Big Name Rock Singer Opens Up About Meeting With Soundgarden’s Surviving Members


System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian discussed Chris Cornell’s song “The Promise” recorded for the film of the same name, and recently seeing surviving Soundgarden members Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, in a new Rolling Stone interview.

“He was like that, man. He was very gracious with his emotions, his time. He was careful and conscientious. He did a great job in not just the music but supporting it, whether it’s interviews or TV specials with the song and talking about it and the need to take care of survivors that are around today in Syria and around the world.

Him and his wife Vicky have a charity, and I had the honor a few weeks back of giving Vicky, in Chris’ name, a human rights award from Human Rights Watch at their yearly gala in Los Angeles. Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil were there. It was very special.”

It’s very tough, man. I still can’t get over [his death]. I can’t get over how it happened. I still don’t understand, and I don’t think I ever will. And that’s the truth.”

The interviewer said, “I wasn’t even trying to go there.”

Tankian added, “I wasn’t either, but I can’t help it. I don’t get it.”