- 18 May 18
Last year, following the death of Chris Cornell, Hot Press recalled past Dublin interviews with the rock giant and paid tribute.
Following on from the annus horribilis of last year, 2017 claimed its first legendary rock figure early on the morning of May 18. Having just completed a show with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Chris Cornell was found dead in the bathroom of his room at the city’s MGM Grand hotel. Once the initial shock had subsided amongst the singer’s friends, colleagues and fans around the globe, details began to emerge over the subsequent days.
The coroner ruled Cornell’s death a suicide, though the singer’s widow, Vicky, subsequently released a statement questioning whether his anxiety medication, Atvian, was to blame for his actions. Furthermore, an attorney for the Cornell family, Kirk Pasich, added that they were “disturbed at inferences that Chris knowing and intentionally took his life.”
It was a horribly tragic situation, and the world of rock quickly went into mourning. Slash, Elton John, Jimmy Page, Courtney Love and Nile Rodgers were just a handful of the stars paying tribute, while U2 and Metallica – Cornell having famously done a mash-up of both bands’ tracks called ‘One’ – dedicated songs to him at their concerts over the following days. And, of course, he was remembered by countless fans around the world, with many taking to social media to share their memories of the man and his music.