The rock world reacted in shock, grief and astonishment on Thursday (May 19th) to the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18th) after the band played a show in Detroit.
Guitarist Tom Morello, with whom Cornell recorded three studio albums in the band Audioslave, posted a moving tribute on Instagram. He wrote:
“I love you, brother. Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent. It was a great honor to know you as a friend and as a band mate. I am devastated and deeply saddened that you are gone, dear friend, but your unbridled rock power, delicate haunting melodies and the memory of your smile are with us forever. Your beautiful voice and beautiful self will always be in my heart. God bless you and your family.”
Audioslave came together in 2001 following the then-dissolution of both Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine, releasing three studio albums and a historic concert set recorded in Cuba before Cornell exited in 2007, ending the band.
The members of Audioslave performed together for the first time in over a decade on January 20th, reuniting at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles as part of a star-studded concert protesting the swearing-in of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president. The band played three of its best-known songs: “Cochise”, “Like A Stone” and “Show Me How To Live.”
Other artists that paid tribute to Cornell on social media included Pearl Jam, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Elton John, Jimmy Page, Perry Farrell, William DuVall from Alice In Chains, Brian Wilson, Lzzy Hale, Joe Perry and many more.
The surviving members of Soundgarden — drummer Matt Cameron, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Ben Shepherd — had yet to make a public statement at press time.
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