Brendan O’Brien produced every Stone Temple Pilots album from 1992’s Core to 2001’s Shangri-La Dee Da, and he also has produced several Pearl Jam albums and worked with Chris Cornell. O’Brien wrote liner notes (via PearlJamOnline) for the new Chris Cornell career retrospective album.
“The last time I saw Chris was at his performance on the Fallon show where he played his song ‘The Promise’, Matt Cameron was on the drum kit and I know that Chris was thrilled to have him there. I believe one of the last things that I said to him was that he sang great. He just smiled in response as if to say, “It’s what I do.” It was a good night.
On that first session with Soundgarden, all those years ago, I noticed Chris had a wallet made entirely out of black duct tape. I asked where he got it and he claimed that he had made it. I must’ve given him the look of doubt because he said that he would make one for me, as if my expression had challenged him. Over the next couple days while I worked at the console, and he listened, Chris made me the perfect duct tape wallet complete with a spot for your driver’s license. He gave it to me and I used it with pride until it wore out, telling everyone Chris made it for me. Bragging, really.
I really miss that wallet…wish it were still here.