Howard Stern discussed Chris Cornell’s death on his show earlier today, and Alternative Nation transcribed some of his comments. Stern said he ‘loved’ Cornell, especially after having interviewed him.
“I’m kind of with the family on this, he just didn’t strike himself as a guy who would kill himself based on everything I’ve read. He was in Detroit, [Soundgarden] were on tour.”
“The wife and family is claiming he was on a medication of some kind [Ativan], and I was talking to somebody I know who is a little familiar with medications. Someone said to me right away, I wasn’t even talking about Chris Cornell, and they said, ‘Oh, that’s the one that makes you want to kill yourself if you OD on it.’ So I don’t know, the family is claiming that, I’m sure the drug manufacturer is saying that’s a lot of horse shit, but who knows.”
Stern later said, “The best song that Chris Cornell ever wrote was ‘Pretty Noose.’ Am I right about that? And Pretty Noose, the guy hung himself.”
“‘I don’t like what you got me hanging from.’ You don’t think this guy was depressed? What a song, what a talent.”
He also discussed Cornell’s good looks, “I also think Chris Cornell is a really good looking dude.”
“To be a rock star, to be that good looking, he could sing anything this fucking guy.”
“He couldn’t have killed himself.”
He also said, “That’s why I can’t even wrap my head around it, a guy having that much going on and killing himself, I just can’t buy it. I mean it’s crazy to think how many singers from the 90’s Grunge scene are gone. Kurt Cobain of course, Layne Staley from Alice In Chains, Shannon Hoon from Blind Melon is dead, Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots.
But Eddie Vedder is still here, Billy Corgan, and Courtney Love. All those guys are dead, and Courtney Love survived. Who would have thought that? Everyone always thought Courtney Love was fucked up, but she’s still alive.”
He also joked, “Great looking people should never be sad. I should be sad, you should find me hanging from a belt. Really, what do I have? I look like Ichabod Crane.”
He later said he didn’t think Cornell ‘really meant’ to commit suicide, when playing a clip of Cornell discussing Kurt Cobain’s suicide.
“He talked about his love of music, this is why I can’t believe he’s gone, or committed suicide willingly, like he really knew what he was doing. Because back in 2011, you can hear how excited this guy is about music.” He then played a clip of Cornell discussing his love of music.