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Cory Monteith’s Band Is Releasing Music He Made Before His Death, And I Don’t Know How To Feel

Cory Monteith in band Bonnie DuneSome 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.

(Photo: Facebook)

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  • Kate

    I don’t see this as exploitative – exploitative would have been releasing it when the grief surrounding his death was much more raw (e.g. right after his death, or coinciding with his tribute episode). Since Glee, Lea Michele, and the general population seem to be ready to move forward, I think his band should as well. They won’t benefit in any way that is different from how they did when he was alive and a rising star on Glee. Lots of artists have posthumous music released. But you’re right, his bandmates know what Cory would have wanted much better than anyone else on the Internet does.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I think you’re probably right, it just made me feel uncomfortable. I would have no problem at all if they were releasing music that Cory had never worked on, but for some reason it feels different with his voice on there. That’s just a me-thing, though.

    • Kate

      Your opinion is completely valid! I’m sure tons of people feel the same way you do. I can see how people could feel a little skeevy about it.

    • Kate

      Your opinion is completely valid! I’m sure tons of people feel the same way you do. I can see how people could feel a little skeevy about it.

    • jess

      Lea Michele is using and exploiting Cory’s death to hock her album and Cory wan’t even involved in it. so why couldn’t Bonnie Dune who actually had Cory as a member, long time friend,and contributor on the album release it too? why aren’t you writing about how Lea makes your skin crawl too? let’s face it, Bonnie Dune has lost a member of their band, Lea just uses his death as a selling platform for hers. besides with Bonnie Dune, Cory was backing vocals, nothing more.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I’ve written a lot about Lea Michele. Feel free to Google it before you suggest otherwise in a comment.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I think you’re probably right, it just made me feel uncomfortable. I would have no problem at all if they were releasing music that Cory had never worked on, but for some reason it feels different with his voice on there. That’s just a me-thing, though.

  • Offended Reader

    maybe if you knew about the topic you were talking about, you would know that the singer justin and cory have been best friends for almost 10 years. maybe if you actually went to a show or followed the band, you would know how much cory cared about music, about his bandmates, and about his fans. and MAYBE if you knew cory, at all, you’d be able to judge what he would have wanted or not. kinda makes MY skin crawl that you would rather assume that these great people, whom you don’t know, are trying to exploit their real life friend…you know, the one you don’t know at all.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Read the post. Don’t just comment on it.

    • Still Offended

      Most intelligent response ever! I read it, which is why I am commenting on it. Don’t dish it out or post about something, if you can’t hear, understand the perspective of, or respond to your readers in a professional, considerate way. You are talking about real life people who are emotional about losing someone they actually care about…maybe you are lucky enough to have never experienced that, I would hope if you had, you would be more sensitive that to judge people who are grieving. You have no idea what they are going through, so why not choose to assume the best instead of the worst…I think you might have a happier life.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      “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.”

      Are you kidding me?

    • Sarah

      well the good news you probably got more views on this post that ever before! so your own “drift into exploitative territory” worked! and the other good news is, you’re not in a band, and you didn’t lose your friend and drummer so you don’t have to make any “skin crawling” decisions. lucky you.

      you should just stick to writing about how heidi klum got six christmas trees.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Thanks for the advice!

  • Piper

    “So I guess I should just trust that they were close friends of Cory and that they have his best interests in mind.”

    Quoting you girl. That’s exactly what you should do, because you sure don’t have his best interests in mind. In fact, I should say that you like being controversial for the sake of gaining hits and that is being exploitative.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      If you’re quoting something I say in my own post, don’t you think I’m already aware of it? I started the post being uncomfortable with something and finished it with the conclusion that what I feel about it is probably less relevant than what his bandmates and fans feel.

      …if you feel that’s exploitative, I don’t know how to help you.

  • Pei Gilbert

    Cory was very close friends with Justin for years. They started the band in 2010 and played gigs whenever Cory had time off from Glee. This is not their first album. They already released an EP in 2012.

  • Kelly Ann Hazelett

    Obviously you couldn’t have been too big of a fan if you didn’t know Cory was the drummer for Bonnie Dune. It is not exploitative, it’s EXACTLY what Cory would want them to do. He love his music and he loved his band. Life has to go on. The album was complete before he died. Bonnie Dune toured in 2011 and played the Roxy all the time.

    Kate: please don’t mistake Lea living her life for her moving on and forgetting Cory. She still struggles with it. Finishing her album and doing Glee are things Cory would expect her to do. He wouldn’t want her to be swallowed whole by the sadness and grief. She loves him and is honoring him by finishing the work they started together (glee). He loved her and he even said;
    “Being a good boyfriend means being excited for somebody else’s life. You need to be genuinely interested in somebody else’s wellbeing rather than just selfishly motivated. Guys need to remember that it’s not just about if your girlfriend wants to come over and hang out with you, it’s about if she’s happy in life. The mark of a good boyfriend is giving more than you’re taking – it’s a two-way street.”

    He wanted her to be happy in life with or without him

  • Carol

    So you don’t know how to feel about people releasing their own music, their own work of years and that sadly includes the work of their friend who is not among us anymore, but that was really passionate about this part of his life and working on it and with them for years and years.
    But what about a “grieving girlfriend” making public her pain of losing him, talking about it in every interview she does, posing on red carpets or staged paparazzi’s photos using a necklace with his name, release as her first ever single one of the 2 songs she public admits that was include on her album after his death and that is related to this tragic event, all this just to promote her album (and book next year!), works that has nothing to do with Cory and that would be a success just with her and without the needing to connect it to him.
    And what about a TV channel and its TV show who promote as much as possible the special episode for him, giving interviews with the cast, including the grieving girlfriend, only days before this episode only to talk about how hard was to
    film it but please watch it, all to help with the audience ratings that are each week lower and lower.
    These are ways to exploiting and using his death to make money, fame and audience. THESE are the things that make MY skin crawl!
    I understand your point of view that maybe a “not very well known band” releasing an EP months after its most famous member passed away could sound like using his death to be known. But why not to talk about the “big guys” using it on an even more visible way?! Why not to make an article about Lea, Fox and Glee and how you feel about THEIR exploiting and milking of Cory’s death?!
    Bonnie Dune’s guys are only continuing their work and luckily we all will have a part of Cory on this. The fans want desperately to listen to the last drums of him. As well as to watch his final 2 movies released after his death. And these projects are not of Cory only but of other people too who deserve the respect of have their work make public and not simply “throw away the material”.

  • jakibro

    You should have researched your subject a lot more. You tube has lots of Bonnie Dune performances and it’s obvious Cory enjoyed himself immensely. They had already put out one album. Cory obviously wanted to be more than just Finn on Glee since he was cramming in Bonnie Dune drum sessions and backing vocals around his 16 hour/day Glee schedule. That’s commitment. I am 100% sure he would have wanted his music to be released along with his bandmates. Nuff said….