Chris Cornell brought his game to a sold out night at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium with about as stripped down a set as you can imagine …. a stool, a mic and seven guitars … and of course one Chris Cornell. With a setlist covering not only his solo stuff but a broad range of covers including the obvious songs from Audioslave, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog as well as the not the so obvious from the likes of Bob Marley, the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen.
If you thought that the crowd was there for their Soundgarden/Audioslave, fix you’d be dead wrong. They were there for Cornell and Cornell alone. A noticeable absence of iPhones and cameras hovering in the air was a good indicator of how rapt the audience was; no doubt cheering for every song but also showing obvious pleasure when he belted out those big notes for which is his known.
I must admit that I rolled my eyes when Chris busted out Marley’s Redemption Song as the second song in the set … but I was probably in the minority there. For me it was the one-two punch of Fell On Black Days and Burden In My Hand early in the set had me fixed for the night. From there, Cornell managed to mix things up in a way that kept my attention for the nearly 2 hour set. I won’t spoil it for those of you that have yet to see this spectacle, but I will tell you that a turntable and a red phone made appearances later in the night.
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