While most grunge fans remember Chris Cornell from his days leading Soundgarden, he also was the lead singer of the supergroup Audioslave. That band featured Cornell as the vocalist with former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. Now, the three former Audioslave members are part of another supergroup in Prophets of Rage.
In a recent Prophets of Rage concert in New Zealand, the three decided to take a break from the Prophets of Rage set to pay homage to Chris Cornell and they brought up a special guest to sing Cornell's part. The song was "Like a Stone" and the guest vocalist was System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian.
Tom Morello asked everyone in the audience to show some appreciation for Cornell and then introduced Tankian to the crowd as one of their "favorite kiwis." The performance was a unique one, with Tankian's vocal stylings making it different from Cornell's version while also honoring their fallen friend.
Tankian had a special relationship with Cornell before the singer's death as they both worked on the soundtrack for the movie "The Promise," which was also Cornell's final work before his death. Cornell had also reunited with Audioslave last January, just a few months before his death.
Prophets of Rage are currently on tour and will perform on the End of the World Tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Three Days Grace. AXS has tickets available for their show in Las Vegas on Aug. 17 (buy tickets here).