Chris Cornell
Singer-songwriter, Musician
Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell is an American rock musician best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Soundgarden and as the former lead vocalist for Audioslave. He is also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, in addition to being the founder and frontman for Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his former roommate, Andrew Wood.
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At KROQ-FM's Almost Acoustic Christmas, a blend of modern and not-so-modern rock
LATimes - about 1 year
Chris Cornell was the ghost of alt-rock past when he appeared on a bill dominated by younger acts with quicker creative metabolisms at KROQ-FM’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert. Not terribly long ago, Cornell would’ve counted as a major player at this annual radio-station blowout, first with...
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AWOLNation, Weezer top KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas lineup
LATimes - over 1 year
AWOLNation, Weezer, Chris Cornell, Cold War Kids, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, Silversun Pickups and Cage the Elephant are among nearly two dozen acts in line to play the 2015 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas shows slated for Dec. 12 and 13 at the Forum in Inglewood. The annual alternative/indie-rock...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Cowboys" K's Choice Ride Again; Get "Gone" With Hemming
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Breathe it in and breathe it out And pass it on, it's almost out We're so creative, so much more We're high above but on the floor" "Not an Addict" is one of the best songs to come out of the 1990s. It really is. Given the time in which it came out (1995), it struck a chord lyrically for those still reeling from the loss of Kurt Cobain, Shannon Hoon, and Bradley Nowell. Wrenching words aside, it's a sonic masterpiece that has held up as well as Sophia Loren's breasts. K's Choice, the band behind it are arguably best known for that track, but there's "so much more" to them. Go back and listen to Paradise in Me and you'll find "Not an Addict" isn't even the best song off the LP. Oh, and it's not like they stopped there. They've released some great stuff in the 2010s. Speaking of which, K's Choice (Belgian brother/sister duo of Sarah and Gert Bettens) just released a new full-length album The Phantom Cowboy and it has some giddy-up. Produced by Alain Johannes (Queens of the Sto ...
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Chris Cornell: Studio owner has no right to master tapes
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
SEATTLE (AP) — Vocalist Chris Cornell is weighing in on a dispute over who owns the master recording tapes from a defining album of the grunge era — "Temple of the Dog," which he recorded with members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam in 1990.
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The Offspring’s “Coming for You” Hits #1 at Rock, Mumford & Sons’ “Believe” Holds at Alt
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
Over the past few weeks, The Offspring’s new single had made it clear it was coming for the active rock radio throne. This week, it seizes that throne. “Coming for You” grabs the #1 position on Mediabase’s active rock chart. Attributed to its 1,847 tracking week spins, the rise of “Coming for You” displaces Foo Fighters’ “Congregation” from the top spot. The multi-week #1 actually slips to #3 this week (1,619 spins). The Pretty Reckless’ “Follow Me Down” jumps one place to #2 on the strength of its 1,780 tracking week spins. Zac Brown Band’s “Heavy is the Head (featuring Chris Cornell)” (1,589 spins) and Halestorm’s former #1 “Apocalyptic” (1,483 spins) claim the #4 and #5 positions, respectively. — While active rock radio features a changing of the guard, alternative radio belongs under the auspices of last week’s winner. Mumford & Sons’ “Believe” repeats at #1 on the strength of its 2,630 weekly spins. AWOLNATION’s “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” holds at #2 with 2,415, wh ...
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Zac Brown's 'Jekyll + Hyde' coming in April
USA Today - almost 2 years
New album features guest appearances from Sara Bareilles, Chris Cornell.           
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Pearl Jam Songs Will Soundtrack 2013 World Series, Band Gets Tribute Week From Jimmy Fallon
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Pearl Jam kicks off its North American tour on Friday night in Pittsburgh, but the band made headlines before even taking the stage. As Billboard revealed in a cover story on Pearl Jam, the group will provide the soundtrack for this year's World Series on Fox Television, including all 12 songs on their new album, "Lightning Bolt." "There was a period of time when we didn't license much music," Kelly Curtis, Pearl Jam's manager, told Billboard. "But for the past many years, we consider licensing requests using the same criteria we do for everything else: Do we like it? Would the fans like it? Does it provide a different forum for fans to hear the music? Is it something we can get behind? The band loves baseball, so this one was a no-brainer." The World Series is set to begin on Oct. 23. Two days before that, however, Pearl Jam will have another national stage: "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." From Oct. 21 through Oct. 25, Fallon's talk show will celebrate Pearl Jam with a week of co ...
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Chris Cornell on Seattle grunge era
CNN - over 3 years
Chris Cornell of bands Soundgarden and Audioslave discusses alcoholism, Seattle's grunge scene and Kurt Cobain's death.
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Mike Ragogna: Frames, Division Street & HandPicked: Conversations with Lee DeWyze, Harper Simon and Earl Klugh
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with Lee DeWyze Mike Ragogna: Lee, tell us a little something about yourself. Lee DeWyze: Well, I love music and my golden retriever and my wife. MR: In that order? LD: No. Not in that order. MR: [laughs] LD: And my fans. I love my fans. MR: You grew up listening to artists like Cat Stevens and Simon & Garfunkel, but can you tell us a little more about your musical upbringing? LD: I grew up in a pretty musical household. My mom always liked to sing and my dad was always listening to music. The first music I ever really fell in love with was Cat Stevens' Tea For The Tillerman was the first record I recall listening to on vinyl. I remember when I first found the record, I saw the picture on the front and I was just enamored by it. I was like, "Oh, what is this?" My dad was like, "Let me play it for you," and I fell in love right then and there. MR: What were some of your favorite songs from that? I'm guessing "Father & Son" is ...
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Why Our Kids Should Take Risks
Calabasas Patch - almost 4 years
Yes, we should encourage our kids to take risks. Of course, I don’t mean foolish or dangerous risks, but those that will help them succeed in life. In our contemporary world, it’s the risk-takers who will succeed. Too many kids feel entitled, have been pampered or helicoptered, and the idea of taking a risk is completely foreign to them. Thomas Edison is a perfect example of a man who not only took risks, but also didn’t allow failures to deter his determination. I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work ~ Thomas A. Edison Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time ~ Thomas A. Edison Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up ~ Thomas A. Edison In essence, I’m equating success with taking risks. And, I’ll back it up with several examples in my own life. I would define my life as a combination of passion, perseverance and risk- ...
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So You Got In To College... Now What? (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
From crafting the perfect personal essay to scrambling for those last-minute teacher recommendations, the college application process is stressful. But once those acceptance letters have finally arrived after weeks of anticipation, students are still left to complete one very nerve-wreaking (and important) component: deciding where to go to college. Luis Ruuska, a high school senior and blogger for The Huffington Post, is supposed to make this final decision this week. Like many other students, he has to weigh the financial aid packages he received from different colleges. "One of the colleges is offering to meet my full financial need, but with a lot of loans," Ruuska said in a HuffPost Live segment on Tuesday. "So one of the things that I have to really consider is whether or not I want to take out those loans and go to a college that might have a bit of a better program." HuffPost Live explored the different ways to navigate the process of making this decision in ...
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Robbie Gennet: Underrated Albums of the '90s -- Part 4
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I started this series to shine a light on some stellar records from the '90s, now that enough time has passed to get some perspective. These are in no order but eventually this will make a great long list. Here are the next five in the series: 16. Los Amigos Invisibles -- The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera (1998) Regardless of your ability to speak or understand Spanish, you can't help but dance and sing along with this deeply funky and charmingly cheeky ode to the disco lifestyle. The production and performances are clean and lean, and the music is full of grooving bass lines, vintage keyboards, chicken scratch guitar and gang vocals that will amp up the party whenever played. The cool grooves and tight rhythms on songs like "Ultra Funk", "Sexy" and "Cachete a Cachete" are balanced by the cool Latin lounge influence on songs like "Aldemaro en su Camaro" and "Mango Cool," making for a superb funky party soundtrack and a hell of a live show. This sophomore album perfe ...
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Soundgarden growls its way through fresh set at Riv
Chicago Times - about 4 years
Nostalgia rarely surprises, but when it does, the past can again seem fresh. Tuesday at the first concert of a sold-out two-night stand at Riviera, Soundgarden briefly conjured the vibe of its formative Sub Pop era. Vocalist Chris Cornell jettisoned his guitar, got on all fours and growled. His mates followed, playing at a rapid clip and conveying menacing intent. For the duration of "Hunted Down," the Seattle-based quartet traveled back to 1988 when it had simple expectations and no mainstream aspirations. Not exactly typical for a group accustomed to filling arenas and headlining Lollapalooza.
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Adele To Perform At Oscars: Watch Other Bond Themes Sung Live
MTV News - about 4 years
FROM MTV NEWS We now have confirmation that Adele will perform "Skyfall" at the Academy Awards (shortly before collecting her Oscar, we hope). The song will be a part of the tribute to James Bond and his 50 years on screen. An enormous part of that tradition is undoubtedly the bombastic opening theme songs, so in anticipation for Adele's big performance, we've rounded up a collection of other Bond themes sung live. Check them out after the jump! "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney and Wings "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon "A View to a Kill" by Duran Duran "Goldeneye" by Tina Turner "Die Another Day" by Madonna "You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell Bonus Awesomeness: "Nobody Does It Better" by Radiohead
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Dusty Wright: Best 12 Albums for 2012
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Wasn't easy to whittle this list down to 10, let alone 11, so I picked 12 for 12-12-12. A few of these selections were last minute additions that knocked two other picks out of top spots. Moreover, I decided to include 12 more picks at the end of my selections to show what else was being considered. Nada Surf The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (Barsuk) I've not seen this album on any critics' year-end lists (aside from my managing editor Steve's list, obviously). Not sure why, because Nada Surf released a timeless collection of alt pop-rock songs. This is songwriting 101 -- verse, chorus, verse, bridge. If there is a better pop-rock band in America, let me know. Twenty years in and no sign of lazy rock star bullshit, just plenty of great chiming guitar riffs and hooky-as-hell tunes. Album of the year. Father John Misty Fear Fun (Sub Pop) Father John Misty AKA Joshua Tillman has crafted as compelling a SOCAL folk-rock journey you'll hear this year, albeit ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Cornell
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 50
    On January 30, 2015, Cornell joined Mike McCready and Barrett Martin plus Duff McKagan, the Seattle Symphony and others in a special 'Sonic Evolution' concert at Seattle's Benaroya Hall in a tribute to Mad Season.
    More Details Hide Details The performance was released as a live album. Cornell's songwriting often features non-standard chord progressions and melodies that do not conform with one diatonic scale. A prominent example is "Black Hole Sun", which not only involves many kinds of open chords and several key changes in short sequences, but also unique melody phrases with large-interval jumps. A recurrent characteristic is the usage of major-only chord sequences (Sweet Euphoria, Pretty Noose), which also leads to more subtle key changes. While a most intensive concentration of Cornell's songwriting style can still be found on the Euphoria Morning album, later works, with Audioslave or on the later solo albums, tend to be more conventional, only sometimes containing short but inventive interlude parts (e.g. Like a Stone, Disappearing Act, No Such Thing). Cornell has a multi-octave range and a vocal style that has been described as gritty and soulful. He is a baritone with an ability to sing extremely high in the tenor range, as well as in the lower register of a baritone voice. He showcases this in various songs, most notably the studio and the demo versions of "Beyond the Wheel", where he can be heard spanning three octaves. He has also experimented with various different vocal styles, ranging from light falsetto to brutal screams and chants. In addition to singing rock and metal mainly with Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell sings the blues, neo soul and stripped-down acoustic numbers.
    Cornell's new studio album, Higher Truth, was released on September 18, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details On January 1, 2010, Cornell alluded to a Soundgarden reunion via his Twitter account, writing: "The 12-year break is over and school is back in session. Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!" The message linked to a website that features a picture of the group performing live and a place for fans to enter their e-mail address to get updates on the reunion. Entering that information unlocks an archival video for the song "Get on the Snake", from Soundgarden's second studio album, 1989's Louder Than Love. In April 2010, Soundgarden announced their plans to headline Lollapalooza 2010. Soundgarden made the announcement through their website and email list. On April 16, 2010, Soundgarden held a secret show at the Showbox Theater on First Avenue in downtown Seattle, publicized via the band's mailing list. The show was billed as Nudedragons, an anagram for Soundgarden. Asked in August 2010 if Soundgarden will record new material, Cornell replied, "it would be exciting to record one song, to hear how Soundgarden-ish that might be this much time later. But for me, it's been more of a trip relearning the songs and playing them together. Some of the songs we're approaching we've never played live."
    In January 2015, Cornell announced via his Twitter account that he was in the studio recording a new solo album.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    Peter was the frontman for the New York-based rock band Black Market Radio and released a new solo album, Champion, in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Katy performs as lead vocalist for the Seattle band Into the Cold. Cornell spent a two-year period between the ages of nine and eleven solidly listening to The Beatles after finding a large collection of Beatles records abandoned in the basement of a neighbor's house. Cornell was a loner; however, he was able to deal with his anxiety around other people through rock music. During his teenage years, Chris spiralled in to severe depression, dropped out of school and almost never left the house during his state of depression. Before becoming a successful musician, he worked at a seafood wholesaler and was a sous-chef at a restaurant named Ray's Boathouse. In the early 1980s, Cornell was a member of a cover band called The Shemps that performed around Seattle. The Shemps also featured bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Following Yamamoto's departure from The Shemps, the band recruited guitarist Kim Thayil as its new guitarist. Cornell and Yamamoto stayed in contact, and after The Shemps broke up, Cornell and Yamamoto started jamming together, eventually bringing in Thayil to join them.
  • 2012
    Age 47
    Cornell continued his 'Songbook' tour in Europe and the US during 2012 and 2013 to further acclaim.
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  • 2011
    Age 46
    In November 2011 Cornell released Songbook, an acoustic live album featuring songs recorded during Cornell's 'Songbook' tour in North America.
    More Details Hide Details It was his first live album as a solo artist and includes stripped-down solo performances of songs from Cornell's whole career as a solo artist as well as with Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog plus covers of Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" and John Lennon's "Imagine". The album received largely positive reviews, with Allmusic.com calling it Cornell's "best solo offering to date."
    In August 2011 Cornell released "The Keeper", an original song written for the Marc Forster directed 2011 film Machine Gun Preacher and nominated in 2012 for a Golden Globe..
    More Details Hide Details For the first 24 hours of release, the song was exclusively available as part of the "Donate to Download" campaign for Sam Childers' Angels of East Africa children's charity. The song is also the lead track on the film's soundtrack album.
    In January 2011 Cornell announced his solo acoustic 'Songbook' tour, following on from a series of acclaimed solo acoustic shows in Los Angeles during 2009 and 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The first leg of the sold-out tour began on April 1, 2011 and continued through the US and Canada until May 6, resuming in October and visiting New Zealand, Australia, South America and the US, ending December 17. The tour received universally positive reviews.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    On September 11, 2009, Cornell performed John Lennon's "Imagine" on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
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    On April 2, 2009, Cornell took over Atlanta Rock station, Project 961, WKLS.
    More Details Hide Details For 24 hours the station became "Chris-FM" and included a two-hour special of Cornell DJing and playing his favorite songs of his career with the stories behind them leading up to a rebroadcast of his solo show from the previous night.
    Cornell worked with producer Timbaland on his studio album Scream, which was released on March 10, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Timbaland has referred to the recording sessions as "The best work I've done in my career," and predicted that Cornell will be the "first rock star in the club." Cornell called the new album "a highlight of my career." The album was largely panned by critics, but was the highest charting album of Cornell's solo career, reaching # 10 on the Billboard 200.
  • 2008
    Age 43
    In 2008, Cornell was featured on the Main Stage of Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution tour.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the tour, Cornell collaborated with Chester Bennington from Linkin Park while performing "Hunger Strike", and with Street Drum Corps for a number of his Soundgarden tracks. While Linkin Park would perform their Grammy-winning song "Crawling", he would appear on stage singing the second verse of the song, the outro, and harmonies Aaron Lewis provided for the Reanimation version.
    The song was also nominated for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    These shows formed part of his own ongoing world tour which began in April 2007 and continued into 2008 and 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Cornell has described his touring band—comprising guitarists Yogi Lonich and Peter Thorn, bassist Corey McCormick and drummer Jason Sutter—as "musicians that could get the whole picture" playing music by Soundgarden and Audioslave, as well as his solo material.
    In 2007, Cornell appeared as support to Aerosmith on at least two legs of their 2007 world tour—Dublin, London, and Hyde Park—and to Linkin Park in Australia and New Zealand.
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    On June 5, 2007, Cornell released his second solo album, Carry On, produced by Steve Lillywhite.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at number 17 on the American Billboard charts. Among the artists who accompanied him on his second solo release was friend Gary Lucas, who contributed acoustic guitar to some of the tracks. Cornell has stated that he is always writing, and that there are some songs that he was not able to put onto an Audioslave album. While recording his second solo album, Cornell was involved in a motorcycle accident. He was apparently "rear-ended by a truck in L.A.'s Studio City while riding his motorcycle" and "catapulted 20 feet into the air." He was able to walk away from the accident, but had severe cuts and bruises. He returned to the studio later that day.
    A promotional CD for his solo album, Carry On, was released in March 2007, titled The Roads We Choose – A Retrospective.
    More Details Hide Details The 17-song CD included songs from Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave and Cornell's solo work.
    This song became the first song recorded for his solo album, which he began work on in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Though not officially released onto CD, an hour-long acoustic concert Cornell performed on September 7, 2006 at O-Baren in Stockholm, is widely available for download under the title Chris Cornell: Unplugged in Sweden.
    As the other three members were busy with the Rage Against the Machine reunion with de la Rocha coming back, and Morello and Cornell had each released solo albums in 2007, Audioslave officially disbanded.
    More Details Hide Details Cornell and composer David Arnold collaborated on the song "You Know My Name", which Cornell co-wrote and performed and which accompanies the opening titles for the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale. "You Know My Name" is the first theme song since 1983's Octopussy to use a different title than the film, the first ever sung by a male American, and the first ever title theme song that did not appear on the soundtrack album. "You Know My Name" won a 2006 Satellite Award in the category of Best Original Song, and a 2007 World Soundtrack Award in the category of Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film.
    On February 15, 2007, Cornell officially announced his departure from Audioslave, stating that "Due to irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences, I am permanently leaving the band Audioslave.
    More Details Hide Details I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors."
  • 2006
    Age 41
    News about Cornell's departure emerged in July 2006, when insiders stated that after the third album he would leave to pursue for a solo career.
    More Details Hide Details The singer immediately denied the rumors, stating: "We hear rumors that Audioslave is breaking up all the time.... I always just ignore them."
    They went into hiatus to allow Cornell to complete "You Know My Name", the theme song for the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale, and Morello to pursue his own solo work under the moniker of The Nightwatchman.
    More Details Hide Details All of Audioslave's lyrics were written by Cornell, whilst all four members were credited with writing the music. Their songwriting process was described by Wilk as "more collaborative" and "satisfying" than Rage Against the Machine's, which was "a battle creatively." Cornell, for his part, saw Soundgarden's songwriting method as inferior to Audioslave's. Cornell's lyrics were mostly apolitical; Audioslave's Morello referred to them as "haunted, existential poetry." They were characterized by his cryptic approach, often dealing with themes of existentialism, love, hedonism, spirituality and Christianity. Cornell's battle with addiction to prescription drugs and alcoholism was a defining factor in the writing and recording process. Even though the singer admitted that he was "never able to write effectively" while drinking, and attended rehab after recording the debut album, Morello stated that Revelations was "the first record Cornell didn't smoke, drink or take drugs through the recording." However, Morello said: "Chris was stone sober during the making of our Out of Exile album. Chris was also sober during the making of Revelations and prior to recording he gave up smoking as well. I apologize for any confusion or concern that was stirred up by the original article. Sobriety can be a matter of life or death and Chris' courage in maintaining his health for years has been an inspiration."
  • 2005
    Age 40
    Audioslave's second album, Out of Exile, was released in May 2005 and debuted at number one on the U.S. charts.
    More Details Hide Details The album has since gone on to achieve platinum status. The album features the singles "Out of Exile", "Be Yourself", "Your Time Has Come", and "Doesn't Remind Me". Cornell admitted to writing his most personal songs ever on this album, influenced by the positive changes in his life since 2002. He also described the album as more varied than the debut and relying less on heavy guitar riffs. Critics initially described Audioslave as an amalgamation of Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden, but by the band's second album, Out of Exile, noted that they had established a separate identity. The album was received more favorably than Audioslave's debut; critics noted Cornell's stronger vocals, likely the result of quitting smoking and drinking, and pointed out that Out of Exile is "the sound of a band coming into its own." AllMusic praised the album as "lean, hard, strong, and memorable." The lyrics, however, were still a common complaint; musicOMH.com wrote that Cornell's lyrics "continue to border on the ridiculous." On May 6, 2005, Audioslave played a free show in Havana, Cuba. Audioslave became the first American rock group to perform a concert in Cuba, playing in front of an audience of 70,000. The band traveled to Havana on May 4 to interact with Cuban musicians. Cornell commented: "Hopefully, this concert will help to open the musical borders between our two countries."
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 39
    He and Silver divorced in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2008, Cornell reported via his official website that he had finally won back his collection of 15 guitars after a four-year court battle with Silver. He is currently married to Vicky Karayiannis, a Paris-based American publicist of Greek heritage. They have a daughter, Toni, born in September 2004, and a son, Christopher Nicholas, born in December 2005. Cornell converted to the Greek Orthodox Church through her influence. When asked how Cornell beat all his addictions he stated, "It was a long period of coming to the realization that this way (sober) is better. Going through rehab, honestly, did help, and I'm not.it got me away from just the daily drudgery of depression and either trying to not drink or do drugs or doing them and you know, they give you such a simple message that any idiot can get and it's just over and over, but the bottom line is really, and this is the part that is scary for everyone, the individual kinda has to want it not kinda, you have to want it and to not do that crap anymore or you will never stop and it will just kill you."
  • 2002
    Age 37
    Their debut album, Audioslave, released in November 2002, spawned hits such as "Cochise", "Like a Stone" and "Show Me How to Live", and has reached triple platinum status in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details The band was nearly derailed before the album's release; Cornell was going through alcohol problems and a slot on the Ozzfest tour was canceled. During this time, there was a rumor that Cornell had checked himself into drug rehabilitation. He later confirmed it in an interview with Metal Hammer that was conducted from a clinic payphone. In a San Diego CityBeat article, Cornell explained that he went through "a horrible personal crisis" during the making of the first record, staying in rehab for two months and separating from his wife. The problems were ironed out and he has remained sober since this time. The band toured through 2003, before resting in 2004 to record their second album.
  • 2000
    Age 35
    The album proved commercially unsuccessful although the album's single "Can't Change Me" was nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the 2000 Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details Euphoria Morning includes "Wave Goodbye", Cornell's tribute to his late friend Jeff Buckley. It has been noted that Euphoria Morning is influenced by Buckley's songwriting and distinctive vocal style. He also contributed the song "Sunshower" (a bonus track on the Japanese release of Euphoria Morning) to the soundtrack of the 1998 film, Great Expectations, and a reworked version of the track "Mission", retitled "Mission 2000", was used on the soundtrack to the 2000 film, Mission: Impossible II. An unreleased song called "Heart of Honey" was also recorded in collaboration with Johannes and Shneider during this period. According to Alain Johannes, "Heart of Honey" was recorded for the film Titan A.E. but not used. Audioslave was formed after Zack de la Rocha left Rage Against the Machine and the remaining members were searching for another vocalist. Producer and friend Rick Rubin suggested that they contact Cornell. Rubin played the Soundgarden song "Slaves & Bulldozers" for the remaining Rage Against the Machine band members to showcase his ability. Cornell was in the writing process of a second solo album, but decided to shelve that and pursue the opportunity to work with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk when they approached him. Morello described Cornell: "He stepped to the microphone and sang the song and I couldn't believe it. It didn't just sound good. It didn't sound great. It sounded transcendent. And... when there is an irreplaceable chemistry from the first moment, you can't deny it."
  • 1999
    Age 34
    Cornell performed two of those coinciding with the debut of the album on September 21 and 22, 1999 at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood California.
    More Details Hide Details Attendance for the shows were high, considering he performed the initial shows before fans were even familiar with the music. The touring band was made up of some of the contributing musicians Alain Johannes, Natasha Shneider, Rick Markmann, and Greg Upchurch.
    In his first ever solo tour Cornell spent seven months on the road from September 13, 1999 to March 7, 2000 playing 61 shows in support of Euphoria Morning.
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  • 1998
    Age 33
    In 1998, Cornell began working on material for a solo album on which he collaborated with Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider of the band Eleven.
    More Details Hide Details The album, titled Euphoria Morning, was released on September 21, 1999.
  • 1997
    Age 32
    In 1997, Soundgarden received another Grammy nomination, for the lead single "Pretty Noose".
    More Details Hide Details Due to tensions within the band, reportedly due to internal strife over its creative direction, Soundgarden announced it was disbanding on April 9, 1997. In a 1998 interview, Thayil said, "It was pretty obvious from everybody's general attitude over the course of the previous half-year that there was some dissatisfaction."
  • 1995
    Age 30
    The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Two singles from Superunknown, "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman", won Grammy Awards, and the music video for "Black Hole Sun" won a MTV Video Music Award and a Clio Award. Superunknown was ranked number 336 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and "Black Hole Sun" was ranked number 25 on VH1's list of the 100 greatest songs of the '90s. The band's fifth album was 1996's self-produced Down on the Upside. The album spawned several singles, including "Pretty Noose", "Burden in My Hand", and "Blow Up the Outside World". The album was notably less heavy than the group's preceding albums, and marked a further departure from the band's grunge roots. Soundgarden explained at the time that it wanted to experiment with other sounds. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly said, "Few bands since Led Zeppelin have so crisply mixed instruments both acoustic and electric." However, tensions within the group arose during the sessions, with Thayil and Cornell reportedly clashing over Cornell's desire to shift away from the heavy guitar riffing that had become the band's trademark. Despite favorable reviews, the album did not match the sales of Superunknown.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 27
    Badmotorfinger was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1992. It was also ranked number 45 in the October 2006 issue of Guitar World on the magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitar albums of all time. Superunknown became the band's breakthrough album. Upon its release in March 1994, Superunknown debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details The album launched several successful singles, including "Spoonman" and "Black Hole Sun", and granted Soundgarden international recognition. Superunknown achieved quintuple platinum status in the United States, triple platinum status in Canada, and gold status in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Rolling Stone gave Superunknown four out of five stars. Reviewer J.D. Considine said Superunknown "demonstrates far greater range than many bands manage in an entire career." Considine criticized "Black Hole Sun" and "Half", stating that the former is "not a very good song" while the latter "is the virtual definition of a B-side." Jon Pareles of The New York Times said that "Superunknown actually tries to broaden its audience by breaking heavy-metal genre barriers that Soundgarden used to accept." He added that "Soundgarden... wants something different from standard heavy metal." David Browne of Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A. He said, "Soundgarden is pumped and primed on Superunknown, and they deliver the goods." He praised it as a "hard-rock milestone-a boiling vat of volcanic power, record-making smarts, and '90s anomie and anxiety that sets a new standard for anything called metal."
  • 1991
    Age 26
    The song "Jesus Christ Pose" and its music video was the subject of widespread controversy in 1991, and the video was removed from MTV's playlist. "Rusty Cage" was later covered by Johnny Cash on his 1996 album, Unchained.
    More Details Hide Details It also appeared on the fictional radio station Radio X on the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and in the 32-bit version of Road Rash. "Room a Thousand Years Wide" was released previously as a single in 1990, but not to promote the album. It was released (with the song "HIV Baby") as a 7" through Sub Pop's Single of the Month club a full year before the release of Badmotorfinger. The song was re-recorded for this album.
  • 1988
    Age 23
    Though the band was being courted by major labels, in 1988 they signed to SST Records to release their debut album, Ultramega OK (1988), for which they earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details The band subsequently signed with A&M Records, becoming the first grunge band to sign to a major label. In 1989, the band released their second effort, and their first for a major label, Louder Than Love. Following the release of Louder Than Love, Yamamoto left the band to finish his master's degree in physical chemistry at Western Washington University. He was replaced by former Nirvana guitarist Jason Everman. Everman was fired following Soundgarden's tour supporting Louder Than Love. In 1990, the band was joined by a new bassist, Ben Shepherd. Along with Alice in Chains, Nirvana, and Pearl Jam, Soundgarden became one of the most successful bands from Seattle's emerging grunge scene in the early 1990s. With Shepherd, the new line-up recorded Badmotorfinger in 1991. The album brought the band to a new level of commercial success, and Soundgarden found itself amidst the sudden popularity and attention given to the Seattle music scene. Badmotorfinger included the singles "Jesus Christ Pose", "Outshined", and "Rusty Cage". The three singles gained considerable airtime on alternative rock radio stations, while the videos for "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage" gained considerable airtime on MTV.
  • 1986
    Age 21
    In 1986, Sundquist, who by that point had a wife and a child, decided to leave the band and spend time with his family.
    More Details Hide Details He was replaced by Matt Cameron, the drummer for Skin Yard, who became Soundgarden's permanent drummer. Soundgarden signed to Sub Pop, releasing the Screaming Life EP in 1987 and the Fopp EP in 1988 (a combination of the two was issued as Screaming Life/Fopp in 1990).
  • 1985
    Age 20
    In 1985, the band enlisted Scott Sundquist as the drummer to allow Cornell to concentrate on vocals.
    More Details Hide Details The band's first recordings were three songs that appeared on a compilation for C/Z Records called Deep Six.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 19
    Soundgarden was formed in 1984 by Cornell, Thayil and Yamamoto with Cornell originally on drums and vocals.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on July 20, 1964.
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