Chris Cornell performing at The Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia on October 19, 2011.
“After a handful of Audioslave, Soundgarden and Temple Of The Dog songs, Cornell started bantering with the crowd. A woman in the audience asked what the red telephone was for, referring to the telephone perched upon the stool next to him for the entire gig. “Oh this?”, he nonchalantly said. “This is Jeff Buckley’s phone. I’m not kidding.” Cornell raised the phone and showed the audience the faded writing where Buckley had scrawled his name.” Cornell went on to tell the fans that he used to have a phone just like it which he smashed in a drunken rage. When his friend, Jeff Buckley, passed away unexpectedly in 1997, Buckley’s mother gifted the phone to Cornell. When he was preparing for his first acoustic gig, he was scrambling to grab cords, microphones and equipment and accidentally brought the phone with him to the gig. Ever since, it’s been a tradition that the phone sits next to Cornell during his acoustic performances. He then performed a stirring rendition of Satisfied Mind, the last track off the post-humous Buckley album Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk. Cornell was involved in the production of this record.” -Brett Schewitz, MusicFeed