Some of you may not know this, because I didn’t, but Cory Monteith was in a band. It’s called Bonnie Dune, and he and the other three guys had recorded quite a bit of music prior to Cory’s tragic and sudden death due to overdose in July of this year.
The original plan was to release an album and then spend 2014 touring as a group, presumably waiting until Cory had wrapped from Glee so his schedule would open up. Obviously those plans have partially changed, chiefly the touring aspect, but the band has just announced that it will be releasing the music that they were working on prior to Cory’s death, on an EP called ‘Miramar’. Lead singer Justin Wilczynski says:
“We had recorded the EP ‘Miramar’ this last year working around Cory’s hectic Glee schedule, tracking his drums and background vocals when ever he had free time. We were planning on touring the U.S. and Canada summer 2014 promoting our new EP. … We never could of imagined something so tragic and devastating could happen to our band mate, and more importantly, our close friend. Unsure of how to move on after losing Cory, we have taken our time to finish this album. We know he is an irreplaceable part of Bonnie Dune, but we will continue to make music, something he loved to do and will start playing shows again in 2014, where we made some of our greatest memories together.”
Those are all good reasons, and the logic makes sense in a lot of ways, but it also kind of makes my skin crawl, so I’m trying to figure out why. I think because this band isn’t very well known, it feels kind of exploitative to use music that a dead celebrity is featured on. I know that’s a blunt way to put it, but if you go to Bonnie Dune’s Facebook wall, at least one in five messages from there are about Cory, probably more. He also features in the promo photos, and the band feels like it will benefit from that placement in a way that makes me uncomfortable. It’s just so easy for things to drift into exploitative territory, as has already been proven with
Cory’s Finn’s tribute episode ’The Quarterback’.
But on the other hand, the band certainly shouldn’t be asked to throw away material they’ve already worked on, so I don’t know what I’d have them do. It’s just a really tough, really sad situation, and they acknowledge as much in their statement. So I guess I should just trust that they were close friends of Cory and that they have his best interests in mind. Bottom line, I’m a stranger, and however I feel about this isn’t important when you look at the big picture.
The ‘Miramar’ EP will be released on February 4th, 2014.