On Thursday, the entire music community came together to mourn the sudden and horribly tragic death of Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog vocalist/guitarist Chris Cornell.
Cornell, 52, was found dead in his hotel room after Soundgarden’s gig at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on Wednesday night, and his passing leaves a tremendous hole in the alt/rock community. On Thursday night, two particularly strong tributes to the Seattle icon were delivered that merit some attention.
Stone Sour, playing a special show in Columbus, Ohio at the kick-off event for Rock on the Range this weekend (where Soundgarden were actually slated to perform on Friday night) actually learned the Soundgarden classic “Outshined” specifically for the show, as noted by vocalist Corey Taylor before the performance. Taylor, who told us all about his many creative influences in a candid interview back in January, is no stranger to emoting on stage, and he did just that with this exceptional dedicated performance (as did the rest of Stone Sour, really):
In Tokyo, Dave Mustaine and Megadeth took a few minutes out of their set to talk about Cornell’s passing and also launch into “Outshined” as a tribute:
On Jimmy Kimel Live, meanwhile, Ann Wilson of Heart paid her respects to her fallen Seattle colleague with a captivating performance of “Black Hole Sun”:
Linkin Park also dedicated their Jimmy Kimmel Live performance of their new song “One More Light” to Cornell:
Quite obviously, Cornell’s influence was far-reaching, and there will undoubtedly be many more tributes paid to the man in the coming days and weeks. That’s just how important he was to the music community.
May he rest in peace.