Chris Cornell Documentary in the Works

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A new documentary about Chris Cornell, is in the works. The news was revealed on February 14 by Variety, though no details are yet available. The film is being produced by the musician’s widow, Vicky Cornell. Chris Cornell died May 18, 2017, following a performance at Detroit’s Fox Theatre.

The singer-songwriter’s recorded legacy was celebrated with a 17-track self-titled CD, 2-LP release, and a 64-song limited edition 4-CD deluxe box set (with 11 previously unreleased tracks). The album, arrived November 16, 2018, and was organized by Vicky Cornell, through UMe. It includes a booklet with many unreleased photos, and liner notes from bandmates and colleagues Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Tom Morello, Mike McCready, and Brendan O’Brien.

A previously unreleased track (included on the collection) – “When Bad Does Good” – won a Grammy on Feb. 10 for Best Rock Performance. The song was produced, recorded, and mixed by Cornell and was found in his personal recordings archive. The track was a favorite of his and it wasn’t until friend Josh Brolin reminded Vicky of the unreleased song, that she decided to share it with his fans.

Watch the lyric video for “When Bad Does Good”

“Since Chris’ sudden passing I have put all my efforts and energy into sharing his music and legacy with his fans from all over the world,” said Vicky Cornell in the CD announcement. “I felt we needed to create a special collection to represent all of him – the friend, husband and father, the risk taker and innovator, the poet and artist. His soaring vocals found their way into the hearts and souls of so many. His voice was his vision and his words were his peace. This album is for his fans.”

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The 17 selections on Chris Cornell display the full span of his artistic achievements, from the full-on kick of Soundgarden’s seminal “Black Hole Sun” to the mournful yearning of Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” to the sensitive depth of Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” to his spot-on solo theme to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, “You Know My Name.” This collection also contains another unreleased recording: a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” that was cut live at SiriusXM.

The box set’s 10 unreleased live performances include Cornell’s duet with Yusuf/Cat Stevens on “Wild World” and another duet with his daughter, Toni Cornell, on Bob Marley’s indelible classic, “Redemption Song.” Temple of the Dog’s 25th anniversary reunion/first-ever-official tour in 2016 is highlighted with hometown performances of “Reach Down” and the Andy Wood/Mother Love Bone favorite “Stargazer,” Chris’ personal arrangement of “One” featuring the lyrics to Metallica’s song set to the music of U2’s song of same name, and a first ever album release of Audioslave’s 2005 ground-breaking performance on Cuban soil of “Show Me How To Live.”

Watch fan footage of Cornell’s live performance of “Wild World” with Yusuf/Cat Stevens in 2016

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