Written By: Jarrett Crepeau
May 18th 2018 marked the one year anniversary of music legend Chris Cornell’s tragic suicide. Frontman of Soundgarden and one of the staples of the the Seattle Sound of the 1990’s, Cornell’s voice captivated fans and the industry alike with his performances.
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He was a legend in the music industry; many musicians remember him as someone who had an excellent work ethic and dedication to his music. Chris played with Soundgarden, formed Audioslave with Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello, and formed the tribute band Temple of the Dog with Pearl Jam’s frontman Eddie Vedder to celebrate the life of Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone.
Tom Morello and Chris Cornell
Chris was also a charitable person. In 2012 he formed the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation with his wife for protecting and guiding the vulnerable children in our world. They visited a refugee camp in Greece that tied in Chris’s musical collaborations with the film The Promise to raise awareness and all proceeds from his song of the same name, the last song he made, will be donated to the International Rescue Committee. Since his passing, Vicky Cornell has become a champion of mental health along with Talinda Bennington, the widow of Chester Bennington, Chris’s close friend who lost his life to suicide in July of 2017 on Cornell’s birthday.
Chris and Vicky Cornell
On May 18, 2018, there was a vigil held at Chris Cornell’s grave at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Chris’s wife and three children were present along with fans and former band members Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and Auidoslave drummer Brad Wilk. Alice in Chains dedicated a few songs at the Rock on the Range festival to Chris, and Machinehead frontman Phil Demmel and Jared MacEachern preformed Audioslave’s “I Am The Highway”. Others wrote moving tributes to Chris, on Instagram Matt Cameron wrote:
“Chris always led by example — his worth ethic, his sense of humor, his love of animals, his love of the Cascades, his love of family. I will forever praise him for the decades of encouragement he gave me and for the fierce friendship we forged. I love you buddy.”
As for my own thoughts on Chris Cornell, he is one of my heroes, his music has always and will always mean a lot to me. When I first heard of his passing, like many I was shocked. Chris struggled with a lifelong battle with depression, but it was a side that we as fans only caught glimpses of in his music. If his passing, along with Chester Bennington has taught me anything, it’s made me realize how important is to tell your family, friends, and loved ones how much they mean to you because you never know when they will be gone. Rest easy Chris. We miss you.