On a day when the entire music world was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of one of grunge’s founding fathers, Chris Cornell, Canadian Rockers Art of Dying put on a performance to soothe the soul. In a small town in Central PA ,at the York campus of Penn State University, Art of Dying put on a special acoustic performance while on tour with Scott Stapp from Creed. Rock Titan’s encounter with these Vancouver musicians was fortuitous as we’d only spoken with lead singer Jonny Heatherington via Skype Interview a few of weeks prior.
Art of Dying is promoting their newest single and Official Music Video, All or Nothing, off the recently released Nevermore EP. Being familiar with many works of AOD, one might naturally assume this to be a high octane type of performance. But on this particular night, when the loss of Cornell was still setting in, Jonny, Tavis, Cody, and Cale delivered exactly what the doctor ordered. An completely acoustic set, in a perfectly intimate theatre, showcased exactly why Art of Dying is one of the more respected and increasingly popular bands in the music scene today.
Before the set even kicked off, Hetherington made it a point to dedicate the night to the memory of Chris Cornell. A tremendous tribute it was with every band member providing incredible vocals throughout the 40min performance. With the conclusion of each song, Jonny would engage the crowd and explain some of the deeper meaning for each new lyric AOD was about to share. One of the more emotional moments of the night came when Hetherington talked about his father suffering from cancer and how the next song was inspired by him. While the song was written when his father was still alive, sadly Jonny conveyed that his father eventually lost his battle. The evening would continue with what felt like an MTV LIVE Acoustic set back in networks glory days. AOD featured their impressive ability to transition from amped up hard rock to a soft acoustic sound that would be enjoyed by a diverse audience young and old, thus gaining a whole new fanbase at the Penn State Campus in York PA.
A music legend is now gone. But Cornell’s legacy lives on as he inspired and influenced an entire new generation of musical artists. Art of Dying may be veterans in the industry, but it’s clear that there are many great years of music making yet to be written. Be certain to check out the lineup for ShipRocked, as AOD is likely to be on that bill once again. The new music video “All or Nothing” is garnering some much deserved attention and praise, so be certain to check that out! As AOD continues to tour with Scott Stapp of Creed into July, be certain to check out the remaining schedule.