Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron On Chris Cornell’s Death: “We’re All Still Processing Our Grief”

Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron was recently interviewed by Billboard about his solo album “Cavedweller,” and during the chat he talked a bit about the tragic death of Chris Cornell. He said the following:

“I don’t think we’re [Soundgarden] ready to say anything other than…Kim [Thayil] and Ben [Shepherd] and I are certainly aware of how much our fans are hurting, and we’re certainly hurting right there along with them. But we’re extremely private people, and we’re all still processing our grief in our own way and on our own time. But we definitely are thinking of our fans and love them very much.”

In other news, Cameron has also released a new lyric video for “Time Can’t Wait”:

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Chris Cornell To Be Honored With Human Rights Hero Award

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.

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Thirty Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto Pays Tribute To Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, David Bowie, Prince, & George Michael With A Five Song Medley

Thirty Seconds to Mars’ Jared Leto paid tribute to several artists we recently lost with a five song medley as part of a BBC Radio 1 session at the Live Lounge. That performance included: Prince’s “Purple Rain,” David Bowie’s “Heroes,” George Michael’s “Freedom,” Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” and Linkin Park’s “Crawling.”

Chris Cornell’s Brother Condemns Conspiracy Theories Involving The Singer’s Death

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.

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“My Friends:

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.
PC”

Thirty Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto Honors Chester Bennington & Chris Cornell At 2017 MTV Video Music Awards

During the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards tonight (August 27), Jared Leto (Thirty Seconds to Mars) gave a speech to honor the late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden). You can watch that below:

Leto said the following [transcribed by Loudwire]:

“MTV asked me to come here today to say a few words about Chester and the late great Chris Cornell — two artists I had the absolute pleasure of touring with. They were close friends with one another, Chester even singing a cover of the classic ‘Hallelujah’ at Chris’ funeral. Chester said of Chris, ‘Your voice was joy and pain and anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up until one.’ Just weeks later, Chester himself was gone”

“Chester was my friend, as he was to so many, and witnessing his life taught me important things, especially about working relentlessly, pursuing dreams and being kind and caring while doing it. When I think about him, Chester, I see his face, which was always smiling. I think about his heart, which he wore on his sleeve … I think about his wife and six incredible children. I think about his family. I think about his band, who were really his brothers. And I remember his voice, at once ferocious and delicate. That voice will live forever.”

“If there is anyone out there who is watching this tonight who feels like there is no hope, hear me now, you are not alone. There is always a way forward. Reach out, share your thoughts, do not give up, and I promise you this: The absolute biggest breakthroughs in life lie just beyond the darkest days.”

Leto then introduced a clip of Linkin Park performing “The Catalyst” at the 2010 VMAs, which was unfortunately cut off by MTV.

In other news, you can also watch Thirty Seconds To Mars’ VMA performance below:

Godsmack Pay Tribute To Chester Bennington & Chris Cornell, Discuss The Band’s New Direction

Godsmack paid tribute to both Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell during their August 9 show at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. You can see footage of them performing Linkin Park’s “Crawling” and Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike” below:

In other news, Sully Erna and Shannon Larkin were recently interviewed by WFMZ-TV, and talked a bit about their new direction. Erna said the following when asked if their new album has a theme:

“Not so much a theme, but we have made a conscious decision to kind of change the game a bit. This show [Musikfest] we’re kind of marking as the last of the nostalgic Godsmack shows, and from this point forward, we’re gonna kind of open a new chapter in our career and go for a new sound, a new stage and a new look for the band. We’re gonna change things up enough, maintain the integrity of what we are and what we do. But it feels so far that the writing is going a little bit more down into a commercial, mainstream kind of feel. But, again, without losing the power and the stuff that we built our heritage on.”

[via Loudwire]

Corey Taylor On Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington: “Calling Them ‘Cowards’ Is A Very Immature Way Of Looking At It”

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) was recently interviewed by Loudwire, and opened up about the tragic suicides of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) and Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). During the chat, he made a point to call out people who are referring to the two as “cowards,”saying it is an “immature way of looking at it.”

Taylor said the following:

“Calling them ‘cowards’ is a very immature way of looking at it. Obviously they’re hurt, which is why they’re lashing out and saying that. It’s the easy way to look at something like that because it makes you not have to face what a serious issue it is.

It’s easy for someone to label it like that so they can turn their back on it and pretend that it was something that didn’t happen to them, when inside they’re hurting. People who fight depression are almost in a constant state of hurting. it comes and goes, the tide rises, the tide ebbs. It’s hard to get past that break. I think people need to realize that not only is that immature, but it’s cop out. And it’s needlessly, needlessly simplifying a very real issue…”

He also added the following, after discussing his own depression:

“It is a goddamn tragedy. That does not make them cowards. I’ve even heard people recently say something to the fact of, ’It was bound to happen. This was always going to happen.’

And I’ve gotten so angry hearing that that I’ve gone on record saying, ‘You are absolutely wrong for saying that.’ No one… Suicide should not be a foregone conclusion. That means you’re not listening. You say you care about that person, that means you’re not listening.”

Taylor also offered some resources for those who are struggling:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

http://www.youcannotbereplaced.com.

http://www.yourockfoundation.org.

http://www.1800runaway.org.