It’s hard to believe it has already been a year since the tragic passing of the iconic Chris Cornell. The news saddened and baffled the entire music community. There was service held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday May 18th which had fans come from all parts of the globe to pay their respects. We have footage posted below shared by a fan who attended.
In addition, previous musicians that had performed with Chris Cornell in the past posted stories, tributes, and photos on various social media platforms. Tom Morello from Audioslave, Rage against the Machine, and Prophets of Rage said, “”His light was beautiful. His darkness unnamable. His voice eternal. Love you & miss you so much, my friend.”
Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the passing of Chris Cornell. I wrote this for him the day he passed: You’re a prince, you’re a snare, you’re a shadow You’re twilight and star burn and shade You’re a sage, you’re a wound shared, you’re masked You’re a pillar of smoke, you’re a platinum heart You’re a brush fire, you’re caged, you’re free Your vision pierces, you do not see You are pieces strewn on the hillside You’re open armed, you’re armed, you’re true You’re a revealer of visions, you’re the passenger, you’re a never fading scar You’re twilight and star burn and shade You’re the secret veiled, you’re the secret revealed, you’re surrounded no more You’re not there, now you’re always here Youre a handsome groom, a loving father, a haunted stairwell You’re the clear bell ringing, the mountains echo your song Maybe no one has ever known you You are twilight and star burn and shade
Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, and Soundgarden said, “Can’t believe it’s already been one year since I lost my musical soulmate and special friend. Chris always led by example — his worth ethic, his sense of humor, his love of animals, his love of the Cascades, his love of family. I will forever praise him for the decades of encouragement he gave me and for the fierce friendship we forged. I love you buddy.”
Can’t believe it’s already been one year since I lost my musical soulmate and special friend Chris Cornell. 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’ living room, sat behind his rusty Tama kit and counted in Ocean Fronts, my all time favorite SG 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. When the song was over Chris turned to me with a big smile on his face and said “you played it perfectly, we have a gig at the Central in one week, want to do it?” “Yes, I want to do it,” I replied. I will forever praise him for the decades of encouragement he gave me and for the fierce friendship we forged. I love you buddy.
A fan that attended the Vigil at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery recorded some footage to share with fans of Chris Cornell who could not attend the service.