Chris Cornell showed his respect for the late Whitney Houston at the Obama 2012 Rally in San Francisco yesterday with a live performance of her mega hit, “I Will Always Love You.” The stirring-acoustic rendition has made its way to YouTube where fans of Cornell as well as fans mourning Houston’s passing can watch.
From Guns N’ Roses, to Slash’s Snake Pit, to Velvet Revolver, Slash has had one hell of a career so far. One thing is for certain, if you have lived on the planet Earth for the last few months, you have heard a lot of hype about Slash’s new solo album. I must admit that although I like Slash, I didn’t have high hopes for this CD. Usually when there is such a hodgepodge of musicians on a release like this, the end result is typically a couple of good songs a but not much more. This is NOT the case with Slash’s CD.
First and foremost, Slash plays his ass off on this CD. His guitar work is superb all the way through. It is going to take a few more plays before I fully realize the full effort that Mr. Hudson has put into this disc. If anything, I am quite impressed.
The opening song “Ghost” has made me hungry for some new Cult songs. This is no phone in performance from Ian Astbury. This is a great vocal, and an awesome song!
I love Ozzy Osbourne, and I thought his appearance might be one of the lone highlights on this CD. I would have to say that Slash’s playing on “Crucify the Dead” is better than Ozzy’s vocals. All in all, it is a decent song, but not one of my favorites.
Fergie’s appearance on this disc, took quite a few people by surprise. I am not a Black Eyed Peas fan by any means, but I have heard Fergie sing enough rock songs to know that she has some vocal talent. (Take a look on youtube and check out her rendition of Heart’s Barracuda.) With that being said, I didn’t have an issue with her appearance here. Fergie turns in a very good vocal performance, and seems to be a good match for Slash’s playing. I found “Beautiful Dangerous” surprisingly refreshing.
I have been anxiously awaiting to hear Slash’s song with Myles Kennedy for quite some time. Myles has made quite an impression on me with the last Alter Bridge album. This guy is one hell of a singer. He is also Slash’s singer on tour, so it is important that his vocals are top-notch here. I am pleased to say that both “Back to Cali” and “Starlight” are highlights on this disc. Myles Kennedy may just be one of the most under rated vocalists today.
Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell turns in a solid vocal on “Promise”. This song has single written all over it. This is going to get a lot of radio play without question.
The first single from this CD, is “By The Sword” with Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale. I am not sure why this song was released as the single. It is not the best song on this CD. It isn’t even close. The song almost has a Led Zeppelin like vibe. Although it is not one of my favorites, it has grown on me after a few spins. The song does work to break up the pace on the album.
Maroon 5’s Adam Levine takes the mic on the song “Gotten”. With no surprise, this song is more of a pop tune, than a rock song, but it isn’t bad. I can’t say that I have ever heard Slash play like this. His playing is rather light until about two-thirds of the way through the tune, when he breaks out with some cool bluesy licks.
Thank God for Motorhead’s Lemmy! You know exactly what you are going to get with a vocal from Lemmy. He always dishes out razor-sharp vocals with Motorhead, and while “Doctor Alibi” may not be as heavy as a Motorhead tune, he does turn in a pretty good vocal. I like this song a lot.
“Watch This” became an instrumental tune when Dave Grohl decided that he did not want to SING on Slash’s album. Grohl does play the drums on watch this, and it turns out to be a pretty cool tune. This is easily one of the heaviest songs on this CD. I don’t think Grohl’s vocals would have improved this. You can download “Watch This” for free, here!
Kid Rock offers no surprises on “I Hold On”. This song has a very southern rock like vibe to it. I am not a big Kid Rock fan either, but I must admit, Kid Rock sounds 100% better with Slash.
After hearing Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows on “Nothing To Say” I thought myself, could this be the singer that Velvet Revolver needs? This is an up tempo rocker, and Slash’s playing is awesome here. I love hearing him cut loose like this! M. Shadows and Slash seems to complement each other well. Who knew this one would work? Very cool indeed!!
Out of all of the musicians on Slash’s solo CD, I am least familiar with Rocco DeLuca. Much like the song, with Adam Levine, Slash shows another side of his six string prowess. Even though this style of song is not what I would expect from Slash, it does sound like a million bucks. The production is top notch.
The album closes out with the legendary Iggy Pop signing “We’re All Gonna Die”. This is a very catchy rocker, even though it does have some silly lyrics. It is a pretty solid way to close out this album.
Overall, I am very pleased with Slash’s new album. There are a ton of great tunes on this CD on this disc, and it seems to get better with every listen. Don’t miss out on this CD! You can preview the songs at Slash’s website at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Ghost (feat. Ian Astbury & Izzy Stradlin)
2. Crucify the Dead (feat. Ozzy Osbourne)
3. Beautiful Dangerous (feat. Fergie)
4. Back from Cali (feat. Myles Kennedy)
5. Promise (feat. Chris Cornell)
6. By the Sword (feat. Andrew Stockdale)
7. Gotten (feat. Adam Levine)
8. Doctor Alibi (feat. Lemmy)
9. Watch This (feat. Dave Grohl & Duff McKagan)
10. I Hold On (feat. Kid Rock)
11. Nothing to Say (feat. M. Shadows)
12. Starlight (feat. Myles Kennedy)
13. Saint is a Sinner Too (feat. Rocco DeLuca)
14. We’re All Gonna Die (feat. Iggy Pop)
Josh Freese – drums (except track 9 & 12)
Chris Chaney – bass (except 9)
Leonard Castro – percussion (except 1, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13)
Catalog # 5099963143324
Check out the newly remixed version of Chris Cornell’s “Long Gone”. This new rock version of the track was produced by Howard Benson with a video was produced by KIIS FM DJ and Cornell collaborator DJ Skee. A hit on Rock radio, “Long Gone” spins had over 2 million listeners last week and has been added to across the country including WRXP in NY, KYSR in LA, KTBZ in Houston, WIIL in Chicago, and KXXR in Minneapolis.
Former Soundgarden front man, Chris Cornell has released another new video in support of his new solo disc, “Scream”. I don’t know if I can call this hard rock, but it isn’t a bad song. Check it out!
With one week until record release, CHRIS CORNELL is giving his fans the opportunity to hear the album as it was intended-in full. Cornell will be streaming his anticipated 3rd solo album, Scream, produced by Timbaland, on MySpace for 48 hours starting at 12pm EST today, March 3rd till 12pm EST Thursday, March 5th.
Scream is a seamless work. Timbaland makes inventive use of Cornell’s soaring melodies and incisive lyrics, setting his intense vocal performances against a lush, expressive soundscape and irresistible stutter-step beats. The inventive new work looks to spearhead a brave new world of cross-genre collaboration.
The 13-track album is due out on March 10th via Interscope/Mosley Music. Chris is currently on tour in Europe and will kick off his multi-city US tour on March 28th in Dallas, TX. Scream showcases a new, seductive sound – dark, multi-layered and full of puzzles and surprises. The songs bring a new cinematic scope to Cornell’s performances, with potent visual imagery echoing the non-stop musical assault from his internationally acclaimed live band. “Musically, this is the most ambitious thing I’ve been a part of. It’s almost like a movie soundtrack,” says Cornell, who while on tour will also be playing other music from throughout his two-decade, 14-album career.
Out of a seemingly unlikely collaboration, comes an instantly familiar sound which defies genre’s and pushes the envelope of sound.
Chris Cornell MySpace link: http://www.myspace.com/chriscornell
Chris Cornell has added ten more dates to his spring tour in support of his forthcoming album, Scream – produced by Timbaland and released by Mosley Music/Interscope on March 10. The 28-date tour now includes a Canadian stop in Vancouver in addition to U.S. cities such as Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Tickets for the 10 newly announced shows go on sale to the public this Friday, February 27. All previously announced shows are on sale now. Scream showcases a new, seductive sound – dark, multi-layered and full of puzzles and surprises. The songs bring a cinematic scope to Cornell’s performances with potent visual imagery echoing the non-stop musical assault from his internationally acclaimed live band. “Musically, this is the most ambitious thing I’ve been a part of. It’s almost like a movie soundtrack,” says Cornell, who will also be playing other music from his two-decade, 14 –album career.
Get SCREAM with TICKET PURCHASE
Cornell has also announced that fans who purchase tickets online tothe upcoming tour will also receive a digital copy of his entire new album, Scream. A code will be sent to online ticket purchasers to redeem a digital copy when the album is released nationwide on March 10. Chris hopes this will give fans something extra at a time when money’s becoming tighter for everyone.
Newly Announced Tour Dates – On Sale This Friday, February 27 at 10am ET
April 21: St. Louis, MO – Pop’s
April 22 : Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge
April 24 : Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
April 25 : Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
April 27 : Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
April 28 : Vancouver, BC, Canada – Commodore Ballroom
April 29 : Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
May 1 : San Francisco, CA – Grand Ballroom
May 2 : Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
May 3: Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Previously Announced Tour Dates – On Sale Now
March 28 : Dallas, TX – House of Blues
March 29 : Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
March 30 : Austin, TX – Stubbs Bar-B-Q
April 1 : Atlanta, GA – CW Center Stage
April 3 : Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
April 4 : Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
April 5 : Washington DC – 9:30 Club
April 7 : New York, NY – Webster Hall
April 8 : New York, NY – Webster Hall
April 10 : Boston, MA – House of Blues
April 11 : Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
April 13 : Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
April 14 : Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
April 15 : Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue Theatre
April 17 : Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
April 18 : St Paul, MN – MYTH
April 19 : Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
Chris Cornell has announced that he will hit the road for a 2009 US tour to support his upcoming Timbaland produced album, Scream, which hits stores March 10th. The tour will kick off in Austin, TX on March 27th and continuing through April 19th hitting major cities like Chicago, New York, and Boston. Check out Cornell’s MySpace page to hear tracks from his upcoming album and head over to his official page for more information regarding the tour and to read his personal blog. Tickets for the tour go on sale this coming Friday, February 13th.
Scream is out March 10th on Mosley Music/Interscope Records
March 27th in Austin, TX @ Stubbs Bar-B-Q
March 28th in Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
March 29th in Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
March 31st in New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
April 1st in Atlanta, GA @ CW Center Stage
April 3rd in Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
April 4th in Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 5th in Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
April 7th in New York, NY @ Webster Hall
April 8th in New York, NY @ Webster Hall
April 10th in Boston, MA @ House of Blues
April 11th in Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
April 13th in Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
April 14th in Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
April 15th in Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre
April 17th in Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
April 18th in St Paul, MN @ MYTH
April 19th in Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
Chris Cornell’s long-awaited Timbaland produced album, Scream is reaching stores on 3/10 and he’s been keeping busy rehearsing with his new band and talking with his fans on his blog. Since the break-up of his legendary group Soundgarden back in the late 90’s, the frontman hasn’t picked up an electric guitar but according to his latest blog entry on www.ChrisCornell.com, he’s thinking of busting them out for his upcoming tour:
“Hi people. Here is an open question. Since I got my guitars back I have been considering playing guitar live again. Who thinks I should pick it up again? I play guitar all day every day as I am always working on new songs. Let me know if you think I should hit it live. The king is dead. God save the king.”
Chris Cornell will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel live tonight, Friday, January 23rd- and free tickets are up for grabs. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, come along and see his outdoor mini-concert – tickets and all other details are available HERE. It’s a great chance to catch Chris and his band live before they head out to Europe for four exclusive shows next month.
Go behind the scenes with rocker Chris Cornell on the set of his new video for “Scream.” Watch Chris discuss the concept behind the video and the unique, ethereal quality that director Alan Ferguson (Fall Out Boy, Jay-Z) helps create. “Scream” is the title track off of the forthcoming album produced by Timbaland due out this year.
Former Soundgarden front man, Chris Cornell has just unveiled the official video for “Ground Zero.” The clip includes scenes from the ABC crime-drama Life On Mars. The series also prominently featured the song in their October premiere episode. The song comes off Cornell’s upcoming Timbaland produced effort, Scream. The album will be hitting stores in early 2009.
Cornell has also been blogging on his official site as of late. So far, the entries have dealt with everything from a dream he had about Layne Staley to his touring preparation and set list choices. Check out all of the blog posts at www.chriscornell.com/blog/ to get a rare glimpse into the mind of the rock icon.
HRH Comment: This is a completely different sound for Cornell. I was expecting something more in the hard rock vein. I am not sure this even falls in the rock category. I am still not quite sure what to think about this.
Check it out below, and see what you think!