For decades, the late Chris Cornell was good friends with another iconic Seattle classic-rock howler, Heart’s Ann Wilson. Wilson and her sister and bandmate Nancy were friends with many of the young bands on the early-’90s Seattle scene, and after Cornell’s death, she honored him by covering “Black Hole Sun” on Kimmel. And Wilson also recently spoke to Rolling Stone about her memories of Cornell, sharing, among other things, a great story about the time Cornell showed up to her Halloween party wearing a “Black Hole Sun” costume. Here’s what she says:
I used to have a themed Halloween party every year and I remembered one time, the theme was to come dressed as your favorite song. Chris came as “Black Hole Sun.” He arrived wearing these huge platform boots that made him like, 6’3″, and wore this huge yellow costume with papier-mâché around his head as the sun. His face was completely blacked out. He had a great sense of humor. But it was just after the song came out, when [Soundgarden] was just experiencing the first real tremors of what it was like to be famous.
Wilson’s whole story is poignant and fascinating and well worth reading; you can check it out here.