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Chris Cornell Toxicology Report Details Revealed

(hennemusic) (Radio.com) Toxicology reports on the late Chris Cornell indicate the singer had several prescription drugs in his system when he died in a Detroit hotel room on May 17 following a Soundgarden show in the city.

According to the report - obtained by TMZ - Cornell had Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (decongestant) and barbiturates in his system at the time of death, and it appears he had taken 4 (1 mg) Lorazepam tablets.

In the days following Cornell's death, various media have reported that sources indicated the appearance of fresh needle marks on his left arm, which can now be explained: the four puncture wounds were from EMTs administering Narcan to counteract an opiate overdose.

In response to the TMZ report, Cornell's widow, Vicky, said "Many of us who know Chris well, noticed that he wasn't himself during his final hours and that something was very off. We have learned from this report that several substances were found in his system. After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind.

"Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back. We very much appreciate all of the love we have received during this extremely difficult time and are dedicated to helping others in preventing this type of tragedy."

In documents obtained by Rolling Stone, Wayne County assistant medical examiner Theodore Brown wrote in his post mortem report that the manner of death was suicide and that "drugs did not contribute to the cause of death." Read more here.

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Dave Matthews Rocks Tribute To Gregg Allman

(Radio.com) Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds played a show in Alpharetta, GA only days after the passing of Gregg Allman and they played a tribute to the legendary rocker.

Matthews and Reynolds delivered an emotional rendition of Allman Brothers Band classic "Sweet Melissa' to an Atlanta crowd at Verizon Amphitheater.

The Allman Brothers Band frontman died on May 27 at his home in Savannah, Georgia from complications with liver cancer. He was 69. A private funeral is scheduled to be held today (June 3rd) at Snow's Memorial Chapel on Cherry Street, and fans are invited to line the route from the chapel to Rose Hill Cemetery where the rocker will be buried by his brother, Duane Allman. Watch the tribute performance here.

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Alter Bridge Release Preview For New Live and Rarities Album

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge have released a video preview for their forthcoming set, "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities," which is scheduled to hit stores on September 8th

The 3-CD package captures the band in concert at the London venue on November 24, 2016, where they delivered tracks from their five studio albums while on tour in support of 2016's "The Last Hero."

While the first two discs feature the live performance, the third disc delivers rarities from their career, including never-before released tracks "Cruel Sun" and "Solace" that were recorded during the sessions for their 2004 debut, "One Day Remains", as well as the song "Breathe" from the same time which has only ever been available as a US retail exclusive via Best Buy.

These tracks join seven other songs that have only been released in Japan until this collection. "Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities" will be available as a 3CD set, and limited deluxe editions - including a 4-LP set and a CD/DVD Earbook - which also include an exclusive documentary featuring extensive interviews with the band, their crew, and family, giving an amazing glimpse behind the scenes of the group's biggest UK show. Watcj the voep here.

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Jerry Garcia's 'Wolf' Guitar Fetches Huge Amount At Auction

(Radio.com) A guitar owned by the late Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia was expected to go for about $1 million in a charity auction. It didn't. It went for $3.2 million.

The instrument, called "Wolf" because of a sticker placed on the body under the bridge, was reported to be Garcia's favorite. It was sold to Brian Halligan, CEO of marketing group HubSpot. The money will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Halligan paid $1.9 million for Wolf and his $1.6 million pre-premium bid was matched by an anonymous charity. In 2002, the guitar was auctioned with another one of Garcia's favorites, Tiger, and sold to another buyer. Read more here.

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The Agonist Announce Historic Headline Tour

It has been a long time coming but The Agonist have announced that they will be launching their very first full-fledged headlining tour of their native Canada later this summer.

The trek in support of their latest album "Five" will be kicking off on August 4th in Montreal, QC at Foufounes Electriques and will conclude on August 29th in Regina, SK at The Exchange.

The band shared their excitement about the trek, "In almost 10 years of touring The Agonist has yet to plot a full Canadian tour. We get asked all the time by fans and this year we said it's about time eh!

"Although we have played most Canadian cities at one point or another it was always sporadic and often as a support. We're really happy to finally give a proper headline show to all our Canadian brothers and sisters across the country." See the dates here.

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CH3 Giving Away Song From First New Album In 15 Years

Southern California punk veterans CH3 have announced that they will be releasing their first full new studio album in 15 years this summer and are giving away one of the new songs.

The new album will be entitled "Put 'Em Up" and is set to hit stores on August 18th. Fans are being given an early taste of what is to come with the free download of the track "Not That It Matters". Grab it here.

The band has also lined up a handful of live dates this summer including shows in Colorado, New Mexico and an appearance at this the It's Not Dead 2 event on August 26 in San Bernardino, CA. See the dates here.

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Blind Guardian Release 'Mirror Mirror' Live Track Video

Blind Guardian have released a new live track video for their song "Mirror Mirror." They released the clip to promote their forthcoming new 3-CD package/4-LP package 'Live Beyond The Spheres'.

The release will be the band's first live album in 14 years and guitarist Andre Olbrich explains the timing, "There's several different reasons why it's about time to release a live album. We've had a new rhythm section in the band - Frederik and Bahrend - for a couple of years now. Our interaction improved a lot by their joining and our songs developed a better groove and became more dynamic.

"The appearance of digital amp profilers and digital recording techniques also made it possible to create a fairly similar sonic image in different venues and to fulfil our image of what a perfect live album should be. Last but not least; we released three studio albums since our previous live album, and we didn't have any live recordings from our relatively current studio material. By compiling a 3-disc package, we were able to create a very extensive and varied set list to reflect our 30-year career with an optimal performances."

Andre also had the following comments about the track featured in the new live clip "'Mirror Mirror' is one of the biggest classics from Blind Guardian; known for being celebrated by both, band and fans, at the end of every live show." Watch the video here.

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Vanish Streaming New Song From Forthcoming EP

Vanish have released a lyric video for their track "Heaven Sent // Hell Bound". The song is one of the tracks featured on their forthcoming EP "From Sheep To Wolves," which is set to be released on July 21st.

The new 6-track EP features guest vocalist from Ice Nine Kills' frontman Spencer Charnas and was produced Johnny Franck (Attack! Attack!). Vanish singer Patrick Hamilton had this to say about the new track, "This was the first song written for this EP and has been the one we've been most excited to release. It really set the tone for how the rest of the songs were going to be written both musically and conceptually.

"We think there's something for everyone on this EP whether it be the music or the meaning behind it, and we're excited to finally share these songs with everyone. Every song has a unique sound to it, while still sounding appropriate as a complete EP." here.

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