I Wonder If Soundgarden Have Considered Hiring Richie Kotzen
I wonder if Soundgarden have considered hiring Richie Kotzen.
I began to wonder this after listening to Kotzen’s new song, “Raise the Cain” (which I’m legally obligated to mention features Mike Portnoy on drums).
Kotzen (Winery Dogs, ex-Poison, ex-Mr. Big) has always been a great singer. But Jesus Christ (pose), does he ever sound like Cornell on “Raise the Cain.” I think you could probably play it for someone who didn’t know better and convince them that it was, indeed, a latter-day Cornell recording.
Look, I’m not saying Soundgarden should replace Cornell. Nor am I suggesting that filling the shoes of one of rock’s all-time most iconic frontmen would be an easy task.
But the band seems to have their heart set on soldiering on in some capacity. And they’ve been involved in a legal battle with Cornell’s widow, Vicky, over the singer’s final recordings, which they say were intended to be used for a new Soundgarden album. In other words, they wanna do Static-X-style posthumous release.
That means they’re gonna need a Xer0. And vocally, at least, Kotzen fits the bill.
You can check out “Raise the Cain” below. Then head to the comments section to tell me my logic is sound(garden).