Reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN played a special show on June 2 at Webster Hall in New York City to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band's award-winning album "Superunknown". The gig marked the second time in the group's career SOUNDGARDEN has performed the album from beginning to end; the first was in Austin, Texas during this year's South By Southwest music conference in March.Fan-filmed video footage of the Webster Hall concert can be seen below.
"Superunknown - Deluxe Edition", which features the remastered album as well as b-sides, demos and rehearsals, hit stores on June 3. "Superunknown - Super Deluxe Edition" also hit stores on June 3 and is a full five-CD set with a hardcover book and photos. SOUNDGARDEN frontman 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." In a recent interview with Loudwire Nights" host Full Metal Jackie, Cornell stated about "Superunknown": "I think the main thing is, it's sort of unquestionably SOUNDGARDEN in every way. I don't think there are songs on it that could have or would have been written by anyone else, arranged that way, performed that way, whether it's the music, lyrics, the sounds. I think we had already come into our own and had our own sound, but 'Superunknown' cemented it as living in its own world. It created an autonomy for us that we could make albums that were strictly SOUNDGARDEN albums that no one else was going to sound like and no one else could write. We kind of lived in our own world. I think that was important for us. I think we started out as a band that way, and I think during the early '90s, we then sort of lost the autonomy being lumped into other Seattle bands. That wasn't bad; that was a good thing. It was great that it was us and our friends kind of conquering the world. But it took away some of that autonomy for all of us. And 'Superunknown' for us, in one fell swoop, immediately got that back. There are songs on it that just, if you look at the history of rock, they're just nothing like anything else. And that was the beginning of it. I think that was the seed that led to 'Down On The Upside' and 'King Animal' in terms of our process and in terms of us owning who we are. So it was a good period for us. I couldn't say that we knew that we were doing that when we were making it. We were making that album just like any album. One song at a time. Just writing songs, but it became that." SOUNDGARDEN's North American tour with NINE INCH NAILS will kick off of July 19 in Las Vegas.