Adam Levine and his Maroon 5 band mates stopped by Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday morning to talk up the band’s upcoming album, Red Pill Blues, but what they were really excited about was paying tribute to one of their musical icons: Chris Cornell. The 90-plus minute appearance kicked off with Levine talking about one of his few regrets so far in his otherwise charmed musical career.
“Of course in this biz we get to meet a lot of people we love and respect, I never got to meet Chris… and it’s funny because we have so many friends and people in common and it just never really happened,” Levine said of his missed chance to get to know Cornell, who died at age 52 in May. “When I said I miss Chris Cornell earlier, I just miss… I would have loved to meet him. I deeply regret not getting to meet him. But his music was so unbelievably influential on all of us.”
Describing how he and the rest of Maroon 5 were obsessed with Cornell and Soundgarden’s music, Levine explained why they chose to play a cover of one of the rock great’s deeper, but most beloved, solo cuts: “Seasons” from the 1992 Singles soundtrack.
“He wrote the song and I love… this is probably my favorite Chris Cornell song,” Levine said of the ballad. “It was on the soundtrack to Singles which I think is one of the best soundtracks of all time… no one talks about that song.”
Check out the performance:
Levine, an avowed Stern superfan, was happy to go any direction the host wanted to go, from talking about what it was like to open for The Rolling Stones (awesome), to the deep love affair he’s seen come to life between Voice co-hosts Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, and his admission that — like Stern — he enjoys watching videos of his model wife Behati Prinsloo practicing her golf swing.
Now that they’re best buds, Levine also talked about the awkward first meeting for The Voice, and how he had no idea who Shelton was the first time he met him.