AEROSMITH paid tribute to Chris Cornell by holding a moment of silence in his memory during the band's May 20 concert at Black Sea Arena in Batumi, Georgia.
AEROSMITH honored the SOUNDGARDEN frontman by displaying a photo of Cornell on the stage's video screens before singer Steven Tyler came out for the show's first encore and positioned himself behind a white grand piano. He told the crowd: "Let's take a moment of silence for Chris Cornell." After a brief pause, he added: "Dear God, may this man forever 'dream on.'" Tyler then launched into the first notes of AEROSMITH's 1973 rock epic "Dream On".
Cornell apparently committed suicide by hanging on Wednesday night (May 18) after SOUNDGARDEN played a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old.
Cornell's family issued a statement Friday questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise."
The family's attorney, Kirk Pasich, said in a statement that the family would await the toxicology results to see if Ativan — the anti-anxiety prescription drug Cornell was taking — or other drugs contributed to his death.
"The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions," Pasich said.
According to CNN, Cornell will be laid to rest on May 26 in Los Angeles. His body will be flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday, and the singer will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.