Following the sad news that another grunge star has left us and flown into the after world, I thought that today’s blog post should be a tribute to Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.
I’m currently listening and reliving tunes from the 90s, from the bands who were known as the Seattle kings of grunge which include Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden.
An article in the Huffington Post said that “rocker Chris Cornell, aged 52 passed away last night unexpectedly
The article also stated that Chris’s wife Vicky and family were shocked by his death, adding they would 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,” he added.
Chris formed Soundgarden in 1984, and the group went on to sell 22 million albums and win two Grammy awards.
They split in 1997, and Chris went on to further success fronting the band Audioslave with members of Rage against the Machine.
Soundgarden later reunited in 2010, releasing their sixth album ‘King Animal’ in 2012. A new album was expected to be released later this year.
Chris also enjoyed a successful solo career, releasing four albums, with his last being 2015’s ‘Higher Truth.’
Their best-known song is Black Hole Sun, which was written by Chris and released in 1994 as the third single from the band’s fourth studio album Superunknown. The album topped the Billboard and Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it spent a total of seven weeks at number one.
Despite peaking at number two on the Modern Rock Tracks, “Black Hole Sun” still finished as the number-one track of 1994 for that chart.
The talented lead man, Chris Cornell stated that he wrote the song in just 15 minutes while strumming the chords on his Gretch guitar He said: “I wrote the song thinking the band wouldn’t like it but it then became the biggest hit of the summer.”Cornell came up with the song while using a Leslie speaker and the song was performed in drop D tuning.
Sadly another member of the Seattle Grunge era has left this world far too soon, and Chris Cornell will be remembered for many years just like other grunge members Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and Alice in Chains’s Layne Staley.
Soundgarden was in the middle of a US tour when Chris suddenly passed away, and the grunge rockers were due to play in Columbus, Ohio tomorrow and just hours before his passing.
The band also recently teamed up with fellow Seattle Grunge rockers Pearl Jam and the remaining members of Alice in Chains to film a video to celebrate the commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Singles soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s 1992 romantic comedy.
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