Chris Cornell’s memorial service on Friday was held at Fairbanks Lawn and hosted some of the biggest names in rock, including Metallica and Dave Grohl. Actor Brad Pitt was also in attendance to say his final goodbyes to Cornell, who took his own life.
The memorial was private, with the event starting to the song The Promise, which was one of Cornell’s last songs. All Night Thing was played later in the evening.
Bandmates gave eulogies for the late singer, with Tom Morello, Audioslave co-founder, donning a motorcycle jacket. Several attendees were seen in motorcycle jackets during the event.
Morello’s kind words state, “Chris was as melodic as The Beatles, as rocking as Black Sabbath and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe.”
Josh Brolin spoke during the event, with Hallelujah sang by Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. Cornell’s two youngest children were in attendance along with his widow Vicky. The surviving members of Nirvana were in attendance, along with Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam, Joe Walsh of the Eagles and all members of Metallica.
Dave Navarro was in attendance, along with Billy Idol, Pharrell Williams, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Fred Armisen, James Franco, Gavin Rossdale and Courtney Love, to name a few.
The memorial service was followed by a public memorial at 3 p.m. PT, with fans able to view Cornell’s final resting place. The singer is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
The singer was found unresponsive on May 18 in his hotel room after playing a concert that evening. Autopsy reports show that the singer hung himself, with toxicology reports still pending.
Cornell is survived by his wife Vicky and his three children.
“We had the time of our lives the last decade and I’m sorry, my sweet love, that I did not see what happened to you that night. I’m sorry you were alone, and I know that was not you, my sweet Christopher,” wrote his wife on Billboard.