Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell statue planned for Seattle

A statue of Chris Cornell in his honor is being planned by his widow, according to a new interview with the Seattle Times. The statue will be placed somewhere in Seattle and will be sculpted by Wayne Toth, the artist behind Johnny Ramone ‘s statue at his Hollywood Forever grave in Los Angeles. “He has already given me a design and the children and I love it,” Vicky Cornell said. She also said that it will take about seven months to create. She mentioned that she wanted to hear fan input on where to place the memorial. “He is Seattle’s son,” she said. “We will be bringing him home and honoring him, I hope, with all of you, your love and support.”

Cornell also spoke about her recent commitment to help start the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program at the Seattle nonprofit Childhaven in the interview. “Chris was always interested in protecting traumatized children who had suffered physical or psychological abuse,” she says. “He always felt music was a way to heal even neurological and emotional conditions.”

Mad Season reunites after 20 years

A few of the most influential grunge musicians from Seattle celebrated Mad Season’s legacy with a single reunion show in Seattle on Friday night.

Surviving members, Mike McCready and Barrett Martin were joined by Chris Cornell from Soundgarden, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam and Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses. Joining the supergroup were the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, who performed solo and orchestral arrangements of original Mad Season music. It was the first Mad Season performance since 1995.

The set which consisted of eight songs included performances of  “Long Gone Day,” “River of Deceit,” and “I Don’t Know Anything” played by McCready, Martin, Cornell, and McKagan. Cameron joined for “Wake Up,” and played with Gossard and Ament for “Call Me A Dog” and “Reach Down”.  Jeff Angell from Walking Paper made an appearance on “Lifeless Dead.” The show ended with “All Alone” which features vocal recordings of late frontman, Layne Staley. Watch footage of “Call Me A Dog,” “Reach Down,” and “All Alone” below.

Setlist:
Long Gone Day
River of Deceit
I Don’t Know Anything
Wake Up (with Matt Cameron and Kim Virant)
Lifeless Dead (with Jeff Angell)
Call Me A Dog (with Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, and Jeff Ament)
Reach Down (with Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament)
All Alone (with Sean Kinney and Layne Staley vocal recording)