Chris Cornell Reveals Sensitive Side

It was a pleasant surprise to witness Chris Cornell performing his version of the Bob Marley classic, “Redemption Song”, alone with acoustic guitar on Jimmy Fallon last night! Cornell has been on a solo acoustic tour, Songbook Volume 1 Tour, this spring performing Soundgarden, Audioslave and solo material to jubilant audiences.

Though Cornell is known for his multi-octave hard rock howl first unleashed in the late 80’s (via Soundgarden) upon grunge enthralled fans of Nirvana and the Seattle music scene, this acoustic tour has enabled him to not only show his sensitive side, but demonstrate the fundamental lyrical quality of his songs. Apparently fans have been appreciative. Cornell told Rolling Stone Magazine recently that “…you could hear a pin drop” during these sold out shows.

Cornell’s treatment of “Redemption Song” — a song he has performed live acoustic before (thanks @ccfanpage) — is apropos as Fallon celebrates “Bob Marley week”. (Ziggy Marley preformed a faithful  “Get Up, Stand Up” on Monday night). Look for Cornell to get back to his roots as Soundgarden wraps up recording its first studio album in 15 years and goes on tour in July.


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