The Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen has posted a photo announcing she is flying to Los Angeles. The ‘I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell’ show will take place on January 16th in Los Angeles at the Forum, so it’s safe to assume that Momsen will be there, though her exact role has not been announced. Soundgarden’s only confirmed singer so far is MC50’s Marcus Durant.
Chris Cornell is Taylor Momsen’s favorite singer of all time, and The Pretty Reckless opened for Soundgarden on their final spring 2017 tour, including at the final show on May 17, 2017 in Detroit at the Fox Theatre. Momsen and The Pretty Reckless did not perform live in 2018.
Foo Fighters, Metallica, Ryan Adams, and surviving members of Audioslave and Temple of the Dog will also perform at the show.
Taylor Momsen has posted the following on Instagram about Chris Cornell last May:
A year ago today was a day I will never forget. I was sitting outside our dressing room in Indianapolis, when I heard someone say ‘Taylor?’ I looked up to see a man standing there, with the sun blazing behind him, he looked familiar…and then my heart dropped, because it was Chris Cornell.
I’d met him a couple times before in passing but here he was, actually talking to me. We spent about 20 minutes chatting about things like singing and their record ‘King Animal’ and how much I loved it. Later that night after we played our show opening for them, we were watching their set from behind the stage when he started talking into the mic, and my heart dropped again when I heard him say our band’s name…twice.
He dedicated ‘By Crooked Steps’ to us and we all were as happy as we could ever be. It was a magical. Kato was with us that night sharing the experience. We have lost so much this year and it has put our passion for music to the test, but as humans we are all built to handle this pain, it will make us stronger, and we will return, because the music will always live on.
I’m addicted to feeling, stealing love isn’t stealing
Can’t you see that I understand your mind?
I’m a walking believer, I’m a ghost and a healer
I’m the shape of the hole inside your heart
Not looking for a brighter side
Crooked steps will take me higher
I don’t care if you want to cry” -Chris Cornell