Photos courtesy of Dana (distortion) Yavin | distortionpix.com
This July, the sixth season of one of the best live-music shows, Live from the Artists Den, premieres on public television across the land, kicking off with Mumford & Sons, winners of this year’s Grammy for Album of the Year. From there, some more of our favorite bands, including Soundgarden—with their first-ever televised concert—the Killers, Ed Sheeran and the National round out the season’s impressive lineup, with each show filmed live in a different, nontraditional setting in the U.S. The season will air in the New York City area on Saturdays at 11 p.m., beginning 7/6, on WLIW21 (and late-night Saturdays/early Sundays at midnight, beginning 7/7, on THIRTEEN, plus Sundays at 10 p.m., beginning 7/7, on NJTV). For other cities, check your local listings here.
Photos courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | gregggreenwood.com
(This show was a benefit for the Mayor’s Fund to help with Hurricane Sandy relief.)
Let’s face it: Most bands don’t make it. And even the majority of the ones that do often fall apart somewhere down the road. For every U2 or Rolling Stones there are bands whose names you’ve never known. But even many of the ones you do recognize don’t last either. The Beatles’ first and last albums came out just seven years apart, and they’d already stopped touring four years before the release of Let It Be (George was still just 23!). So it should come as no surprise that despite years of touring, worldwide acclaim and smash hits like “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman” that grunge pioneers Soundgarden came crashing to a halt in 1997.
But as has often been proved before, time can heal wounds, and on October 6, 2009, all four members of Soundgarden attended a Pearl Jam show—for whom Matt Cameron had become the drummer—and frontman Chris Cornell joined Pearl Jam onstage (reuniting Temple of the Dog in the process) and performed “Hunger Strike.” Rumors began to spread about an impending reunion, and they later turned out to be true. It’s been a long time coming, but Soundgarden (with the excellent Coheed and Cambria opening) plays the Prudential Center next Friday, 7/8. For the love of all that is holy and good, don’t miss this. The Prudential Center is located in downtown Newark, just two blocks from Newark Penn Station. The arena is accessible via New Jersey Transit, PATH and Amtrak.
(Soundgarden above, plays “Hunted Down” on Conan.)