I was having some bad insomnia on Wednesday night. A Facebook friend posted the news just before 3:00am that Chris Cornell was dead. I had to look at the post four times to make sure I was reading correctly.
I got to see Soundgarden only once. It was four years ago at Stage AE. The coolest part of it was I got to see the soundcheck with some of our radio contest winners. There was maybe 30 of us, and Chris & bassist Ben Shepherd were asking us what songs we wanted to hear. They played probably five or six tunes.
And, a flashback to about 10 years ago, when I was living/working in Austin, Texas. Chris Cornell did a solo gig in Austin, where I got to meet him. He autographed a photo for me after the show.
What a terrible loss.
But, among all the memories is his music. To show how creative and ingenious he was, Cornell was looking for ideas for cover tunes on an acoustic tour. He did a web search for the lyrics to the song "One". He was looking for the U2 song, but got the Metallica lyrics in the search results. Below is a video of a mashup of the two....in the key, and using the chord progressions of U2's "One". But singing the lyrics of Metallica's "One".
RIP, Chris Cornell