METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich says that he was “stunned” by Miley Cyrus‘s take on the TEMPLE OF THE DOG classic “Say Hello 2 Heaven” at this past Wednesday’s (January 16) “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” concert at the Forum in Los Angeles.
Cyrus, whose addition to the show earlier in the week raised a few eyebrows, first hit the stage in a sparkly minidress for an acoustic cover of Cornell‘s “Two Drink Minimum”, then returned later in the night to join TEMPLE OF THE DOG for the aforementioned “Say Hello 2 Heaven”.
“Thank you, everybody,” she said at the end. “I fucking wanted to sing this song tonight. We love you, Chris. Thank you for bringing us all together like you always have. It’s a fucking honor. This was the fucking best day.”
On Friday, Ulrich took to his Instagram to post a photo of him backstage with Cyrus, along with the message: “Still stunned by your next level version of ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven’ for Chris! Beyond inspiring.”
The marathon concert also featured METALLICA, FOO FIGHTERS, Adam Levine, Fiona Apple, Ryan Adams, Ziggy Marley, THE MELVINS and the surviving members of AUDIOSLAVE and SOUNDGARDEN.
Introduced by comedian Jack Black, METALLICA opened its four-song set with a cover of SOUNDGARDEN‘s “All Your Lies”, followed by two of its own classic tracks, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and “Master Of Puppets”, before closing with SOUNDGARDEN‘s “Head Injury”.
The show climaxed with the three surviving members of SOUNDGARDEN joined by a rotating selection of singers and musicians, including Taylor Momsen (THE PRETTY RECKLESS), Marcus Durant, Taylor Hawkins (FOO FIGHTERS), Buzz Osborne (THE MELVINS) and others, for a run through eight of their songs, including “Rusty Cage”, “Flower”, “Outshined” and “Black Hole Sun”.