On March 8, 1994, both Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden released their seminal albums. Now, 20 years later, the two are sharing the bill for the very first time for a summer-long tour.
The band’s performance will take place during the iTunes Festival in Austin, TX, which is set to feature performances from Zedd, Coldplay and Imagine Dragons.
Seattle-based Soundgarden have been around for almost three decades although, depending on what memory you ask the early initiators of grunge rock to recall, it might seem like 125 years ago or 10 years ago. After a 14 year hiatus, Soundgarden has almost been reborn, although according to an interview this morning, their newest album King Animal serves as a sonic bridge between the sound people know and love and their current musical incarnation of that.
“My name is Chris Cornell, and I’m here to induct my hometown heroes, Heart.” That’s how the Sound Garden frontman started his Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction speech.
In addition to the year’s must-have albums, we’ve collected 16 more download-worthy new releases, which run the gamut from modern rock favorites like Green Day, Soundgarden and No Doubt to emerging upstarts Japandroids, Tama Impala and Walk The Moon.
From Cornell’s tweets, we can gather the Grohl-directed “By Crooked Steps” video takes place, at least in part, in a biker bar where Sons Of Anarchy-style leather jackets and motorcycle helmets set the tone for this scene.
Soundgarden perform live for CBS’s Live On Letterman series at the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC. Photos by Louis Pulice for CBS Local.
Although it’s been sixteen years since Soundgarden released a new album, their new material is as heavy and creepy as ever. And the band seem extremely enthused about their new music; dedicating 70% of their set to songs from King Animal, due out today (November 13).
Tomorrow, Soundgarden release King Animal, their first album in sixteen years. Tonight (November 12), you can see them perform some of their new songs, alongside some of their classics, from the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater, home of The Late Show With David Letterman.
When Soundgarden said they were coming back, they meant it. The band has lined up a special “Live On Letterman” webcast for next week, as well as announcing a slew of 2013 tour dates, including two-night stands in Chicago, L.A. and Seattle.