Cor­nell hon­ours dad, friend

Calgary Sun - - SHOWBIZ - — the as­so­ci­ated Press

The late rock singers Chris Cor­nell and Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton were hon­oured by Cor­nell’s 12-yearold daugh­ter and the band OneRe­pub­lic dur­ing a mov­ing and heart­felt live per­for­mance Fri­day.

Toni Cor­nell and OneRe­pub­lic per­formed Hal­lelu­jah on A B C ’s Good Morn­ing Amer­ica, while OneRe­pub­lic also ded­i­cated the per­for­mance of its new song, Rich Love, to Ben­ning­ton.

“It’s an hon­our to per­form this for my dad and Ch­ester and to sing for them,” Toni Cor­nell said in an in­ter­view Fri­day.

Cor­nell and Ben­ning­ton were close friends, and Ben­ning­ton was the god­fa­ther to Chris Cor­nell’s 11-year-old son, Chris.

Cor­nell hanged him­self in May. Ben­ning­ton, who was 41, hanged him­self on what would have been Cor­nell’s 53rd birth­day last month. Both deaths were ruled sui­cides.

Ben­ning­ton sang Hal­lelu­jah at Cor­nell’s fu­neral, and OneRe­pub­lic’s Ryan Ted­der said that was one of the rea­sons why they de­cided to per­form the Leonard Co­hen track.

Cor­nell was a leader of the grunge move­ment with Seat­tle­based Soundgar­den, with whom he gained crit­i­cal and com­mer­cial ac­claim. He also found suc­cess out­side the band with his solo mu­sic and the bands Au­dioslave and Tem­ple of the Dog.

Ben­ning­ton helped Linkin Park, whose sound mixed rap and rock, be­come one of the most com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful acts in the 2000s. The Grammy-win­ning group sold more than 10 mil­lion copies of its 2000 de­but, Hy­brid The­ory, which fea­tured the megahit and an­them, In the End.

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