Well, this is shocking: Chris Cornell is dead at 52. A solo artist in his own right, Cornell was, of course, known as vocalist and guitarist for Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave. Here’s an excerpt from a statement Cornell’s representative gave CNN:

His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.

Read the full article right here.

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On the heels of 2010’s Telephantasm and string of shows, Soundgarden are ready to return to the studio. Drummer Matt Cameron told Billboard that the band is going to remain true to itself, trends be damned:

I think guitar-based music is not really as popular as it has been in the past, so it might sound kind of out of date or out of tune with what’s going on right now. Or it might be a breath of fresh air to have an unabashedly loud guitar band out there.

Take a look at the full Billboard piece right here.