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2011 Event Media Release - Chris Cornell 'Songbird' Solo Acoustic Tour

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Media Release: Thursday May 26, 2011

'Songbook' Solo Acoustic Tour – October 2011

CHRIS CORNELL, the Grammy winning rock icon and one of the greatest male voices of our time, brings his solo acoustic “Songbook” tour to Sydney Opera House on Saturday October 22 after his hugely successful sold out run in the United States.

Having sold over 21 million albums, Cornell has experienced both critical and commercial success as a singer/songwriter for his bands Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, as well as his own solo work.

Performing alone on stage, Chris Cornell will spotlight songs from throughout his illustrious career, as well as a few surprise covers.

Australian audiences will have the chance to see Chris perform unplugged, up close and personal - an event many fans have been eagerly anticipating for years. 

Within this alternative setting, Cornell can easily interact with the audience and share insights about his music. Familiar songs emerge in a new context, showing that great songwriting translates to any idiom.

Tickets for all shows go on sale 9am, Friday, June 10.

US critics have raved about his just completed, totally sold out US tour:

“Chris Cornell still possesses the best voice in rock music... one of the most important artists to ever walk the face of the earth.” – Rick Florino, Artist Direct

"The two-hour, nearly two-dozen-song performance was a master class in the fine art of solo performance” – Sarah Rodman, Boston Globe

“Sometimes you don't recognize the full power of a voice until you strip everything away from it... how rare his timbre remains.”- Jim Farber, New York Daily News

“Charismatic, quick-witted and good-looking with a killer voice” – Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

"He can make any noise between whisper and scream sound musical."  - Dave McKenna, Washington Post

Chris Cornell has the ability to connect with listeners like few others of our time. He has maintained his own unique identity over more than two decades as a singer, songwriter, and lyricist.   He has been heralded as one of the pioneers of the grunge era for writing a string of hits for Soundgarden, including the Grammy award-winning “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman.”

In 1991, Chris formed Temple of the Dog, writing classic song “Hunger Strike” featuring a duet with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder.

In 2000, Cornell joined former Rage Against the Machine members (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk) in Audioslave and wrote a series of the band’s hits including “Like a Stone,” “Be Yourself” and “Doesn’t Remind Me”. Cornell continued to shine as a solo artist writing songs such as “Can’t Change Me,” and “Mission”, which was included on the soundtrack to the film Mission Impossible II.

His songs have been recorded by diverse artists from Johnny Cash to Alice Cooper, and his movie soundtrack credits include hit theme song “You Know My Name” for James Bond thriller Casino Royale, one of the most successful instalments of the spy franchise to date.

Keep looking for updates on the “Songbook” series on www.chriscornell.com

Don’t miss Chris Cornell – appearing at:

CANBERRA THEATRE - FRIDAY OCT 7
PERTH  CONCERT HALL - MONDAY OCT 10
ADELAIDE  FESTIVAL THEATRE - THURSDAY OCT 13
BRISBANE  QPAC CONCERT HALL - SATURDAY OCT 15
MELBOURNE  PALAIS THEATRE - WEDNESDAY OCT 19
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE CONCERT HALL  SATURDAY OCT 22 (presented by Sydney Opera House)

TICKETS ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY, JUNE 10

Pre-sales begin JUNE 6 (FAN CLUB) & JUNE 8
Bookings through: 
Canberra – Canberra Ticketing 02 6275 2700   www.canberraticketing..com.au
Perth – BOCS Ticketing 08 9484 1133    www.bocsticketing.com.au
Adelaide – Bass 131 246     www.bass.net.au
Brisbane – QTix 136 246     www.qtix.com.au
Melbourne – Ticketmaster 136 100    www.ticketmaster.com.au
Sydney – Venue box office 02 9250 7777    www.sydneyoperahouse.com

Media enquiries:
Michael Coppel Presents: Fiona Lakin / 03 9509 7666 / mcppublicity@coppel.com.au

Sydney Opera House: Helene Fox / 02 9250 7805 / hfox@sydneyoperahouse.com

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