Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron has paid tribute to Chris Cornell on the first anniversary of the singer’s death.
Cornell died one year ago today (May 18) at the age of 52. The legendary musician was in Detroit where he had performed with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre earlier in the evening.
Cameron honored his bandmate by posting an Instagram photo of an early Soundgarden show, along with the following message: “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’s living room, sat behind his rusty Tama kit and counted in ‘Ocean Fronts’, my all-time favorite Soundgarden 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 mindblowing 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.”