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Soundgarden's Chris Cornell to perform solo in St. Petersburg

Chris Cornell, singer and songwriter for bands Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, will perform an “unplugged and up-close” solo show at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater on Dec. 6, the venue announced Wednesday.

The Songbook Tour will feature acoustic versions of songs Cornell has written throughout his career, new arrangements of tracks from Soundgarden's acclaimed album “King Animal” and some surprise covers, a Mahaffey news release said.

Tickets, priced at $27.50, $35.50, $45.50 and $69.50, go on sale Nov. 8 at noon through TheMahaffey.com, by calling (727) 893-7832 or by visiting the theater's box office at 400 S. 1st St., in St. Petersburg.

Cornell was a seminal figure in the 1990s grunge movement and achieved international fame as the vocalist for Soundgarden, whose 1994 album “Superunknown” sold more than 9 million copies. After Soundgarden disbanded, Cornell formed the platinum-selling supergroup Audioslave with guitarist Tom Morello and other former members of Rage Against the Machine. Soundgarden reunited to release “King Animal” in 2012, the band's first studio album in more than 16 years.

Sri Lankan-American folk artist Bhi Bhiman will open for Cornell on the tour.

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