Soundgarden has announced its first tour in nearly three years. The Seattle grunge pioneers, who last toured with Nine Inch Nails in 2014, kick off a spring tour at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on May 3. The tour wraps on May 26 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. The monthlong sojourn is bookended by appearances at WXTV Rockfest in Tampa, Fla., on April 28 and Rocklahoma in Pryor, Okla., on May 27. The full North American tour schedule can be found below.
When Soundgarden last hit the road, it was in support of the 20th anniversary of Superunknown, the album that propelled the band to the mainstream. That album’s hits, including “Spoonman,” “Black Hole Sun” and “Fell on Black Days,” all became radio staples, placing Soundgarden alongside Pearl Jam and Nirvana at the forefront of a Seattle music scene gone global. Superunknown was finally performed live in its entirety at the iTunes Festival at SXSW in Austin, Texas, in 2014.
“As a band that's been around for a while—since '84—by the time we made Superunknown, we had a long history, a huge repertoire and a lot of different musical styles going on,” singer Chris Cornell told Rolling Stone in 2014. “So even though we wrote this album that was epic in length, we played maybe half of it live. It was interesting to concentrate on those songs. I felt like we made a bigger leap from (our 1991 album) Badmotorfinger to Superunknown than I was aware of before.”
Although the band split in 1997, they regrouped in 2010 for a series of shows before embarking on a full-fledged tour the following year. According to Billboard, they are at work on a follow-up to their most recent album, 2013’s King Animal, and are plotting a remixed and expanded edition of their debut album Ultramega OK, which is set for release on March 10. As the story goes, the band, not happy with the original mix by producer Drew Canulette, had intended to remix it for release but shelved the idea when they moved to a major label shortly thereafter. The reissue makes good on their intentions with a remix of the original multitrack tapes by veteran Seattle producer Jack Endino.
Soundgarden’s 2017 North American Tour Dates:
April 28 - Tampa, FL - WXTV Rockfest (Click here for tickets)
April 29 - Jacksonville, FL - Welcome to Rockville (Click here for tickets)
April 30 - Ft. Myers, FL - Fort Rock Festival (Click here for tickets)
May 3 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre (Click here for tickets)
May 5 - Concord, NC - Carolina Rebellion
May 6 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre (Click here for tickets)
May 7 - Memphis, TN - Beale Street Music Festival
May 10 - Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn (Click here for tickets)
May 12 - Council Bluffs, IA - KIWR Rockfest - Westfair Amphitheater (Click here for tickets)
May 13 - Somerset, WI - Northern Invasion
May 14 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre (Click here for tickets)
May 17 - Detroit, MI -Fox Theatre (Click here for tickets)
May 19 - Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range
May 20 - Maryland Heights, MO - KPNT Pointfest (Click here for tickets)
May 22 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium (Click here for tickets)
May 25 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center (Click here for tickets)
May 26 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory (Click here for tickets)
May 27 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma