Gavin Rossdale Reveals Eerie Chris Cornell Funeral Story: ‘I Can’t Unsee It’

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Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale was interviewed on KROQ‘s The Kevin and Bean Show recently. Rossdale addressed a question by a fan who is concerned about potentially losing Rossdale in the same vein as other alternative rock icons including Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots singer Chester Bennington, along with Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell. Rossdale also revealed a very sad story about Chris Cornell’s funeral. Alternative Nation reporter Mike Mazzarone transcribed his comments.

“Just real simple [for me], I just love what I do so much. I love my children, I love my job and I’m going to live forever so there’s no way around it. You know, with Chester [Bennington] and with Chris [Cornell] it’s an incredible opportunity to highlight mental health issues because there are far too many suicides every single day and that just highlights that tragedy. I don’t have that, I love life and I’m blessed with the most beautiful children and there is no way I could leave them.”

“You know, the most tragic sight that I’ve ever seen that I cannot unsee was being at Chris Cornell’s funeral, who I loved and respected on every single level. [Yet] it was seeing his son Chris who was aged twelve years old and I have a boy, Kingston who is twelve, going to be thirteen. I saw him standing after the service where Chester had sung ‘Hallelujah’ at the gravesite.

I saw him standing there, protecting, and not really knowing what to do as an [11] year-old boy. I mean, this goes back to what I was saying about the help and support that people need as well as the whole mental health issues that this highlights. That will always be an image that I will never, ever be able to unsee, and so I am so sorry for his family.”