St Louis Pointefest canceled, Rock on the Range honors Chris Cornell

The news comes following Chris Cornell’s death

Following the sudden and tragic death of Soundgraden frontman Chris Cornell, St. Louis radio station 105.7 The Point has canceled this weekend’s Pointfest. Soundgarden was set to headline on Saturday, May 20th.

“It is with deep regret, we are announcing that due to the sudden passing of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden last night, Pointfest on Saturday is cancelled,” the station says in a statement.

“105.7 The Point, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, and Live Nation extend our deepest sympathies to the members of Soundgarden, their crew, management, and the Cornell family.”

Tickets purchased online at LiveNation.com or through Ticketmaster will automatically be refunded. Tickets purchased at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Box Office in Maryland Heights, MO must be returned to the box office for full refund.

Korn was forced to cancel an appearance at last weekend’s Pointfest due to Jonathan Davis given voice rest by doctors.

Soundgarden was also set to headline Friday’s appearance at Rock on the Range in Columbus, OH. Organizers have said a tribute to the late frontman will go on in his place.

“We are devastated to hear about the sudden passing of Chris Cornell last night. He was a true hero to music. The voice of a generation,” their website states. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire music community. The voice of an angel, now watching down on us as we celebrate and honor him all weekend long.”

Additional details surrounding the Rock on the Range performances will be shared as they become available.

Earlier this morning, news broke about Cornell’s passing which was unexpected. The Wayne County Medical Examiner has determined Cornell’s cause of death to be “hanging by suicide,” according to WXYZ in Detroit.

“The Medical Examiner has completed the autopsy on 52-year-old Chris Cornell, the Soundgarden musician who died last night in Detroit. The cause of death has been determined as hanging by suicide. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed. There is no additional information at this time.”

Everyone is stunned by Cornell’s untimely death. President/CEO of The Recording Academy, Neil Portnow has praised Cornell’s vocal abilities.

“Chris Cornell was one of the influential originators of the 1990s Seattle grunge scene,” states Portnow. “A two-time GRAMMY Award winner, Chris’ dynamic stage presence and impressive vocal range made him a true rock-and-roll icon. From the international success he achieved as the founder and lead vocalist of Soundgarden, to fronting the GRAMMY-nominated supergroup, Audioslave, Chris’ extraordinary talent will forever live on and inspire fellow musicians and fans worldwide. We have lost an innovative member of our creative community, and our sincerest condolences go out to Chris’ family, friends, collaborators, and all who have been impacted by his outstanding artistry.”

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.