(Photo: Chris Cornell @ Las Vegas Hard Rock Grand Opening 10.15.2009, Jeffgarden.com)
Chris Cornell’s Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) Session From 2013
What is the one song that is personally the hardest for you to sing and why?
Every single song is different. Its not about range. Sometimes the highest ones are easy. The ones that are the hardest sometimes are the easiest because I focus on it so much. For example: The Day I Tried To Live.
Did your vocal style come naturally at first, or was it something you had to work at to refine when you began making music? And what was it like the first time you heard yourself recorded singing with a band, did you hear it and think you could someday helm a world-famous outfit like Soundgarden?
Singing to me was just about having fun. It’s always evolving.
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What is your first memory of music?
a children's record that included the song "she'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes" when I was two and a half.
Can you pleasepleaseplease sing Right Turn when you headline festivals in May with Alice in Chains?
Sorry, don’t know the song
Hey Chris. Over the years, Kim Thayil has mentioned a possible album of Soundgarden b-sides. Are you still going to put that out? Also, what are the chances of remastering Temple of the Dog?
for sure, don't know when, but its likely the next release we do.
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Its a catch 22, because the ones I would want to collaborate the most with I would be too afraid to collaborate with. For example John Lennon, how would you sit in a room and collaborate with him? I'd feel unworthy.
What are your favourite sports teams? And to which music do you listen in your free time?
My son's favorite team is the Miami Heat and since he is the coolest person I know, I'm going with The Heat.
Hey there Chris, do you have a favorite kind of guitar? Either electric or acoustic?
I mostly play acoustics when song writing.
When I plug in I play my [Gibson 335 Cornell Model] (http://cms.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/ES/Gibson-Custom/Chris-Cornell-ES-335.aspx)
You've been covered many times, by many different artists. Out of all those covers of your work, do you have a favorite or two that come to mind?
PS: I've done a cover of Preaching the End of the World myself. I'd be extremely gratified to know you heard it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs3IyJ2tRBo
What album that you have worked on is your favourite?
Which side project did you find the most rewarding?
Finally, a local radio DJ claims you could sing the phonebook and still sound amazing. Would you be willing to try it? For science?
Hi Chris! Thank you so much for doing this AMA.
- What are some of your non-musical hobbies?
- What would you want to do if being a musician didn't pan out?
fuck, I don’t have any
What is a Spoonman and what inspired that song ?
spoonman is a real guy that is a virtuoso spoon player and brilliant entertainer, as well as a super unique and great person. he's in the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0_zzCLLRvE
Any chance of another Temple Of The Dog album?
I was at the Soundgarden show in Hyde Park last year. It was an amazing gig. When it started to hammer down with rain in the middle of Black Hole Sun the whole thing jumped up several notches vibe-wise, and stayed there for the rest of the show. Did you notice that, and what was it about the bleak weather that added so much to the performance and atmosphere?
I missed my chance to see you on the Down On The Upside tour back when I was a teenager. I just couldn't make the gig. Figured I'd catch you the next time around. It took longer than I expected. So glad you're back together.
What do you do to warm up your voice before a performance?
soundcheck, sometimes vocal exercises, sometimes nothing. the best warm up for me is singing the songs. or a quality cigar.
How does it feel to be one of the only people Ringo Starr is following on twitter?! (Have you ever met him?)
Yes, I have met him. He is an inspiring individual.
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When is Soundgarden going to tour India? You have heaps of fans here!
I would love to tour India, we'll meditate on it
What is your favorite Beatles song ?
they’re all my favorites
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He’s one of the best drummers/musicians ever