The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) will be honored with the Human Rights Hero Award by Cassia’s LA Chefs for Human Rights during a benefit charity dinner on September 25 at the Southeast Asian brasserie in Santa Monica, CA. The late singer is being given the award for his track “The Promise,” which he created for the Armenian Genocide film of the same name, as well as his philanthropic and humanitarian work. Cornell’s widow Vicky will be on hand to accept it.
Chris Cornell’s brother Peter has shared another tribute he wrote for the late Soundgarden, etc. frontman. You can see what he had to say below, including his comments regarding the unfortunate conspiracy theories surrounding his brother’s death.
Again you humble me with your kindness, empathy, love and support.
Although I pulled myself off Social Media, I’ve been able to glimpse bits and pieces of the selfless way so many people around the world continue to honor and pay tribute to my Brother.
I truly couldn’t believe the way you picked up and carried the message of doing push-ups for suicide prevention. Please don’t stop. What a devastating way to have my eyes opened to how many lives around me, and all of us, have been touched by such tragedy. Going forward I hope prevention is a conversation we can have more freely. Removing the stigma that discussing suicide is like speaking about a dirty little secret. If only … what I’d give to have had the tiniest shred of this awareness in early May.
I cannot deny the pain of this loss. In some ways I cling to it. Refusing to let go because I want to keep my little Brother close, even if all that’s left are memories. At least we are rich with memories. I replay them all to often, starting with our childhood and reliving the glory that was Seattle in the 90’s.
This process of grief has connected me to so many other grieving hearts and souls. As I said previously, my Brother belonged to the world and so many have been crushed by the weight of this passing. I revived this FB page to return the compassion you have shown to me from the very moments after this tragedy … THANK YOU and THANK YOU AGAIN!!! If it’s possible for this path to walk a little softer, it’s only because I haven’t had to walk it alone.
Compassion is like a new word to me these days. This horror has connected me to family I have not known for many, many years. It’s a bittersweet connection that is equal parts reliving the devastation and lovingly tearing down the fences that have separated us for so very long. Compassion arms me with the ability to feel for their loss as you and I have felt for each other. In some ways my family lost my Brother twice. That is a burden I don’t share with them. I’ve grown new ears and hopefully a bigger heart.
I miss my interaction with YOU but a hiatus from social media helps me from continually picking at the wound. It’s unfortunate the social media platform that allows us to share each other’s heartbreak and healing also becomes a forum for conspiracy theories and absurd conjecture that defy decency and continually attempt to blur the facts. The entities that fuel these avenues of chaos are self-serving at best. When is enough enough? Hasn’t the time come for my Brother to be allowed to rest in peace? Haven’t the children endured more than a child ever, ever, ever should?
Much love to ALL of you!!! Hold your families close. May peace find all of us
Goodnight Chester. Goodnight Brother.
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.)