The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just gained a few more great acts, with Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, Public Enemy and Randy Newman making up the 2013 induction class. The five acts were inducted Thursday night (April 19) in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater with a number of music luminaries doing the honors.
President Obama began his second term with his inauguration earlier this week and with the ceremony came a number of galas. Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, one of Obama's many supporters, was invited to perform at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball, which recognized Medal of Honor recipients and Wounded Warriors, and video footage of his entire performance has surfaced online.
Although Soundgarden are in the midst of their current North America tour run, the recently reunited rockers just added a very special appearance to their itinerary. Frontman Chris Cornell has signed on to perform at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, helping President Obama and Vice President Biden honor U.S. armed forces, while all of Soundgarden will be providing entertainment at the Inaugural Ball on the same day.
Smashing Pumpkins visionary Billy Corgan does not have much of a filter when it comes to speaking his mind. The most recent example of this was his personal commentary on the Soundgarden reunion and the impetus behind it, saying, “They’re just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands.”
Hurricane Sandy has taken monstrous toll on those affected by the massive storm. Much of the U.S. East Coast was hit by Sandy, with perhaps New York and New Jersey gaining the most media attention following the storm's destruction. An inspirational amount of charity work has been done to help those in need, with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell being the latest to step up and help. The singer-guitarist has announced plans to play a benefit concert on Monday, Nov. 12, in New York City to raise money for the victims of the disastrous hurricane.