This is one of those black days for music fans.
Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell — one of the iconic voices of grunge music in the 1990s and a successful performer in all the years since — has died at 52.
Known for his intense guttural sound but also dramatic range, Cornell was part of six studio albums with Soundgarden and three with Audiosoave as part of a career that spanned more than 30 years and included two Grammy awards.
“For me to make a connection with music it has to either have a visceral nature, whether it’s anger or aggression or that kind of passion which shows up in rock music, or there has to be some sort of melancholy and introspection, something about it that makes you feel your own pain,” he once told Rolling Stone.
But, when it comes to cardboard, there’s not a lot to go around to note his lengthy career.
The newest members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have some even newer honors besides those that will see them commemorated in the museum.
Some of them are now forever honored by Topps‘ new Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages set — a 2017 Hall of Lame set.
David Ross‘ final Game at Wrigley Field came with a serenade from Eddie Vedder on Sunday night, and as he marches toward retirement there’s one thing for sure about the Chicago Cubs’ 39-year-old catcher.
He’s easily among the toughest autographs on the team when it comes to certified cardboard.
That’s something worth noting as his career comes to an end — and potentially in the biggest way possible with a World Series win for the historically downtrodden team.
“I’ve had a storybook year, honestly. There are so many things I can talk about that have happened to me over this year,” Ross told The Associated Press. “Everybody was looking at me like, dude, Eddie Vedder just dedicated the whole seventh-inning stretch to you and I’m like, my mind’s blown. I’m thinking about being out of the game and he’s a quality individual. He’s just a good person, rock star, everybody knows who Eddie Vedder is. He says my name — it’s a huge compliment.”
Pearl Jam has three dates to come lined up in some notable baseball stadiums this month and that combination of concerts and landmark MLB parks means one thing.
It also means some pretty sweet concert posters like the one above by artist Steve Thomas, but it’s the band’s 60-card set of “baseball cards” with a distinct 1991 Topps style complete with wax-paper packaging that are sparking interest online.
When the news broke that former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland had died at age 48 on Thursday night, the chatter online turned to the memorable songs of the band that was a memorable one for a stretch in the 1990s.
Naturally, Buzz wondered if he had any trading cards — knowing that rock n’ roll and cardboard have never really meshed in the past save for a few forgettable releases in the early 1990s. It turns out Weiland had a single cut autograph produced in modest quantity from a major company. In 2009, Upper Deck made 23 copies of a card with a cut auto. For the record, it’s in the 2009 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Cut Signatures set and just a single one had been sold in recent months. (Its low-quality image is seen here.)
That got Buzz brainstorming … which definitively 1990s rockers should have a certified autograph card?