April 21st, to honour the recent reunion of one of the world’s most influential rock bands and to celebrate their first European tour in fourteen years, Universal Music announce the release of an exclusive Soundgarden classic album box set, ‘Soundgarden - Classic Album Selection’ - released on 21st May.
The box set will contain the original A&M recordings of Soundgarden’s seminal albums, ‘Louder Than Love’ (1989), ‘Badmotorfinger’ (1991), ‘Superunknown’ (1994) and ‘Down on the Upside’ (1996) plus last year’s live record of the band’s 1996 West Coast tour, ‘Live on I-5’ (2011). The albums will be presented as a set of mini-LPs in gatefold wallets with booklets and exclusive new artwork designed by widely acclaimed designer and long-term Soundgarden collaborator Josh Graham.
Sixteen years since the release of their last studio record, the legendary grunge pioneers are back with a new album in the works, an extensive European tour kicking off in May and huge UK shows at Download Festival on 10th June and a headline performance at Hard Rock Calling on 13th July.
The band have also just revealed their first new track for fifteen years, ‘Live to Rise’. The song will be featured in the end credits to this year's highly anticipated movie, 'Marvel's The Avengers' and will be included on 'Avengers Assemble', a 14-track compilation of music from and inspired by the film - released on 23rd April. ‘Live to Rise’ will be available for free, exclusively on iTunes from 17th April for one week only.
As one of the forefathers of the legendary Seattle alternative rock scene in the 90s, Soundgarden, along with their contemporaries Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, pioneered a new musical movement which not only defined a generation but became a global phenomenon which has undoubtably left a lasting impact on wider popular culture.
Following the release of their debut album ‘Ultramega OK’ in 1988, the band, Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto (replaced by Ben Shepherd in 1990), have gone on to release five hugely acclaimed albums, win two Grammy Awards andsell over 21 million records worldwide. After a fourteen year hiatus the band reunited in 2010 to tour the US before announcing that a new album, their first in sixteen years, was in the works and destined for release in the Autumn of 2012.