Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden) widow Vicky Cornell has decided to memorialize her husband with a new statue in Seattle, WA. “He is Seattle’s son,” Vicky told The Seattle Times, “and we will be bringing him home and honoring him, I hope, with all of you, your love and support.” Wayne Toth, who previously made a memorial statue of Johnny Ramone, has been recruited to craft this one.
Nonprofit organization Childhaven have announced that they have established a new “Chris Cornell Therapy Music Program”, with $100,000 donated by Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell. The program, which focuses on therapeutic early learning for children who faced trauma, was announced today on what would have been the late vocalist’s 53rd birthday.
Vicky said the following:
“The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is excited to join Childhaven to support its extraordinary work impacting the lives of those in need. Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music, and through Childhaven’s establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world’s most vulnerable children.”
Musician Brian Vogan, who runs music therapy at Childhaven, added:
“Because of what they’ve experienced, a lot of children come to Childhaven struggling with anger and other overwhelming emotions. Being able to beat on drums is really helpful for them. Other kids are very shy, and music helps to bring them out of their shell.”
Childhaven CEO Jon Botten also commented:
“We’re honored to preserve Chris Cornell’s memory with this program. Music has the power to engage, to delight, and to heal. Thanks to the Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation, more of our most vulnerable children will be able to use music to build the resilience they need to reach their full potential.”
In other news, Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard (also of Temple Of The Dog) has shared a new tribute:
“I keep waking up in the middle of the night and remember, fresh again, that you are gone. An absence grows in my stomach and slowly turns circles like a far off galaxy on a grainy tv.
The same questions follow and my heart races…searching for reasons and what ifs..
I’m so selfishly sad that I’ll never get to see you again, never play with you again, never feel the bask of your approval or be part of your life.
We all miss you so much…it was always a given in my mind we would all spend more time together when we got older, we would play more music and love and be loved like we dreamed…this was your time and you shared it with us…thank you.
You were too much…
Your talent was jaw dropping…your songs, lyrics, your voice…how could you have all 3…
And then, the not so obvious…your wicked sense of humor and your playfulness…
all of us are heartsick and we will never get over losing you.
We hope you’re in peace and that your particles are mutating and transforming in harmony with nature. We wish your family our utmost condolences and sympathies.
We love you Chris,
Chris Cornell‘s (Soundgarden, etc.) widow Vicky Cornell was recently interviewed by People about her husband’s death. During the chat, she reiterated the fact that the prescription drugs in his system likely led to his suicide, due to impaired judgement. She also said the following : “My Chris was happy, loving, caring and warm. This was not a depressed man—it wasn’t like I missed that. What I missed were the signs of addiction.” She further said: “He didn’t want to die. If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn’t have done this,” and that “Addiction is a disease” that “can take over you and has full power.” You can read the full interview at People.
Lzzy Hale (Halestorm) teamed up with Amos Heller (Taylor Swift), Bryan Wickmann (ex-Seether), Christopher Williams (Accept), Meta Dead (The Dead Deads), Brandon Bruce (Time Trap), etc. at the special “Say Hello 2 Heaven” Chris Cornell tribute concert on June 23 at The Basement East in Nashville, TN. You can see footage of Hale singing Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike” and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” at the event below:
Johnny Cash’s son John Carter Cash has revealed to Rolling Stone that he is putting together a new album featuring his late father’s poems backed by music. That effort, titled “Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music“, will feature a number of guests including the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.)
Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden, etc.) new video for “The Promise” has premiered via Rolling Stone. This song was written for the film of the same name, which focuses on the Armenian genocide. Cornell filmed the clip prior to his tragic death, and had planned to release it today to commemorate World Refugee Day.
In other news, Cornell’s wife and children have also posted some new tributes on his Facebook page:
During his June 6 solo show at the Eventim Apollo in London, England, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) opened about Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden, etc.) death. You can see what he had to say below.
“Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate these days. I was thinking about the history of this building and the Bowie history. So I started to think about that and my mind began to wander. It’s not a good…
So I haven’t really been talking about some things and I kind of… now it feels like it’s conspicuous because I lost a really close friend of mine, somebody who…
I’ll say this too, I grew up as four boys, four brothers, and I lost my brother two years ago tragically like that in an accident. After that and losing a few other people, I’m not good at it, meaning I’m not…I have not been willing to accept the reality and that’s just how I’m dealing with it.
So I want to be there for the family, be there for the community, be there for my brothers in my band, certainly the brothers in his band. But these things will take time, but my friend is going to be gone forever and I will just have to…
These things take time and I just want to send this out to everyone who was affected by it, and they all back home and here appreciate it so deeply, the support and the good thoughts of a man who was a … he wasn’t just a friend, he was someone I looked up to like my older brother.
About two days after the news, I think it was the second night, we were sleeping in this little cabin near the water, a place he would’ve loved. And all these memories started coming in about 1:30AM, like woke me up. Like big memories, memories I would think about all the time. Like the memories were big muscles.
And then I couldn’t stop the memories. And trying to sleep, it was like if the neighbors had the music playing and you couldn’t stop it. But then it was fine, because then it got into little memories. It just kept going and going and going. And I realized how lucky I was to have hours worth of…you know, if each of these memories was quick, and I had hours of them. How fortunate was I? And I didn’t want to be sad, I wanted to be grateful, not sad. I’m still thinking about those memories, and I will live with those memories in my heart and I will love him forever.”