Northwest Artists React on Social Media to Chris Cornell's Death

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Dusty Henry
Chris Cornell // Photo by Dave Lichterman

Since news came out this morning of Chris Cornell's death, the world has been reeling. As the lead vocalist of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, Cornell's powerful voice and presence had a profound impact on the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the day, local artists have been sharing their condolences and memories. The responses are a testament to Cornell's enduring legacy, coming from his peers who came up Soundgarden in the '90s to newer artists he's influenced. We've collected some of these responses below and will continue to add more as they come in.

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Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney)

Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie)

I never knew him – but he made my day, and my musical life, richer and better and more confident. I'm really sad he's gone.
— Chris Walla (@calculizer) May 18, 2017

Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)

Death Cab For Cutie

Courtney Love (Hole)

Death Cab For Cutie

Duff McKagan (Guns n' Roses, Loaded, Velvet Revolver)

Great Grandpa

Owen Ashworth (Advance Base, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone)




This is so sad 😔. As a kid in Hawaii I watched Black Hole Sun regularly & it blew my mind. @soundgarden opened doors for me #RIPChrisCornell
— SassyBlack (@SassyBlack_) May 18, 2017


Shawn Smith (Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed)

Shelby Earl

Sub Pop Records

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