“Massey Hall! I remember you! And my phone’s Wi-Fi remembers you too!” said Chris Cornell, as he took the stage at the historic venue, as if returning to an old friend’s place for a jam session.
This seemed to be the vibe of the entire evening. The stage had a homey feel to it, with seven guitars placed around the stage, a keyboard that Chris never ended up using, as well as a cello and mandolin used by Bryan Gibson on various songs. There was even a turntable in the corner that Chris went over to at one point, put a record on, and sung accompanying it.
Possibly due to the fact that he’s played Massey Hall twice before; and played in Toronto over 25 times either solo or with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell truly felt like a good friend to everyone at the show. Telling stories about the inspiration behind songs, taking the odd request, or even letting the crowd know that he was a little late getting to the stage because he was texting his wife, letting her know that her airplane flight to Florida was going to be alright, everything had a personal touch to it.
Playing a career spanning set from, solo material, songs from his various groups, covers of legends like Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Bee Gees, and even a cover of Franz Schubert‘s Ave Maria, every song was a high point of the show. With the crowd singing along to every word, the personal touch, and even the drunk guy clapping off time, it truly felt like a bunch of friends hanging out and playing some tunes together.
Well Chris, you’re welcome to come hang out with us any time you want!
– Dylan Hall