Chris Cornell Pays Tribute To Scott Weiland

UPDATE: An Alternative Nation reader has told us more about Chris Cornell’s tribute to Scott Weiland, “He just explained how he’d heard about Scott and wanted to dedicate ‘Higher Truth’ to him because it was heartbreaking how he’d died.”

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell paid tribute to late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland at his recent concerts in Melbourne. Cornell dedicated his performance of Temple of the Dog’s “Say Hello 2 Heaven” to Weiland at a show, according to a fan. “Say Hello 2 Heaven” originally was recorded as a tribute to the Grunge era’s first casualty, Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood. MusicFeeds and an Alternative Nation reader report that “Higher Truth” was dedicated to Weiland at Friday’s show. The reader told us, “It was very beautiful and amazing …Respect.” While video has not surfaced yet of the performances, fans have praised Cornell on Twitter. Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota on Thursday night. He was 48.

Right now is a time for fans to really stop and appreciate some of the voices we still have left from the Grunge era like Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Billy Corgan, and Mark Lanegan. Rest in peace Scott Weiland, Layne Staley, Kurt Cobain, Andy Wood, Mike Starr, Shannon Hoon, and the rest of a list that is far too long.

Stone Temple Pilots have released the following statement on Scott Weiland’s death:

Dear Scott,

Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us.

Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories.

The memories are many, and they run deep for us.

We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again.

It’s what made you who you were.

You were gifted beyond words, Scott.

Part of that gift was part of your curse.

With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go.

All of our love and respect.

We will miss you brother,

Robert, Eric, Dean

  • Raj

    Classy move by Cornell.

  • Felonious Punk

    I’m noticing a scary trend here, where the grunge musicians who died al had a long history of substance abuse, while the ones who are alive today either did not (Cornell, Vedder, Grohl) or cleaned up a long time ago (Jerry Cantrell, Mark Lanegan, Greg Dulli).

    • halcyon

      I may be wrong but I think Chris had problems with prescription drugs (and alcohol) and Jerry didn’t clean up until after Layne’s death. In any case, I remember Sean Kinney saying that he was still using drugs at the time when they were considering the band’s reunion and that he decided to quit them because it did not feel right to continue using drugs considering the band’s history and Layne’s legacy.

      • Felonious Punk

        I was almost certain Jerry had quit using drugs well before Layne’s passing. I know he lived on the fringe when he was recording that amazing Degradation Trip album, but I don’t remember that involving any drug use.

        • dakotablue

          Degradation Trip released June 2002, two months after Layne died. But that means Jerry was working on it well before Layne’s death. And I think Jerry said the album’s references to abuse were about him, not Layne.

          • Felonious Punk

            It could be. I know several of the songs on DT are about Layne. ‘Bargain Basement Howard Hughes’, ‘Hellbound’, ‘Pig Charmer’ and ‘Gone’ being the obvious ones.

            That entire album is an unsung masterpiece. Fuck that truncated version; the two-disc version is where it’s at. I wish they’d make it available in a vinyl format someday.

          • halcyon

            Well, Jerry said that all the songs were solely about himself. They might be about Layne, but Jerry obviously didn’t want people to think they were, probably out of respect for Layne. On the other hand, Jerry’s (or AIC) fans tend to think that Jerry’s songs include references to Layne, even if they don’t (for instance, Private Hell). I can imagine that Jerry might get frustrated about it sometimes πŸ™‚

          • dakotablue

            The lyrics on some of those DT songs are pretty brutal. If they are about Layne, Jerry was very angry with him and condemning of him. “Your Decision” must be Layne, though.

          • halcyon

            I know, they really are. On the other hand, he’s never admitted that they are about Layne which also says a lot about Jerry. It’s quite understandable that he was angry, but the important thing, in my opinion, is that he was (at least) very loyal to Layne in public.
            I think that Jerry said that Your Decision is not about Layne, either – if one is to believe him πŸ™‚

      • dakotablue

        Things go well, your eyes dilate, you shake and I’m high?

        Always thought Layne was talking about Jer there, and maybe other band members and friends who were on his case about using.

        • halcyon

          My understanding is that the entire song is about people from their record company and Layne’s perception of the music business in general and that this specific line refers to a record company guy who hypocritically reprimanded Layne for using drugs, although he was using too, but it might as well refer to the band members/friends as you suggest.
          In any case, I can see why Layne thought it was hypocritical of them to criticize him, the only difference between him and Jerry was that Jerry was able to control his substance abuse to some extent. I don’t want to find excuses for Layne’s drug abuse but it would have required extremely strong willpower not to use drugs in such an environment where drugs were virtually ever-present.

          • Rog

            I think Layne may have been past the point of physiological redemption at the time of his death…in the sense that he most likely could never reclaim the physiological health he once had. He’d done a lot of damage, and I believe he was aware of that. The sad part was his self-imposed reclusion in the latter years. People loved him and it’s really unfortunate that he may not have realized that people would have still loved him no matter his physical state at the time. In any case, it really doesn’t matter now. He’s at peace. His legacy lives; and the band, to their credit, was able to move on. That is something we all can celebrate.

          • halcyon

            In my opinion, Layne was relatively (physically) healthy until about ’93, but his brain chemistry had been irreparably damaged by his substance abuse long before any physical signs became apparent which is why it was so difficult for him to kick the habit. His relapse (or, rather, relapses) that year was probably the breaking-point from which it went quickly downhill and there was virtually no chance he could regain his former (physical) health, had he quit drugs. I don’t think he really felt the love considering all the negativity, criticism, ridicule and stigmatization he faced. I also think he was, in general, pretty much unable to realize how much he was appreciated/loved because of his mental disposition (depression being the most obvious cause). Some of the interviews with Layne made me think of an article I read a while ago about introverts and the way their brain works, especially this sentence: “They do not process rewards from environmental cues (including people) in as strong a manner in which they process the ones that are within themselves.” I don’t say it necessarily applies to Layne, it’s just a random thought as to why (apart from other factors) he probably couldn’t feel the positive response from people, as one would have expected.

          • dakotablue

            Actually I think Layne’s brain was haywire long before he tried drugs, most likely mainly from his dad leaving the family and people then telling Layne his dad was dead. That will mess up a little kid for life. The first time he tried heroin, he told Johnny Bacolas he fell on his knees and thanked God because he was able to feel normal for the first time. Very, very sad.

          • halcyon

            Well, this information comes from the infamous “interview” by Adriana Rubio, which was made-up, it’s misinformation. Layne never mentioned anything about having been devastated by his dad leaving the family and he certainly never mentioned that about people telling him he was dead. When asked about his childhood (in actual interviews), he never mentioned any problems relating to his parents’ divorce, he just said that his childhood was rather good. Considering that he didn’t bring up this issue in any other interviews than the fake one (where Rubio put words in his mouth), I assume that he either didn’t want to talk about it because it was too personal or he didn’t think it was such a big problem. He certainly had a complicated relationship with his father and his father was probably “absent” (not that interested in Layne) even when he lived with the family, but there’s no reliable information available indicating that Layne was traumatized because of the divorce, people just assume that he was because of the mendacious “interview” which he never gave. His relationship with dad might have played a role in his mental instability, but it was just one of several factors, apart from the innate ones. When I mentioned the irreparable damage of his neurochemistry, I meant that the chemical addiction changed the way how his (already chemically unbalanced) brain worked, making it (even more) unable to react normally to usual stimuli, in terms of processing rewards, self-control and willpower etc. However, when reading what he ACTUALLY said about his childhood, it’s clear that he had depression from very early childhood. This was the primary reason why he started using drugs – as you say, he wanted to “feel normal” which was obviously something which was not accessible to him without drugs. I read that, too, and I agree, it’s heartbreaking.

          • dakotablue

            I’m aware of credibility issues with the Rubio interview, but I think I read confirmation of Layne’s dad gone/told he was dead in a few other places. I know Layne said he had a normal or good childhood in early interviews but I think he was lying (like he fudged about which part of Seattle he was from).
            It is a fact that Layne looked for his dad when he was a teen, that Phil was an addict and after he came back into Layne’s life he started using with him. That’s enough to screw him up right there, I’d say.

          • halcyon

            I really think that pretty much all of this stuff about Layne’s dad is rumor. Until I find any specific, reliable quote of his or of people close to him, I will respectfully disagree. The thing is that Rubio essentially wrote a story about herself in her book about Layne; as a young girl, she felt abandoned by her dad after her parents’ divorce and desperately wanted to get his attention and, since she identified with Layne, she thought he felt the same, hence the story about Layne supposedly wanting to become famous in the hope that his father would return to him (it’s most likely nonsense).
            Layne was very introspective when speaking about his problems, but he never blamed his family (or others, in general) for his fate (AFAIK). The statements made in the fake interview are very unlike him. I also think that Rubio wanted to connect his story with Kurt’s who was quite open about his problems with dad and his fucked-up childhood in general.
            He actually said that in one of his last interviews (in 1996). He might have played his family issues down, though.
            Well, I read that, too, but some information (or interpretation thereof) just seems to be a part of the myth created based on Rubio’s story. I’ve never run across any credible source claiming that Layne was actively looking for his father when he was a teenager. I did read that Phil was a drunk and addict and that he used Layne to score drugs (as confirmed by his friends), but the specific circumstances of their mutual relationship and contact seem to be hard to verify. If anything, in Hate to Feel, Layne’s reference to his dad rather indicates that Phil was a negative role model for him and not someone whom Layne admired and wanted to spend time with (admittedly, he might have made this conclusion later, after reconnecting with him).
            In any case, you’re right that Layne would have had enough reasons to be troubled just because of his father’s behavior, but my point is that the whole “blame Phil” thing is something created by Rubio, not by Layne.

          • Snogwortch

            People become addicted to various things for a myriad of reasons, but the common thread is that they are trying to find a little piece of happiness or heaven but going about it wrong. The addiction while at first seems to do that, soon takes them in an opposite direction. It’s like trying to fill a pothole with dirt. And I realize I’m oversimplifying but I’m trying to be brief.

    • S?awomir Gieremek

      what you mean a trend? it’s common logic. if you poison your body for years you will damage your health and die sooner. if you don’t poison your body you have chance to live long and healthy. simple as that.

      • Felonious Punk

        Uh, no…that’s why I cited no less than three examples of guys who used to be big-time users, who quit and are now still alive and healthy.

        • MrsCarlton

          Well it is common knowledge that you have a better chance of surviving to old age if you quit doing drugs. That’s not exactly rocket science. The common bond with the guys you mentioned is that the ones who are alive all quit.

          • S?awomir Gieremek

            that’s what i’m saying. there is a major difference if someone is consuming poison for a couple of years vs. a person who is a heavy user for 20 years.

    • Corndog

      Your uncle Eddie has been getting a bit too fond of a bottle of wine or 3 while performing in recent years, in my opinion.

      Could just be me overreacting though. I have an immediate family member that is an alcoholic so i have come to really hate alcohol in recent years. Haven’t touched it myself in 2 years for that very reason, not that i was ever particularly fond of drinking in the first place.

      • Felonious Punk

        No kidding, I’ve honestly never even heard of an Irishman who wasn’t fond of drinking. I didn’t even think that sort of thing existed. #mindblown

        • Corndog

          That is just a derogatory cultural stereotype. We’re not all raving alcoholics. I will admit though, it is true that we all have ginger beards and wear green suits. Even the women. Don’t forget the potatoes. We fucking love the potato!! πŸ™‚

          • Felonious Punk

            I know. Just like it’s actually true that not all Americans are fat, gun-toting savages with a thirst for blood.

            I mean, there are obviously plenty of those, but we’re not *all* like that.

          • Corndog

            Fat, gun-toting savages with a thirst for blood? Wait, isn’t that Canadians?

          • Snogwortch

            Only if you substitute hockey stick for gun πŸ˜‰

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  • Brenda Walters

    I am touched by all the kind tributes. Very glad that they have cleaned up.

  • JS7

    Chris dedicated ‘Higher Truth’ to Scott at his Friday night show.

  • Eddie Mars

    Scott Weiland wasn’t grunge.
    Andy Wood wasn’t grunge.
    Chris Cornell isn’t grunge.
    Stop those labels to those artists that were only on the same time as Kurt Cobain!

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