Evan Schiller didn’t know Chris Cornell very well — when it came down to it, few people really did — but the drummer for the ’90s Seattle band Sadhappy cherishes one particular memory of the late Soundgarden frontman. It was December 1991, and their mutual friend Soozy Bridges was throwing a party at her beachfront … More »
Nashville country star Eric Church is apparently a grunge fan. He covered Pearl Jam’s “Better Man” during a recent show outside Seattle, and last night in Washington, DC, he paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell by covering Johnny Cash’s version of Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage.” Watch below. More »
Tributes have been pouring in left and right since the news of Chris Cornell’s tragic passing earlier this week. His former Audioslave bandmate and Rage Against The Machine member Tom Morello has already shared a eulogy, and now he’s penned a poem in remembrance of the late Soundgarden frontman. Read it below via More »
The Detroit News has obtained a police report detailing the hours before and after Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s death early Thursday morning. According to the report, Cornell’s bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, found the singer unresponsive on his hotel room’s bathroom floor just at about 12:15 am, “with blood running from his mouth
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My favorite footnote about Soundgarden is that producer Michael Beinhorn reportedly had Chris Cornell listen to Frank Sinatra before recording “Black Hole Sun,” which was indirectly followed years later by a Paul Anka cover of the generation-defining hit. People make a big deal about the song’s Beatlesque sonics, but the Beatles mostly had some economy … More »
Since the sudden and shocking passing of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell two nights ago, scores of artists have come out to speak of their appreciation for the man, and a few have been brave enough to cover his songs. We’ve posted video of Heart’s Ann Wilson and Megadeth paying tribute. And as … More »
Chris Cornell, singer and frontman of Audioslave and singer for Soundgarden, was found dead in a Detroit hotel room early Thursday morning (May 18th). Cornell, 52 at the time, has allegedly committed suicide by hanging. Since his divorce in 2004, Chris Cornell has struggled with depression and drug addiction. While most people know Cornell from
Chris Cornell’s impact on the 90s rock boom is undeniable, and his passing has left many nostalgic music fans shocked at a life cut too short at only 52. Throughout his career, Cornell’s world-class vocal range put him at the top of the heap of wailing frontmen and his time spent with Soundgarden inspired and paved the way for many of today’s modern rock vocalists.
Cornell’s relationship with modern music, specifically EDM, has always been met with malaise. He even famously stated back in 2014 that a rock revival was well on its way thanks to the sterile soullessness of the EDM boom. Strangely enough, despite his apprehensions about the genre, Cornell and Soundgarden enlisted Steve Aoki to remix one of their biggest hits, 1994’s “Spoonman” off the band’s breakout album ‘Superunknown’ a little over 9 months ago. The remix is the first and only official rework of Soundgarden’s rich catalog of hits and does well to bring the iconic single into a more modern light.
As of writing, Cornell’s death has been speculated a suicide. But his life has always been ravaged by drug abuse, admitting to Rolling Stone back in 1994 that he was a user by the age of 13. Regardless of the cause, the music industry has lost a true pioneer and talent that will be deeply and sorely missed.