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Soundgarden Drummer Matt Cameron Reflects On Chris Cornell On The Anniversary Of His Passing


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Soundgarden/Pearl Jam, etc. drummer Matt Cameron took to social media today (May 18th) to reflect on the first anniversary of the death of his Soundgarden bandmate Chris Cornell. Cornell hung himself on this day last year after playing a show with the band in Detroit, MI. Speaking via Instagram today, Cameron offered:

“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.”

If you’re in the area, Cornell‘s widow Vicky will be holding a public vigil in Los Angeles, CA tonight (May 18th), you can find those details here.

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.

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