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Much in the tradition of MTV Unplugged, Chris Cornell hit the road solo after his reunion with Soundgarden and performed songs from his whole career. He featured selections by Soundgarden and Audioslave, as well as solo efforts (including the experimental Scream release). Covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You” and John Lennon’s “Imagine” fit perfectly with Cornell’s scope. As one of the ‘90s grunge scene’s most authoritative singers, if always more hard rock than punk, Cornell has the ability to evoke a multitude of emotions. “The Keeper” sounds optimistic and beautifully folk. “Fell on Black Days” has a grace and subtlety in this dialed-down setting. “Black Hole Sun” is presented twice, each with a gentility that points out the song’s ingenious melody. Audioslave’s “I Am the Highway” takes on a lonely effect. “Ground Zero” from Scream is essentially an electric rocker played on acoustic guitar. To hear Cornell so clearly, without stacks of amplifiers threatening to drown his vocals, is rewarding; it sounds like he’s enjoying himself immensely.

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Saw this show live and it was the best concert I've ever been too. Chris has the best raw voice I've ever heard and hearing it with accoustic versions of these great songs sends chills down your spine.

One of the most underrated musicians of the 90's

Chris Cornell is almost unquestionably the most-talented rock 'n roll vocalist since Robert Plant (Freddie Mercury notwithstanding. He was an opera singer.) He is also one of the most talented songwriters of his generation. Who else can say that they've written songs for three separate groups as popular and talented as Soundgarden (one of the earliest and most substantial practitioners of "grunge" music, however you look at it), Temple of the Dog and Audioslave? Look at that setlist and try to argue.


Chris could dub voice over rush hour traffic and turn it into song. A solo acoustic album to soothingly rub your ears. Great music.


Born: July 20, 1964 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally finding success as the frontman of Seattle's Soundgarden, rock vocalist Chris Cornell forged a successful career after the band's 1997 demise, both with the supergroup Audioslave and as a diverse solo artist. Born in Seattle on July 20, 1964, his music career didn't take shape until he was a teenager, when he began playing drums in a local cover band. Although he spent most of his teenage years as a loner, rock music helped Cornell overcome his uneasiness around others. After dropping...
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