Since news came out this morning of Chris Cornell's death, the world has been reeling. As the lead vocalist of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, Cornell's powerful voice and presence had a profound impact on the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the day, local artists have been sharing their condolences and memories. The responses are a testament to Cornell's enduring legacy, coming from his peers who came up Soundgarden in the '90s to newer artists he's influenced. We've collected some of these responses below and will continue to add more as they come in.
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Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney)
Those of us who grew up in&around Seattle are acutely aware that we've lost nearly an entire generation of local music heroes #chriscornell— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) May 18, 2017
Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie)
I never knew him – but he made my day, and my musical life, richer and better and more confident. I'm really sad he's gone. https://t.co/q95IXuTs46 — Chris Walla (@calculizer) May 18, 2017
Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)
This record melted my fourteen year-old mind. Safe travels, Chris Cornell. https://t.co/1TMiKOdLOD— colin meloy (@colinmeloy) May 18, 2017
Courtney Love (Hole)
Death Cab For Cutie
Thank you, Chris. pic.twitter.com/zOKTZAw7Dz— Death Cab for Cutie (@dcfc) May 18, 2017
Duff McKagan (Guns n' Roses, Loaded, Velvet Revolver)
RIP Chris Cornell. Truly sad for his children and family....and the rest of us. A good man. pic.twitter.com/bieTIsJhhw — Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) May 18, 2017
Chris Cornell was an amazing vocalist and by all accounts a wonderful person. Thinking of his family and loved ones today.— gr8 gr&pa (@GreatGrampsBand) May 18, 2017
Owen Ashworth (Advance Base, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone)
A former barista at a Borders Books in downtown Seattle told me that Chris Cornell would come in every morning with his thermos — Owen Ashworth (@AdvanceBase) May 18, 2017
This drink is now called a Black Hole Sun & I think we should all drink one in Chris Cornell's honor today. RIP. — Owen Ashworth (@AdvanceBase) May 18, 2017
I'll be forever thankful for what he left behind! Love to his family, and band. #RIP #ChrisCornell pic.twitter.com/gYuJRigh7L — Reignwolf (@reignwolf) May 18, 2017
This is so sad 😔. As a kid in Hawaii I watched Black Hole Sun regularly & it blew my mind. @soundgarden opened doors for me #RIPChrisCornell https://t.co/YlRg5rh68c — SassyBlack (@SassyBlack_) May 18, 2017
Shawn Smith (Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed)
Today's news makes me really sad and really afraid. Not only does it hurt to lose someone as beautiful and inspiring as Chris Cornell, but it makes me so worried for so many people in my life who teeter close to the edge. Some of whom are such seemingly buoyant, happy souls who present one face to the world and then live in the darkness the rest of the time. Many of whom are artists. And unfortunately, it seems that staying in touch with the dark is part of our job. As my college mentor used to say, artists have to lean out as far as possible over the freeway of life - to keep our noses right out there IN IT - while also somehow managing not to be swept away. It's no easy task. And I'm not entirely sure how to do it while also hanging on to hope and joy and levity. But I pray all my beloveds find a way to hold on to some hope. Because quite honestly, my people who struggle this way are also the most beautiful people I know. Go figure. Please hang in there and know you are loved. And please reach out if you need a chat or a hug or a cry. Artwork (in progress) by @tracyrocca. 💙 A post shared by Shelby Earl (@shelbyearlmusic) on
Sub Pop Records
We’re shocked and heartbroken at the news about Chris Cornell. Our thoughts are with his family and the Soundgarden team. pic.twitter.com/zX4Y5TdD4s — Sub Pop Records (@subpop) May 18, 2017
In light of the tragic passing of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog), KEXP has decided to dedicate an additional 12 hours of programming to celebrate the life and music of Chris Cornell. Six Degrees of Chris Cornell will place Cornell's music within a larger musical contex...
You read that right. We're just as surprised to learn of his passing as you are. Chris Cornell, who was found dead in his Detroit hotel room late last night, has been a Seattle institution for decades, having formed Soundgarden in 1984 and predating in popularity nearly all of the so-called "grun...