Prophets Of Rage have paid tribute to Chris Cornell with a performance of 'Like A Stone' during their appearance at Download Festival on Friday night (9th June 2017). The band which features Cornell's former Audioslave co-members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, performed a singerless rendition of the group's biggest hit, in remembrance of the icon who passed away on 18th May 2017.
Prophets Of Rage, which also features Public Enemy's Chuck D and B-Real from Cypress Hill, performed a storming set during their debut British show, which featured a number of classics from the Rage Against The Machine catalogue, along with key tracks from each of the artists' extensive careers.
It was midway through the group's late evening set however, that Tom Morello stepped forward to honour his friend and former band mate. Said the guitarist; "Please give a big round of applause for a fallen comrade of ours, Chris Cornell. He was a sweet person, a good friend and we're going to play this for him now".
Opting to perform the song as a three-piece without a vocalist, appearing, essentially as the remaining members of Audioslave the instrumental version of the song took on an added significance. Launching into the track, a sombre Morello added; "If you know the words, sing along. If you don't know the words, say a prayer for peace".
The band's set came on the first day of the annual Midlands' metal festival, ahead of headliners System Of A Down. Earlier, attendees had been treated to sets by the likes of in-crisis groove metallers Five Finger Death Punch, leviathans Mastodon, and tank-wielding crusaders Sabbaton.
Taking place from 9th - 11th June at Donington Park, UK, Download 2017 featured sets by over a hundred acts including headliners Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith, as well as appearances by second stage headliners Sum 41, Rob Zombie and Slayer, as well as a host of others.
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