“Fresh Track Marks?” Was Chris Cornell “Messed Up” During His Final Concert?

There are still plenty of unanswered questions surrounding the death of Chris Cornell. This new revelation from his tour manager and house engineer may get us closer to learning what actually happened in a 45-minute span after 11:35 pm May 17.

According to TMZ, Ted Keedick, a guy who worked with Cornell for over a decade, says “Chris was out of character from note 1 of the show. I’ve never heard or seen him that way before, at least if we did not cancel a show.” He seemed “high” and “fucked up” but not depressed. This assessment agrees with what Vicky Cornell says about the conversations she had with Chris before and after the gig.

More from Keedick:  “I’d never heard his voice that way before. He was having serious control problems.”

What does this mean? After years of being clean, had Chris relapsed? Perhaps.

A new report from TMZ says “Chris Cornell had apparently taken more than Ativan before hanging himself, because we’ve learned he had fresh track marks on his arm when his body was discovered in a Detroit hotel room. Sources connected to the investigation tell us … the track marks were ‘obvious.’ The singer had a history of using drugs. The toxicology tests will reveal what drugs were found in Chris’ system.”

We really need that toxicology report.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

3 thoughts on ““Fresh Track Marks?” Was Chris Cornell “Messed Up” During His Final Concert?

    • May 25, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Not at all. He was surely a little rusty in that Audioslave show, as any musician knows off nights can happen, but that last Soundgarden show in Detroit was very different, and his sound guy has confirmed as much.

  • May 24, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    i watched the last concert and it seemed as though they had turned down the sound on his guitar wayyy down,he was really struggling to play his guitar he was really off


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