Band will play five-times platinum album at US iTunes Festival in March
Soundgarden will perform their biggest-selling album ‘Superunknown’ in its entirety for the first time at the iTunes Festival next month.
The concert, which will take the city’s Moody Theater on March 13, and will be streamed live on iTunes, in the UK, States and in over 100 countries. Coldplay, London Grammar and Willie Nelson are among the other performers at the festival.
Drummer Matt Cameron, who had previously said he would not be able to tour with Soundgarden in 2014 due to commitments to his other band, Pearl Jam, will be joining Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd for the performance as part of annual music conference South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.
The performance will mark the 20th anniversary of ‘Superunknown”s release, which went on to go five times platinum in the US and sell around a combined nine million copies around the world, with a deluxe, expanded edition of the album to be made available in June. As well as various versions of the album and bonus tracks, the version will also feature a hardbound book and never-before-seen photos by acclaimed photographer Kevin Westerberg.
Soundgarden’s live performance will start at 3am GMT on March 14, it will also be available to watch post-event via the iTunes Festival app, iTunes and Apple TV.
Soundgarden were in the news earlier this month when a woman was charged with allegedly tweeting death threats to Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. Seattle radio station KIRO 7 said a local woman has been accused of sending over 100 abusive and violent messages to the frontman from nine different Twitter accounts, including posts which threatened to rape his 13-year-old daughter. Prosecutors have said that the threats constitute cyber-stalking, and criminal charges were filed against the unnamed woman last week.
Seattle band Soundgarden, who reunited in 2010, released their last album ‘King Animal’ in November 2012. The LP was their first album of new material since 1996’s ‘Down On The Upside’. In June last year, meanwhile, Cornell bemoaned the state of contemporary pop music, claiming “it couldn’t be any worse – although he did say that commercial music’s decline could lead to a new golden age for rock music as people have “something to react against”.