filming his new movie, “Jungle Cruise.”

Then Johnson dug into his wrestling repertoire and dropped the People’s Elbow on the unsuspecting class.

Johnson told Kelzenberg that he was renting out a local theater for her friends and family to see a screening of Johnson’s movie, “Rampage,” with drinks and popcorn on him, ABC News reported.

"I want you to go and have the greatest time! I rented out 232 seats!" he said. "Katie, have the best time. Thank you for being awesome!"

SURPRISE KATIE KELZENBERG! About a week ago, I come across a video on my Twitter feed, from a student at Stillwater Area High School (oldest high school in Minnesota) asking me if I would be her date to her prom. Unfortunately, I’ll be shooting during that time in Hawaii, BUT I was so impressed by this young lady’s charm and confidence to even ask me (ladies always get shy in front of me) that I had to do something special. I decided to rent out an entire theater (capacity 232 seats) in her town so Katie and her closest 232 friends and family can enjoy a special screening of RAMPAGE. And all the free popcorn, candy and soda high school kids can consume! You’re money’s no good Katie... everything is on Uncle DJ. 🤙🏾🍿 🍭🥤!! And I also taped a special morning message surprising Katie and her high school that will play across the school’s intercom system... literally...RIGHT NOW, Katie should be turning red hearing me surprise her in front of her entire school. I wish I was there in person Katie, to see your reaction to all this, but I’ll hear about for sure and most importantly - you and all your friends have fun at the theater and ENJOY RAMPAGE! Thanks for being an AWESOME FAN and I’m a lucky dude to have fans like you. Uncle DJ 🤟🏾❤️ Ps - the gorilla in Rampage is way smarter (and better looking) than I am, but don’t tell him that because he has a HUGE ego 🦍

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'Smallville' actress Allison Mack indicted for alleged role in sex trafficking case

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:34 AM

Actress Allison Mack was indicted Friday in New York.
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Actress Allison Mack was indicted Friday in New York.(Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Actress Allison Mack, who starred as Chloe Sullivan in the television series “Smallville,” was indicted Friday on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy, the Justice Department said in a statement.

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Mack, 35, who starred in the series from 2001 to 2011, allegedly was involved with an organization called Nxivm that claimed to be a female mentorship but instead was a scheme in which some recruits “were exploited both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit," U.S attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in the statement.

Nxivm's founder, Keith Raniere, known as Vanguard, was also indicted Friday, CNN reported.

According to court filings, Mack directly or implicitly required her slaves, identified as Jane Does 1 and 2, to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere. 

“Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere,” Donoghue said. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit.”

Raniere, 57, was arrested in March in Mexico by federal officials on sex-trafficking charges, The New York Times reported.

Mack was arraigned Friday afternoon and a plea of not guilty was entered on her behalf, the Times reported. She was held without bail, with a bail hearing set for Monday.

In addition to her role on “Smallville,” Mack was featured in the movies “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” in 1997 and “The Ant Bully” in 2006.

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'Scarface' stars, fans reunite to say hello to their little friends

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 1:18 AM

Steven Bauer, left, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian De Palma and Al Pacino attended the
Steven Bauer, left, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian De Palma and Al Pacino attended the "Scarface" 35th Anniversary cast reunion at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York,(Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Fans of “Scarface” were more than happy to say hello to their little friends Thursday.

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Members from the 1983 movie -- known for its violence and profanity, and a cult classic -- had a reunion at the Tribeca Film Festival, The New York Daily News reported. Al Pacino, who played Cuban immigrant-turned-drug-lord Tony Montana, appeared with co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer and director Brian De Palma to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the film.

The role of Montana is one of the iconic acting leads for Pacino, 77, who starred in “The Godfather,” “The Godfather: Part II,” “Serpico,” and “Dog Day Afternoon.” His signature line before spraying bullets at men attempting to break into his office -- “Say hello to my little friend” -- is a pop culture staple.

Pacino told the audience that the line — written by screenwriter Oliver Stone — never gets old.

“What you mean, ‘Say hello to my little friend?’” he repeated to the audience when asked about how the quote still resonates.

Pfeiffer, 59, was coming off her first leading role from 1982’s “Grease 2” when she took the role of Montana’s wife, Elvira Hancock, in “Scarface.” She said Thursday that she learned a great deal from Pacino and still protects her characters “at all costs,” the Daily News reported.

“I have always tried to emulate that, and I tried to be polite about it, but I think that that's what really makes great acting,” Pfeiffer said.

During a question-and-answer session, Pfeiffer was asked what her weight was when she played the Elvira character. During the movie, her drug-addict character gets thinner as the plot deepens. The question was received with boos from the audience, the Daily News reported.

"Well, OK, I don’t know (what my weight was)," Pfeiffer said. "I literally had members of the crew bringing me bagels, because they were all worried about me and how thin I was getting. I think I was living on tomato soup and Marlboros,.”

Pacino told the audience that the movie was his own idea, inspired by watching the 1932 movie of the same name, the Daily News reported.

"Bombast was part of what we were trying to say with the movie," Pacino said. "It was bigger than life."

De Palma said the acting from “Scarface” still blows him away.

"The amazing thing about is seeing this movie again and again is the amazing performances," he said.

Pacino said he had a hunch the movie -- and his role -- would be special.

"I did have a feeling, I must say it's true, because there are certain roles you feel that can challenge you ... there was something about the preparation, there was something about the text and Brian,” Pacino told the crowd.

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Swedish musician Avicii dead at 28

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:40 PM

Avicii Dead at 28

Swedish DJ Avicii was found dead Friday in Oman, his publicist confirmed. He was 28.

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