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11/05/2013 Chris Cornell (Buffalo, NY @ SUNY Buffalo Center for the Arts)

By Eric | November 18, 2013 3:15 pm

[Bhi Bhiman was the opener, didn’t see him.]

I managed to score front row tickets for this one! A complete throwback and trip down memory lane, as I also got to see CC on the Euphoria Morning tour back in 2000. Obviously, 13 years on, there’s a bunch more material to choose from, and the setlist was well represented by CC solo stuff, Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, and a handful of covers (including some Mother Love Bone!). He also did a really cool mash-up of the lyrics from Metallica’s “One” set to the music of U2’s “One”… with very interesting results!

Chris’ voice was in fine shape, he had no issues hitting many of the highest notes in the songs, including on Hunger Strike (for which the opener, Bhi Bhiman guested on).

The vast majority of the show was just Chris and an acoustic guitar, however for a couple of songs, as opposed to computer-based backing tracks, he used vinyl LP’s and a turntable. This made for a humorous anecdote about how he’d played on less-sturdy stages than that of UB’s, and has had the records skip! Chris was actually very engaging and witty all night, providing plenty of banter in-between songs. Before the encore, Chris rode out on an Audioslave-branded bicycle, which you can see in my third picture. Very cool bike! All told, we got an almost two-hour performance that shouldn’t have left anyone disappointed.

Scar on the Sky
Silence the Voices
You Know My Name
Original Fire
Halfway There
Fell on Black Days
Getaway Car
As Hope and Promise Fade
The Day I Tried to Live
Two Drink Minimum
Can’t Change Me
When I’m Down
Man of Golden Words
Wooden Jesus
Hunger Strike

Cleaning My Gun
Doesn’t Remind Me
A Day in the Life (The Beatles cover)
I Am the Highway
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
Black Hole Sun

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