Soundgarden Announce 2017 North American Tour

Let’s keep the good vibes rolling on this clear and sunny NYC day with a tour announcement from those Grunge Masters in Soundgarden. The full on press release and dates follow the logo.

The Press Release:
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 27, 2017 – One of the most influential bands in rock music, Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum band Soundgarden, today announced a North American headline tour that will kick off on May 3rd in Atlanta, GA at the Fox Theatre. The Pretty Reckless and Dillinger Escape Plan will support select dates. A special ticket pre-sale for fans who are signed up to and will launch Tuesday, February 28th at 10:00 AM local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday March 3rd at 10AM local time.

Soundgarden will also appear at a variety of previously announced summer festivals, including: WXTV Rockfest, Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock Festival, 89.7 The River’s Rockfest, Rock on the Range, and more. See below for a complete list of confirmed dates.

In other news, Soundgarden and Sub Pop recently announced the release of the remixed and expanded reissue of the band’s Grammy® nominated debut full-length album, Ultramega OK, on March 10, 2017. Additionally, in November 2016, the band celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their album Badmotorfinger by releasing four special editions of the 1991 album, and in July and August 2016 Soundgarden re-released a standard single LP vinyl of their second full-length studio album, 1989’s Louder Than Love as well as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl 20th anniversary reissue of their seminal 1996 album, Down on the Upside. Soundgarden is currently working on a new album.

The Tour Dates:
4/28: Tampa, FL @ WXTV Rockfest
4/29: Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
4/30: Ft Myers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival
5/3: Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre*
5/5: Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
5/6: Tuscaloosa, AL @Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre^
5/7: Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
5/10: Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn*
5/12: Council Bluffs, IA @ KIWR Rockfest
5/13: Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
5/14: Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre^
5/17: Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre*
5/19: Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
5/20: Maryland Heights, MO @ KPNT Pointfest
5/22: Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium^
5/25: Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center^
5/26: Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory^
5/27: Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

About Soundgarden: Hailed as grunge innovators, Soundgarden redefined rock music for a generation. In the ’80s and ’90s, its punk ethos, coupled with a brutal metal soundscape and Chris Cornell’s ravenous roar, seduced the masses hungry for something new. Early indie releases, including seminal EP Screaming Life and Grammy®-nominated album Ultramega OK, quickly collected a dedicated indie following as the band toured on both sides of the Atlantic. 1991’s platinum album Badmotorfinger, (recently re-released in a special 25th anniversary edition) attracted critical applause from all over the world. Mainstream success came with the 1994 release of Superunknown. An immediate #1 album in the States, it netted Soundgarden two Grammy® Awards, sold millions of albums worldwide, and introduced the band to a mass TV audience with the video for Black Hole Sun. Two years later, Down on the Upside continued the band’s musical development away from alt-metal into hard-edged experimentation. At the dawn of 2010, Soundgarden announced a new beginning. The first 21st century show in front of hometown fans and Seattle greats at the city’s Showbox venue sold out in mere minutes. After headlining the famous Lollapalooza festival, the Chicago Tribune hailed Soundgarden as “one of the last great hard-rock bands to emerge in the last 25 years.” 2010’s Telephantasm was a career-spanning retrospective celebrating the band’s legacy; along with rediscovered ’90s live set Live on I5, it introduced Soundgarden’s work to a new generation. 2012’s King Animal continued Soundgarden’s courageous musical exploration while maintaining its special identity. The album’s character is rooted deeply within the wild landscape of the Pacific North West – an atmosphere which still resonates strongly for the band. In 2014 Soundgarden visited Australia and New Zealand and released a triple album of B-sides and rarities, Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ve always been amused that despite having been a fan of the band since they debuted the single “Loud Love” that I had only ever caught them once in concert and that was with the not too long ago special appearance that they did on “Live On Letterman” in 2012. I documented that experience on THIS LINK for those interested. Based on the tour dates that have been provided in the above release, it seems like its going to be a little while longer for me to participate in a proper Soundgarden concert experience. I will be on the lookout for a second leg announcement. I’m planning on hitting to order up that re-release of “SupermegaOK” and I have provided a link for you to do so as well down below. What do you readers in the regions where they are making some stops think about this one? Will you attend? Let me know in the comments section below.

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