Reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN played their landmark 1994 "Superunknown" album last night (Thursday, March 13) at the iTunes Festival, which made its U.S. debut as part of the ongoing South By Southwest festivities in Austin, Texas.The event was streamed live through the iTunes store and was available on all personal computers and mobile devices. Fan-filmed video footage of SOUNDGARDEN's concert can be seen below. Last month, SOUNDGARDEN announced that it will be releasing two special deluxe editions of "Superunknown".
"Superunknown - Deluxe Edition", which will feature the remastered album as well as b-sides, demos and rehearsals, will hit stores on June 3. "Superunknown - Super Deluxe Edition" will also hit stores on June 3 but will be a full five CD set with a hardcover book and photos. SOUNDGARDEN forntman Chris Cornell told Billboard.com that the idea for a "Superunknown" show came about after the group put together the special 20th anniversary deluxe editions. "It's the idea of the reissue and recognizing it as an anniversary, which I don't think is our instinct, ever," Cornell explained. "But it seemed kinda to make sense for this album. If you can single out any of our albums as being, like, the most iconic one, it's obviously this one. I think it's an accomplishment, and I'm proud we did it. So it's kind of a cool thing to do and concentrate on." As for the performance, Cornell opened by explaining to the audience: "I want to apologize ahead of time because there are so many different tunings on this album and when we sequenced it, we didn't really care about that… so we're going to switch guitars a lot on pretty much every single song." The singer told Billboard.com: "When you start with the tunings, it seems like a more disjoined album than it really is when you play it in order, because each tuning has its own personality. But the whole album seems to flow naturally, but when you look at it closer it seems less fluid in a way."