Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots were four of the most influential bands of the entire nineties. Each of these bands sharing the same common theme. They all were lead by supreme vocalists that could also write an essay out of three words. I mean...one could make the argument that this foursome was as good as it gets. All four of these guys struggled with addiction for most of their lives. The fact that they were able to sing with the vocal range and write the Five Star Lyrics through all of this was a miracle at worst.
Cobain, Staley, Weiland and now Cornell. All four of these talented musicians finally succumbed to the fate that awaits us all. But for some reason...there's takes on such a larger meaning. Not only did each one of these individuals change the face of music during the nineties...but they also paved the way for countless post grunge era bands to thrive and make it big. Bands like Bush, Live, Candlebox, Creed and Nickleback all owe their paychecks to these four bands as well as Pearl Jam. Speaking of them...Eddie Vedder is the lone one left out of these five star struck vocalists. Someone should put him in a bubble as he cannot be safe these days.
Another similarity between these four stars was a life full of depression. They all admitted to being depressed at one time or another in their life. Their deaths proclaim that addiction and depression do not discriminate. Cobain, Staley, Weiland, and Cornell all died suddenly and without warning. However; I am sure the warning signals could be seen bright red by their entourage. Money and fame cannot buy happiness. These four deaths prove that success and wealth mean nothing in the scheme of things. Chris Cornell's death is still under investigation and we will probably never know the exact truth and what was going through his head at the time his soul departed his body. The same can be said for Weiland, Staley, and Cobain. But one things truly for sure...these four talents were at the top of their class and will not be replicated.
In the aftermath of another tragic musician gone too soon, you and I (THE FANS) are at least left with the artwork that will continue to promote their legacy year in and year out. I remember buying my first Soundgarden album like it was yesterday. Badmotorfinger came out in 1991. Alice In Chains Facelift was released only one year earlier. I bought this album as well and then Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana followed by Core (STP). When each of these albums came out I was like a kid in the candy store. I would read all of the fine print on the album credits and the spine tingling lyrics line by line. Kids are spoiled these days with MP3,Ipod, Digital music. This was the best part of the album for me...reading the lyrics and trying to guess what the song was about or what it could represent. These four are all gone too soon but will surely never be forgotten. RIP Chris Cornell...we will all miss you dearly and your amazing voice. God bless your entire family and all of your friends. Your music will live on through all of us.