Featuring a string quartet, grand piano, and that inimitable voice
Cai Trefor

12:33 21st April 2017

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Chris Cornell performed new song 'The Promise', which was written for the film of the same name that stars Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, on Jimmy Fallon.

The performance that aired earlier this week was the first ever televised live performance of it and it came just ahead of the film's release today (21/04). The film is a love triangle drama set against the Armenian genocide. 

Cornell decided to reinterpret the acoustic guitar-y studio version of the song and allow grand piano, and a string quartet as the dominant lines of instrumentation. His voice as with anything he ever does grabs you entirely and is completely heartfelt.

The passion he puts into this stems from Cornell's sensitivity and compassion towards the subject matter; the Armenian genocide. According to Blabbermouth having married into a Greek family he's been exposed for years to stories about similar treatment suffered by the Greeks at the hands of the Turkish-ruled Ottoman Empire.

Cornell will donate his proceeds from the song to the International Rescue Committee. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.

Elsewhere, Soundgarden are heading out on tour with The Pretty Reckless and The Dillinger Escape Plan across the US, too. They start on 28 April in Tampa, before winding up on 27 May in Pryor. They play 18 shows in total.

In other Soundgarden news, 10 March marked the release date for a remixed deluxe version of the band's 1988 full-length debut album, Ultramega OK. Check it out below:

Issue Two of the Gigwise Print magazine is on sale now! Buy it here.

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