Tom Morello Pens Moving Chris Cornell Tribute Imploring Fans and Artists to Make Two Pledges Regarding Singer’s Death
It's been nearly two months since the world lost Chris Cornell. The tributes continue to steadily roll in as it becomes increasingly clear how deep of an impact he left on fans and fellow musicians not only with the albums he made, but his character as well. His Audioslave bandmate Tom Morello has written another magnificent, lengthy tribute, which was inspired by a lyric from Cornell's solo song "Sunshower."
Opening with a quote from the track, "All you’ll be, you are today / It’s all right when you’re caught in pain and you feel the rain come down / It’s alright when you find your way, they you see it disappear / It’s all right. Though your garden’s gray I know all your graces someday / will flower in a sweet sunshower," Morello went on to embrace the singer as an artist and upstanding person, playfully adding, "I love your smile. I love your ridiculously beautiful hair."
Morello asks fans to make two pledges alongside him, the first being "to offer unconditional forever support to his family, especially his three beautiful children." Extending his time to the children, the guitarist offered to be there for them if they need to talk, would like to hear stories about their dad or even tell him some instead. "Through Chris we are your extended family and lifelong resource of love and support," he continued.
The second pledge is to each other to be there "in a moment of sadness and doubt, if you fall off the wagon, if you are depressed, if you’re in trouble, if you feel like you might slip off the tightrope of life." Morello further implored, "For Chris’ sake let’s make a commitment to look after one another."
Cornell's death also marked the loss of yet another legendary grunge artist with Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Layne Staley (Alice in Chains), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) and Andrew Wood (Mother Love Bone), having already passed. "That’s one spectacular All Star grunge choir right there. I’d love a bootleg of those heavenly campfire jam sessions," Morello said about the prospect of the aforementioned musicians playing together in the afterlife.
As can be seen in the full statement which ran of Chris Cornell's Facebook page below, the Audioslave guitarist praised his fallen bandmate as a "redeemer," applauding his lyrical genius as a bastion of hard rock and metal. "Unapologetically embracing badass riffs, he eschewed lyrics about dungeons or dragons and instead wrote deep dark soul searching poetry that opened the door for generations of artists who felt empowered to use their brains along with their musical brawn," Morello commented.
More praise ensued as Morello noted Cornell's constant battle with his own demons, stating, "The demons he wrestled with were real. But he harnessed those demons and rode them like a mother flippin’ Chariot Of Lightning strapped with Marshall stacks to make some of the greatest rock 'n' roll of all time."
In closing, the six-stringer said, "Chris is as melodic as the Beatles, he’s as heavy as Sabbath, he’s as haunting as Edgar Allen Poe. Thank you, Sunshower. Thank you for your love, your friendship, your peerless talent. The body is weak. The psyche is fragile. Things decay and are gone in time. Gardens turn gray. But, Chris, I know two things that are f--king invincible and will endure forever, your beautiful voice and our love for you."
While Morello has asked fans and artists to make those two pledges, celebrities have already made a vow to continue in Cornell's footsteps regarding refugee advocacy. On June 20, World Refugee Day, the final music video from Cornell made its way online. He had written the song "The Promise" for the film of the same name which chronicles the final days of the Ottoman Empire and the video uses genuine refugee footage to spotlight the issue; one Cornell was incredibly passionate about.
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