The Associated Press recently spoke to Chris Cornell about the singer’s current acoustic solo tour and the reunion of grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN, which he calls “hugely fulfilling.” You can now check out the chat below.
Cornell‘s appearance on NBC-TV ‘s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”, which was originally set for last night (Friday, December 16), has been rescheduled for January 5.
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 Spin.com 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.
SOUNDGARDEN reunited last year after disbanding in 1997.