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The End Staff remembers Chris Cornell

May 18, 2017

Days like this, days where you lose an influential artist whose career may span decades, are hard days in the music industry.

Losing someone as remarkable and impactful as Chris Cornell is one of those days where the sting of the loss is even more searing as we are losing a local, the frontman of a legendary band named after a park in Seattle, a pioneer of grunge, the sound that came to define our city and region.

The songs that came to define Chris Cornell's career

Our staff is steeped in the music of Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and more, and today, these are some of our thoughts and memories:

Alyssa
I was lucky enough to see Chris Cornell live twice. The first time was during Soundgarden's tour with NIN and the second was his solo tour in October of 2015. He played a sold-out Atlanta Symphony Hall and had the entire crowd captivated from the very first note.

I still gush about this show to my friend Andrew (who came with) because we couldn't believe he played for over two hours! It was nonstop-everything from Soundgarden to Audioslave to Temple Of The Dog to some of his newer solo songs. He also covered Bob Dylan and one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs, "Thank You." 

It wasn't just his angel of a voice that lingered through the hall that kept our eyes fixated on the stage, it was also his charisma. He was personable and talked to us and shared music feelings before the songs.. it felt like we (Andrew and myself) were hanging with a friend. It will forever be one of the greatest live experiences I have ever witnessed.

RIP Chris Cornell, thank you for sharing your passion with the world. <3

Leslie
The video for “Black Hole Sun” is seared into my brain for eternity. It was in heavy MTV rotation the summer of ’94 and as a kid without school, I saw it A LOT. That song helped shape my music tastes. Once I saved enough to buy Superunknown, I discovered so many more songs that I loved.

In the fall of 2015, I was lucky enough to Chris perform at Benaroya Hall. Fourteen-year-old me was as giddy as adult me to hear those songs live and in such an amazing place. Chris Cornell’s voice is forever distinct and haunting. Thanks for the music.

Manley
Read Manley's story about his very first radio interview being with Chris Cornell

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EndSession: Chris Cornell at Columbia City Theater (1999)

Chris Cornell plays EndSession 35 in front of a packed house at Columbia City Theater on November 27, 1999.