Bands performing at Rock On The Range festival last night (May 19) paid tribute to Chris Cornell in the wake of his death.
The Columbus, Ohio festival announced before the event kicked off that they would be using the weekend to honour the late musician. Gavin Rossdale’s Bush covered Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’, while Live performed a version of Audioslave’s ‘I Am The Highway’.
A police report obtained by The Detroit News states that Cornell’s wife Vicky asked the singer’s bodyguard to check on her husband because “he did not sound like he is okay” in a telephone conversation she had with him. During that phone call, Cornell is said to have been slurring, admitted to taking “an extra Ativan [anti-anxiety medication] or two” and repeatedly said, “I am just tired”.
Both a hotel medic and an emergency medical technician unsuccessfully performed CPR on Cornell, who was pronounced dead at 1.30am local time.
“I love you, brother,” the tribute began. “Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent. It was a great honor to know you as a friend and as a band mate.”