Chris Cornell announces new solo acoustic album & tour

After a sold-out spring tour this year, Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter, Chris Cornell, has announced fall and winter tour dates for the second run of his acoustic Songbook tour. He will be making stops across the country including the Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami, FL, Carnegie Hall in New York City, Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and the Orpheum in Los Angeles. These intimate shows highlight the songs Cornell has written throughout his illustrious career and are made up of entirely acoustic, solo performances. An album of live Songbook tour performances will be released on November 21st (UME) featuring songs written by Cornell as well as a few covers. Full track listing is below. All fans who purchase their Songbooktour tickets online will receive a digital copy of the album with each transaction.  In addition to being one of the most acclaimed voices in rock, he stands in a class of his own as a songwriter whose works have reached limitless audiences, the world over. Familiar songs emerge in a new context, showing that great songwriting translates to any idiom.

Songbook Full Track Listing:

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2. Scar On The Sky

3. Call Me A Dog

4. Ground Zero

5. Can’t Change Me

6. I Am The Highway

7. Thank You (Led Zeppelin)

8. Cleaning My Gun

9. Wide Awake

10. Fell On Black Days

11. All Night Thing

12. Doesn’t Remind Me

13. Like A Stone

14. Black Hole Sun

15. Imagine (John Lennon)

16. The Keeper

Recently, Cornell wrote and performed “The Keeper,” the poignant original song for Relativity’s feature film Machine Gun Preacher (directed by Marc Forster) which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this month. Artist Direct said of the song, “Cornell manages to channel Bob Dylan and Robert Plant all at once in one of the best songs of his own catalog.” The film stars Gerard Butler and is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to help the children of East Africa. The song is available via iTunes and a portion of the proceeds will go to Childers’ charity, Angels of East Africa. Give “The Keeper” a listen HERE. After performing the song on The Late Show with David Letterman and making an appearance on PBS’ Tavis Smiley, don’t miss him performing “The Keeper” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on October 12th. The Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack is out now and the film is playing in select theaters.

Check out the video for “The Keeper,” which premiered on Yahoo! HERE.


The Honest Tune review of Cornell’s show in Atlanta from the aforementioned sold-out Songbook Tour HERE


Chris Cornell performing “The Keeper” on Late Show with David Letterman HERE

Chris Cornell’s appearance on Tavis Smiley HERE

Chris Cornell performing “When I’m Down” acoustic HERE

Chris Cornell has been heralded as one of the pioneers of the grunge era for writing a string of hits for Soundgarden, including the Grammy award-winning “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman.” In 1991, Chris formed Temple of the Dog, writing the classic song “Hunger Strike” featuring a duet with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. In 2000, Cornell joined former Rage Against the Machine members (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk) in Audioslave and wrote a series of the band’s hits including “Like a Stone,” “Be Yourself” and “Doesn’t Remind Me.” Cornell’s career as a songwriter for film has included such songs as “Can’t Change Me,” and “Mission”, from the soundtrack to Mission Impossible II as well as hit theme song “You Know My Name” for James Bond thriller Casino Royale, one of the most successful installments of the spy franchise to date.  His songs have been recorded by diverse artists from Johnny Cash to Alice Cooper.

Announced 2011 Songbook Tour Dates:

11/01/11 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall

11/02/11 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium

11/04/11 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live

11/05/11 Tampa, FL Tampa Theatre

11/06/11 Miami Beach, FL Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater

11/09/11 Buenos Aires, Argentina Grand Rex Theatre

11/10/11 Buenos Aires, Argentina Grand Rex Theatre

11/12/11 Santiago, Chile Maquinaria Festival

11/13/11 Sao Paulo, Brazil SWU Festival

11/17/11 Albany, NY The Hart Theatre at the Egg

11/18/11 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse

11/19/11 Torrington, CT Warner Theatre

11/21/11 New York, NY Carnegie Hall

11/22/11 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre

11/23/11 Allentown, PA Symphony Hall

11/25/11 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa- Music Box

11/26/11 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa- Music Box

11/29/11 Burlington, VT Flynn Center For The Performing Arts

11/30/11 Poughkeepsie, NY Bardavon**

12/02/11 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland

12/03/11 Lakewood, OH Lakewood Civic Center

12/04/11 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater

12/06/11 Kalamazoo, MI Kalamazoo State Theatre

12/07/11 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room

12/08/11 Louisville, KY Brown Theatre

12/10/11 Salina, KS Steifel Theatre For The Performing Arts

12/13/11 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center- Ikeda Theatre

12/15/11 San Francisco, CA Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

12/16/11 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre

12/17/11 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre