Soundgarden Drummer Matt Cameron Pays Tribute To Chris Cornell On Anniversary Of Death

Written by Sam Murphy on 21st May, 2018

Soundgarden Drummer Matt Cameron Pays Tribute To Chris Cornell On Anniversary Of Death

Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron has shared an emotional tribute to frontman Chris Cornell on the anniversary of his death.

Cornell passed away at the age of 52 after a Soundgarden show on 18th May last year.

“Can’t believe it’s already been one year since I lost my musical soulmate and special friend Chris Cornell,” Cameron wrote in a lengthy Instagram post accompanied by a picture of the pair.

“Chris always led by example-his work ethic, his sense of humor, his love of animals, his love of the Cascades, his love of family.”

He further recalled when he first auditioned for the band back in February 1986 and met heard Cornell’s voice for the first time.

“I was instantly blown away by the impact of his voice and I felt myself settling into the band on my first try. It was all because of that mind blowing voice,” he wrote.

“When the song was over Chris turned to me with a big smile on his face and said “you played it perfectly, we have a gig at the Central in one week, want to do it?” “Yes, I want to do it,” I replied.”

Soundgarden members Cameron and Kim Thayil are due to take to the stage together for the first time since Cornell’s passing at Northside festival in Denmark this June. They will perform with MC5’s Wayne Kramer.

Read the full tribute below.

Can't believe it's already been one year since I lost my musical soulmate and special friend Chris Cornell. Chris always led by example-his work ethic, his sense of humor, his love of animals, his love of the Cascades, his love of family. Bands are nearly impossible to get right, but Soundgarden felt incredibly fierce and so right for me on day one, mid February 1986. I auditioned for Soundgarden in Chris' living room, sat behind his rusty Tama kit and counted in Ocean Fronts, my all time favorite SG tune. The tune had kind of a long intro, it sounded great and then all of a sudden Chris starts singing the verse. I was instantly blown away by the impact of his voice and I felt myself settling into the band on my first try. It was all because of that mind blowing voice. When the song was over Chris turned to me with a big smile on his face and said "you played it perfectly, we have a gig at the Central in one week, want to do it?" "Yes, I want to do it," I replied. I will forever praise him for the decades of encouragement he gave me and for the fierce friendship we forged. I love you buddy.

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