Rock Legends Mourn Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell was a hero to many fans and musicians due to his groundbreaking work with Soundgarden. In this picture we can see Chris Cornell performing at Prophets of Rage and Friends‘ Anti Inaugural Ball at the Taragram Ballroom on January 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California – Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America.
Rock legends including Jimmy Page, Joe Perry and Dave Navarro have paid tribute to Chris Cornell after his sudden death on Wednesday night. The world of music was left in shock on Thursday when Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery announced the singer had passed away at the age of 52 just hours after performing with his band Soundgarden in Detroit, Michigan.
After hearing the news many of rock’s biggest names took to social media to express their sadness and pay tribute to the grunge pioneer.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page wrote on Twitter, “RIP Chris Cornell Incredibly Talented Incredibly Young Incredibly Missed,” while Red Hot Chili Peppers musician Dave Navarro added,”SO SO stunned to hear about Chris Cornell! Such a terrible and sad loss! Thinking of his family tonight! RIP”
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry posted his own touching Twitter tribute which read, “Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace.”
Cornell was a hero to many fans and musicians due to his groundbreaking work with Soundgarden, one of the leading acts who emerged from the early 1990s Seattle grunge scene that also produced Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam.
The band split in 1997, but Cornell’s success continued as a solo artist and with Audioslave, the supergroup he formed with Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk. He reunited with Soundgarden in 2010.
Over the course of his career Cornell won two Grammy Awards and also penned music for films, most notably You Know My Name, the theme to the 2006 James Bond theme Casino Royale.
Other musicians who paid tribute to the rocker included Billy Idol, Sheryl Crow, Public Enemy‘s Chuck D and Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy.
Idol wrote on Twitter, “Sad 2 (to) hear of Chris Cornell passing..great singer and artist.. another blow…RIP,” while Crow added, “Ooohhhhh… so sad to hear about Chris Cornell. So talented. Too young.”
Portnoy called Cornell “one of of the benchmark vocalists of our generation” and wrote that his death was a “devastating loss.”
Cornell’s cause of death is currently unknown. His representative told the Associated Press the rocker’s death was “sudden and unexpected”. He is survived by his wife Vicky Karayiannis and children Lillian Jean, 16, Toni, 12, an Christopher Nicholas, 11.
Outside the rock world other stars who paid tribute to Cornell included Elijah Wood, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.