Pointfest 35, a rock festival scheduled on May 20, 2017, at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, St. Louis, was canceled.
The festival was supposed to feature such bands as Soundgarden, Greek Fire, Stone Four, and Pierce the Veil.
Soundgarden was also the most prominent performer at Rock on the Range, the three-day-long music concert in Columbus, Ohio, but the band had to cancel that.
Soundgarden no longer had any clear plan since that week and finally decided to stop making music altogether in October 2018.
One enormous tragedy struck Soundgarden on May 18, only two days before the band performed at Pointfest 35. Their lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell was found dead in a Detroit hotel room following a concert.
A medical examiner later determined that Cornell committed suicide by hanging, although the decision would be a subject of a years-long dispute in court.
10 The 911 Call
According to Michael Woody, the Director of Media Relations for the Detroit Police Department, a 911 call from a family friend came through at around midnight on May 17.
This friend made the call to inform the police that Chris Cornell was lying unresponsive on the bathroom floor in a hotel room at the MGM Grand Detroit.
EMS workers pronounced him dead at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Cornell’s publicist said in a statement that the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death.
9 Wednesday Concert
There was certainly no sign of something wrong with Cornell during a show earlier on Wednesday.
Shortly after he had just arrived in Detroit, he even fired off a seemingly positive jubilant message of social media suggesting how glad he was to be back in Detroit, which he referred to as “Rock City.”
Cornell also posted a photo of the band’s name on the Fox Theatre marquee. The show went great overall. As usual, he finished the encore, playing a version of “Slaves and Bulldozers,” from the 1991 Soundgarden album.