Soundgarden play O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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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.

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Soundgarden kicked off their set with new single ‘Been Away For Too Long’.

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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.

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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”.

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You can read our verdict on ‘King Animal’ right here.

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Soundgarden’s set also featured tracks including ‘Eyelid’s Mouth’ and ‘Rusty Cage’.

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Their four-song encore included ‘Worse Dreams’, ‘The Day I Tried To Live’, ‘Black Hole Sun’ and ‘Slaves & Bulldozers’.

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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.

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“It was relatively easy, once we put our mind to it”, drummer Matt Cameron said of the reunion.

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“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.”

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“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.”

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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.

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Soundgarden at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

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“‘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.

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Chris Cornell playing to a sold-out Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

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