HEART's Ann Wilson and ALICE IN CHAINS' Jerry Cantrell paid tribute to Chric Cornell by performing a cover of SOUNDGARDEN's "Black Hole Sun" at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, April 14. Video footage of their rendition can be seen below.
Backstage at the Rock Hall press room, Cantrell told reporters about Chris Cornell: "Chris was a friend for many years and an incredible artist, a wonderful human being. And I've always been inspired by his work ethic and talent, and his band, SOUNDGARDEN, they were a big influence on us. It's obviously very sad. I still don't really know how to really discuss it personally, but I think at this point it's time to maybe focus on the type of man that he was and the type of human being and the type of artist. [He had] incredible depth. Our bands helped each other in the early days. We were all under the same roof, with Susan Silver managing them, Kelly Curtis managing MOTHER LOVE BONE and then PEARL JAM, and they jointly managed us. We were all in the same little office above the central tavern, and that was home base. I'm gonna miss him immensely, but I also celebrate his life and his life's work."
Asked how he came to be involved in last night's tribute, Cantrell said: "Ann called me and said she was thinking about doing something for our friend, and asked me if I would join her. And anytime she calls, I'm there. And if it's for Chris, of course, absolutely."
An edited version of the Rock Hall ceremony will air May 5 on HBO at 8:00 p.m.
Chris was found hanged in his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel in May 2017, following a SOUNDGARDEN show at the city's Fox Theatre. The death was ruled a suicide.
But his family has questioned the medical examiner's ruling, saying that he had a prescription for Ativan and that a higher than recommended dosage may have caused him to experience suicidal thoughts.