Chris Cornell‘s daughter, Toni Conell performed an acoustic cover of Temple of the Dog‘s 1991 debut single, “Hunger Strike,” during LiveXLive‘s Music Lives digital music festival on Sunday.
The event, which saw non-stop livestream performances from April 17-19, was held to benefit the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund.
Toni, who performed the song from her late father’s studio with a poster of her father decorating the wall behind her, was introduced by former MTV veejay Matt Pinfield as the daughter of “one of the greatest rock singers of all time.”
Before beginning her performance, Toni said, “Hunger Strike is one of my favorite songs” and added, “I love you daddy, and I hope I do this some justice.”
“I don’t mind stealing bread/ From the mouths of decadence/ But I can’t feed on the powerless/ When my cup’s already overfilled,” she sang, strumming an acoustic guitar.
“Hunger Strike” was originally sung by Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder. It appeared on the band’s lone 1991 album.
Toni wrote on the Instagram post that carries her cover that the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation would be donating $50,000 to the fund.
“If my dad were here, I know he would have been the first to donate his time and effort,” she wrote. “Thank you for including me, I am honored to be part of this and to help spread love through music.”
In March, the 15-year old Toni donated $20,000 from the proceeds of her and Chris’ stunning cover of Prince and Sinead O’Connor‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” to the International Rescue Committee.
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