Former Audioslave bandmates Chris Cornell and Tom Morello staged a mini-reunion in Seattle, Washington on Friday night (26Sep14) when the Soundgarden singer joined the guitarist onstage at the El Corazon venue as part of a charity benefit.
Rocker Neil Young is putting his marriage woes behind him to join Pearl Jam and Soundgarden at the annual Bridge School Benefit concert he started with his estranged wife Pegi in 1986. Florence and the Machine, Tom Jones, Norah Jones and Band of Horses will also perform, and Young's wife Pegi will hit the stage with her band the Survivors.
Young stunned fans last month (Aug14) when it was revealed he had filed for divorce after 36 years of marriage.
The rocker has since been linked to actress Daryl Hannah.
Young has been separated from Pegi since April (14) although they have agreed to continue supporting their adult son Ben, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
The Youngs held the first Bridge School Benefit concert in October, 1986. This year's event will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in California on 25 and 26 October (14).
Pop star Ariana Grande helped kick off the 2014 National Football League's season in the U.S. on Thursday night (04Sep14) with an impressive version of America's National Anthem. Her performance came after concerts featuring Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden outside of Seattle, Washington's CenturyLink Field, just before the game between the Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.
Rockers Slipknot, SLASH, Soundgarden and Faith No More are set to headline Australia's Soundwave Festival. The two-day music event will take place in different cities over two consecutive weekends beginning on 21 February (15). Fall Out Boy, Marilyn Manson and Judas Priest are also on the bill.
Reunited rockers Soundgarden have become the latest band to feature on a lullaby compilation. Songs recorded by Chris Cornell and his bandmates have been turned into soothing tracks for babies by maestros at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, who revamp heavy tunes into nursery hits.
Black Hole Sun, Spoonman, Outshined, The Day I Tried To Live and Rusty Cage will be among the Soundgarden hits that feature on the quirky new release.
Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin are also among the rock acts who have features on past Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star albums.
Singers Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande have been recruited to help launch the new American football season in September (14).
The Happy hitmaker will perform in front of the crowd at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington ahead of the first game of the National Football League's (NFL) 95th season between Super Bowl winners the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers on 4 September.
Grande will sing the U.S. national anthem and native Seattle rock heroes Soundgarden will kick off the free event with a performance.
The launch will air on America's NBC network and the NFL Network.
An obsessed fan of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has been arrested and charged with sending death threats to the rocker and his family. FBI investigators discovered Jessica Leigh Robbins had posted threats and videos online alleging that Cornell plagiarised her work and claiming to be the mother of one of his children.
She even accused the singer's wife of child abuse.
Experts believe she may have entered the Cornell family home in Miami, Florida last year (13).
Robbins was arrested last week (25Jul14), according to TampaBay.com.
Sources tell the website she is not allowed to go within 1,000 feet of the Tampa, Florida amphitheatre, where Soundgarden is scheduled to perform next month (Aug14). She has also been ordered to wear an ankle monitor, according to the website.
Back in February (14), a Seattle, Washington woman was also arrested and charged with sending death threats to the singer via Twitter.
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).