Chris Cornell is one of the few frontmen of the 90s alt-rock scene still standing. Over the years, the Soundgarden singer has seen far too many of his brothers in arms pass away prematurely. With Temple of the Dog, Cornell penned “Say Hello 2 Heaven” in tribute to Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. Twenty five years later, he was performing the song again, this time in tribute to Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland. Cornell’s homage took place in Melbourne, Australia the night after Weiland’s passing, and you can hear an audio recording below.
In related news, Weiland’s ex-wife, Mary Forsberg, has published an obituary in Rolling Stone. Written with the help of her two children with Weiland, it’s a sad, tragic read that asks fans not to “glorify this tragedy,” noting the longterm effect the years of his addiction have had on his family.
“December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died,” she writes. “It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others. The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting. But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.”
Read the obituary in full here.