Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard pens note to Chris Cornell on his birthday

July 20, 2017

Photo by Ron Elkman | courtesy of USA Today

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It's safe to say that the world of grunge in the early 90s was incredibly connected. Members of bands fluidly moved between groups, collaborations were bountiful, all while an entire genre was being built from the ground up by a bunch of teenagers and twenty-somethings.

At the center of it were Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, among others. 

The songs that defined Chris Cornell's career

Together, members of both bands created Temple of the Dog, a short-lived band with just one album created in tribute to a lost friend. At the mic was Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, and on guitar was Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam.

On Cornell's first birthday since passing away on May 18, 2017, Gossard penned a note to Cornell via Pearl Jam's official website titled "Happy Birthday, Chris," on July 20.

The note touches on Gossard and Pearl Jam's intimate, close relationship with Cornell in places, praising his prowess in music and his charm off-stage. 

Gossard writes:
"Your talent was jaw dropping...your songs, lyrics, your voice...how could you have all 3...
And then, the not so obvious...your wicked sense of humor and your playfulness..."

You can read the full, emotional note on the band's website.

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