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Metallica, Miley Cyrus perform at Chris Cornell tribute

By The Associated Press
Posted 1:54PM on Thursday 17th January 2019 ( 6 months ago )

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many from Metallica and the Foo Fighters rocked on with electrifying performances as family members gave heartfelt speeches in memory of the late Chris Cornell.

Cornell's wife, Vicky, stepped onstage struggling to speak at first. But after gathering herself, she eventually thanked everyone for their support and spoke about her husband's legacy at his tribute concert called "I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" on Wednesday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Cornell died at age 52 in May 2017. His death was ruled a suicide.

"Chris lives on, a music immortal whose passion for helping others is alive today ever," said Vicky Cornell, who was brought on stage by actor Josh Brolin. The concert helped raise funds for the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation.

Cornell was a leader of the grunge movement with Seattle-based Soundgarden, finding early success with them. But he also succeeded with other projects, including Audioslave, Temple of the Dog as well as solo albums.

"This event showcases his contribution to music history across genres and generations," she said. "We all know how music can change us. But Chris did something more extraordinary. He changed music. ... That legacy and influence will last for generations to come."

Jimmy Kimmel hosted most of the five-hour tribute concert that took the sold-out crowd through Cornell's career and catalog, with performances by members of his former bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. The all-star lineup also included Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine, Brandi Carlile, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Ryan Adams and Temple of the Dog.

"We miss you, Chris," said Cyrus, who performed "Two Drink Minimum" then later "Say Hello 2 Heaven," a Temple of the Dog song that was written by Cornell. She wore a jacket bearing a picture of Cornell on it.

"I'm honored to be here tonight," she said.

Brad Pitt introduced Cornell's daughter, Toni Cornell, who sang while Ziggy Marley played the guitar as they performed his father's song "Redemption Song." The singer's other daughter Lily Cornell Silver said her father had a "beautiful 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.

Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello said Cornell "wrestled with demons" but made some of the "greatest rock-and-roll music of all-time."

"He proved that he could mix monster rock, rifts with smart lyrics and punk-rock attitude," he said. "We are saddened that he's gone. But the memory of his unbridled rock power, his chiseled chest and outrageously perfect hair, and most of all, his music lives on forever."

After Foo Fighters did three renditions of Cornell's songs, lead singer Dave Grohl stayed on stage for a solo and performed "Everlong."

"I woke up sad this morning," he said. "With all this love, the one person who would appreciate this the most can't be here tonight. So this song is for him."

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This story corrects spelling of 'Vicky' throughout.

Toni Cornell, daughter of the late singer Chris Cornell, performs with Ziggy Marley, bottom left, underneath a video image of her father during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Brandi Carlisle performs underneath an image of the late singer Chris Cornell during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Robert Trujillo, left, and James Hetfield of Metallica perform during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Adam Levine, center, and Jesse Carmichael, left, of the band Maroon 5 perform with Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Toni Cornell, right, daughter of the late singer Chris Cornell, performs with Ziggy Marley during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Miley Cyrus wears a jacket bearing a picture of the late singer Chris Cornell as she performs during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Miley Cyrus performs during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singers Miguel, left, and Nikka Costa perform together during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Dave Grohl, left, embraces Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
James Hetfield, left, and Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Ryan Adams performs with his band underneath an image of the late singer Chris Cornell during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Tom Morello of Audioslave performs during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Dave Grohl, center, performs with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, left, and Audioslave members Brad Wilk, top, and Tom Morello during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Perry Farrell, left, performs with Brad Wilk, center, and Tom Morello of Audioslave during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Taylor Momsen, center, performs with Soundgarden members Kim Thayil, left, and Matt Cameron during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singers Chris Stapleton, left, and Brandi Carlisle perform the Temple of the Dog song "Hunger Strike" during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
From left, Soundgarden band members Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd perform during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
James Hetfield of Metallica performs during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Singer Perry Farrell, left, performs with Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Guitarist Kirk Hammett of Metallica is seen on a video screen above the stage as the band performs during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs during "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" at The Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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