Seattle Icon Reveals Why Chris Cornell ‘Struggled’


I recently had the chance to sit down with legendary Heart frontwoman, Ann Wilson, at Live Nation’s headquarters in Lower Manhattan for their Concert Week kickoff. She was accompanied by Paul Rogers of Bad Company and legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, discussing their ambitious tour together this summer.

She also had the chance to discuss her upcoming cover album, Immortal, a collection of songs written by artists we’ve tragically lost over the past couple of years. Included is a cover of the Audioslave classic, “I Am The Highway”. Sadly, we are already encroaching on the one year anniversary of Audioslave/Soundgarden Chris Cornell’s passing.

“It’s my favorite Chris song,” Ann explained. “It’s as serene as it gets. You just look somebody in the eye and say, ‘I’m not your magic carpet ride in the sky!’ It’s a gorgeous song, incredible.”

She went on: “I knew Chris, I knew what he was like. He was a complicated person. Beautiful, but he always struggled with being on this plane [of existence].”

L-R: Paul Rogers, Ann Wilson, Jeff Beck. 4-30-18, Live Nation Headquarters. Photo by Doug McCausland.