The Prodigy the Legend
Many bands come together with great musicians who play their music beautifully. Then you realize there is a broken crayon in the perfect box. The vocalist. He or she has the most horrible, raspy voice. It stands out like a sore thumb.
The single most important factor for any band is first and foremost a vocalist. A great, GREAT Vocalist.
Here is where Cornell shines.
Chris Cornell is at the peak of his career and has the ability to achieve anything and everything in the world of rock and roll and alternative music. This man is literally the most talented alternative rock songwriter/singer in the last few decades. His voice, perhaps, has the most diverse array of vocal harmonies for an alternative rock vocalist. This guy knows how to sing well. Cornell’s greatest achievements are that he constructed and built some of the greatest alternative bands of all time: Soundgarden and Audioslave. He has also worked on another side project. As a tribute to his friend he formed the band named Temple of the dog, which eventually morphed into the renowned posse of Pearl Jam sans Cornell.
Chris Cornell is a one of a kind, multi talented musician who is very versatile in his work. It’s rumored that he, and he alone, started he 90’s grunge movement. How’s that for achievement? This guy moved the sound of music from brittle-sissy 80’s hair bands into raw, electrified, distorted angry guitars and the expressive lyrics of the Grunge era. The tainted emotions and bottled rage of the generation had finally found an outlet. Music is an art form capable of transforming feelings and emotions of everyday life to another dimension. The musicians and listeners are transported into a world of fantasy to forget the problems of real life. As Pablo Picasso states “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Cornell takes inspiration from Elton John, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Beatles, Alice Cooper. He is quoted for expressing his admiration for Elton John, and how Elton can play few hour long shows uninterrupted with just a piano and himself.
Chris highly regards musicians who are able to play their music solo and unplugged, stripped away from all the fancy equipment and electronics to produce clean straightforward compositions to connect with the fans in an intimate level. Its as soothing as making love with the music.
- Pearl Jam – “Better Man”
- Led Zeppelin – “Thank You”
- Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”
- Bob Marley – “Redemption Song”
- John Lenon – “Imagine”
- Bruce Springsteen – “State Trooper”
- Neil Young – “Don’t Let it Bring You Down”
His best and most notable works are from the Soundgarden era. Black Hole Sun, Spoonman and Fell on Black Days are epic masterpieces in their own. Surprisingly all three hits are from the album Superunknown, which received Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album. Two out of the three songs topped the billboard charts and both have won Grammy Awards and of course, worldwide recognition. This goes to show how dedicated Cornell and his band-mates were at the start of the alternative rock era. Their tunes took to the brink of ultimate musical expression in the newly formed rock bands of the grunge era.
Cornell has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards throughout his career. He has been recently nominated for “The Keeper” from his album Machine Gun Preacher. And he has won the Grammy Award for his soundtrack from the movie Casino Royal titled “You Know My Name.” Surprisingly, it seems as if Chris is far from ending his career in music. He will go on to be nominated and win another ton of awards and nominations.
Here are some of his best works from the start of the Alternative Rock era and the beginning of the heavy Grunge scene.
Soundgarden (1984 – 1997)
- Black Hole Sun
- Fell on Black Days
- The Day I Tried to Live
- Jesus Christ Pose
- Burden in My Mind
Audioslave (2001 – 2007)
- Like a Stone
- Show Me How to Live
- One and the Same
- Jewel in the Summertime
- Shape of Things to Come
Chris Cornell (1998 – 2009)
- The Keeper
- When I’m Down
- Long Gone
- Ground Zero
- You Know My Name
- Original Fire
- Can’t Change Me
Cornell has revived the once forgotten band of the nineties. Soundgarden is back! After the band broke up since 1997 they have once again reunited to start playing concerts. The reunion began when Soundgarden’s band members were present at a Pearl Jam concert on October 2009. The ball started rolling since that day and a revival/reunion tour has been set in stone. A studio album is also in the works. Let’s let the good music flow again.
Soundgarden has started touring around the globe including Berlin, Paris, Italy and of course all around the US.
Chris Cornell Equipment
- Gibson Les Paul Customs
- Fender Telecaster
- Martin Acoustic
- Fender Telecasters
- Gretsch 6128 Duo Jets With Filtertrons
- Fender Jazzmasters
- Gibson Firebird
- Silverburst LP Custom
- Suhr Tele’s
- MESA Boogie Dual Rectifier Head w/ MESA Boogie 4×12 Cabs
- Vox AC30
- Fender Tone Master half stack
- Comet Heads
- Divided by 13 head w/ 2 Divided by 13 2X12′s
- Vox Colorsound Wah
- Dod FX-10 bi-fret preamp
- DOD flangers
- Boss CE-2 chorus pedal
- Deluxe Memory Man
Cornell is one of the greatest rock musicians of our generation, it was his innovation which has moved the alternative music business. He has brought us some the greatest Alternative Rock Bands of the century. This man is an industry mover. The reformation of Soundgarden will reignite the Grunge and Alternative era once again.
“One of the best of ANY generation.”
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