Brandi Carlile joined the remaining members of Soundgarden on stage, performing one of the band’s tracks at her concert last weekend. The show took place at the Gorge Amphitheater last Saturday, where Carlile was joined by Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd. The group performed renditions of ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Searching With My Good Eye Closed’. The gig also marked Soundgarden’s first performance since the death of their frontman Chris Cornell in 2017.
Carlile also covered the two songs, featuring Hayil, Cameron and Shepherd, on her 2020 EP, A Rooster Says – released as a Record Store Day special. The singer also paid tribute to the late Cornell when she performed ‘Black Hole Sun’ at I Am The Highway back in 2019.
Of Carlile’s set with Soundgarden, Cameron said: “Searching With My Good Eye Closed’ was Brandi’s choice and it was a good one. It is one of Chris’ greatest songs, it has so much depth. It’s a colossus.”
Adding: “Hearing Brandi and the twins completely rock the fuck out on that tune was amazing. I love how it turned out. Kim’s solo is pretty incredible too.”
Chris Cornell struggled with depression for most of his life. He was found dead in a hotel room on May 18th 2017, at which time the cause of death was revealed to be suicide. After the news broke, many musicians paid tribute to Cornell, and a number of concerts were held in his honour, including the I Am The Highway’concert. As well as Brandi Carlile, the concert featured performances by Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus and Josh Homme.
The band’s last album was their record King Animal which was released back in 2012. However, rumours have been circulating of some new material by the band and the late Cornell, including an album of covers the frontman recorded before his death.