In the video for "When Bad Does Good," the Soundgarden singer's son, Christopher, portrays his father on a Seattle Times paper route.
It’s been a year and a half since Chris Cornell’s death, but his music and memory live on. A career-spanning box set including live and previously unreleased material compiled by his wife, Vicky, in collaboration with his bandmates dropped last Friday.
Coinciding with Cornell’s first major posthumous release, a new Seattle-centric video for the single “When Bad Does Good” was also unveiled. The video, starring Cornell’s son Christopher, is centered around a Seattle Times paper route, visiting numerous local landmarks, including the SIFF Cinema Uptown, Elephant Car Wash sign on Battery Street and of course, the Space Needle. The younger Cornell portrays his father as a paperboy — a job the Soundgarden frontman once reportedly held — biking through the city as some of his father’s most famous lyrics splash across the screen.
“For me this video represents my dad and all the art he created throughout his life and what his music meant then and what it means now, not just to me and my family but the city of Seattle and all of his fans,” Christopher Cornell Jr. told Rolling Stone in a statement.
Last week also brought news of a star-laden tribute concert featuring Foo Fighters, Metallica and Ryan Adams set for Jan. 16 in Los Angeles. Members of Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog are also scheduled to appear.
Watch the video, which also visits the Sub Pop offices and the Olympic Athletic Club near his old Ballard stomping grounds, below.