Black Hole Sun last performed.

Carlos Zacarias, six hours ago: “Your last hours before leaving. RIP Chris Cornell. Grunge is not dead, now it’s immortal.”

youtube: Published on May 18, 2017

At no point during Wednesday night’s Soundgarden concert could anyone at Detroit’s Fox Theatre have guessed that lead singer Chris Cornell would be dead just a few hours later.

Cornell, 52, was in fine form and spirits as the Seattle quartet tore through the two-hour show. Though there’s now a macabre irony in the frontman’s choice to slip a bit of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying” into the closing “Slaves & Bulldozers,” Cornell was nothing less than ebullient through the night, in good voice — hitting all the expected screams — and fist-bumping with fans in the pit in front of the stage.

He was also clearly pleased to be in Detroit. After tweeting “Finally back in Detroit Rock City” with a picture of the venue earlier in the day, Cornell’s praise for the local fans was frequent and thick. “Detroit Rock City! It’s great to be back here, honestly,” Cornell said after the group started the show with “Ugly Truth.” “I have bragged about Detroit crowds for 30 years… There’s no other crowd that never, ever disappoints.” During the encore, Cornell added that, “Detroit, you guys…show up! I feel sorry for the next place we play… but we don’t have the same expectations.”

Veteran music photographer Ken Settle, who was on assignment at Wednesday’s show, notes that, “I shot Chris with Soundgarden back in the early ’90s, and sometimes he could seem fairly sullen onstage. But last night, during what I shot, he seemed very upbeat, engaging the audience much more than I remember in the past.”


MEGADETH – OUTSHINED Chris Cornell Tribute

Megadeth pays tribute to Chris Cornell performing Outshined in Tokyo.


Published on May 18, 2017

MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine has paid tribute to Chris Cornell, saying that the world has “lost one of the most beautiful voices in rock.”

Cornell performed a concert with SOUNDGARDEN at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday night (May 17) and was found dead in his Detroit hotel room at midnight.

Police in Detroit told Billboard that they are investigating Cornell’s death as a possible suicide.

During MEGADETH’s May 18 concert in Tokyo, Japan, Mustaine addressed Cornell’s passing, telling the crowd (see video below): “Chris Cornell died today. Very sad. Very sad. Chris Cornell from SOUNDGARDEN — he died. Very sad. When I found out, I was so, so sad. Chris Cornell, a friend of mine, a friend of all of us from SOUNDGARDEN, died today and we have lost one of the most beautiful voices in rock and in history. And I don’t even know what to say other than we’re gonna dedicate this next song to you, our friends in Tokyo, ’cause we’re here with you and we love you so much and we wanna celebrate Chris’s life today.”

He continued: “Now, I don’t sing like Chris, I could never sing like Chris, but we’re gonna sing a song right now. And if you know the words, sing with me. If you don’t know the words, then just make noise.

“I love you, Chris. I’ll see you one day up in heaven.”

MEGADETH then proceeded to perform a cover of SOUNDGARDEN’s “Outshined”, with Mustaine handling only lead vocals while accompanied by his bandmates.



Can’t help but share these. I spent the day looking for these types of video. Unfortunately the office blocks youtube so I had to use my cellphone, but with not much success. So I felt the urge to go home right after lunch break instead because I cannot work while mourning. It’s worth the cut in pay to find this one.

Nah Webber, four hours ago in youtube, “In psychology you are taught to look for signs… I have seen Chris Cornell many times… This was not the same Chris… He did look or act like the man I have seen before… He is lacking the energy… If he did commit suicide… I was wondering if he already knew he was going to commit suicide at this point, or whatever would lead to his suicide was weighing him down at this point… But something was clearly going on inside of him during this performance… Every artist has an off moment… So would need to see the last several shows to know for sure… This is so very sad… They band and people who tour with him… I am sure had no way of knowing…. But for any of us if we see a friend all of a sudden start acting differently like their passion or hope is gone… We need to intervene or get someone professional to intervene just to be safe… Sometimes we can stop suicide, but not always… Sad when suicide wins… Chris’ heart was just not in this performance… Not saying he is bad… Just wishing someone could have noticed, and could have stopped him from suicide which is never the answer… So very sad… From all the past concerts where I have seen Chris… He just seems lost on the stage… Like going through the motions… but his mind is clearly somewhere else… Just watch him during Out Shined solo… Something is clearly on his mind… We will miss you Chris… Prayers for his family, friends, band mates, and his fans everywhere… Glad his last performance was captured…”

Here’s another oone longer by 13 minutes.

youtube: We tragically lost Chris Cornell on Wednesday night (5/17). He had just played a show with Soundgarden at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The Detroit Free Press’ Ashley Zlatopolsky, who was at the show, said Cornell seemed off the whole night: At the time, I chalked it up to being late in the tour, thinking that his voice might be shot. Maybe he was exhausted. After all, Cornell, who is known for his four-octave vocal range and having one of the most versatile voices in rock ’n’ roll, spends the majority of his time screaming into the mic — naturally, that will take a toll. … But then things took a dark turn before the song began. “You can burn crosses on your lawn, I don’t give a (profanity). You can burn your house down,” he said. “Who cares? I don’t. As long as you don’t catch someone else’s house on fire.” … But Cornell spoke fondly of Detroit, over and over. It was the one element of the show he seemed truly excited about. He talked about Detroit Rock City, how the audience was unparalleled. How the band loved playing here. He acknowledged the crowd up in the balcony, asking them to stand. He also asked the crowd in front of the stage to cheer for those people. One line, which at the time seemed innocuous, sticks: “I feel bad for the next city,” Cornell said over the mic. The quote came just after mentioning that nothing could ever top Detroit. Now, it has a much deeper, heartbreaking meaning.

Soundgarden’s show finished with “Slaves & Bulldozers” including a refrain from from Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying.” Video from the show, and the setlist, are below.

Tributes have been flooding in on social media from Cornell’s contemporaries and and fellow artists.

Soundgarden Live at The Fox Theatre, Detroit 5/17/2017

Ugly Truth
Hunted Down
Non-State Actor
Searching With My Good Eye Closed
Black Hole Sun
By Crooked Steps
The Day I Tried to Live
My Wave
Been Away Too Long
Fell on Black Days
A Thousand Days Before
Burden in My Hand
Blow Up the Outside World
Jesus Christ Pose

Rusty Cage
Slaves & Bulldozers (with “In My Time of Dying” refrain)