Seattle Icon Reveals Why Chris Cornell ‘Struggled’


I recently had the chance to sit down with legendary Heart frontwoman, Ann Wilson, at Live Nation’s headquarters in Lower Manhattan for their Concert Week kickoff. She was accompanied by Paul Rogers of Bad Company and legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, discussing their ambitious tour together this summer.

She also had the chance to discuss her upcoming cover album, Immortal, a collection of songs written by artists we’ve tragically lost over the past couple of years. Included is a cover of the Audioslave classic, “I Am The Highway”. Sadly, we are already encroaching on the one year anniversary of Audioslave/Soundgarden Chris Cornell’s passing.

“It’s my favorite Chris song,” Ann explained. “It’s as serene as it gets. You just look somebody in the eye and say, ‘I’m not your magic carpet ride in the sky!’ It’s a gorgeous song, incredible.”

She went on: “I knew Chris, I knew what he was like. He was a complicated person. Beautiful, but he always struggled with being on this plane [of existence].”

L-R: Paul Rogers, Ann Wilson, Jeff Beck. 4-30-18, Live Nation Headquarters. Photo by Doug McCausland.
  • Dysnomia

    Poor Ann (and Nancy). They were to see the Seattle musicians go downhill and die. It is a wonder it hasn’t affected them in a really bad way. Seems like they really did a lot to try to help those guys.

    • makingconnections

      I can understand why it doesn’t affect them in a really bad way. Ann anyway, obviously has a strong spirituality that helps here to realize that we are all here for a time, to learn certain lessons and that it will be over for all of us someday. I’m sure it hurts just the same, but she seems very balanced.

      I have a First Nations friend who refers to death as moving into ‘the sacred mystery”. That’s how I’ve thought of it ever since. It doesn’t mean we don’t greatly miss those we love when they go though.

  • Jason Kasepchuk

    I would just love to sit and talk with Ann and here the stories about my favorite Seattle guys cause she would talk about the person and the positives to often I hear the negative about Layne, Chris and Scott for example I just hate that when you have a problem people seem to strip the persons dignity almost just because they had a problem

  • Olga Stewart

    I always love when Ann talks about the musicians from Seattle.

    Especially about Chris.

    I feel like both that she understood them and that she was like a ‘mother hen’ to them (in a way).