The amps were cranked up and the emotions were flowing at the Forum in Los Angeles Wednesday night as musical friends and big-name admirers paid tribute to Chris Cornell, the late grunge pioneer who fronted Soundgarden and later Audioslave.
It was a vast show of affection that drew rock powerhouses (Metallica), pop stars (Miley Cyrus) and celebrities (Brad Pitt) to the Forum stage, just shy of 20 months after the singer/songwriter died by suicide in a Detroit hotel in, 2017.
The nearly five-hour “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” was at times reverent, often raucous, as Cornell’s sprawling body of work was celebrated for a capacity crowd that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Gene Simmons, Tom Hanks and Courteney Cox.
As a rain befitting Cornell’s hometown of Seattle came down outside, fans in the Forum were spoiled for choice by a loose-knit concert that saw one musician after another coming, going, and coming again throughout the show.
“Chris is here with us tonight,” Soundgarden drummer andMatt Cameron said atop the show. “He has the best seat in the house.”