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ICYMI: Aerosmith, U2’s Tributes to Chris Cornell

Aerosmith and U2 were among the many acts paying special tribute to the late Chris Cornell during their concerts in the wake of his death last week in Detroit.

Prior to playing "Dream On" on Saturday (May 20) in Batumi, Georgia, frontman Steven Tyler asked for a moment of silence for Cornell while fan-shot footage of the singer showed on the production's video screens. "Dear God, may this man forever dream on" before playing the song.

Aerosmith's tribute to Chris Cornell - Dream On (Live Batumi - 20.05.2017)

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Interestingly, Cornell was among those Aerosmith was reportedly considering as a replacement for Tyler at one point when he was on the outs with the group.

U2, meanwhile, played Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" before taking the stage on Saturday (May 20) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and dedicated its own "Running To Stand Still" to Cornell and his family, with frontman Bono telling the crowd, "For the lion that was Chris Cornell, tonight we send a prayer to his lioness, to Vicky, and to Christopher and Toni and Lilly, the whole family. A beautiful, sweet soul, Chris Cornell."

U2 Tribute To Chris Cornell- Running To Stand Still -Rose Bowl 5-20-2017

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Cornell's private funeral will take place Friday (May 26) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.