Chris Cornell plays Bob Marley classic at Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday bash
Chris Cornell is a busy man these days. Maybe even busier than he was in the ‘90s. For one, Cornell is finishing up a new album with Soundgarden right now, which — fingers-crossed — should be out sometime this year. In addition, he’s touring the world as a solo artist, continuing his “Songbook” dates that kicked off last year in support of his latest solo, acoustic release.
That’s not all. Cornell has also been spotted playing fundraising concerts for President Obama and, most recently, the 70th birthday event for boxing great Muhammad Ali. The latter celebration took place earlier this month at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show, which is the 16th annual “Power of Love Gala,” featured performances and appearances by Cornell, Stevie Wonder, Sean Combs, Chris Cornell, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, Common, Snoop Dogg, former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, actors Anthony Hopkins, James Gandolfini and more.
The event was held in celebration of the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali and his contribution to the world and was meant to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s, the disease Ali has been so bravely battling since 1984. Proceeds benefited the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s work toward enhanced treatments and research of neurocognitive disorders and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky.
Cornell covered the Bob Marley classic “Redemption Song” at the event. Watch a clip of Cornell playing the track, below. To stay up-to-date with Cornell’s projects — whether that’s with or without Soundgarden — head to the musician’s official site.
Watch a Clip of Chris Cornell Performing ‘Redemption Song’ at Muhammad Ali’s Birthday Celebration:
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