In the annals of “what if,” a opportunity collaboration involving Chris Cornell and Eddie Van Halen would have to be ranked amid the skipped prospects we would most like to have listened to. But at least a single particular person had a opportunity to listen to how it may possibly have sounded as Cornell guitarist Pete Thorn just lately discovered how near the collaboration came to virtually occurring.
According to Thorn, Cornell and Van Halen had been welcoming and around the period of time that Cornell was recording his 2008 solo album Scream there was a point where Cornell experienced thought of reaching out to Van Halen about some acoustic tracks that Thorn had been functioning with him on for the album.
“[Chris and I were] in a parking great deal listening to them in my automobile, I recall, and he seemed at me and he explained, ‘Hey what do you assume if we bought Eddie to get the job done on this?’” the guitarist recalled, in turn telling Cornell, “And I was like are you serious? Are you kidding me? Due to the fact that was like a hundred per cent ‘Yeah!’ I was so energized and he mentioned, ‘Okay, you know, I’ll get in contact with him…’” But Cornell set off the call for a period.
According to Thorn, producer Dave Friedman then intervened and made available to requested Eddie about the thought of collaborating with Cornell for Thorn.
“45 minutes later on he texted me and stated, ‘Ed needs you to connect with him, here is his mobile cellphone amount,’” says Thorn. “So I remaining him a concept and… he known as me back again and claimed, ‘Well how shortly can you occur up the studio and engage in me this stuff?’ …So we established up a date, I drove up the 5150, and he was just so great.”
“I get out of the vehicle and there he is, and you know he offers me a large hug and explained, ‘Okay, let us go studio and consider a listen…’ I was just like, ‘This is my hero’, you know? ‘This is brilliant!’ He took me into 5150 and he was so humble and unassuming,” the guitarist recollects of his to start with conference with Van Halen, revealing that he then sat with Eddie participating in him some of his acoustic tracks that he was performing on with Cornell.
Thorn suggests, “I really don’t want to get anybody enthusiastic about this imagining it ever obtained completed for the reason that it did not, but he did function on it. I would go up there more than the up coming few of months and he had performed on it and I’d be like, ‘I cannot think this is taking place, myself and Eddie on a keep track of.’ But it really is a extensive story, but it under no circumstances bought a vocal on it by Chris. And Ed obtained hectic undertaking the upcoming Van Halen album suitable about then … it just hardly ever ended up finding finished.”
Thorn states supporters can get a bit of an notion of what was prepared by obtaining video clip of Cornell’s “Songbook” tour concert events. As the guitarist reveals, Cornell would fall a needle on a document all through the displays and then play alongside to versions of songs and the edition of “Scream” from that tour was in line with the thought that they experienced for Eddie’s guest contribution, but he provides, “Which is not the variation with Ed on it.”
“I listened to it after, but we just never completed it,” says Thorn. “So somewhere at 5150 you can find a 24-observe reel with that on it, and someday I might enjoy to [find it].”