Chris Cornell and Duff McKagan Join Mad Season Reunion
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan will join a reunited Mad Season for one live performance next month. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra will also be involved in the show.
According to the Seattle Times, the pair will join the surviving members of Mad Season -- Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin -- as part of the symphony's Sonic Evolution series, which will also include a new piece by McCready.
Mad Season recorded only one album, 1995's 'Above,' with Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley and Walkabouts bassist John Baker Saunders rounding out the group. Saunders died of an overdose in 1999; Staley also died of a drug overdose, in 2002.
'Above' reached No. 24 on the chart and went gold during grunge's heyday. 'River of Deceit,' which was released as a single, scored enough airplay back in the day to send the song into the Top 10 of both the rock and alternative charts. 'Above' was reissued last year with bonus tracks and a concert.
The Seattle Symphony show, which takes place on Jan. 30, will include solo and orchestral versions of Mad Season songs (there were 10 of them on 'Above,' plus an additional four on the reissue featuring vocals by Mark Lanegan, who played with Martin in Screaming Trees).
Last year, McCready, Martin and McKagan said they were working on a project together, but so far nothing has come of the collaboration. McCready also played guitar on one song from Soundgarden's 2012 reunion album, 'King Animal.'
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