Chris Cornell took acoustic guitar in hand to perform a cover of the Prince song “Nothing Compares 2 U” for his appearance on SiriusXM’s Artist Confidential series on alt-rock channel Lithium.
The song was popularized in 1990 by Sinéad O’Connor, who covered it on her album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. Her version became a worldwide hit and brought attention to the previously little-heard song. Prince wrote it for his funk side project The Family, which released it on their first and only album in 1985.
For his performance, Cornell was accompanied by guitarist Keaton Simons and cellist Bryan Gibson.
The Soundgarden frontman is currently performing a solo acoustic tour on which he’s performed numerous covers, including “Nothing Compares 2 U,” Led Zeppelin’s Thank You,” John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” His new solo album, Higher Truth, was released last week and is a largely acoustic affair on which Cornell explores folk and roots music.