Afternoon Show Tribute to Chris Cornell from Matt Cameron

photo by Jim Bennett

As part of KEXP’s remembrance of Chris Cornell on what would have been his 53rd birthday, The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole will broadcast an alternate final setlist at 4:00 PM (PST), which was graciously provided to KEXP by Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer and local music fixture Matt Cameron. Below, Cameron writes in a brief e-mail exchange with Kevin Cole about the setlist:

Matt Cameron: Hi Kevin. I wanted to share the last setlist I wrote for Soundgarden on that fateful night in Detroit, May 17, 2017. Chris and I were trading off writing sets for our last tour. Back in the day Chris wrote all sets, but since 2010, I was writing more than I ever had and enjoying it tremendously. Whenever I completed a set, I sent it to Chris first for approval. For the Detroit show, Chris decided to write the set and that’s what we ended up playing that night. To commemorate his birthday, I was hoping KEXP could play my setlist. Peace to you my friend and thank you for years of support. I share this with you, our favorite hometown station.

Spoon man
Crooked steps
Non state Actor
My wave
Been away
Day I tried
Black hole sun
Zero chance
Fell on
All Your Lies
Hunted down
Drawing flies

Rusty cage

Kevin Cole: Hi Matt–it would be an honor to play the set. We’ve been paying tribute to Chris all day–playing your setlist at the end of my show would be a fitting way to end the tribute. It’s about 90 minutes of music, so I’ll probably start around 4 PM. Would you mind if I read/posted your message and the set list for context? Thinking of you and the Soundgarden family on this day.

Matt Cameron: Yes, please share if you would like. I wanted to stop by today on his birthday to say hello, but words are failing me and going out in public is still not feeling right, but I would love to stop by eventually. Maybe in the fall. My life is in extreme flux at the moment, but I/we love the support of our local music community and KEXP has been a beacon of strength for me since Chris passed. Thank you.


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  1. Anthony Piscitella
    Posted July 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi. My name is Anthony Piscitella. I live in Troy, N.Y. I am a die hard music fan. Chris Cornell was one of my favorite musicians. I can’t imagine all the hours I have spent listening to his music over the years. I am still in disbelief that he is no longer with us. I will never forget the day my wife woke me to tell me the news. I feel like I have been walking around in a fog since that day. Right away, I knew I had to do something, and I believe this is it:
    I am arranging a tribute to Chris Cornell/fundraiser for suicide prevention which is going to be held at the recently renovated Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park on September 30th from 1:00 – 6:00 P.M. So far I have booked three AWESOME bands (Iudica, Under The Den, and Revenge/kiss tribute) for entertainment. In between each band setting up/breaking down I will be playing music from ALL of Cornell’s projects (through a vintage pair of Bozak monitors – a treat all in itself). Cover charge is $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (cover charge also includes UNLIMITED billiards during the event). There will many items up for raffle, as well as a Chinese Auction. Every dollar raised goes directly to our local chapter of Suicide Prevention/Awareness. EVERYONE KNOWS SOMEONE AFFECTED BY SUICIDE!!! I set something up so people who can’t make the event can still donate to the cause. I WANT TO MAKE THIS AN ULTRA SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISER, AND I CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!!! SO PLEASE HELP ME IN ANY WAY YOU CAN!!! THIS IS GOING TO BE A ENJOYABLE DAY, AND FOR A GREAT CAUSE!!!

    Here is my event link on facebook:

    Here is another flier:

    Here is a link to donate online:

    Thank you in advance for anything you may be able to do to assist my benefit in being successful! Hope to hear back from you soon.
    Tony Piscitella

  2. Posted July 23, 2017 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    I absolutely love that the Soundgarden and Pearl Jam families hold each other in such high regard. God bless you, Matt, for holding tribute for Chris. I love all of you, and hope that your hearts can begin to heal.

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