Pearl Jam bassist shares thoughts on his late bandmate’s passing
By David Sands
June 1, 2017
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has opened up about the loss of his friend and former bandmate Chris Cornell. Speaking in an interview Tuesday (May 30) with the sports podcast NBA Soundsystem, he compared the Soundgarden and Audioslave singer and songwriter with Jimi Hendrix.
“Jimi Hendrix included, Chris was the greatest songwriter to ever come out of Seattle,” said Ament. “Hendrix could play the guitar like crazy, but Chris had the songwriting chops that we all sort of hope to get to…he was a beautiful wordsmith.”
Cornell passed away in a Detroit hotel on May 18; his death has been ruled a suicide. Ament and his Pearl Jam colleagues Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron were bandmates with him in the ’90s grunge group Temple of the Dog.
Ament also commented on Cornell’s battle with depression: “If you look at his lyrics he obviously was processing his pain and his depression…I think that’s part of what people, myself included, responded to when he was singing and with the songwriting.”
Pearl Jam is currently touring Europe. They’ll return to the U.S to play the Ohana music festival in Dana Point California on Sept. 23.
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