Chris Cornell Opens Up About Fearing ‘Not Protecting’ Family In Heartbreaking Final Studio Video


A video from one of Chris Cornell’s final studio sessions recording “The Promise” has been released. In the video, the late legendary Soundgarden singer discusses the song, which was written for the film of the same name. The film is about the Armenian Genocide.

“It’s so hard and difficult to imagine being a father, and not being able to protect your wife or your children. That kind of spun me out on it thinking about it that way. So our first conversation was this story has to be told, like any story like it would have to be told, with the truth asserted. Otherwise, people have short memories, they give up, and they forget. They don’t realize that if you don’t look at the past, then you have no way to navigate the future.”

Former Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello discussed Chris Cornell in a new Gitarre Bass interview. Below is an excerpt. Keep in mind the interview was translated from German.

Finally, let’s talk about stations and aspects of your career. Between 2001 and 2007 you have z. B. played for seven years on Audioslave – alongside the late Chris Cornell. How much did his suicide surprise you – or not?

Tom Morello: Oh, that’s a tragedy and incredibly sad. He was an amazingly nice guy and one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with.

Were not you angry that he just dissolved Audioslave – and then by fax?

Tom Morello: Only briefly. We spoke out and were really good friends again. Besides, I really enjoyed making music with him. Like in January, at our first Audioslave show for 12 years. We played at the Anti-Inaugural Ball – a protest against Donald Trump. And then Chris and I did another gig in Seattle – at a Nightwatchman concert where he supported me in my demand to top up the legal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. So both times it was about a charitable cause. And there he was really great – he really blasted. He sang well, looked great and was happy. Why we wanted to do more. The last thing he said to me was, “I had a great time.”

  • Olga Stewart

    I have only seen the video for “The Promise” once.

    I haven’t been able to do so since then.

    Just knowing that it was Chris’s final music video makes this seem all the more real to me. And I both hurt and grieve even more for Chris.

    • Cathy

      I too have only watched the theatrical version of The Promise once. I was startled by how badly Chris looks at the end of the video. All his 2017 appearances and interviews are difficult to watch. I kept saying and thinking he looks unhealthy and troubled. Didn’t his family see this?

      • Olga Stewart

        As I said before, they probably did.

        But they chose to ignore it.

  • Kay B

    I would like him to answer the question was he surprised about Chris’ actions that night. Would be interesting.

    • makingconnections

      He avoided it, didn’t he? I remember hearing Cameron Crowe interviewed the day after Chris’s death and remember him saying he was completely “gobsmacked”….never thought he’d do such a thing. I keep noticing that so many of his songs and interviews speak of relationships, how marriages go, expectations. Personally, I find it incredible how intense marital quarrels can be.

      • Kay B

        Well not to be obtuse but avoiding the question may signal he was not surprised. But I shouldn’t judge him.

        • makingconnections

          I get what you’re saying…I didn’t think you were judging him. After all of our talking through these months, I think we all know that life can be joyful but also very upsetting and tiring too.

        • makingconnections

          I still find it so upsetting that Chris had such a lonely and seemingly desperately upset passing. Sometimes I think that it’s admirable of Eddie Vedder to say nothing of his friend’s death rather than be like so many other musicians who talk around in circles about the whole thing, and repeat themselves and yet there seems to be something they aren’t saying. Those that say they thought he seemed super happy and looked so well…I don’t know…it’s very strange.

        • makingconnections

          I’ve made two posts and deleted them because they were all over the place. The awful dark and desperate place that Chris Cornell must have been in that night is so upsetting still; and yet we don’t know what happened really. We know that he looked so unwell and that he was speaking with his wife. That’s it really.

        • makingconnections

          I don’t think you were judging him Kay.

  • makingconnections

    I watched a bit of “The Promise” tonight…it was half over, but I noticed one of the actresses had a very similar look to Vicki Cornell.

  • Cristiann

    I still love reading/watching interviews with Chris, he was such a smart and sensitive person imo. He cared so much about so many different things and people. It just breaks my heart to know that this man — who cared and gave so much back — was going through something so painful in private and no one around him seemed to notice how bad it was. Maybe Chris felt that he had to “protect” his family from even his own personal struggles. He seemed like the kind of person who wouldn’t to burden or worry anyone.

    • HippieChic61

      I agree with you! I think he kept a lot of his inner turmoil from Vicky to “protect” her. Im not of the camp that blames her. I think even at times when we feel something is wrong, we tend to ride it out and take a wait and see approach. Sadly, in this and many other cases , its more urgent than thought.

  • azur Rienne

    Poor Chris was always thinking of others and clearly no one took care of or protected him. 💔

    • Olga Stewart

      And that’s probably the most heartbreaking part of this.

  • Jon Late

    I won’t state the obvious.

  • Ally Mono

    We should really question the last conversation he had with that crazy wife he had, she was the last person to talk to him and im sure it wasnt a pleasant one so is it guilt or life that made him hang himself, im just saying………

  • Raj

    See same as Cobain, Chris was fearful of the same thing as Kurt. He was worried how the media would destroy and attack his family. Maybe Chris felt like Kurt in his final moments he could not protect his wife and kids. People write hurtful lies they build you up only to destroy you and bring you down.

    • makingconnections

      Maybe up-and-coming musicians could learn from the mistakes of those who’ve gone before. There are some bands who don’t allow their private family life to be part of their story as artists. There are many actors who make the same choice.

      The Tragically Hip, a beloved Canadian band, have completely private and normal as possible family lives. Their singer died recently and many are still grieving his loss. When he died I read that he had children, the youngest being 10. I didn’t know.

  • Ally Mono

    I still believe that Vicky said some horrible things to him that night and he was in such a “bad place” that she pushed him to do this, i mean come on she was horrible to her house keeper, what makez us think she wasnt horrible to Chris that night on the phone, she was the last to talk to him and if he had all those meds in him? He was the BEST husband, father and person, She’s CRAZY