When Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell tragically took his own life late last week, heartfelt missives poured in almost immediately. Having carried the grunge movement from subterranean Seattle to the MTV mainstream, Cornell with Soundgarden helped shape the sound of the 1990s. Forming Soundgarden in 1984, Cornell’s powerful four-octave range was the standard-bearer for grunge vocals. Soundgarden marked the first in the movement to strike a major record deal, extending their influence to an entire generation of bands and songwriters. Cornell’s impact on musicians old and new has erupted from all corners of the music world in the days following his passing, as tribute performances have roared in from a stream of friends, colleagues, and admirers. We’ve rounded up the ones you need to see below:
U2 “Running to Stand Still”
At an L.A. stop on U2’s current ‘Joshua Tree’ tour, Bono took a moment before launching into “Running to Stand Still” to remember “lion” Chris Cornell and offer his condolences to his “beautiful, sweet” family.
Megadeth and Dave Mustaine “Outshined”
“We have lost one of the most beautiful voices in rock history,” Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine announced to his audience in Tokyo shortly following the news of Cornell’s death, before launching into a rendition of Soundgarden’s “Outshined.”
Ann Wilson (Heart) “Black Hole Sun”
Ann Wilson of Heart made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform a cover of Soundgarden’s genre-defining single, “Black Hole Sun,” with the backing of Jimmy Kimmel’s house band.
Pearl Jam Tribute on Facebook
Pearl Jam’s official Facebook page posted a photo of Cornell and his dog following news of his passing. Cornell was a close friend of Eddie Vedder’s as well is one-time bandmate in the “Hunger Strike” outfit, Temple of the Dog.
Ryan Adams “Black Hole Sun”
Also venturing into an emotional rendering of “Black Hole Sun” was alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams at a gig in Aukland, New Zealand.
Living Colour “Blow Up the Outside World”
On tour in support of Shade, their first album in nearly a decade, Living Colour dove into Soundgarden’s Down on the Upside single, “Blow Up Outside the World” during their New York City stop.
Candlebox “Say Hello 2 Heaven”
Seattle compatriots Candlebox reached further back, pulling out the deep Temple of the Dog cut, “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” from their self-titled 1991 one-off.
Metallica “Unforgiven” | Robert Trujillo “Black Hole Sun” (Bass Solo)
“We forgive you, Chris” was the message solemnly delivered under the roof of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Friday, before offering “The Unforgiven” in dedication.
On their following stop, bassist Robert Trujillo treated Metallica’s Boston audience to bass solo reimagining of “Black Hole Sun.”
Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers) “Seasons”
In Indianapolis, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer stood solo to honor the late singer with an intimate cover of “Seasons,” Chris Cornell’s solo contribution to the soundtrack to the 1992 film, Singles.
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I love you, brother. Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent. It was a great honor to know you as a friend and as a band mate. I am devastated and deeply saddened that you are gone dear friend but your unbridled rock power, delicate haunting melodies and the memory of your smile are with us forever. Your beautiful voice and beautiful self will always be in my heart. God bless you and your family.
Tom Morello took to Instagram to issue a warm statement in remembrance of his dear friend and former Audioslave bandmate.
Aerosmith “Dream On” (Dedication to Cornell)
Aerosmith projected an image of Chris Cornell on a giant backdrop screen at a Batumi stop, dedicating their 1973 classic, “Dream On,” in honor of the Soundgarden frontman.
Corey Taylor (Slipknot) “Wish You Were Here” (Pink Floyd Cover)
During his set at the Rock on the Range music festival, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor dedicated a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” to the Soundgarden singer before veering into a rendition of “Hunger Strike,” the grunge staple Cornell penned with members of Pearl Jam for their short-lived Temple of the Dog project.
David Cook “Light On”
American Idol talent David Cook shared a touching memory about the Soundgarden singer before moving into his Cornell-penned “Light On” single from his 2008 self-titled major-label debut.
Bush “Black Hole Sun”
Grunge stalwarts from the other side of the Atlantic, Bush, surprised their Rock on the Range audience in Columbus, Ohio by briefly interrupting their performance of “The One I Love” with a transition into the chorus of “Black Hole Sun.”
Major League Baseball
A slew of MLB teams and players were quick to offer their respects in the wake of Chris Cornell’s passing.
Space Needle in Seattle
To reflect Seattle’s mourning in the wake of Chris Cornell’s passing, the Pacific Northwest city’s landmark Space Needle went dark as grieving fans laid flowers at its base.
Incubus featuring Matt from Cage the Elephant “Black Hole Sun”
Incubus and Cage the Elephant’s Matthew Schultz shared the stage at KROQ’s annual Weenie Roast Y Fiesta to deliver perform a Schultz-fronted “Black Hole Sun” homage.
Linkin Park “One More Light” (Dedication to Cornell)
Linkin Park offered a moment before their Jimmy Kimmel Live performance of “One More Light,” from their recent album of the same name, to dedicate the set to Cornell.
Chester Bennington “Hallelujah” (Funeral Ceremony)
Here, we see a chilling scene of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington from afar, delivering an impassioned requiem in the form of Leonard Cohen’s enduring hymn, “Hallelujah,” as Cornell is laid to rest.
Queensryche “Say Hello 2 Heaven”
Queensryche frontman offered a moving statement at their Hard Rock gig Biloxi, Massachusetts before launching into Temple of the Dog’s “Say Hello 2 Heaven.”
Live “I Am the Highway”
Fellow 90s giants Live summoned the fifth single from Audioslave’s 2002 debut with a cover of “I Am the Highway.”
Chris Daughtry “Fell on Black Days”
Fifth Season American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry paid respects to the late singer by offering a rendition of Soundgarden’s Superunknown cut, “Fell Black on Days.”
The Cult “Sound and Fury” (Dedication to Cornell)
’80s power rockers, The Cult, offered a few emotional words in memory of Chris Cornell at a Houston gig before dedicating their 2016 Hidden City track “Sound and Fury” to the grunge legend.
Scott Stapp (Creed) “Black Hole Sun”
Scott Stapp, Creed frontman whose singing style was heavily influenced by Cornell, offered a rendition of “Black Hole Sun” to honor his grunge predecessor at a recent concert appearance.
Norah Jones “Black Hole Sun”
From the same stage where Chris Cornell played his final performance, at Detroit’s Fox Theater, Norah Jones broke into a somber piano rendition of “Black Hole Sun.”
Choir! Choir! Choir! “Black Hole Sun”
In Toronto, a 225-person chorus convened to honor the singer with this epic adaptation of “Black Hole Sun.”
Guns N’ Roses “Black Hole Sun”
Launching the fifth leg of their “Not in This Lifetime” tour at Slane Castle, Guns N’ Roses surprised the Irish audience midway through their own cycle of classics with a reverential cover of the eternal “Black Hole Sun.”
Audioslave “Like a Stone”
Remaining Audioslave members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk reconvened to dedicate a rendition of 2002 Audioslave single “Like a Stone” to Chris Cornell.
Marking the first time Cornell’s onetime Temple of the Dog collaborator has publicly performed since his passing, the emotional kickoff gig for Eddie Vedder’s latest tour was laced with subtle and unsubtle tributes to his late friend.
Prophets of Rage featuring Serj Tankian “Like a Stone”
Death Cab for Cutie “Fell on Black Days”
Death Cab for Cutie paid tribute to Cornell with an acoustic rendition of “Fell on Black Days” in Seattle on June 9. DCFC were performing at a benefit concert for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood at The Paramount.
Prior to launching into the song, Ben Gibbard proclaimed, “What an unbelievable talent he was. What a just fucking insane singer.”