May 19th, 2017 (Atlanta, Ga) – Chris Cornell, the powerful, influential singer whose band Soundgarden was one of the godfathers of grunge music, died on Wednesday night in Detroit just hours after the band had performed there. He was 52.
Friday morning Kevin Martin, lead singer of Candlebox, was interviewed by Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta/WNNX’s Bailey and Southside about the loss of Chris and the impact it had on him, the Seattle scene, and music as a whole.
During this 14 minute interview Martin tells Rock 100.5 FM Atlanta hosts Bailey and Southside how he met Chris Cornell, who told him of his death, and his thoughts on Soundgarden and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Kevin begins by saying, “I woke up to awful news yesterday. I met Chris in Seattle when I was 16 years old, I was working at a shoe store with his now ex-wife Susan Silver who was managing them, along with Alice in Chains, Screaming Trees and a bunch of the other bands. So I met Chris then and we became friends over the years and I was fortunate enough to know him on a personal level.”
Host Jason Bailey asks, “Who’s the first person that says ‘Did you hear about Chris Cornell?’ Who’s the first person that told you?” Kevin says, “It was actually a promoter friend of mine Bill Hardy. Actually he managed us briefly in the 90s. I know he had worked with Chris when Chris did his solo tour when Soundgarden broke up in the early 2000s.”
Kevin Martin mentions, “I mean it’s shocking to me they [Soundgarden] aren’t in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame before Pearl Jam. And God bless Pearl Jam for being in there, you know, we all love them.”
Co-host Southside Steve questions, “What’s a guy going through that he leaves a 2nd wife that truly makes him happy and young children, not to mention the career?” Kevin replies, “What puts you to this point, I just don’t know. Aaron Hernandez I can understand. Chris Cornell I can’t. If you’re thinking about it, you gotta talk to someone. I think we all expected that with Kurt [Cobain]. I don’t think we expected Kurt to live past 27. I expected Chris to be Paul Rodgers. I expected him to be that rock star that was 70 years old and still belting it out like the star that he was. I’m really at a loss.”