For those who have been enjoying Chris Cornell's solo career following the demise of his star-making '90s grunge band, Soundgarden, and his new millennium hard rock out fit, Audioslave... you better find a way to beg, borrow or steal your way into his sold out gig at the House of Blues Saturday night.
Later this year the more tender, middle-aged, misunderstood and dreamy-eyed Cornell, who has softened his sound with age, is about to unleash the youthful beast inside of him and reassemble Soundgarden. And, my guess is, once he realizes how much he has missed baying at the moon on songs like "Rusty Cage" and "Outshined" over the thump and thwack of his original bandmates... Cornell's soft and cuddly solo career is going to go on a long hiatus.
Soundgarden reunited for a few live dates last year, including Lollapalooza. Last month, Seattle's "other great shoe-gazers" (behind only Nirvana and Pearl Jam) started work on a new album. Once it's finished there will no doubt be a historic reunion tour that will make flannel-wearing 40-somethings spring for the nearest arena or stadium Soundgarden touches down in.
In essence, this might be the last chance to hear Cornell play past hits like "Sunshower," "No Such Thing," and his perverse cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." (Truth be told , for a guy who has sold out the House of Blues, his 13 year solo career collection of singles really hasn't created much of a blip on Billboard rock charts.) So, go ahead. Take one last listen to his reworked one-man versions of "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman."
After the lights go up on Saturday night, Chris Cornell the Solo Artist is on vacation. His next visit to Houston will most likely be as the frontman of Soundgarden, his first - and still his greatest - creation.
Chris Cornell, Saturday 8 p.m. at House of Blues
Tickets: Sold Out