×

Heart’s Ann Wilson Pays Tribute to Chris Cornell on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

Ann and Nancy Wilson of the pioneering rock sister act Heart were more than just Seattle forebears for Chris Cornell and Soundgarden. They were friends for many years, first being connected via the “Singles” film (both acts appeared on the soundtrack, Heart’s Nancy Wilson was married to director Cameron Crowe at the time); Soundgarden recorded at Bad Animals, the Seattle studio the sisters own; Cornell even inducted the group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. At the time he spoke of how, during his rough-and-tumble early years, seeing one of the sisters leaving a Seattle recording studio inspired him to keep at it.

In the wake of Cornell’s suicide early Thursday, the sisters — who are in the middle of an inter-family spat after Ann’s husband was charged with assault against one of Nancy’s sons — issued separate statements that were posted on Heart’s Facebook page.

Ann wrote, “It’s important now to keep thoughts of Chris positive. He is on his way. 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,” Nancy posted. “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.”

Ann continued the tribute on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday night, performing Soundgarden’s biggest hit, 1994’s “Black Hole Sun,” backed by Kimmel’s house band, Cleto & the Cletones.

Early Friday, Cornell’s family issued a statement saying that prescription drugs may have played a role in his suicide.

In a sad confluence, a deluxe edition of the “Singles” soundtrack is released today, the day after Cornell’s death.

More Music

  • Dave NavarroGuitar Legends For Heroes Benefit,

    Primary Wave Music Publishing Acquires Stake in Dave Navarro's Catalog

    Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired an interest in Dave Navarro’s music publishing catalog, master revenue streams, and writer’s share royalties, the company announced today. Navarro is credited as a songwriter on such hit songs as Jane’s Addiction “Been Caught Stealing” and “Jane Says” as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Aeroplane.” Said the [...]

  • This photo shows composer Hans Zimmer

    Hans Zimmer on Recreating Iconic Score: 'The Lion King' 'Brought People Together'

    Composer Hans Zimmer is seated at the mixing board at the Sony scoring stage, head bobbing to the music being performed by 107 musicians just a few yards away. He’s wearing a vintage “Lion King World Tour” T-shirt, frayed at the collar. On the giant screen behind the orchestra, two lions are bounding across the [...]

  • Dreamville Dreamers doc

    J. Cole's Watchful Eye, All-Nighters and Weed: Inside Dreamville's 'Revenge' Doc

    Having the No. 1 project in the country is old hat for J. Cole, but the instant success of Dreamville’s highly-anticipated “Revenge of the Dreamers III” collection, which features collaborations with more than 25 artists, writers and producers (among them: Cozz, Omen, Bas, J.I.D., EarthGang and Ari Lennox), took many by surprise. The first installment [...]

  • Kanye Kim Kardashian Selling Bel Air

    Kanye West, Kim Kardashian Lobbied Trump for A$AP Rocky's Release, Source Confirms

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian lobbied President Trump to help release A$AP Rocky from jail in Sweden, a source close to the situation confirms to Variety. The news was first reported by TMZ. A$AP Rocky (real name: Rakim Myers) has been behind bars in the country since July 2 after being involved in an altercation [...]

  • Woodstock 50 Applies for Vernon Downs

    Woodstock 50 Applies for Vernon Downs Permit Yet Again

    For better or worse, Woodstock 50 isn’t giving up on Vernon Downs, despite being rejected twice already: The producers have applied for another permit to hold the festival at Vernon Downs, according to the Utica Observer Dispatch. Town Attorney Vincent Rossi confirmed the application was submitted Wednesday. This is the festival’s third application; previous applications [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content