Doctor Reveals Note Chris Cornell Sent About Hearts Moving ‘Outside Time And Space’

Chris Cornell’s friend and The Promise producer Eric Esrailian posted a new tribute on Cornell’s Facebook.

Read Esrailian’s tribute below.

It is humbling to share this with all of you and pay respect to such a great man – writing this is not something I ever imagined having to do for such a dear friend, and at such a young age. It has been incredibly difficult for me and I know that is just a fraction of the pain shared by many of you … particularly Vicky, Toni, Christopher, and Lily. Chris lived for his family, and they were his whole world. Those of us who were blessed to know him well felt this love for his family like a wave of warm energy any time Chris spoke, sang, wrote, or even just cast a glance towards Vicky and his children. He was filled with love for them…

Only my wife knows some of the kind and encouraging words Chris used to share with me over the years, and they gave me such support. I wish to share some of these private messages with you today. I first met Chris about 10 years ago through our Greek friends in the Los Angeles community. That is about a quarter of my life, but I think that quarter for me – and a little less for him — had been so formative because we grew up as parents and as 2 people trying to contribute to the world and make it better…I’m grateful to God that over the years he became like a big brother that I could lean on and trust, and I’m honored that he literally pulled me so close to him in the way that only Chris could — through his words, his actions, and with his heart. It feels so real to me, but I’m still not sure that it happened…

Although I knew about his music of course, my life had taken all sorts of twists and turns that by the time we met, music wasn’t really a part of it in those days. Greeks and Armenians have a lot of shared history, tradition, religion, tragedy, and joy — he was fascinated by all of this and connected so much with Vicky’s family heritage. Ironically, what I had heard about Chris was very much consistent with Greek mythology. I had anticipated him being like a character out of The Iliad or the Odyssey. He was tall, powerful, and he had voice like a benevolent version of a mythological siren — a voice that could hypnotize and captivate anyone who heard it. While he very much was that person to people who didn’t know him, and there is nothing wrong with that legendary image, from the moment I met him, he was not that person to me. Chris was such a pleasant surprise. Above all, he was just sweet, generous, and a child at heart. It seems strange to think of a grown man as being “sweet,” but that’s what I felt from day one.

For the first several years of our relationship, we just talked about families, life, culture, and had a lot of laughs. He loved his wife and children so much, and he set the bar so high for the world’s greatest son-in-law award. We joked about the surreal world of picking schools for our children, birthday parties, talked about how we were grown men who liked to play video games, had epic sushi dinners, and had literally traveled around the world together. After his 50th birthday party, he wrote me this note: “Thank you my brother. I consider you one of my best friends and I mean that sincerely. I was failing in my describing to you and Kim that my closest friends are the ones I think of all the time and see very little because, like me, they are always doing.”

Chris then made sure that we were “always doing” together…When I was charged with overseeing our film The Promise, Chris was one of the first people I entrusted with the idea and he became one of my closest confidants over the past 7 years. No one could take an idea and make it a reality like Chris Cornell. He saw more in me than I even saw in myself and gave me so much confidence… “You’re one of these guys who can do everything Eric” … for some reason when Chris used to say these types of things to me, I believed it. He was always trying to pump me up and boost my spirits – I soon realized that he had that effect on millions of people.

Chris had studied so much about Greek history and culture, and he felt so personally connected to it all. Chris and Vicky started their foundation to protect the most vulnerable children and he saw so many parallels between the Armenian Genocide, the human rights issues of today, and the countless children who are now in harms way. That was Chris — not the towering rock star – that was the husband and father who’s heart ached for people he never met — whether it was a 102 years ago or now. Even though he was an essential part of the soul of my life, and certainly the film, over all these years, he wanted me to officially ask him to write the title song. I always thought that after all the laughs and tears over the years, that he would be doing it. However, in his own unassuming way, Chris wasn’t sure I wanted him to sing, and he wanted me to formally ask him. Our wives were sitting there, and it was almost like an awkward prom proposal between two grown men. I didn’t know how much it meant to him until he wrote me the following note the next day: “I want to tell you that I am honored and that I am devoted to this film and I will give it my absolute best and feel like my thirty years of discovery and development as a songwriter have led me to this!”

Chris poured his heart and soul into The Promise, and he wanted it to not to just be an anthem for the oppressed, but he wanted it to be a source of inspiration for people around the world with its themes of hope and perseverance…literally filling the world with life as he says in the lyrics. We were invited to the Vatican with our families just a few weeks ago, and he was so proud and happy. He was so proud that his song was going to be played on those holy grounds…while on a private tour of the Vatican Library and archives, I remember him hugging me and getting emotional with joy because of the beauty of it all…true to Chris’ philanthropic spirit, he went from our screening in London to a refugee camp in Athens and had already decided to donate all of the proceeds from The Promise to help refugees and children…that was Chris Cornell. The husband, the father, and the protector of children around the world.

I feel so blessed that we traveled on this journey together…but I would give it all back to have him here with all of you — especially his children…so I could just be a spectator on the sidelines before we met…and not have him so interwoven into the fibers of my heart. Chris always gave the biggest hugs, said the funniest jokes, wrote the most beautiful words, and sang like an angel. When we were lamenting the fact that our busy lives and geography would periodically limit our time together, one personal note Chris wrote to me, in particular, gives me solace… because it makes me feel like he will always be with us. I hope it gives you all some solace too: ….”We are neighbors in the modern world where proximity is relative and the threshold to our hearts moves outside time and space.”

Eric Esrailian




God Only Knows – BBC Music

This is one great company of contemporary and veteran musicians rendering what Paul considers the best song ever written.

Thanks maccork for this: In order of appearance: Martin James, Pharrell Williams, Emeli Sande, Elton John, Lorde, Chris Martin, Brian Wilson, Florence Welch, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, Eliza Carthy, Nicola Benedetti, Jools Holland, Brian May, Jake Bugg, Katie Derham, Lauren Laverne, Gareth Malone, Alison Balsom, One Direction, Zane Lowe, Jaz Dhami, Paloma Faith, Chrissie Hynde, Jamie Cullum, Baaba Maal, Danielle de Niese, Dave Grohl, Sam Smith.

Poldark season 3: Star admits THIS major character WASN’T supposed to die… | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV |

POLDARK fans were left distraught after a number of shock deaths in season three, one of which was not meant to happen at all.

PUBLISHED: 13:48, Mon, Aug 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 13:55, Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Speaking about the obstacles of the latest run exclusively to, Debbie commented: “There’s always challenges. There’s so much you can’t really include from the books, for instance have every character. Sometimes you have to make decisions…”The producer continued: “A perfect example is, the character who goes off to France for the rescue mission and dies, is a character we haven’t shown in the series.”

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Poldark season 3: Captain Henshawe was killed off during a rescue mission to France

Poldark season 4 cast season 3 dead Captain Henshawe Winston GrahamBBC

Poldark season 3: In the books a totally different character was shot dead

In the novels, a young carpenter called Joe Nanfan loses his life not Captain Henshawe, who was emotionally buried on the group’s return to the UK in the BBC show.Debbie went on: “We felt that whoever we lost needed to have a huge impact and needed to be someone who meant something to us – the audience – and to Ross. That was the cost of him going on this big mission.

“Instead of it being a character who we hadn’t shown, who would just have come in for one episode, we chose to make it Captain Henshawe, which was a pretty devastating loss.”

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Poldark season 3: The incident happened as the group tried to rescue Dwight

Poldark season 4 cast season 3 dead Captain Henshawe Winston Graham

Poldark season 3: John Hollingworth has featured from the beginning

Actor John has featured regularly in Poldark since the first series and tweeted following his character’s death: “Three years, 20 episodes – what a lovely family to be part of. Thanks for all the support! Last day on set… #Poldark.”Meanwhile, addressing season four, Debbie added: “There are some fantastic new characters. There is one in particular that I really think will capture the imagination of viewers who Ross goes up against.“There is also a different flavour to some for the episodes as we go to London.”

Poldark series three is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment and is available to order now from Amazon and iTunes.

The Beatles historic US debut was hardly a sure thing – CNET

One of the biggest what-ifs.

by August 12, 2017 9:17 AM PDT

If the Beatles didn’t make it big in the US in 1964, the entire history of rock music might have turned out very differently.

It’s amazing to think about it now, but the Beatles’ famous introduction to the US audience on the Ed Sullivan show almost didn’t happen.

The band was already huge in the UK, but in the early 1960s UK bands never “crossed over” to make it big in the US. Their music was rarely played on US radio stations, let alone performed on TV. The Atlantic ocean separated the two countries’ music, and back then it was an imposing gulf.

Nonetheless, on February 9, 1964, 73 million Americans tuned in to watch the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan TV show, based in New York City. That, followed by two more appearances on the Sullivan show plus heavy Top 40 radio exposure led to the Beatles string of three no. 1, and sevenTop 10 singles in the US in 1964!

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The US debut only happened because on October 31, 1963, Ed Sullivan was at the London Airport (renamed Heathrow Airport in 1966) and by chance witnessed thousands of frenzied Beatles fans waiting for the band’s return from Sweden. Sullivan was so intrigued by the hoopla, he booked them for his TV show. In advance of the Sullivan appearances, the Beatles’ record company pushed for heavy US radio airplay, and the Sullivan shows catapulted the band to the top of the charts.

If Sullivan hadn’t personally witnessed the Beatles fans’ excitement at London Airport, would he have put the band on his show? Probably not, and then the course of rock history might have been very different. Other UK bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Animals, the Yardbirds with Eric Clapton, and the Who might not have crossed over to have hits in the US between 1964 and 1966.

More than any other band the Beatles arguably created the sound of mid-1960s rock music. Fifties rock was dominated by Americans: Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and so on. The 1960s was the decade of change, and the top artists were split more or less equally between the UK and the US. America gave the world Bob Dylan, the Doors, the Beach Boys, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Crosby, Stills & Nash. Meanwhile, the UK unleashed Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Cream, the Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Joe Cocker, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, the Who, Traffic, Fleetwood Mac, and the Beatles.

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The Beatles were the first rock band to get their fans to buy singles and albums, and that was something new. Before the Beatles, most rock albums had one or two hits, and lots of filler. The Beatles also started the trend of bands writing most of their own songs. They weren’t the first by a long shot, but once the Beatles started writing the majority of tunes on their albums, other bands followed their lead.

It’s also interesting to note that Capitol, the Beatles US label, released albums that sometimes had different mixes and combinations of songs than those on Parlophone, the Beatles’ UK counterpart label.

That only started to change with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1967; the US and UK versions are nearly, but not exactly identical. In 1968, the Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” was a full-length album in the US, and a much shorter EP in the UK.

So back to where we started, would 1960s rock music have turned out very differently if Ed Sullivan wasn’t at London Airport on that October day in 1963? We’ll never know — but what do you think?

What I do know is the Beatles stayed at the top until they broke up in early 1970, and according to CBS News, the Beatles sold 1.6 billion singles in the US, and 600 million albums worldwide! Ed Sullivan played a big part in their success.

Cavern Club: the final concert ticket | The Beatles Story, Liverpool

Been here several times in five days in 2010. Still plan to have another visit as soon as resources allow it.

A rare concert ticket from The Beatles’ final appearance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club goes on display today at the award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’.

The ticket is dated 3rd August 1963, marking the band’s 292nd and final performance at the world-famous venue since making their debut at the club on 9th February 1961.


The Cavern Club played an important role during the band’s early development, but by the time they played their final show, just one month after they recorded She Loves You, The Beatles had outgrown the setting. From here on in, the Fab Four’s popularity could only be served by bigger venues.

Diane Glover of The Beatles Story said: “We are delighted to introduce this exciting piece of Cavern Club history into our exhibition. The ticket represents an important time in The Beatles’ career and recognises the crucial role that The Cavern Club played in the success of the band.”


Tickets for the final show went on sale exclusively to Cavern Club members at 1:30pm on 21st July and sold out within just 30 minutes. The Beatles were joined on the bill that evening by The Mersey Beats, The Escorts, The Road Runners, The Sapphires and Johnny Ringo & The Colts.

The ticket joins a collection of other rare Cavern Club memorabilia from the early 60s, as well as the guitar which was used by George Harrison during the performance. The rare Australian Maton Mastersound guitar has been on display at The Beatles Story since July 2015 and was only on loan to George at the time due to his usual guitar, a Gibson Country Gentleman, being repaired.


The ticket will be on display within the attraction’s Main Exhibition for the next three years. To buy tickets, please click here.

Foster The People – Static Space Lover

This one rocks. This formula always works – psychedelia fused into contemporary styles. The second best for me from this new offering from the group is Doing It For The Money. This should have replaced the lead single Royal Like Sid & Nancy.

Sacredheartsclub.jpgBrad Shoup of Pitchfork assesses the new album: Mark Foster enlists more beat-filled haze for his third album, a tuneful but confounding modern pop event that lands somewhere between the Beach Boys and Just Blaze.





For the full review:

Pitchfork: But Foster’s first love was the Beach Boys, and he pays homage to them yet again on Sacred Hearts Club. On SupermodeI, it was the choral “The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones.” Here, it’s “Time to Get Closer,” a 58-second, full-band stroll through the surf. Their fullest tribute is the daydreamy “Static Space Lover,” a duet with singer and actress Jena Malone: Foster the People stuff the pre-chorus with sleigh bells and curlicue harmonies, then build the bridge around a piano line, leading to something like trap beats meets Pet Sounds.

This one is much-attuned to today’s style and chart-oriented.

The final cut is equally beautiful, which I learned is part of the advanced EP the group released in June with Pay The Man and Doing It For The Money.