The pair’s career trajectories have been similar – both become rock icons in the ’90s, fronting two of the most iconic bands of the era (Stone Temple Pilots/Soundgarden) before going on to achieve even more success fronting supergroups in the naughties (Velvet Revolver/Audioslave).
So, naturally, the news of Weiland’s death affected Cornell on a deeply personal level, inspiring him to dedicate an acoustic performance of Temple Of The Dog’s moving ballad Say Hello 2 Heaven to his fallen brother during his show at The Palais Theatre on the night that the news broke.
Music Feeds reviewer Brenton Harris was there and called the performance “powerful”, adding that – despite the heartbreaking news about Weiland – it made “seeing Cornell in such great shape all the more life affirming”.
Cornell originally penned Say Hello 2 Heaven as a tribute to Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. Hear him perform it in 2015 for Scott Weiland, below.
Meanwhile, Weiland’s ex-wife has come out with a heartbreaking call not to glorify the tragedy of her former husband’s death.
But we can still celebrate his life. Read our own tribute to Scott Weiland’s incredible musical legacy right here.
Listen: Chris Cornell Tribute To Scott Weiland – Say Hello 2 Heaven Live @ The Palais Theatre 2015