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Chris Cornell, the Palais Theatre St Kilda. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Chris Cornell, the Palais Theatre St Kilda. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

R.I.P. Chris Cornell 1964-2017

by Paul Cashmere on May 18, 2017

in News

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died after a show in Detroit, aged 52.

Cornell’s last tweet was only 8 hours ago, ahead of his show.

Cornell’s publicist Brian Bunbury has called the death “sudden and unexpected” but at this stage not other details are known.

While he is best known for pioneering grunge band Soundgarden, Cornell also fronted Audioslave, featuring ex-members of Rage Against The Machine with him replacing Zack de la Rocha.

Cornell was a founding member of Soundgarden in Seattle in 1984. The band became a template for grunge along with Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and Nirvana, three other bands from the same city. Of the four bands, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is the only lead singer of the four still alive.

Soundgarden had six studio albums, the first five between 1988 and 1996 and a reunion album ‘King Animal’ in 2012. Soundgarden’s iconic albums ‘Superunknown’ (1994) and ‘Down On The Upside’ (1996) both reached number one in Australia. ‘King Animal’ reached number 6.

Audioslave released three albums between 2002 and 2006. They all reached Top 10 in Australia and the USA.

This is a breaking story and will be updated shortly.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chris Cornell by Ros O’Gorman

Also Chris Cornell in Melbourne by Ros O’Gorman

PHOTO GALLERY: Soundgarden by Ros O’Gorman

One of the lesser known Cornell projects outside America is the rock masterpiece Temple of the Dog, a project Cornell and Eddie Vedder created as a tribute to Andrew Wood of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Wood died in 1990 from a drug overdose.

The excellent one-off Temple of the Dog album was re-issued in 2016 for its 25th anniversary.

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