Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's acoustic set brought passion to Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall
HE is best known for the kind of hard rock and soaring vocals that helped define American music in the early 90s. But when Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell visited Scotland on his latest tour, it was a much quieter affair than usual. But even though he had swapped the electrics for an acoustic show, it was full of the same passion and fire you would expect from one of the great American singers of his generation. Armed with a guitar and his stunning voice, he filled the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for a stunning show which left the HP Contact Number packed venue audience yelling for more. The night began with a great opening act from Fantastic Negrito, the Oakland singer songwriter, who really got the crowd warmed up in style and had everyone queuing at the merch stand for his amazing CD. Then when the man himself arrived on stage, the place really kicked into action and the crowd, mainly consisting of rock veterans of the early 90s heyday, went wild.
In a mammoth two and a half hour set, he deployed an amazing set list featuring the best of his solo career, work with Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog. Chris started off with some great tracks from recent so album Higher Truth, and then mined the back catalogue for some amazing crowd pleasers. Soundgarden classics like Fell on Black Days and Black Hole Sun, were stunning while a countrified version of Rusty Cage had the whole hall stomping.While solo tunes like Bond theme You Know My Name and grunge classic Seasons where delivered flawlessly.
Temple of The Dog classic Hunger Strike, first recorded alongside Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder had the whole room signing along and Cornell 's range is such that he can harmonise with himself. Cover versions included an emotional Nothing Compares 2 U, The Times are a Changing, and a bizarre but awesome mash up of U2's One, sung with the lyrics of Metallica's song of the same name. A stunning show and for the whole crowd, his next trip to Scotland can't come quickly enough.