Soundgarden blasted through 22 songs in front of 1,000 people at New York City's Irving Plaza nightclub on Tuesday night (November 13th), in the first of three such shows to celebrate the arrival of the band's first album in 16 years, King Animal. The show included a healthy amount of new material, eight songs in all, and drummer Matt Cameron told us that the band wants to showcase the tracks from the new album as much as possible: "I think the more we play that, the better it's sounding, so every opportunity we get now to do that, we're certainly trying to do more and more."
- The band's next two "intimate shows" will take place on Friday (November 16th) in Toronto and November 27th in Los Angeles, with the group launching a full North American trek in January.
- In addition to the eight new songs aired, the Irving Plaza show catered to hardcore Soundgarden fans with more obscure older tracks like "Incessant Mace" and "Gun" replacing radio hits such as "Black Hole Sun," which was not performed.
- King Animal is Soundgarden's first all-new album since 1996's Down On The Upside and is projected by Hits Daily Double to sell between 70,000 and 75,000 copies in its first week out. The band reunited in 2010 and has done one tour since, in addition to releasing a hits compilation and a live album.
Soundgarden's Tuesday night set list in New York:
"Jesus Christ Pose"
"By Crooked Steps"
"Room A Thousand Years Wide"
"Been Away Too Long"
"Fell On Black Days"
"Blow Up The Outside World"
"Blood On The Valley Floor"
"Slaves & Bulldozers"
INTERNET COMMENTS at Rolling Stone and Loudwire -- agree or not?
Tonyandlala wrote: "Show as amazing, how Chris' voice keeps getting better i'll never know. Drawing flies blew me away, the entire set list was perfection."
Trish wrote: "It was nothin less than amazing and feel blessed to have seen them in an intimate setting. I thought I might lose it during Hunted Down! They are still the pioneers and that dark brooding and melodic sound I miss in so many of todays musical outfits."
Aim High wrote: "I hope they're able to sell a lot of their new album, that is the music this generation needs."
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