Chris Cornell Performs Metallica/U2 'One' Mash-Up

Soundgarden frontman mixes the two "One" tracks with a surprisingly awesome outcome.

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell delivered an interesting Metallica/U2 mash-up performance during his October 15 San Diego concert. The singer basically decided to combine the music of U2's "One" with the lyrics of Metallica's "One." Although the two songs don't seem like having too much in common, the mixture resulted in a surprisingly well and even plain awesome tune. An audio recording of Cornell's performance is available below, so make sure to give it a listen and share your thoughts in the comments section. Chris is currently busy on the US road with "Songbook" tour, covering highlights of his entire career. When it comes to Soundgarden, the singer recently noted that the band has no intention to stop making records anytime soon. "You know, I think that the overall attitude about keeping it going and treating it, in a sense, the way that we wanna treat it to keep it going, that attitude seems to be really good," Cornell told GMI Rock Radio. "I mean, there's nothing stopping us from continuing to make records, that's for sure, and continuing to play shows. We had a great experience doing ["King Animal"], and since we've come back together, everything has been kind of that way."

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    I've always loved cornell, his live preformances are awesome, and this is just an amazing mash-up IMO.
    pretty awesome. My favourite mashup would still be A Perfect Circle’s mashup of Diary of a Madman (Ozzy Osbourne) and Lovesong (The Cure); Sooooo damn powerful .
    Never heard that, will have to look it up. I always like "She's A Rational Man" [Meshuggah and Nelly Furtado]
    This is so unbelievably cool. Chris is firing on all cylinders anymore....
    big Metallica fan approves this
    I tried it the other way around after listening to this: Metallica's One's Music with U2 Lyrics.. Sounds badass!!
    Don't insult Metallica's music with Bono's whiney bs.
    Settle down there fanboy. They're both great bands.
    I'm actually not a Metallica fanboy, not even close. I just hate U2.
    Clearly you haven't listened to either of them enough.. You ought to be kicked off of here for callin Bono's lyrics that...
    I was actually thinking about a similar mash-up just the other day while I was listening to U2. As always, Chris is the man!
    I don't like it. I don't care. And if it was somebody unknown nobody would else would care neither.
    I think people would care if some UG member wouldve done this, threw it on youtube or soundcloud and posted it here in the covers section of the forums.
    Saw him on the Songbook Tour last winter and now that I think about it, last summer with Soundgarden. To be honest, I was more impressed with his solo show. Give the man an acoustic and he can do no wrong. Even his reworking of the mess that was "Scream" was amazing after being given a once over with an acoustic.
    omg please don;t do this again you are a muppet mr cornell how can u mash-up U2 and Metallica no no no no no no not a good idea total thumbs down for that tune.....
    This isn't anything against u2, but metallica and u2 is a strange combo beter combine Metallica, with a band Like Megadeth or Testament....