Chris Cornell: Guns N' Roses Tour Was Ruined By 'The Wizard Of Oz Behind The Curtain'
Soundgarden frontman recalls obstacles on Guns N' Roses tour.
Posted on Nov 21, 2012 11:16 am
Back in 1991, grunge stalwarts Soundgarden were out on the road with rock's biggest band, Guns N' Roses. Recently, Chris Cornell was asked to recount his memories of that tour, describing how backstage wrangling scuppered performances:
"Without saying anything negative about Axl [Rose], what I remember the most was Duff [McKagan] and Slash and everyone else being regular, sweet, warm guys in a rock band that just wanted to play rock music. And then, like, there was this Wizard of Oz character behind the curtain that seemed to complicate what was the most ideal situation they could ever have been in: They were the most successful and famous rock band on the planet. Every single show, hundreds of thousands of fans just wanted to hear songs. For some reason there seemed to be this obstacle in just going out and participating in that. That is what I remember the most. It's sad."
Cornell also had some poignant things to say about addiction related deaths that blighted the 1990s Seattle scene:
"There's something about losing friends, particularly young people, where it's not something that you get over. I don't believe there's a healing process. How do you, really? In what way can you stop and say, 'Well, it's god's will.' I always thought that line I've heard a million times - twice as bright but half as long - is bullshit. It's tragedy. I just carry all of that with me all the time. All I can do, if anything, out of respect for my friends that are no longer here, is to do my best to lead a good life and and take advantage of the fact that I'm still around, take the opportunities I have that they should've had"