Metallica, The Pretty Reckless, Incubus, Etc. Pay Live Tributes To Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden, Audioslave, etc.) tragic death left the rock community in a state of shock, and live musical tributes are still continuing to pour in. You can check out some of those below:

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo mixing Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” into his bass solo on May 19 in Foxborough, MA:

The Pretty Reckless performing Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” at WMMR’s MMR-B-Q at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ on May 20:

Incubus and Cage The Elephant‘s Matthew Shultz performing “Black Hole Sun” at the KROQ Weenie Roast on May 20:

Bush mixing “Black Hole Sun” into a cover of R.E.M.’s “The One I Love” at Rock On The Range on May 19:

Red Hot Chil Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer performing Cornell’s “Seasons” during the band’s show in Indianapolis, IN on May 18:

Dream Theater’s  James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess performing partial cover of “Black Hole Sun” (which LaBrie unfortunately forgot the lyrics to) during the band’s show in Bucharest, Romania on May 20:

Queensrÿche performing Temple Of The Dog’s “Say Hello 2 Heaven” in Biloxi, MS on May 20:

U2 dedicating “Running To Stand Still” to Cornell at their show in Pasadena, CA on May 20:

Living Colour covering Soundgarden‘s “Blow Up The Outside World” during their show in Perth, AUS on May 19:

Aerosmith having a moment of silence and dedicating “Dream On“ to Cornell in Batumi, GA on May 20:

Chris Cornell Reportedly Set To Be Laid To Rest In Los Angeles, CA This Week, Matt Cameron & Mike McCready Comment On His Passing

According to CNN, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell is expected to be buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA on May 26. The article also says that the family are thinking about doing a public memorial as well.

In other news Cornell’s Soundgarden bandmate Matt Cameron has commented on his death:

“My dark knight is gone. Thank you for the incredible outpouring of kindness and love.”

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, who performed with Cornell in Temple of the Dog also issued a statement to the Seattle Times:

“Chris Cornell painted in song the darkness and beauty of life in Seattle. Chris means a lot to me today, as he trusted me to play on Temple. He handed me a dream in getting to actually play on beautiful songs. Informed how I would play on Pearl Jam records in the future, I believe. Gave me the break into the music business I’d wanted since I was 11. He was a friend I will miss. I miss you, brother.”

Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor & Christian Martucci Take Part In Chris Cornell Tribute At Rock On The Range

Rock On The Range organizers put together a moving tribute to honor the late Chris Cornell, whose band Soundgarden were originally set to headline Friday night (May 19). The tribute took place directly after Live’s set, which included a performance of Audioslave‘s “I Am the Highway.” It began with the screens playing imagery and audio from the singer’s career, and once that ended, Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and Christian Martucci took the stage for covers of Pink Floyd‘s “Wish You Were Here” and Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike.” The tribute concluded with more video and audio from Cornell’s various projects, along with his isolated vocals for “Black Hole Sun.” It was an emotional and late evening for festival goers who had spent a lot of the day taking cover due to severe storms, which are still plaguing the festival today, but festival organizers did what they could to honor a legend.

Police Report On Chris Cornell’s Death Offers Timeline On His Passing

Some more information regarding the timeline of events leading up to Chris Cornell’s death has been revealed via a police report obtained by Detroit News. According to the report, Soundgarden finished their May 17 show in Detroit MI, and shortly after that Cornell’s bodyguard Martin Kirsten gave the frontman two Ativan pills for his anxiety, and tried to help him fix his computer at 11:30PM. Then Cornell talked to his wife Vicky at about 11:35PM, and during the conversation he sounded “groggy” and kept saying he was “just tired.” After that, she could not get ahold of her husband so she called Kirsten at around 12:15AM on May 18. Kirsten then went to check on Cornell and busted open the two locked doors to his room at the MGM Grand Detroit. Once inside, Kirsten found him slumped on the bathroom floor with a red exercise band, which he used to hang himself, around his neck. The medic arrived at 12:56AM, followed by EMS who tried to perform CPR. The singer was then pronounced dead at 1:30AM. As previously reported, Vicky believes the Ativan played a role in his death.


Heart’s Ann Wilson Covers Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

During last night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Heart’s Ann Wilson paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” Check that out below:

On another note, both Wilson sisters issued statements on Cornell’s passing as well:

Ann Wilson:

“It’s important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive. He is on his way. We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul.”

Nancy Wilson:

“No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family. And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music. Devastating.”

Chris Cornell’s Widow & Lawyer Believe Prescription Drug Ativan May Have Contributed To His Death

Yesterday the Wayne County Medical Examiner officially ruled Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden) death as a “suicide by hanging,” but his widow Vicky and family attorney Kirk Pasich are disputing the findings saying the prescription drug Ativan could have contributed. Cornell was taking the drug for anxiety, and may have took more than recommended leading to impaired thought.


Pasich commented:

“Without the results of toxicology tests, we do not know what was going on with Chris — or if any substances contributed to his demise. Chris, a recovering addict, had a prescription for Ativan and may have taken more Ativan than recommended dosages. The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions.”

Vicky also commented:

“Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled. As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. He was my best friend. His world revolved around his family first and, of course, his music, second. He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children. When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do. When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.”

“What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life.”

“The outpouring of love and support from his fans, friends and family means so much more to us than anyone can know. Thank you for that, and for understanding how difficult this is for us.”

Cornell’s body was found in his hotel room at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel while he was on tour in Detroit, MI. He was 52. R.I.P.

[via UPI]