SOUNDGARDEN Tour Manager on CORNELL’s Final Show: “I’ve Never Seen Him That Way”

SOUNDGARDEN Tour Manager on CORNELL's Final Show: "I've Never Seen Him That Way"

Ted Keedick, Soundgarden‘s house engineer and tour manager for the last decade, told TMZ about Chris Cornell‘s final performance:

Chris was out of character from note 1 of the show. I’ve never heard or seen him that way before, at least if we did not cancel a show.

I’d never heard his voice that way before. He was having serious control problems.

The source further reports:

Keedick says Chris seemed ‘high’ and “f**ked up,’ but not depressed. In fact, Keedick says during sound check Chris was in good spirits.

It’s consistent with what Chris‘ widow says of her phone conversations with Chris before and after the show.

Kevin Morris, a Detroit artist and a good friend of Chris who worked as a roadie both for Soundgarden and Audioslave, previously discussed the musician’s final performance with People, saying:

The whole performance, you could tell something wasn’t right.

Into the second song ['Hunted Down'] he started getting disoriented or something. I just figured he wasn’t feeling well.

Everybody felt there was something going on. Like he wasn’t with us. Like he was on a cloud. It was like he was really fighting to get through the show.

He’s been clean for years. He talked to his wife right before and right after the show… He was working very hard to make everyone happy. He loved Detroit.

What was troubling him I don’t think we’ll ever know. I think he was a little nervous about playing in Detroit, the music capital of the world, and he took a little too much of the Ativan.

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