Aftermath: Chris Cornell at Warehouse Live
|Photos by Mark C. Austin|
Timbaland, who produced Chris Cornell's new album Scream, has been making the promotional rounds telling the media he thinks it could make Cornell "the first rock star in the club." Judging by Cornell's prodigious set at Warehouse Live Sunday night - onstage around 10:15 p.m., off sometime around 1 a.m., no break - he could easily be the first (and last) rock star in the bomb shelter.
What was a little surprising, though, was that Cornell's cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" - which he dedicated to "my Seattle homeboy [and Thriller producer] Quincy Jones" - might have been the bluesiest song of the night. Cornell is as much of a restless spirit as his panther-like pacing onstage indicated, and while he can burn dinosaur bones with the best of them on steam-shovelers like "Rusty Cage," "Cochise," "Like Suicide" and especially "Outshined" - which Aftermath now recalls more as a visceral sense memory than an actual moment in time - it's his less metallic diversions that make him one of the most interesting, charismatic singers in rock.
That, and the man can still strike a wicked Jesus Christ pose.