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Chris Cornell brought his Higher Truth acoustic tour to a sold out Royal Theatre in Victoria Thursday and right off the bat was greeted by a standing ovation from the crowd. It was the first of many the crowd gave Cornell throughout the evening.
Considering how many shows he has performed on this tour and the and how long each show goes for it’s amazing how good his voice was. He performed 29 songs and played for a little over two and a half hours. The setlist was filled with a range of solo work, Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and a few select covers. Bryan Gibson accompanied Cornell on much of the set on cello or keyboard while other times Cornell performed solo with various guitars, a harmonica, loop machine, and even a record player.
This show had a strict no photos or video policy and early on security could be seen walking up and down the aisles looking for lit LCD screens and informing audience members to shut their phones and point and shoot cameras off. After the first couple songs people seemed to mostly get the message other than a few sneaking a quick snap on their phone here and there.
Some highlights from the show included Cornell bringing Tony Harrington on stage. Three years ago, when Chris Cornell rode onto the Farquhar Auditorium stage on a custom bike built by Harrington and the Angels Chopper Bicycle Club.
The 21st song of the set list was an interesting mix of song titles and well known Chris Cornell lyrics blended together starting “Stay with me baby. I’m on a mind riot. I’m on a hunger strike. Been messing around while I can. Been messing around with a spoonman. Stay with me baby. I’m on a hunger strike.” At the end of the song he jokingly said, “That should cover it goodnight!”
Cornell followed that up with a Johnny Cash style arrangement of Soundgarden’s ‘Rusty Cage’. ‘Hunger Strike’ brought about one of the bigger standing ovations of the evening. The main part of the set ended with an amazing mashup of the melody of U2’s ‘One’ with the lyrics of Metallica’s ‘One’.
Fantastic Negrito was the opening act for the concert.
01 Before We Disappear
02 Can’t Change Me
03 ‘Til the Sun Comes Back Around
04 Nothing Compares 2 U
05 Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
06 Two Drink Minimum
07 The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan cover)
09 Fell on Black Days
10 4th of July
11 Doesn’t Remind Me
12 Be Yourself
13 Call Me a Dog
14 Say Hello 2 Heaven
15 Blow Up The Outside World
16 Let Your Eyes Wander
17 Thank You
19 I Am The Highway
20 Misery Chain
21 (song title medley)
22 Rusty Cage
23 Black Hole Sun
24 Hunger Strike
25 Wooden Jesus
26 One (U2 cover)
27 A Day in The Life (The Beatles cover)
29 Higher Truth