Sometimes a celebrity death can affect you in unexpected ways. Especially if that celebrity was someone you admired and their death was sudden, as was the case with Chris Cornell. A few of my friends have admitted that Cornell’s death has hit them hard and left them feeling shook. It’s still fresh and kind of hard to believe but here are some beautiful tributes to the late singer whose funeral was held this past weekend.
At the funeral on Friday afternoon Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, a close friend and godfather to one of Cornell’s children, sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Bennington was just one of several notable musicians who participated in Cornell’s funeral service. The singer’s former bandmates Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Tom Morello all made remarks. Many others were in attendance, including: Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich; Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and Pat Smear; Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic; Courtney Love; Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro; and Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell.
Eddie Vedder launched a European solo tour this weekend. This is what a fan wrote about his show in Amsterdam: “The show was pretty much entirely about Chris without directly mentioning him. It was clear Eddie couldn’t bring himself to talk about it head on. He spoke a little how the healing process can start with music and made numerous references to how sad he was and how much he and his friends were struggling.”
Guns N’ Roses kicked off their 2017 summer tour at Slane Castle in Ireland on Saturday. Near the middle of the set, the band took a moment to honor Chris Cornell with a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”.