Jerry Cantrell discusses the deaths of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell
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Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell opened up about the recent suicides of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show. Cantrell said, "It's been a horrible year, and it's really unfortunate to have lost those guys, 'cause they were both great people, both very good friends and amazing talents. It still doesn't seem real."
Cantrell added, "We had so many landmark moments in life together with Chris. And I didn't know Chester as well, but we've done a lot of charity work with he and his band's charity. It's really sad to see that sort of thing happen. You just try to be there for them and to be supportive."
- Cantrell, whose band lost original singer Layne Staley and former bassist Mike Starr to drug overdoses in 2002 and 2011 respectively, continued, "All you can really do is just let everybody know that you love 'em and be there for 'em. And also to remember them in a good light instead of bad moment. Because they had great lives and they were quality people."
- The guitarist said he's dealt with many of the same issues himself as a recovering alcoholic, explaining, "I think depression and addiction and many other issues, they're all linked . . . But there are a lot of people that get through that deal, and so, I guess, basically (we) are trying to reach out to them and also to be an example of 'you can walk through that.' Because a lot of people were there for us when we walked through our thing."
- Cornell took his own life on May 18th, while Bennington committed suicide on July 20th, which would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.
- For the past eight years, Cantrell and Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez have hosted the Alice In Chains & Friends Fantasy Football League & Auction, donating signed musical instruments, memorabilia and experiences for an online auction to benefit organizations like Music For Relief and MusiCares.
- Proceeds from this year's auction will be split between a donation to MusiCares in Cornell's name and a donation to Music For Relief in Bennington's name.