Some of the biggest names in rock music are set to unite next year for a tribute to late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.
Since the untimely passing of Chris Cornell back in May of 2017, numerous tributes have made in honour of the late rocker. While members of Alice In Chains, Tool, Pearl Jam, and even Coldplay have performed live tributes to Cornell, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello recently released a song dedicated to the iconic frontman.
Now, some of Chris Cornell’s close friends and contemporaries are set to pay tribute to his life and legacy.
As Variety reports, ‘I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell’ is set to take place at The Forum in Los Angeles on January 16th. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the event will be “presented by Cornell’s family and closest friends”.
Members of some Chris Cornell’s previous bands – including Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, and Audioslave – are slated to perform on the evening, as well as Metallica, Foo Fighters, and Ryan Adams.
“We are honored to have all these amazing artists and friends come together to pay tribute to and show their love and appreciation for Chris, his music and the mark he’s left on the world,” explained Chris’ wife, Vicky Cornell. “We look forward to sharing this night with all the fans.”
The announcement of this tribute concert comes just days before the release of a new retrospective box-set of Chris Cornell’s music, which is scheduled to be released this Friday.
While it’s not yet clear which members of Cornell’s previous bands are involved in January’s concert, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil recently revealed that it’s “not likely” the band will ever reform without their iconic frontman.
“I don’t think that’s anything we’d give reasonable consideration to at this point,” Thayil explained to the Seattle Times. “When I say ‘at this point,’ I mean perhaps ever .”
“I don’t know really what kind of thing is possible or what we would consider in the future,” he continued. “It’s likely nothing.”
“The four of us were that. There were four of us and now there’s three of us, so it’s just not likely that there’s much to be pursued other than the catalog work at this point.”