R.I.P. CHRIS CORNELL
I'm devastated this morning - in total shock at the news that Soundgarden, Audioslave & Temple of the Dog vocalist CHRIS CORNELL has passed away. He died after a Soundgarden concert at the Fox Theater in Detroit last night and sources are saying it was an apparent suicide. There others that are speculating that he may have died of autoerotic asphixation, but until a full investigation is completed and a statement has been made we should focus instead on this great man, a hero to so many. I called Mark McKenzie who does the morning show at our brother station 89-X in Windsor and he was at last night's Soundgarden concert. He tells us what it was like last night and how his listeners have reacted to this morning's news.
I'm lucky to have seen him perform a couple of times, gladly, once with Soundgarden. One of the most thrilling moments in my career was a chance to interview him for an Audioslave radio album premiere. It can be intimidating interviewing one of your heroes but he was warm and generous with his thoughts throughout our 30 minute chat.
Cornell is one of rock’s greatest singers with a voice of incredible power, depth and range. First, as lead singer and songwriter in Soundgarden, he helped usher in the sound of Seattle as one grunge music’s first bands to find mainstream success. Much will be said about Cornell joining his other friends from that scene or era who passed away years ago, including Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Andrew Wood (Mother Love Bone) & Scott Weilland (Stone Temple Pilots).
"Say Hello 2 Heaven"