Kanye West may have had a rough weekend Down Under, but at least he can take comfort in the fact that Chris Cornell didn’t call him out onstage, as has been reported.
For the uninitiated, on Sunday, West took the stage 45 minutes late for his headlining set at Australia’s Big Day Out festival, a delay he reportedly blamed on “sound problems” due to the rainy weather. His tardiness angered fans, many of whom took to chanting “bullsh–” while they waited, before abandoning his set for other acts playing at the same time.
Of course, Kanye’s scheduling issues also supposedly drew the ire of Soundgarden frontman Cornell, who, angered that the rapper’s soundcheck was bleeding into his set, announced to the crowd: “Sounds like there’s children playing music there, retarded children, retarded as in ’held back.’ There’s no other word for it.”
MTV News attempted to contact a spokesperson for Soundgarden to get comment on those comments, but reps for the band had not responded to emails by press time. But after the story broke, Cornell took to his Twitter account to set the record straight, writing that he has no beef with West, but rather took issue with the production team behind the fest.
“My comments at [Big Day Out] were directed solely at inadequate tour production,” Cornell stated. “Kanye had nothing to do with it! We love him.”
Cornell has yet to make any additional comment on the matter and, for his part, West has remained silent … perhaps his attention is focused on getting the DONDA group up and running?