This morning i walked into an office at work to retrive email and invoices for the day. The tv was on and the news was covering the anouncment of the special prosecutor in the Russia/Trump collusion case. All of a sudden a breaking news announcement came on and announced that Chris Cornell, Soundgarden’s lead singer, was found dead in his hotel room at MGM Grand Detroit just hours after the group played a sold out show at the Fox, I was shocked to say the least.
Another musician that shaped my music taste in high school was gone. To think about it more most of the big names from the Seattle scene are dead. The only big name left from the golden age of the Seattle scene is Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. Later in the day the medical examiner ruled dead by suicide. Some fans in the crowd for the final performance said that Cornell seemed off at times during the show. Even stating that he may have given hints of what was to come. Cornell said “I feel bad for the next city,” at one point during the show. He also told the crowd the fans who bought tickets to his next show would wish they were at this show. Also during the second song of the encore “Slaves & Bulldozers” the band interwove a refrain from Led Zeppelin’s In My Time of Dying, which the band has covered before. It was written as a spiritual song about death.
Soundgarden was set to play Pointfest in St. Louis on Saturday at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater. 105.7 The Point has since canceled the show.