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Released: 21st November 2011

Johnny Main

daryl soar

You would think that being part of the recently reformed Soundgarden would keep you busy - not so for Chris Cornell, who toured the US acoustically from March to May. This is the document of some of the many different tracks that he performed during that tour.


At times, there's not a lot of audience noise, which simply demonstrates just what a great voice Cornell has. The addition of just his acoustic guitar gives some of the tracks here a haunting quality and, for others, the chance to hear tracks without the layers of instrumentation, and offers a new insight into them at the same time.

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The album contains two new tracks, 'Cleaning My Gun' and 'The Keeper' (written for the film 'Machine Gun Preacher', which gives a perspective of where he is now, compared to the other original tracks), and two non-Cornell related covers, 'Imagine' by John Lennon and Led Zeppelin's 'Thank You'.

The rest of the album is made up of tracks from Cornell's entire career, including the short-lived and sometimes underrated Temple Of The Dog. These tracks all demonstrate his versatility as a writer, arranger and musician.

Amongst the tracks aired here, 'Ground Zero', 'Fell On Black Days' and the evergreen classic 'Black Hole Sun' sound as good, if not better than they did when they were first released. Cornell's voice has rarely sounded better.



As Hope And Promise Fade
Scar On The Sky
Call Me A Dog (Temple Of The Dog cover)
Ground Zero
Can't Change Me
I Am The Highway (Audioslave cover)
Thank You (Led Zeppelin cover)
Cleaning My Gun
Wide Awake (Audioslave cover)
Fell On Black Days (Soundgarden cover)
All Night Thing (Temple Of The Dog cover)
Doesn't Remind Me (Audioslave cover)
Like A Stone (Audioslave cover)
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden cover)
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
The Keeper




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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