Serj Tankian, Dave Grohl, Tom Morello & more remember recent & past encounters with Chris Cornell

ABC/Randy HolmesSystem of a Down‘s Serj Tankian, Dave Grohl and Tom Morello are among a number of artists who remember their recent and past encounters with the late Chris Cornell in a piece for Rolling Stone.

For Tankian, he last saw Cornell this past March at Elton John‘s 70th birthday party in Los Angeles. The pair, who were both recording music for the upcoming film The Promise, talked about touring, which Tankian described as “fun, but nothing new under the sun.” Cornell, however, was “just the opposite.”

“‘I’m really excited,'” Tankian remembers Cornell saying. “‘I’m doing this tour with Soundgarden. I’ve got these other ideas.’ He had plans, man.”

Morello’s final encounter with Cornell came when Audioslave reunited for a protest show in January, where Morello says his band mate was “shining.”

“We hung out after the show — just laughed, took pictures,” Morello recalls. “The last thing he said to me was, ‘I had such a great time. I would love to do this again. You just let me know.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s figure it out!'”

Grohl, meanwhile, remembers the first time he saw Cornell and Soundgarden live.

“It was as if all of our punk-rock and classic-rock dreams came true together,” Grohl says. “Everybody, whether it was in Washington, D.C., or Washington state, looked up to Soundgarden as this force of nature.”

One common thread running through all of those who’ve encountered Cornell was how shocked they were when his death was ruled a suicide.

“There is a space now and forever empty because of [Cornell’s death],” says Alice in ChainsJerry Cantrell. “It’s never going to make sense. It’s never going to feel right. And it’s always going to hurt.”

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