Chris Cornell came in to promote his new solo record, which got Howard and Robin talking about how Chris was supposed to be a difficult interview.
Chris said a lot of those rumors stem from his days in Soundgarden, when he and the band were trying to look cool and indifferent in front of each other during interviews.
Chris said he started writing songs at 9, but "being famous came much later." Chris claimed that, before he began singing at 21, he was the drummer in about 10 "horrible" bands. Despite the quality of the music, Chris said that the second he stepped on stage with any band, girls' attitudes toward him changed instantly.
Howard asked what he thought of Eddie Vedder, and Chris said that Eddie was one of his best friends in the world. Robin asked about Alice In Chains, and Chris replied that the band used to share a house "like the Monkees", and added that they lived the rock-n-roll lifestyle harder than anyone. Chris also said he was never close with Kurt Cobain.
The Hidden Cost of Rock
Chris claimed Audioslave broke up because their collaborative song-writing process began to produce songs that all sounded the same. Chris noted that he's financially stable enough to withstand the hit if his solo career bombs. Howard asked about Chris' wife, and Chris acknowledged that she was super hot. Chris said they live in Paris, and he doesn't really miss being near his family, adding that he hasn't talked to his parents in three years.
Chris said that his parents haven't met his son, and added that he probably wouldn't attend their funerals. Chris said that with his son, he's the opposite of his own father. Howard asked Chris if he got cleaned out during his divorce, and Chris said he had, noting that he didn't have his current wife sign a pre-nup either. Chris confessed that, after his divorce, he had to sue his ex-wife to get his Grammys back.
Chris performed "Black Hole Sun", and explained afterward that he wrote the song as he drove home one morning at 4am. Artie asked if "Spoonman" was about heroin, and Chris replied that it was about "Artis the Spoonman," a real spoon-playing street-performer from Seattle. A listener wanted to know how Chris gets his voice ready so early in the morning, and Chris answered that he just pretends it's still last night.