Earlier today, news broke of the incredibly untimely death of Soundgarden & Audioslave lead vocalist Chris Cornell and the music world is in mourning. As one of the most recognisable and important figures in the grunge movement of the early nineties, which featured other names like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Cornell and Soundgarden promoted a new sound and one that would prove to have incredible longevity and inspire a generation.
It is reported that he passed away after performing last night at a gig in Detroit, Michigan but the details at this time are unclear. After a well documented career that was mired with addiction and indulgence, of course there’s possibilities of these past factors coming into play, however this doesn’t remove the fact that one of the greatest vocalists of the last 30 years and a musician so far ahead of his time has passed away at such a young age. Born in Seattle, Washington in 1964, Chris Cornell was 52 years old and despite that being no age at all, the things he did in that time will be what’s remembered fondly. From his aforementioned work in creating the grunge movement with Soundgarden, to his epic return to form in the early 2000’s when he joined forces with members of Rage Against The Machine and created Audioslave which delivered classic rock anthems like ‘Cochise’, ‘Be Yourself’ and the beautifully haunting ‘Like A Stone’. He also enjoyed a brilliant solo career and even wrote the theme for the James Bond movie ‘Casino Royale’.
Accolades and projects aside, it was his talent and vision that will be remembered and at 52 it’s a crime that this can’t continue as the possibilities may have been endless as far as Chris Cornell was concerned.
Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)