At a Prophets of Rage show in Auckland, New Zealand, last week, the band paid tribute to their late colleague, Chris Cornell, with a stirring cover of “Like a Stone.”
But Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk—the remaining members of Audioslave who also play in Prophets—weren’t gonna grab the mic themselves. Instead, they invited Serj Tankian on stage to fill those mighty boots Cornell had left behind. And he killed it.
The System of a Down frontman clearly wasn’t overawed by the occasion. While Cornell’s gravelly tone was sorely missing from the tune, Tankian mustered his most prophetic voice, turning the song from yearning to foreboding. And for the guitar hounds out there, yes, Morello nails the screeching solo that pretty much defines “Like a Stone.”
“Not too long ago we lost a very close friend of ours, Chris Cornell. Please show him some appreciation,” Morello said by way of introducing the performance. “We miss him very much, too. And we’d like to do this song in his loving memory.”
Check out the performance here: