GIBSON announced Tuesday, January 15, the release of a limited-edition Chris Cornell Tribute ES-335 guitar. The guitar will officially be unveiled at “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell” concert, Wednesday, January 16 at The Forum. Cornell’s design and partnership that resulted as the ES-335 will be available in a limited release of only 250 pieces available for purchase worldwide in Spring 2019.
“Chris Cornell was not only one of the most iconic singer songwriters of all time, he was a modern innovator who left a legacy that transcends music genres and generations,” says Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer, GIBSON. “It is our honor to release this tribute ES-335 in his memory. It’s a guitar Chris fell in love with and which became a part of his creative expression. Chris was a special artist and we hope that this guitar will inspire fans to find their sound, and inspiration, just like Chris did, for many years to come.”
The night will feature performances by members of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, as well as the Foo Fighters, Metallica, Ryan Adams, and more to be announced. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and “special guests,” Inglewood will come together to raise awareness, and donate ticket proceeds to The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, and The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the debilitating genetic disorder. GIBSON will donate two of the limited-edition Chris Cornell ES-335 models in partnership with the show to raise additional monies for both foundations.
The ‘Chris Cornell’ Career Retrospective, featuring “When Bad Does Good,” is available today at www.chriscornell.com.