Chris Cornell Returns His Ex-Bandmates’ Serve

Mar 30th, 2009 // 18 Comments

So as you may recall, the three non-Chris Cornell members of Soundgarden played behind Tad Doyle last week at a benefit thrown by Tom Morello. Well, the frontman-in-exile opened his U.S. tour over the weekend in Dallas, and the Spin reviewer charged with covering the show noted that his set not only included “Spoonman” and “Jesus Christ Pose,” it incorporated “Gun,” one of the more menacing tracks from the band’s 1989 major-label debut Louder Than Love. And no, to answer the question Mike posed when I informed him of this development, the song’s scary-monster riffs were not interspersed with baby noises and tablas. A clip of him performing the song last week—in Chile, not Dallas—after the jump. Compare and contrast!



He also whipped out “Immigrant Song,” no doubt as a way of letting Jimmy Page know that he’s still available.

Chris Cornell Revisits Soundgarden Songs at Tour Kickoff [Spin]
Chris Cornell – Gun 2009 Pepsi Fest Chile [YouTube]

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  1. KikoJones

    The Soundgarden reunion countdown clock starts…now.

  2. Anonymous

    Shitty video, but the vocals of course are better than Tadgarden.

    I agree the Soundgarden reunion is on.

  3. T'Challa

    Point, Cornell. Now will someone please put him on the same stage as Kim Thayil, stat?

  4. T'Challa

    Point, Cornell. Now will someone please put him on the same stage as Kim Thayil, stat?

  5. T'Challa

    Point, Cornell. Now will someone please put him on the same stage as Kim Thayil, stat?

  6. T'Challa

    Point, Cornell. Now will someone please put him on the same stage as Kim Thayil, stat?

  7. T'Challa

    Point, Cornell. Now will someone please put him on the same stage as Kim Thayil, stat?

  8. T'Challa

    Point, Cornell. Now will someone please put him on the same stage as Kim Thayil, stat?

  9. T'Challa

    Point, Cornell. Now will someone please put him on the same stage as Kim Thayil, stat?

  10. itsmejill

    @T’Challa: I know. And not just for the inevitable Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

  11. Anonymous

    @itsmejill: oh no , soundgarden is not hall of fame material. as iconic with regards to grunge as they are, they really only had one hit album.

  12. Anonymous

    CC’s been playing Gun and Immigrant song live for some time, it’s nothing to do with the so-called Soundgarden reunion thing. Saw him in London a month ago and he played both of them.

  13. Anonymous

    Jeez. His set list!

    1. Soundgarden stuff

    2. Audioslave stuff

    3. Weird Timbaland colab solo stuff

    4. Zepplin and Micheal Jackson covers?!!

    Maybe he can get one of those Vegas deals like Celine or Elton John. As someone who used to reside in Vegas, I can say that while I was not serious at first, I am starting to think that it would probably be a pretty great idea for him. They would totally have him, and it would sell.(I think)……Either that, or he can do one of those guest nights on American Idol. (If he hasn’t already)…..

  14. Anonymous

    Allegedly it was an amicable split due to all the members of the group wanting to tackle different projects outside of the group… although many have said that tensions in the group manifested due to Cornell wanting to take a more commercial approach with Soundgarden’s music once grunge hit its peak (example: the sound of Superunknown as opposed to Ultramega OK) this pissed off Kim as he felt the group had become more commercial…so I guess its a matter of what you want to believe, the band either took its course and the band members felt it was time to hang it up, or Cornell wanting to make his music more commercially accessible was the final nail in the coffin for members who enjoyed the groups’ musical/artistic integrity

  15. Anonymous

    @hey_stephen: Maybe throw in a hits of grunge medley?

  16. tigerpop

    Saw Cornell a few years ago and he did quite a bit of Soundgarden, including “Ty Cobb,” and “Outshined” second in the set. (Unfortunately he also saw fit to do a fair amount of Audioslave and that awful “Billie Jean” cover.) I’m sure if someone were to come up with the right numbers the band might consider a quick victory lap. But the timing would need to be perfect–Matt Cameron isn’t about to bail on his current cash cow (Pearl Jam) to go out and rehash “Black Hole Sun” night after night.

  17. Anonymous

    @eonsfromzen13: Or Thayil wanted to stick a fuzz box so far up his own navel that he was never able to find work again. It’s a very, very, very fine line between commercial accessibility and musical integrity when you’re a drugged up Zeppelin cover band in the ’90s.

  18. Anonymous

    can someone explain why, exactly, soundgarden broke up in the first place? what was the discord? i never quite understood the whys of that split.

    and why the hell hasn’t thayil started his own band in the years since?

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