Some of the hottest musicians in the world came together to honor the vast musical legacy of Chris Cornell last night (Jan. 16) at The Forum in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the show went to benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation.
Among the night’s touching and explosive tribute performances, was an incredible four-song set from Metallica, who covered “All Your Lies” and “Head Injury” from Soundgarden’s 1988 album Ultramega OK, along with their own songs “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Master of Puppets,” with some help from Tenacious D’s own Jack Black, who introduced the band with true diehard rock enthusiasm.
Watch Metallica crush their set above.
Fellow Seattle-native grunge rockers Foo Fighters also hit the stage to honor their late, legendary friend. Foo Fighters mixed things up a bit, launching their set with “No Attention” from Soundgarden’s chart-topping fifth studio album, Down on the Upside. After slaying that cover, they moved on to Devo’s New Wave single “Girl U Want.” Their third number was a cover of a notable Soundgarden cover, with Cheech and Chong’s indelible comedy skit/song “Earache In My Eye” and ended the set with a Foo Fighters hit, “Everlong.”
Watch the Foo Fighters’ musical Cornell tribute below.
Chris Cornell will always be revered as one of the best rock vocalists of all time. Jack Black made reference to Cornell’s vocal prowess in a heartfelt speech saying, “Sometimes Chris Cornell would sing a note that didn’t exist.”
The outpouring of love for Cornell was huge at The Forum. Other notable performances include Chris Stapleton’s soulful rendition of “The Keeper.” Cornell wrote the song for the soundtrack of the 2011 film “Machine Gun Preacher” and received a Best Original Song Golden Globe nomination for it in 2012. Miley Cyrus also stunned the crowd by tapping into Cornell’s Temple of the Dog supergroup hit, “Say Hello 2 Heaven.”