Chris Cornell’s Reaction To Kurt Cobain’s Death
During the 90s, grunge became such a very popular musical genre among young people and musicians that it turned into a subculture. Grunge bands, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots gained great popularity and commercial success thanks to their main themes such as social alienation, self-doubt, abuse, neglect, and betrayal and the band members’ extraordinary talents.
On the other hand, this kind of fame and success had terrible consequences for some of these celebrities due to constant pressures to become more and more successful. Along with the managers and record companies that were trying to determine every part of their lives, these musicians had to deal with personal problems in their private lives which were being invaded by magazine journalists all the time. It can be said that it was too hard to handle for them.
Kurt Cobain Committed Suicide
Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain had a huge fanbase all around the world and had a great influence on youth with his bold statements about corporates, capitalism, people’s urge to gain more money and become famous. As it can be understood from his previous statements, Cobain preferred to be in a lesser-known band from Seattle instead of becoming the lead singer of one of the most influential rock bands in the world, Nirvana.
Cobain had been struggling with depression and addiction problems before his early death but both his family and fans believed that the lead singer would get rid of all of them and go back to the stages. However, he couldn’t continue to fight anymore and killed himself on April 5, 1994. Cobain left a very sad suicide note which some of his fans still cry every time they read it. His colleagues also shared their condolences and comments on his suicide.
Chris Cornell Described Kurt Cobain’s Death As A Crisis
In one of his previous interviews, late Soundgarden lead vocalist Chris Cornell drew attention to Nirvana’s taking place in a Rolling Stone Magazine cover while Cobain was wearing a t-shirt that was written ‘Corporate magazines still suck’ on it. He highlighted that it was a very rebellious and bold act, however, the late Nirvana frontman continued the interviews and photoshoots despite his perspective towards them. Thus, according to Cornell, this way of life caused great pressure on Cobain which eventually led to his death.
In Cornell’s words, he said:
“If you remember when Kurt and Nirvana were on the cover of Rolling Stone, he was wearing a t-shirt that said ‘Corporate magazines still suck.’ I thought, well that’s great that he wore that and they put that on their magazine, but he also showed up for the photoshoot and did the interviews and agreed wholeheartedly and happily to be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
So how was it in the sense that he’s not tearing himself apart doing the same thing? We all kind of had that crisis of mind and Kurt shooting himself was probably that to the extreme.
In a sense, we could all take solace in the fact that we were born from this idea that we played dark, moody music. Our identity in a sense was the band that created a soundtrack for that type of weird awful scenario.”
Cornell stated that many musicians including himself went through dark times because of the music industry’s competitive and oppressive environment. Cobain’s suicide was the extreme way of expressing this crisis. The late Soundgarden frontman added that they created and played dark and moody music which was an inseparable part of their identities. Unfortunately, years after Cobain’s death, on May 18, 2017, Chris Cornell also committed suicide by hanging.