The world of Rock N Roll has lost another hero on May 17. He was none other than the famous singer and songwriter Chris Cornell. At age 52, the front man and rhythm guitarist of the Seattle based grunge band Soundgarden was found dead by his bodyguard in the bathroom of his room at the in Detroit right after performing at a show with the band at the Fox Theater. He was lying on the floor with an exercise band around his neck. The medical autopsy has proved that the singer has committed suicide by hanging himself.
Fans from all over the world got shocked after getting the news of the death and some of them has actually posted the video of Chris’ final performance with Soundgarden, which they captured it by their cellphone. Musicians who knew and worked with Chris has also paid their tribute and condolences. Megadeth front man and guitarist Dave Mustaine has paid his condolences and paid his tribute during a show in Tokyo when he heard the tragic news.
“Chris Cornell died today. Very sad. Very sad. Chris Cornell from SOUNDGARDEN — he died. Very sad. When I found out, I was so, so sad. Chris Cornell, a friend of mine, a friend of all of us from SOUNDGARDEN, died today and we have lost one of the most beautiful voices in rock and in history. And I don’t even know what to say other than we’re gonna dedicate this next song to you, our friends in Tokyo, ’cause we’re here with you and we love you so much and we wanna celebrate Chris‘s life today.”
He continued: “Now, I don’t sing like Chris, I could never sing like Chris, but we’re gonna sing a song right now. And if you know the words, sing with me. If you don’t know the words, then just make noise.
“I love you, Chris. I’ll see you one day up in heaven.”
The band then performed the song Outshined.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour has also expressed his condolences and paid tribute to the late singer at Rock on the Range, the Ohio Festival where Soundgarden was scheduled to headline Friday. The organizers has changed and improvised the show into “special tribute performance”.
Tom Morello, guitarist, friend and once upon a time bandmate of Chris during their time in Audioslave has posted the following statement in his Instagram account.
“Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent”.
He has also written a poem on the very night of the tragic incident.
“You’re a prince, you’re a snare, you’re a shadow
You’re twilight and star burn and shade
You’re a sage, you’re a wound shared, you’re masked
You’re a pillar of smoke, you’re a platinum heart
You’re a brush fire, you’re caged, you’re free
Your vision pierces, you do not see
You are pieces strewn on the hillside
You’re open armed, you’re armed, you’re true
You’re a revealer of visions, you’re the passenger, you’re a never fading scar
You’re twilight and star burn and shade
You’re the secret veiled, you’re the secret revealed, you’re surrounded no more
You’re not there, now you’re always here
You’re a handsome groom, a loving father, a haunted stairwell
You’re the clear bell ringing, the mountains echo your song
Maybe no one has ever known you
You are twilight and star burn and shade.”
Other musicians who have paid their respects to Chris Cornell are as follows:
Born on July-20, 1964 in Seattle, Washington to Ed Boyle, a pharmacist and Karen Cornell, an accountant; Cornell spent a two-year period between the ages of nine and eleven solidly listening to The Beatles after finding a large collection of Beatles records abandoned in the basement of a neighbor’s house. He was a loner; and was able to deal with his anxiety around other people through rock music.
He started his career in music during the early 80’s in a cover band called The Shemp. In 1984 he formed Soundgarden with Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto. Chris was on the vocal and drums at that time. They have released their first album titled Ultramega OK on October-31, 1988.
He also formed another band name Temple Of The Dog who have released their one and only titular album in 1991. After SG fot disbanded he went on to form the supergroup Audioslave with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk in 2001; and released only three albums – Audioslave (2002), Out of Exile (2005), and Revelations (2006).