Soundgarden recently stopped by London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to showcase tracks from their new album ‘King Animal’. Missed out on the show? Take a look through this gallery to see some shots from the night.
Soundgarden kicked off their set with new single ‘Been Away For Too Long’.
The band’s intimate show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire was held 18 years after they became the first ever band to play at the venue.
Earlier this year, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell told NME that the follow-up to 1996’s ‘Down On The Upside’ would “pick up where they left off”.
You can read our verdict on ‘King Animal’ right here.
Soundgarden’s set also featured tracks including ‘Eyelid’s Mouth’ and ‘Rusty Cage’.
Their four-song encore included ‘Worse Dreams’, ‘The Day I Tried To Live’, ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Slaves & Bulldozers’.
Ahead of their recent London show, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayhil told NME that it was two years ago exactly that the band decided to return to the studio together.
“It was relatively easy, once we put our mind to it”, drummer Matt Cameron said of the reunion.
“The songs came pretty quick”, he continued. “Chris had a lot of completed songs, the rest of us had bits and pieces that we all fleshed out together.”
“At some point it became pretty evident that we were learning all these new songs,” Kim said, so the band decided to produce a new record. “It was never actually formally stated, it just kind of was assumed.”
While the band have wrapped up their UK tour, you can catch them live in the States in the next few months. Click here for their upcoming tour dates.
Soundgarden at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
“‘Been Away For Too Long’ is clattering, rugged and alive, and a lot better than the inelegant Avengers Assemble theme tune ‘Live To Rise’ the Seattle legends released in April this year,” NME said of the band’s new single.
Chris Cornell playing to a sold-out Shepherd’s Bush Empire.