It was one year ago today that Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell died. My daughter and I were in San Jose for a U2 concert. We had just left Levis Stadium and were sitting in the parking lot in my car waiting for the traffic to thin out when we heard the news on the radio.
I was fortunate to have seen Soundgarden in Seattle before they made it big. People in radio and records community up there that knew Chris all loved the dude.
Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden remembered his late bandmate Chris Cornell on the first anniversary of the singer's death.
Cameron posted a couple of very old photos of Cornell on Instagram and wrote a very long caption that says, "Chris always led by example -- his work ethic, his sense of humor, his love of animals, his love of the Cascades, his love of family. Bands are nearly impossible to get right, but Soundgarden felt incredibly fierce and so right for me on day one, mid-February 1986. I auditioned for Soundgarden in Chris's living room, sat behind his rusty Tama kit and counted in 'Ocean Fronts,' my all time favorite [Soundgarden] tune. The tune had kind of a long intro, it sounded great, and then all of a sudden Chris starts singing the verse. I was instantly blown away by the impact of his voice and I felt myself settling into the band on my first try. It was all because of that mind-blowing voice."
Cameron concludes, "I will forever praise him for the decades of encouragement he gave me and for the fierce friendship we forged. I love you buddy."