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Soundgarden In Concert - Atlanta, GA

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Saturday’s Pointfest event at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, which was to be headlined by Soundgarden, is officially canceled following the death by suicide Wednesday night of Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell.

Cornell who was just 52 years old, was found hanging and unresponsive after a performance in Detroit. Chris, a key figure in the 1990s grunge rock movement as the founder and frontman of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, was affectionately known as “A Founding Father Of Grunge.” His Wife Vicky and other family and friends are said to be stunned and in shock.

“There’s something about Seattle, it’s always been a hard rock town, too. I didn’t realize growing up as kid that Seattle had much more of a hard rock focus and a guitar rock focus than other cities did,” Cornell told the AP in 2011. “It was like a Detroit, only northwest kind of. There’s no reason that I would think I know how to define it, but it’s always been there.”

The band, which had released hit songs and found success, marked a mainstream breakthrough with “Superunknown,” its 1994 album that won them two Grammys, sold more than five million units in the U.S., and launched five hits, including “Black Hole Sun,” one of the most popular alternative rock songs from the 1990s.

 Pointfest, was to also feature Stone Sour, Pierce the Veil, Greek Fire, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Biffy Clyro and J. Roddy Walston & the Business.

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