Chris Cornell’s I Am The Highway tribute show takes place next week, and it will feature performances by Foo Fighters, Metallica, and the surviving members of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog.
When it comes to Temple of the Dog, the biggest question is if Eddie Vedder will show up, which could also result in performances with other acts like Soundgarden. Vedder was oddly absent from Temple of the Dog’s 2016 reunion tour, not even making an appearance at the Seattle show. He also did not attend Chris Cornell’s funeral in May 2017, which led to Cornell’s mother-in-law calling him out on social media for not attending. A charity the show will benefit is The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation. EB is a cause close to the Vedder family’s heart, but their organization the EB Research Partnership doesn’t have any involvement with the ‘I Am The Highway’ show.
The EBMRF did partner though with Heal EB and kicked off EB Awareness Week 2013 with a private event in Malibu, hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis and Eddie Vedder. Over 350 supporters enjoyed an afternoon of delicious food and wine, silent auction, followed by a magical evening of performances by Eddie, and surprise guests Natalie Maines, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tim Robbins, Adam Sandler, Catherine Keener and more, so there is a history between the two organizations.
Could Vedder show up for this? We’ll have to wait and see. Alternative Nation has reached out to a Chris Cornell tribute show representative about Vedder’s status for the show and we have yet to hear back.