Since Chris Cornell’s untimely death in 2017, Soundgarden has not publicly discussed his intention to continue without him. But singer Brandi Carlile, who has touched on some songs with the band, wants to continue singing for them and has insisted that she take the time to tour.
“I’m such a Chris Cornell fan,” Carlile told Rolling Stone on an upcoming episode of their Music Now podcast. “I loved him so much. I was so devastated when he left us.”
The singer expressed her adoration for Cornell at the 2019 I Am the Highway Tribute concert, where she performed interpretations of Audioslave’s “Like a Stone,” Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike, and” Black Hole Sun “from Soundgarden – that she played with the survivors. members Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd.
Based on her discussion with Rolling Stone, she was not initially scheduled to perform “Black Hole Sun”, but did so after another artist dropped out of the event. “I was like, ‘Not only can I do it, but, like, I’m here. And I don’t need words. I have that ‘”, she recalled the night.
She continued her appreciation of Soundgarden by recording covers of “Black Hole Sun” as well as “Searching With My Good Eye Closed” from their 1991 album. Badmotorfinger, with the group last year. The release was titled A rooster says, and was part of the Record Store Day 2020 collection.
In August, Thayil, Cameron and Shepherd joined Carlile on stage at his Seattle show to perform the two songs together, marking the first time the trio had performed live in their home country since Cornell’s death.
Ultimately, Carlile ensured that if she had the opportunity to go on tour with Soundgarden, she would take it. “I would take the time,” she said, adding that she would take her longtime collaborators Phil and Tim Hanseroth with her.
Again – Soundgarden has not officially stated whether or not he plans to continue without Cornell. But, Cameron said they weren’t done. Alice in Chains was able to continue, maybe Soundgarden can in the future too.