Soundgarden (Formed 1984) Soundgarden are an American grunge band from Seattle, consisting of the members Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron. Previous members included Hiro Yamamoto. Formation Soundgarden began with the members Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto.
In 1986, Matt Cameron became the bands permanent drummer, and in 1990, bassist Ben Shepherd replaced Hiro Yamamoto. Musical Career Soundgarden were one of the first bands to introduce the genre of Grunge. They were one of only a few Grunge bands that were signed to the record label Sub Pop. They went on to be one of the first Grunge bands to sign onto the major record label of A&M Records in 1988. Unfortunately, Soundgarden did not gain commercial success until the genre became popular through other bands such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice In Chains, in the early 1990's.
Their 1994 album 'Superunkown' attained great success for the band, debuting at number one on the Billboard charts. The album also gained Soundgarden Grammy award winning singles such as, "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman". Due to in-house friction over the creative direction of the band, they split in 1997.
In 2010, Soundgarden reunited, and created their 6th studio album, 'King Animal', which was released 2 years later. By 2012, the band had sold more than 10.5 million records in the USA alone. Across the world, they had sold over 22.5 million.
The legendary music scene of Seattle is visited ahead of Budweiser Made in America festival.
Nirvana remains to be one of the best things to come out of Seattle
Seattle has one of the most legendary music scenes in America so it's only right that we delve into their record collection as Budweiser Made in America festival quickly approaches.
Budweiser Made in America is all for musical diversity, celebrating the different subcultures of sound in all cities be it the country twang of Nashville, the superstar pop of LA or the Motown domination of Detroit. That's why Budweiser have put their heads together to release this series of nationwide music documentaries ahead of the festival, to cement that important ideology of variation and musical freedom.
Finally, hardcore fans will get the thing they've been waiting for for two decades now.
Attention Nine Inch Nails fans, there’s finally some news for you. Well, for the North American bunch at least – Trent Reznor and Co. are embarking on a US tour alongside Soundgarden. The bands drove fans into eager expectation with a series of teasers over this past week and late on Saturday, the official announcement was made. According to Billboard, the bands will kicks off on July 19th in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood and ends in Los Angeles on August 25th at the Hollywood Bowl.
The two bands are reuniting after 20 years.
There are 22 US dates and one in Toronto and the two bands will be supported on all but two by Death Grips. NIN and Soundgarden have a history of shared performances. The last time the two bands shared a bill was was at Ontario's Molson Park in 1994 in a gig Trent Reznor later described as "a kind of professional showdown."
Soundgarden will play 'Superunknown' in its entirety, for the first time ever, at SXSW.
Soundgarden will perform their classic album 'Superunknown' in its entirety at the iTunes Festival at South by Southwest next week. To celebrate the record's 20th anniversary, the band will take to the stage at the Moody Theater on Thursday March 13 in an event streamed live via the iTunes store.
Soundgarden are heading to the South By Southwest Festival
The announcement comes after A&M Records and Universal Music Enterprises announced plans for a reissue of 'Superunknown' to hit shelves on June 3. A 2-disc deluxe edition will feature the remaster and 16 demos, rehearsals and b-sides - 10 of which have never been released before.
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As Sasquatch! grows to two days the festival gets Outkast and Soundgarden as headliners.
Outkast's Andre 3000 will reunite with Big Boi for a string of festival appearances
The festival, which takes place in Washington is usually held over Memorial Day weekend but this year it will also take over the Fourth of July weekend for the first time ever. Outkast, who have reformed to play over 40 festivals this year will take the Memorial Day headline slot, while Soundgarden will close the Fourth of July festivities. It will once again take place at the Gorge Amphitheatre, in George, Washington.
The Memorial Day weekend line-up also includes the National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, and Tyler, the Creator. With sets by Maya Rudolph's Prince cover band Princess, Nick Swardson and Eric André taking place in the comedy tent. The Fourth of July weekend line-up is just as appetising with legendary bands Kraftwerk (who will bring their 3-D show) and New Order taking to the stage. As well as Frank Ocean, Röyksopp and Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel. There’ll also be comedy from Demitri Martin, Eugene Mirman, W. Kamau Bell, John Hodgeman as well as a fireworks show.
Soundgarden broke up before the Millennium even hit, and while the world has changed dramatically, in reuniting for the brand new album King Animal; Soundgarden really haven't. King Animal is a classic rock album and despite not having deviated much from their '90s form, it still sounds relevant.
The band spoke to Rolling Stone about reuniting, their past and their future. Front man Chris Cornell agrees that the music they're making is worth while for the contemporary audience. "After 15 years, we can reassemble and again prove that we are a vital band that has something to say about rock music that other people don't and we deserve to be making music that's heard on an international stage," he said. Of course, to be found on an international stage after a 15 year hiatus, you've got to have some loyal fans, and that they do. Cornell, in fact, gives their music to the fans. "The interpretations belong to the people who listen to them. The fans own the records and listen to them and love them. It becomes the soundtrack to some part of their lives and we don't control that." He said, "To me that's what's exciting about what we do. You create this little Frankenstein monster of a song or an album and then it wanders off around the world, going "Arrrrgggh, fire," and does whatever it's gonna do - murders the townspeople, whatever. I can't stop it."
Consequence of Sound also interviewed Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, whose musical ethos mirrors Cornell. "[When we broke up] what I failed to recognize was that individually we might be showing interest in other subgenres of popular music, but there is a collective way that we respond and communicate musically that is probably always going to be Soundgarden."
Lead singer Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil and drummer Matt Cameron from grunge band Soundgarden are snapped arriving outside the Ed Sullivan Theater before their appearance on 'The Late Show With David Letterman'. Chris is the only bandmember to acknowledge the photographers and briefly waves at them while clutching his cell phone.
Still riding high at the top of the US Billboard chart, is Taylor Swift – everybody’s favourite country music princess turned pop star. Her album, Red, is currently enjoying its third week at the top of the US chart but there are some high profile releases coming out this week. We’ve profiled a few of them below but there are others to be considered too, such as Rolling Stones’ Greatest Hits anthology, GRRR! and Susan Boyle’s latest album, Standing Ovation.
Here’s our pick of the best US releases this week… our money’s on One Direction politely asking Taylor swift to leave that seat at the top of the Billboard chart, with their album Take Me Home. And hey, who could resist the charm of those young Brits, eh?
If anyone’s going to challenge Taylor this week, One Direction could well be the act to do it. Their debut album, Up All Night is already sitting respectably at number 23 in the Billboard albums chart and, with a recent appearance on the US X Factor show under their belts, they are surely destined for big things with their sophomore effort. They have already become one of the biggest success stories in chart history, in terms of UK imports. With their debut album, One Direction became the first British band in US chart history to top the Billboard 200 chart with a debut album. Their popularity has grown, even since then and they’re fast becoming one of the biggest bands on the planet. Their last single ‘Live While We’re Young’ was a number 3 hit and they’re our tip for the top this week.
Robbie Williams might be sitting pretty at the top of the UK Album Charts after the weekend, but if said charts have taught us anything, it’s that time makes fools of us all, and we fully expect Mr. Williams – comparatively an elder statesman of the British pop world compared to this week’s leading contender – to fall by the wayside this coming weekend.
Who are these young bucks, Brylcreemed up and smelly freshly of Lynx ready take the crown that Robbie’s new LP told us so explicitly to watch? Why it’s One Direction of course, who’ve graduated to stardom Stateside too since the release of their first album Up All Night last year. The X Factor alumni bring out their follow-up Take Me Home this week, and you’d have to be one of Williams’ family to bet against the youngsters knocking auld Rob off his perch.
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