Audioslave’s Cornell Given A New Lease On Life

Former Soundgarden, current frontman spoke with The Las Vegas Review Journal about his decision to stop drinking two years ago. When Jeff Buckley died — after Mother Love Bone’s Andrew Wood and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, and before Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley — Cornell felt like, “I’ve had it.” He admitted, “And that was the beginning of a very, very rough period. Eventually I went from someone who drank occasionally to someone who was pretty much daily an alcoholic, and then taking other drugs, because I was sick from being an alcoholic. And then having problems with those prescription medications. And then a mental deterioration occurred. A huge depression. I had trouble doing anything, or wanting to do anything. … I stopped really playing (guitar) for two years.” The story at has since been removed.

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