Former Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello says he agrees with fans who are petitioning to name the ‘black hole’ after Chris Cornell, in honor of the late Soundgarden frontman’s 1994 classic “Black Hole Sun.”
Asked by Sean Stewart of the Rock 105 WRXR radio station about the petition, Morello said, “I heard that. I think that would be really nice. I don’t know who you send that petition to, but I’d be happy to officially add my name to that… That seems absolutely appropriate.”
Morello also said during the interview that he had played with a ‘Mt. Rushmore’ of frontmen, including Zack de la Rocha, Chris Cornell, Bruce Springsteen, Chuck D, and B-Real.
Brad Wilk recently shared an eerie photo of the black hole, and said, “Einstein and Cornell would be pleased. First pic of a black hole released today, quite possibly confirming Einstein’s theory of relativity. #blackhole #blackholesun #groundbreaking #heavymatters #theoryofrelativity.”
The Chris Cornell petition states, “‘Black Hole Sun’,’ written by Chris Cornell is without a doubt Soundgarden’s most recognizable and most popular song, and one of the biggest anthems of the 90’s.
For this reason, and the impact Chris Cornell had in the lives of so many and music itself, I ask NASA, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration and all the astronomers and scientists involved in this discovery, to name this black hole after Chris Cornell. This would be a ‘surreal’ and amazing way to honor his life and his contribution to music. I hope this petition is taken into consideration and with the respect with which it was created to honor a man loved by many. Thanks to all who sign, I hope we can achieve it!”
Chris Cornell’s daughter Toni said about the black hole, “It’s as if he always knew. ‘Its powerful gravity bends the fabric of space and time around it, and its violent moods determine when and where new stars can form in the galaxy.’ via @latimes #blackholesun #chriscornell