Lzzy Hale (HALESTORM), Amos Heller (Taylor Swift), Bryan Wickmann (formerly of SEETHER), Christopher Williams (ACCEPT), Meta Dead (THE DEAD DEADS) and Brandon Bruce (TIME TRAP) are among the musicians who took part in "Say Hello 2 Heaven", a tribute concert to Chris Cornell, this past Friday night (June 23) at The Basement East in Nashville, Texas.
Fan-filmed video footage of the "Hunger Strike" (TEMPLE OF THE DOG) and "Black Hole Sun" (SOUNDGARDEN) performances can be seen below.
In a recent interview with the 97.7 WQLZ radio station, Hale stated about Cornell: "Honestly, SOUNDGARDEN was a huge building block with my bandmates, 'cause that band… that kind of knocked me out of my '80s obsession. That was the band that brought me into the '90s and the magic of that. I remember… I think it was a couple of days after I met Joe [Hottinger, HALESTORM guitarist], he ended up giving me — back when you used to burn CDs — he gave me this kind of mixed tape of… there was 'Down On The Upside' and there was some stuff from 'Superunknown', and it blew my freaking mind, because I hadn't really dug into that band yet. And it literally… I think it helped shape our HALESTORM sound. This was in 2003 when we started kind of really getting it together."
She continued: "Nobody approached the microphone like [Chris] did. There was just this effortless… and all these different characters that he developed over records, which is something I always kind of go to. We're actually doing that in the studio now — we're, like, 'This about all the characters that Chris Cornell had and how he used them in every song.' There were a couple of different voices. And we discussed that even before he passed, we discussed this over the years."
Hale added: "It's just so sad to lose another one. He's such a great talent, and it's so incredibly heartbreaking that he's gone now."
HALESTORM is currently writing and recording material for the follow-up to 2015's "Into The Wild Life" album.
The band's last disc, 2015's "Into The Wild Life", was criticized by some fans for veering too far into pop music territory.
HALESTORM's third covers EP, "ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP", was released on January 6 via Atlantic. The effort was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN).