Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins spoke in a recent interview with BBC Radio and talked about the late frontman of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell.
Chris was one of the most talented singers in the scene and he was known for his time with Audioslave and Soundgarden. Unfortunately, Chris decided to take his life away at the age of 52 after performing at Fox Theatre in 2017.
In the conversation, Taylor stated that his rock god is Chris Cornell and paid his tribute to the legendary late singer. Furthermore, he decided to praise both Soundgarden and Cornell to show how much he loves them.
While saying that Soundgarden had an amazing drummer, he also mentioned that Chris had a powerful range of voice that he could sign as low as David Bowie, and then he could up his voice as Axl Rose.
Here is what Taylor Hawkins said:
“My rock god is Chris Cornell, whom sadly we don’t have anymore, which is really, really a bummer; I’m really bummed that I don’t get to see a Soundgarden show ever again.
They were a great, amazing band – Matt Cameron’s one of the greatest drummers to walk the planet Earth, and Chris Cornell was so powerful and beautiful-looking and -sounding.
His voice was unbelievable, his range was unbelievable, his lyrics were thought-provoking, dark, mysterious.”
“And I’d send him a track every once in a while and he’d listen to it, and really give me feedback on it. And I’m thinking, ‘Well, Chris Cornell doesn’t need to do that. He’s just being a sweetheart.’
They were that first band to have the chops of a band like – dare I say Rush or Yes or something like that, prog chops, but they weren’t a prog-rock band, they were a punk-rock band.
Cornell could sing as low as Lou Reed or Bowie and then all of a sudden he could be up in the stratosphere as Dio or frickin’ Axl Rose or whatever.
He had this range, and the band had a range. So, Chris Cornell is who I pick as my rock god right now and I miss him dearly.”
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