Earlier this week Pearl Jam participated in a Reddit AMA to which they recalled a fond memory of their friend Chris Cornell.
Fans were asking many questions mostly about their latest album ‘Gigaton’ and then a fan asked Pearl Jam’s guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard to share their favourite memories of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden/Audioslave.
Here’s what McCready and Gossard recalled:
“Long story short, safety man had been on the couch the whole time SG record and one day [engineer> Matt Bayles arrived and was getting ready to record and as he turned around Safety man stood up and scared the shit of him… Chris has snuck in and put on all of safety man’s clothes and sat there for 20 mins waiting… so funny,” said Gossard. Its stories like those that friends and fans of Cornell will always remember.
Chirs Cornell and Pearl Jam were friends for a long time, in 1990 they released an album as the supergroup Temple of The Dog, featuring members of Pearl Jam and Chris Cornell sharing vocals with Eddie Vedder. The album was entitled ‘Temple of The Dog’ with their single ‘Hunger Strike’ number 4 in the US charts. In 2016 Temple of The Dog reformed for a 25th Anniversary tour, although Eddie Vedder didn’t participate on the tour as he had “family commitments” but the crowd sang his parts to “Hunger Strike”.
Other times Pearl Jam have had Cornell join them on stage to perform ‘Hunger Strike’ such as October 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, Labor day weekend in 2011 at Alpine valley in Wisconsin for Pearl Jam’s twentieth anniversary celebration.
On both October 25 and 26, 2014, Cornell joined Pearl Jam onstage to perform “Hunger Strike” at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California during the 28th Annual Bridge School Benefit. The October 26 concert marked the last time that Vedder and Cornell performed the song together.
Pearl Jam had planned a run of European shows for their album ‘Gigaton’ but was pushed back to 2021, one of many tours to be cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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