Seattle Icon Reveals What Was ‘Too Much’ For Chris Cornell And Layne Staley


Heart’s Ann Wilson discussed Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, Chester Bennington, and other rockers who have died young in a new YouTube video. When discussing Cornell’s ‘tenderness’ and ‘going as far in the world as he could,’ she brought up other legendary names.

“Really I’ve known in my life quite a few singers that are that way. I think about that a lot, especially with Layne Staley, Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, all the different people who were singers.

The whole thing is about words, and thoughts. Maybe that type of being a vehicle for that type of powerful communication is too much for normalcy. Like when you get to go up on stage and sing that type of poetry and that type of meaning, and then come back down into normalcy, maybe you can’t re-enter. Just normalcy, the news, and the politics, and the petty shit.”

In January, Layne Staley’s mother Nancy discussed dealing with tragedy.

“Our family is coming up for air after an incredibly sad year. Too many passings…and bad news. We know that we’re not the only ones.

I stood toe-to-toe and face-to-face w/2018 and told it, in no uncertain terms, that it had better have some kindness in store for us.”

She added, “Our family hopes that the year has started out well and with promise for you and yours.”