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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Musicians Dave Grohl and Chris Cornell attend the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at West Hollywood Park on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.

Foo Fighters‘ leader Dave Grohl has been largely mum about Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell‘s suicide in May, but he opens up about it a bit in an emotional new interview with Rolling Stone.

Nirvana veteran Grohl, of course, worked in parallel to Cornell as the Seattle rock scene of the late 80s and early 90s exploded, and Grohl says that he felt some parallels between Cornell’s death and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s suicide during April of 1994:

“That one hurt. Over the years you sort of count your blessings that you survived, and when you see another one go down…I felt for (Cornell’s) family. And I felt for his band, you know? Because that’s a long road, man. Every time it happens, the same feeling comes up. It’s shocking and confusing and I just don’t get it. You get into this with a love of music, sharing it with people, and you hope everybody feels the same way. I know it’s more complicated than that…but, f***, it just sucks. But, yeah, I’ve always felt like the most important thing is just to get home safe. You just gotta keep on keeping on.”

Grohl does say that he “loved” Cornell, saying that, “He was a really sweet guy. Full of life. And he had so much to offer.”

Foo Fighters will be releasing a new album, Concrete and Gold, on September 15; The group begins a North American tour on October 7 at Cal Jam in San Bernardino, Calif.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

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