Chris Cornell is gone and it fucking hurts. We’ve fallen on black days. The original fire has died and gone. And we’re screaming for a black hole sun to come and wash away the rain.
There’s nothing we can do to ease the pain or the shock of his tragic passing except pay homage to the incredible legacy of music that he’s left behind. And whether you’re a fan of his work with Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple Of The Dog, as a solo artist or all of the above, the emotional connection that you already felt to his incredible voice and powerful lyrics has likely only intensified since his loss.
And his peers in the music industry seem to be feeling the exact same way. Cornell’s fellow musicians clearly had just as much love and respect for him as we did, because musical tributes to the grunge pioneer have been pouring in from pretty much every live music event that’s taken place since his death, from the Billboard Music Awards, where a choked-up Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds honoured him with a moment of silence:
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To Ohio’s Rock On The Range festival, where a bunch of musos stepped up to fill in for Soundgarden, who were obviously unable to fulfil their headlining commitments.
So while you’re still in the throes of grief and trying to come to terms with the loss of one of the greatest singers and rock poets the world has ever known, treat your aching soul to these 11 moving musical tributes from his peers, from Soundgarden’s tour support act The Pretty Reckless to Stone Sour, Incubus, Ryan Adams, Metallica’s Rob Trujillo and more.
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Corey Taylor – ‘Hunger Strike’ (Temple Of The Dog)
Stone Sour – ‘Outshined’ (Soundgarden)
The Pretty Reckless – ‘Like A Stone’ (Audioslave)
U2 – dedication of their own song ‘Running To Stand Still’
Incubus feat. Matt From Cage The Elephant – ‘Black Hole Sun’ (Soundgarden)
Metallica’s Rob Trujillo – ‘Black Hole Sun’ (Soundgarden) Bass Solo
James Hetfield also said: “We forgive you, Chris” after the band played ‘Unforgiven’ during their Boston show on Friday.