Chris Cornell To Kick Off ‘High Truth’ Summer Solo U.S. Tour In June

Chris Cornell is hitting the road this summer for a solo tour across North America. The effort is in support of his record Higher Truth, with pre-sale tickets available March 7 @ 10am EST to March 9 at 10pm EST. The tour will kick off on June 16 in Clearwater, Florida, before winding down on July 27 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The show will find Chris performing an unplugged set at venues that will allow him to get up close and personal with fans. One dollar from each ticket sold will support the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which provides funds to help protect vulnerable children facing homelessness, poverty or neglect and abuse.

Cornell is best known as the lead vocalist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden, as well as former lead vocalist/songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave, and as founder and frontman for the one-off tribute band Temple of the Dog. Chris is considered one of the pioneers of the 1990s grunge movement, which became commercially successful due mainly to the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind. Cornell has spoken about how Cobain’s sudden death effected the movement and how he personally handled the tragedy.

“It’s something that happened I think when Kurt died. At the time, I think people considered me someone that was somewhat together (laughs). I don’t know why, they didn’t know me, so I was getting calls to participate in interviews where I think they kind of wanted to hear somebody say a positive thing. I remember saying, ‘There’s no silver lining to this. There’s nothing good to say about this.’ It’s a horrible thing,” Chris explained.

The rock icon released High Truth last September, and Consequence of Sound describes it as “timeless in a way that’s both frustrating and comforting, like checking the scores and seeing that the Yankees are still in the playoff race.” During a 2015 interview with Digital Spy, Cornell explained why music should be free, but record companies should crumble.

“What needs to exist are streaming services where you pay a fee. This is a dramatic reduction from what music used to cost, but at least it creates a kind-of sensor where money is coming in,” he says. “We don’t need to go back to the ’70s and ’80s where the music business was this fat cow consuming billions, and when artists who were successful were getting considerably less than they deserved.”

When a CD came out, it cost half the amount to make it as a vinyl LP and they charged twice as much. It was a greedy industry – it deserves to be where it is, it deserves to have been crushed under the weight of its own obesity. But there needs to be some balance where fans can hear good music and artists have the ability to create.

Chris Cornell is currently working on the next Soundgarden record, but says there’s no due date just yet. Below are his 2016 North American summer solo tour dates, via FuseTV. Along the way, Cornell will make his first appearance at the Ravinia Festival on July 3 in Highland Park, Illinois.

06/16 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall

06/17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre

06/19 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center

06/20 – Charlotte, NC @ Blumenthal PAC – Belk Theater

06/22 – Richmond, VA @ Carpenter Theatre at Richmond Center Stage

06/23 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome

06/25 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre

06/26 – Waterbury, NY @ Palace Theater

06/28 – Worcester, MA @ Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

06/29 – Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Performing Arts Center

07/01 – Albany, NY @ The Palace theatre

07/02 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Devos Performance Hall

07/03 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival

07/05 – Madison, WI @ Overture Hall

07/06 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace

07/08 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre

07/09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre – Murat Theatre

07/11 – Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center

07/12 – Davenport, IA @ Adler Theatre

07/14 – Sioux City, IA @ Orpheum Theatre

07/17 – Eugene, OR @ Hult Center – Silva Concert Hall

07/18 – Yakima, WA @ Capitol Theatre

07/20 – Spokane, WA @ Martin Woldson Theater

07/21 – Victoria, BC @ Royal Theatre

07/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

07/24 – Calgary, AB @ Jack Singer Concert Hall

07/26 – Regina, SK @ Conexus Arts Center

07/27 – Winnipeg, MB @ Centennial Concert Hall

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