Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil spoke in a recent interview with Kerrang and revealed his thoughts about playing in the ‘I Am The Highway’ tribute show after the death of Chris Cornell.
Chris was the frontman of both Audioslave and Soundgarden, and he was one of the important figures in the metal scene. Unfortunately, Chris decided to take his own life after the Soundgarden show at Fox Theatre in May 2017 and left his legacy into this world.
While everybody was still mourning the death of such a great frontman, the community wanted a tribute concert for the memory of Chris. Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell organized the ‘I am The Highway’ tribute concert and most of the legendary bands and musicians took their part in the show.
In the interview, Kim explained how it felt like playing with Soundgarden without Chris and admitted that it was uncomfortable to play the songs that Chris already sang because it was too emotional for them to handle.
Even though it was hard to play these songs emotionally, Kim mentioned that they were glad to play these songs in front of the audience and happy to be united with the Soundgarden family. He stated that they did this for each other to honor Chris’ legacy.
Here is what Kim Thayil said:
The best thing about it was playing those songs again with Matt and Ben, and the next best thing was having our friends and guests join us.
The rest was a little bit uncomfortable. It was sort of a clusterfuck. It was picking at an open wound, emotionally, and nobody was that thrilled to do it.
We were thrilled to play the songs for our audience and to play with each other on stage. The takeaway was the band being together with our family, crew, and friends. To see that family together again was love. Everyone was happy and teary-eyed.”
“It was the Soundgarden family together, doing what Soundgarden does, and honoring and missing our beloved, departed member. That was important. The rest of it – the celebrity nature, promotion, and focus, was bullshit.
And we knew it was bullshit going into it. We did it for each other, to support Chris’ legacy. There was something awkward and un-intimate about it. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around it, but I’m glad we did it for our friends and family.”
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