Keith Urban spent his New Year’s Eve remembering some of the great artists we lost in 2017. And the gesture didn’t go unnoticed. As the calendar clicked over to 2018, Urban slipped a bit of Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun” into his set at the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight New Year’s Eve event in Nashville on Sunday night (Dec. 31), earning a warm-hearted thank you from Vicky Cornell, widow of the band’s late singer, Chris Cornell.
“Thank you @keithurban for the beautiful tribute for @chriscornellofficial – bringing in the New Year with his memory,” wrote Vicky Cornell; Chris Cornell died at age 52 in May.
According to Taste of Country, Urban sampled a number of other songs from artists we lost in 2017, including a bit of “Midnight Rider” in honor of late Allman Brothers leader Gregg Allman, Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode,” Don Williams’ “Tulsa Time,” Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman,” Montgomery Gentry’s “My Town” (for Troy Gentry), AC/DC’s “Back in Black” (for guitarist Malcolm Young), closing it out with Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.”