Soundgarden’s Final Rehearsal With Chris Cornell Detailed With Unreleased Photo

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Martin Strayer posted on Instagram about Soundgarden’s final pre-tour kickoff rehearsal from April 2017 in Tampa Bay, Florida a couple of weeks ago.

“On this day one year ago, we were in Tampa for @soundgarden rehearsals.. these were very very happy days.. @chriscornellofficial was in great mood and the band seemed so happy to be playing gigs again after a year or so off. I will forever treasure these wonderful moments of magic. I miss everyone. Band and crew will always be family to me. Thank you for the inspiration and the everlasting memories. ❤️🙏🏻”

UDiscoverMusic is reporting that Kim Thayil is getting ready to return to the road with MC50, and Matt Cameron will be performing at a show in June, and possibly in November.

MC50, Wayne Kramer’s new “supergroup” version of the pioneering hard rock band he co-founded, MC5, have announced a European tour for November. The dates follow the band’s extensive North American run in September and October.

The band’s name marks the 50th anniversary of the Michigan group’s seminal debut album Kick Out The Jams, released in 1967. The stellar line-up includes bassist, producer and Blue Note Records president Don Was and drummer Matt Cameron from Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, alongside the latter band’s co-founder and lead guitarist Kim Thayil, Brendan Canty from Fugazi, Dug Pinnick of King’s X and Marcus Durant of Zen Guerilla.

Manager Danny Bland posted a photo of the new line-up with the caption “It’s not a gang, it’s a club.” Earlier this week, Cameron posted a clip on Pearl Jam’s channel of the band in rehearsal; watch below as they jam through the Kick Out The Jams track ‘Rocket Reducer No. 62.’ The new project marks the first time that Cameron and Thayil have played together since the death of Soundgarden’s lead vocalist Chris Cornell in May 2017.

The newly-announced European leg begins in Bristol on 9 November, with a London show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 12th; the UK leg is followed by bookings in France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, concluding in Austria on 25 November.

“We had to improvise to see if we could play together organically,” Kramer explains in the current issue of Uncut. “Then the songs become a joy…this isn’t going to be a laid-back gig.”

  • Olga Stewart

    And then May 18th came along…:(.

  • First time I’ve seen Kim perform without a hat since before SG first parted ways in 1996.