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.
Chris Cornell touched so many & we were fortunate to have worked w/ him. He was a true talent & gentleman. Our thoughts are with his family.
— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) May 18, 2017
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.
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) May 18, 2017
Johnny Cash also recorded the Soundgarden song “Rusty Cage” for his 1996 album Unchained. The song originally appeared on Soundgarden’s 1991 album Badmotorfinger.