The music world lost a Seattle icon on Thursday when reports of Chris Cornell’s death were made public. The 52-year-old man who started Soundgarden and helped launch a musical upheaval killed himself after a concert in Detroit on Wednesday night.
The grunge legend will be remembered for many things. He was a brilliant vocalist and put Soundgarden on the map with songs like Black Hole Sun and Rusty Cage. Those are the hits you’ll undoubtedly hear over the next few days as the music world mourns his loss.
But for others, Cornell will be remembered for his lesser roles. High school me will remember him fondly for Audioslave, where he teamed up with Tom Morello and essentially becoming the lead singer of Rage Against the Machine for a bit. That produced hits like Cochise — which still bangs today and came with a quintessentially 2002 music video — and the more mellow and underrated I Am the Highway.