UK (London), May 16, 2007 Review

artist: Chris Cornell date: 05/22/2007 category: live concerts

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Chris Cornell: UK (London), May 16, 2007
This was an amazing gig for fans of any of Cornell's previous bands and gives great hope for his solo career.
 Sound: 9
 Perfomance: 8
 Overall Impression: 8.5
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overall: 8.7
UK (London), May 16, 2007 Reviewed by: unregistered, on may 17, 2007
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Sound: So Chris Cornell returns with the second solo album of his career, supporting the release with a European tour, the second date of which was in London. In recent years people have commented on how Chris Cornells voice has faded, but I'm happy to say that he is now sounding better than ever. He still sings with the same passion he did in his Soundgarden days, but has developed a flawless technique. His songwriting is also among the finest in the world at the moment, and in a music scene dominated by trendie Indie music and emo it's good to see that someone is still purveying proper rock music in the true sense of the word. He has assembled a new band for this tour, all of whom manage to nail the sounds of Chris' previous bandmates on the cover songs, of which there are many. The only slight problem is that no matter how well you imitate Tom Morello, you are not Tom Morello. At one point the crowd were cruely chanting 'Tom Tom Tom'. Still, an excellent effort all round. // 9

Perfomance: Old favourites included Loud Love, Cochise, Outshined, Spoonman, Hunger Strike, Like a Stone and pretty much every hit from Cornells career so far. Only 4 songs from Chris' new album appeared in the show, but as the album is yet to be released this makes sense. The show seemed like a roundup of Cornells career so far, bridging the gap between the past and his new solo effort. The crowd seemed to go crazy for almost every song, but when you have 13 albums behind you it's pretty easy to fill a show with nothing but hits. In my personal opinion the only obvious obmission from the set was Temple of the Dogs 'Call me a Dog' which Cornell has been performing on recent shows. This would have fitted perfectly into the short acoustic break in the middle of the set. I would also personally have liked to hear 'Moth', the last song Audioslave wrote together, but as the last album did not sell well it's understandable that nothing from this album was played. // 8

Overall Impression: The show was held on Wednesday 16th of May 07 at Londons Astoria, a medium sized venue with much history which is unfortunately scheduled for demolition. Almost every famous band to come through Europe has played at the Astoria, Cornell infact has played there on many occasions with his various bands. The venue has great sound but is always slightly overcrowded. The tickets cost 25 ($50 roughly) which is a fairly standard price. To hear Cornell performing 'Outshined' was worth the cost of the ticket alone, so I doubt many of the aging grungers in the audience went home feeling ripped off, especially as they have all grown up and got real jobs by now. To summarise, this was an amazing gig for fans of any of Cornells previous bands and gives great hope for his solo career. I await Chris' new album 'Carry on' with great anticipation, lets just prey that it lives up to the amazingly high standard set by tonight and his entire career up to this point. // 9

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overall: 8.3
UK (London), May 16, 2007 Reviewed by: Lucrass, on may 22, 2007
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Sound: Chris Cornell and his band exceeded all expectations on Wednesday night, besides the fact that I watched Chris and the band sound check in an empty well lit Astoria for 40 odd minutes before the show (thank you Natalie, what an experience) the show itself ended up being one of the most extensive so far. The 42 year-old, looked peaceful and genuinely seemed to be enjoying himself, I suspect his wife Vicky was backstage watching throughout, what ever the motivation Chris showed exactly why he has been regarded as one of the most gifted songwriters / vocalists of our time. The moody "Billie Jean" cover brought the lyrics of the song into sharp focus, this was often lost when listening to the original dance beat version. "Hungerstrike" and "You know my name" were phenomenal vocally, while "JC pose", "Cochise" and "Outshined" rocked the place. // 9

Perfomance: What a set-list, beside the absence of "Fell On Black Days" my personal favourite Soundgarden song there could be no complaints, the accoustic set was clear and would satify the most critical of audiophiles. Chris's voice lost a bit of composure during Rusty Cage and Louder Love but there was little to fault, in no particular order: Spoonman, Outshined, Like A Stone, Show Me How To Live, Getaway Car, Cochise, No Such Thing, What You Are, Mission 2000, Seasons, Sunshower, Rusty Cage, Jesus Christ Pose, Louder Than Love, Billie Jean, Be Yourself, Doesn't Remind Me, You Know My Name, Arms Around Your Love, Hungerstrike, Can't Change Me, Scar On The Sky, Slaves & Bulldozers, Black Hole Sun. // 8

Overall Impression: I have seen Chris a few times over the years, including his "Euphoria Morning" solo tour at Shepherd's Bush Empire in 99, and the last few Audioslave gigs at Brixton and the Astoria nevertheless this tour is in a different league. Chris may have freed himself from his demons and found joy in being a parent, living in France and appreciating each day as it arrives, but make no mistake the man still knows how to rock and in my opinion will be considered one of the greats with future generations going back to investigate his undeniable versatility and talent for many years to come. // 8

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