There were some heavy hearts on Thursday’s The Taz Show as FM96 listeners called in to mourn the death of the legendary Chris Cornell.
Cornell, the frontman of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, passed away Wednesday at the age of 52. The grunge icon performed with Soundgarden at Detroit’s Fox Theater the night of his death.
— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) May 18, 2017
His “sudden and unexpected” death, which is currently being investigated as a suicide, hit FM96 listeners hard. One listener saw Soundgarden in Detroit Wednesday — a show that would end up being Cornell’s last.
You can hear a collection of emotional memories and stories about Cornell from FM96 listeners by clicking the player below.
“I’m numb right now… I was at the show last night… I just saw these guys a couple hours ago. How does this happen?”
The Soundgarden fan said it was his first time seeing the band, although he had seen Cornell before.
“He was amazing last night, it didn’t seem like anything was wrong with him. I was maybe 12 rows back from the stage. I’m in shock.”
Another caller told a story of his daughter’s love of Cornell and Soundgarden.”When Soundgarden broke up [in 2001] that was the first time I actually saw my daughter cry,” he said. “At her wedding, we danced to ‘Sunshower,’ and we went to see the reunion tour.”
“He helped my relationship [with my daughter], as silly as it is.”
Soundgarden | 5.17.17 pic.twitter.com/uBC6rSXWg6
— Fox Theatre Detroit (@FoxTheatreDet) May 18, 2017
Cornell proved to be a leader in the ever-popular 1990s grunge movement. His vocal range helped Soundgarden emerge as one of the biggest bands of the Seattle’s bustling music scene, along with groups like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
Here’s Cornell playing “Black Hole Sun”, one of Soundgarden’s biggest hits, at Toronto’s 102.1 The Edge in 2005.
Along with Soundgarden, Cornell released three albums with supergroup Audioslave and another four as a solo act.
A number of celebrities took to social media Thursday to mourn Cornell’s passing — including Elton John, Jimmy Page, and Gavin Rossdale.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) May 18, 2017
RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
His voice pulverized all classification, forever otherworldly. My heart goes out to his family. RIP Chris Cornell. https://t.co/Qje25HWmUg
— Will Sasso (@WillSasso) May 18, 2017
I AM SO SADDENED BY CHRIS CORNELL PASSING. @soundgarden
TOTAL SHOCK.GREAT MAN.GREAT BAND.GREAT LOSS. LOVE TO EVERYONE IN HIS WORLD. XXX
— GAVIN ROSSDALE (@GavinRossdale) May 18, 2017
Rest in peace Chris Cornell. You may be gone but your music will live on.
Lollapalooza 2010 photo by Dave Mead pic.twitter.com/OHTqPehigj
— Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) May 18, 2017