Last night at a highly-anticipated SXSW event, the mighty Soundgarden performed their esteemed classic album, Superunknown, from start to finish to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release. While you and I may have had zero chance to get into the venue and see the performance up close, the show was broadcast live via iTunes with a great sounding audio mix.
Soundgarden was damn near perfect in the 80-minute-plus set, Chris Cornell’s voice cruising through the more difficult songs on the album like Limo Wreck with nary a waver to be heard. Matt Cameron’s steady rhythms were impossible to overlook during Head Down and My Wave. The guitars were swapped almost every song due to the numerous tunings used on Superunknown, an influence of bassist Ben Shepherd. They even threw in the full version of Shepherd’s Half which was a great surprise. They did not play She Likes Surprises from the European release of Superunknown.
If you missed the live stream, you can still watch the event “for a limited time” at iTunes.com/Festival or by going to the Soungarden artist page on iTunes. It doesn’t specify how long the limited time is, so I’d jump on that if you want to see it.
It is impressive to see and hear Soundgarden at the top of their live performance game. The songs on Superunknown have clearly held their ground as a classic against the test of time. The complete details of the rumored Nine Inch Nails-Soundgarden co-headlining tour are sure to come to light soon, so be sure to check back for updates on your chance to see Superunknown performed live (we hope). In other news, the group will also go on tour with a new drummer: Matt Chamberlain is set to replace Matt Cameron later this month, as the latter is committed to playing with Pearl Jam for the time being.
The band is celebrating Superunknown in 2014 with a 20th Anniversary Edition box set.