SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell contributed a new song called "Misery Chain", recorded with Joy Williams of THE CIVIL WARS, to the soundtrack of the new movie "12 Years A Slave", the new film that stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery in the days before the Civil War. The film is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup and also stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti and others.Video footage of Cornell and Williams performing "Misery Chain" on this past Monday's (December 16) edition of "Late Show With David Letterman" can be seen below.
Cornell said in a statement, "I was moved by this film and the story in a way that transcends any film experience I have ever had. I was inspired to write a hundred different songs, but finally landed on one based on what I believe is an extremely important message I took from this man's journey. Compassion, basic human rights and love must be our priorities above race, religion or commerce. Every generation needs a reminder of that simple idea." The soundtrack, titled "Music From And Inspired By 12 Years A Slave", was released digitally on November 5 and as a CD on November 19. The movie played at several high-profile film festivals in late summer and early fall before opening in limited release on October 18. It expanded into a nationwide release on November 1. Cornell kicked off a fall North American tour of intimate, acoustic shows on October 15 in San Diego, California. The vocalist is performing songs from throughout his entire career, including first-time acoustic arrangements of tracks from SOUNDGARDEN's latest CD, 2012's "King Animal".