Chris Cornell Concert Review - Montreal 23/11/08
I'm a rock singer so if you are even only in the slightest familiar with Chris Cornell's music and career so far, you can guess it was practically mandatory for me to go check out the show last night at the Metropolis in Montreal, November 23, 2008.
Mobile was the opening act. The music was rocking. Awesome band, very tight. Both guitarists used great effects keeping things interesting and adding new flavours throughout their set. I was surprised on how little backing tracks they used since they made most of the atmospheric sounds you hear on the albums live instead of sampling most of it.
The singer of Mobile though was not having a good night. I'm being very fair. This was the last show of the tour and his voice was used up. From the first song, you can feel every line was hurting and practically more raspy than Eddie Vedder when he usually sings very clean. After the second song, he already went through at least one bottle of water and someone brought out 4-5 more which were gone pretty quickly. It seemed as though he put in 100% of what he had into singing the songs even though you couldn't help to feel for him on some of the higher notes, or even when he tried talking to the audience. By the end of the set, it was the guitarist interacting with the crowd between songs and pretty much saying, 'Our singer isn't feeling too hot tonight but give it up, he's still singing like crazy'. I really like their music so it's a show I'd like to go check out again and hopefully land on a better night for the singer.
The setup between the two bands was much longer than usual. People were getting restless, me included, but intro music finally came on and things started off with Chris coming on stage and belting out some high notes even in the first song. The stage had awesome 'curtain lights' projecting different abstract scenes which really helped since the band may have moved well, but Chris doesn't really run around very much. It's more of a confident walk from one side of the stage to the other which he still manages to make work.
Like most of the people there, I was waiting for some of the older Soundgarden stuff and was not disappointed. The set included:
- Hunger Strike
- Rusty Cage
- Fell on Black Days
A few AudioSlave songs were in there as well:
- Be Yourself
- Set it Off
- Like a Stone
- Show me how to Live
A cover of Billy Jean was played solo on an acoustic guitar which totally rocked.
The entire set including a good 30 min encore lasted roughly 2 1/2 hours which is insane. He sounded as good from start to finish though I saw him come with AudioSlave a few years back and found he sounded much better at that show.
Overall, the man can sing like nobody's business. I may be a little bias as he's one of my idols since to be honest, there were out of tune notes a little scattered everywhere but easily forgotten since 99% of it is solid, insane singing.
I haven't heard the new album yet but they played one of their new singles, 'Scream' and I thought it it really rocked. I'm glad I heard the song live cause I was getting worried when I heard he was working with Timberland on this one, but now I'm much more pumped to buy the CD.
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