Bruce Sallan: On May 3, 2010, my son Arnie's dreams came true! He went to see his idol, rocker Chris Cornell, at a benefit acoustic concert at The Roxy in Hollywood, Calif. My son and his girlfriend, Logan, pushed their way to the front of the crowd. Cornell was playing acoustic guitar with only a cello as backup.
During a pause between songs, Arnie shouts out, "Hey, Chris, I have a question for you" -- to which Chris responds, "Yes, what is it?" Arnie then shouts, "It's been my lifelong dream to jam on one song with you!" Chris responded, "Well, what do you play, and do you have a song in mind?" Arnie replies, "I've been playing guitar for six years, and I want to play 'Fell on Black Days'" -- at which point the crowd starts shouting to Chris, "Let him, let him!"
Chris smiles, laughs and says, "Why not? You could probably do it just as good as me." Arnie starts toward the stage, but Chris says, "Wait until we get to the song." Arnie is convinced it's not going to happen. When it came time for Arnie's song, however, Cornell did ask Arnie to come on stage. By now, the crowd is getting into it, and Logan is screaming her head off and trying to take pictures.
Arnie climbs on stage, and Chris introduces him and then gives him his own acoustic guitar. He asks his roadie for an electric guitar. Arnie sits down, waits for Chris to begin, then follows perfectly along with him. The crowd even thinks -- as Logan related afterward -- that this was all planned, because Arnie and Chris were perfectly in sync, especially during the solo, wherein they played identically. (See for yourself in the video below.)
Afterward, Chris hugged Arnie and said, "You were really on top of it. Good job!" -- and gave Arnie his guitar pick. Later, another person gave Arnie a set list. Dreams can come true!
Another fan, Tenacious Libbs (thank you, T.L.!), videoed their whole performance, and here it is on YouTube:
It's Logan you hear screaming, "I love you, Arnie Sallan!"