Soundgarden along with the Chris Cornell Estate, UMe and the critically-acclaimed music series Artists Den, have announced the release of Soundgarden: Live from the Artists Den on 26 July.
On February 17, 2013, Soundgarden concluded a sold-out U.S. Winter tour in support of King Animal, their first studio album in over sixteen years, with a special Live from the Artists Den taping at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. Soundgarden mixed new songs with classic radio hits and rarities performed live for the first time in front of a rapturous crowd. The concert has become the all-time most requested Soundgarden live show for an official release.
The 29 song-show comprising almost two and a half hours, encompasses the band’s rich musical legacy, spanning their early years with ‘Hunted Down,’ through their monumental albums Badmotorfinger and Superunknown respectively with ‘Outshined’ and ‘Black Hole Sun,’ and to their final record, with nearly every song from King Animal including ‘By Crooked Steps’ and ‘Been Away Too Long.’ Live From The Artists Den features 21 songs never before released on a Soundgarden concert film, including 17 making their first appearance on a live album, and highlighted by ‘Blind Dogs,’ which the band performed on stage for the first time ever at the Wiltern show.
Six years following the original taping, Artists Den in partnership with Ume are releasing Soundgarden: Live from the Artists Den in a variety of formats. The limited-edition Super Deluxe box will feature the complete 29-song concert film in 5.1 surround sound and stereo on Blu-ray, and more than 30 minutes of bonus interviews with the band, in addition to four black 180-gram audiophile LPs, 2CDs, a 40-page photo book, four band member lithos, and replica artist all-access pass and ticket stub from the original show.
Additional products scheduled for release include: 4LP 180g audiophile black vinyl, limited edition 4LP color vinyl (each disc will feature a unique combination of splattered colors), Blu-ray and 2-CD.
Speaking about Live from the Artists Den, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil said, “We were very proud and excited to document the performance of our new material from King Animal, and to celebrate with each other and our fans.”
On behalf of the Estate, Vicky Cornell said: “This live show was really special, and I know how much fun Chris had that night. The idea of giving fans the opportunity to experience it in its entirety is something I’m proud to share with them.”
In advance of the album release, Artists Den will present Soundgarden: Live from the Artists Den immersive events of the full 29 song show in New York and Los Angeles, as well as an additional screening in Seattle. The stops in New York and Los Angeles will each showcase 12 HD camera angles customized for an immersive multi-screen viewing experience. A live remix of the original multi-track 48-channel audio in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound, a groundbreaking ultra-high resolution audio technology from L-Acoustics, offers fans the thrill of connecting with the band’s repertoire in vivid fidelity.
The 360˚ real time mix synced to on-screen footage and further complemented by a stunning light show promises to immerse the audience in a truly unique experience, for one night only in each city. The Seattle screening will be located at The Showbox, the same site the band reunited for the first time in 2010 under the anagram ‘Nudedragons.’
Tickets for the Soundgarden: Live from the Artists Den immersive events will go on sale on 16 May at 5PM EDT/2PM PDT from the Artists Den official website as an exclusive bundle which includes the 2-CD.
Soundgarden: Live From The Artists Den is out on 26 July. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and buy it here.
Soundgarden: Live From The Artists Den (2CD):
‘Been Away Too Long’
‘Jesus Christ Pose’
‘By Crooked Steps’
‘Bones Of Birds’
‘Blow Up The Outside World’
‘Fell On Black Days’
‘Burden In My Hand’
‘A Thousand Days Before’
‘Blood On The Valley Floor’
‘4th Of July’
‘Black Hole Sun’
‘Slaves & Bulldozers’