Chris Cornell recently discussed using a turntable at his concerts and Kanye West during an interview with WMMR, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.
“It came from initial discussion with my one time manager about ways of making an acoustic show cool. The idea of having a turntable came up, on stage. He was talking about, ‘You could talk about records you love, and go play part of it.’ I liked the idea of that, that immediately kind of makes it intimate, kind of like the living room when you’re doing that. But I didn’t really like – it didn’t make sense for me to play someone else’s record. As soon as I thought that, I realized that most modern touring artists perform to track on some level, if not entirely.
Where Kanye West has done entire shows to a laptop, really, to basically the record. Why not just press songs that I want versions of my songs in whatever form I want to vinyl, and sing to them that way, and I still sort of get that quality. The first time I did it, I knew it was a good idea just because as soon as you drop the needle, and the audience heard the sound of vinyl, they reacted just to that. That kind of changed the atmosphere.”
Chris Cornell was critical of Kanye West’s roadies at Big Day Out’s show in Gold Coast, Australia in 2012.
Kanye West showed up 45 minutes late to the show, and the crowd broke into chants of “bullshit” numerous times as they waited, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.
Frontman Chris Cornell wasn’t impressed when a sound check of West’s upcoming set at the neighbouring main stage could be heard in between Soundgarden songs and the rock band’s fans started booing.
“Sounds like there’s children playing music there, retarded children, retarded as in held back. There’s no other word for it,” Cornell told the crowd.