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Soundgarden at the Borgata - 5/3/13
The reunited Soundgarden, who have played NYC quite a few times in the past year, brought their spring tour through the area for a show at Atlantic City's Borgata this past Friday (5/3). The setlist leaned most heavily on their classic albums, Superunknown and Badmotorfinger, in addition to 2012's King Animal, but included a few tracks from other albums and EPs too.
More pictures, the full setlist, and a video of almost the entire show, below...
Soundgarden at Hammerstein Ballroom in January (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Soundgarden have been touring a lot lately, and already played NYC three times this year and basically three other times at the end of last year. Now they've announced another leg of touring for 2013, and though it doesn't bring them back to NYC, it does include a show in the area which happens in Atlantic City on May 3 at the Borgata. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/1) at 10 AM.
A list of all dates and the Dave Grohl-directed video for "By Crooked Steps" below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Fred Pessaro
The room was only half full by the time Chris, Kim, Matt and Ben returned to the stage for their second, and only true encore last night at Irving Plaza (11/13). Most assumed the show was over after the curtain went down and the house music went on, but the diehards forced the band back back on stage to play Badmotorfinger's breakout single, "Rusty Cage". The intimate record release show was technically the band's third in two days (they played the Ed Sullivan Theater and with Chris at Bowery Ballroom one day earlier), but it was their first proper gig on the isle of Manhattan in more than 15 years (they played Jones Beach, Prudential Center and Atlantic City in 2011). And the reunited foursome delivered again this time around
With all four players back in the fold and no support band to warm the crowd, the momentum would belong wholly to Soundgarden. The energy in the room in the moments before the quartet hit the stage was palpable, and when the band finally did open with Ultramega OK's "Incessant Mace" and eventually transitioned to "Jesus Christ Pose" it was clear that the older-skewing crowd was into it. Way into it. Like 35-year olds crowd-surfing into it.
One of the greatest things about Soundgarden was always the individuality between the players... a meeting of four forces that formed a bit of a less-virtuosic, "grunge version" of The Who. Ben Shepard's low slung bass and tone always cut through the mix, and coupled with Matt Cameron's always impressive drumming that never feels overly showy, they were one of the tightest rhythm sections in popular music. Kim Thayil's beef-stroganoff-riffs always felt intricate yet astonishingly simple. And last but not least, pretty boy Chris Cornell's high-pitched wail soared above it all. When Soundgarden split, it was the dissolution of four individuals that formed a whole.
The reunion has been kind with tons of interest from fans. And as a band, they are well-prepared and Cornell's voice has clearly aged like a fine whiskey. Each of the individual players haven't lost a step. Their set was well in tune with the audience's needs, yet included plenty of material from their new album King Animal which was released this week (setlist below). Soundgarden is clearly as good or better than a reunited band should be.
Yet I couldn't help but be disappointed by sound. Kim Thayil's thunder seemed toned down. Soundgarden came up in the era and scene that bore greats like Melvins, Nirvana, Mudhoney and so many more, yet at Irving Plaza, the guitar muscle was sorely lacking. The individual players were barely distinguishable... unlike all of the cymbals and hi-hats. This was a heavy band that pop met in the middle, never a band that went down the pop road willfully and purposely.
Either way, Irving Plaza is much too small for a band of this size. Look for the mix to be vastly improved (hopefully) at one of their upcoming bigger shows. Until then, check out more pictures and the setlist from Irving, below.
photos by PSquared Photography
Chris Cornell at Bowery Ballroom - 11/12/12
With the pics we just posted of Pearl Jam side project RNDM, and all of the Soundgarden stuff going on in NYC this week, it's starting to feel a lot like early '90s Seattle around here. Soundgarden began their unofficial NYC week with a Live on Letterman concert at the Ed Sullivan Theater, which was webcasted live and can be watched in full below. Most of their 10-song set came from their new album, King Animal, which is out today (11/13) and can be listened to on Spotify, but they also included earlier cuts, "Beyond the Wheel," "Incessant Mace," and "Fell on Black Days." The band also performed King Animal single, "Been Away Too Long," on the Late Show with David Letterman. You can watch the video of that below too.
After the Letterman stuff went down, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell made his way over to Bowery Ballroom for a solo show, which doubled as a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit. It was an acoustic show, but the members of Soundgarden eventually showed up to join Chris for a full band set of Soundgarden songs. They played "Fell On Black Days," "Black Saturday," "Blow Up the Outside World," "Halfway There," "Black Hole Sun," and "Outshined." Pictures from the show are in this post, and a video from Chris' solo set is below.
It all continues tonight (11/13), when Soundgarden play their first of three intimate North American shows at NYC's Irving Plaza. That show is long sold out, but you can also catch the band when their 2013 tour brings them to Hammerstein Ballroom on January 22 and 23. Tickets for those shows go on AmEx/King Animal presale Wednesday (11/14) at 10 AM with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/16) at noon. Fan Club presale began on Monday (11/12).
UPDATE: This also just arrived in the inbox:
Converse announces a limited edition, exclusive collaboration with legendary alternative band Soundgarden in celebration of the band's highly anticipated new album "King Animal" releasing on November 13, 2012. The limited edition Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker will be available exclusively at Converse's Santa Monica store at Third Street Promenade and at Converse.com and will coincide with the band's first release in over 15 years.More pics, video, and the setlist from Bowery Ballroom, and the setlist and video from Letterman are below.
Soundgarden Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Converse's limited edition Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker features album artwork from "King Animal" on a monochromatic black sneaker. The new Sound Garden logo is also highlighted in white on the heel. The Soundgarden Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker is limited to only 60 pairs and will be available in unisex whole
Suggested Retail Price: $65
Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As expected, Soundgarden's Irving Plaza show (11/13) went on sale today and sold right out. But if you weren't able to get tickets, you can catch the band when they return to NYC on their 2013 tour for shows at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 22 and 23. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, November 16 at noon. All Soundgarden tour dates are listed below.
As mentioned, Chris Cornell plays a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit at Bowery Ballroom on Monday (11/12) after Soundgarden play Live on Letterman and tickets for that show go on sale today (11/9) at 3 PM.
An updated list of Soundgarden dates and the new video for the single, "Been Away Too Long," from their new album, King Animal, are below.
Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
After Soundgarden plays 'Live on Letterman' on Monday (11/12), frontman Chris Cornell will head over to Bowery Ballroom for an intimate solo acoustic show to benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief. Tickets for that show go on sale today (11/9) at 3 PM and all proceeds will go to the Mayor's Fund.
That show is also one day before Soundgarden's first of three North American dates this month, which happens at Irving Plaza on Tuesday (11/13). Tickets for that show went on presale yesterday and sold right out. The general on-sale begins today at 10 AM.
Soundgarden plans to release their music video for "Been Away Too Long" at some point today, but until then you can check out the teaser video for the track below.
The National at Living History Farms 9/1/2012 (via@antoniorodrigueziv)
Lines stretched for blocks as Iowans lined up to see President Barack Obama at a campaign rally at Living History Farms in Urbandale, his seventh trip to the all-important swing state this year.As we mentioned last week, The National were tapped to perform before a speech by President Obama in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday (9/1) at Living History Farms where Soundgarden's Chris Cornell performed as well. There's video of The National's performance at the bottom of this post.
Some Iowans are bound to be disappointed because space is limited to the narrow main street at the outdoor museum. The gated venue was nearly full shortly before noon and hundreds were still waiting to get in.
The crowd is being routed through security and then a gantlet of volunteers trying to get them to vote early for Obama.
The president's visit - the second to Iowa this week alone - resembles a summer music festival, with performances by indie band The National and alternative-rock hero Chris Cornell. Both played very subdued sets rather than fiery crowd-rousers. The music competed with the whir of a black helicopter overhead. - [Des Moines Register]
While on the subject of Obama support, Hannibal Buress, Rory Scovel and many more TBA will be performing at a benefit titled "Four More Years: A Benefit Show for the Status Quo" that happens at the Bell House on October 11. Tickets (proceeds of which go to benefit the Obama Campaign via PAC) are $20 and on sale now.
Obama is now in Charlotte, NC for the Democratic National Convention which is rolling on as we speak. The closing night party is being DJ'd by Adam 12 of She Wants Revenge. (Really??) What's in his record bag? Lots of Aretha, The Jackson 5 and even Tupac.
Adam 12 probably won't be playing any records by Frank Turner whose UK folk bent doesn't fit the playlist, but neither does his politics, despite a sound that might lead you to believe he's pals with Billy Bragg. Turner told The Guardian (via DailySwarm):
To start with, most people don't seem to understand what the difference between left and right is. For example, the BNP are a hard left party. I consider myself a libertarian, I consider myself to be pretty right wing and I get shit for saying that out loud. I was thinking about it the other day, I was thinking about how, quite often, I do keep myself to myself on the subject because I can't be fucking bothered to have some guy look all shocked at me because I think socialism's retarded.Video of Chris Cornell and The National's Obama-opening set is below.
Gary Clark Jr. at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As mentioned, Philly's Made In America Festival goes down this weekend (9/1 - 9/2) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since we last spoke, the lineup was expanded and now includes Drake (who was rumored but not on the initial lineup announcement), Jill Scott, Chris Cornell, The Hives, and Run DMC, who are all playing the second day (9/2), in addition to blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., who will be on the only performer on the bill playing both days, and others. Day 1 (9/1) will be headlined by festival head Jay-Z, and also includes Skrillex, Passion Pit, D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae, and others, and day 2 (9/2) will be headlined by Pearl Jam and also includes Odd Future, X, Santigold, and others. Tickets for the festival are still available.
If you're going to the fest, Philly is only about a two hour drive from NYC and this FAQ should help you find your way over (for directions use the address of Ben Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia or the Philadelphia Museum of Art). Once you're there, that FAQ will also help you find your way around, parking tips, and more. There will be a free filtered water service at the festival site, but you can't bring glowsticks (sorry Skrillex fans).
A #MadeInAmerica video for Gary Clark Jr. and the lineup for the festival are below.
photos by Kurt Christensen
"So me, Riff, and Elyse saw Soundgarden at Jones Beach. It was an awesome show! The whole band can still fucking rip." - veganaction
It was a generational mix of fans as old classic rock loving men mixed with metal heads, Gen X and Gen Y'ers as the 90's came back alive and everyone remembered when grunge was king. Opening with "Searching with my Good Eye Closed," Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Ben Shepherd reinvoked the power and thunder that fans have loved them for all these years. It was a trip down memory lane as the band are reintroducing themselves with their back catalogue of singles, B-sides and very deep early cuts and in a set list that appealed to the casual listener to the hardcore fan, Soundgarden were not ready to play any of the new material they have been working on and they didn't need to, they stuck to the working wheel of high octane, dark and murky rock and roll. "Jones Beach, sorry for the wait! We got some new songs but you won't hear any tonight, this is an old song" a bearded Chris Cornell told the crowd right before kicking into "Jesus Christ Pose" -[Officially a Yuppie]Soundgarden played two NYC area shows over the weekend with Coheed & Cambria. They hit July 8th at Prudential Center in Newark and July 9th at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. Their set consisted mainly of material off Louder Than Love, Badmotorfinger, and Superunknown, with a few other cuts as well. The above review and photos in this post come from Jones Beach. We also have setlists and videos from both below.
Last night, Sunday night (7/10), Coheed & Cambria opened for Soundgarden at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass, but without their bassist who was arrested at the venue for robbing a pharmacy earlier that day!
Soundgarden is currently touring the east coast, and will play upcoming dates in Phildelphia and Atlantic City (with Mars Volta) in the coming days. Full tour schedule (which now includes a headlining appearance at Voodoo in New Orleans), with more pictures (though none of Coheed), videos and setlists below...
Slash released a special-guest-filled album solo called called "Slash" in March. Four of the five members of the Appetite for Destruction era Guns N' Roses lineup appear on the album: Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler. You can figure out who's missing. Iggy Pop, Ozzy, Lemmy, Dave Grohl, Chris Cornell, and others (even Fergie?) (but not Jack White) appear as guests on the album too. You can stream it, and download a track, below.
Slash is currently on tour in Europe. In fact, you may have heard about how he was "attacked" by a fan on stage at a recent show. That viral video is below.
Slash starts playing North American shows in September. That now includes a September 14th show at Terminal 5 in NYC. $32.50 tickets go on sale Friday at noon. All currently announced dates, the attack video, album stream/download widgets and the full "Slash" album tracklist (with guests), below...
The 12 year break is over & school is back in session. Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again! www.soundgardenworld.com - [Chris Cornell]After twelve years of attempts at Top 40, complete with collaborations with Timbaland, Chris Cornell has followed the lead of his former bandmates in Audioslave (I still can't believe that is an actual band name) and returned to the great Soundgarden.
Since the breakup, the rest of Soundgarden has kept busy as well, with Kim Thayil collaborating with Ascend, Jello Biafra, and sunn O))), Ben Shepard collaborating with Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan, and Matt Cameron serving as Pearl Jam's drummer. In March, the three joined Tad Doyle (of Tad) on stage in Seattle at a show for The Nightwatchman (Tom Morello). They performed Soundgarden material. Dig on video from that show, as well as a gang of Soundgarden vids, below...
Bob Mould two nights ago @ Joe's Pub (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
Last night (4/9), while some were enjoying (or not enjoying) a Passover Seder, others caught Bob Mould at his second of two shows at Joe's Pub. Anonymous wrote,
Unfortunately it was not an ideal venue tonight.We have a review and pictures from the first night, HERE. Tonight (4/10), Bob switches it up a little and plays DJ (and maybe performs live?) at Highline Ballroom for his popular gay dance night Blowoff. (Tickets are on sale.)
It could have been, but the atmosphere just wasn't the way most BM solo shows usually are.
Still not bad, and the audience was with him, but people were eating dinner....that's an ideal venue for Bob Mould?? I don't think so.
Paper Magazine held their "Beautiful People Party" at Hiro Ballroom last night. Past musical guests at the annual get together have included Antony and Joanna Newsom (whose music is now featured in a bra commercial). This year it was Paper cover-girl Katy Perry who was already in town playing multiple nights at Irving Plaza and humping bananas.
Speaking of humping bananas, Chris Cornell played two shows at Webster Hall this week. In the YouTube video below you can see that he.... shaved his guitar player's head on stage while they were playing at one of them.
Also featured in Paper's new "Beautiful People" issue is comedian Aziz Ansari who co-stars with Amy Poehler in the TV show Parks and Recreation which premiered last night. Did you catch it? What did you think?
New Ditmas Park/Flatbush venue Sycamore hosted its third-ever live show last night. Check out the schedule for what they have coming up.
The Books paid a somewhat rare visit to NYC. The band, noted one showgoer, "debuted some sweet new tunes." Those'd be from the group's forthcoming record, which, according to the Columbia Spectator, is due next year. The Spectator also noted the lack of promotion for the show - which according to the Books' Twitter sold out less than a day before it happened. One student, on the minimal on-campus promotion, said, "I had no way of knowing they were playing at Columbia...I found out about the concert on a random music blog that I was casually browsing -- I don't even remember which site it was."
As NYC's summer concert lineup comes together, two shows were added to calendar yesterday - Casiokids at South Street Seaport and Shilpa Ray at Castle Clinton (as part of a Sly Stone tribute concert). Shilpa played Death by Audio last night. Look for more summer-show announcements today (in addition to Simian Mobile Disco at the Williamsburg Waterfront).
UK band Pet Shop Boys almost became Rescue Shelter Boys.
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Natasha Shneider (May 22, 1956 - July 2, 2008) was a musician, born in Moscow, Russia. She was most notably the keyboardist and vocalist in the musical group Eleven, and was the partner of bandmate Alain Johannes. She also played left-handed bass on the group's first three albums. Shneider and Johannes were part of the line-up of the band Queens of the Stone Age for the recording of their 2005 effort, Lullabies to Paralyze and on the tours to support it. Previous band affiliations include Desert Sessions, Black Russian, and Walk the Moon; she was also a significant contributor to Chris Cornell's 1999 solo album, Euphoria Morning.
On July 2, 2008 a message was posted on the Sweethead MySpace of which Natasha's former band-mate Troy Van Leeuwen is a member and was a close personal friend.Natasha Schneider, musician extraordinaire, former actress, singer of the ground-breaking band Eleven, and one-time Queens Of The Stone Age keyboard player, died today at 11:11am of cancer. She was a brilliant, beautiful, and ballsy woman who will be missed deeply by all those who knew her. Send your loving thoughts her way in the universe.[Wikipedia]
Earl Greyhound @ Irving Plaza, NYC - Oct 2007 (CMJ) (cred - Jefferson)
While Patti Smith & Les Savy Fav are ringing in the new year at Bowery Ballroom, Earl Greyhound and friends (TBA) will be doing it at the much more intimate Mercury Lounge. $25 tickets go on sale Friday. All other EG tour dates have them opening for Chris Cornell. Those dates below....