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)
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.
— Chris Walla (@calculizer) May 18, 2017
Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)
Death Cab For Cutie
Courtney Love (Hole)
Death Cab For Cutie
Duff McKagan (Guns n' Roses, Loaded, Velvet Revolver)
Owen Ashworth (Advance Base, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone)
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
— SassyBlack (@SassyBlack_) May 18, 2017
Shawn Smith (Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed)
Sub Pop Records
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...