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Chris Cornell Says Kids Want To Sound Like Skrillex More Than Nirvana

Soundgarden singer/songwriter and solo artist Chris Cornell spoke on the current state of rock music in a video interview with The Rock FM, as transcribed by Alternative Nation:

“I think really to understand the current state of rock music you sort of have to be able to shift the perception a little, or think about what rock music means…and to me I think kind of, and I think what it always meant from the very beginning that it was sort of the homespun music of the street…or anybody’s music, it was the voice of anybody who wanted to do it, who felt like doing it. You didn’t have to be musically educated, you didn’t have to be literally educated, you didn’t have to come from royalty…you could be anyone and anyone could participate in it, like country and western.

I think a lot of that has shifted to the hip hop world or even the electronic world, where now, you can make an album on a laptop inside a studio apartment and young kids that are listening to music, as opposed to guitar based rock music or even music that even be made on a laptop, and they’re learning how to do it, and that’s inspring them. They have the capability of doing that. I think having technology, plus having some really huge hip hop artists, has shifted that to where the first urge of some kids who write a song or make a recording, might not be guitar, bass, drums and vocals, it might not be “let’s try to sound like Nirvana”, it might something much more in the direction of hip hop or rap or electronica, it might be Skrillex instead.”

Chris Cornell, Weezer, Cage the Elephant & Fall Out Boy To Perform At KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

Just announced, KROQ has revealed its lineup for Almost Acoustic Christmas. Ticket go on sale this Friday at 12pm. Proceeds will benefit local Los Angeles charities, including Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Foundation. The lineup is below:

Night 1: AWOLNATION, Bastille, Cage The Elephant, Disclosure, Foals, Halsey, Silversun Pickups,The Struts, Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, and X Ambassadors.

Night 2: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Chris Cornell, Cold War Kids, Elle King, Fall Out Boy,George Ezra, James Bay, Of Monsters And Men, Panic! At The Disco, The 1975, and The Neighbourhood.

Tickets, available here at Ticketmaster, are subject to the prices listed below. Tickets limited to 4 a household:

GA Floor: $135.00
Floor Risers: $150.00
Sec 100 Lower Bowl: $150.00
Sec 100 Center Lower Bowl: $135.00
Sec 100 Upper Bowl: $95.00
Sec 200 Upper Bowl: $75.00

Last year, several prominent bands we cover here at AlternativeNation played at Almost Acoustic Christmas 2014, like Queens of the Stone Age, the Smashing Pumpkins and System of a Down. Let’s see if this lineup can top last year’s performance!

Featured here in our article on the new Temple of the Dog performance footage that surfaced, Chris Cornell recently talked to AV Club about their song “Hunger Strike”:

Chris Cornell discussed Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” in a new AV Club article.

“I don’t really remember it. [Laughs.] I kind of remember the basics but singing on that album happened so quickly. The song itself, it really wasn’t much of a song. It was a verse with just a kind of repeating chorus. It was just where we needed one more song for the album, and I had that down, but I hadn’t played it for anybody yet because I didn’t feel it was a complete song. But I knew we had nine songs, and I thought 10 would be a nice, even round number. I just figured that this would be the 10th song that would wrap up the album, and it would just be what it was, verse for verse and then repeating chorus sort of like a coda for the album listening experience. In rehearsing it, and I think we only rehearsed for two days for that album, but I was singing both parts of the song. I sang the high verse part and then the low chorus part and then the high chorus part and so on.

Eddie and the rest of them were waiting for us to finish because they were about to have one of their first rehearsals as Pearl Jam, and he saw me sort of struggling with it, so he just walked up to the mic and started singing the low part, and I started singing the high part. I immediately got this idea that his voice sounded so rich in that low register that it would become more of a song if I sang the first verse, then the whole band kicks in, and then he sings that verse again, but in effect it becomes a different verse. It’s a different person. It’s a different voice and a different everything. And I think I had that idea right there on the spot; we did it that way, and suddenly it was a real song. I hate to use that term “real song” but to me it was like: Okay, in just a moment this has become an arrangement that changes everything.

I never thought about it as being singular or anything because there were a lot of really well written songs that lent themselves to the notion of a single, but once we played it for other people, that was the choice that was made. But my memory of us singing it together is I just went in and sang my part, he went in and sang his part, and it took probably 40 minutes, and that was it. That was back in the day where you had no record budget, and that album in particular was recorded and mixed in a total of 14 days, not in a row.”

 

Watch Previously Unreleased Temple of the Dog Video

Chris Cornell was recently interviewed by Live Nation TV, and the interview showcased unreleased Temple of the Dog footage. Watch below for the video!

Chris Cornell discussed Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” in a new AV Club article.

“I don’t really remember it. [Laughs.] I kind of remember the basics but singing on that album happened so quickly. The song itself, it really wasn’t much of a song. It was a verse with just a kind of repeating chorus. It was just where we needed one more song for the album, and I had that down, but I hadn’t played it for anybody yet because I didn’t feel it was a complete song. But I knew we had nine songs, and I thought 10 would be a nice, even round number. I just figured that this would be the 10th song that would wrap up the album, and it would just be what it was, verse for verse and then repeating chorus sort of like a coda for the album listening experience. In rehearsing it, and I think we only rehearsed for two days for that album, but I was singing both parts of the song. I sang the high verse part and then the low chorus part and then the high chorus part and so on.

Eddie and the rest of them were waiting for us to finish because they were about to have one of their first rehearsals as Pearl Jam, and he saw me sort of struggling with it, so he just walked up to the mic and started singing the low part, and I started singing the high part. I immediately got this idea that his voice sounded so rich in that low register that it would become more of a song if I sang the first verse, then the whole band kicks in, and then he sings that verse again, but in effect it becomes a different verse. It’s a different person. It’s a different voice and a different everything. And I think I had that idea right there on the spot; we did it that way, and suddenly it was a real song. I hate to use that term “real song” but to me it was like: Okay, in just a moment this has become an arrangement that changes everything.

I never thought about it as being singular or anything because there were a lot of really well written songs that lent themselves to the notion of a single, but once we played it for other people, that was the choice that was made. But my memory of us singing it together is I just went in and sang my part, he went in and sang his part, and it took probably 40 minutes, and that was it. That was back in the day where you had no record budget, and that album in particular was recorded and mixed in a total of 14 days, not in a row.”

Chris Cornell Had ‘Fear’ Of President Obama Losing Elections

Soundgarden frontman discussed his fear of President Obama losing to John McCain and Mitt Romney in a new interview with The Weekly Feed. When asked if he would hit the campaign trail in 2016 like he did for Obama, Cornell had the following to say, as transcribed by Alternative Nation:

“It depends on what it feels like to me. I felt like with Obama there was a certain amount of fear as to what would happen if he didn’t win. It felt almost like it was a damage control scenario there, in a lot of ways that is how my thinking works when it comes to politics and elections. It’s like okay, who is going to get nominated, and then what is sort of the lesser of two evils in a way. With President Obama, is was very clear, there was no confusion in regard to that. We’ll see how things play out now, but there’s nobody that is inspiring me really.

Also in paying attention in the last 8 years, and really focusing on how events have taken place, I feel like it’s going to take a lot more than any particular administration to make any real change. I’m not sure, other than borrowing some sort of breakdown in how this country is run, which is probably going to have to be a financial one, that you are going to see any real effective change. I think it’s this constant sort of push me, pull you scenario that just keeps living on. We keep sort of scotch taping everything together, and at some point, it isn’t going to work, it isn’t going to hold.”

Watch Chris Cornell’s Jimmy Kimmel Performance

Chris Cornell performed “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” and “Josephine” on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Watch video uploaded by Jeffgarden.com below!

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell discussed Temple of the Dog and Audioslave during a recent interview with WDHA 105.5 New Jersey, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“For me it started to me with Temple of the Dog. I knew that the four members of Soundgarden together in the context of what we were doing was a special thing, and that’s about all I knew. I didn’t know that myself as an addition to any other combination was going to mean much, and that album kind of changed that thought process where I realized that as long as you throw yourself into something, and it’s with the right people, you can do it in lots of different contexts, and that’s where Audioslave was born, in that spirit. I didn’t want to say no to having a creative relationship with those three guys, because I thought they were brilliant. We wrote three albums in a really short period of time, and they felt vital to me. That’s kind of informed what I’ve done.

The other thing has been that I came from kind of a post punk indie musical background, where there were no rules. Basically, you could kind of do anything you wanted, and that was the point of it. I think Soundgarden was very eclectic from the start, we were not ever cornered stylistically. That did something for me personally, in that I never felt I was cornered as an artist or a songwriter to do whatever I want, and I still feel like that.”

Chris Cornell Talks Audioslave Coming From Temple of the Dog’s Spirit

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell discussed Temple of the Dog and Audioslave during a recent interview with WDHA 105.5 New Jersey, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“For me it started to me with Temple of the Dog. I knew that the four members of Soundgarden together in the context of what we were doing was a special thing, and that’s about all I knew. I didn’t know that myself as an addition to any other combination was going to mean much, and that album kind of changed that thought process where I realized that as long as you throw yourself into something, and it’s with the right people, you can do it in lots of different contexts, and that’s where Audioslave was born, in that spirit. I didn’t want to say no to having a creative relationship with those three guys, because I thought they were brilliant. We wrote three albums in a really short period of time, and they felt vital to me. That’s kind of informed what I’ve done.

The other thing has been that I came from kind of a post punk indie musical background, where there were no rules. Basically, you could kind of do anything you wanted, and that was the point of it. I think Soundgarden was very eclectic from the start, we were not ever cornered stylistically. That did something for me personally, in that I never felt I was cornered as an artist or a songwriter to do whatever I want, and I still feel like that.”

Chris Cornell Wants Audioslave To Reunite

Chris Cornell recently told Music Radar that he wants Audioslave to reunite.

“Yeah, I think it would be great. We did a lot of songs, and with the benefit of having not done anything with those guys for so long, I can’t imagine what it would be. It would be a really amazing experience just to get back and work with the same guys again.

“We were certainly a prolific group of people; we wrote three whole albums in around five years, maybe less. And these were albums that were raw, and we had extra material, and we just never seemed to have trouble ever trying to agree on what would come out of the songs.

“They were great guys, and I really enjoyed the experience that I had with them, so yeah, I would always be open to doing something.”

He added that he’s working on new Soundgarden material.

“Well, I’m working on new Soundgarden songs, and I’m getting ready to go out and tour for quite a while on this album, so that’s kind of all I’ve got on my mind right now. There are a couple of other little things, too – I have basically too much to think about, which is about where I usually keep it: just on the wrong side of too much!”

Chris Cornell Mocks Sammy Hagar

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell mocked former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar performing with a live microphone as he moved around stage on guitar in a recent interview with WMMR, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“Then another thing I sort of figured out recently was the problem of being sort of stuck behind a microphone for an acoustic tour. Because in a rock band there’s guitar solos, and I can kind of leave and do thing and wander around and be on different parts of the stage, and it becomes more three dimensional. But just as a guy playing an acoustic guitar, that doesn’t really happen. So I thought about doing a headset mic, but it just looks too ridiculous. It just immediately reminded me of like a late 80’s Sammy Hagar kind of thing, and I couldn’t bear it.

I’d rather the show suffer on some other level, so it did, then a few months ago Soundgarden played Bridge School with Pearl Jam and Neil Young. He just sort of walked out on stage with his harmonica holder that he normally played harmonica in, and sometimes it was in there, and then sometimes it wasn’t in there. He had two little microphones in it, and he was singing into it. He could move kind of wherever he wanted, and I thought that solves the problem, because it looked really cool, it didn’t look ridiculous any more, so I stole that idea from him, so I do that now too.

Frances Bean Cobain, Tool, Billy Corgan & Chris Cornell Celebrate Halloween

The stars of the 90’s alternative rock era (and their offspring) celebrated Halloween in style over the weekend. Tool dressed up as Led Zeppelin and covered “No Quarter” at their Monster Mash festival performance. You can view Tool’s setlist after the Halloween photos.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was ‘Count William Corgan’ at Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse, interacting with fans and taking Polaroids. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell dressed as Chris Cornell, while his daughter Toni dressed up as Marilyn Monroe.

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Tool Setlist:
1- No Quarter (Led Zeppelin cover)
2- The Grudge
3- Parabol
4- Parabola
5- Opiate
6- Schism
7- Ænema
8- Descending
9- Jambi
10- Forty-Six & 2
11- Vicarious
12- Stinkfist

Chris Cornell On If Eddie Vedder Would Have Made It Had Andy Wood Lived

During a recent interview with WMMR, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was asked about Andy Wood having passed away just as Mother Love Bone was on the verge of breaking out commercially, and if had that not happened Pearl Jam never would have existed. Cornell gave his thoughts on if Eddie Vedder would still had cultural influence with his music had Pearl Jam never formed, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“Yeah, the thought crossed my mind I think before. For sure, I think Eddie’s creative output would have obviously come to be in a way that affects popular culture no matter what. I can’t imagine that that wouldn’t have happened, it just wouldn’t have happened in that way. I think that’s probably a difficult thing to kind of sit and think about, when you’re close to the person that’s died, that somehow their passing has made way for another forum that becomes really important (laughs), it’s sort of tough. But it’s definitely something that I’ve thought about, I’m not going to pretend that didn’t occur to me at some point.”

He also discussed living with Andy Wood.

“The funny thing is he ended up being my roommate because I called Stone Gossard and said, ‘My brother just left, and I need a roommate. Do you want to be my roommate?’ He’s like, ‘No, that’s alright, I’m pretty happy still living at home.’ I don’t know how old we were, we were still pretty young. Then he said, ‘You should call my buddy Andy.’ I kind of knew him, a little bit. I think he was looking for a place to stay in town because there’s an island thing going on in Seattle. There’s a big difference between being on an island and being in town. So I called him, and he moved in.

It was fun, because we were sort of having a friendly competition as singer-songwriters the whole time. I had a 4-track and I would record him, we were both writing songs all of the time. He was almost the opposite of me, in terms of how he dealt with his own sort of creative output. He seemed to have no editing voice in his head at all, he was just free, and he’d kind of write and record anything, and not really analyze it too much. I was sort of the opposite, I had an editorial staff in my head, arguing about what I’m doing.

I took that definitely from him as a lesson to just chill out and be creative and let someone else judge it, or judge it later, but don’t have that sort of circumvent the process in the moment. Like starting to work on a song and being like, ‘Oh no, this probably sucks. It sucks.’ The other dangerous one: ‘This is the fucking best song anyone has ever written.’ That’s where the argument comes in, then the other voice: ‘Uh uh, no it isn’t.’ ‘Yes it is!’ ‘No it isn’t!’ Then the third voice: ‘It doesn’t have to be either of those things!'”

Chris Cornell On Layne Staley’s Death: ‘It’s Harder To Find A Silver Lining’

Chris Cornell discussed Mad Season and how listening to Above in preparation for his performance with the band’s surviving members earlier this year at Benayora Hall in January.  Read the quote below from an interview with WMMR, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“When I was asked to do that, what came next was listening to the original recordings, which was listening to Layne sing in headphones over and over to learn it, and feel like I really knew it. That was kind of unexpected, I don’t want to say dark, but it was tough, because I hadn’t really done that. Listening to his voice intimately, and sing those words and sing those songs, it definitely sort of forced me to reckon with what happened in his life, and the fact that he’s not around anymore. I think that’s tough for everybody that knew him, as it is for anyone that loses someone who is a friend that is young, or that affects your life, just fans of his even.

I think that sometimes almost the bigger tragedy in a weird way is all of the future imagined creative projects that could have happened that didn’t. I feel the same way about lots of brilliant people who die young, kind of senselessly especially. If it’s an accident you feel like it’s an act of God, but if you feel like they did it somehow, it’s sort of harder to reconcile. It’s hard to find a silver lining, but it doesn’t change what he did at all.”

He was also asked if he would do more with Mad Season after the Benayora Hall performance earlier this year. “It’s not really something that we talked about, no. We might do something else some day (laughs), who knows?”

Chris Cornell: ‘Kanye West Has Done Entire Shows To A Laptop’

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.

Chris Cornell Announces 2016 European Tour

Following the huge success of his recent US tour, Chris Cornell will bring his critically acclaimed ‘Higher Truth’ tour to Europe, starting on 23rd March in Reykjavik, Iceland, before crossing the continent.

The tour will give European fans the chance to see Chris perform in an unplugged, up close and personal setting in venues which have been hand-picked to host the show, including tracks from his new album Higher Truth.

Date Venue Location
Mar 23 Harpa Eldborg Hall Reykjavik, Iceland
Mar 26 Moscow Vegas Concert Hall Moscow, Russia
Mar 28 Finlandia Hall Helsinki, Finland
Mar 30 DR Konserthuset Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 31 Folketeatret Oslo, Norway
Apr 02 Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Germany
Apr 03 Musikkens Hus Aalborg, Denmark
Apr 05 Koncerthuset Copenhagen, Denmark
Apr 09 TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Netherlands
Apr 10 Bourla Theater Antwerp, Belgium
Apr 14 Lisinski Concert Hall Zagreb, Croatia
Apr 15 Teatro Rossetti Trieste, Italy
Apr 18 Auditorium Parco Della Musica Rome, Italy
Apr 19 Teatro Degli Arcimboldi Milan, Italy
Apr 22 Trianon Paris, France
Apr 27 Bridgewater Hall Manchester, UK
Apr 29 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, UK
Apr 30 Colston Hall Bristol, UK
May 02 Birmingham Symphony Hall Birmingham. UK
May 03 Royal Albert Hall London, UK
May 06 Mann Auditorium Tel Aviv, Israel
May 07 Roman Amphitheatre Caesarea, Israel

Chris Cornell Talks Loss Of Vocal Range

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell discussed losing some of his vocal range over the years as he has aged in a new interview with SouthFlorida.com.

“As time has moved on, I have less range and less ability to easily go in and out of different registers, but I feel like I have a much better ability to emotionally connect with any song,” Cornell says. “All that is a moving target. The human voice is not a trumpet. It’s not a piano. It’s always changing, and a singer has to go with the flow.”

He also discussed Soundgarden’s mindset when writing songs.

“Soundgarden, more than a lot of bands, is absolutely the sum of its parts,” he says. “Soundgarden, I feel, is this other world. It’s a dimension and a world that I go into, and we all write for that that band that we almost can look at as a fictional thing. It’s an exciting thing. It’s almost like writing a soundtrack to a movie.”

Chris Cornell covered Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” with his 11-year old daughter Toni in New York at the Beacon Theater earlier this week. Watch video, see photos, and read the setlist below!

Setlist:
Misery Chain
Before We Disappear
Can’t Change Me
Cleaning My Gun
Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
Fell on Black Days (Soundgarden song)
Redemption Song (Bob Marley & The Wailers cover)
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Temple of the Dog song)
River of Deceit (Mad Season cover)
Wide Awake (Audioslave song)
Doesn’t Remind Me (Audioslave song)
Sweet Euphoria
Blow Up the Outside World (Soundgarden song)
Let Your Eyes Wander
One (U2 cover) (with Metallica’s “One” lyrics)
Seasons
The Day I Tried to Live (Soundgarden song)
When I’m Down
Worried Moon
Rusty Cage (Soundgarden song)
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden song)
Like a Stone (Audioslave song)
Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog song)
A Day in the Life (The Beatles cover)
Like Suicide (Soundgarden song)
Higher Truth

Chris Cornell Does Hilarious Dan Rather Impression

At Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s recent show at The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD, Cornell told a funny story about seeing legendary CBS reporter on a train.

“On the train, Dan Rather was on the train today. There he was, Dan Rather. I heard him before I saw him, because he was talking on the phone. He’s in his 80’s, so he’s at that age where he talks on the phone you talk (does voice) ‘really loud.’ ‘I’m sure that you can’t hear me!'”

Setlist:
Before We Disappear
Can’t Change Me
Moonchild
The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan cover) (rewritten version called “The Times Are A-Changin’ Back”)
As Hope & Promise Fade
Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
Fell on Black Days (Soundgarden song)
Thank You (Led Zeppelin cover)
You Know My Name
River of Deceit (Mad Season cover)
Sweet Euphoria
Doesn’t Remind Me (Audioslave song)
Blow Up the Outside World (Soundgarden song)
Let Your Eyes Wander
Call Me a Dog (Temple of the Dog song)
To Love Somebody (Bee Gees cover)
Sunshower
Worried Moon
Rusty Cage (Soundgarden song)
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden song)
Like a Stone (Audioslave song)
Ave Maria (Franz Schubert cover)
Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince cover)
Wooden Jesus (Temple of the Dog song)

Encore:
Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog song)
Josephine
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson cover)
Higher Truth

Chris Cornell Performs “Redemption Song” With His Daughter

Photo credit: @Suziemay212 on Twitter

Chris Cornell covered Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” with his 11-year old daughter Toni in New York at the Beacon Theater last night. Watch video, see photos, and read the setlist below!

Setlist:
Misery Chain
Before We Disappear
Can’t Change Me
Cleaning My Gun
Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
Fell on Black Days (Soundgarden song)
Redemption Song (Bob Marley & The Wailers cover)
Say Hello 2 Heaven (Temple of the Dog song)
River of Deceit (Mad Season cover)
Wide Awake (Audioslave song)
Doesn’t Remind Me (Audioslave song)
Sweet Euphoria
Blow Up the Outside World (Soundgarden song)
Let Your Eyes Wander
One (U2 cover) (with Metallica’s “One” lyrics)
Seasons
The Day I Tried to Live (Soundgarden song)
When I’m Down
Worried Moon
Rusty Cage (Soundgarden song)
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden song)
Like a Stone (Audioslave song)
Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog song)
A Day in the Life (The Beatles cover)
Like Suicide (Soundgarden song)
Higher Truth

Chris Cornell Refuses To Record Under Mad Season Name

AMNY recently interviewed Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and asked if he would be recording new material with Mad Season (under that moniker) after performing with the band earlier this year in Seattle at Benayora Hall for the Sonic Evolution show. Despite this, he is open to working with the band’s three members.

“I won’t be doing anything under that name because of the historical significance to it. But I’d certainly be amenable to doing stuff with those three guys, Barrett [Martin], Duff [McKagan] and Mike [McCready]. The experience of being on stage with them and just playing a few songs was really amazing. I was really blown away. Having said that I think of it as something far in the future as all of us are slammed busy. But someday, I would love nothing more than to play with those three guys.”

Mad Season released three new songs with Mark Lanegan on vocals in 2013 for the Above reissue.

Mike McCready recently told Alternative Nation that he would like to record with Chris Cornell in the future.

“I’m very proud of the whole Mad Season Benayora Hall album that just came out. We got on the classical charts, we’re number 5 on the classical charts, which is bizarre to me, and amazing. That was an incredible journey that I started 2 and a half years ago talking to Ludovic Morlot, who is the head of our Seattle Symphony. When he said yes I would like to do this, and do these Mad Season songs, that’s when I gave him the CD, and he came back about a year later. Then Chris got involved, and it turned into something bigger and more magical than I could have ever imagined. Jeff and Stone came, we did some Temple [of the Dog] stuff, I know I’m going back in time right now, but I’m very proud of that moment and that release, that we recorded it. Maybe we’ll do something else, we filmed some stuff from that show, so maybe we’ll do something with that someday.

I’d like to do something else with the Symphony someday, but I kind of need to figure out what that is, and if they’d even like to do that again. I’d love to do any kind of cool independent movies that touch me, that come my way. I’m sure we’ll end up doing some Pearl Jam stuff next year. Like I said opportunities arise if you are aware of them, if you keep your ear to the ground. I don’t know, I’d love to do something with Cornell again, he’s very busy, but that would be an amazing thing too, and I look forward to doing more stuff with my guys too. And really just some more stuff on the label, maybe something with Star Anna, I’d like to do that too.”

Chris Cornell Isn’t Ready For Soundgarden’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Chris Cornell revealed in a recent interview with Vindy that he isn’t quite ready for Soundgarden to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Soundgarden have failed to be nominated for the Rock Hall since becoming eligible.

“It’s not something that I’m in a hurry for. It might just be my personal perspective, but I’ve seen a lot of bands get inducted that are defunct or there are several dead members or something like that. To me, it feels like something that should be more of like in the category of a gold watch. And I’m not ready for a gold watch, yet.”

Kim Thayil discussed Soundgarden going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in an interview with Alternative Nation last year.

“It’s not a particular objective or goal of mine, so I could take it or leave it. I imagine from what I’ve heard from friends, they say it’s really a lot of fun for fans, they say the fans get excited about it. The opportunity to meet and play with your peers, and maybe some heroes. That is probably the exciting thing about it, but seriously it’s kind of a strange accolade. It’s not like you have achieved something superior in performance like a baseball player, like the baseball Hall of Fame.

[The Hall of Fame is kind of like] where you achieve commercial success, durable commercial success. Well that already is rewarded monetarily, and it’s rewarded with plaques or whatever. So you have a Hall of Fame for people who made a lot of money for other people? That’s what it ends up being, but people I know who have experienced this say the best part about it is working with other musicians, to be able to play with those musicians, and they regard the enthusiasm that the fans have for that experience. So, I think for that reason, you make a lot of people happy and you can have some new experiences, that would be a great thing for us to do. But I’m not going to lose sleep over it, because I think [of] our days [as] make music, make records, and play our songs.”

Cornell also recently discussed his inspiration in an interview with Songwriting Magazine, “The inspiration part just seems to kind of sort itself out, it’s just a matter of trying to push myself in different directions and everything else just kind of does what it’s supposed to do. Which is not to say that it’s not a challenge, because it is, but that’s always been part of making albums and touring; I don’t know if it would be easy to stay focused if wasn’t some kind of a challenge around every corner.”

Chris Cornell Talks Other Grunge Bands Outselling Soundgarden

Chris Cornell was recently asked when he realized Soundgarden ‘made it’ during a recent interview with Y108, as transcribed by Alternative Nation. Cornell discussed other Seattle bands that formed after Soundgarden outselling them during Grunge’s explosion in 1992. Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice In Chains all formed after Soundgarden.

“No, I don’t think that happened to us really so much. Soundgarden sort of had this slow, but sure, steady increase of our own fans through kind of our indie years. We started out doing van tours in the U.S. and Europe. Those are kind of long tours. We started touring extensively off of our first full length album, which was on SST, in I think 1987 or 1988. By mid 1992, when suddenly the whole world was talking about Seattle music, there were other bands that were outselling us kind of, that didn’t even exist when we were formed, and slogging around. So I don’t think we ever felt that, I think what we felt is we’re able to do this and not have regular jobs. I kind of remember that. But I also think that we did it for so long just kind of on our own, that there was no such thing as that ‘finish line,’ or ‘we made it.’

When you go on tour as a young band, when you’re sort of successful enough as a road band to have a guitar tech, and a sound guy, and a bass tech, or a drum tech, you’ll hear all those guys talk about previous bands they worked with, all of which will have been washed up by then. You listen to that, and you still haven’t actually started to sell records yet, and you start to realize: ‘Oh, this isn’t one of those things where you make it, and then it is sort of yours forever.’ This is something that is an ongoing process, where you kind of live in that world. Things are going to go up, and they’re going to come back down again, and then, if you’re lucky, they’ll go back up again.”

Cornell also discussed changing toilet paper rolls, and whether he likes to have the paper come from over the top, or under the bottom. “Over the top. Under the bottom, it can tear off, and then you can’t find the bottom.”

Top 10 Covers Of John Lennon’s “Imagine”

John Lennon would be 75 years old today. In honor of his birthday Alternative Nation takes a look at ten of the best covers of arguably the greatest song ever written – “Imagine”

Happy Birthday John!

10. Blues Traveler
A smooth, blues infused version. John Popper’s voice matches this song so well.

9. Neil Young (9/11 tribute)
The perfect person to play this during the worst of times. Played perfectly.

8. A Perfect Circle
A unique, dark rendition. Dark is not usually a word to pair with this song but somehow it works here.

7. Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam was in a New York state of mind during the Global Citizens performance. To open their encore they played a full a band version for the first time, on the most beautiful night in Central Park.

6. Stevie Wonder
A great message to go along with it. Seems appropriate to say again right now.

5. Jack Johnson
A beachside, mellow, campfire version.

4. Roger Waters
From the Stand up for Heroes show in 2013. Maybe the largest orchestrated version. Waters leads the charge, but the Heroes really make this version special. Namely, the singer next to Waters and the bass player and drummer right behind.

3. Lady Gaga
From live at the Baku 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony. Performed in a way only Lady Gaga can.

2. Chris Cornell
Cornell with his signature solo velvet delivery, making it his own.

1. Eddie Vedder
The best capture of both the emotion and incredibly moving melody. The crowd singing every word in unison is what the song is all about. Just chilling.