Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has revealed a never before seen photoshopped photo that he either found somewhere online or created of late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell with late Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots singer Chester Bennington. Saturday would have been Cornell’s 55th birthday, and it was the two-year anniversary of Bennington dying by suicide. Slash recently revealed a stunning Jimmy Page shirtless photo.
Chester’s widow Talinda Bennington posted a video on Saturday, writing, “I woke up and this was on my heart… take care of each other today. Enjoy every moment of it. #makechesterproud #320changesdirection.”
Chris Cornell’s daughter Toni posted on Saturday, “Happy birthday daddy. I wish you were still here. There’s so much I want to tell you but I’m sure you already know…”
Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk wrote about Cornell on Saturday, “Happy Birthday Brother. I cherish the moments spent with you. Time is the ultimate illusion. Music is for always.❤️”
A Scott Weiland bandmate recently reacted to a bold Chris Cornell imitation remark. Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron said about Cornell, “Chris hitting the highest notes always looked like this-head tilted to the left, chest out towards the sky, two handed grip on the mic and full commitment to the performance. Happy Birthday Chris. ❤️ ”
In a 2018 Classic Rock Magazine interview, Slash addressed rumors that Chris Cornell was set to join Velvet Revolver as their lead singer.
The interviewer asked, “There’s an internet rumor that you were going to put together a band with Chris Cornell around then.”
“I didn’t know if that was ever a reality,” Slash said in response. “I didn’t even know that was a rumor. I did work with Chris on the solo record, but I never had any prospects of doing a band with him.”
Scott Weiland joined Velvet Revolver in 2003 and was fired in 2008. He reunited with the band for a one off performance in 2012.
Slash and Chris Cornell recorded the song “Promise” in 2010 for Slash’s self-titled solo record. Cornell died by suicide in May 2017, and Weiland died from a drug overdose in December 2015. You can visit ChangeDirection.org for mental health resources and call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) July 20, 2019