Guns 'n' Roses performed the classic Soundgarden song Black Hole Sun as part of their Slane set on Saturday as a tribute to the late Chris Cornell.

Cornell, who died on May 18, was laid to rest in a private ceremony on Friday and the reformed Guns 'n' Roses are among the bands to pay tribute to the legendary singer in their live sets since his passing.

Chris Cornell died earlier this month at the age of 52

Both Seattle natives, Guns 'n' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Cornell performed together with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 2015 as part of a re-jigged line-up of the band Mad Season.

Guns 'n' Roses frontman Axl Rose said at the end of their performance of Black Hole Sun, "For Chris" with the band's Twitter then posting, "This one's for you Chris. Black Hole Sun. Love from Slane, Ireland."

Fans took to Twitter afterwards labelling the tribute as "awesome" and "special."

Despite the heavy rainfall on Saturday morning, over 80,000 fans travelled to Slane Castle to witness the iconic band's return. They first played the venue in 1992.

The band arrived at the venue via helicopter with McKagan tweeting a picture from the air of the foggy fields around the natural amphitheatre.

After the gig he thanked their support acts Mark Lanegan and Royal Blood saying,"Well HELL Slane! That's how it's done! Thank you all, and thank you @marklanegan and @royalblooduk. What a night. Go Irish!"

Guitarist Slash also took to Twitter after the gig saying, "All you f***ers who showed up to Slane Castle tonight, thank you! You guys were f***ing brilliant! It was such a blast! Cheers! iiii]; )'"

Irish band Otherkin, whose frontman Luke Reilly is from Slane, opened the concert. They described the experience as "f***ing insane."