Anthony Kiedis, Sänger der Red Hot Chili Peppers, hat in einem neuen Interview über den Tod von Chris Cornell gesprochen. Kiedis nannte den Soundgarden-Sänger, den er seit Anfang der Neunziger persönlich kannte, als jemanden „unserer Generation“, dessen plötzlichen Tod man natürlich nicht erwarten könne. Kiedis sei entsprechend schockiert gewesen – und verurteile Chris Cornell keineswegs, weil er einen Schmerz wie seinen eben nicht kenne.
„He is of our generation… You never expect a contemporary who’s alive and well and still playing to suddenly check out like that. So I can’t say that I took him for granted, but… it was kind of shocking”, sagte Kiedis und erinnerte sich: „We have a relationship with him and the rest of Soundgarden, because we went on tour with them in 1992 with Lollapalooza, and they were just a bunch of sweethearts, and we got to see them constantly. It was nice to see them back together and crushing to know that he was in a painful place in his mind to the point where he could wanna take his own life. And I don’t judge him for that, because I don’t know that kind of pain. Obviously, it has to be overwhelming in order to wanna leave. So, bless his family. He left the world a better place.”