Watch Soundgarden Kick Up ‘Spoonman’ and ‘My Wave’ on ‘Fallon’
Plus, 'Superunknown' crew jokes about how it wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Soundgarden aren’t sweating the inevitable 20th-anniversary ceremonies. Frontman Chris Cornell recently sat down with Marc Maron for the WTF podcast, and the result was a refreshingly chatty and wide-ranging. The alternative-rock titans performed 1994’s Superunknown in its entirety on Monday night at New York City’s Webster Hall, and our photo gallery suggests a band with an ease earned from playing these songs for a couple of decades. Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd, and drummer Matt Cameron (one of SPIN’s 100 Greatest Drummers in Alternative Music, soon to be taking a break from Soundgarden to tour with Pearl Jam) put that on display last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, casually churning out heavy earworms “Spoonman” (above) and “My Wave” (below). Scroll down to see an interview about the origins of “My Way,” which soon devolves into a discussion of how Soundgarden wrote the U.S. national anthem.
Superunknown’s Super Deluxe Reissue is out now. On July 19 Soundgarden will head out on tour with Nine Inch Nails. You can also read our November 2012 profile, Animal Instinct: The Return of Soundgarden.