mailmusic: CHRIS CORNELL; GIGS.
CHRIS CORNELL *****
ACADEMY, GLASGOW, JUNE 27
The former Soundgarden and Audioslave singer returned to the spotlight writing and singing the theme tune to Casino Royale last year. But he reminded us we shouldn't forget just how bleak some of his early songs were.
The highlights were the tracks Cornell recorded with his first band.
Black Hole Sun, Jesus Christ Pose and My Wave still manage to be both anthemic and nihilistic.
Otherwise, Cornell put his trademark gruff voice to good use on tracks which strayed into more mainstream rock territory and even towards a bit of blues.
His own She'll Never Be Your Man and a resonant version of Audioslave's Doesn't Remind Me are far more polished.
A great cover of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean was also a winner, precisely because Cornell reinvented the song as a sombre dirge.
Chris' tatty shirt is only fit for the Garden