This was originally published on Off The Main Page on May 18, 2017.
I woke up to some very sad news this morning. One of my favorite singers, Chris Cornell, passed away last night. He had a nearly four-octave vocal range, and his voice was absolutely beautiful to listen to.
He formed Soundgarden in 1984 with guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron later joined as drummer, and Ben Shepherd later replaced Yamamoto as bassist. Their biggest album, Superunknown, featured the Grammy-award winning singles “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman.” They disbanded in 1997.
He released his first solo album Euphoria Morning in 1999 to great success. In 2001, he formed the group Audioslave with Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk.
He died on May 17, 2017, while on tour. His representatives said in a statement:
“His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”
Enjoy some of his music below:
Here is a tribute from Time Magazine:
Here he is performing the Grammy-winning song, "Black Hole Sun:"
Here he is performing with Linkin Park:
Here he is performing the Soundgarden song "Outshined:"