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Soundgarden Announce North American Headline Tour

Posted by Thomas Spillane on

Grunge icons Soundgarden have announced they will be embarking on a headline tour of North America.

The band will play 18 shows throughout April and May this year with support from The Pretty Reckless and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Tickets go on sale March 3rd at 10am local.

Soundgarden are credited as being one of, if not the first grunge band. Forming in 1984, the soon-to-be alternative rock gods released their debut album, Ultramega Ok, on independent label SST in 1988, a year before Nirvana’s debut and three years before Pearl Jam’s. The band were the first grunge band to sign to a major record label, A&M Records, and released their second album, Louder Than Love, in 1989.

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Soundgarden helped to popularise the alternative rock sound of the early nineties along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains. The band’s next two albums would become landmark releases for the grunge scene. Badmotorfinger was released in 1991 and saw the band really hit their stride. A mix of punk rock energy, heavy metal riffs and psychedelic soundscapes, the band’s third album spawned the singles “Jesus Christ Pose”, “Outshined” and "Rusty Cage".

The grunge kings then released their magnum opus, Superunkown, in 1994. In terms of technical proficiency, Soundgarden were way ahead of their peers with Superunknown. The album regularly saw the band play around with odd time signatures and alternative tunings, much more than their contemporaries had at that point. Superunknown spawned a slew of singles including, “Black Hole Sun”, “Spoonman”, “The Day I Tried To Live” and “Fell On Black Days”.

Soundgarden broke up after the release of their fifth album, Down On The Upside. After this vocalist, Chris Cornell, started Audiosoave with Rage Against The Machine members, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. Drummer, Matt Cameron, didn't stay idle either joining Pearl Jam, who he still plays with today.  Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and have since release two albums, Telephantism and King Animal.

The Soundgarden tour shows are as follows:

04/28 – Tampa, FL @ WXTV Rockfest

04/29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville

04/30 – Ft Myers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival

05/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre

05/05 – Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion

05/06 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre

05/07 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival

05/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn

05/12 – Council Bluffs, IA @ KIWR Rockfest

05/13 – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion

05/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre

05/17 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre

05/19 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range

05/20 – Maryland Heights, MO @ KPNT Pointfest

05/22 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium

05/25 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center

05/26 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory

05/27 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

Which show will you see? Let us know in the comments!

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