It was one of the biggest nights of rock last night in L.A, as a number of rock bands paid tribute to the late great Chris Cornell.
The 'I Am The Highway' concert had been named “an epic night of music, taking fans on an unforgettable journey through Chris’s legendary career and catalogue.”
Chris Cornell’s friends and family said many heartfelt tributes but the one that captured his essence best improbably came from Jack Black. “Sometimes Chris Cornell would sing a note that didn’t exist,” he told the sold-out crowd. “Sometimes [he] would sing a note that was between two real notes, and it would open a portal into another dimension. I don’t know if that’s true. Like, maybe it was probably a real note – it was probably a C-flat – but it was the way he sang it like it ripped a portal to another dimension. You know that wasn’t just some studio magic.”
Cornell’s former Audioslave bandmates also played, as did Metallica, Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams. There was also a litany of notable guest singers: Miley Cyrus, Fiona Apple, Chris Stapleton, Miguel and Adam Levine sang a mix of Cornell’s solo material and works with bands. “All I gotta say is it takes some balls to get up there,” one fan said mid-show. “Those are some hard songs to sing.”
Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, Courtney Cox and many others showed up too to pay their respects and celebrate Cornell’s talents, and Jimmy Kimmel served as the night’s affable host, keeping the mood light as the production attempted to change between performers quickly. It was the sort of star-studded Hollywood tribute you might expect for Tom Petty or David Bowie, but instead it was honoring someone who was somewhat of an unsung hero.
Check out some of the other footage below and enjoy the memory of the awesome Chris Cornell.