Music History Chris Cornell of Soundgarden

Published on May 28th, 2015 | by Alan Cross


Chris Cornell Returns to Australia to Face His Fears About Deep Water

While on a trip to Australia a number of years ago, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell decided to go swimming in a bay in the middle of the night. As he was swimming about eight feet below the surface, he managed to run into a pipe that was just a few feet in diameter.

When I say “ran into a pipe,” he actually ended up swimming into it. And he got stuck. In the dark. Cue the freak-out.  

He tells Brisbane’s Courier-Mail “I had to figure out how to turn around and get back off it without dying–which is how I’m talking to you now.”

Cornell will start an Australian solo tour in a couple of months.


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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