Chris Cornell Talks Mad Season Reunion: ‘It Was Kind Of A Shock’

Chris Cornell discussed fronting Mad Season for their January 2015 Sonic Evolution concert in a new interview with Radio 929. Cornell praised the show, but downplayed rumors of a full fledged reunion.

“Well, that’s not something we ever really talked about, but I can say that I really enjoyed being on stage with those guys, and it was kind of a shock to be standing there…I was trying to remember the songs and trying to sing them well and sort of do right by the history of it, and once I was on stage and we were doing it, then it kind of hit me, I’m standing here with these guys, all of which I’ve known for years and years and been friends with but had never been on stage with them like that. It was pretty great. It was pretty moving.”

Mad Season recently released the concert as a live album, see more information below:

On January 30, 2015, surviving Mad Season members Mike McCready and Barrett Martin performed selections from the band’s repertoire at the Seattle Symphony’s Sonic Evolution concert, with conductor Ludovic Morlot and guest artists including Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell (filling in for the late Layne Staley), Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan (filling in for the late John Baker Saunders).

The Mad Season performance also included guests Jeff Angell, Kim Virant, Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains), Skerik, and Tim Dijulio. The night also included an appearances from Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard who alongside Cornell, McCready, and Cameron, performed songs as Temple Of The Dog.

This event was the result of a year-long artistic collaboration between Mike McCready and Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot. Proceeds from the album sales will benefit the Seattle Symphony and the Vitalogy Foundation.

Tracklisting
:
1. Waking The Horizon (McCready w/ Symphony)
2. Long Gone Day – Mad Season w/ Symphony
3. River Of Deceit – Mad Season w/ Symphony
4. I Don’t Know Anything – Mad Season w/ Symphony
5. Wake Up – Mad Season
6. Lifeless Dead – Mad Season
7. Above – Mad Season
8. Call Me A Dog – Temple Of The Dog
9. Reach Down – Temple Of The Dog
10. All Alone – Mad Season

  • Uranus

    Hard to watch without Staley, doesn’t feel right. Those are Layne’s songs.

    • http://Boom.com Boom

      Boom agree. Also the Cornell did pure shit job with the Staleys songs.

      Boom out!!

      It just no never felt like the Cornell was the engaged with song. He lacked the heart and the soul that the song required. Boom still pissed off that the Lanegan no there. He there for the original record and no there for so called reunion. That shit no right and wrong to Boom. If the Lanegan busy then you wait for him to no be busy. He key part of band in Boom opinion.

      • Bill Austeh

        You 2 stop Cornell is this generations greatest singer. He did a better job than LS would of done now. L was way out of it to continue like Kurt, MLB, BM, Etc they all loved sucking the nipple of heroin to death.

        Now go rock out 2 –>smelly sounds of wet farts and dreams.

        :[}

        • http://Boom.com Boom

          This just Booms OPINION and how Boom feel. Why can the humans here just no accept other music opinion other than own. You feel one way and Boom feel other Way. That why music great. There be no right or the wrong. It about music. Boom no argue your music opinion as you have done, Boom may no agree but no try and do convincing the otherwise. The Cornell be good music man. Boom just no like what he do for the mad season song. Also Boom say nothing about the Layne no handle songs nowadays. That be moot point.

          Boom out!!

          Now go rock the fucker out to the black pudding.

        • halcyon

          That’s like saying Picasso would have done a better job painting Mona Lisa. He could have, but it was not his painting. Same with the Mad Season songs.
          In my opinion, Chris was very good, but he doesn’t have the same connection to those songs Layne had. No technical excellence in singing will make up for that. I don’t want to compare Chris and Layne, I think they’re equally brilliant singers, but saying that Chris did a better job than Layne would have done now is not fair.

          • HKH

            Man, you totally beat me to it, and you said it more eloquently than I would have. Thanks!

      • dakotablue

        Lanegan for the soul but to sing Layne’s songs you gotta have some pipes, and Cornell sure does. Still, if the heart’s not there that kills it.
        Long Gone Day is such an awesome sad song.

      • mypat623

        Got to ask a question?…How would the Boom feel about Mr. Cornell doing Led Zep songs with Jimmy Page?.. The two of them said they would be working together this year.

        • http://Boom.com Boom

          Boom no sure. Boom feel the Page can play the guitar on the Cornell song but no sure if Boom do the like of the Cornell singing the Zeppelin song. Boom dig the Cornell just no like him doing the Mad Season song. Boom listen couple time to record and no like.

          Boom out!!

  • Poltergeist

    If he tells you he is going to “help you work on your career,” you better run because he will help himself to you and consume you, fool and paralyze you with his seduction and run back to home base and pretend he is in tv land with June cleaver. He will not help you, he says this to give his targets a false sense of trust so he can start his married man car and drive over you!!

    • Bar Tone

      You are all over these posts bashing Cornell every chance you get. I’m pretty sure you are just batshit crazy and need to go back on your meds but if not I’m sure we would all love to hear how Chris Cornell fucked you over. Do tell…

      • Billy

        Don’t bother with this poltergeist moron, however this person does a great magic trick: when you confront poltergeist about these accusations and ask him/her to back them up, poof! poltergeist disappears.

        Think of poltergeist like the annoying kid from school when you were younger, if you ignore them they just go away. All they want is attention, so don’t give them it

        • http://Boom.com Boom

          The poltergeist is the fuck bat shit crazy.

          • Billy

            i see their comment was deleted, hopefully they got banned from the site

      • Poltergeist

        meds do not fix being targeted by a man who acts like you should be grateful to be in his scary triangle, octagon, however many women and points are on his grid.

  • Junior Moore

    He completely took those songs too a different level, imo and he did it effortlessly and respectfully. And I love Mad Season andLayne…I’ll put it this way, I bought the album of this performance, and it’s hard for me to listen to the original songs now after hearing what Cornell did with those rhythms and melodies. I wish they had him sing the whole set. He absolutely nailed it up there.

    • Junior Moore

      Forgot to add how brilliant the Symphony sounded performing these types of songs. They really added a whole new dynamic and depth to the songs.

      Everybody involved really went all out and did a great job keeping up the Mad Season and Laynes legacy. Major props to McCready.

  • God

    should have had Iggy Pop sing

    • http://Boom.com Boom

      Boom agree.

      Boom out!!

      Now go rock the fuck out to the raw power.

      • Thelonious Funk

        “Now go rock the fuck out to the raw power.”

        FINALLY you say something that makes a modicum of sense

        I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and again.

        • http://Boom.com Boom

          Boom always speak the sense. You just no do agree with what Boom speak. There be difference. One time back in the ’73 boom eating squirrel on the stick over fire on wild boar hunting trip with the bow and arrows. Boom no get no boar but fuck many mexican whose in ass.

          Boom out!!

          Now Flunk. Go rock the fuck out to Dixie Chicks.

          • Thelonious Funk

            The only people Boom fucks are chicks with dicks

          • http://Boom.com Boom

            Again the Flunker proving being the wrong. Have nice day Brooksey

          • Thelonious Funk

            Don’t need to prove anything when it’s common knowledge

          • http://Boom.com Boom

            Common knowledge is Boom is best ever here. King of commenters and King of bass guitar. Common knowledge is the Flunk King troller.

          • Thelonious Funk

            The Funk wipes the floor with your illiterate ass every day of the week around here. Hell, I don’t even read your comments because 1.) they make zero sense even when they’re halfway-readable, and 2.) any doofus with even a few brain cells knows you’re just one of the many Shane99 personas polluting AN’s comments section

            One of these days, maybe you’ll step outside and discover this thing called “pussy”. It’ll blow your mind, and you’ll have no use for attention-seeking shenanigans on the internetz, “Shane”

          • http://Boom.com Boom

            Boom had bit of rough day. Boom thank the Flunk for the humor. Boom assure you no alais and no being the Shane. You out to te lunch and may be one of humans lacking te brain cells. Boom say good bye to The Flunk.

            Boom out!!
            Now go rock the fuck out to The Dixie Chicks.

  • dakotablue

    Some of the proceeds should go to Layne’s addiction-help foundation. Nobody can fill in for Layne, but Chris is probably closer than most. Maybe tied with Lanagan.
    And who was drumming where, with Barrett, Matt Cameron and Sean all there? Wish I was!