Members of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, as well as Foo Fighters, Metallica, Josh Homme, and many others took the stage Wednesday night to pay tribute to Chris Cornell. The event was organized by Cornell’s widow, Vicky.
The night featured 42 performances spanning over five hours. The event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Foo Fighters took the stage to cover Soundgarden’s “No Attention” and Cheech and Chong’s “Earache My Eye”.
The members of Audioslave (without bassist Tim Commerford), played five songs with five 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 Dave Grohl). Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo were among the bassists who filled in for Commerford.
Metallica rocked four songs, including covers of Soundgarden’s “All Your Lies” and “Head Injury” plus their own “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Master of Puppets”. Jack Black and James Hetfield performed a rendition of “One”.
Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme played “Rusty Cage.”
Cornell’s 14-year-old daughter, Toni, sang Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” with assistance from Ziggy Marley.
Temple of the Dog’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament played seven songs, they were joined by a host of guest singers, including Alice in Chains’ William DuVall, Fiona Apple, Miguel, Miley Cyrus, and Brandi Carlile.
To close out the night, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron shared the stage together for the first time since Cornell’s passing. Taylor Momsen sang lead on three songs as did Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. For the final performance of the evening, Soundgarden performed “Black Hole Sun” with Brandie Carlile and Peter Frampton.
Many of Cornell’s friends appeared on stage over the course of the evening, including Brad Pitt and Josh Brolin.