Chris Cornell rocks the Strathmore

Chris Cornell held his audience in rapture at the Strathmore Music Centre in Bethesda for over two hours on Oct. 14, regaling fans with music from his extensive song catalog.

(All photos by Persephone Productions)
(All photos by Persephone Productions)

The all-acoustic sellout performance began with him strolling casually onstage, waving and greeting the audience as if he’d known all of them for as many years as they’d known him.

His voice was stronger than ever, effortlessly filling the hall with its bluesy rock tenor.

Barely a cellphone screen was to be seen in the darkness all evening, a testament to his engaging performance – people were listening, and thrilled to be carried along in the moment by him.

Cornell performed hits from his days with Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audio Slave, as well many songs from his first solo venture, Euphoria Morning.

Music from his newest album, Higher Truth, opened and closed the show.

The show’s highlights included his notable cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean; Hunger Strike from Temple of the Dog; and You Know My Name – his contribution to the James Bond film Casino Royale.

Cornell shows no signs of slowing down after nearly 30 years in the spotlight, as he’s fit and healthy and roaring forward into the future.