Chris Cornell offers new single fans can donate to download 

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Ask anybody who was there, and you’ll get a unanimous “Hells Yeah!”

Recently reunited Seattle grungeslingers Soundgarden veritably ripped the roof off San Francisco’s Civic Center a few weeks ago, with feral frontman Chris Cornell booming at maximum, girder-shaking velocity, as if the band never left.

And while there are no new tracks from their eagerly-awaited comeback album as of yet, here’s the next-best thing: A brand-new Chris Cornell solo track called “The Keeper,” available for download today, as in right now, at

But there’s a catch — for 24 hours, it’s a Donate To Download arrangement, with profits going directly to the Angels Of East Africa charity.

Why the linkup?

Because “The Keeper” is the lead single from Relativity Music Group’s upcoming soundtrack to Marc Forster’s docudrama “Machine Gun Preacher,” starring Gerard Butler as the real-life Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds himself taking up the unlikely cause of helping children of East Africa.

Angels of East Africa is Childers’ organization, dedicated to the rescue, restoration and enabling of kids caught in the crossfire of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel military group in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan.

Asche & Spencer, of “Monster’s Ball” renown, composed the rest of the soundtrack. The film itself opens Sept. 23 in New York and LA, then nationwide.

So contribute to the Childers/Cornell cause today. Otherwise, snag the cut on iTunes starting tomorrow.

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