Jeff Christensen/ AP In this Sept. 5, 2008, file photo, musician Chris Cornell performs on stage throughout Conde Nast’s Fashion Rocks display in New York.
Saturday, Might 27, 2017|5:59 a.m.
LOS ANGELES– Music’s elite and Hollywood stars remembered Chris Cornell at a somber funeral Friday that concentrated on the Soundgarden frontman’s love of family and friends as much as it did on his musical achievements as one of rock’s leading voices.
“Chris was as melodic as The Beatles, as heavy as Sabbath and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe,” Tom Morello, Cornell’s Audioslave bandmate, said during his eulogy. “The demons he wrestled with were genuine, but he utilized those devils and rode them like a mother-flipping chariot of lightning strapped with Marshall stacks to make some of the best rock ‘n’ roll of all time.”
Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and guitarist Brad Delson performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” for the crowd of mourners, consisting of Brad Pitt, Pharrell Williams, James Franco, Christian Bale and numerous members of rock royalty, a number of whom were relocated to tears.
Four big portraits of Cornell were on display screen on a dais where Morello, star Josh Brolin, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, movie manufacturer Eric Esrailian and Cornell’s Soundgarden bandmates Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron delivered eulogies under overcast skies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
They all spoke of the rocker’s empathy and his enjoy his three kids. Cameron said he and Cornell had “many regular dad conversations” about the Cornell kids: Christopher, Toni and Lily.
“Losing my brother and creative soulmate will constantly pale in comparison with you three kids losing your dad,” Cameron said. “Let it be known that I am here for you and will permanently remain in your lives.”
Linda Ramone opened the service with word that Cornell was buried beside her late other half, punk rocker Johnny Ramone, whose headstone includes a statue of him playing guitar.
Cornell’s serious marker, decorated with arrangements of flowers and a number of red roses, reads, “Voice of our generation and an artist for all time.”
Cornell’s music played before the hourlong service, and afterward as guests visited his serious website in the cemetery’s Garden of Legends area.
Among those paying respects were Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters; Krist Novoselic from Nirvana; Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica; Dave Navarro and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Dependency; singer-songwriter Joe Walsh; guitar player Nile Rodgers; rocker Courtney Love and Bush’s Gavin Rossdale.
Scores of fans gathered outside the cemetery during the service awaiting a public watching of Cornell’s severe site later on Friday afternoon.
“We had to be here. He became part of our generation,” stated 49-year-old Marcus Dubray, burglarizing tears. He and his other half were visiting Los Angeles from Sacramento for her birthday when they found out about Cornell’s service.
“I was prepared to go to Seattle” for the funeral, said fellow fan Alfredo Perez, 47.
Tune Andrade brought her 4-year-old child Jude to memorialize the Seattle rocker. The pair wore matching Tee shirts that read, “State Hello 2 Heaven,” the title of a Temple of the Dog tune Cornell wrote.
“I seem like this is just as big as the death of Elvis or John Lennon. That’s why I had to bring my child,” Andrade stated. “There will never ever be another. He’s a contemporary Freddie Mercury. I required some closure on this.”
Fans brought flowers and notes and sang Cornell’s tunes together. Some listened to his music aloud on their phones. One fan brought a guitar and strummed Soundgarden songs. Lots of left sincere notes, guitar picks and one woman left roses covered in a flannel t-shirt, an emblem of the grunge age.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting location for many stars, consisting of Jayne Mansfield, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino and Cecil B. DeMille.
Cornell, 52, was pronounced dead Might 18 after he was found unresponsive in a Detroit hotel space hours after carrying out a performance with Soundgarden. Coroner’s authorities said initial autopsy results show the singer hanged himself, but full toxicology results stay pending. The vocalist’s family has disputed the findings and claim Cornell may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was recommended.
Cornell was a prominent voice of the grunge movement in the 1990s. Besides Soundgarden, he scored hits as a solo artist and with bands Temple of the Canine and Audioslave.
He is made it through by his partner and 3 kids.