The Killers Pay Tribute To Tom Petty At Rock Hall Of Fame Ceremony, Chris Cornell To Be Honoured

No one is forgetting about Tom Petty or Chris Cornell

The Killers performed an incredible tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, one of their key influences, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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The seven-time Grammy nominees tore the roof off the arena in Cleveland with a rousing rendition of “American Woman”, before segueing into “Free Fallin’.”

The late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman is also expected to be honoured at Saturday night’s ceremony, Variety reports.

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REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

Heart singer Ann Wilson and Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell will pay tribute to Cornell with a live performance. “Chris was a friend,” Cantrell told reporters. “I’ve always been inspired by his work ethic and talent in this band. Soundgarden, they were a big influence.”

“She was thinking about doing something for a friend, and asked me,” Cantrell recalled a conversation with Wilson. “Anytime she calls, absolutely.”

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Picture by: J. Ryan / Splash News

“There’s been an exodus lately with Chris and Tom Petty and Leonard Cohen — tons of people have decided to at this moment,” Wilson added. “Chris was my friend and he was at the very heart of the Seattle music scene and beyond. I miss him, but I realized that he went as far as he could in this world with his soul. He couldn’t go any farther.”

The cause of Cornell’s death at the age of 52 was ruled as a suicide.

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