Petition to have the Black Hole Sun named after Chris Cornell

When the first-ever photograph of a black hole emerged earlier in the week, the internet was (understandably) rife with various Soundgarden/Black Hole Sun jokes – with the band themselves even getting involved. 

Now things have happily gone one step further, with an online petition launched to get the black hole actually named after Chris Cornell. 

The petition’s creator on, Giuliana Jarrin, says of the decision to start up this genius idea:

Thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, we have been able to see the first ever image of a black hole at the center of a galaxy known as M87.

Almost two years ago, we lost Chris Cornell. He was the lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, and above all, the voice of an entire generation. He was one of the most beloved figures not just in rock, but all of music, by people from all over the world. His music, his voice and his personality inspired, influenced, changed and even saved the lives of thousands of people. Chris left a heavy legacy for a new generation of musicians who follow in his footsteps. His memory will remain forever alive in the hearts of all his family, friends, fans and all the people who love him, and his music will do the same in each record, song or video we play.

Black Hole Sun, written by Chris Cornell is without a doubt Soundgarden’s most recognizable and most popular song, and one of the biggest anthems of the ’90s. For this reason, and the impact Chris Cornell had in the lives of so many and music itself, I ask NASA, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration and all the astronomers and scientists involved in this discovery, to name this black hole after Chris Cornell. This would be a “surreal” and amazing way to honor his life and his contribution to music. 

I hope this petition is taken into consideration and with the respect with which it was created to honor a man loved by many. Thanks to all who sign, I hope we can achieve it!

Seems like a pretty valid argument to us. Sign the petition here…

‪Willie Basse, Legendary ‘Ambassador to The Sunset Strip’ Dies from Cancer at 62‬

So sad to hear about the passing of Willie.

Basse was awarded a certificate of honor last year for all his work as a musician who represents the Sunset Strip to local musicians and visitors alike.  He loved the Whisky a Go-Go and The Rainbow, where he could often be seen making a deal or making music. 

He was the frontman for Black Sheep, a 1980s metal band that featured a number of noteworthy musicians throughout its line-up changes.

Former members of the band included Slash, Paul Gilbert, Randy Castillo and James Kottak.

He will be sadly missed from all of us. #RIP



– Bellevue, Washington – October 29, 2018 – Rock icons Queensrÿche have just announced their newest album “The Verdict” out March 1st via Century Media Records. The band’s forthcoming release was produced, mixed and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Iced Earth, Hatebreed) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, WA, Planet-Z in Wilbraham, MA and Watershed Studio in Seattle, WA. Pre-orders and formats will be announced soon. In the meantime, the band has a Pledge pre-order campaign currently running here:

“I’m extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish on this record,” states Queensrÿche vocalist Todd La Torre about The Verdict. “The relentless dedication and hard work of everyone involved has been very rewarding. I am excited and looking forward to it no longer just belonging to us, but belonging to the world. We hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it!”


March 2 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live

March 3 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

March 5 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

March 7 – Baltimore – Sound Stage*

March 8 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun^

March 9 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*

March 10 – Worcester, MA – Palladium*

March 12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts

March 13 – Detroit, MI – Diesel

March 14 – Chicago, IL – Concord

March 15 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

March 16 – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center

March 17 – Davenport, IA – Rhythm City Casino Resort^

March 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues

March 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

March 22 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec

March 23 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey

March 26 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee

March 27 – San Diego – Observatory

March 28 – Los Angeles, CA- Fonda

March 29 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s

March 30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

April 2 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

April 3 – Seattle, WA – Neptune

*w/ support from The Cringe

^Queensrÿche only

KISS announce “End of the Road” farewell tour dates!!

Legendary rockers have just announced “End of the Road” tour dates.

KISS formed in 1973 in New York.

Well known for its members’ face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics.

Which city are you seeing them in?

January 31 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
February 1 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
February 2 – Tacoma, WA @Tacoma Dome
February 4 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
February 7 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
February 8 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
February 9 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
February 12 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
February 13 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
February 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
February 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
February 19 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center
February 20 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
February 22 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
February 23 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
February 26 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake
February 27 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
March 1 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
March 2 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
March 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
March 6 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
March 7 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
March 9 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
March 10 – Moline, IL @ Mark of the Quad Cites
March 12 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
March 13 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
March 16 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
March 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
March 19 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
March 20 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
March 22 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
March 23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
March 26 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
March 27 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
March 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
March 30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
April 2 – Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre
April 3 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
April 6 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
April 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
April 9 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
April 11 – Tampa, FL@ Amalie Arena
April 12 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
April 13 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC

Anthrax, Metal Church and others confirmed for first ever MegaCruise!!!

Wanna party and hang out with Megadeth, Anthrax, Metal Church, Armored Saint and others?

The first ever MegaCruise will depart from Los Angeles on October 13th, 2019 and visit San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico before returning to L.A. on the 18th.

The cruise will also offer “artist photo experiences,” Q&As with the bands, beer tastings, instrument clinics, “morning coffee jams” a charity auction, a cornhole tournament and “Megadeth themed events,” among other happenings. Prices range from $800 to $4,899. Full details are on the Megacruise website.