Tragedy struck last Wednesday (5/17) when it was reported that rock icon Chris Cornell, from the band Soundgarden, took his own life. Since then, the music community, across all genres, have expressed their grief in the passing of Cornell.
Many musicians have posted their condolences, including Zac Brown Band as seen in the post below:
Chris Cornell touched so many & we were fortunate to have worked w/ him. He was a true talent & gentleman. Our thoughts are with his family.
— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) May 18, 2017
Jake Owen also commented on the rock singer’s death:
One of my first albums as a 90s kid was @soundgarden. @chriscornell set an example to anyone how to be a rockstar. Sad Morning. RIP Chris.
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) May 18, 2017
In Eric Church’s tribute to Cornell, he decided to cover one of his band’s songs titled “Rusty Cage.” The song was also covered by Johnny Cash in 1996 and Church decided to perform the version Cash had created for his audience at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., this past Friday (May 19).
“Rusty Cage” was originally released by Soundgarden in 1992 and it was on their album Badmotorfinger. The song was written by Chris Cornell and was known for its eerie guitar sound and feel. You can see from the lyrics below that the song represented a dark part of Cornell and you can’t help but wonder if he had dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts even when he penned the song in the early 90’s.
Hit like a Phillips head into my brain
It’s gonna be too dark to sleep again
Cutting my teeth on bars and rusty chains
I’m gonna break my rusty cage and run
It’s easy to see why Church would choose this song to represent the grief he and everyone else shocked by Cornell’s death felt.
Watch Eric Church’s tribute to Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell below:
Eric Church recently announced the final dates for his current Holdin’ My Own Tour which will have him hit 40 states with 62 concerts.
“This tour has been so special musically; I can honestly say I’m really gonna miss it,” Church says referring to not only the journey but seeing everyone on their feet night-after-night singing as loud as they can for the entire show. “That being said, I’m looking forward to sharing the bill with some artists I enjoy. It’s gonna be a fun challenge to turn a three-hour show into a shorter one that can vary drastically night-to-night.”
You can catch Eric Church on tour at one of the dates below!
June 23 Cadott, WI at Country Fest+
Sept. 2 and 3 Stateline, NV at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys**
Sept 7, 2017 Austin, TX at Austin 360 Amphitheater**
Sept. 8, 2017 Houston, TX at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion**
Sept 15, 2017 Tuscaloosa, AL at Tuscaloosa Amphitheater*
Sept 16, 2017 Orange Beach, AL at The Wharf Amphitheater*
Sept 21 and 22 Gilford, NH at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion**
Sept. 29 Las Vegas, NV at Route 91 Festival+
*With special guests Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde; on sale May 12 at 10 a.m.
**Special guests announced soon
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