Soundgarden Unleashes “King Animal” Live on Letterman [11/12/12]

Posted on: November 13th, 2012 at 6:27 am by
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Chris Cornell played a solo show last night at the Bowery Ballroom as a benefit to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. But a few hours before the grunge frontman took the stage as a solo act here on the Lower East Side, Soundgarden rocked “Live on Letterman” at the Ed Sullivan Theater. We scored tickets to the intimate gig, meant as a promo power play for the release of their first album in sixteen years, King Animal, out today on the Republic imprint.

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The tasty one-hour set, streamed live on CBS and VEVO, was not for the fair-weather fan. Cornell and company played mostly new stuff – seven of ten tracks – but also dug deep for their longtime grunge faithful. Gems from the early days included “Incessant Mace,” “Beyond the Wheel,” and “Fell on Black Days.” For the record, though, King Animal holds its own and is definitely worth a listen. Highlight of their show, as always, was seeing the band switch up guitars after every song. It’s hilarious.

Yet while Soundgarden totally rocked the house, the crowd of lucky ticket-holders seemed fairly stiff. More interested in recording songs for posterity. Sorta sad.

Full set list:

  1. Worse Dreams
  2. By Crooked Steps
  3. Incessant Mace
  4. Beyond the Wheel
  5. Taree
  6. A Thousand Days Before
  7. Eyelid’s Mouth
  8. Non-State Actor
  9. Fell on Black Days
  10. Rowing

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