From the ESO Network podcast, week of January 21:
“I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” took place January 16th at the Forum in L.A. and it’s already being called the concert event of the year. “Star studded” is kind of a cliché, but this show truly was, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting and members of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Melvins, Audioslave, Metallica, Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams. Guest vocalists included Miley Cyrus, Fiona Apple, Chris Stapleton, Miguel and Adam Levine. The celebrity guest list was diverse, with Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, Courtney Cox and many others.
Highlights of the five-hour event included Black Hole Sun sung by Brandi Carlile with Peter Frampton in guitar. Miley Cyrus got cheers for her version of Say Hello 2 Heaven and Adam Levine did likewise for “Seasons.” Proceeds from the evening benefited the EBMRF (Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation).
Bryan Ferry, part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019 with Roxy Music, is going on a North American solo tour this summer that will showcase that band’s iconic 1982 album Avalon as well the singer’s own solo work and Roxy Music hits. It starts July 30th at Toronto’s Sony Centre and runs through September 5th in Vancouver.
And now “Africa” will play in Africa, forever. An artist named Max Siedentopf has set up a solar-powered sound installation in the Namibian desert called “Toto Forever.” You can check it out at totoforever.com. Six white blocks support six speakers and a solar-powered MP3 player that contains only that song. It’s all powered by solar batteries that theoretically will run forever. Unless Mother Nature takes revenge.
“[I] wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit ‘Africa’ in Africa,” the 27-year-old artist told the BBC. “Some [Namibians] love it and some say it’s probably the worst sound installation ever. I think that’s a great compliment.”