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Chris Cornell Fronting Another Grunge Supergroup Reunion

Written by Nastassia Baroni on December 16, 2014

Just a little while before he is due to arrive in Australia for Soundwave 2015, Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell and Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan will join the remaining members of grunge supergroup Mad Season for a a one-off reunion performance in Seattle early next year.

According to The Seattle Times, Cornell will be filling in for the supergroup’s original frontman, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, who died in 2002 following a long battle with addiction, while McKagan will take up bassist duties for the late John Baker Saunders, who died of a heroin overdose in 1999.

The two surviving members of Mad Season, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Screaming Trees’ Barrett Martin will fill out the lineup for the one-off show, as a part the Seattle Symphony’s “Sonic Evolution” series, which pays tribute to the city’s rich musical past.

The performance will be the first billed under the Mad Season name since 1995, although McCready and Martin previously reunited on stage for a benefit concert in 2012 and last year released a reissue of their only studio album Above as well as a concert film.

They’ll be joined onstage by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, who will play orchestral and special arrangements of the Mad Season songs including, River of Deceit and I Don’t Know Anything. The reunion concert will take place on January 30th 2015.

Apart from his status as Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, Cornell has fronted another supergroup, Temple Of The Dog, a tribute band dedicated to the late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood, which also featured McCready.

Last year McCready said he was working on a new project with McKagan and Martin and that the trio were finishing up demos for Mad Season’s unfinished sophomore release, Disinformation. It is not known if any of this material will feature at the January show. McCready has also written an original composition, Walking the Horizon, that will be performed at the 2015 Seattle concert.

Watch: Mad Season – River Of Deceit

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