Chris Cornell has finished recording his new solo album

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has confirmed that he’s finished recording his new solo album.

Cornell posted a picture from the recording studio on his Facebook page along with a short message thanking his collaborators.

“Last day of recording solo album. Thanks Brendan, Tom and Kyle. We made the magic happen,” it read.

Cornell’s last solo LP was 2011’s Songbook. He is due to return to the studio later this year to get underway recording Soundgarden’s new album, the follow up to 2012’s King Animal.

Soundgarden released their Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path box set earlier this year, a collection of b-sides, rarities and alternative cuts.

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Chris Cornell to front Mad Season show with Seattle Symphony

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Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell is set to front a reunion by Seattle supergroup Mad Season.

The live show will also feature original Mad Season members Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) performing alongside former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan.

The group will play a set at the 4th annual Sonic Evolution show, hosted by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and taking place on the 30th of January at the city’s Benaroya Hall.

Symphony conductor Ludovic Morlot says: “With this collaboration we’re both coming out of our normal comfort zones. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from one another and give ourselves chances to grow as artists.”

Mad Season were active between 1994 and 1999. Their career was brought to a premature end following the death of bassist John Baker Saunders and the passing of frontman Layne Staley (Alice In Chains).

The Sonic Evolution shows pair orchestral musicians with Seattle’s rock icons. The fourth annual concert will include “Waking The Horizon”, a new composition by McCready, interpreted by the symphony orchestra, as well as a set featuring Mad Season songs “River Of Deceit”, “I Don’t Know Anything” and “Long Gone Day”.

Tickets for the show are on sale now.

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Morello and Cornell to play together at charity benefit show

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Former Audioslave bandmates Chris Cornell and Tom Morello are to play together at a charity benefit show, the pair have revealed.

The two musicians joined forces when Audioslave formed in 2001 after the break up of legendary bands Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine. The group enjoyed a six year, three album run before Cornell left citing “personal and musical differences.” Morello, along with Audioslave bandmates Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, returned to Rage Against The Machine, and Cornell regrouped with Soundgarden in 2010.

The two men will reunite on stage in Seattle on the 26th of September at a concert raising funds and awareness of the 15 Now campaign, which aims to raise the US minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Morello will headline the show in his Nightwatchman persona, with Cornell appearing as a guest during the acoustic set.

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Soundgarden confirmed as opening for Nine Inch Nails

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Soundgarden have confirmed that they will be opening for Nine Inch Nails on the bands’ upcoming US co-headline tour.

Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil has said that he believes the running order makes perfect sense.

Speaking to DC101, Thayil said: “It makes sense. Nine Inch Nails is a production-heavy band – amazing lights, lasers. They use a lot of production both in the audio performance and the visual performance.

“We’re more of a live rock act. If we were to play after them it would be a long wait while they struck all their gear and cleared the stage for us. It’s a lot easier to play before them.”

The two bands recently confirmed a series of North American shows together, beginning in Las Vegas on the 19th of July and culminating in Hollywood on the 25th of August.

Speaking to The Pulse Of Radio, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell confirmed that he expects the band to start work on a new album soon, too.

“We’re definitely going to start writing songs; we’ve all agreed on several occasions that we want to keep doing it,” he said.

“It goes from zero to 60 really fast. All of a sudden everyone will have two things – and that’s eight songs you have to work on. Already you’re well into making an album. That could happen tomorrow.”

Nine Inch Nails recently finished a series of live dates in the UK and are now playing further shows in Europe. You can read Skin Back Alley’s review of their 25th May show at the Manchester Phones4U Area here.

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