The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) will be honored with the inaugural “Promise Award” for his track “The Promise,” which he created for the Armenian Genocide film of the same name. According to a press release, “the award recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way.” System Of A Down‘s Serj Tankian, who served as the Executive Music Consultant for the film, and contributed a song to the soundtrack, will be on hand to present the award at the Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner on November 14.
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”:
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.
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett was recently interviewed by 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich, and during the chat he discussed the iconic “Enter Sandman” riff. According to the guitarist, the riff actually came about when his was inspired by Soundgarden.
Hammett said the following [via Blabbermouth]:
“It was very specific,” he said. “I have a very specific memory. It was about two or three o’clock in the morning. I had just been listening to ‘Louder Than Love’, the [second] SOUNDGARDEN album. It was when SOUNDGARDEN [was] still somewhat underground and [was] on an independent label. I just love that album; it’s a great SOUNDGARDEN album. And I heard that album, I was inspired, I picked up my guitar and out came that riff.”
Hammett said that he knew right away “it was a cool riff. You kind of get an idea that a riff is cool, ’cause when you play it, if it’s a cool riff, you can just instantly groove on it,” he explained. “So, yeah, [I thought], ‘Yeah, this is pretty cool. It’s a good feel, it’s a good sound, it’s a good combination of notes.”
The guitarist recalled that the song started to take shape once he played the riff to one of his bandmates. “When Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] heard the riff, he said, ‘Repeat that first part four times,’ and I did, and he said, ‘There you go,'” Hammett told “Toucher & Rich”.
Asked if he ever got a chance to tell the SOUNDGARDEN guys that they were the inspiration for the song that eventually became METALLICA’s breakthrough hit, Hammett said: “It doesn’t sound like a SOUNDGARDEN riff, it doesn’t sound like a SOUNDGARDEN song. I was inspired by SOUNDGARDEN for sure — without a doubt — but I moved on to create something completely different.”
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 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.
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