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Soundgarden Rocks The Fox

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - by Patrick O'Hagan

Soundgarden along with supporting act The Pretty Reckless stopped by Atlanta’s Fox Theater for a rocking Wednesday night show. 

Seattle-based Soundgarden was instrumental in the gaining popularity of the grunge music scene of the 1990s. With bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, they pushed their genre from the rainy streets of Seattle out to the masses via the likes of MTV and rock stations across the nation.  

While the group disbanded in 1997, they settled their differences and reformed in 2010. Frontman Chris Cornell has had his own successful solo career apart from the band, but recently mentioned in a Billboard interview that he really enjoys the camaraderie when touring with the band. In fact, Soundgarden is currently working on new material for an upcoming album.  

Opening the night with a bang was The Pretty Reckless, fronted by female rocker Taylor Momsen. The group packed a hard punch on the crowd and really warmed the air for what was to come. 

As Soundgarden hit the stage with Kim Thayil on guitar, Ben Shepard on bass, and Matt Cameron holding the beat on drums, Atlanta was in for a loud and powerful night. Straight out of the gate Cornell and company came flying at the crowd with all the hits.  Songs like “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman” came surprisingly early in the 19-song setlist.  

Cornell made mention of the band’s lack of touring and made allusions to the upcoming album. He also took time to encourage the Atlanta crowd to hold onto the history of the Fox for as long as possible, noting that things just aren’t made like they used to be.  

The band came back onstage for the encore with a killer rendition of “Slaves & Bulldozers” to close out the night. With this marking only the fourth stop of the Spring 2017 tour, fans across the country are in for an energetic show wherever Soundgarden stops.