It’s been just over a year since beloved singer-songwriter Chris Cornell took his own life, and his death still feels just as shocking and perplexing as the day it happened. The emotional knife was twisted once again on July 20th of last year, as we passed what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday, but also received the heartbreaking news that Cornell’s longtime friend and Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington had also committed suicide, in the same fashion his friend had back in May. Neither man left a note, only creating more uncertainty around the apparent connection between the two men’s deaths. The two had developed a kinship over the years, as they both balanced their brooding creative visions as songwriters and performers against struggles with addiction and depression.Bennington had publicly struggled with the loss of Cornell. As his Linkin Park cohort Mike Shinoda explained in a Radio.com interview after Cornell’s death, the band had been booked for a TV performance to promote their new single, but when they head the news they decided to play a different, more somber track about the loss of a friend:When we were doing a sound check Chester couldn’t even make it through the song, he was getting halfway through and getting choked up. And even when we did play the whole song, and it was live on TV, or taped for film for TV, he kind of just stopped towards the end…he missed the last couple lines, just couldn’t finish the song.Watch that performance below:Bennington later performed Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” at Cornell’s funeral following the singer’s death. You can listen to a clip of that performance below via thejohnreaperTV:Over a year before Cornell’s death, he had also been publicly devastated by the sudden and shocking death of music and pop culture icon Prince. Prince, too, dealt with inner turmoil that he kept shielded from the public, as an addiction to opiates contributed to his deteriorated health and eventual death. You can read Cornell’s written tribute to The Purple One from his Facebook page, and listen to his live cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” below. You can also watch a live, in-studio video of Cornell playing “Nothing Compares 2 U” as part of a 2015 Sirius XM interview and performance: It is heartbreaking to see so many amazing, emotionally and artistically raw musicians meeting such tragic ends. All we can do is appreciate the artists and the people in our lives today, help each other, and share life’s load to make sure no one person is crushed under its weight. Rest in peace, Prince, Chris, and Chester.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By John DundonLong Island showed its southern side when 15,000 cheering fans packed Nikon at Jones Beach Theater to see Nashville-based country rocker Jason Aldean, who played the seaside amphitheater on June 17.Opening acts on his Six String Circus Tour included A Thousand Horses, a country band also from Nashville, and Thomas Rhett, an up-and-coming vocalist who’s the son of former country star Rhett Akins. Rhett performed some his more popular songs including “Beer with Jesus” and “Die a Happy Man.” After a lengthy intermission, on came the man everyone was there to see.“We just wanted to get right into it. Sorry for making y’all wait so long!” Aldean said as the crowd roared. “I’m not gonna do a lot of talkin’, we’ve got a lot of music left to play.”Aldean’s crew made their way to the stage around 9:20 p.m. and got right into it with “Just Gettin’ Started” off his most recent album, Old Boots, New Dirt. From there, Aldean kept the country-rock theme going with “Gonna Know We Were Here,” another electric guitar centric hit.Make no mistake about it, Aldean is a country superstar, but his performance at Jones Beach had a Rock ‘n’ Roll feel to it. It featured plenty of heavy cords from guitarists Kurt Allison and Jack Sizemore, who at some points stole the show.The backdrop featured a series of diamond-shaped screens flashing graphics, colors, crowd shots and live video from on stage. The lighting colors brilliantly flashed different shades depending on the mood created by Aldean and his road band.The guitarists teamed up for an electric guitar duet that got the crowd the loudest it had been all night. But Aldean went light at times, too. For the die-hard fans, he also played older, twangier songs from the band’s infancy.Or, as he put it: “The stuff we played in front of 25 people at a bar.” His fan base has certainly grown since he dropped his self-titled debut album a decade ago.
The 2019 college football postseason schedule features 40 bowl games between FBS teams, with the finale at the national title game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This year’s semifinal games will be on Dec. 28.Sporting News has projections for all 40 bowl games here, and they will be updated each week during the college football season. Our projections heading into Week 13 of the college football season:Week 13 college football bowl projectionsDateBowlTeamsDec. 20Makers Wanted Bahamas BowlMiami (Ohio) vs. Louisiana TechDec. 20DXL Frisco BowlWestern Michigan vs. TempleDec. 21New Mexico BowlWestern Kentucky vs. Utah StateDec. 21AutoNation Cure BowlAppalachian State vs. CincinnatiDec. 21Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton BowlFAU vs. TulaneDec. 21Raycom Media Camellia BowlToledo vs. Georgia StateDec. 21Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas BowlBoise State vs. Oregon StateDec. 21R&L Carriers New Orleans BowlUAB vs. LouisianaDec. 23Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlSouthern Miss vs. SMUDec. 24SoFi Hawai’i BowlBYU vs. HawaiiDec. 26Walk-On’s Independence BowlKentucky vs. MiamiDec. 26Quick Lane BowlMichigan State vs. North CarolinaDec. 27Military Bowl Presented by Northrop GrummanMarshall* vs. UCFDec. 27New Era Pinstripe BowlIllinois vs. LouisvilleDec. 27Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas BowlTexas vs. Boston College*Dec. 27SDCU Holiday BowlCal vs. IowaDec. 27Cheez-It BowlUCLA vs. Iowa StateDec. 28Camping World BowlKansas State vs. Virginia TechDec. 30SERVPRO First Responders BowlTCU vs. Wyoming*Dec. 30Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlWashington State vs. PittDec. 30Redbox BowlWashington vs. IndianaDec. 31Belk BowlMississippi State vs. Florida StateDec. 31Hyundai Sun BowlArizona State vs. Wake ForestDec. 31AutoZone Liberty BowlOklahoma State vs. TennesseeDec. 31Valero Alamo BowlUSC vs. BaylorDec. 31NOVA Home Loans Arizona BowlArkansas State vs. Air ForceJan. 1Outback BowlAuburn vs. MichiganJan. 1Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlFlorida vs. WisconsinJan. 2Birmingham BowlCharlotte* vs. Liberty*Jan. 2TaxSlayer BowlTexas A&M vs. Penn StateJan. 3Famous Idaho Potato BowlCentral Michigan vs. San Diego StateJan. 4Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlNevada* vs. NavyJan. 6Mobile Alabama BowlOhio vs. Georgia Southern*No conference tie-in to bowlCollege Football Playoff/New Year’s Day 6 projectionsDec. 28Goodyear Cotton BowlNotre Dame vs. MemphisDec. 30Capital One Orange BowlVirginia vs. GeorgiaJan. 1Rose BowlMinnesota vs. UtahJan. 1Allstate Sugar BowlAlabama vs. OklahomaDec. 28PlayStation Fiesta BowlClemson vs. Ohio StateDec. 28Chick-fil-A Peach BowlLSU vs. OregonCollege Football Playoff championship projectionJan. 13College Football Playoff championshipLSU vs. Ohio State Which one-loss team do we have playing the Tigers? For now, it’s still Oregon ahead of Georgia, Oklahoma and Alabama. There are three weeks left to figure it out, and anything can happen with those teams.MORE: Week 13 Playoff picture Sporting News’ Week 13 bowl projections are here in time for the third set of College Football Playoff rankings, which will be unveiled on Tuesday.Sporting News’ Playoff picture has not changed despite the season-ending injury to Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, but the scramble among the one-loss teams for that final Playoff spot is too close to call. We have unbeaten teams Ohio State and Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal, and undefeated LSU is still in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl semifinal.