Audio: Chris Cornell thanks Seattle, talks about family life

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Soundgarden at Paramount Theater - Seattle, Wa


A lot has been written about Chris Cornell since his untimely death, but not much of it has focused on him as a father and husband. Along with . When I shared my thoughts about Chris Cornell and wrote about my experience interviewing him in 2005 I was using my platform here to help process my own grief but I also wanted to try to shed a little light on Chris Cornell’s life as a family man.

Last night I digitized my mini-tape recording of my conversation with Chris. Listening to the recording for the first time in 12 years was a sad trip down memory lane, but two comments from Chris stood out and I wanted to share them here so fans can hear Chris’ words for themselves.

The first comments are from a throwaway end of interview question. I asked Chris if there was anything else he wanted to add or if there was anything he wanted to say to his fans in Seattle. His response was a humbled thank you.


The second comment is something that I published in both the feature I wrote about Chris as a family man back in 2005 and in my thoughts on his death. While it’s something you may have already read, I thought it was appropriate to share here so fans can hear Chris talk about his family and how they have helped inspire his music.


Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 14 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, and others and was the founder and editor of defunct music site Ear Candy.