A Canadian music festival featuring performances from Snoop Dogg, Nine Inch Nails, Outkast and Soundgarden has been marred by a death mystery. Homicide cops in British Columbia are investigating the passing of 21-year-old student Nick Phongsavath, who was found dead in his tent at the Pemberton Music Festival on Friday (18Jul14).
Police fear there are "indications of foul play", but officials from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team are refusing to speculate until an autopsy is complete.
Organisers of the Pemberton Music Festival, which began on Thursday (17Jul14), have released a statement following the tragedy.
It reads: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic incident that occurred on July 18 in the Pemberton Music Festival campgrounds. A festival guest was found deceased inside the campground area... Our prayers and deepest condolences go out to Mr. Phongsavath’s friends and family."
"The safety of our attendees is always our primary concern. We have significant security resources on-site including security personnel..., customer service representatives and a full medical team. We are also providing on-site counseling services for all guests and staff.
"We’d like to express our gratitude to Pemberton Fire Rescue, Village of Pemberton and SLRD Emergency Management for assisting us in caring for the campers who required relocation to other camping on-site in order to maintain the integrity of the incident scene. We are providing food, water, shelter and clothing to the fifty-five campers displaced by this incident.
"We further appreciate the co-operation and understanding of these festival attendees during this time."
Black Sabbath star Tony Iommi has given fans new hope that the reunited heavy rockers will be rocking on after revealing there are plans afoot to tour again. Iommi, who has been battling cancer since 2012, recently hinted that the band's 4 July (14) gig in London's Hyde Park would be his last with Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler, but in a new video message to fans, filmed on the eve of the show, the guitarist reveals the reunion might not be over just yet.
The rocker says, "It's been great. We've had a laugh... Thanks so much. I am at home at the moment, about to leave for Hyde Park... and I'm really looking forward to that. The tour has been marvelous; we've had a great year, and you couldn't wish for better.
"It's been phenomenal, and you've been phenomenal. And thanks for coming to the shows and being supportive. Thank you very much and we'll see you on the next tour."
And it appears Ozzy is game to go on - after hearing Iommi's last remarks, he said, "If it's goodbye, we're ending it on a high note (at Hyde Park)... but I'm up for another album and tour. If we can, great. If not, I'll just carry on doing my own thing."
The band's final hurrah on Friday night featured Soundgarden and the reunited Faith No More as support acts.
Members of Soundgarden, Queens Of The Stone Age and Off! have come together to form a supergroup and they are aiming to release new music by the end of the year (14). Rockers Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden, former Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Alian Johannes, and Dimitri Coats from OFF! are part of an as-yet-untitled band, which Coats tells Billboard is a "fun little side project" with his contemporaries.
Cameron, who is also a member of Pearl Jam, reportedly started the side project group in 2008 with Shepherd and Johannes, and he invited Coats to join the band after they connected on Facebook.
Coats explains, "I'm kind of along for the ride on this one. Those guys have known each other for years; I'm like the new guy.
"I was like, 'Dude! I'm a huge fan!' I told him (Cameron), 'I consider myself to be a really excellent air drummer, and I have trouble air-drumming to some of your fills', and he was like, 'Wow, that means a lot coming from you because I'm a huge fan of yours'. We became instant friends."
Coats reveals they've already begun recording tracks in Seattle, Washington, and the bandmates' chemistry together was immediate.
He adds, "There was just an instant chemistry and a really creative and open situation where everybody’s passing around the guitar and throwing in ideas. I sort of felt like I was in the grunge Beatles.
"I think we've laid down the foundation for, like, 10 songs... We might invite a couple of guests at some point."
Coats says he hopes the group will have new music - and a name - by the end of the year (14).
Reunited rockers Soundgarden are to play their bestselling album Superunknown in its entirety at an upcoming New York City show. The concert at the Webster Hall will be held on the eve of the release of the 20th anniversary edition of the 1994 album.
Tickets for the show will be priced at an apt $19.94 (£11.82).
The show will also serve as a warm-up for the group's upcoming summer (14) tour with Nine Inch Nails.
Owners of a Seattle, Washington-based recording studio have launched an online crowdfunding campaign in a bid to repair a mixing board used by the likes Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. The 1973 Neve 8049 console was installed in the iconic London Bridge studio almost 30 years ago, but it is in need of some serious repairs.
In an effort to preserve the machine's rich history, the studio owners have taken to IndieGogo.com to ask music fans to help restore the "technical heart" of the studio and keep the board accessible to local musicians.
Their goal is to raise $75,000 (£46,875) by Saturday (19Apr14) to completely refurbish the console and keep studio session times affordable, however, only $19,750 (£12,343) has been donated as WENN went to press.
The mixing console was used to record albums such as Pearl Jam's Ten, Soundgarden's Louder Than Love, and other records by Alice in Chains, 3 Doors Down, Death Cab for Cutie and Cat Power.
Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Motorhead are set to team up to rock the centre of London this summer (Jul14) as part of a 10-day festival at Hyde Park. The historic venue's British Summer Time festival will kick off with a heavy rock spectacular on 4 July (14), which will also feature Faith No More and and Wolfmother.
Members of Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains and Jane'S Addiction have signed on to offer up tips and advice at an upcoming Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas. Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Stone Temple Pilots' Dean DeLeo and Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins will team up for sessions during the summer event at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The rock trio will join regular counsellors Peter Klett from Candlebox and former Quiet Riot and Whitesnake star Rudy Sarso for the camp, which this year will focus on the sound of grunge.
Campers will run through songs performed by Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden and then perform them live at the House of Blues as part of the event's finale in August (14).
Organisers of the Sasquatch! Music Festival have scrapped plans to hold a second weekend event in 2014 that was set to feature Soundgarden and Frank Ocean. The music event, which is held at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington, was to be expanded this year (14) with a second weekend to coincide with America's Independence Day in July (14) as well as the usual festival in May (14).
High profile acts including Soundgarden, Kraftwerk and Frank Ocean had been announced to perform at the July event, but the extra weekend of music has now been cancelled.
President of Live Nation Seattle, Jeff Trisler says, "The Sasquatch! community has spoken. They continue to support the traditional Memorial Day Weekend event with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, the second weekend was not embraced.
"We felt it was better to cancel the new event now and give everyone time to make alternative plans for the Fourth of July weekend. Going forward, Sasquatch! Music Festival will be at the Gorge Amphitheatre on the weekend the fans want: Memorial Day Weekend only."
Tickets for the Independence Day weekend event will be refunded.
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden have become the latest rock supergroups to plan a summer tour (14). The groups will hit the road for 23 dates in July and August. The tour will begin in Las Vegas and end with a groundbreaking show at the Hollywood Bowl on 25 August (14).
The members of both bands have just celebrated a key album anniversary - Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral and Soundgarden's Superunknown were released on 8 March, 2004. They also shared a bill at Ontario, Canada's Molson Park the same year.
Grunge rockers Soundgarden performed their iconic album Superunknown in full for the first time at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas without previously rehearsing the feat. The band played the 1994 record through in full for the first time ever during an iTunes show at the Austin music/film event on Thursday night (13Mar14), and just hours before the concert, frontman Chris Cornell admitted they had not managed to rehearse it in sequence.
He told the Associated Press, "To be honest, we haven't actually really done it yet. We're rehearsing it, but rehearsals are different. I think we did try to play it in order the other day, but then we'd stop on a song and sort of go through the different parts of it, and play it over again. So actually just going through the whole set without stopping, we've never done."
The gig also marked the band's first ever performance at SXSW.