May 18, 2017. This was the date when the world was shocked to learn about the death of Chris Cornell; one of the cornerstones of the Seattle Grunge scene, one of the most talented musicians, and an all-round amazing human being. It is safe to say that his death changed the world in a way that many things will never be the same, music will never be the same.
His loss was felt all around the world, and not just in the music industry, but in the world of film industry, as well as several charitable organizations as he was one of the nicest humans to ever exist. However, Chris Cornell was more than just his music, or what he was to his friends. The man was gifted with an emotionally charged voice not many would be able to possess.
With that said, Chris Cornell changed the music forever, and here is how he did that.
Soundgarden And Audioslave
Although the Seattle Grunge scene is largely held responsible for murdering what many knew has glam or hair metal, it paved a way for more superior, more talented, and matured musicians like Cornell himself. Along with bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains – Soundgarden managed to dominate the scene, and had some of the best songs of that time that are still being play. In many ways, people consider Soungarden to be the first Grunge band to ever exist. Just check out Cornell’s vocal prowess on Outshined.
However, Soungarden was just the start as he later went on and fronted Audioslave, and the band reached new heights of success both commercially, and critically.
There is no denying that Cornell’s voice was one of the voices that were copied so heavily throughout the entire music industry. Don’t believe it? Just listen to some of Pearl Jam’s live performances, it is really difficult to tell the difference between Eddie and Cornell’s voice. In addition to that Scott Stapp of Creed also cites Cornell as one of his biggest influences.
Thanks to the four-octave vocal range, Chris Cornell’s voice is something that one can never forget in the music industry. Just go to YouTube and check out some of his originals, or studio performances, you will realise just how gifted Cornell was. He could take any song, and make it an instant classic, and make it his own song in a moment. Just listen to his cover of Nothing Compares 2 U.
Sure, many would consider Rolling Stones for the 2016 headline in Havana, but they were not the first to do so. For those who don’t know the history, Rock music was banned in Cuba under Fidel Castro’s regime. However, on May 6, 2005, Audioslave performed a free concerned in Havana. According to Chris Cornell at that time, this concert was supposed to open the musical borders between the US and Cuba. This was later proved when Rolling Stones played in Havana a decade after Cornell took the stage.