Chris Cornell and Soundgarden took their 13 year hiatus personally. Like every other Soundgarden fan, the band’s anticipated reunion got me more and more excited as I read the progress on various websites.
Thankfully, the absence ended when Cornell and company released “Telephantasm” in 2010. With “Telephantasm,” Soundgarden reclaimed its presence in the industry that has been dominated recently by pop stars like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.
Soundgarden showed true form when the band earned a Grammy nomination for the previously unreleased song, “Black Rain” for Best Hard Rock Performance. It appeared as if the music industry had no resentment for the absence; rather fans just wanted Soundgarden back.
The band went on to appear on Conan and also found itself gracing the covers of Spin and Guitar World magazines. With a headlining spot on last year’s Lollapalooza tour, it was further proof that Soundgarden was back for good.
Lollapalooza was a chance for fans to reconnect with Soundgarden as the band played favorites from the 90’s to a torrent of hardcore fans and those newer to the band’s Seattle grunge sound.
Spin magazine said, “The band kicked into an epic set that was the sonic equivalent of a blueprint of the Seattle sound: heavy, loud, and full of metal guitar heroics and classic rock pomp.”
For those not lucky enough to catch this live performance, “Live on I 5” offers a powerful set of live classics from various years on tour beginning in 1996. Hits like “Spoonman,” “Rusty Cage,” “Burden In My Hand,” “Black Hole Sun,” and “Jesus Christ Pose” make Soundgarden legends in this business.
If the saying goes “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” then Soundgarden’s hiatus was well needed for the band to come bank strong and deliver “Telephantasm” and “Live on I 5.”
Soundgarden’s “Live on I 5” drops Tuesday, March 22nd. “Telephantasm” is available now.