Fact: Pop star Ariana Grande helped kick off the 2014 National Football League's season in the U.S. on Thursday night (04Sep14) with an impressive version of America's National Anthem. Her performance came after concerts featuring Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden outside of Seattle, Washington's CenturyLink Field, just before the game between the Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.
Fact: Rockers Slipknot, Slash, Soundgarden and Faith No More are set to headline Australia's Soundwave Festival. The two-day music event will take place in different cities over two consecutive weekends beginning on 21 February (15). Fall Out Boy, Marilyn Manson and Judas Priest are also on the bill.
Fact: Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Motorhead are set to team up to rock the centre of London this summer (Jul14) as part of a 10-day festival at Hyde Park. The historic venue's British Summer Time festival will kick off with a heavy rock spectacular on 4 July (14), which will also feature Faith No More and and Wolfmother.
Quote: "I've read all those criticisms: 'Soundgarden are reuniting to play their old songs'. We've been working on this record for a year and a half, we told people we were... But still it somehow got out there that we were playing all the riverboat casinos and county fairs." Soundgarden star Kim Thayil fires back at suggestions the band's reunion is just a money-grab attempt to release lost and unrecorded old material.
Fact: Reunited rockers Soundgarden's long-awaited comeback album, King Animal, will be released in November (12). It will be the grunge legends' first new music studio release in almost 16 years.
Quote: "If anything it has helped us. Certainly in writing and recording the new album, it feels very fresh. Everyone is included and an equal part of it musically and it feels very natural and expressive, and we're going in new directions we never did before." Rocker Chris Cornell credits Soundgarden's break-up in 2000 for giving the reunited band's new music a "fresh" sound. The group released Live To Rise, its first song in over 15 years, last week (05Apr12).
Fact: Stars including Eminem, Rihanna, Usher, Soundgarden, JANE'S ADDICTION And N.E.R.D. took to the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday night (14Jun10) to help videogames maker Activision launch its new products. The concert featured sets from the musicians interspersed with information on games such as Guitar Hero, Call of Duty: Black Ops and DJ Hero 2.
Quote: "My fear would be that we wouldn't tap into the greatness we felt when we were on our game." Chris Cornell on why he thinks a full Soundgarden reunion would be a bad idea. His three former bandmates reunited as Tadgarden during Tom Morello's Justice Tour show in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday (25Mar09).