SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell invited a fan to join him on stage during his June 20 solo concert at the Newcastle City Hall in the United Kingdom to perform an acoustic version of the song “Outshined”. Ben Dawson reportedly asked Cornell if he could play with him and proceeded to execute a virtually flawless rendition of SOUNDGARDEN classic. “[It was the] most awesome moment of my life!” stated Dawson on the Grunge Report web site. Check out video footage below.
Chris‘s “Songbook” tour highlights works from the musician’s entire catalogue, including songs written for SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG.
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.