Soundgarden debuts new music
What a way to end 2014. What a way to kick off 2015.
Back in late October, and fresh off reuniting the grunge supergroup Temple of the Dog at Bridge School, Soundgarden had another massive surprise for fans. It debuted a new track called "Storm," which was posted to the band's YouTube account with hooplah and no other details. Soon after we learned that the track was part of the group's long-time-coming collection dubbed "Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path." It arrived November 24 with three discs of B-sides, cover songs, Peel sessions, remixes and seven previously unreleased tracks, including "Storm."
"As album sets go, this one has been fun to collect and compile over the decades," guitarist Kim Thayil said in a statement. "I personally may have referenced this project a number of times over the years, going back almost 20 of them to the mid-Nineties!"
As it turns out, the new track "Storm" is actually the fossil of the album and has a history with the band going back nearly 30 years. It was a song demoed back in the mid-Eighties but never fully completed... until now.
Recently Soundgarden's Chris Cornell took part in a Mad Season Reunion Show also featuring Guns N Roses and Alice in Chains members. Cornell also recently announced that he has started recording for his new solo studio album. It will be his first solo effort since 2009's "Scream."
Soundgarden Headed to Israel (Updated 1/2/2014)
What a way to start 2014.
Amid controversy that has flared over calls for cultural boycotts against Israel, Soundgarden has been booked to play in June at a rock festival in Tel Aviv (this according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz). Also on the bill are the Pixies, one of the most popular alternative rock bands in Israel during the 1990s. (They were last scheduled to perform in country in 2010, but that gig was canceled in the wake of a clash between Israeli navy commandos and Turkish peace activists).
Soundgarden, which reunited in 2010, booked the upcoming show following a few successful solo performances in Israel by Chris Cornell. But it's not the only date on their calendar so far in 2014. The band has also announced a March 27 concert date at the Explanada del Estadio Monumental in Lima, Peru. Two days later they'll stop at Lollapalooza Chile, and will play a series of shows across Germany in June.
One guy who won't be part of the trip is Matt Cameron. The drummer announced back in November he would be taking 2014 off from Soundgarden due to prior commitments promoting "Lighting Bolt" with Pearl Jam. Cameron also cited his desire to spend more time at home with his family, while balancing "the many twists and turns of my awesome music career." He has been sure to note, however, that he is still an active member of the band and is working with the other members to find the perfect substitute for the upcoming Soundgarden dates in 2014.
Soundgarden back together again (Updated December 26, 2012)
In its heyday, the music of Soundgarden resisted classification. Compared to the blues-rock of Led Zeppelin and the slow riffs of Black Sabbath, the band also had a guitar-driven sound and became the first grunge band to sign with a major record label. But of all the bands on the so-called grunge scene in the early 1990s – including Alice in Chains, Nirvana and Pearl Jam – Soundgarden remained one of the hardest to label.
Originally formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, Soundgarden mired in relative obscurity through a number of key personnel changes. Among them was the arrival of bassist Ben Shepherd, who replaced Jason Everman and was credited for bringing a fresh and creative approach to the band's recording sessions. Combined with his knowledge of music and writing skills, he helped to redefine the band in time for the release of its third album in 1991. The result, "Badmotorfinger," helped Soundgarden court a more mainstream metal audience.
Riding a new wave of success, Soundgarden finally achieved worldwide success in 1994 with the album "Superunknown." It was driven by the single "Spoonman," "The Day I Tried to Live," "Black Hole Sun," "MyWave" and "Fell on Black Days." The project won the band two Grammy Awards in 1995; "Black Hole Sun" for Best Hard Rock Performance and "Spoonman" for Best Metal Performance.
Following a world tour in support of "Superunknown," the band members began working on what would be their last studio album for over 15 years. They disbanded on April 9, 1997 and wouldn't reunite until January 2010, announcing the end of the 12-year break on Twitter. The following year they began recording a new album that would be called "King Animal." It bowed to positive reviews, strong first-week sales and secured a top 10 debut. It also spurred a brief North American tour, with more dates to come in 2013.
Soundgarden to Play Special ‘Superunknown’ Show in NYC Followed by Summer Tour with NIN
Grunge rock icons Soundgarden will play a special show featuring a setlist of their entire seminal album Superunknown at Webster Hall in New York on June 2. The show will be similar to the one they performed at SXSW in March (although long-time drummer Matt Cameron will be able to join them on stage) and…Read more
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