Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis On Why He Can’t Judge Chris Cornell For Committing Suicide

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Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis discussed Chris Cornell’s death in a new Sonic 102.9 interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“He is of our generation, so he’s someone I’ve been conscience of I guess since the mid 80’s. You never expect a contemporary who is alive and well and still playing to suddenly check out like that. I can’t say I took him for granted, but it was kind of shocking. We have a relationship with him and the rest of Soundgarden, because we went on tour with them in 1992 on Lollapalooza. They were just a bunch of sweethearts, and we got to see them constantly.

It was nice to see them back together, and crushing to know that he was in a painful place in his mind to the point where he could want to take his own life. I don’t judge him for that, because I don’t know that kind of pain. Obviously it has to be overwhelming in order to want to leave. Bless his family, he left the world a better place.”

  • Joe Costigan

    Nice words by Kiedis

  • Angel Sims

    Beautifully said Anthony. RIP Chris

  • Joe Hughes

    Well Said, Anthony.

  • dakotablue

    Chris, Gregg and Scott are dead while “singers” like this guy live on.

  • Dysnomia

    He is always such a nice guy and I love how he adds lyrics about other musicians and celebrities that have died (Farley is an angel and I can prove this).

    • Theo Lakeman

      I agree. I loved the RHCP about River phoenix, “transcending”

  • Theo Lakeman

    great guy , AK. I honestly feel like Chris Cornell had a really bad reaction to some scripts and did not know what he was doing. He loved life, even a fan from afar who didn’t know him saw that. I am a huge fan and grew up on all the Seattle scene bands. As sad as it was, shock was not a word to describe my reaction to kurt or Layne deaths. But Chris, it’s just not making sense. It’s a terrible accident, a tragedy. Just my opinion . I have thirty years of amazing records. His kids dont have a dad anymore here on earth. My thoughts with Cornell family.