The venerable NYC rock 'n' roll institution CBGB is sadly long gone, but the makers of Guitar Hero relocated it to the West Coast on September 27 - when reunited alt-rock legends Soundgarden played a private gig at a faux CBGB, erected on the faux New York streets of the Paramount movie studio backlot in Los Angeles.



Along with a prefab "CBGB 313 Gallery" with vintage black-&-white photos of CBGB pioneers like the Ramones and Suicide, plus salvaged artifacts from the original club (including a urinal that was surely pissed in by many punk greats back in the day), the outdoor block party - held to celebrate the new "Warriors Of Rock" game that is being packaged with Soundgarden's new best-of collection, Telephantasm, and features an animated replica of the club - boasted faux NYC street vendors passing out tacos and pizza slices and Hollywood actors dressed as buskers and transients.







It wasn't exactly authentically punk-rock, but it was still cool, especially because Soundgarden were there, playing an eight-song greatest-hits set.

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Performing for cast members of Glee, Gene Simmons of Kiss, Carmen Electra, and Clem Burke of CBGB veterans Blondie, among others, Chris Cornell and company were in fine form. (All I want to know is, what's Cornell's secret? Caviar facials? Antioxidants? Macrobiotics? Wheat grass? The blood of virgins? What? Because the man still looked like he hasn't aged a day since he had his badmotorfinger on the pulse in the grungy early '90s.)

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The band also treated the party crowd to their first-ever live performance of "Black Rain," the "new" song off of Telephantasm that is in fact an old track, circa Badmotorfinger, that never came out till now.

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Who says rock is dead? At least for one night only, Soundgarden and CBGB lived again in L.A.

Soundgarden's full setlist was:
"Hands All Over"
"Spoonman"
"Rusty Cage"
"Outshined"
"Burden In My Hand"
"Black Hole Sun"
"Black Rain"
"Gun"

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