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The History of Chris Cornell: from Soundgarden to Audioslave and Solo

This timeline reviews the history and career of Chris Cornell, leader of Soundgarden and Audioslave, who also had a well known solo career.

Chris Cornell was born on July 20, 1964 and passed away on May 18, 2017.

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Soundgarden was founded by guitarist Kim Thayil, Bassist Hiro Yamamoto, drummer Matt Cameron and lead singer/guitarist Chris Cornell. In 1990 Yamamoto left the band and was replaced with Ben Shepperd.

By 1991, when they released Badmotorfinger, they have already gained attention from the public and the media. In 1994, with the release of Superunknown, they acchieved mass success, as songs like Black Hole Sun and Spoonman became mainstream hits.

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997, following the release of Down on the upside.

After this, Chris Cornell started his solo career, having recorded four studio albums. Also, he formed the popular band Audioslave with ex Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. The project released three studio albums, between 2002 and 2006.

Soundgarden got back together in 2010 and they released their final album until today, 2012´s King Animal.

Chris Cornell passed away in 2017.

As for 2021, there is still a chance that another Soundgarden album is released in the future. Former band members Kim Thayil, Ben Shepperd and Matt Cameron are in a legal dispute against Chris’ widow, Vicky Cornell. We hope this disagreement can be settled at some point, so unreleased Soundgarden material can finally see the light.

Soundgarden Studio Albums

Soundgarden began its activity in the mid-eighties. They released six full-length studio albums:

  • Ultramega Ok (1988)
  • Louder than Love (1989)
  • Badmotorfinger (1991)
  • Superunknown (1994)
  • Down on the Upside (1996)
  • King Animal (2012)

Audioslave albums

In 2001 Chris Cornell started Audioslave along with former members of Rage Against the Machine. They released three albums:

  • Audioslave (2002)
  • Out of Exile (2005)
  • Revelations (2006)

Audioslave acchieved critical and mainstream success since it´s first album. They disbanded shortly after the release of their third album due to internal disagreements.

The band consisted in Tom Morello on guitar, Brad Wilk on drums, Tim Commerford on bass anc Chris Cornell on vocals.

Chris Cornell solo albums

Chris Cornell released four solo albums:

  • Euphoria Morning (1999)
  • Carry On (2007)
  • Scream (2009)
  • Higher Truth (2015)

Chris Cornell died on May 18 2017, while on tour with Soundgarden.

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