For the first time ever, famed rock frontman Chris Cornell is going solo and acoustic. The setlist for Cornell’s aptly named Songbook Tour will span his career — from his most recent solo efforts to his previous work with Soundgarden and Audioslave — as well as a selection of covers.
The 25-city venture officially launches April 1 at Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. Concerts are booked across the United States and Canada through a May 6 set at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay in San Diego, CA.
“Songbook” stands are set for April 12-13 at Town Hall in New York, NY, and May 4-5 at the Ford Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Among the five planned Canadian concerts are an April 20 show at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Yoronto, ON, and an April 29 gig at Royal Theatre in Victoria, BC.
Tickets for the tour have been going fast, according to Cornell’s official Web site, which lists 17 of the planned 28 shows as “sold out” through primary market channels. The demand for tickets has led to the late addition of concert dates — and new markets — to Cornell’s original routing.
In the last days of January, Cornell unveiled the second nights for New York City and Los Angeles, citing “overwhelming demand.” And just today, February 1, the iconic rock musician revealed details of an intimate-sized Aspen gig on March 25, which he notes is “not necessarily part of the Songbook Tour.”
Public onsales are still coming up in several markets, with a handful of sales opening over the course of February 4 and 5. Ticket price depends largely on the city, based on Ticketmaster.com’s listings. Some events offer just one or two ticket prices, marked within the $30 range, for the entire house. Other events, like Cornell’s pair of Town Hall performances, offer a variety of seating choices and price points up to $64.
Most recently, Cornell was reunited with Soundgarden, playing scattered dates with the reformed outfit throughout 2010. But the musician has also completed fall 2008 and spring 2009 tour legs to promote his solo album “Scream,” produced by Timbaland.
Chris Cornell – Songbook Tour itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|March 25||Aspen, CO||Belly Up Aspen|
|April 1||Austin, TX||Paramount Theatre|
|April 2||Houston, TX||House of Blues|
|April 3||Dallas, TX||House of Blues|
|April 5||Atlanta, GA||Center Stage|
|April 6||Asheville, NC||The Orange Peel|
|April 8||Bridgeport, CT||The Klein|
|April 9||Boston, MA||Berklee Performance Center|
|April 10||Glenside, PA||Keswick Theatre|
|April 12 – 13||New York, NY||Town Hall|
|April 15||Atlantic City, NJ||Borgata Music Box|
|April 16||Montclair, NJ||Wellmont Theatre|
|April 17||Washington, DC||Sixth & I Historic Synagogue|
|April 19||Poughkeepsie, NY||Bardavon 1869 Opera House|
|April 20||Toronto, ON||Queen Elizabeth Theatre|
|April 22||Chicago, IL||Vic Theatre|
|April 23||Milwaukee, WI||Pabst Theater|
|April 24||Saint Paul, MN||Fitzgerald Theater|
|April 26||Edmonton, AB||Winspear Centre|
|April 27||Medicine Hat, AB||The Esplanade|
|April 29||Victoria, BC||Royal Theatre|
|April 30||Coquitlam, BC||Boulevard Casino|
|May 1||Seattle, WA||Moore Theatre|
|May 3||San Francisco, CA||The Fillmore|
|May 4 – 5||Los Angeles, CA||John Anson Ford Theater|
|May 6||San Diego, CA||Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay|