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Johnny Depp Has Helped Form A New Supergroup - But What Other Superbands Are Out There?

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What do Johnny Deep and Alice Cooper have in common? The desire to create a very exciting new supergroup it would seem. Eclectic actor Depp has joined forces with rock stars Alice Copper, Joe Perry, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum to form The Hollywood Vampires - a collaboration announced at the beginning of this year that will debut with two live Los Angeles gigs in September and perform Rock in Rio in Brazil later in the same month.

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The addition of Johnny Depp as a musical accompaniment may sound strange to those who remember the Pirates of the Caribbean actor eschewing the idea of thespians crossing over to the world of music.

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Chris Cornell Open To Audioslave Reunion

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Cornell formed the group with Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk over a decade ago and the quartet released a trio of acclaimed albums during its six-year existence.

The singer quit in 2007, citing "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences", and reformed Soundgarden, but now he tells Total Guitar magazine he would be up for a reunion.

Cornell says, "I think it would be great. We did a lot of songs, and with the benefit of not having done anything with those guys for so long, I can't imagine what it would be. It would be a really amazing experience just to get back and work with the same guys again.

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Pearl Jam Perform Epic 3-Hour Set

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Pearl Jam wowed crowds with a three-hour set to kick off their own two-day festival.

The 'Jeremy' rockers opened the PJ20 event - which is being held to mark the group's 20th anniversary - at Wisconsin's Alpine Valley Music Theater on Saturday (03.09.11), and were joined by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell for three Temple of the Dog songs.

The former Audioslave lead singer performed 'Hunger Strike', 'Say Hello 2 Heaven' and 'Reach Down' with the group, while Dan Peters of Mudhoney, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, and Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age also collaborated with the band onstage.

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Soundgarden Recording New Album

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Soundgarden are recording a new album.

The 'Fell On Black Days' group are planning to head into the studio to record a full album for the first time since 1996's 'Down On The Upside', their first newly recorded material since reforming in 2010.

A post on the grunge group's website said: "Over the past few months, we've been busy jamming, writing and hanging out together - exploring the creative aspect of being Soundgarden.

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Soundgarden Make First Tv Appearance In 13 Years On Conan Show

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Soundgarden, the American rock band who were one of the biggest acts in the grunge scene of the mid 1980's, made their first television appearance in 13 years on the CONAN O BRIEN show last night (November 9th 2010).

The group, who reunited earlier this year, played their new single 'Black Rain' before performing their classic song 'Hunted Down'. SOUNDGARDEN split arguably at their peak in 1997 after storming offstage at an infamous gig in Hawaii. Frontman Chris Cornell went on to form the band Audioslave and had success as a solo artist, while drummer MATT CAMERON joined Pearl Jam. However, in early 2010 they signalled their intention to reform, and played a small number of comeback gigs, including a headline performance at Lollapalooza. Speaking to CNN about the band's relevancy today, 46-year-old Cornell said, "A new generation of rock fans are discovering 30-year-old bands via a game like Guitar Hero. It's like trying to get a larger picture of what we do musically out there to a younger generation".

Also featuring on Conan's show, which was only the second episode of the new series, was the actor Tom Hanks, and comedian JACK MACBREYER.

Goldfrapp Not Macho Enough For Bond

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Goldfrapp were dropped from recording a James Bond theme because they weren't macho enough.

The 'Rocket' hitmakers - made up of singer Alison Goldfrapp and producer Will Gregory - said they were hoping to record the theme song for 'Casino Royale', but the British spy movie franchise was being rebranded with Daniel Craig drafted in as a colder, harder lead character than previously portrayed and they makers wanted the theme to reflect this with a male vocalist.

Will explained they had been in talks with David Arnold, who supervises the film series' soundtracks.

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Cornell Pulls Out Of Sunset Strip Festival Surprise

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Former Audioslave star Chris Cornell pulled out his surprise performance at the inaugural Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday night (12Sep09) due to scheduling conflicts.

Despite appearing on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on Friday night (11Sep09), the rocker had to let organisers of the festival down.

The three-day event was opened and closed by Ozzy Osbourne and featured performances by former Kiss star Ace Frehley, Korn and The Donnas.

Cornell Rules Out Band Reunions

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Chris Cornell has no plans to reunite with his former bands Soundgarden or Audioslave - because he is more interested in making new music than in rehashing previous hits.

The rocker stunned fans when he announced he would collaborate with hip-hop producer Timbaland for his solo album Scream.

But he insists he would rather continue to reinvent his musical style with unexpected collaborators than revisit the glory days of his previous rock groups.

He says, "I prefer to look forward rather than backwards and I'm moving too fast to consider doing it. Reuniting with people should be the draw, not the money.

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Cornell Shot Audioslave Video In The Middle Of Rehab Recovery

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Rocker Chris Cornell's rehab recovery from alcoholism was a surreal experience - because he shot Audioslave's first video in the middle of it.
The former Soundgarden frontman checked into rehab after failing to kick his booze problems himself - and the timing couldn't have been worse.
It came a year after he had joined supergroup Audioslave, as the band was planning to promote their first album. But he agreed to break up his 30-day rehab spell by recording the group's Cochise video.
He recalls, "It was the quintessential rock 'n' roll experience. They came and put me in a van with a guy who was there to make sure I wasn't given anything.
"I got my hair and make-up done in there, and then I was parachuted onto the middle of this $850,000 video set.
"The shoot's over, they drive back to rehab."

Soundgarden Demise Left Cornell Anorexic

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Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell felt so depressed following the demise of his former group Soundgarden in 1997, he became anorexic.
Cornell, now a happily married father-of-two, insists he didn't make a conscious decision to stop eating - he simply forgot to prepare meals because he was so consumed by negative emotions.
Cornell only came to his senses when he read an article which made him realise how unhealthy he had become.
He tells American magazine Blender, "There was a time when I basically stopped eating. I wasn't doing it to lose weight or anything - I just forgot to eat.
"I read an article by a doctor talking about his experiences with anorexia, and everything started to make sense - the aches, the way my bones felt as if I could bend them with my hands. I started eating again."


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