The music world was shaken on Thursday with the news of the suicide of grunge icon and legendary frontman Chris Cornell. As a founding member of Soundgarden in the '80s, Cornell helped create the Seattle grunge sound that came to define American rock music for more than a decade.
But Cornell, who also fronted Temple of the Dog and Audioslave, wasn't just one of the innovators of grunge music in Seattle, he was also a native of the city, and fiercely proud of its sports teams. And like every other Seattle sports fan, Cornell was angry as hell that the Sonics left town, and wasn't shy about letting anyone know it, even a crowd of concert-goers.
Check out this video from a concert in 2011, three years after the Sonics left. Cornell spots a fan in a Kevin Durant Sonics jersey, and then lost it, going on an epic, expletive-laden rant about his childhood team moving to Oklahoma City before seamlessly breaking into the next song in his set.
Warning: NSFW language.
But Cornell and the rest of the city of Seattle also had the Seahawks, the team who's success has helped fill the gap left by the Sonics. And Cornell, an expert at making as much noise as possible, was impressed with the noise Seahawks fans were able to make at the Super Bowl when the 'Hawks beat the Denver Broncos in 2014.
"We've always been loud," Cornell said of his band during a preseason concert the season after the 'Hawks Super Bowl win. "And it's amazing how much louder [Seattle fans] are, with nothing [but your voice], than us."
The Mariners memorialized Cornell with a moment of silence before their game with the White Sox on Thursday night, as well as by playing songs from Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and Cornell's solo career throughout the game.
Cornell was 52 years old.
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Cy Brown writes about soccer and other stuff for Sports on Earth. Follow him on Twitter @CEPBrown.