How’s this for pretty damn cool though? On what would have been his 56th birthday, Chris Cornell’s estate has released his previously unreleased cover of the GUNS N’ ROSES song “Patience”. The recording was produced by Brendan O’Brien and was reportedly completed only a few months before Chris died in 2017.
“His birthday seemed the perfect time to share this and celebrate Chris, his voice, music, stories and art,” reads a statement on Cornell’s Facebook page.
“It is true a man is not dead while his name is still spoken… and, through his art, an artist’s soul still burns just as bright as ever upon all those that look up to him and his memory.
“Releasing music that was special to Chris keeps a part of him here with us — his heart and his soul. His love and his legacy.”
Going back 30 years ago, SOUNDGARDEN opened for GUNS N’ ROSES on the “Use Your Illusion” tour. I remember. I was there. And it was glorious. I also remember at the time that Axl Rose was hailing Cornell as the best rock vocalist of that era. And ya know what? He was probably right.
Cornell was reportedly working on a covers album with O’Brien prior to his death.
Chris Cornell was found hanged in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel in May 2017, following a SOUNDGARDEN show at the city’s Fox Theatre. The death was ruled a suicide.
That’s one of those deaths where it still is kinda hard to swallow. Well for me anyway.
But yeah. Check this out…