For Crying Out Loud, It’s Soundgarden, People, Soundgarden

July 1st, 2011

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.)