Read on and watch the new theatrical version of “The Promise” by the late Chris Cornell…
You can see him not only performing in the dark against a lighted backdrop, along with footage of him in the vocal booth letting loose with his powerful pipes. Chris can also be seen sitting in on the orchestral session, which was led by the late Paul Buckmaster.
Between the shot of the late singer who died by suicide while on tour, scenes from The Promise film are scattered throughout the video.
Prior to his passing, Cornell stated:
“‘The Promise’ to me is mainly about paying homage to those we lost in the Armenian Genocide, but it’s also about shining a light on more recent atrocities. The same methods used in the Armenian genocide were used to carry out crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Darfur, Rwanda and right now in Syria on multiple fronts, contributing to a massive global refugee crisis. Unfortunately, the words ‘never again’ seem like just words when we recall these mass executions of the twentieth century, as well as renewed racism and prejudice around the world. Even in the US, the warning signs – isolating groups based on race and religion – are evident. We really need to tell these stories and keep telling them in as many different ways as we can. As humans, we have a tremendous capacity to trudge ahead in our lives and not look at the difficult and challenging moments… but I think it’s important. Educating ourselves on the past is the best way to understand the present and avoid future atrocities by understanding and intervening. We must educate and stand as one to combat this fear and violence, and as citizens of the world, work to protect each other’s human rights.”
All proceeds from the movie are being donated to a variety of charities, and Cornell himself had become involved with refugee advocacy in his final months.
RIP Chris Cornell.