Throughout his storied career, Chris Cornell
has clearly never been an artist that is content sitting in one creative comfort spot for too long. The versatile rocker who became a household name from his success in Soundgarden
has teamed up with perhaps the most celebrated producer of this era: Timbaland
is the result of their genre-defying sessions.
Cornell and Timbaland are set to kick off a string of eight live shows on October 17th to support the project. Scream will be performed in its entirety to mimic the experience of listening to the LP from start to finish.
The new album features infectious tracks like "Ground Zero," "Part of Me," and the exhilarating title track and lead single, "Scream." Fans can expect a unique blend of hip-hop and rock from this release that will no doubt venture into new territory for both Cornell and Timbaland.
Listen to "Scream" (clip): Windows
Chris Cornell is a rock icon who thrives on contradictions. An innovator who resists genre labels, he was nonetheless the chief architect of the 90s grunge movement. Frequently ranked as one of the best voices in music history, he has successfully maintained his own unique identity over more than two decades as a multi-Grammy award winning musician and universally acclaimed singer, songwriter and lyricist.
Seattle trailblazers Soundgarden
were a law to themselves, edgy, dark and deeply individual. Their savage soundscapes, coupled with Cornell's incisive lyrics and predatory roar, seduced audiences hungry for musical depth and complexity while leading trends in street fashion and iconic design. In 1989, they became the first Seattle band to sign to a major label. Their sound continued to change and evolve over the course of five pioneering albums.
Celebrated side project Temple of the Dog
had already shown Cornell's more soulful side and introduced future Pearl Jam
frontman Eddie Vedder
to the world. Later, Cornell shocked the business once again with richly melodic, critically acclaimed solo album Euphoria Morning
, swiftly recognized for its alienation and despair. And as the millennium turned, he joined with three other musical pioneers from rap-rock's Rage Against The Machine
to create Audioslave
- a multi-platinum supergroup which lived to deny its detractors, producing three top-selling albums, touring the world and becoming the first American band to bring rock to Castro's Cuba.
Artist on Artist Chris Cornell - Timbaland
Since then, Cornell has redefined his sound and vision to encompass new music, new collaborations and new activities. Having contributed solo songs to movie soundtracks from Great Expectations
to Mission Impossible II
, he became the first American male singer to write the theme song for the James Bond
franchise in its most successful film to date, Casino Royale
. His bold and bluesy reinvention of Michael Jackson
dance classic "Billie Jean" courted controversy and attracted imitators. And his triumphant 2007 world tour brought together songs from every stage of his career, reinterpreting them for new audiences and blending their original fire with the shock of the new.
Outside music, Cornell fronted fashion designer John Varvatos's Spring 2006 collection and settled in Paris with his family, where he has helped revive a historic restaurant, the stylish Black Calavados.
Only the most confident would claim to predict exactly what comes next for Chris Cornell. Always eclectic, always experimental, his new collaboration with super-producer Timbaland
– who calls their album "the best work I've done in my career" – will take him into fresh territory, establishing a new sound and marking the creation of a masterpiece that breaks all musical boundaries. Only one thing's for sure – Chris Cornell will continue to break rules, make history and challenge everyone's expectations.
Cornell's new album is due in early 2009.
10/17 Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
10/18 Salt Lake City, UT - The Avalon Theater
10/19 Tempe, AZ - Marquee
10/24 Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
10/25 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
10/26 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10/31 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11/02 Seattle, WA - Showbox
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