Chris Cornell, U2 and Metallica

Soundgarden's Front Man

Chris Cornell was best known for his contributions to iconic bands such as Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog. The legendary singer with the unmistakable voice was widely regarded as one of the greatest frontman in rock & roll. As we remember Cornell, who was found dead after a performance in Detroit Wednesday night, we look back at his storied career, revisiting unforgettable moments during which he solidified his place as an icon.

One such moment took place in 2013. During a performance at Santander Arts Center in Reading, Pennsylvania, Cornell explained to fans that he was originally planning on covering the song “One” by U2, but was unsure about the words. When he researched the lyrics for “One,” Metallica’s celebrated hit popped up in its place. Instead of choosing just one of the two songs to cover, Cornell cleverly blended them into a solo tune. The singer layered Metallica’s lyrics over U2’s music — likely the first time that anyone attempted to combine the two bands. Watch the performance below.