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Scott Stapp Engages Audience in ‘Black Hole Sun’ Tribute to Chris Cornell

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The music tributes continue in honor of the late Chris Cornell. During his Thursday (May 18) show at the Pullo Center in York, Pa., Scott Stapp paid tribute to Cornell, engaging his crowd to join him in a brief sing-along of one of Cornell’s biggest hits with Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun.”

“I just want to take a moment to keep him in our thoughts and prayers,” explained Stapp to the crowd, starting an acoustic rendition of “Black Hole Sun” as members of the crowd joined in. He eventually segued from “Black Hole Sun” into a performance of “One Last Breath,” one of Creed‘s biggest hits.

Stapp is currently performing a “Live and Unplugged” tour, which explains the scaled back rendition of the song. Check out fan-filmed footage of the performance above.

The vocalist definitely counts himself a fan of Cornell, recently telling us during a taping of the Loudwire Podcast that he considered Cornell to be the “greatest pure rock singer.” “You could go back to Led Zeppelin and talk about Robert Plant. I think I’ll throw something in that’s more current rock history as opposed to rock and roll history from inception. And I would say someone who’s still around today, who’s still making records, who’s in multiple bands and always delivers… I’d say currently Chris Cornell,” explained Stapp, further reasoning, “Not only his vocal range and his style, but just his songwriting and his delivery. He brings it, man. I’m really a huge fan of him and everything that he’s done. I just think all around, he’s an extremely talented artist, songwriter, singer and guitar player. He can do so many different things to evoke emotion, man, from the soulfulness to the top end of his range when he gets metal and aggressive to his choice of melodies and how the melody in itself, despite what he’s saying, can incite emotion. So I think he’ll go down in history as one of the greats.”

Cornell died Wednesday night at the age of 52.

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