Event: "I Am The Highway - A Tribute To Chris Cornell"

“I Am The Highway . A Tribute To Chris Cornell”
January 16 2019

Update: Live Stream

Update: Setlist (42 songs)

The Melvins -
The Kicking Machine | With Yo’ Heart, Not Yo’ Hands (Malfunkshun cover) | Leech (Green River cover) | Let It All Be | Honey Bucket | Spoonman
Rita Wilson - The Promise
Nikka Costa & Alain Johannes - Disappearing One
Chris Stapleton - The Keeper
Foo Fighters - No Attention | Girl U Want | Earache My Eye | Everlong (Dave Grohl solo)
Josh Homme - Rusty Cage
Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, & Stone Gossard - Seasons
Miley Cyrus - As Hope And Promise Fade
Audioslave (Tom Morello & Brad Wilk) - Cochise (feat. Perry Ferrell) | Be Yourself (feat. Juliette Lewis) | Set It Off (feat. Chris Chaney, Sam Harris, and Tim Mcilrath) | Like A Stone (feat. Brandi Carlile) | Show Me How To Live (feat. Robert Trujillo and Dave Grohl)
Toni Cornell & Ziggy Marley - Redemption Song
Metallica - All Your Lies | For Whom The Bell Tolls | Master Of Puppets | Head Injury
Ryan Adams - Dead Wishes, Fell On Black Days
Temple Of The Dog - Preaching The End Of The World (feat. Nikka Costa) | Can’t Change Me (feat. Alain Johannes), Hunted Down (feat. William DuVall, Jerry Cantrell, and Josh Freese) | All Night Thing (feat. Fiona Apple, Brendan O’Brien, and Matt Chamberlain) | Reach Down (feat. Miguel, Nikka Costa, and Brendan O’Brien) | Say Hello 2 Heaven (feat. Miley Cyrus) | Hunger Strike (feat. Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, and Brendan O’Brien)
Soundgarden - Rusty Cage (feat. Taylor Momsen) | Flower (feat. Marcus Durant) | Outshined (feat. Marcus Durant and Stone Gossard) | Drawing Flies (feat. Taylor Momsen, Buzz Osbourne, Matt Demeritt, and Tracy Wanamae) | Loud Love (feat. Taylor Momsen, Tom Morello and Wayne Kramer) | I Awake (feat. Taylor Hawkins and Buzz Osbourne) | The Day I Tried To Live (feat. Taylor Hawkins and Buzz Osbourne) | Black Hole Sun (feat. Brandi Carlile, Peter Frampton, Tim Hanseroth, and Phil Hanseroth)

Update: Videos (currently adding all of the missing videos…they’ll pop up as they upload)
Use the YouTube menu at the top left to drop-down and choose a video

Update: Photos

Original (pre-show) post:

It’s difficult to say now what we’ll be able to come away with…
We hope to be able to record parts of the show, and post clips on this page tomorrow [over]night.

If we can, we will try to also live-stream on our Twitter feed at Twitter.com/iJeffgarden (note the username is iJeffgarden and not Jeffgarden on twitter)

If we have to choose 1, while the live stream is cool, it also lowers the quality of the video in order to broadcast it easier, so we would forgo that in favor of videos that we would post after the show. If we can do both, we will (try).

In any case, whatever we do end up with will pop up on this post, and our What’s Mine Is Ours page

‘I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell’ will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at The Forum in Los Angeles. The event will feature performances from the members of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave, plus Foo Fighters, Metallica, Ryan Adams and many more. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 16 at 10am pt at: http://bit.ly/IAmTheHighway. Proceeds will benefit EBMRF.
— ChrisCornell.com 11.13.2018

Additional artists have been added to I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at The Forum in Los Angeles. Fiona Apple, Brandi Carlile, Josh Homme, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Taylor Momsen, Chris Stapleton and other special guests will join the star-studded concert event.

Posted by Matt Cameron to Instagram stories. Uploaded by AlternativeNation.net on 2019-01-09.

Matt Cameron on Instagram

Taylor Momsen on Instagram

Brad Wilk on Instagram

Video List: Chris Cornell Duets, Soundgarden & Audioslave Collaborations and Special Performances

Chris Cornell Duets, Collaborations, & Special Performances

Chris Cornell and daughter Toni - Redemption Song (cover) @ Beacon Theatre in NYC 10/19/2015

Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder - Hunger Strike (Lollapalooza, September 8, 1992)

Chris Cornell & Layne Staley - Right Turn

Chris & Ben (Soundgarden) - Black Saturday

Jimi Hendrix cover by M.A.C.C. -Mike McCready, Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam ), Chris Cornell & Matt Cameron (Soundgarden)

I promise it's not goodbye - Chris Cornell [with lyrics by Rory Dela Rosa, a fan of Chris who lost his six year old daughter to brain cancer on April 6th, 2008, and who himself passed away from the same disease on December 11th, 2009.

"Hunger Strike" Chris Cornell & Bhi Bhiman @ Santander Performing Arts Center Reading, PA 11/22/13

"Like a Stone" Chris Cornell & Bhi Bhiman @ Santander Performing Arts Center Reading, PA 11/22/13

Soundgarden feat. Bhi Bhiman, "Superunknown"

Chris Cornell - Like a Stone feat. Bhi Bhiman

Chris Cornell & Bhi Bhiman - Hotel California 11/26/13 Count Basie Theater

Chris Cornell {feat. Chester Bennington} - Hunger Strike

Linkin Park ft Chris Cornell- Crawling

Linkin Park ft Chris Cornell- Crawling/HHH

Chris Cornell introducing & Alain Johannes: Wooden Jesus (Temple of the Dog), Endless Eyes (Alain Johannes), Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog)

Chris Cornell & Alain Johannes- Wooden Jesus / Hunger Strike - T.O.D. Pro Shot 2011 Live at Maquinaria Festival

Chris Cornell w/ Eleven - Late Show with David Letterman – Can’t Change Me

Chris Cornell - Heart of Honey (featuring Eleven)

Chris Cornell - Heart of Honey (featuring Eleven)

Chris Cornell - Ave Maria (featuring Eleven)

Chris Cornell & Eleven - Can't Change Me (Live Denver 2000)

Chris Cornell + Eleven - Euphoria Morning Tour (Final Show) 03 07 00 FULL

Chris Cornell Spoonman w/Street Drum Corps, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 8/19/08

Chris Cornell and Yogi Lonich: The Shave - Webster Hall April 8, 2009

River of Deceit - Chris Cornell w/ Mike McCready acoustic at Benaroya Hall Live (Mad Season)

Soundgarden - "Superunknown" w/ Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) - LIve at the Forum

Eddie Vedder & Chris Cornell - Hunger Strike + Reach Down [Temple of the Dog Reunion, October 2003]

Chris Cornell & Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden) "Fell on Black Days" Live

Chris & Ben (Soundgarden) - Blow Up the Outside World

Chris & Ben (Soundgarden) - Black Hole Sun

Chris & Ben | Live at The Sinclair in Cambridge MA FULL

Chris & Ben (Soundgarden) - Halfway There

Slash - Promise (Feat Chris Cornell)

Chris Cornell & Andrew Wood- Island Of Summer

Zac Brown Band - Heavy Is the Head (Live on SNL) ft. Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell on Uncle Anesthesia (Backing Vocals – tracks: 3, 7, 9)

Soundgarden - Spoonman - Seattle School of Rock featuring Matt Cameron

Yusuf / Cat Stevens w/ Chris Cornell - "Wild World", Live @ The Pantages Theatre, LA CA 10/6/2016

Chris Cornell - "Misery Chain" (Feat. Joy Williams) 12/16/13 David Letterman

Timbaland Feat. Chris Cornell - Stop Me (HQ Scream Bonus Track)

Projekt Revolution 08, Linkin Park "Crawling and In the End"

AUDIOSLAVE Live At Los Angeles 2017

Cochise - Chris Cornell ft. Tom Morello

Brad Pitt Sting Chris Cornell ROCK4EB event Malibu, California

I am the Highway- Chris Cornell ft Tom Morello

Chris Cornell & Lovemongers- WILD HORSES

Chris Cornell & Santana- Whole Lotta Love

Gabin and Chris Cornell performing "Lies" on "Parla con me" Tv Show "Lies" i is taken from the album " THIRD AND DOUBLE" 2010

Chris Cornell - Long Gone (Timbaland Version)

Mad Season & Temple of the Dog~Featuring Chris Cornell with Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Linkin Park feat Chris Cornell - Hunger Strike [live from Project Revolution]

Chris Cornell/Chester Bennington & kids Hunger Strike

Audioslave ~ Peace, Love and Understanding (Feat Maynard James Keenan)

Chris Cornell & Eleven Playlist Live at House of Blues 2000

Bridge School Benefit FULL ACOUSTIC SET
Soundgarden - Burden In My Hand - Bridge School Benefit

Soundgarden - Dusty - Bridge School (October 25, 2014)

Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun - Bridge School (October 26, 2014)

Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days - Bridge School (October 26, 2014)

Soundgarden - Zero Chance - Bridge School (October 26, 2014)

Soundgarden - Blow Up The Outside World - Bridge School (October 26, 2014)

Historic performance of Hunger Strike by Eddie Vedder & Chris Cornell at the Bridge School 10-25-14

Chris Cornell - Part Of Me ft. Timbaland

Chris Cornell sings Blackhole Sun with the LA Philharmonic at Activision's E3 2010 concert/party.
Chris Cornell, Yogi Lonich and Bryan Gibson- Going to California
Chris Cornell, Yogi Lonich and Bryan Gibson- Black Hole Sun

ArtistWaves.com / Jeff Gorra's Series Of Audioslave Tributes for the 15th Anniversary Of Their Self-Titled Debut


Jeff Gorra
Twitter [Jeff Gorra / Artist Waves]

Audioslave Art By Carlos Vargas

For The Love Of Audioslave
15 years later — the legacy of an original fire. Featuring: Tim Commerford
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About 1,100 miles up the west coast, Chris Cornell found himself in the aftermath of quite a successful and incredibly moving solo record, Euphoria Morning, as Soundgarden had disbanded in 1997. Much to the surprise of both parties, it was acclaimed producer Rick Rubin who suggested that Morello, Commerford and Wilk get together with Cornell. The timing seemed to be perfect. When asked about his initial thoughts to Rubin’s suggestion, Commerford with much enthusiasm responded, “I immediately thought about Badmotorfinger. It’s one of my favorite records. I spent so much time with that record, just loving it. I thought about ‘Slaves & Buldozers’ and ‘Jesus Christ Pose.’ These are songs that are anthems to me. It was so exciting.”

Commerford explained, they immediately started thinking about the endless possibilities of having Cornell’s voice blend with their music. “I think the first day Rick hit us up with Cornell, we were at his house and we all listened to ‘Slaves & Bulldozers’ and we discussed how Cornell could just do anything. Little did I know it was not really going to go in that direction. I see Audioslave as more classic rock, singer, chord progression type of music. Things like that, we never really did with Rage.” It seemed to be a natural pairing. Three robust musicians joining forces with an unmistakably potent voice that’s an instrument unto itself. All sounds made by guitar, bass, drums and vocals. Again — how fitting.

The Inspiration Of Audioslave In 10 Stunning Lyrics
To Be Yourself Is All That You Can Do
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As we are now 15 years past the self-titled debut of Audioslave, it is more apparent than ever just how moving their art was/is. There is a significant difference in mood between Audioslave and Out of Exile, while Revelationsserves as a cautiously optimistic path into the future.

Here, we crack open the Audioslave vault and extract 10 sets of inspiring lyrics. What you will find is that though their sound was consistently explosive, delicate words were placed in both the loudest and quietest moments — creating an intimate setting for the listener to make of them what they please.




Well, I’ve been watching
While you’ve been coughing
I’ve been drinking life
While you’ve been nauseous

The first sentence Audioslave ever said to us.
*Note the “thing” scream in the bridge deserves its own segment


Thoughts On The MTV VMA's & The Chester Bennington (and sorta Chris Cornell but not really) Tribute

This Sunday, the 33rd annual MTV Video Music Awards aired.  Of all the music events that we thought might have a Chris Cornell or Soundgarden tribute, this one was the sure bet.  MTV was [overly] kind to the Seattle scene as early as the late 80's, and continued to support Soundgarden into the early 90's, bestowing them with a "Buzzworthy" title for Outshined, and giving them airplay in spite of the band not exactly helping with their own promotion.

Soundgarden had always stayed away from tv show appearances, even with a #1 album and multiple hit singles.  They always thought of it as intruding on someone else's show and didn't feel right showing up to promote a single. When it came to MTV though, they always seemed to have a symbiotic relationship.  They appeared on late shows and in prime time, and usually seemed uncharacteristically at ease. 

While the MTV of 2017 is a far cry from the play-Black-Hole-Sun-500-times-a-day MTV of 1994, it was pretty likely that there would be a pretty meaningful look back at the legacy of Chris Cornell and his bands' music - even if only a quick montage of music videos over the years. 

Soundgarden took home the VMA for Best Metal/Hard Rock Video for Black Hole Sun in 1994


Even beyond the 90's, with Soundgarden [and arguably Chris Cornell] at their commercial peak, and with MTV still relevant as an authority for music, the network was still kind to Chris, airing the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater Audioslave concert on MTV2, and airing Soundgarden's 2010 return to Lollapalooza on MTV Live. 

As Jared Leto started his speech, it was immediately clear that this was a tribute to Chester Bennington.  It was genuine and came from a close friend. With the exception of the Linkin Park performance that was played being cut short almost immediately after starting (and the definitely not planned, but ill-timed promo for the new MTV show "Dare To Live" being the lead out), it was a decent enough tribute. 

While Chris Cornell was mentioned, and Jared did specifically say that he was asked to speak about both Chris and Chester, the fact that it was such an afterthought had us [and many others] assuming that there would still be a Chris Cornell tribute later in the evening.   Again, Chris was mentioned, but it seemed to be a mention to give some context to Chester's story.  If Chester had passed in a plane crash, I wonder if Chris would have been mentioned at all. 

As Soundgarden fans since forever, we're accustomed to the snubs by now.  We've seen all the posters with the top billings going to newer bands, we've been to stores that carried everything Nirvana and nothing Soundgarden.  It's part of what makes being a Soundgarden fan and finding fellow fans so great.  In a way, we wouldn't have it any other way.  Soundgarden became this huge band, despite never trying to be.  They wrote dark, heavy music and made the mainstream come to them.  

The problem is, right now, the snubs hurt.  

This isn't a top songs of the 90's list on some click bait site that forgets to list Soundgarden. This is an institution that a lot of Soundgarden fans grew up with.  An institution that both helped Soundgarden, and owes a great deal to Soundgarden.  It wouldn't have taken much to just play 10 seconds of a few videos.  It wouldn't have taken much to spend a separate minute talking about Chris.   It wouldn't have taken much to just air a clip of Chris with Chester and Linkin Park, instead of the 5 seconds of the Linkin Park VMA performance.  

MTV, we're not angry. Just disappointed. 

Uncovered: Soundgarden, Audioslave, & Temple of the Dog songs, covered by other bands

Lea Maric (pictured left), who garnered national attention in 2012 after consuming bath salts and viciously attacking an elderly man in Miami, has put together an extensive list of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog cover songs performed throughout the years. 

Use The Menu At the Top Left To Choose A Video


Soundgarden Covers:

Incubus - Black Hole Sun - [Date/Location Unknown] (MP3 Download)

Smashing Pumpkins - Outshined [tease] @ Raymond Revenue Bar - London 04.07.1993  (MP3 Download)

·       Peter Frampton Blackhole Sun https://youtu.be/nU8yuWddw0E

·       Johnny Cash - Rusty Cage https://youtu.be/EtbuUlSGXzc

·       Evanescence - 4th of July https://youtu.be/9Pdo8LDQQx4

·       Guns n' Roses - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/M4Q4XPluffY

·       Avett Brothers - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/5URFlP05IyI

·       Train- Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/Msfag1w6uYA

·       Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/ZaGL10pLirI

·       Dopapod - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/KWxkt4LgyEc

·       Zakk Sabbath Outshined / Into the Void https://youtu.be/3sDLoX-aC5Y

·       Dee Snider – Outshined https://youtu.be/fYkOCHwJtn8

·       Charlotte Martin - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/XElOqBgo9vo

·       Gov't Mule - Fell On Black Days https://youtu.be/huLvpsueaEc

·       Thousand Foot Krutch – Outshined https://youtu.be/d1aaM8NE-tM

·       Incubus feat Matt from Cage The Elephant - https://youtu.be/hcT1pVh-jZY

·       Haley Reinhart - https://youtu.be/R6RD6mjiIZE

·       Cibo Matto - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/Ar0SK2fDCxQ

·       KT Tunstall - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/QZXUYYyl9wU

·       Classic Case - Fell On Black Days https://youtu.be/uPqhmIbEJao

·       Living Colour – Blow up the Outside https://youtu.be/WM_KDrEKQpM

·       Arielle – Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/OFCX5MRx3ag

·       Maxence Cyrin - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/33xv2rDQInU

·       Halestorm - Fell on Black Dayshttps://youtu.be/0L0QiCYcXPA

·       Queen V from 90's Camp Freddy - Spoonman https://youtu.be/yomz7zO2Zps

·       Stone Sour – Outshined https://youtu.be/mUoqaPODc3A

·       Anastacia - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/C2hijoowDo8

·       Michael Franti & Spearhead – Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/wnE-pKZyeVY

·       Billy Talent - Burden In My Hand https://youtu.be/WeTDn0kKu1Y

·       Mutemath - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/o4EwRNniTPU

·       Death Cab for Cutie - Fell On Black Days - https://youtu.be/s1_9kOAecuM

·       Alice in Chains - Hunted Down https://youtu.be/r8gHRyjjj60

·       Ryan Adams - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/dluZ7P3xo1s

·       Theory of a Deadman - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/8xFdfzhVM8U

·       Local H - Slaves & Bulldozers https://youtu.be/-Uj8T6orHc4

·       Alanis Morissette - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/eUsi6UV0IUs

·       Ann Wilson – Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/hCzgPwbj1s8

·       Pierce the Veil – Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/Wjk64gE-n5g

·       Megadeth – Outshined https://youtu.be/jJT4A8vS02Y

·       Westworld Soundtrack - Black Hole Sun - Ramin Djawadi https://youtu.be/mq364f4RGqE

·       District 97- Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/pCnEeroycfE

·       Norah Jones – Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/GfFndn2fIJc

·       Eric Church - Rusty Cage https://youtu.be/tyryIbS9yjg

·       Joe Tucker – Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/hQ-56J-d5QQ

·       The Presidents of the United States of America – Spoonman https://youtu.be/UcPccQPhXPE

·       Trivium – Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/_iGrA2238xo

·       Audioslave - Rusty Cage https://youtu.be/9e1IjL0Lskw

·       The Dillinger Escape Plan - Jesus Christ Pose https://youtu.be/Fc6M4buPOTg

·       Chris Daughtry - Fell on Black Dayshttps://youtu.be/QNfiK4ld_0E

·       Scott Stapp- Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/F7JX-JfGzZI

·       The VR Sessions - Fell On Black Days https://youtu.be/ha5hKv3FAmI

·       Morgan James – Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/cHmdTCl4kG8

·       Metallica- Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/9axMI6TUPHI

·       Metallica/ Robert Trujillo - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/vTJRG1ywsUo

·       Break of Reality- Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/nW8XDsST18s

·       Aerosmith Intro Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/5jB0od_OoOo

·       Choir! Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/cDN_jyv8Sfg

·       Bush - Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/orb2CoZJXcs

·       Dream Theater- Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/Xy1ezqxuT9I

·       Miki Santamaria- Black Hole Sun https://youtu.be/aSWcCGMzkQI







Audioslave/Temple of the Dog Covers:


·       Live - I Am The Highway https://youtu.be/tU4kPi4D8UU

·       Audioslave - Show Me How To Live https://youtu.be/g6VysLSeqqs

·       The Pretty Reckless - Like a Stone https://youtu.be/4RJFgzbsQCM

·       PROPHETS OF RAGE -  Like a Stone https://youtu.be/3aPqcNbj660

·       Géczi Teodóra cello cover - https://youtu.be/r1fu1ValPmA

·       NOWDAZE - Like A Stone https://youtu.be/1FAz2JALz8s

·       Sons of Texas - I Am The Highway Cover https://youtu.be/GfX5BjnJ4Vc

·       The Head and the Heart - Hunger Strike https://youtu.be/cu-0doD0OYI

·       Candlebox - Hunger Strike https://youtu.be/frU-f_zzlUQ

·       Candlebox – Say Hello 2 Heaven https://youtu.be/2bnXfMYl27o

·       Halestorm and Corey Taylor - Hunger Strike https://youtu.be/YNHnGDm5cRE

·       Godsmack - Hunger Strike https://youtu.be/U2IkaD823Z0

·       Red Hot Chili Peppers - All Night Thing https://youtu.be/990H3wD-_rA

·       Zac Brown Band - Hunger Strike https://youtu.be/LWbPariscjw

·       Corey Taylor - Hunger Strike https://youtu.be/3cI9UWcCjOw

·       Godsmack - Crawling/Hunger Strike https://youtu.be/9CrPN3MBs2A

·       Queensryche - Say Hello To Heaven https://youtu.be/Ir4JB74CGZE

·       Red Hot Chili Peppers /Josh Klinghoffer- Seasons https://youtu.be/jkCGugzcvrg

·       Mike Love- Seasons https://youtu.be/XIjydJ1IOuc

·       Puddles Pity Party - When I'm Down Cover https://youtu.be/B59pFr4l85c

·       Phyllotaxis – Cochise https://youtu.be/9eo-Mlh7_l4

·       Pete Thorn Guest Curated – Cochise https://youtu.be/AdcI1ZI8cCY

Tom Morello’s Tribute Post - ChrisCornell.com

Chris Cornell

1964 - 2017

In his song Sunshower, Chris wrote:

All you’ll be, you are today. It’s alright when you’re caught in pain and you feel the rain come down. It’s alright when you find your way, they you see it disappear. It’s alright. Though your garden’s gray I know all your graces someday will flower, in a sweet sunshower.

Chris, I love you, brother. I love your unparalleled artistry. I love your smile. I love your ridiculously beautiful hair. I love your willingness to help others. I love your love of family.

I’d like to ask everyone present to consider making two pledges today in memory of the great Chris Cornell. First, to pledge to offer unconditional forever support to his family, especially his three beautiful children. Lily, Christopher, Toni, if you ever need to talk, need a hug, would like to hear stories about your dad, would like to TELL stories about your dad, need a guitar lesson, OR if you need to be reminded how very much your father loved you with all his heart, every one of us here today is there for you. Through Chris we are your extended family and lifelong resource of love and support.

Second, I’d like to ask everyone here to make a pledge to each other. Look to your right, look to your left. If you ever find yourself in a moment of sadness and doubt, if you fall off the wagon, if you are depressed, if you’re in trouble, if you feel like you might slip off the tightrope of life, in that moment you can call the person sitting next to you right now, you can call me. For Chris’s sake let’s make a commitment to look after one another.

And Chris, please say hello to some old friends for us. Say hi to Kurt, give my love to Layne, and I know that you will enjoy  being roommates with Andrew Wood again. That’s one spectacular All Star grunge choir right there. I’d love a bootleg of those heavenly campfire jam sessions.

Chris was many things but I think of him as a redeemer. As the driving force of Soundgarden he redeemed hard rock and metal. Unapologetically embracing badass riffs, he eschewed lyrics about dungeons or dragons and instead wrote deep dark soul searching poetry that opened the door for generations of artists who felt empowered to use their brains along with their musical brawn.

Then Chris redeemed me and Timmy and Brad. It was Badmotorfinger that was one of the main inspirations for Rage Against The Machine and then years later we found ourselves in a band, Audioslave, with the man himself, opening a wonderful chapter of musical exploration and global rocking. Getting to watch firsthand Chris’ effortless conjuring of gorgeous and ferocious melody and his epic rock god-ness on a daily basis is one of the highlights of my life. We made music that I’m so proud of and then rocked Cuba, the first American band to do it, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

And then Chris redeemed himself. Coming out of a period of addiction in the early 2000’s he turned his life around. I’d like to acknowledge and say thank you to someone here today, Tim Commerford. During this period it was Timmy who with an inspired, heroic act of love saved Chris Cornell’s life in 2001 and helped give us all sixteen more years of this beautiful man. But it was Chris himself, with the support and boundless love of Vicky, who built a wonderful, close knit, loving family, who made some of the best music of his career. He played beautiful solo concerts across the planet and after a twelve year break he reconnected with his Audioslave brothers on January 19th of this year. It was the last time I saw Chris. I felt so blessed to stand next to his feral rock fury and soaring vocals one last time. He was just SHINING. His last words to me were, “I had such a great time, let’s do that again. Whenever you guys want.”

It is important today to honor Chris Cornell, the devoted husband and loving father, the warm friend and bandmate, but I’d also like to tip my hat to the darker corners of Chris’ soul because I believe that’s where his brilliance as an artist stemmed from. Chris once texted me in the middle of the night, “If you swallow the coin from the wishing well, your dreams will come true in heaven or hell.” The demons he wrestled with were real. But he harnessed those demons and rode them like a mother flippin’ Chariot Of Lightning strapped with Marshall Stacks to make some of the greatest rock n roll of all time. Loud Love. Just thinking about that awesome jam throws me into headbanging convulsions. Hands All Over. The beauty of Seasons. Try not to cry. Badmotorfinger top to bottom. It’s INSANE. You thought you were safe? Here comes Spoonman. Then Audioslave. He’s back! Cochise, Like A Stone, Show Me How To Live, I Am The Highway. You’re rocking, you’re crying, you can’t make up your damn mind. Chris is as melodic as the Beatles, he’s as heavy as Sabbath, he’s as haunting as Edgar Allen Poe.

Thank you, Sunshower. Thank you for your love, your friendship, your peerless talent.

The body is weak. The psyche is fragile. Things decay and are gone in time. Gardens turn gray. But, Chris, I know two things that are fucking invincible and will endure forever, your beautiful voice and our love for you.