I never met Chris Cornell. Honestly, I wasn’t even a big fan, but Soundgarden played a huge part in the sound track of my youth. I saw them the first time in 1990 at the Gathering of the Tribes, and then a handle full of times after that. I am glad I got to see him at the Temple of the Dog shows last year. When we were doing the Icon Ice Cream Series, it was a customer's idea, and I liked the play on words, and I thought that if anyone deserved to be called a Seattle Icon, it was them. It was their manager that gave me the OK.
Cornell’s death rocked me.
Partly it was that both of my parents just passed. Also that he is my brothers age. Part of it was that I am going back through all my records and discovering things all over again, and I had just been listening to Soundgarden a couple days before. It was also that he is not the first in my age group to do this. In high school we were warned about teen suicide. There were all these posters about warning signs, and to seek help. When you hit your 40s they stop showing you those posters.