Members of Chris Cornell’s family have reached out to Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell and Heart’s Ann Wilson to thank them for covering “Black Hole Sun” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 induction ceremony in Cleveland on Saturday night.
Chris’ widow Vicky Cornell wrote on Instagram, “Thank you @AnnWilson, #JerryCantrell and @rockhall for the beautiful tribute to @chriscornellofficial last night. #rockhall2018.”
Chris’ brother Peter Cornell wrote, “Seattle Rock Royalty honoring my Brother’s legacy in proper fashion! Jerry and Ann , much love to you! On behalf of my family, thank you. Photo credit Kevin Mazur. #Heart #Alice in Chains #RRHOF.”
Chris Cornell’s official Twitter posted, “Ann Wilson of @officialheart and @AliceInChains guitarist Jerry Cantrell paid tribute to Chris last night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.”
Cantrell said at the Hall of Fame, “Chris was a friend for many years, an incredible artist, a wonderful human being. I’ve always been inspired by his work ethic and talent, and his band Soundgarden they were a big influence on us. It’s obviously very sad, I still don’t really know how to discuss it personally, but I think at this point it’s time to maybe focus on the type of man that he was, and the type of human being, and the type of artist.
Incredible depth, our bands helped each other in the early days, we were all under the same roof with Susan Silver managing them, Kelly Curtis managing Mother Love Bone and then Pearl Jam, and they jointly managed us. We were all in the same law office over the central tavern, and that was the home base. I’m going to miss him immensely, but I also celebrate his life and his life’s work.”
He added, “Ann called me and said she was thinking about doing something for our friend, and asked me if I would join her. Anytime she calls I’m there, and if it’s for Chris of course, absolutely.”