Alice In Chains On Losing Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington: 'Just Let Everybody Know You Love Them'

August 30, 2017

While appearing on The Rich Eisen ShowAlice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and bassist Mike Inez reflect on the tragic deaths of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, and discuss their thoughts and experiences with addiction, depression and suicide.

"It's been a horrible year and it's really unfortunate to have lost those guys because they were both great people, both good friends and amazing talents. It still doesn't seem real," said Cantrell. "It's just an unexpected thing and we've been though it personally (Layne Staley), so we kind of know what that's all about."

"All you can really do is just let everybody know that you love them and be there for them and also to remember them in a good light instead of a bad moment."

Cantrell also discussed his own experiences battling with addiction and depression, and how he can relate to the thoughts going through the mind of someone contemplating suicide. "I think depression and addiction and many other issues, they're linked. I have some of them myself. I'm an alcoholic as well, so I've dealt with a lot of those issues myself and we've lost a lot of friends and bandmates to that. But there are a lot of people that get through, that deal, and so, I guess, basically [we] are trying to reach out to them and also to be an example of 'you can walk through that.' Because a lot of people were there for us when we walked though our thing. So it's family and it hurts and I'm really gonna miss them."

Listen to their full interview below!