Taylor Hawkins Recalls How Chris Cornell Could Sing Both Like Axl Rose And David Bowie
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins revealed his rock god during an interview with BBC Radio and apparently, it’s late Soundgarden lead vocalist Chris Cornell who has an incredible vocal range with his highest notes just like Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose and lowest notes like the iconic musician David Bowie.
As many of you know, Chris Cornell had an incredible music career that spanned over three decades, and often was regarded as one of the greatest rock singers of all time. He was crowned by countless music critics such as being number 9 on the list of ‘Best Lead Singers of All Time’ by Rolling Stone, and being chosen the ‘Rock’s Greatest Singer’ by readers of Guitar World, and so many more.
In addition to these, late Soundgarden frontman had a vocal range of nearly four octaves with an ability to sing extremely high in the tenor range along with the lower register of baritone voice which is visible in numerous songs in his career both in the studio and the previous live performances of the iconic vocalist.
There’s no doubt that Chris Cornell was countless fans’ favorite rock vocalist and still is to this day, however, it was recently revealed during an interview that the drummer Taylor Hawkins also considers Cornell as his rock god. Apparently, the late Soundgarden vocalist was a powerful and beautiful looking, sounding person according to Hawkins as well as being a sweet person who never refused to take a look at every track Hawkins sent him over the years and gave his honest opinion.
In addition to praising his personality, Foo Fighters drummer also stressed the importance of the vocal range of Chris Cornell which is unbelievable according to him since Cornell managed to sing as low as David Bowie while was able to sing incredibly high notes such as Axl Rose which might be one of the most impressive assets of the late singer.
Here is what Taylor Hawkins said:
“My rock god is Chris Cornell, whom sadly we don’t have anymore, which is really, really a bummer; I’m really bummed that I don’t get to see a Soundgarden show ever again. They were a great, amazing band – Matt Cameron’s one of the greatest drummers to walk the planet Earth, and Chris Cornell was so powerful and beautiful-looking and -sounding.
His voice was unbelievable, his range was unbelievable, his lyrics were thought-provoking, dark, mysterious. And I’d send him a track every once in a while and he’d listen to it, and really give me feedback on it. And I’m thinking, ‘Well, Chris Cornell doesn’t need to do that. He’s just being a sweetheart.’
They were that first band to have the chops of a band like – dare I say Rush or Yes or something like that, prog chops, but they weren’t a prog-rock band, they were a punk-rock band. Cornell could sing as low as Lou Reed or Bowie and then all of a sudden he could be up in the stratosphere as Dio or frickin’ Axl Rose or whatever. He had this range, and the band had a range. So, Chris Cornell is who I pick as my rock god right now and I miss him dearly.”
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