Between Soundgarden and his solo career, Chris Cornell covered the Beatles many time across his illustrious career: "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey," "A Day in the Life," "Dear Prudence," "Ticket to Ride," the list goes on. But for our money, the best take on the Fab Four that he was ever a part of was probably Soundgarden's early, sludgy rendition of "Come Together." The Abbey Road standout, written by John Lennon and inspired by acid guru Timothy Leary, features one of the Beatles' heaviest riffs ever plus psychedelic lyrics that both perfectly suited the young grunge upstarts at their wildest. Soundgarden released their cover as the B-side to their 1990 "Hands All Over" single, but they were playing it live years before — including at Concrete Marketing's 1989 Foundations Forum industry convention in L.A. Cornell (notably wearing a Nirvana tee) and Co. opened their brief, five-song set there with the Beatles song, roughening it up around the edges, and nearly took down the house. Watch above.
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