Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds recalled the times when Mastodon was on the tour with Soundgarden during his recent appearance on The Jasta Show and he revealed that he never met the band’s late frontman Chris Cornell.
As you may know, Soundgarden collaborated with Mastodon, Queens of the Stone Age, and Coheed and Cambria for their North American Union tour which they announced after they reunited twelve years later. So, Mastodon and Soundgarden members found a chance to get to know each other better.
They have been pursuing their friendship since then and the two bands teamed up for a Soundgarden’s ‘Rusty Cage’ cover which was a tribute to Chris Cornell who committed suicide by hanging on May 18, 2017. However, the band’s guitarist Brent Hinds admitted that he couldn’t meet with Cornell in person.
Even though they performed concerts together, Hinds wasn’t able to talk with the late frontman because he would vanish at the end of every concert. It’s been known that Cornell had been struggling with severe depression for many years so he might have wanted to stay away from people to be alone.
In Hinds’ words, he said:
“Even when we did a tour with them when Chris Cornell was alive, we never met Chris Cornell because when he got done playing, he would vanish into…
I don’t know, who knows where he would go. He just vanished to get a limo to take him somewhere to be out of where he was but yeah, I don’t think it’d be that much different.”
You can listen to the tribute song below.