Pearl Jam’s guitarist Stone Gossard recently spoke to SiriusXM’s Pearl Jam Radio about how he was influenced and inspired by late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell.
“I can’t tell you enough about how big of a Chris Cornell fan I am in terms of just [the] impact he’s had on me personally in terms of watching him as an artist and listening to Soundgarden over the years and watching what they did during their time and their peak of their powers,” he said.
“And just having been involved in music and having some successes around when they were and how we influenced each other and affected each other and supported each other. How Chris supported Jeff [Ament] and I through the death of (the late Mother Love Bone’s singer) Andy Wood, and then the generosity of his including in making Temple of the Dog, the whole record, really about somebody else. I still think about it as one of the most generous and thoughtful expressions. And I think, ultimately, the highest expressions are about getting outside yourself on a certain level and telling stories about others.”
The band paid tribute to Cornell at the January 2019 Los Angeles concert dubbed “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell”, which also included performances by Cornell’s former bandmates in Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave.
You can listen to a clip of the audio below