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5th June 2017

chris cornell

Serj Tankian joined Prophets Of Rage on stage at Rock Im Park in Nuremberg, Germany on Saturday for a performance of Audioslave's 'Like A Stone' in tribute to the late Chris Cornell.

Prior to the performance, the System Of A Down frontman recalled his last meeting with Cornell which was on April 12th when they both attended a red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles for 'The Promise', a historical drama about the Armenian genocide, the soundtrack of which included music by both artists.

Tankian told Rolling Stone:

"He was doing great, doing press – fighting the good fight for the project. Chris was one of those guys who tried to make everyone in the room feel comfortable with themselves. He was generous that way, with his emotions and time."

Before the premiere, both men were guests at a star-studded 70th-birthday gala thrown by Elton John in LA.

"We had this long chat, sitting next to each other," Tankian recalled and revealed they talked about touring.

"For myself, it's fun but nothing new under the sun. Chris was just the opposite: 'I'm really excited. I'm doing this tour with Soundgarden. I've got these other ideas.' He had plans, man."

Audioslave featured Cornell alongside Rage Against The Machine members Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk, all three of whom are members of Prophets Of Rage along with Public Enemy's Chuck D and Cypress Hill's B-Real.

Guns N' Roses also paid tribute to Cornell on Friday, as they have done at every show of their current European tour. The Gunners performed a cover of Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun' at Passeio Marítimo de Algés in Lisbon, Portugal.

Both the Audioslave weith Serj Tankian and the Guns N' Roses videos are fan filmed.

Meanwhile, the completed toxicology report was made public on Friday and stated that Cornell was using prescription drugs at the time of his death and has Naloxone (Narcan), Butalbital (a sedative), Lorazepam (Ativan), Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) and barbiturates in his system on the night he died.

Michigan's Wayne County Medical Examiner said that the manner of death was suicide and that "drugs did not contribute to the cause of death."

Wayne County assistant medical examiner Theodore Brown wrote in his post mortem report:

"It is my opinion that death was caused by hanging. Based on the circumstances surrounding this death and the autopsy findings, the manner of death is suicide."


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