U2’s Rose Bowl performance on Saturday (May 20) saw the band honour the late Soundgarden frontman, Chris Cornell.
“For the lion that was Chris Cornell, we send a prayer to his lioness,” Bono told the crowd before dedicating their 1987 song “Running to Stand Still” to the rocker. “Tonight, we send a prayer to his lioness Vicky, and [children] Christopher and Toni, and Lilly, the whole family…Beautiful, sweet, souls. To Chris Cornell.”
U2’s performance of the piano ballad, which tells the story of a heroin-addicted couple, was a moving tribute to Cornell, who committed suicide last week at the age of 52 and has publicly commented about his lifelong struggle with addiction.
U2’s first of two sold-out shows in Los Angeles also saw the band honour the late singer by playing Soundgarden’s 1994 hit “Black Hole Sun” before kicking off the concert, prompting concertgoers to launch into an impromptu sing-along.
The touching moment came one day after Cornell’s widow, Vicky, broke her silence on the shocking death. “Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled,” she said in a statement.
According to the Detroit News, Cornell’s funeral will take place Friday, May 26, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
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