It seems that I must once again be the bearer of bad news as Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell has passed away. Reports are that this took place not long after a concert performance in Detroit, and according to the latest updates from law enforcement that was noted by TMZ, authorities needed to break into his room where they found Cornell unresponsive with a band around his neck. They are ruling this a suicide and this simply breaks my heart. The photos I’ve used in this reflection were snapped by me when I was in the crowd during a “Live On Letterman” performance by the band. They were from my point and shoot and phone since no professional rigs were permitted in the studio. Oddly enough, it was the only time that I would ever see the band in concert.
Chris Cornell was a performer that I had been a fan of for a very long time and I am speaking decades here. I remembered there were often listening sessions at friends places way back when where each of us would compare the finds that we had “discovered” and while I was generally the more Metalized prospector, some others were shining some light on the stuff coming out of Seattle. I first heard Soundgarden on my friends local radio show and am pretty sure that the first song for me was “Loud Love” when the track was still very new and NOT something that you would hear anywhere on a mainstream station. These were the things that made both the college radio and underground radio stations so very special.
As a huge fan of Mother Love Bone back during these referenced times, I found great musical pleasure in the tribute that Cornell had assembled in Temple Of The Dog for his late friend Andrew Wood and while that group was recently reassembled for some tour dates, I couldn’t work it out to document when they hit our region. Of course the hope was that a return to the area would be forthcoming and now, well, now is now and this shall never come to pass.
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