Soundgarden reunited in Seattle, Wash. on Friday, April 16 to play their first show since they disbanded 13 years ago.
For a secret gig at the city’s long-standing, 1000-capacity Showbox At The Market venue, the grunge pioneers were billed as Nudedragons — an anagram of their proper band name. Nonetheless, tickets were snapped up instantly and several of their peers made it in, including Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Sub Pop founder Jonathan Poneman.
Chris Cornell announced his old band’s comeback in January and Soundgarden are already confirmed for this year’s Lollapalooza, which could prove to be an intriguing date, not least because the rockers are co-headlining with Lady Gaga.
Blabbermouth.net has posted audio and a set list of last week’s show that suggests a leaning towards the band’s early, more indie-sounding years. They declined to play their biggest hit, ‘Black Hole Sun,’ instead rolling out their 1987 debut single ‘Hunted Down’ plus the B-side ‘Nothing To Say.’
Perhaps in deference to Poneman, Soundgarden concentrated on the releases Sub Pop put out before they become one of the first grunge bands to sign to a major label. Cue numbers from the late ’80s and early ’90s, many from their ‘Ultramega OK’ and ‘Louder Than Love’ albums.