The Reason Eddie Vedder Didn’t Attend Chris Cornell’s Funeral

Chris Cornell and Soundgarden were pivotal figures in Seattle’s grunge scene, alongside Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Pearl Jam. Cornell’s stunning vocals and technique contributed to Soundgarden and Audioslave’s success. Cornell had a four-octave vocal range, and his mind-blowing performances are still remembered by many.

Unfortunately, Cornell left his family, friends, and fans heartbroken when he passed away on May 18, 2017. Several drugs were found in his system, but the cause of death was ruled as suicide by hanging. It is publicly known that Chris Cornell struggled with depression and substance addiction throughout his life, and thus, his suicide didn’t come as a huge surprise.

His wife, later on, claimed that she doesn’t believe Cornell killed himself intentionally. She said that the drugs he received may have affected his mindset and actions. We will never know what actually happened, but all we know is that Chris deeply saddened many people with his death, including his good friend Eddie Vedder.

Eddie Vedder Met Chris Cornell After Moving To Seattle

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder moved to Seattle in 1990, and Chris Cornell was one of the first people he met. They were even neighbors for a while, which led to the creation of a strong bond between them. In 1990, Chris Cornell formed the band ‘Temple of the Dog’ as a tribute to his late friend Andrew Wood.

Eddie Vedder showed up in one of their rehearsals, and Cornell was having some trouble while singing a track because his voice wasn’t suitable. Thus, he asked Vedder to duet with him, which was probably one of Cornell’s best decisions. Vedder ended up contributing to several songs featured in their only studio album, singing the background vocals.

During several interviews, Eddie Vedder stressed how much Cornell influenced his life as a musician and a human being. He often described the frontman as one of the best voices in the rock scene, and the late vocalist was even featured in the documentary ‘Pearl Jam Twenty,’ released on September 10, 2011.

Why Didn’t Eddie Vedder Attend Chris Cornell’s Funeral?

Many musicians and fans publicly grieved over Cornell’s tragic death, but Eddie Vedder kept his silence, and although a close friend of his, he didn’t attend Cornell’s funeral. The reason for not attending was a subject of curiosity, and later on, Vedder revealed during a show that it was tough for him to deal with Cornell’s loss, and that’s why he couldn’t attend. He had a difficult time accepting the reality of it.

Vedder was also still mourning for his brother, who passed away in 2016, and Cornell’s passing doubled up the sadness he experienced. Eddie said that Cornell was not just a friend but also a brother to him. He also noted that it would take time for him to get over his death.

Chris Cornell’s family and friends organized ‘I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell,’ which attracted many influential artists, such as Fiona Apple, Miley Cyrus, Ryan Adams, and Josh Homme. In the tribute organization, his band Soundgarden performed live for the first time since Cornell’s death. Eddie Vedder didn’t attend the tribute as well. His reason for not attending tribute is still unclear, but he probably chose not to attend due to similar reasons.