The new year will start off in fine form in Los Angeles: Foo Fighters and Metallica are among the all-star cast of musicians who will honor memory of the late Chris Cornell with a special tribute performance at The Forum in Los Angeles.
The special event, billed as “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell,” will be hosted by late-night tv host Jimmy Kimmel, and will also feature appearances by Cornell’s former bandmates in Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple Of the Dog, as well as Ryan Adams. Other surprise guests are also scheduled.
Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. PST. Each ticket purchased online for the show will include a copy of Cornell’s self-titled career retrospective album. Visit ChrisCornell.com for additional details.
Proceeds from the show will benefit the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation (EBMRF) – a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for this painful and debilitating genetic disorder.
In a statement, Metallica said, “In May of 2017 we lost one of the most unique, distinctive, and game-changing voices in rock with the passing of Chris Cornell. We were honored to call him a friend and an inspiration. We jumped at the chance to be a part of an amazing tribute concert.”
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told New Zealand’s The Rock FM, “Chris was such a beautiful guy, man — he was the sweetest person, he was so talented, he had so much to offer — that it was a real shock to hear that he had gone,” he said. Grohl lost his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain to suicide, he continued: “I think that mental health and depression is something that people should really take seriously. And there’s a stigma attached to it, which is unfortunate, because just as you take care of yourselves in every other way, I think it’s important that people really try to take care of themselves in that way too. And it ain’t easy. You know, life’s hard.”