Michael Lavine For their upcoming video "By Crooked Steps," Soundgarden…
- Posted on Aug 6th 2010 11:40AM by Steve Baltin
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Coming out at 9:45PM and opening with 'Searching With My Good Eye Closed,' the quartet quickly kicked the crowd into overdrive with a raucous 'Spoonman.' The 1994 hit prompted screaming along and an appropriate boatload of air guitar in a venue peppered with 'Guitar Hero' posters on the doors and walls.
As much as Cornell has been appropriately dubbed one of the great voices in rock, Soundgarden is a musical unit, one that is as comfortable with Kim Thayil's metal-like riffs as they are with Cornell's crooning on radio-friendly hits like 'Black Hole Sun' and 'Fell on Black Days,' which was one of the highlights of their nearly two-hour set.
Both styles, the metal vibe and melodic rock, got a fair amount of play as the group delved into their whole catalog, going all the way back to the beginning. 'Flower' was featured from their debut LP 'Ultramega OK' and their second album, 'Louder Than Love,' was represented by 'Ugly Truth,' 'Gun' and 'Get On The Snake.' Their final studio album, 'Down on the Upside,' got some play as well via tracks such as 'Blow Up the Outside World' and 'Burden in My Hand.'
It was an impressive and aggressive stroll down memory lane, one that will grow even louder Sunday night with tens of thousands fans screaming along as the band closes out Lollapalooza.