Chris Cornell Remembers Meeting Scott Weiland

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell remembered meeting late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland for the first time in a recent interview with KROQ. Alternative Nation has transcribed his comments.

“I think it was at something like this, or maybe it was the Grammys, it was an award show, and he walked by. I don’t think I even spoke to him. Somebody said, ‘That’s the guy from STP.’ That was like my first encounter. I think that is sort of what ends up happening in the life of musicians and entertainers. Sometimes we’re in sort of organic atmospheres, like it’s someones’ house, mutual friends, but most of the time you run into people at crazy events, where everyone is sort of wondering how they fit in anyway.”

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.” Fans have praised Cornell’s performance on Twitter. Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota on Thursday night. He was 48.

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  • Felonious Punk

    Did they ever actually meet and have a legitimate conversation or anything? Would have loved to have seen Chris and Scott onstage performing something together.

    • Raj

      Agreed, that would be an interesting collaboration, I found Kurt Cobain’s collaboration with Mark Lanegan on Down in the Dark to be pretty cool. Same when Cornell, Staley and Cantrell collaborated for Right Turn on the Sap EP.

      • Felonious Punk

        Right Turn is one of my favorite pre-Dirt era AIC songs. I get chills even to this day when I hear it. The crazy thing is, I prefer Jerry’s vocals over Layne and Chris’s in that song.

        • Junior Moore

          Jerry had a great yet underrated voice back then. He sings through his nose a lot now these days. Anyway, Cornell and Staley owned this track. I’m still waiting on a full on Jerry and Cornell project together.

        • dakotablue

          That is crazy cuz Layne’s the best, the BEST I tell you!
          Jerry’s pretty good at harmony but not a lead singer–his voice is too thin and doesn’t communicate much emotion (except when I saw him sing “Your Decision” on Kimmel).

          • Felonious Punk

            That’s crazy. I’ve always thought Jerry was bringing the emotion in his songs. Even the stuff he does lead vocals on.

      • Ben

        Right Turn is pure perfection!

        • bryan mannoia

          all of sap(except that last tune) is great!! timeless music.

  • dakotablue

    So Scott walked by Chris, they didn’t speak and this is called “meeting” him?