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Taylor Momsen Fights Back Tears While Singing Audioslave’s ‘Like a Stone’ Live

By Graham Hartmann May 22, 2017 9:06 AM


Out of all the Chris Cornell tributes from our favorite artists, this one may be the most emotional. On May 20, Taylor Momsen held back tears onstage before The Pretty Reckless launched into a somber cover of Audioslave’s “Like a Stone.”

The Pretty Reckless lived out a dream by opening for Soundgarden on what turned out to be the band’s final shows. Cornell was found dead just hours after their Detroit show, which was The Pretty Reckless’ last scheduled performance with Soundgarden:

The day after Cornell’s death was announced, Momsen put up another Instagram post:

The Pretty Reckless decided to give their fans in Camden, New Jersey an acoustic version of “Like a Stone” instead of the effects-heavy style of Tom Morello. “This one’s for Chris,” Momsen said as guitarist Ben Phillips strummed the song’s opening chords. The emotion was heavy for Taylor Momsen, who could be seen fighting back tears as she sang each line to “Like a Stone.”

After finishing the tribute and The Pretty Reckless’ set, Momsen buried her face in her hands and walked offstage, where she was comforted by her crew as tears undoubtedly started to pour. The Pretty Reckless repeated their tribute to Cornell the next night at Rock on the Range, where Soundgarden was booked to headline over the weekend.

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