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Farewell Chris Cornell

I certainly didn't expect to be writing up this news today: Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, has died. He was just 52 years old. We don't know anything about his death other than it was sudden and unexpected. He literally played a show with Soundgarden in Detroit last night. The news of his death broke in the early morning hours today.

This is pretty shocking to me. I always loved Chris' voice. His creation of Temple of the Dog brought about one of my favorite songs of all time, "Hunger Strike." Of course Soundgarden had a slew of big hits. My husband and I are fans, even though the band is lumped in with grunge. I always considered them more metal than that.

I saw Soundgarden live twice. I'm sad I didn't get to see the Temple of the Dog reunion. Time waits for no woman (or man). Don't put things off until tomorrow.


Reader Comments (7)

A fitting tribute, Allyson. Appreciate you writing this.
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHim

Chris just tweeted 11 hours ago. This world moves too fast.

Great singer and seemingly (from afar) nice man.

Soundgarden were the bridge between the '80's & '90's.

May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKixchix
RIP Chris. Guy had an awesome voice with a 4 octave range. Wrote some awesomely heavy songs. Was 2 years younger than me. Life is way too quick...
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Just saw Soundgarden at Northern Invasion in Somerset, WI. They were the closing band on Friday night. Glorious mid spring evening in northern Wisconsin. Cool 60 degrees and delish sounds of Soundgarden wafting through the valley.

Last song I heard them sing on Friday : Blow Up the Outside World - fitting ?

"Someone tried to tell me something
Don't let the world bring you down
Nothing will do me in before I do myself
So save it for your own and the ones you can help"
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGNR
Early reports are that he killed himself. According to TMZ, he was found in the bathroom with a band around his neck. Really sad either way. Soundgarden, although from seattle, totally transcended the grunge garbage that was flowing out of that city. They were heavy and melodic. A great band with one of the best vocalists in the business.
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBob
Poignant review of last night's show from the Detroit Free Press:

I don't know what my favorite Cornell track is. Something off the Temple Of The Dog record, Call Me A Dog or Wooden Jesus, most likely. But it also could be his acoustic cover of Redemption Song.
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGogmagog
RIP to one of the greatest metal singers of all time. Badmotorfinger was such an amazing cd.
May 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBkallday

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