The former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman, who struggled with substance abuse issues in the past, died in sleep on 3 December (15), aged 48.

Tributes poured in from his rock peers, including Billy Corgan, Travis Barker, Joe Perry, and his ex-bandmates Slash and Matt Sorum, and at a weekend gig in Melbourne, Cornell added his condolences as he performed an acoustic version of Say Hello 2 Heaven, which he had originally penned following the overdose death of his pal, Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood, in 1990.

"I wanted to do this one for Scott Weiland," he told the crowd. "Obviously for anybody who does this (plays music for a living) and puts their heart into it, it's important that it means something to you guys. So I want to dedicate this one to his memory."