Black Days: Soundgarden/Audioslave’s Chris Cornell-the Redbeard Interview

 Once-in-a-generation voice and songwriter Chris Cornell died in May following Soundgarden’s concert in Detroit. Fell on black days, indeed. We are heartsick for his wife Vicki and their daughter on what would have been his 53rd birthday (20th).

When it came time for Soundgarden to enter the studio in 1993, the song stash was empty, a daunting creative challenge to main songwriter Chris Cornell. All of the ripe musical fruit had been harvested for the series of singles,  EPs, and three  albums including Badmotorfinger, but Chris found the untilled earth liberating as well, fertile musical ground. No doubt one of the strongest aspects of the songs that Cornell, crunchy angular guitarist Kim Thayil, thundering bass player Ben Shepherd, and powerhouse drummer Matt Cameron came up with on Superunknown twenty years ago was the uncanny way in which songs such as “Spoonman”,”Fell on Black Days”,”Black Hole Sun”,”My Wave”,”The Day I Tried to Live”, and “Superunknown” somehow bridged the evolution of rock over the twenty-five year period 1969 to 1994.- Redbeard