Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan discussed Chris Cornell on Joey Diaz’s podcast, and he revealed that Chris’ first wife Susan Silver and his own wife Susan Holmes McKagan were pregnant at the same time. The revelation came two years to the day of the former Soundgarden frontman’s tragic passing. Alternative Nation transcribed Duff and Joey’s comments.
Duff: Yeah, Chris we just lost but two years ago.
Joey: Yeah, it was two years yesterday. I’ve seen somebody pull it up and that’s why I was like: “we gotta [talk about this]. You knew Chris [Cornell] from Seattle?
Joey: You knew him before you came down here?
Duff: I did.
Joey: No shit!
Duff: Yeah and then Susan Silver was pregnant with Lily when my Susan [Holmes] was pregnant with Mae. So we had two pregnant wives together and had little babies.
Joey: So his oldest daughter is Susan’s?
Duff: Yeah, Lily is eighteen.
Joey: The one he was bringing on stage and singing with him?
Duff: That’s his second oldest daughter.
Joey: No shit. So you knew all those guys, was he really a cook at a place that sold salmon?
Duff: I think that was Roy’s Baithouse, boathouse. yeah yeah.
During a recent live conversation, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan revealed why the band played “Black Hole Sun” in honor of Chris Cornell.
Duff said a weird thing happened. One night during rehearsal, Axl Rose came into rehearsal and said, ‘Hey, let’s see if we can do ‘Black Hole Sun.’”
Later on that same night, Richard Fortus texted Duff McKagan to inform him that Chris Cornell had died.
In a recent Classic Rock Magazine interview, Slash addressed rumors that Chris Cornell was set to join Velvet Revolver as their lead singer.
The interviewer asked, “There’s an internet rumor that you were going to put together a band with Chris Cornell around then.”
“I didn’t know if that was ever a reality,” Slash said in response. “I didn’t even know that was a rumor. I did work with Chris on the solo record, but I never had any prospects of doing a band with him.”
Scott Weiland joined Velvet Revolver in 2003 and was fired in 2008. He reunited with the band for a one off performance in 2012.
Slash and Chris Cornell recorded the song “Promise” in 2010 for Slash’s self-titled solo record. Cornell died by suicide in May 2017, and Weiland died from a drug overdose in December 2015.