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.
— Consequence of Sound (@coslive) March 7, 2016
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.
— BLABBERMOUTH.NET (@BLABBERMOUTHNET) March 1, 2016
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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