Soundgarden Touring, Releasing Album For First Time In More Than A Decade
Soundgarden fans were upset when the band's lead singer, Chris Cornell, announced plans for a solo acoustic tour. It wasn't that they didn't want to hear Cornell perform live—they most certainly did—it just meant that they had to wait even longer for a full fledged Soundgarden tour.
Remember, the last time Soundgarden
toured was back in 1997. And to make matters worse, the iconic grunge band has been tantalizing fans since their 2010 reunion with various one-off performances, compilation releases, and rumors of a new studio album.
Well, there's finally some good news for Soundgarden fans. Their 14-year wait for a Soundgarden tour and their 15-year wait for a new Soundgarden album are finally coming to an end.
So far, the band has confirmed just four Soundgarden concerts. Don't worry though, the Seattle-based outfit has promised that more dates are coming. When their full concert schedule is finally released look for the last Soundgarden concert to occur sometime around the end of July. With such a short outing, a Soundgarden ticket should be one the hardest gets of the year.
The last Soundgarden tour wrapped in February of 1997. The outing was the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back" and the group disbanded upon its completion.
After a nearly 13-year hiatus, Soundgarden reunited on April 15, 2010 with a concert at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle, Washington.
The band announced their comeback show via an email to their newsletter subscribers. The show was billed as a performance by a band named "Nudedragons." For those who didn't immediately notice it, "nudedragons" is an anagram for the word "soundgarden."
In August, Soundgarden played a show at the Vic Theater in Chicago, Illinois and then a few days later they headlined Lollapalooza 2010, which also took place in the Windy City.
To capitalize on the momentum from their very successful reunion concerts, the quartet released a "best of" collection called "Telephantasm: A Retrospective" in September of 2008. For the first week of its release, and before it was even available for purchase, the greatest hits CD was packaged with a video game, "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock." Both the retrospective and the video game featured a previously unreleased Soundgarden song, "Black Rain."
To satiate fans who were clamoring for a new studio album, Soundgarden released a live record in January of 2011. The release, called "Live on I5," featured recordings made during five Soundgarden concerts from 1996. "I5" is a reference to "Interstate 5," a highway that runs along the West Coast and either through, or near, the cities that hosted those five aforementioned Soundgarden shows.
Ever since the band reunited they've hemmed and hawed about recording new album. In February of 2011, after much teasing, the band finally announced that they had written some new material and were planning on hitting the recording studio in 2011.
In March, Soundgarden announced that Adam Kasper would produce their next album. That name should look familiar to Soundgarden fans as Kasper produced Soundgarden's last studio album, 1996's "Down on the Upside."
Then the following month, Soundgarden said their forthcoming offering would be much different than their previous stuff and would not be another "grunge or metal record." The band has yet to say when the album will be released nor have they announced a title.
In the olden days, you could have definitely counted on a band releasing an album before it went on tour. Nowadays, in an era when Taylor Swift is the only artist who can sell any records, a release date for Soundgarden's sixth studio album is anyone's guess.
Soundgarden is composed of Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Ben Shepherd, and Kim Thayil. They formed in 1984 in Seattle. They were one of the seminal grunge bands of the 1990's along with Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam. Soundgarden's first album dropped in 1988 but they received national attention after the release of their 1991 opus, "Badmotorfinger." The band's most successful work is their 1994 classic, "Superunknown." That release not only became Soundgarden's first and only number one album but it's also their best selling record having been certified 5x Platinum.