Soundgarden will make its first-ever pilgrimage to Israel next June, according to Audio Ink Radio. Although singer Chris Cornell has performed there on his own twice, this be the entire band’s live debut in the Holy Land. The group is scheduled to headline the second day of a two-day festival at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv on June 17th. Joining the grunge legends will be the Pixies and other acts to be named later.
- Cornell said in a statement, “I enjoyed performing in Israel so much in recent years, and I’m really excited to be returning finally with Soundgarden.”
- The full lineup of the event is expected to be revealed sometime later this month.
- Soundgarden has seven other dates on its calendar so far in 2014, including three South AmericanLollapalooza stops in the spring, a trio of German shows in June as openers for Black Sabbath, and a late June festival in the Polish town of Oswiecim, formerly known as Auschwitz — site of the most infamous of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps.
- Drummer Matt Cameron will be sitting out the band’s 2014 shows due to previous commitments withPearl Jam and a desire to spend more time with his family.
- As for recording a follow-up to 2012’s King Animal album, the band’s first set in 16 years, guitarist Kim Thayil told us recently that there is music around that could be used on the next record: “There’s material that didn’t make it to record, there’s other ideas that are there, so I think there’s a good chance there will be another album of new material.”
- A remastered version of Soundgarden’s first two EPs, along with additional early tracks, was released in late November.
Watch Chris Cornell perform Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike” in Israel in 2012: