Ann Wilson releases a new covers album “Immortal”, where she sings “I Am The Highway” originally by Audioslave. The album is out on September 14th and also includes songs from David Bowie, Tom Petty, Glenn Frey, George Michael, Amy Winehouse Leslie Gore etc. “The Audioslave number is my favorite Chris Cornell song,” she previously said. “It’s just all about, I’m not the thing, I’m the bigger thing, I’m not your magic carpet ride in the sky. It’s a really great song. It has a lot of particular meaning to me because Chris was my friend. The words in ‘I Am The Highway’ talk about dissatisfaction, and alienation, and someone who is just on their way. They’re not going to hang out with the friends and liars.”
She added that Cornell never completed embraced his “rock star” status.
“Whenever I hear that song, I think about Chris a lot, because he was always at odds with his success,” she said. “The expectations that were put on him being the voice of a generation, and a superstar of the ’90s and 2000s and stuff was too much for him. It was really uncomfortable, and he wasn’t just bragging about being uncomfortable, he was. It was too much. He basically was a real pure being, and complicated, but really pure, childlike. He had one foot in wanting to be famous, and one foot in just being so uncomfortable there, that he was caught somewhere in the middle. He was so beautiful and handsome, but tender. He was a really, really good person. But this world was just… he went as far as he could go.”