Chris Cornell’s death in 2018 rocked Taylor Momsen. The Pretty Reckless singer, 28, was on tour with Soundgarden when Cornell took his own life. In a new interview, Momsen reveals that she also lost her best friend around the same time, which sent her into a spiral of “depression” and “drug addiction.”
“I don’t want to get too heavy, but there’s no way to talk about it without going into the losses we’ve suffered,” said the Gossip Girl alum tells singer Brent Smith to Interview magazine. “We lost a lot of people very close to us. We were on tour with Soundgarden, which was such a high point for me. I’m the biggest Soundgarden fan in the world. Chris Cornell passed away the night of our last gig. It was overwhelming for me. I wasn’t mentally prepared to handle it, and it really beat me down.”
Momsen quickly realized that she “couldn’t get on stage every night and be okay.”
“I couldn’t pretend. So I canceled the tour and went home. Then I learned that our producer Kato, my best friend in the world and practically a member of the band, had died in a car accident. motorbike. It was the nail in the coffin for me,” she says. “I degenerated very quickly: depression, drug addiction. I fell into this hole that I couldn’t get out of – I didn’t even know if I wanted to. I finally got to a place where I really needed music again – I was depriving myself of it during that time, and I had never done that.”
Momsen had to reintroduce music into his life.
“I started from the beginning. I wondered why I fell in love with music, where did it start? I went through all the bands I liked growing up, and I even been able to listen to Soundgarden again, and that it brings me joy”, she shares.
The Pretty Reckless released their fourth studio album last year, titled Death by Rock and Roll.
“This record is a tribute to those we love and have lost, and it’s hopeful. It captures the arc of heartbreak – in the end, it gets better. The expression Death by Rock and Roll is very important, because it was something Kato used to say, and a motto that we lived our lives by,” Momsen continues. “We had a recording of Kato’s footsteps, and the disc begins with this sound. We play it at every concert, as if it were walking on stage with us.”
Momsen is back on tour with rock band Shinedown.
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