Happy Monday folks! We had some shocking news this weekend right before Rock on the Range was about to take place. Legendary singer Chris Cornell passed away in an apparent suicide, taking everyone by surprise, even his wife. There is no denying the impact he had on the rock industry over the last 25-30 years. He sang for 3 successful bands and also did a solo project, influencing millions of people along the way.
Suicide is a very touchy subject for many people so I don't want to go too far into that. It was relatively odd, however, that he did this while on tour. The tributes from all the stars at ROTR were very touching and also fitting. Some of the best and most well known in the industry paid tribute to Chris in one way or another and he was honored at Americas biggest festival.
Though his legacy will be a little controversial to some, it will be one to be remembered and talked about for many years. I can't personally describe the influence he has had on me musically, it is tremendous. One of the first songs I learned how to play on drums was "Like A Stone" by Audioslave. His influence on today's musicians speaks for itself. At some point down the line he has had an influence on basically everyone in the industry. I'm sure your timelines on Facebook spoke for itself also for how many fans he had, I know mine surely did and still is.
I don't know the proper way to do a tribute, so this is about the best way I know. We all were influenced a great deal by Chris Cornell and his influence will live on through today's and tomorrow's musicians. Let's not dwell on the fact that he's gone, let's appreciate the art that he gave to us for so many years. If you feel the same, come to a show on our next tour starting this weekend and tell us your impact from Chris Cornell, maybe we can tell ours better by then also. Take care of each other and we will see you soon!