Chris Cornell (voice, guitar), Kim Thayil (guitar), Hiro Yamamoto (bass), and Matt Cameron (drums)
Chris Cornell, lead vocalist for Soundgarden passed away last night in his MGM Grand Detroit hotel in Detroit. In addition to his prosperous solo career Cornell was the front man for Audioslave and Temple of the Dogs.
It's hard to see another rocker we all love pass away. Soundgarden was the first band signed by a major record label, ushering in the the Grunge phase of the 1990s. The Grunge Sound included Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam and many others, but Cornell's unique four-octive vocal range set Soundgarden apart from their peers and helped the band maintain success over decades.
Sir Elton John and Bush frontman Gavin Rosdale have posted messages on social media mourning his loss. Those close to him including band mates are said to be shocked by his sudden death. Today we mourn his loss with the the world.
Chris Cornell joins a growing list of rock greats gone too soon - Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (February 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994), Layne Staley (August 22, 1967 - April 5, 2002) of Alice in Chains and recently David Bowie (8 January 1947 - 10 January 2016).
For millions of fans this is a heartbreaking loss of an icon. Early speculation is his death is linked to suicide. Let's wait and find out.
Credit Sommer Thornton
Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell (July 20, 1964 - May 18, 2017), lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the band's full-time drummer in 1986, while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990.
Soundgarden was one of the seminal bands in the creation of grunge, a style of alternative rock that developed in Seattle, and was one of a number of grunge bands signed to the record label Sub Pop. Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M Records, in 1988), though the band did not achieve commercial success until they popularized the genre in the early 1990s with Seattle contemporaries Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains.
Soundgarden achieved its biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman". In 1997, the band broke up due to internal strife over its creative direction. After several years working on projects and other bands, Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and their sixth studio album, King Animal, was released two years later.
As of 2012, Soundgarden had sold more than 10.5 million records in the United States,and an estimated 22.5 million worldwide.
Chris Cornell and Soundgarden were on tour during his death. He took his own life on May 18, 2017.
Source: Wikipedia.org 2017.