mailmusic: CHRIS CORNELL; GIGS.Byline: John Kelly
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 ni·hil·ism
a. An extreme form of skepticism that denies all existence.
b. A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.
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 som·bre
adj. Chiefly British
Variant of somber.
sombre or US somber
1. serious, sad, or gloomy: a sombre message
2. dirge dirge
a. A funeral hymn or lament.
b. A slow, mournful musical composition.
2. A mournful or elegiac poem or other literary work.
Chris' tatty shirt is only fit for the Garden