Chris Cornell, the man behind the stunning 4 octave voice, has left us at age 52.
He played his final show with Soundgarden last night in Detroit. Upon hearing the news this morning, fans have been posting video from last night’s show to YouTube. I’ve watched several of them trying to see if there was any clue to what would transpire only a few hours later.
All I am left with is awe. I’m awestruck by the power of Chris Cornell’s voice and the incredible memory trip that is the catalogue of Soundgarden, his time in Audioslave and his solo work.
I am also becoming viscerally aware of time, and how we shouldn’t take it for granted.
I’ll share my initial reaction which I posted to Facebook this morning.
6am – Just woke up to the saddest news. Chris Cornell passed away after performing last night. I’ll never forget the first time I heard this song. It was 1991 and it seemed to reach out of my car radio and grab my entire being. Cornell wrote Hunger Strike to memorialize his friend, frontman Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone…Eddie Vedder shares vocals on it pre Pearl Jam. Soundgarden, Audioslave…it’s impossible to count the hours we spent with Cornell’s voice…I know I played it on my show every single day in the 90’s and 2000’s too. RIP amazingly talented Chris Cornell. A generation just fell on dark days.