Image for Chris Cornell’s Bandmates Pay Tribute To Their “Dark Knight” & “Brother”Chris Cornell Performs With Soundgarden In Sydney, 2015 / Photo: Liam Cameron

Chris Cornell’s Bandmates Pay Tribute To Their “Dark Knight” & “Brother”

Written by Tom Williams on May 22, 2017

Some of Chris Cornell‘s bandmates and collaborators have now paid tribute to the late singer, who died on Wednesday night at the age of 52.

In a statement posted to Facebook (Via Alternative Nation), Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron wrote, “My dark knight is gone. Thank you for the incredible outpouring of kindness and love.”

Meanwhile, Cornell’s Temple Of The Dog bandmate Mike McCready (also of Pearl Jam) has told the Seattle Times, “Chris Cornell painted in song the darkness and beauty of life in Seattle.

“Chris means a lot to me today, as he trusted me to play on Temple. He handed me a dream in getting to actually play on beautiful songs. Informed how I would play on Pearl Jam records in the future, I believe. Gave me the break into the music business I’d wanted since I was 11. He was a friend I will miss. I miss you, brother.”

Cornell’s Audioslave bandmate Tom Morello has also penned a poem in Cornell’s honour, which you can read in full below. Pearl Jam have also honoured Cornell by posting a photo of him and his dog to their Facebook page, which you can also see below.

Since Cornell’s death, the late musician has also been honoured by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, and has inspired a musical tribute from Corey Taylor, Bush and LIVE.

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Tom Morello’s Poem For Chris Cornell

You’re a prince, you’re a snare, you’re a shadow

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re a sage, you’re a wound shared, you’re masked

You’re a pillar of smoke, you’re a platinum heart

You’re a brush fire, you’re caged, you’re free

Your vision pierces, you do not see

You are pieces strewn on the hillside

You’re open armed, you’re armed, you’re true

You’re a revealer of visions, you’re the passenger, you’re a never fading scar

You’re twilight and star burn and shade

You’re the secret veiled, you’re the secret revealed, you’re surrounded no more

You’re not there, now you’re always here

You’re a handsome groom, a loving father, a haunted stairwell

You’re the clear bell ringing, the mountains echo your song

Maybe no one has ever known you

You are twilight and star burn and shade

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