Chris Cornell brought his stripped back solo tour to the Chicago Theatre, but there was nothing stripped back about his performance.
The atmosphere in the Chicago Theatre on Tuesday night is palpable as Chris Cornell takes to the stage. The crowd are right behind him from the very beginning, whooping and singing along. You’d be hard pressed to find a show that evokes so many standing ovations throughout the course of one night – and rightly so!
Cornell is clearly a talented singer, with a vocal range that outshines his peers in the same genre. Add his songwriting and guitar playing skills, and it is clear to see why he receives so much support from the audience. Not many people can get up in front of a sold-out Chicago Theatre, armed only with a microphone and blast through a back catalog of 28 songs without a single dip in quality throughout the night.
Covering songs from his new solo album, Cornell also makes sure to include favorites from all his other guises – Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and, of course, Soundgarden. He also plays some rather impressive cover versions, such as “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Imagine.“
Whilst this is predominantly a one-man show, Brian Gibson joins him on cello for a selection of the songs, which certainly adds a dramatic flare, most notably on “Black Hole Sun”.
Another highlight of the evening has to be the performance of Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike,” which has the entire audience singing along and adding Eddie Vedder’s harmonies over the top of Cornell’s lines in his absence.
The Chicago concert is a phenomenal show, simply done, but executed to perfection. Cornell’s songs from the new album stand up shoulder to shoulder with his Soundgarden classics, a collection to which he must be proud.
If you haven’t listened to it yet, be sure to listen to Higher Truth now. The North American tour continues through to early November, so do not hesitate, as this is one that you can not miss.