SEATTLE, May, 23, 2017 — To say that Chris Cornell had a drastic impact on the grunge and rock scene would be to grossly understate his importance. Not only in setting up Seattle as ground-zero for the grunge scene back in the early 90s but as an influencer of genre’s around the world.
His untimely death at the young age of 52 has sent shockwaves throughout the music industry as well as his fans.
While there are plenty of people who had the opportunity to meet Cornell, the ones who have all talk about how humble he was, how fun he was, how engaging he was. My personal story about Chris Cornell stems back to 1992 and the Temple Of The Dog CD had been released in April of the year, prior.
My older brother had a 1974 International Scout that he had put quite a bit of work and improvements into – he replaced the transmission, painted it blue and got an aftermarket softtop for it. In the spring of 1991, he advertised it in the Little Nickle Paper – a Puget Sound area paper that you could pick-up for free at most grocery and convenient stores throughout the northwest back then.
The first person to call on and subsequently purchase the scout was none other than Chris Cornell. My cousin (the blonde in the photo) was a huge fan of Soundgarden and struck-up a conversation with Chris.
He first asked: “Chris, you can afford most any kind of vehicle you want, why are you buying this old Scout”? Chris replied with: “I just need a 4×4 that I can take up to the mountains without worrying about it and to be able to throw my dog into the back of.” Chris was very laid-back, easy to approach and talk to.
Chris was very laid-back, easy to approach and talk to.
My cousin was also an excited Christian at the time and asked Chris about the song, “Jesus Christ Pose” – he asked, “Is that a Christian song, Chris?”. You can see from the image of the interview with Request Magazine, how he answered.
Even though it was a brief encounter with a man who would eventually rise to be one of the greatest rock/grunge influencers, ever – he was mild-mannered, collected and a very nice person.
Our hearts go out to those who knew him and loved him.