Chris Cornell - Chris Cornell jumps into his vintage 1955 Porsche Speedster Spyder, the same model James Dean drove at beverly hills - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Wednesday 10th February 2016
Since the disbanding of Audioslave, Chris Cornell has had something of a renaissance as an artist. He has released two solo albums (one so-so, the other entirely baffling), played countless solo acoustic tours the world over, had a worldwide hit with a James Bond theme song while also finding the time to reform his first significant band, Soundgarden, and make a pretty impressive LP and tour the world to rapturous responses with them as well. Chris Cornell refuses to stop, and on the eve of the release of his fourth solo album next month, he is reissuing his first solo album on vinyl and CD.
As far as reissues go, the only extra content on offer here is an extra letter in the title, so we can skip right to talking about the music. 'Euphoria Mourning' was originally released after the break-up of Soundgarden and a few years before the emergence of Audioslave and it's clear that Cornell took the opportunity to move away from writing rock music and embrace more atmospheric, psychedelic influences previously only hinted at by Soundgarden. Other key collaborators on the album were Natasha Shneider and Alain Johannes, the latter of whom continues to collaborate with Cornell and has been behind Mark Lanegan's recent solo revival as well as being involved with everyone from Queens of the Stone Age to Jimmy Eat World. Johannes' influence can be heard all over the record.
'Euphoria Mourning' still stands as Cornell's most cohesive and probably best solo album to date. 2007's 'Carry On' was all over the place musically and didn't really go anywhere and 2009's Timbaland produced 'Scream' was nothing, if not a wholly misjudged career side step. 'Euphoria Mourning' has its own individual vibe and the whole thing fits together perfectly. You get the dark, eastern influenced opener 'Can't Change Me', the soul influenced sounds of 'Disappearing One' and 'Wave Goodbye' and the melodramatic, meandering album closer 'Steel Rain'. Cornell doesn't entirely step away from alternative rock here though, as can be heard on the slow burning 'Mission', or the highly percussive 'Pillow of Your Bones', which both could have easily fit on a later Soundgarden album. Perhaps where the album hits its stride hardest though is the bluesy piano ballad 'When I'm Down', which opens with Cornell crooning like he's the last man at the party and all the pretty girls have gone home, before building to a giant vocal work out. It thrills in the same way that 'Preaching the End of the World' does earlier on in the album with the instruments moving to the side to let Cornell's voice meander and strain to its glorious best.
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Soundgarden will play 'Superunknown' in its entirety, for the first time ever, at SXSW.
Soundgarden will perform their classic album 'Superunknown' in its entirety at the iTunes Festival at South by Southwest next week. To celebrate the record's 20th anniversary, the band will take to the stage at the Moody Theater on Thursday March 13 in an event streamed live via the iTunes store.
Soundgarden are heading to the South By Southwest Festival
The announcement comes after A&M Records and Universal Music Enterprises announced plans for a reissue of 'Superunknown' to hit shelves on June 3. A 2-disc deluxe edition will feature the remaster and 16 demos, rehearsals and b-sides - 10 of which have never been released before.
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The New York premiere of 'American Hustle' at the Ziegfeld Theater got off to a rocking start with red carpet appearances from the likes of Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell with his wife Vicky Karayiannis, and former lead singer of R.E.M. Michael Stipe.
Soundgarden broke up before the Millennium even hit, and while the world has changed dramatically, in reuniting for the brand new album King Animal; Soundgarden really haven't. King Animal is a classic rock album and despite not having deviated much from their '90s form, it still sounds relevant.
The band spoke to Rolling Stone about reuniting, their past and their future. Front man Chris Cornell agrees that the music they're making is worth while for the contemporary audience. "After 15 years, we can reassemble and again prove that we are a vital band that has something to say about rock music that other people don't and we deserve to be making music that's heard on an international stage," he said. Of course, to be found on an international stage after a 15 year hiatus, you've got to have some loyal fans, and that they do. Cornell, in fact, gives their music to the fans. "The interpretations belong to the people who listen to them. The fans own the records and listen to them and love them. It becomes the soundtrack to some part of their lives and we don't control that." He said, "To me that's what's exciting about what we do. You create this little Frankenstein monster of a song or an album and then it wanders off around the world, going "Arrrrgggh, fire," and does whatever it's gonna do - murders the townspeople, whatever. I can't stop it."
Consequence of Sound also interviewed Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, whose musical ethos mirrors Cornell. "[When we broke up] what I failed to recognize was that individually we might be showing interest in other subgenres of popular music, but there is a collective way that we respond and communicate musically that is probably always going to be Soundgarden."
Lead singer Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil and drummer Matt Cameron from grunge band Soundgarden are snapped arriving outside the Ed Sullivan Theater before their appearance on 'The Late Show With David Letterman'. Chris is the only bandmember to acknowledge the photographers and briefly waves at them while clutching his cell phone.
It has been said that a truly great song can be stripped down to a basic vocal and instrumental accompaniment, and still be every bit as powerful and affecting as a full band version. This is the approach Chris Cornell has taken on Songbook, a live album collecting an impressive array of cuts from his solo acoustic tours.
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Date of birth
20th July, 1964