Chris Cornell Fronting Mad Season For One-Off Reunion Show

Guitarist Mike McCready and drummer Barrett Martin, the two surviving members of Mad Season, will  play  together again at a reunion concert next year with Chris Cornell taking the place of Layne Staley on lead vocals and Duff McKagan will be on bass. This will be the Seattle band’s  first show since 1995, before bassist John Baker Saunders death in 1999 and frontman Staley’s death three years later.

The performance is part of the Seattle Symphony’s “Sonic Evolution” series, which pays tribute to Seattle’s musical past. The first half of the program will feature French composer Yann Robin’s Nirvana-inspired “Ashes,” Angelique Poteat’s Pearl Jam–inspired “Beyond Much Difference” and McCready’s own “Walking the Horizon,” which was arranged by Scott Teske. The guitarist will perform with the symphony during the latter piece.

Mad Season will then perform after an intermission. The Symphony’s conductor, Ludovic Morlot, will lead the band, the symphony and members of Seattle’s Vocalpoint! ensemble in special arrangements of the Mad Season songs “River of Deceit,” “I Don’t Know Anything” and “Long Gone Day.”

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