Ann Wilson Premieres Cover of Audioslave’s ‘I Am the Highway,’ Her Tribute to Chris Cornell

Ann Wilson Premieres Cover of Audioslave’s ‘I Am the Highway,’ Her Tribute to Chris Cornell

Heart’s Ann Wilson recently detailed her new solo album, Immortal, which features Wilson paying tribute to several of her favorite musical artists who have passed away. It will be released on September 14.

A big fan of the late Chris Cornell, Wilson on Friday premiered a reverent cover of Audioslave’s “I Am the Highway,” one of the standout tracks off the rock supergroup’s 2002 debut album. Stream it below:

“The song is strong, confident, spiritual,” Wilson said of the song in a statement. “It’s about a person who refuses to be tied down to the mundane, who is constantly looking for freedom and independence on a more universal scale, not just ordinary everyday reality. It was the cry of a soul, and it’s a beautiful song. Chris and I were friends; we had a lot in common, we were both outsiders in a way. He left us with amazing music.”

Cornell died in May 2017 after being found in his hotel room while on the road with Soundgarden. Here’s a live performance of “I AM the Highway” from back in the early 2000s:

It’s been a little over a year since his passing, and Wilson’s cover was released two weeks before what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday on July 20 (which was also the date of the passing of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington last year).

In addition to the Audioslave cover, Wilson’s Immortal album features warm musical tributes to several other big-name acts that she admired:

“A Different Corner” (George Michael)
“A Thousand Kisses Deep” (Leonard Cohen)
“Back to Black” (Amy Winehouse)
“Baker Street” (Gerry Rafferty)
“I Am the Highway” (Chris Cornell, Audioslave)
“I’m Afraid of Americans” (David Bowie)
“Life in the Fast Lane” (Joe Walsh, The Eagles) in honor of Glenn Frey
“Luna” (Tom Petty)
“Politician” (Cream) in honor of Jack Bruce
“You Don’t Own Me” (Lesley Gore)

Wilson is about to head out on the Stars Align tour alongside Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers — the schedule of dates is below.

Headlining Dates:

Fri 7/6 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino
Sat 7/7 Bremerton, WA Admiral Theatre
Mon 7/9 Salem, OR Elsinore Theatre
Wed 7/11 Jacksonville, OR Britt Pavilion
Thu 7/12 Lemoore, CA Tachi Palace
Sat 7/14 Albuquerque, NM Route 66 Casino
Sun 7/15 Aspen, CO Belly Up

Stars Align Tour with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers:

Wed 7/18 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Fri 7/20 Irvine, CA Five Point Amphitheatre
Sun 7/22 Chula Vista, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Tue 7/24 Houston, TX Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Wed 7/25 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sat 7/28 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sun 7/29 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Tue 7/31 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Wed 8/1 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Fri 8/3 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Sat 8/4 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
^Tue 8/7 Lewiston, NY Artpark Amphitheatre
Wed 8/8 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Fri 8/10 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
^Sat 8/11 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
Sun 8/12 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Tue 8/14 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Fri 8/17 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Sun 8/19 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
^Mon 8/20 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
Thu 8/23 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Sat 8/25 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Sun 8/26 Tampa, FL  MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

^with Jeff Beck only

with Cheap Trick

Fri 9/21 Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Casino Resort

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