On Tuesday, November 9, 2004–having just seen the Beastie Boys and Green Day during an eight-day stretch–I wrote the following:
“[There’s] one artist who’s been riiight at the top of my ‘must see’ list ever since I first knew who he was: Chris Cornell. And I’ve never seen him: not when he was in Soundgarden (too young, if barely), not during his solo tour (although I’m not sure why not), not with his new band Audiosalve (because frankly, Audioslave sucks). With the Beasties and Green Day both firmly under my belt, I can now turn my attention to seeing Chris Cornell in concert.”
That was two years ago. Since then, Audioslave did one last arena tour before calling it quits earlier this year. Cornell, meanwhile, recorded the theme song for the remake of Casino Royale, but otherwise kept a low profile. He certainly wasn’t touring as a solo entity; there were occasional rumours of an impending release, but nothing concrete.
But good things apparently do come to those who wait. In June, Cornell’s sophomore solo record, Carry On, is coming out. And on Saturday, April 14 the man himself will be gracing the stage of the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto! I’m actually supposed to be in Napanee that night, getting ready for a major fundraising event, but I’ve already been cleared to leave early. The show is being billed as with “an evening with” Chris Cornell–meaning no opening band and a complete career retrospective, including Soundgarden, Audioslave, solo, even Temple of the fucking Dog. And it’s at the Phoenix! I’ve never given less thought to an $18 shipping fee. CAN’T WAIT!