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Chris Cornell Covers Whitney Houston, Bob Marley & More At Obama Fundraiser, Footage Available

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell performed at a special fundraiser for U.S. president Barack Obama in San Francisco, CA yesterday, February 16th. The set saw him cover a variety of artists, including a rendition of Whitney Houston‘s “I Will Always Love You“.

The set list for the show included:

01 – “Redemption Song” (Bob Marley cover)
02 – “Ground Zero
03 – “Wide Awake” (Audioslave cover)
04 – “Black Hole Sun” (Soundgarden cover)
05 – “Peace, Love And Understanding” (Elvis Costello cover)
06 – “Imagine” (John Lennon cover)
07 – “I Will Always Love You” (Whitney Houston cover)

You can watch fan-filmed footage of his take on “I Will Always Love You” below, with his Bob Marley, Soundgarden and John Lennon covers after the break.

I Will Always Love You” (Whitney Houston cover):

Redemption Song” (Bob Marley cover):

Black Hole Sun” (Soundgarden cover):

Imagine” (John Lennon cover):


  • Dixon Cider

    UHHH, Dolly Parton cover, Beavis

    • A. Estes

      And IIIIIIEEEEIIII will always love Dolly’s BEWWWWWBBBS!!!!

  • robichaud1

    Bah, playin’ for the man! Booooo!

  • MustardTiger

    This is very disappointing to me. I used to be a huge sg fan as a kid, but he worked with timbaland, and now this for Obama? Kim needs to smack him around a bit. I hope sg doesn’t do an album now.

    • HonoluluBlueBalls

      Chris has always been vocal about political and social issues. It’s not at all surprising that he would play a fundraiser for a Obama. If this is surprising or disappointing to you, you haven’t payed much attention throughout the years.

    • adamonfire

      Yeah, if there’s anything Soundgarden/CC are known for it’s their staunch right-wing politics.

    • A. Estes

      Who gives a crap who Chris or Soundgarden support? Listen to the music, numbnuts. Everything else is irrelevent.

  • JohnnyRuthless

    Wow MT! You can’t appreciate this? I’m not a Whitney fan, but give credit when it’s due. Can’t say I have heard a bluesy rendition for this song. So suck it up like your daddy’s dick………..

  • Justanotherpassenger

    I have never been a SG fan, but I dig some of their stuff. I’m a big Audioslave fan though. God forbid we get an artist such as Cornell who doesn’t fucking care what his fans may or may not like and just does shit that he’s into simply for the sake of doing it. Mixing political/ethical affiliations with art is one of the quickest ways to kill art. I don’t give a shit about 100% of the personal messages and stances behind the songs artists do. I like the music for what it is: music. I don’t care that Whitney Houston is dead, but I do give credit where credit is due; she was an amazing singer. Cornell obviously feels the same way, judging by him performing this song. Talent recognizes talent and more often than not, great talent pays homage to great talent.