Howard Stern Reveals How He’d Avoid Chris Cornell Death


Howard Stern recently discussed the epidemic of rock suicides like Chris Cornell and Keith Flint on a recent show. You can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

A recap states: Robin read a story about Keith Flint and how his death was from hanging. Robin said they’re still waiting for the toxicology tests to come back to see if he was on anything. Howard said that was such a good band. He played some of The Prodigy’s ”Firestarter.” Howard said if he could do this nothing in his life would go wrong. He said these guys always hurt themselves. He said it’s so sad that’s how he died.

After the break they played Lou Reed’s ”Heroin” as they were coming back. Howard came back and sang along with the song a bit. Howard said this is him and Lou Reed singing together. He let Lou take it for a short time. Howard said he gets caught up in these songs when Fred players the stuff he likes. Howard said the guy wrote a lot about heroin. He said it never sounded so appealing to him. He said he almost sucked him in with these songs.

Howard said he met Lou and Lou didn’t like him. He said he mentioned he looked like Joe Piscopo or something and he didn’t like that. He said that maybe it was that or just all of his nonsense that upset the guy.

Howard said they were doing one of those broadcasts where a bunch of radio stations were in the same place and they all got to interview Lou but not him. He said he got on his megaphone and called Lou’s name out and he never came over. He said Lou ignored him. He said years later he was on vacation on an island with Beth and Lou was there. He said Lou was there with his wife. He said neither of them said hi to each other. He said he doesn’t want to annoy the guy. He said they had their cute dog there too. He said it was a very tiny island and they kept running across each other. Howard wondered how he could get away from the guy. He said he felt awful. He said he thinks the guy would have said hello to him if he wanted to and he never did.

Howard said he was a big fan of Lou’s though. Howard said he played Lou’s records for years. He said he would play all of his shit. Robin said that some people just don’t like the show. Fred played the clip of Howard on his megaphone calling out for Lou to come over to him. Howard said he joked by mentioning ”Walk on the Wild Side” twice when he said he knew his songs.

Howard Stern recently discussed Chris Cornell and his death on his show, according to a recap:

He said they’ll have Chris Cornell doing ”Black Hole Sun” too [on an upcoming weekend music series]. He played some of that performance from 2007.

Howard said that is one of the best songs ever written. He said he didn’t kill himself either. He said no way. He said there’s no way someone who can sing like that and looks like that is going to kill themselves. He said it’s impossible. He said it had to be Fred who did it.

Howard said he can’t even tell you how good this Saturday show is. He said Tom Petty died and Miley Cyrus came in and did a performance for them. He said she did a cover of ”Wild Flowers.” He played some of that.

Later on, Peter Frampton was the guest and Chris Cornell was discussed again.

Howard said it seems unthinkable to him that Chris Cornell is gone. He said that he is a good looking guy and he had so much talent. Peter said it was sad. He said they had a great tribute show for him out in California. Howard said they had a lot of people playing out there for that. Howard had some of the cover of Black Hole Sun that they did. Howard said Peter had a big smile on his face while playing it. Peter said it’s not funny but it’s enjoyable. Howard said he gets into ecstasy with music. Peter said it’s a different head space for him. He said no one can tell him anything when he walks on stage. He said he tries not to think.

Howard said he owns the stage. He asked how long he’s been playing. Peter said he’s been playing for 60 years. Robin asked how old he is. Peter said he’s 43. Howard said Peter won a Grammy for his instrumental version of Black Hole Sun. He said that’s his connection to Chris Cornell. He asked if a Grammy meant anything to him. Peter said it did when he got one. Howard asked if it really means anything. Peter said people thought he was going to get one for Comes Alive. He said that when you’re too big you don’t get one. Howard said it was crazy how big that album was. Peter said it was. He said there were people who said it should be them instead of him but it was him.