Soundgarden Was to Headline Rock on the Range, Fest Promises to Honor Chris Cornell

In the wake of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's death on Thursday (May 18), the producers of the Columbus, Ohio, hard rock festival Rock on the Range have promised to honor the memory of the grunge icon all weekend.

"We are devastated to hear about the sudden passing of Chris Cornell last night," read a message on the landing page of the three-day event that will feature sets from Korn, Bush, The Offspring, Metallica, Primus, Volbeat, Coheed & Cambria and dozens of others over three days at Mapfre Stadium.

"He was a true hero to music, the voice of a generation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire music community," continues the note honoring Cornell, who died at age 52 of what Detroit Police suspect was suicide. "The voice of an angel, now watching down on us as we celebrate and honor him all weekend long." 

Billboard has reached out to the event's promoters for an update on plans for a Friday night's headlining slot, which was to feature Soundgarden. "As we mourn Chris Cornell's sudden passing, additional details surrounding Rock on the Range performances will be shared when they become available," Rock on the Range said in an update on Thursday morning. 

Soundgarden were also slated to headline the second night (May 27) of the upcoming Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.

"We are speechless to hear about the unexpected passing of Chris Cornell last night," said a statement from the event. "He was a true musical legend that will be missed more than words can express." At press time the festival had not announced any lineup changes in light of the news.

Soundgarden also had shows lined up on May 20 at the KPNT Pointfest in Maryland Heights, Missouri, the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver on May 22, the Revention Music Center in Houston on May 25 and the Bomb Factory in Dallas on May 26.