Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Alice Baxley • May 19, 2017
With the terrible news yesterday that Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell died at the age of 52, fans and musicians alike have been pouring out their hearts with condolences -- not only online but in song. Last night, Heart songstress Ann Wilson joined Cleto and the Cletones on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to pay tribute to the late icon by singing Soundgarden's biggest hit, "Black Hole Sun."
Wilson's performance was indeed impromptu, as Cornell's death came as a surprise to everyone. Soundgarden had played its last concert on Wednesday night and they were scheduled to continue touring for six more shows.
Ann Wilson has a special connection with Cornell. When Heart were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, Cornell was the one to honor them. On Thursday, the two Wilson sisters shared their homages in a statement:
"It’s important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive. He is on his way,” Ann Wilson said. “We loved him well, now wish him well on his journey. He was and is a beautiful soul.”
“No one is ever prepared to hear about a death in the family," Heart's Nancy Wilson said. "And today Chris Cornell my brother from my Seattle music family is gone. I thought his voice would forever grace the world of music. Devastating.”
Below, watch Heart and Chris Cornell backstage at the Rock Hall ceremony:
Here's Heart playing "Barracuda" with Chris Cornell at the 2013 ceremony, including Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.
Ann Wilson is currently on a solo tour until August. Get tickets at LiveNation.com.