In Memorium: Chris Cornell
It pains me to say that Chris Cornell, frontman of the grunge group Soundgarden and of the supergroup Audioslave, has died on May 17th of 2017.
The New York Times has stated that,
“Mr. Cornell died Wednesday night in Detroit", his representative, Brian Bumbery, said in a statement that called the death, 'Sudden and unexpected’ and that said the singer’s family would be ‘working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause.’” (via here)
“Is being investigated as a ‘possible suicide,’ a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department told CNN.” (via here)
I woke up this morning with the intent to listen and write about Muse’s new single coming out, but hearing this devastated me. Soundgarden in general influenced my music path a lot. Circa 2012-2013, I was but a simple kid, knowing a lot of random bands due to their hits. I was just beginning to be serious about music.
When I first heard “Spoonman” by Soundgarden, I just nodded it off as another song. I even confused Pearl Jam with Soundgarden back then, seeing how Eddie Vedder’s vocals and Cornell’s vocals both reminded me of the same aggression and power.
However, I eventually listened to the whole album of Superunknown, and I loved Soundgarden with a passion. They helped solidify my love for 90's alternative rock and grunge. Even if Nirvana was my introduction into that pool of music, it was Soundgarden and eventually Alice In Chains who made me feel like I was married to grunge.
During that time, I picked up a copy of Chris Cornell’s first solo album Euphoria Morning at my local library. I became enamored with his style of playing and songwriting. I have also dived into Audioslave, but Soundgarden was how Chris Cornell always stood out to me. A loud and crazy guy who was just fun to hear.
I even hoped to open for these guys with my band one day, just because how my drummer and I were so influenced by Soundgarden and Cornell’s vocals. He is one of the greatest frontmen of all-time, I do believe so.
Since the band’s inception in 1984, they’ve released 6 albums. Their most famous and well-known album is Superunknown, released in 1994. The lineup has consisted of Cornell on vocals and guitar, Kim Thayil on lead guitar, Ben Shepherd on bass and backing vocals, and Matt Cameron on drums and backing vocals ever since the original bassist Hiro Yamamoto left in 1989 and after they had Jason Everman as a fill-in bassist for year after Yamamoto.
I don’t know if Soundgarden will continue to play without Cornell.
I wish for him to rest in peace. I send all my positive thoughts and wishes to his family and friends, and to all the fans who loved him just like I did. I encourage you all to do the same. Thank you.