Mad Season Reunion: Chris Cornell Joining Grunge Supergroup

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Chris Cornell speaks onstage at the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Before disbanding in 1999, the grunge supergroup Mad Season included members of Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees -- and now they'll get some help from Soundgarden and Guns N' Roses alumni.

During a performance next month with the Seattle Symphony, Chris Cornell will fill in for the late Layne Staley as frontman and GN'R's Duff McKagan will take over on bass from late Walkabouts bassist John Baker Saunders. Staley died in 2002, while Saunders died in 1999, leading to Mad Season's dissolution that year. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Screaming Trees' Barrett Martin, the sole surviving members, will round out the lineup for the Sonic Evolution performance on Jan. 30.

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Along with the symphony, the group will perform "River of Deceit," "I Don't Know Anything" and "Long Gone Day" from their only album, 1995's Above.

Last year, McCready talked to Billboard about a project with Martin and McKagan using some previous Mad Season material. "Duff and Barrett and I got together," he said in March 2013. "We wrote some new stuff and we took some of those old Mad Season demos from that [unreleased] second 'Disinformation' record, so we are trying to find something to do with those," McCready says. "We're talking to Jaz from Killing Joke and I've been trying to find some singers to work on some of that stuff."

Tickets for the Seattle Symphony performance are available here.


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