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Last night’s I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell honored the late singer fittingly.
Cornell’s friends and family offered heartfelt tributes of their own. “Sometimes Chris Cornell would sing a note that didn’t exist,” Jack Black told the sold-out crowd at The Forum in Los Angeles. “Sometimes [he] would sing a note that was between two real notes, and it would open a portal into another dimension. I don’t know if that’s true. Like, maybe it was probably a real note – it was probably a C-flat – but it was the way he sang it like it ripped a portal to another dimension. You know that wasn’t just some studio magic.”
The tribute show featured performances by Foo Fighters, members of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Ryan Adams, Metallica, Ziggy Marley, Fiona Apple, Adam Levine, the Melvins, and surviving members of Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, and Audioslave. In surprising performance news, when Miley Cyrus was introduced to sing “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” the response was more lukewarm. But she seemed to have earned approval by the end.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Courtney Cox and many others paid their respects. Jimmy Kimmel hosted.
“When the idea of a tribute concert for my friend Chris Cornell was presented to me, I was torn,” Said Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron. “I didn’t feel like I had the strength required to pull it off. So I went back to the music. I heard his voice, and I found my strength. … Chris is here with us tonight. He has the best seat in the house.” During some of the sets, including the Foo Fighters’ performing “Everlong,” a spotlight light up an empty part of the stage.
Read more from on the I Am The Highway tribute here.