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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.

Five Finger Death Punch Singer: “F*ck Kanye West”

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During a show that look place over the weekend in West Chester, PA, Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody took it to himself to knock rap megastar – Kanye West.

In a statement that was met with a mixed reaction Moody said to the PA crowd:

“Let’s make one more statement right now. Fuck Kanye West. Yeah, I fucking said it and I don’t regret it. So before we go any further, ‘fuck Kanye, fuck Kanye, fuck Kanye,” which led into a chant.

Moody then continued:

“I’m going to hear about that tomorrow on Facebook and I really don’t give a shit. So I want to say something before this last song. I know that social media has been eating me alive lately. Let me finish, let me finish: The fucked up thing about the internet is that somebody can say something and it can be completely fucking untrue and you still get to see it.”

In an exclusive statement from Alternative Nation reporter Doug McCausland: “Yeezus is better than the last three Chris Cornell solo records.”