About a week ago I got to spend 30 minutes with Chris Cornell backstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live in Hollywood. For those who aren’t familiar with Cornell, he was the leader singer of the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Cornell was at Kimmel to perform his new song The Keeper, which he wrote for Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher. The movie is based on the real-life story of Sam Childers (played by Gerard Butler), a former drug-dealer who turned his life around and now devotes his time to saving kidnapped and orphaned children in Sudan. The film also stars Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon. You can watch some clips here.
During the wide-ranging interview, Cornell talked about how he got involved in the project, his thoughts on Rock Band/Guitar Hero, his experiences at TIFF, what it meant to have Johnny Cash cover one of his songs, what’s in his contract rider, his thoughts on letting music be used on commercials and video games, what’s his favorite cities to play in and so much more. Hit the jump for the interview.