Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band Eulogize Chris Cornell

Influential Soundgarden and Audioslave Rocker Dies at 52

Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band join Chris Cornell fans in mourning the death of the Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman.

Considered one of grunge music’s greatest voices, Cornell died Wednesday night (May 17) in his Detroit hotel room of an apparent suicide following a Soundgarden show at the Fox Theatre. He was 52.

Cornell’s work in country music includes an appearance on “Heavy Is the Head” from Zac Brown Band’s 2015 album Jekyll + Hyde. The song went No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart in March that year.

Cornell and Aldean performed “Just Gettin’ Started” together from Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt at the 2014 CMT Artists of the Year concert special.

Johnny Cash also recorded the Soundgarden song “Rusty Cage” for his 1996 album Unchained. The song originally appeared on Soundgarden’s 1991 album Badmotorfinger.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.