Taking to the stage at Auckland’s Spark Arena on Tuesday, Tankian — who currently lives in a town north of Auckland called Warkworth — joined Prophets Of Rage for a cover of the Audioslave song ‘Like A Stone’. Watch footage of the performance below.
“Thanks Serj Tankian for a stunning, emotional, beautiful, chilling tribute to Chris Cornell tonight in Auckland,” Prophets Of Rage guitarist Tom Morello said on Instagram after the show.
This isn’t the first time Tankian has made a surprise appearance with Prophets Of Rage to pay tribute to Cornell. They first performed their cover of ‘Like A Stone’ together at Germany’s Rock am Ring festival in June 2017, a month after Cornell’s death.
Prophets Of Rage are due to perform at Download Festival in Melbourne this weekend, after performing a headline show in Sydney on Thursday night. They will also perform in Brisbane next week, and you can catch all the Aussie tour dates right here.
SALUTE to the homie @serjtankian for a beautiful performance last night as we paid tribute to our #ChrisCornell last night 🙏🏾@chriscornellofficial @prophetsofrage #AudioSlave #LikeAStone #SerjTankian 🔥Thank you @nigelbarker #Repost @victimsofadown ・・・ LINK IN BIO – @SerjTankian joined #ProphetsOfRage last night in #NewZealand to perform "Like a Stone" in trubute of Chris Cornell! Once again Serj shows his love to Chris Cornell and makes a surprise appearance on @ProphetsOfRage's stage to pay tribute for his long time friend. March 20, 2018 – Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. Video © Nigel Parker