Soundgarden fans, rejoice! The day is almost here. Reuniting after a 13-year absence to a thunderous roar, Soundgarden – Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron – are releasing their first-ever collection of live tracks, Live on I-5, on March 22 through UMe. Stream the full album from Soundgarden’s Facebook page and pre-order the album. The band also recently announced that they are together in the studio writing and rehearsing with plans to release their first album of new material in over a decade. Get the details in Kim Thayil’s interview with RollingStone.com HERE.
A reference to the Interstate 5 which runs up and down the West Coast – the new collection compiles live tracks from a 1996 run by the band and captures the band at the height of their recording and touring career. This carefully selected compilation includes fan favorites like “Spoonman”, “Rusty Cage”, “Burden In My Hand,” and “Black Hole Sun” (performed by Chris Cornell solo), as well what many are calling the definitive live performance of “Jesus Christ Pose.” As a bonus, the disc includes two brilliantly inspired covers: The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and The Stooges’ anarchic proto-punk classic, “Search & Destroy.” The band took out recording engineer, Adam Kasper with them on the West Coast leg of this tour- the first time they ever recorded any live shows. They rented a mobile 24 track machine/truck and recorded the gigs on 2" tape. Soundgarden had always intended to release it as a live record soon after the tour, but alas, they disbanded and the tapes were left in the closet of Studio X in Seattle (now called Bad Animals) to gather dust until now.
Live versions of “Black Hole Sun”, “Spoonman”, “Jesus Christ Pose” and “Fell On Black Days” have hit KNDD and KISW radio waves in the band’s hometown of Seattle, WA to an outpouring of excitement. Serving as just a sample of what is to come on the full album, the collection captures the rawness, spontaneity and magic that happens at live gigs between Soundgarden and their audiences. It cements the band’s place in rock history and shows why their appeal is as strong and as timeless as ever.
Amazon.com recently posted an exclusive live video of Soundgarden performing “Rusty Cage” at Lollapalooza last year HERE. Pre-orders available.