Howard Stern Releases Rare Chris Cornell Video: ‘How Great Is This?’


Howard Stern has officially released the full video of Chris Cornell performing “Black Hole Sun” on his show in 2007 online in its entirety. The video has rarely been officially available online.

Stern tweeted about the video, “How great is this?” Stern has frequently discussed Chris Cornell and his heartbreak over his death for a year and a half now. Stern is a huge fan of 90’s alternative rock, with late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland being one of his most frequent rocker guests from the mid 90’s until his death in 2015. Weiland even once called Stern from prison in January 2000.

Stern also had a Nine Inch Nails sticker prominently featured in his studio in the 90’s, and he was partially responsible for reuniting Jane’s Addiction in 1997, with Dave Navarro joining Porno for Pyros to record “Hard Charger” for the Private Parts soundtrack being the catalyst for the reunion. Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been a frequent guest in recent years. Chris Cornell appeared on Stern twice, in 2007 and 2011.

Howard Stern and Robin Quivers discussed Chris and Toni Cornell’s cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” in June. The song was recorded shortly before Chris Cornell’s death.

Robin started her news with some Father’s Day stories. Robin said Chris Cornell died by suicide and left behind a wife and and at least one daughter (Cornell left behind two daughters and a son). Robin said the 13 year-old daughter commemorated this Father’s Day by releasing a cover of ”Nothing Compares 2 U” where the two of them did a duet.

Howard said this is sad. He said it’s very touching. He let the song play though. He said that’s beautiful. He said that kid can sing too. He said Fred should record a song with his daughter. Fred laughed and said he’ll see if he can coax her into it.

He discussed Chris and Toni performing “Redemption Song” in 2015 on a show later that same week. He questioned how Chris Cornell could die by suicide and leave his children behind. Vicky Cornell has stated that the prescription drug Ativan played a role in his death.

Howard said yesterday he went online and started watching the video of Chris Cornell’s daughter Toni singing with her father, and it makes him so sad. He said he’s like Memet, he can’t stop watching it. Howard said that they covered “Nothing Compares 2 U.” He said that the first line is taking your love away, and it’s too much to bare, and that he went home and got through the first line.

He said this young lady can really sing too, and he wondered how Chris could leave his daughter like that. Robin Quivers said Howard could never do that. Howard said he’s going to think of his daughters before he kills himself, but that he likes feeling depressed though. He said it’s like sticking a vacuum cleaner up your ass.