On what would have been Chris Cornell’s 56th birthday, the estate of the late Soundgarden singer has released a cover of “Patience,” the Guns N’ Roses ballad.
Cornell recorded the song in 2016 when he was working on a solo album. The song was part of his tribute to the Guns N’ Roses’ reunion announcement. You can listen to the song in the audio clip below.
The singer’s widow, Vicky Cornell said, “One of Chris’s engineers recently reminded me of Chris’ recordings from sessions in 2016. ‘Patience’ was one of the songs, and listening to it again after so many years, I realized how hauntingly beautiful it was. It brought back a rush of bittersweet memories.”
Releasing the song on Cornell’s birthday was a planned move. Vicky said, “it’s the perfect time to share this and celebrate” the musician: “It is true a man is not dead while his name is still spoken … and, through his art, an artist’s soul still burns just as bright as ever upon all those that look up to him and his memory. Releasing music that was special to Chris keeps a part of him here with us– his heart and his soul. His love and his legacy.”
Vicky Cornell mentioned her appreciation to Guns N’ Roses for their continued support of Chris Cornell and to all of the fans for “holding him in your hearts and always sharing your love for Chris with us.”
In the final part of her message, Vicky added, “I want to thank our children too; for you are a reflection of your father, both his strength and his kindness. … The memory of your smile still makes my heart, broken as it is, beat as fast as the first time we met. We love you, Chris. Happy birthday.”