FedEx Stage

May 07 10:05 PM


In the 1980s and ‘90s, Soundgarden’s punk ethos, coupled with a brutal metal soundscape and Chris Cornell’s roar, brought something new. Cornell, on vocals and guitar, was writing songs alongside guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Jagged and ferocious, their music was a change from the synth-pop and hair metal that dominated the ‘80s airwaves. Early indie releases, including seminal EP Screaming Life and Grammy-nominated album Ultramega OK, quickly collected a dedicated indie following. After Yamamoto left, and a brief stint by Jason Everman on bass, Ben Shepherd completed what became the band’s classic lineup. Badmotorfinger in 1991 went platinum and mainstream success came in 1994 with Superunknown, which won two Grammys. Two years later brought Down on the Upside and after a live show in 1997, the band went on hiatus for 13 years. A new generation grabbed onto 2010’s Telephantasm followed by 2012’s King Animal. Rolling Stone called the album “a weirdly cool beast…as ageless as it is anachronistic.”

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