Foo Fighters, Metallica and the reunited surviving members of Soundgarden were among the artists that performed Wednesday night (January 16th) at the Chris Cornell tribute concert at the Forum in Los Angeles, California. The five-hour, 42-song “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” event also featured artists such as Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, Taylor Momsen from The Pretty Reckless, Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction, The Melvins, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Ryan Adams, Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Adam Levine, Chris Stapleton and Ziggy Marley, along with members of Cornell's bands Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of The Dog.
The Melvins opened the evening with a three-song set that included a cover of Soundgarden's “Spoonman,” while Foo Fighters ran through Soundgarden's “No Attention,” plus two songs previously covered by Soundgarden, Devo's “Girl U Want” and Cheech And Chong's “Earache My Eye,” before closing the set with their own “Everlong.”
Homme played a solo rendition of Soundgarden's “Rusty Cage” while Adam Levine and Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard joined forces on “Seasons,” the song Cornell recorded for the Singles soundtrack.
Cyrus sang “Two Drink Minimum,” before two of the surviving members of Audioslave — guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk — played a five-song set with a rotating lineup of guest singers that included Farrell on “Cochise,” Juliette Lewis on “Be Yourself,” McIlrath on “Set It Off,” Carlile on “Like A Stone” and Dave Grohl on “Show Me How To Live.”
Introduced by comedian Jack Black, Metallica opened its four-song set with a cover of Soundgarden's “All Your Lies”, followed by two of its own classic tracks, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Master Of Puppets,” before closing with Soundgarden's “Head Injury.”
Chris's 14-year-old daughter Toni received a standing ovation after performing a cover of Bob Marley's “Redemption Song” while standing in front of a picture of her father.
Cornell's widow, Vicky, took to the stage to pay tribute to her husband, saying, “We all know how music can change us, but Chris did something more extraordinary — he changed music and paved the way for so many from Seattle to across the globe. And that legacy, and his influence, will live for generations to come . . . Simply put, to me, and because of all of you, Chris lives on, a music immortal whose passion for helping others is more alive today than ever.”
The show climaxed with the three surviving members of Soundgarden joined by a rotating selection of singers and musicians, including Taylor Momsen, Marcus Durant, Taylor Hawkins, Buzz Osborne and others, for a run through eight of their songs, including “Rusty Cage,” “Flower,” “Outshined” and “Black Hole Sun.”