Jimmy Fallon’s Pearl Jam Week on Late Night kicked off last night with the former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. The late show TV host is paying homage to the grunge movement of the 90s with Pearl Jam Week, much to a lot of music fans’ delight.
If anything, Seattle’s grunge movement paved the way for some of the more popular trends in music such as “emo” and the more distorted heavy metal, and along the way gave us some of the most memorable bands we’ve ever heard. Pearl Jam was one of the biggest bands of the time, sharing the spotlight with Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden as they explored the darker reaches of despair with harder sounds, but without giving us anything too heavy. Some might even claim that Linkin Park was the spiritual successor to the musical style, giving it a more electronic feel.
Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell kicked off Jimmy Fallon‘s Pearl Jam Week last night with his cover of “Footsteps,” bringing back an almost authentic sound in the process. The grunge veteran shared the stage with the Avett Brothers to cover a song that Chris Cornell himself has links to.
Temple of the Dog was a superband created when members of Soundgarden were joined by future members of Pearl Jam in the wake of the death of Andrew Wood, lead singer of Mother Love Bone. The Temple of the Dog song “Times of Trouble” was partly written by Chris Cornell and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, and the music was later used in the original recording of “Footsteps.” This makes Chris Cornell’s cover perfectly fitting for the vocalist.
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The amazing cover of “Footsteps” started Jimmy Fallon’s Pearl Jam Week with an interesting bang, which is sure to lead to even more incredible performances to follow this week, starting with a cover of “Corduroy” done by Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold.The song “Footsteps” was eventually released on the B-side of Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” single. Technically, the song belongs to both groups, but Chris Cornell was still a major component in its creation.
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg after so many memorable Pearl Jam hits through the years. It is unknown what further performances will be on the show, but songs like “Daughter,” “Better Man,” “Black,” and “Last Kiss” still remain, as well as the hit singles “Still Alive” and “Even Flow.”
As Jimmy Fallon’s Pearl Jam Week continues on Late Night, which songs would you like to hear done, and by whom?
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