Chris Cornell dedicates performance of ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven’ to Scott Weiland

The death of Scott Weiland late last week led to many tributes from his peers in the music community, but perhaps none as poignant as the dedication by Chris Cornell of his performance of the Temple of the Dog classic “Say Hello 2 Heaven” during a gig at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Audio has just surfaced from the show, and can be heard below.

“I want to do this one for Scott Weiland,” the Soundgarden singer said mere hours after finding out Weiland had died. “It’s important that it means something to you guys, so I just want to dedicate this one to his memory.”

The song was originally written in memory of Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood, a close friend of Cornell, who died in 1990 following a heroin overdose. Weiland, who was found unresponsive on his tour bus at a stop in Minnesota last Thursday, was 48 years old. A cause of death has yet to be determined.