To celebrate the release of his new album ‘Songbook’, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell did an intimate song-set on Walmart Soundcheck, including performances of ‘As Hope and Promise Fade’, ‘Scar On The Sky’, ‘Can’t Change Me’, ‘Cleaning My Gun’, ‘All Night Thing’.
During an interview, the 47-year-old talked about the story behind the album title, weeding through his live performances to select which ones would make it to the album, having the idea to do an acoustic album for a long time, incorporating a turntable into the acoustic set, and the status of Soundgarden.
“Soundgarden has been writing and recording for a new album starting I guess about 8 months ago,” Cornell said. “We’re kind of in the final stages really. We’re just finishing up a couple of songs, a little bit more to do, and mixing, and narrowing down what we want to release and that’s it. And it’s been great, Soundgarden production with co-producer Adam Kasper that worked with us on our last album. Everybody’s in there all the time and it just feels like in a sense we’re picking up where we left off, with the exception that there’s a feeling of freshness because we’ve had 14 years off or so, but if feels more like 5 for me.”
The performances and interview can be viewed at soundcheck.walmart.com. Check out a few more photos from his appearance after the cut. (more…)
Chris Cornell, who is currently on his acoustic ‘Songbook’ tour of the United States, will release a disc of live performances entitled ‘Songbook’ on November 21st. The album includes Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave tracks, covers of Led Zeppelin and John Lennon, and a new song called ‘Cleaning My Gun’. Check out the track listing and a stream of ‘Cleaning My Gun’ at Soundcloud.
Songbook Full Track Listing:
As Hope and Promise Fade
Scar On The Sky
Call Me A Dog
Can’t Change Me
I Am The Highway
Thank You (Led Zeppelin)
Cleaning My Gun
Fell On Black Days
All Night Thing
Doesn’t Remind Me
Like A Stone
Black Hole Sun
Imagine (John Lennon)
Pearl Jam’s two-day festival celebrating its 20th anniversary featured the band doing a nearly three-hour rarities set at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin on Saturday (September 3), highlighted by a guest appearance from Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Their set within the set included three Temple of the Dog songs and one from Mother Love Bone before Mudhoney appeared with Eddie Vedder and company to cover MC5’s ‘Kick Out The Jams’.
The Cornell and Pearl jam encore included ‘Hunger Strike’, ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven’, and ‘Reach Down’, and the Mother Love Bone track ‘Stardog Champion’. Watch the Pearl Jam performances with Cornell below the cut. (more…)
Chris Cornell performed ‘When I’m Down’, from his album ‘Euphoria Morning’, at the historic Troubadour club on January 29th in Los Angeles. “This next song was written to be performed this way,” the Soundgarden singer says introducing the song. “And it was never done because once I started recording it, it seemed a little weird. Soundgarden had just ended. It was the first solo thing I did. It was like okay, I’ll be singing this song to a piano, so we didn’t really do it that way. But this is the way it was supposed to be done.” Watch it via his YouTube channel below.
Chris Cornell tells RollingStone.com that the meetings he’s been having with his former Soundgarden bandmates have been about releasing a box set that would include b-sides, but not a reunion. “The only thing that we have talked about is trying to put together an album of B sides and maybe a box set with some unreleased tracks we have,” Cornell explained. “This is something we first talked about 10 years ago. We all feel it’s time to do that, and we have a lot of fans out there, and we have a lot of new fans discovering our music, and I think the catalog and the legacy of the band has been ignored by the record label and previous management, so we decided to get together, and start working towards putting something like that out.”
But Cornell did leave the door open to reuniting someday. “I’ve always said nothing is impossible,” the 44-year-old said. “I never wanted to be one of those people who tries to predict the future. I don’t want to know what I will be doing two years, five years from now. I want to be open to anything, but nothing has changed in terms of our attitude toward it.”
Chris Cornell performed his cover of ‘Billie Jean’ at Peace & Love 2009 in Borlänge, Sweden on Saturday night (June 27), introducing the Michael Jackson song as a tribute to the late King of Pop. Watch fan filmed footage below.
Chris Cornell talked with NME backstage after his show at Download 2009 on Saturday (June 13). The former Soundgarden/Audioslave singer talked about his set, running into people he hadn’t seen in awhile, choosing his setlist at the last minute after getting a feel for the day and the place, doing covers when he was with Audioslave, not thinking of ‘Scream’ as a directional change but as an hour long piece of music completely different than anything he’s ever done, and more. Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Chris Cornell spoke with 3FM’s Kristel van Eijk backstage at Pinkpop in Landgraaf, Netherlands, where he talked about his memories of the festival, how the attendees are there for the music, and what he has coming up. Watch the brief interview below the cut. (more…)
Chris Cornell’s wife Vicky videotaped the former Soungarden/Audioslave frontman’s son Christopher beat boxing while singing ‘Watch Out’ in front of the Christmas tree over the holidays. Watch it via YouTube below.
Chris Cornell is out with the video for the ‘Long Gone’ (Howard Benson Remix), a hard rock version of the first single off the former Soundgarden frontman’s third solo album ‘Scream’. Watch the Matt Alonzo directed video via Skee.tv below.