Hopefully, most of you who wanted to go have procured tickets.
Because Chris Cornell’s show at the Fillmore tomorrow night is — like the rest of his “Songbook Volume 1” tour — completely sold out. And it’s a great concert concept — the man acoustically paring down classic material from his catalogs with Audioslave, Soundgarden and his solo albums.
From Anthony A. Aardvark to Zelda Z. Zygote, this hurricane-velocity star could simply sing the phonebook, and we’d all pay to see it. He’s said he got the idea from hearing the late Johnny Cash do a bare-bones cover of Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage” a few years ago; People finally paid attention to his dark, eternally cryptic lyrics when The Man In Black quietly sang them.
But Cornell has bigger fish to fry in the near future.
As soon as this jaunt ends, he returns to the studio with his old bandmates from Soundgarden, where they’re already hard at work on a comeback album, projected for release later this year. Which makes sense, since the legendary Seattle sludgemeisters recently released both a greatest-hits package (“Telephantasm”) and a 1996 road document, “Live on I-5.”
After sorting through the tapes from said West Coast tour, the bandmembers all agreed — 13 years of separation had passed, and it was definitely time to get back into the studio together. We’ll bring you more Cornell news as it happens, but for now, rock out at the Fillmore or check out www.chriscornell.com.