Tom Morello Emotionally Embraces Chris Cornell Statue


Former Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello visited the new statue of his late bandmate Chris Cornell at the MoPOP in Seattle last night. He wrote on Instagram, “Late last night in Seattle stopped by to say hi to an old friend. @chriscornellofficial.” You can view a photo below.

Morello discussed suicide taking the life of Chris Cornell and many others in the last couple of years in a new Shortlist interview.

Unfortunately, rock music and male suicide continue to be bedfellows – a fact you know all too well after the death of your Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell last year. What can be done to change things?

“As someone who has not gone through it myself, I can’t fully understand how it feels. But I do feel that we’re getting closer to identifying the problem. The stigma around mental health is wearing away, and blaming issues on a lifestyle, I think, is in the past.”

Tom Morello paid tribute to his late bandmate Chris Cornell on his new single “Every Step That I Take.” The song was co-written by Cage the Elephant frontman Matt Shultz, and features Portugal. The Man and Whethan.

In a new Chicago Tribune interview, Morello discussed his tribute song for his late bandmate Chris Cornell.

“For the song ‘Every Step That I Take’ with Portugal.The Man and Whethan, a teenage EDM marvel, we’re partnering with an organization called SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), focusing on suicide prevention, information and depression awareness. With the passing of Chris (Cornell of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave) over a year ago, and the momentum towards removing the stigma from mental health issues and suicidal thoughts, it was very important to have a song from that point of view.

I’ve had mental illness issues in my family and among my friends in the past, and there’s a current trend toward this demystification to encourage people, among your friends, loved ones and professionals, there is help and there are ways. You know, you break your arm — it’s not a stigma to go to the hospital to get it set. Hopefully we’re able to start looking at suicidal thoughts and depression in the same way that can materially save lives. “Every Step That I Take” is about how the dreams, and depression, and love and the lack of it on the emotional steps of the gallows are processed. It was a song written by myself and Matt Shultz from Cage the Elephant and Johnny (Gourley) from Portugal.The Man sings it and it’s just a beautiful song. One of my favorites on the record.”