CHRIS CORNELL Brings ‘Songbook’ To Europe

SOUNDGARDEN/ex-AUDIOSLAVE singer Chris Cornell has announced his first headline U.K. tour dates in over three years. In June 2012, U.K. audiences will be the first in Europe to get the chance to see Chris perform unplugged, up close and personal. This much-anticipated “Songbook” tour highlights works from Chris Cornell‘s entire catalogue, including songs written for SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG.

Tickets go onsale to the public on Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. via

A pre-sale for the U.K. dates will begin Thursday, February 23 at 9 a.m.: details and password will shortly be emailed to U.K. fans on Chris‘s mailing list.

More shows across the continent will be announced shortly.

Tickets are already on sale for Chris‘s appearance at July’s Parkern Festival in Sweden.

Tour dates (with more to follow):

June 16 – Manchester, UK – Lowry
June 18 – London, UK – Palladium
June 19 – Birmingham, UK – Symphony Hall
June 20 – Newcastle, UK – City Hall
July 04 – Putte, Sweden – Parkern Festival

Although Cornell has been recording a new album with SOUNDGARDEN for the first time in 15 years, he continues to work as a solo artist as well. He told how it’s different from playing with a band. “An acoustic show is all about you, and any little nuance or mistake is amplified,” Cornell explained. “I’m very nervous about it, but I love the intimacy. Once you sit in front of people and start playing songs, it’s all on you. No matter what happens, it’s entirely your responsibility the entire time. I like that intensity.”

Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio that he sees working with SOUNDGARDEN again as having a positive influence on his solo career. “One thing about a solo artist is you can just be in a room way too long with yourself and your own thoughts and your own songs, and it feels really good to be working with Ben (Shepherd, bassist) and Matt (Cameron, drummer) and Kim (Thayil, guitarist) again, and it’s actually a really nice reprieve also from just being alone, doing what I do,” he said. “It’s helping with the balance, I think, too.”

Cornell has issued three solo albums. The last one, 2009’s “Scream”, was trashed by critics and fans for abandoning Cornell‘s rock roots for an urban pop sound.