The Reason Eddie Vedder Feels Indebted To Chris Cornell
Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell crossed ways when the latter was in the supergroup Temple of the Dog. The band consisted of Cornell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron. These musicians came together to form a tribute to Andrew Wood, Chris Cornell’s friend, who passed away in 1990.
Temple of the Dog’s song ‘Hunger Strike’ from their only studio album came out in 1991, becoming a huge success. Written by Chris Cornell, it became number four on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. However, the song had another aspect that made it this successful. Vedder featured in vocals and sang with Soundgarden lead.
What Did Vedder Say About Working With Cornell On The Song?
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder stated in 2009 that he feels eternally grateful and indebted to Chris Cornell for inviting and including him on that track. Temple of the Dog only lasted for two years, but its influence reached higher audiences. The band also made a one-time reunion in 2016, a year before Cornell’s death.
Here is what Vedder said about being indebted to Cornell:
“I like hearing that song. I feel like I could be proud of it because one, I didn’t write it, and two, it was such a nice way to be ushered onto vinyl for the first time. I’m indebted to Chris time eternal for being invited onto that track.”
After singing this song with Cornell, Pearl Jam released their first album. Temple of the Dog’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were also members of Pearl Jam, and this initiation is also highly related to the band’s work. The Soundgarden icon joined Pearl Jam several times to sing ‘Hunger Strike’ on stage and continued the song’s legacy.
Unfortunately, Chris Cornell was found dead in the bathroom of his hotel room at the age of 52 in 2017. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging, and the music world lost a precious soul that day. As one of the closest people to the singer, his passing particularly devastated Eddie Vedder, who pays homage to his fellow musician whenever he gets the chance.