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UPDATE: Who will we hear at tonight’s Chris Cornell tribute?

Tonight’s the night for I Am the Highway – A Tribute to Chris Cornell, and some details are starting to emerge in the hours before the show like last-minute performers that have been added. Unfortunately it does not appear that it will be streamed live, although I’m confident there will be tons of video footage tomorrow to suck up the time of fans who can’t make it to LA.

Those who are fortunate enough to be going will now be seeing Josh Homme, the Melvins and Fiona Apple in addition to everyone announced earlier. Faith No More’s Mike Patton was apparently supposed to sing but is sick; also on the ballooning bill are Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Miguel and even more head-scratching, Miley Cyrus. (“A BIG ‘WTF,'” as Alan himself puts it.)

We are less than a week out of what promises to be the most emotional night of 2019 already.

I Am the Highway – A Tribute to Chris Cornell goes down January 16th at the legendary Forum in Los Angeles, featuring music from the bands rock’s preeminent singer fronted, namely Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog. Foo Fighters, Metallica and Ryan Adams will also be there to stack the lineup even further, pay respect and show love.

In a short video clip posted by of Matt Cameron drumming with the caption “Getting Ready for the Big Show”, a faint voice can be heard singing “The Day I Tried to Live”.

While I’d say that’s a pretty big hint the Superunknown single will be one of probably many Soundgarden songs performed, it’s tough to tell if that’s a recording of Cornell or a soundalike rehearsing. Little has been said about the actual event since its initial announcement, leaving the proverbial door wide open for potential surprises. I would be shocked if longtime friends the Wilson sisters of Heart aren’t involved in some way; Ann Wilson literally just released a video covering “I Am the Highway” off her 2018 Immortal album.

By the way, as of me typing this there is still a single ticket left in the front section of the stage. $2,955 USD will end up being a bargain for something this priceless once all the tears have been cried and washed away into the Pacific (proceeds to benefit EBMRF, i.e. the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation).

Gilles LeBlanc

Gilles LeBlanc literally fell into “alternative rock” wayyy back at Lollapalooza 1992, where he got caught in his first mosh pit watching some band named Pearl Jam. Since then, he’s spent the better part of his life looking for music to match the liberating rush he felt that day, with a particular chest-beating emphasis on stuff coming out of his native Canada. It took him awhile, but Gilles now writes feverishly about all things that rock (and or roll) through his ROCKthusiast alter ego.

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4 thoughts on “UPDATE: Who will we hear at tonight’s Chris Cornell tribute?

  • Hey Gilles, I almost started crying while reading this. Will the concert be broadcast on TV or streamed?

    • That’s what I was wondering too!!

  • My love in my musical life
    ..please let me hear this broadcAst

  • Will this be televised? Please say it will be televised! I’m a big Chris Cornell fan and live in Canada and really want to see this!!


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