Watch Guns N’ Roses Cover ‘Black Hole Sun’ In an Epic Tribute to Chris Cornell
Moving and perfect.
Many musicians have been commemorating Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell with covers of Soundgarden hits since Cornell’s death from suicide on May 18, 2017. This may be the best—and most appropriate—so far. Launching their Not in This Lifetime Tour in Slane, Ireland, Guns N’ Roses turned out a version of “Black Hole Sun” more than worthy of the songwriter behind the hit.
The band acknowledged the spirit of the tribute in a tweet sent just after the performance.
This one's for you Chris.
Black Hole Sun.
Live from Slane, Ireland.#GNRinSlane
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) May 27, 2017
While the nod from Guns N’ Roses stood out for Slash’s powerhouse take on the song’s famous guitar solo, other tributes have been profound in different ways.
Norah Jones, for example, took a completely different approach to the same song that had its own quiet power.
But GNR was true to the original heavy, dark vibe of the song. Watch the full version (warning: fan video) below.
A host of stars from the music and film industry turned out to remember Chris Cornell at his funeral service Friday in Los Angeles. The attendees included stars like Brad Pitt and Christian Bale as well as band members from the Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Pearl Jam.
Remember Chris Cornell’s genius again with the original video for “Black Hole Sun” below, which blends the song with visuals straight out of David Lynch’s nightmares. It’s one of the greatest rock videos ever made, and a perfect fit for the song.
h/t Rolling Stone