Chris Cornell is probably best known for his unmistakable vocals as the lead singer for one of the first grunge bands, Soundgarden. He's also well known as the lead singer of Audioslave alongside the former members of Rage Against the Machine. While there's no chance of any more Audioslave tour dates, and the future of Soundgarden's recent reunion concert dates is still up in the air, it's Cornell's solo career that's gaining him the most attention these days. It's going so well, in fact, that Chris Cornell could recently be found on a number of tour dates in 2011, playing his Songbook Volume 1 show that includes songs from throughout his career. Chris Cornell is currently gearing up for Soundgarden tour dates in 2011, to the joy of grunge fans around the world.
One of the first bands Chris Cornell played in was a cover band called The Shemps. After The Shemps disbanded, the trio decided to form a band with Cornell on drums and vocals; thus, Soundgarden was born. Aiming to accentuate Cornell's vocal talents, the band soon snatched up Skin Yard's drummer Matt Cameron. Soundgarden released their debut album, Ultramega OK, in 1988. The album received a Grammy nomination in 1990 but, as there was no grunge category, they were nominated for Best Metal Performance. Following the album's success, Yakamoto left the band, leaving Cornell with the responsibility of writing most of the songs. Four albums, two Grammys, and a number of sold-out tour dates later, Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 under the pressure from the corporate music industry and internal strife.
In 1998, Chris Cornell embarked on his solo career, releasing Euphoria Morning in late 1999. Many of the songs on the album -- including the tribute "Wave Goodbye" -- were inspired by Cornell's departed friend Jeff Buckley. In late 2000, after a number of solo tour dates, he was approached by Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin to replace Zak de la Rocha as the vocalist for Rage Against the Machine. Audioslave quickly set to work on recording their self-titled, debut album in 2002.
Following his split from Audioslave, Cornell resumed his solo career, recording the theme song for the 2006 Bond film, Casino Royale, titled "You Know My Name"; he was the first American male to ever perform a Bond theme song. Chris released his second solo album, Carry On, in 2007, despite being involved in a motorcycle accident during the album's recording. Chris Cornell's third solo album, Scream, was produced and co-written by Timbaland, with the entire creation process taking only six weeks. While the album reached #10 on the Billboard 200, the album received mixed reviews as Cornell substituted his iconic rock sound for an electropop style.
Fans excited about the return of Soundgarden needn't wait any longer for tour dates in 2011, as Chris Cornell will be spending all of July touring with the band. He has also added additional concert dates in Australia and New Zealand for his Songbook Volume 1 tour, with tour dates running from October 2 through October 22. After his solo tour dates in 2011 end, Chris Cornell and Soundgarden will headline the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans on October 28. With both solo and Soundgarden tour dates in 2011, it's a good time to be Chris Cornell; and one of his fans.