May 18, 2017: Rock Stars Mourn Chris Cornell

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The music world was shaken by the news that Chris Cornell, best known as the frontman of longtime Seattle band, Soundgarden, had taken his own life on May 18, 2017, at 52, following a performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. Cornell, considered one of the architects of the grunge movement, was also lead vocalist of the supergroup Audioslave.

Soundgarden were on a Spring 2017 tour through May 27 that included several festivals.

When the news arrived, fellow classic rock stars took to social media immediately to express their grief, shock and dismay.

Related: Cornell helped create a rock genre

Cornell, himself, had been very active on Twitter, tweeting late the night before his death from Detroit.

Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart released statements as well. Ann: “It’s important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive. He is on his way. We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul.”

Nancy: “No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family. And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music. Devastating.”

Related: Cornell’s widow, Vicky Karayiannis penned a letter to her late husband

Coincidentally, Legacy Recordings had a planned celebration the 25th anniversary of Cameron Crowe’s groundbreaking romantic comedy, Singles, with the release on May 19, of a newly expanded and remastered edition of the soundtrack. The film was set in Seattle and captured the zeitgeist of an era among twentysomethings and featured music from bands that were relatively obscure at the time.

The 2-CD, 2-LP collection features previously unreleased recordings by Cornell plus rarities such as his 1992 EP Poncier and tracks from the film not included on the album when it was first released on June 30, 1992. Other acts on the album include Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Paul Westerberg and Jimi Hendrix.

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  1. Bianca
    #1 Bianca 19 May, 2017, 00:12

    Chris Cornell 1964 – Forever

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