RIP Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)

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RIP Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)

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Chris Cornell (July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Cornell was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as the founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.

Soundgarden - Dark Globe (live 1996)

Syd Barrett cover.

Soundgarden - Outshined (live at The Fox Theater in Detroit, MI on 5-17-2017)

2:13 It seems to me, he's mumbling "in my time of dying".
As a foreshadow of him singing it at the end of the show.

It's a horrible "mad genius" performance, reminding me of the audio recording of a scared Barrett performing live onstage in 1970.
Cornell's a train wreck, here, having a nervous breakdown on stage. His fears destroyed by prescribed pills, as if he's invincible.
His overconfident behaviour reminds me a bit of Pink in the movie 'The Wall', after getting pills in 'Comfortably Numb'.

It's a shame that Cornell had to suffer such terrible anxiety problems without proper help.
Yeah, let's put the man onstage! A few more pills and he'll be fine!
Well, he shows little anxiety in that final show... Not even a fear to kill himself... Great pills! Take some more...

Looking at the videos, I'm willing to believe it's just the prescribed drugs. No alcohol or street drugs.
People seem to underestimate the power of prescribed drugs.
Granny's little tranquilizer already is enough for slurred vocals, lagged guitar strumming and weak fretboard work.

After the show, he seemed to have received more pills. Just before he was left alone for a while.
If he's already getting lost in suicidal thoughts during the show, his natural fear for actually doing it must have been reduced even more, that night.

I guess the anti-anxiety pills not only helped him to be the invincible onstage party animal he is in this show, but also reduced his fear of death.
He regularly may have had suicidal thoughts, like many people, but this time his fear to actually do it was gone.
The pills took his fear of death away. People need a level of fear, to protect themselves.
Someone with huge anxiety problems shouldn't be onstage. Those pills are made to cope with daily life, not to such extreme circumstances.

Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell...
This is one of the times in which Syd Barrett and his family appear to have been wiser.

Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun (live in DETROIT Fox Theatre 5/17/2017)

Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun (1994)

From the album 'Superunknown' (1994).
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Re: RIP Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)

Post by danielcaux »

Great loss.

IMO he was the most talented musician/songwriter from that whole Seattle/Washington grunge scene of the late 80s/90s. Whether it was with Soundgarden, solo or Audioslave, he always kept himself busy making albums with at least a couple of great songs for the past 30 years. Black Hole Sun is out of this world, it really sounds like The Beatles meet Black Sabbath. Superunknown as a whole was a prog-grunge masterpiece and the singles from Down On The Upside were all amazing and very interesting musically.

I was never a big Audioslave fan, but still, I gotta admit he made a couple of great songs with them.

And he also made some good stuff as a solo artist or with other side projects, in the in between years.

When I heard of his death by suicide, I couldn't believe that it was true. He always seemed so vital. And then the lyrics of this song came immediately to my mind, and it all suddenly had a new sadder meaning :S