Soundgarden & Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell dies at 52

RIP Chris Cornell. Incredibly Talented, Incredibly Young, Incredibly Missed.

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I was so sad to wake to the news Chris Cornell had passed away in the early hours of this morning.  It’s heartbreaking to watch the footage of what turned out to be his final performance in Detroit and think he was no longer with us just hours later.  Especially chilling is the fact he included lyrics from Led Zeppelin’s In My Time Of Dying during a jam as a part of that show.

I met Chris Cornell many times over the years, when he would be in the UK with Soundgarden or Audioslave.  I never knew him, but in an interview scenario he was always incredibly nice and down to earth.  I remember he was one of those artists who seemed genuinely pleased people were interested in what he was doing, even though by the time I first met him he was a bonafide Rock Star.

I was fortunate enough to see both Soundgarden and Audioslave play small shows in the UK, in venues that held no more than 1000 people.  He was such a great frontman.  I specifically recall when the first Audioslave album came out, watching him hit that massively long note in the middle of Cochise, during a performance at London’s Astoria.  It was kind of magical.

Thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.  We’ll be playing Chris Cornell on Second Helping this afternoon.  Please take a moment to think of him and all the joy his music brought you.

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