Dave Grohl Emotionally Mourns Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington: ‘Depression Is A Disease’

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Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins discussed Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington’s suicides in a new The Rock FM interview. Alternative Nation transcribed their comments.

Grohl said, “When it comes to someone like Chris Cornell or Chester, depression is a disease. Everybody kind of goes through it their own way. I can’t speak for anybody else’s condition, but the hardest part is when you lose a friend. I just always immediately think of their families and bandmates, because going through something like suicide, it’s a long road. Chris was such a beautiful guy, he was the sweetest person, he was so talented, he had so much to offer.

It was a real shock to hear he had gone. I think that mental health and depression is something people should take seriously. There’s a stigma attached to it, which is unfortunate. Just as you take care of yourselves in every other way, I think it’s important that people really try to take care of themselves in that way. It ain’t easy, life is hard.”

Taylor Hawkins said, “Like you said, people [seem to] got it so together. It just goes to show you, it doesn’t matter what’s in your bank account, or how many hits are on your YouTube page, all that kind of crap, it all goes out the window if, like Dave said, you’re not feeling right. Not to get to hear Chris Cornell make another record again is my selfish version of it, and there’s such a bigger hurt beyond my own selfish [reasons]. I barely knew him, a little bit, but from what I know, he was super cool, I didn’t know Chester very well at all, but I knew Chris a little bit, and Dave knew him a bit too.”

He added, “I can remember as far back as when I joined the band, you and I playing Soundgarden riffs together. I remember making There’s Nothing Left To Lose with the guy who engineered and produced some of their records, and we would just listen to their records a lot. They were a big inspiration to us a lot as musicians, Chris Cornell was just a master. The loss is a bummer, but like Dave said, that’s a real thing. Look after yourself, and if it looks like someone is down, way down, check up on them.”

If you are dealing with mental health issues, you can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or enter their live chat.

  • Meggean Ward

    Nice to see the talk about depression on here. The only caveat assuming you will see ‘signs’ of depression in friends. People with years of depression learn to mask it Or, sometimes it just overtakes you in a moment, when nobody is around. I think the reason so many fans related to Soundgarden and Chris in particular is understanding and putting to music how one can ‘fall on black days’

  • makingconnections

    In a recent conversation on this forum someone with real knowledge of the aspects of mental illness (I believe), stated something that I think is important. He or she said that when people who’ve been depressed begin to get well, it can be a risky time. Apparently the deep numbness of depression is such a contrast to beginning to feel your feelings again and the ups and downs of day-to-day life can be quite overwhelming…..so it would seem to me that when a friend or relative gets help, it’s important to stay close to them then as well. They’re possible quite vulnerable.

    I’m very glad that these men are willing to be so open about the topic of depression. Thank you so much.

  • mrmojorisin2014

    Losing Chris was one of the biggest losses in music history. Dude was solid as a human being and and a genius in the studio and on stage.

    • Cathy

      He “seemed” solid but obviously wasn’t. People can be good at hiding depression especially when you’re in the limelight. It was probably his music that kept him going so long.

      • mrmojorisin2014

        By solid I meant lovable, generous, gave back to humanity.

  • Cathy

    Thank you for discussing this!

  • Raj

    Too many brothers and friends lost to suicide.

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