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Happy Birthday, Chris Cornell!

Chris Cornell is grunge music royalty. He’s done it all; he’s done the solo thing, he’s done the supergroup thing and his first band, Soundgarden, helped define a genre. Besides that, Chris’ live vocals are some of the best, not only of the genre, but, of all time! To celebrate his birthday today, we take a look at some of our favorite vocal performances from Chris.

 

“Black Hole Sun”- This footage of Chris performing during his solo days really showcases his raw talent; just a songwriter, his guitar and his amazing voice. Simply beautiful!

 

“Hunger Strike”- Temple of The Dog:  In this performance, you get two grunge gods for the price of one! Check out Chris and Eddie Vedder rocking out for charity at the 2014 Bridge School Benefit Concert.

 


“Redemption Song” (Bob Marley cover)- This is another one with just Chris and a guitar. Chris paid tribute to Bob Marley during Bob Marley Week on Jimmy Fallon’s old timeslot on Late Night. What a fantastic stripped-down performance!


“Show Me How To Live”- Here’s Chris back in 2004 with his supergroup, Audioslave. Chris’ soaring vocals are one of the few things that can stack up to Tom Morello’s inventive axe slaying. What a fantastic band!

 

Brett Booth is a rock ‘n’ roll writer who, when he doesn't have a pen in his hand, you can usually find him strumming a guitar or sipping a homebrew.