Earlier this month millions of hearts broke as grunge legend Chris Cornell tragically passed away. The gathering was a who’s who of the music world as musicians gathered to pay their final respects to the grunge god and voice of a generation.
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington and guitarist Brad Delson performed Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for the crowd of mourners. The song made famous by Chris’ friend Jeff Buckley who also passed away under tragic circumstances was a fitting tribute to a man that was both respected by his peers and loved by millions of fans.
Among those paying respects were Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Krist Novoselic from Nirvana, Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica, Dave Navarro and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, singer-songwriter Joe Walsh, guitarist Nile Rodgers, rocker Courtney Love and Bush’s Gavin Rossdale. e crowd also included Brad Pitt, Pharrell Williams, James Franco and Christian Bale.
Four large portraits of Cornell were on display on a platform where Morello, actor Josh Brolin, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, film producer Eric Esrailian and Cornell’s Soundgarden bandmates Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron delivered eulogies under overcast skies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Fans lined up after the hour long ceremony to take photos with his headstone, sing songs and remember the voice that changed the lives of a generation.
Remembered by former band mates Tom Morello ( who played alongside Chris in the band Audioslave) and Soundgarden bandmate Matt Cameron the singer was remembered not only as a wonderful musician, but also as a loving father and husband.
“Chris was as melodic as The Beatles, as heavy as Sabbath and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe,” Tom Morello, Cornell’s Audioslave bandmate, said during his eulogy.
Laid to rest in the Garden of legends, Chris was buried next to Johnny Ramone and Cornell’s grave marker, decorated with bouquets of flowers and several red roses, reads: “Voice of our generation and an artist for all time”.