Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil Plays Detroit for the First Time Since Chris Cornell’s Death

Last night saw Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil play the first of a three night stand in Detroit as part of the MC50 tour to celebrate MC5’s 50th anniversary. This also marked Thayil’s first time playing in Detroit since his friend and band mate Chris Cornell died by suicide after his show at the Fox Theatre in May 2017.

Thayil told the Detroit Free Press,that he was feeling: “complicated and dark” emotions about his return to Detroit. He added: “There certainly seems like there’s an offering of closure,” saying: “I doubt that it will happen. But it seems available.”

It was Wayne Kramer that invited Thayil to join MC50, and this will be his first project since Cornell’s death. Thayil also said that If it were anyone else but Kramer offering a gig he would have declined.

Thayil is a huge fan of the band and said: “There’s also an element of irony to be asked by Wayne to play on a tour with my favorite band, which is from Detroit, that would culminate in a Detroit show,” adding. “The poetic irony and the opportunity for closure were not lost on me.”

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