Music News: Chris Cornell statue unveiled in Seattle


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Chris Cornell performs onstage during 106.7 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2015 at The Forum on Dec. 13, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Jesse Grant | Getty Images for CBS Radio)
Taylor Swift breaks political silence
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On Sunday, a large crowd gathered in Seattle to witness the unveiling of a new statue depicting Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden frontman, who died in 2017. "It's a reflection of his light, a light that shone through his music and touched million," said the singer's widow Vicky Cornell as she unveiled the life-size statue outside the Seattle Museum of Pop Culture. The couple's children were on hand, as were Cornell's Soundgarden bandmates. (Rolling Stone)

As a statue honoring a musician, the Cornell statue joins statues of Amy Winehouse (London), Lemmy Kilmister (Los Angeles), and David Bowie (Aylesbury, England). A Bob Dylan statue planned for Duluth, Minn. never came together; a 50-foot Johnny Cash statue is being planned for Folsom Prison, and a shirtless horseback sculpture of Nick Cave is supposedly happening in Australia. When it comes to mellifluousness, though, it's hard to do better than the statue of Glenn Frey standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.

Nirvana members reunite

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana reunited onstage, along with the band's touring guitarist Pat Smear, on Saturday night at Cal Jam in San Bernardino, Calif. The reunion came at the end of Foo Fighters' set, with guest vocals on the Nirvana songs contributed by first John McCauley (Deer Tick) and then Joan Jett, who also fronted the band for their 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. (Rolling Stone)

Police investigating charge against Liam Gallagher

London police are looking into allegations of assault against Liam Gallagher, who was captured on surveillance video in an altercation with his girlfriend Debbie Gwyther this past August. UK media reported that Gallagher grabbed Gwyther by the throat and was asked to leave a London restaurant, a claim the video seems to at least partially corroborate. Gallagher responded to reports by writing on Twitter, "I have never put my hands on any woman in a vicious manner." (Consequence of Sound)

'80s stars join forces for tour

New Kids on the Block are heading out on tour, with the support of four of their fellow '80s stars. The "MixTape Tour" will feature opening sets by Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Debbie Gibson, and Tiffany; all five of the artists have joined forces for a new track called "80s Baby." The tour launches on May 2 in Cincinnati, with U.S. dates continuing into July. (Pitchfork)

Taylor Swift breaks political silence

Taylor Swift has broken her silence on politics, with an Instagram post endorsing Democratic Congressional candidates in Tennessee. "I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love," wrote Swift.

Although she's shared sentiments that reflect sympathy for liberal causes like equal rights, Swift has held back from endorsing specific candidates — even through the 2016 presidential campaign, which saw many of music's biggest stars lining up behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Swift wrote that "several events in my life and in the world in the past two years" inspired her to speak out.

The post led, predictably to criticism from the right and praise from the left — where many have criticized Swift for not using her platform to speak out on political matters. Many noted the fact that the endorsement marks yet another chapter in the saga of tension between Swift and Kanye West, who has been outspoken in his support of Republican President Donald Trump. (New York Times)

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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Will Ferrell gives Chris Martin more cowbell

One of the most famous music-related sketches in SNL history came to life on Saturday night as Will Ferrell joined Chris Martin onstage at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, where he played...that's right, more cowbell. The "Viva La Vida" cameo, at Ferrell's Best Night of Your Life charity event, was a reference to a 2000 sketch where Ferrell played a member of Blue Öyster Cult. "I've got a fever!" declared Christopher Walken, playing the band's producer. "And the only prescription is more cowbell." (Pitchfork)

Songs sampled in podcasts
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
New Kids On the Block feat. Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Debbie Gibson, and Tiffany: "80s Baby"
Chris Martin feat. Will Ferrell: "Viva la Vida"
Nirvana feat. Joan Jett: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
The Eagles: "Take It Easy"
Taylor Swift: "Look What You Made Me Do"

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