Musicians ranging from Metallica to Miley Cyrus gathered in Los Angeles on Wednesday night for a special tribute concert in memory of the late Chris Cornell.
The I Am The Highway show took place at the Forum and saw special performances from the Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams, Miguel, Fiona Apple, and Cornell’s band Soundgarden, who performed live for the first time since the frontman’s death in 2017, and others.
Cornell passed away in May 2017 at 52. His death was later ruled a suicide. He is survived by his wife Vicky, and his children Lily, 18, Toni, 14, and Christopher, 12, who attended the tribute show.
“Chris lives on, a music immortal whose passion for helping others is alive today,” said Vicky, who was brought to the stage by actor Josh Brolin. “This event showcases his contribution to music history across genres and generations.
“We all know how music can change us,” she continued, “but Chris did something more extraordinary. He changed music. … That legacy and influence will last for generations to come.”
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the majority of the five-hour event, which took the sold-out crowd on an unforgettable journey through Cornell’s legendary career and catalogue.
Dave Grohl joined the members of Cornell’s band Audioslave to perform “Show Me How to Live,” while Taylor Hawkins, Taylor Momsen, and Tom Morello helped out Soundgarden during their emotional eight-song setlist.
Metallica’s short set included covers of Soundgarden’s “All Your Lies” and “Head Injury”, while Cyrus sang Cornell’s “Two Drink Minimum” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” a Temple of the Dog song that was written by Cornell.
Later in the show, Brad Pitt introduced Cornell’s daughter, Toni, who collaborated with Ziggy Marley to sing his father’s “Redemption Song”.
Pitt shared, “It’s my privilege to introduce to you a very special duet. Just her third time on the mic, Toni Cornell and Ziggy Marley. Give it up!”
The late singer’s other daughter, Lily, also spoke of her father’s gift as a musician.
“The most influential advice he gave me was that his success didn’t come from a desire to have success. It was born from a passion and a love for what he did,” she said.
Other special guests included Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, Courteney Cox, Cameron Crowe, Kaley Cuoco, David Spade, John Carter Cash, Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
The show raised over 1 million dollars for The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation.