Footage Emerges Of Chris Cornell’s Final Performance With Soundgarden Before His Death

As the rock world tries to make sense of the “sudden and unexpected” passing of iconic vocalist Chris Cornell, video has emerged of his last-ever performance with Soundgarden. The grunge legends, who have sold over 22 million albums worldwide since forming in 1984, hit the road in late-April, and last night, the band played the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

Soundgarden performed a full 19-song set, including classics “Black Hole Sun,” “Blow Up the Outside World,” and “Spoonman,” before ending the show with “Slaves & Bulldozers.” In the Badmotorfinger deep cut, Cornell howls, “So bleed your heart out/There’s no more rides for free/Bleed your heart out/I said, what’s in it for me?/What’s in it for me?” The group reportedly merged the track (which was already depressing even before what happened) with “In My Time of Dying,” a traditional gospel song made famous by Led Zeppelin that goes, “In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn/All I want for you to do is take my body home.” The hook? “Well, well, well/So I can die easy.”

The police are still trying to piece together Cornell’s final hours — officials are reportedly “investigating the episode as a suicide” — but it’s hard (and deeply sad) to not think about what was going through his mind during the show.

(Via Stereogum)