Today would have been Chris Cornell's 56th birthday. In light of that, his estate has released and unheard, unreleased studio recording of him covering Guns N Roses, "Patience". At the time of Chris Cornells death, he was working on a covers album.
I still get sad when I hear a Chris Cornell song. Chris Cornell, for me was the greatest rock frontman. He was it for me, he was my favorite voice. I still remember the first time I heard him, the first time hearing Temple of the Dog, and particular the song, Reach Down. That voice, that howling screaming, pierce thru your heart voice. The album Temple of the Dog in particular. I remember the car I was in, with whom was in the car with me, and exactly what street I was driving down and hearing it for the very first time. And this was long before my radio career was even a thought. Yet strangely it was Chris Cornell that I was most connected with in my career. Most of my friends, and listeners throughout my career can easily tell you, "Deuce's fave is Chris Cornell". Chris Cornell strangely has been intertwined in my life and career. Chris Cornell was my first interview in my career almost 16 years ago, and sadly he was my last concert... #98ROCKFEST 2017 at the time of his passing. Chris Cornell was my first date for the last girlfriend I had. Due to my relationship with Chris, I was able to take that first date backstage to meet him. Imagine that for a first date to impress a girl that had no idea what I did or where we were going. Chris Cornell was the first musician I met with when I first moved here to Tampa and started at 98ROCK. Chris Cornell was the concert I took my long time girlfriend's mom in Indy to. And my best friend everyone said looked like Chris Cornell. It seemed in some way or another Chris Cornell was always in my life. I have been honored and privileged to have had the chance to sit down and interview Chris Cornell many, MANY times during my career. Including sitting in his dressing room with the full original Soundgarden band for their first big reunion. Chris Cornell was always good to me, and always talked with me whenever possible. By my 2nd time every chatting with Chris Cornell years and years back, Chris would remember my name, and say "Hey Deuce, great to see you again my friend"..... and for me that was it, the ultimate compliment and career highlight from my favorite, from whom I considered the greatest rock vocalist of all time, and from what I still to this day call my all time favorite album... 'Temple Of The Dog' ..... RIP Chris Cornell. , 'Say Hello To Heaven' for us... You are still missed!
Below are some of my many memories with Chris. Happy Birthday my friend!