Chris Cornell, the legendary Sound garden, frontman, singer-songwriter, and guitarist, fatally committed suicide four years ago today. The Seattle native and his band Soundgarden were the grunge movement’s forerunners. Cornell’s solid, nearly four-ocatve vocal range dominated rock singing in the 1990s, and he was often imitated. Later in his career, though, the hard rocker’s fans were treated to a more stripped-down side of the singer-songwriter.
Cornell performed a solo acoustic concert in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2006, which was released as a download titled Chris Cornell: Unplugged in Sweden. Chris embarked on his landmark Songbook solo acoustic tour in 2011, which saw the troubadour perform in North America, New Zealand, Australia, and South America, following a series of critically acclaimed acoustic concerts in Los Angeles in 2009 and 2010.
Cornell released Songbook, his first live solo album, at the end of 2011, which was recorded during the Songbook tour’s North American stops. Chris’ solo career and Soundgarden are represented on the record, as well as material from his other projects, Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave, as well as covers of John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Led Zeppelin’s “Thank You.”
Chris will perform a solo acoustic show at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre in Peoria, Illinois on July 11, 2016, with a similar collection of songs. Cornell opens the 26-song collection with “Until We Disappear,” a song from his 2015 solo album Higher Truth (which he was supporting), followed by “Can’t Change Me,” a song from his 1999 debit solo LP Euphoria Mourning. Soundgarden’s “Fell On Black Days,” “Blow Up The Outside World,” and “Black Hole Sun” are also included in the collection, as are Audioslave’s “I Am The Highway” and “Doesn’t Remind Me,” as well as Temple of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike” and “Wooden Jesus.”
The collection also includes some noteworthy covers, including the aforementioned “Thank You,” Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin.” Before the above, Chris shares a funny tale about hearing Bob Dylan for the first time from a nun at school. He then executes an improved version of “The Times Are A-Changin’ Back,” which he coined. Instead of “Imagine,” Chris performs “A Day In The Life,” a mostly John Lennon-penned masterpiece, as the evening’s final cover and encore opener.