Reunited Seattle grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN kicked off their first full-fledged tour in 14 years last night (Saturday, July 2) at the Molson Ampitheatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“Welcome to the first show of the first tour in 13, 14 years,” said vocalist Chris Cornell before adding, “This is the best place to start. It sounds like bullshit, but it’s not bullshit.”
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. Black Rain
02. Searching With My Good Eye Closed
05. Rusty Cage
06. Blow Up the Outside World
07. Let Me Drown
08. Jesus Christ Pose
09. My Wave
10. The Day I Tried to Live
12. Beyond the Wheel
13. Fell on Black Days
14. Ugly Truth
15. Burden in My Hand
17. Black Hole Sun
18. 4th of July
19. Face Pollution
20. Like Suicide
21. Slaves Bulldozers
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
A review of SOUNDGARDEN‘s performance is available at the Toronto Sun web site.
SOUNDGARDEN‘s current tour is scheduled to wrap up on July 30 in George, Washington. The band has played only a handful of dates since reuniting in early 2010, and drummer Matt Cameron told The Pulse Of Radio he hopes to dig deep into their catalog on this run of shows. “I think that’d be great, to be able to play a large variety of songs from our catalog, you know, ’cause some of my favorite songs are like kind of the ’80s era of SOUNDGARDEN, kind of the earlier, kind of New Wavier stuff. I really like that era of the group, so hopefully, you know, we can delve even farther into it.”
Opening acts on various dates will be COHEED AND CAMBRIA, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MASTODON, THE MEAT PUPPETS and THE MARS VOLTA.
SOUNDGARDEN reunited last year and issued its first concert set in March, titled “Live On I5”. The disc was recorded on a West Coast tour shortly before the group disbanded in 1997.
The group has also been recording its first new studio album since 1996’s “Down On The Upside”, which is expected out in 2012.
Asked by Australia’s Beat magazine how the new material might compare to SOUNDGARDEN‘s previous records, Cornell said, “What we do always feels new. We never repeated ourselves, ever. If anything was too reminiscent of something else we’d done, we wouldn’t bother spending time on it.”