Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has contributed a new song called "Misery Chain, recorded with Joy Williams of The Civil Wars, to the soundtrack of the new movie 12 Years A Slave, the new film that stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery in the days before the Civil War. The film is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup and also stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti and others.
Cornell said in a statement, "I was moved by this film and the story in a way that transcends any film experience I have ever had. I was inspired to write a hundred different songs, but finally landed on one based on what I believe is an extremely important message I took from this man's journey. Compassion, basic human rights and love must be our priorities above race, religion or commerce. Every generation needs a reminder of that simple idea."
- The soundtrack, titled Music From And Inspired By 12 Years A Slave, will be released digitally on November 5th and as a CD on November 19th.
- The movie played at several high-profile film festivals in late summer and early fall before opening in limited release on October 18th. It expands into a nationwide release on November 1st.
- Cornell kicked off a fall North American tour of intimate, acoustic shows on October 15th in San Diego, California. He plays Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada on Friday (October 25th).
- The vocalist is performing songs from throughout his entire career, including first-time acoustic arrangements of tracks from Soundgarden's latest CD, 2012's King Animal.
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Chris Cornell perform "Misery Chain":
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