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Thursday, 18 May 2017 06:46

Offstage, Chris Cornell’s howl gave way to quiet, caring persona


Chris Cornell was a lion onstage.

He had the long mane, an engaging stare and a high-pitched roar that could make Robert Plant blush.

Off it, he was a lamb — something I never expected.

Back in 2007, I found myself shaking inside a Midtown hotel lobby as I spotted Cornell walking towards me to talk about his latest solo project, "Carry On." Then he said, "Hi Joseph," and shook my hand.

Something was way off.

The howl I expected was a mere whisper. As I looked into his piercing aqua eyes I had to ask him to repeat what he said after that, because it evaded my eardrums. He laughed and said, "I get that a lot."

As we talked about the new album, our mutual love for Pearl Jam and other bands we crushed over, he changed gears from music to a few other topics — most notably, kids.

As he gushed over his three I couldn't believe the man I watched run around on stage screaming, without a shirt, was really a warm-hearted, soft-spoken mush.

After that interview I learned I was far from the only person who knew that.

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