Having already announced dates in Australia, New Zealand and South America, SOUNDGARDEN/ex-AUDIOSLAVE frontman Chris Cornell has added more U.S. shows to his solo acoustic "Songbook" tour, giving even more fans the chance to see him perform unplugged and up close. Venues this time around include Jackie Gleason Theatre in Miami, Florida; Carnegie Hall in New York City; Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco; and the Orpheum in Los Angeles. These special performances of songs from his extensive catalogue let Chris interact with the crowd and share personal insights about his music. Familiar songs emerge in a new context, showing that great songwriting translates to any idiom.
Select presale tickets are available at 10 a.m. local venue time tomorrow, September 22, for the shows outlined below.
Nov. 01 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
Nov. 02 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 04 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Nov. 05 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Theatre
Nov. 06 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
Nov. 17 - Albany, NY - The Hart Theatre at The Egg
Nov. 18 - Ridgefield, CT - The Ridgefield Playhouse
Nov. 21 - New York, NY - Carnegie Hall
Nov. 22 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
Nov. 23 - Allentown, PA - Symphony Hall
Nov. 26 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Nov. 29 - Burlington, VT - Flynn Center For The Performing Arts
Nov. 30 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Bardavon
Dec. 03 - Lakewood, OH - Lakewood Civic Center
Dec. 04 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
Dec. 06 - Kalamazoo, MI - Kalamazoo State Theatre
Dec. 10 - Salina, KS - Steifel Theatre For The Performing Arts
Dec. 13 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Arts Center - Ikeada Theatre
Dec. 15 - San Francisco, CA - Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Dec. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
Dec. 17 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre
Although Cornell has been recording a new album with SOUNDGARDEN for the first time in 15 years, he continues to work as a solo artist as well. He told Spin.com how it's different from playing with a band. "An acoustic show is all about you, and any little nuance or mistake is amplified," Cornell explained. "I'm very nervous about it, but I love the intimacy. Once you sit in front of people and start playing songs, it's all on you. No matter what happens, it's entirely your responsibility the entire time. I like that intensity."
Cornell told The Pulse Of Radio that he sees working with SOUNDGARDEN again as having a positive influence on his solo career. "One thing about a solo artist is you can just be in a room way too long with yourself and your own thoughts and your own songs, and it feels really good to be working with Ben (Shepherd, bassist) and Matt (Cameron, drummer) and Kim (Thayil, guitarist) again, and it's actually a really nice reprieve also from just being alone, doing what I do," he said. "It's helping with the balance, I think, too."
When asked by Spin.com why SOUNDGARDEN never did an episode of "MTV Unplugged" during the band's heyday, he replied, "It's not who we were. It would have been kind of silly, and, truthfully, a lot of them were silly. "
Cornell has issued three solo albums. The last one, 2009's "Scream", was trashed by critics and fans for abandoning Cornell's rock roots for an urban pop sound.