Soundgarden Soundgarden was formed in by Cornell, Thayil and Yamamoto with Cornell originally on drums and vocals. In , the band enlisted Scott Sundquist as the drummer to allow Cornell to concentrate on vocals. In , Sundquist, who by that point had a wife and a child, decided to leave the band and spend time with his family.
The song's intro features Kim Thayil blowing across his guitar strings. Problems playing this file? Though the band was being courted by major labels, they signed to independent label SST Records in to release their debut album, Ultramega OK , for which they earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance in Following the album's release, Yamamoto left the band to finish his master's degree in physical chemistry at Western Washington University.
Everman was fired following Soundgarden's tour supporting Louder Than Love. In , the band was joined by a new bassist, Ben Shepherd. With Shepherd, the new line-up recorded Badmotorfinger in 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.
The song "Jesus Christ Pose" and its music video was the subject of widespread controversy in , and the video was removed from MTV's playlist. San Andreas and in the bit version of Road Rash. Badmotorfinger exposed Soundgarden to its first mainstream success: Upon its release in March , Superunknown debuted at number one on the Billboard 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.
Considine said Superunknown "demonstrates far greater range than many bands manage in an entire career. The song was written by Cornell and blends acoustic and electric instrumentation.
The band's fifth album was 's self-produced Down on the Upside. Soundgarden explained at the time that it wanted to experiment with other sounds. In a 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. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!
Entering that information unlocked an archival video for the song "Get on the Snake," from Soundgarden's second studio album, 's Louder Than Love. Soundgarden made the announcement through their website and email list. The show was billed as Nudedragons, an anagram for Soundgarden. 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 summer , Soundgarden released a new single and video, "Live to Rise," for The Avengers movie soundtrack.
Their sixth album, King Animal , was released in November to largely positive reviews. Soundgarden had continued to tour worldwide and guitarist Kim Thayil mentioned in several interviews that the band was to begin work on material for their seventh album. Solo career[ edit ] In , Cornell began working on material for a solo album on which he collaborated with Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider of the band Eleven. The album, titled Euphoria Morning , was released on September 21, In his first ever solo tour Cornell spent seven months on the road from September 13, to March 7, playing 61 shows  in support of Euphoria Morning.
Cornell performed two of those coinciding with the debut of the album on September 21 and 22, at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood California. Attendance for the shows were high, considering he performed the initial shows before fans were even familiar with the music. The album proved commercially unsuccessful selling , copies in the U. The song leaked on the internet. Unplugged in Sweden Problems playing this file? Though not officially released onto CD, an hour-long acoustic concert Cornell performed on September 7, at O-Baren in Stockholm , is widely available for download under the title Chris Cornell: 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. He returned to the studio later that day. 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.
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. In January , Cornell announced his solo acoustic "Songbook" tour, continuing a series of acclaimed solo acoustic shows in Los Angeles during and The first leg of the sold-out tour began on April 1, and continued through the U.
The tour received universally positive reviews. 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 , and Temple of the Dog , plus covers of Led Zeppelin 's " Thank You " and John Lennon 's " Imagine.
He returned later in the evening with Soundgarden to perform at Barack Obama 's Inaugural Ball , doing a three-song set at the event.
Cornell's last studio album, Higher Truth , was released on September 18, Forever Words, a collection of songs created from Cash's unused poetry, lyrics and letters interpreted by several artists. 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. 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. It didn't just sound good. It didn't sound great. 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. He later confirmed it in an interview with Metal Hammer that was conducted from a clinic payphone.
The problems were ironed out and Cornell remained sober. The album has since gone on to achieve platinum status. 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. The band released the album, titled Revelations , in September Despite the exposure to other forms of media and the positive critical buzz for their third album, Audioslave did not tour behind the release.
They went into hiatus to allow Cornell to complete "You Know My Name," the theme song for the James Bond film, Casino Royale, and Morello to pursue his own solo work under the moniker of the Nightwatchman.
Their songwriting process was described by Wilk as "more collaborative" and "satisfying" than Rage Against the Machine's, which was "a battle creatively. 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.
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's courage in maintaining his health for years has been an inspiration. The singer immediately denied the rumors, stating: I always just ignore [them]. I wish the other three members nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors. I mean, we've been talking about it for at least three or four years now. We were talking about actually picking dates, and it just ended up not working out because everybody's so busy.
They have another band again, they all have separate bands that they do themselves, I have Soundgarden and a solo career that's taking up a lot of time, and I just did Temple of the Dog. So, it's really honestly as simple as we end up having a window of time where it's comfortable for everybody and we want to do it, because I definitely feel like everybody's up for it.