Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman/guitarist Chris Cornell joined country artist Jason Aldean for a rendition of “Just Gettin’ Started” at the beginning of last night’s Artist Of The Year Awards on Country Music Television. The show was broadcast live from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.
“When we heard he was going to be here, I started trying to figure out a way to get him on stage with us,” Aldean said of Cornell.
The awards show was dedicated to singer Luke Bryan, who was forced to cancel his appearance upon learning his brother-in-law had passed.
Last night was not the first indication Cornell and the Soundgarden camp had crossover appeal with country music, as Johnny Cash released a popular cover of “Rusty Cage” off of Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger on his 1996 album, Unchained. Cornell’s music video for “Part Of Me” was also oddly country influenced.
Aldean may not be the only collaboration between Cornell and another famous musician for the foreseeable future; last month, Chris Cornell and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page held a public ‘In Conversation’ last night in Los Angeles, and at the conversation, a fan in attendance told AlternativeNation.net that Jimmy Page strongly hinted at a collaboration between the two iconic musicians. A fan shouted to Page and Cornell that they should do a song together, Page responded by saying that they’ll be doing that in 2015, and then he hugged Cornell. Page also said it was top secret. There has been no confirmation yet from the Page or Cornell camps, so obviously take this with a grain of salt.