Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl knows better than most of the heartbreak that can come with the loss of one of your bandmates. Grohl and his bandmate Taylor Hawkins opened up about the recent deaths of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.
Speaking to The Rock FM in New Zealand, Grohl spoke about the severity of depression: “When it comes to someone like Chris Cornell or Chester, depression is a disease. Everybody kind of goes through it their own way. I can’t speak for anybody else’s condition, but the hardest part is when you lose a friend. I just always immediately think of their families and bandmates, because going through something like suicide, it’s a long road. Chris was such a beautiful guy, he was the sweetest person, he was so talented, he had so much to offer.”
Hawkins also offered his thoughts: “Like you said, people [seem to] got it so together. It just goes to show you, it doesn’t matter what’s in your bank account, or how many hits are on your YouTube page, all that kind of crap, it all goes out the window if, like Dave said, you’re not feeling right. Not to get to hear Chris Cornell make another record again is my selfish version of it, and there’s such a bigger hurt beyond my own selfish [reasons]. I barely knew him, a little bit, but from what I know, he was super cool, I didn’t know Chester very well at all, but I knew Chris a little bit, and Dave knew him a bit too.”
Grohl is tragically qualified to speak on the loss of a bandmate due to suicide. In the interview, he seems quite reflective and emotional when discussing the musicians’ deaths.