Late Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog frontman Chris Cornell has been honoured at a massive tribute concert in Los Angeles, with performances from members of bands like Audioslave, Foo Fighters, Metallica and Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as a long-awaited reunion from Soundgarden.
‘I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell’ was organised by Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell, and featured 42 different performances and a bunch of surprise guests across almost five hours on Wednesday night.
Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel managed the show as master of ceremonies, and introduced the concert with a five-song set from Melvins, which included a cover of Soundgarden’s ‘Spoonman’, as Rolling Stone reports.
The night also saw Foo Fighters cover Soundgarden’s ‘No Attention’, Metallica cover Soundgarden’s ‘All Your Lies’ and ‘Head Injury’, Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme cover Soundgarden’s ‘Rusty Cage’, Ryan Adams cover Soundgarden’s ‘Fell On Black Days’ and Cornell’s ‘Dead Wishes’, and Miley Cyrus cover Cornell’s ‘As Hope And Promise Fade’.
Audioslave (minus bassist Tim Commerford) also played five songs with different singers: ‘Cochise’ with Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell; ‘Be Yourself’ with Juliette Lewis; ‘Set It Off’ with Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath; ‘Like a Stone’ with Brandi Carlile; and ‘Show Me How to Live’ with Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl.
Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler were among those to fill in for Commerford on bass guitar.
Cornell’s 14-year-old daughter Toni also covered Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’ in tribute to her father, with help from Marley’s son Ziggy Marley.
The show ended with a performance from Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron, who performed together publicly for the first time since Cornell’s death in May 2017. The band were joined by a number of different singers, including Taylor Momsen, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Brandie Carlile and Peter Frampton.
Other performers and guests on the night included Jack Black, Alice in Chains’ William DuVall, Fiona Apple and Miguel.
Watch video from the show and see the full setlist, below.
Earlier this month, Gibson announced a limited edition tribute guitar in honour of Chris Cornell.
‘I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell’ Setlist (Via Rolling Stone):
The Melvins (Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, Steven Shane McDonald, Jeff Pinkus)
“With Your Heart Not Your Hands”
“Heart of Honey”
Nikka Costa and Alain Johannes
Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee)
“Earache My Eye”
“Girl You Want”
Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and Stone Gossard
“Two Drink Minimum”
Audioslave (Tom Morello and Brad Wilk)
“Cochise” (with Geezer Butler and Perry Farrell)
“Be Yourself” (with Geezer Butler and Juliette Lewis)
“Set It Off” (with Chris Chaney, Sam Harris and Tim Mcllrath)
“Like A Stone” (with Chris Chaney and Brandi Carlile)
“Show Me How To Live”(with Robert Trujillo and Dave Grohl)
Toni Cornell and Ziggy Marley
Metallica (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo)
“All Your Lies”
“For Whom The Bell Tolls”
“Master of Puppets”
Ryan Adams (Daphne Chen, Richard Dodd, Eric Gorfain, Leah Katz, and Don Was)
“Fell On Black Days”
Temple Of The Dog
“Preaching The End Of The World” (Nikka Costa, Alain Johannes, Stone Gossard, Brendan O’Brien, and Josh Taylor)
“Can’t Change Me” (Nikka Costa, Alain Johannes, Stone Gossard, Eric Avery, and Josh Freese)
“Hunted Down” (William DuVall, Jerry Cantrell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Josh Freese)
“All Night Thing” (Fiona Apple, Brendan O’Brien, David Garza, Jeff Ament, and Matt Chamberlain)
“Reach Down” (Miguel, Nikka Costa, Stone Gossard, Brendan O’Brien, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron)
“Say Hello 2 Heaven” (Miley Cyrus, Brendan O’Brien, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Josh Freese)
“Hunger Strike” (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Stone Gossard, Brendan O’Brien, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron)
Soundgarden (Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron)
“Rusty Cage” (with Taylor Momsen)
“Flower” (with Marcus Durant)
“Outshined” (with Marcus Durant and Stone Gossard)
“Drawing Flies” (with Taylor Momsen, Buzz Osborne, Matt Demeritt, and Tracy Wanamae)
“Loud Love” (with Taylor Momsen, Tom Morello, and Wayne Kramer)
“I Awake” (with Taylor Hawkins and Buzz Osborne)
“The Day I Tried To Live” (with Taylor Hawkins and Buzz Osborne)
“Black Hole Sun” (with Brandi Carlile, Peter Frampton, Tim Hanseroth, and Phil Hanseroth)