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Soundgarden Confirmed to Headline Hard Rock Calling 2012
on Friday 13 July in Hyde Park
Iggy & The Stooges and Cold Chisel also added to the bill
Tickets on sale 9am on Friday 30 March
Available at www.hardrockcalling.co.uk
Hard Rock International and Live Nation confirmed today that American rock legends Soundgarden will headline Hard Rock Calling 2012 on Friday 13 July in London’s Hyde Park. Iggy & The Stooges and Cold Chisel also join the bill. They join Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band who headline on Saturday 14 July, and Paul Simon performing ‘Graceland’ in its entirety on Sunday 15 July in what will be one of the hottest events of thesummer. More exciting acts are soon to be announced for this highly anticipated concert festival, including the winner of Hard Rock Rising, Hard Rock’s global battle of the bands, which saw more than 12,000 emerging bands worldwide enter for the chance to win a spot on the Hard Rock Calling main stage.
One of the forefathers of the renowned Seattle alternative rock scene in the 90s, Soundgarden reunited last year following a 14-year hiatus and are set to release a brand new album later in the year. Soundgarden – Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd - along with their contemporaries Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Nirvana, were all pivotal in the creation of a brand new sound in alternative rock during the 90s which centered on Seattle. ‘Grunge’ became a worldwide phenomenon, not only impacting musically but on wider culture and fashion too. The band’s 1991 album Badmotorfinger produced the singles ‘Jesus Christ Pose’ and ‘Rusty Cage’ whilst its follow up, 1994’s Superunknown, which reached No.1 on the US Billboard Chart and No. 4 on the UK Album Chart, featured the singles ‘Black Hole Sun’ ‘Fell On Black Days’ and ‘Spoonman’. Soundgarden have sold over 21 million albums worldwide.
Other additions to the line up include the godfathers of punk Iggy & The Stooges, whose high energy live shows and onstage antics always get the crowds going. The band are one of the most influential groups of the past 50 years, with the 1973 critically-acclaimed album Raw Power being cited by Kurt Cobain amongst many others as one of their top albums of all time. Multi-million selling Cold Chisel have also been confirmed, playing their tough breed of seventies style rock and blues. Their new album No Plans was released earlier this year.
“Soundgarden was an innovator in the Seattle grunge music scene, and we are honored to have them take the 2012 Hard Rock Calling stage and add a different genre of music to an already incredibly diverse lineup,” said Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International. “We are also truly excited to soon announce the winner of Hard Rock Rising and give an up-and-coming band the chance to live out their dream and perform at one of the UK’s most anticipated music festivals.”
Live Nation’s Vice President of Promotions, Toby Leighton-Pope commented: “The line up is looking really strong. We’re thrilled to have Soundgarden confirmed as a headliner, after 14 years it’s great to welcome them back to the UK and their first gig in Hyde Park is going to be a big one.”
Soundgarden join previously announced headliners Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band on Saturday 14 July, who are back at the top of the charts with Number One hit album ‘Wrecking Ball’. Paul Simon headlines Sunday 15 July, performing ‘Graceland’ in its entirety with Jimmy Cliff and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, as well as some of his biggest hits from an illustrious back catalogue.
Hard Rock Calling takes place 13-15 July 2012. The 2011 shows saw over 150,000 music fans flock to Hyde Park for an unforgettable weekend of live music.
About Hard Rock Calling:
Hard Rock Calling is set in the beautiful surroundings of Hyde Park in the heart of bustling London and hasfully established itself as one of the UK’s must see outdoor music events. The stage at Hard Rock Calling attracts some of the biggest musicians and bands in the world, with previous headliners including The Who, Paul McCartney, EricClapton, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, The Police, the Killers, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 30 March 2012 and are priced£50 plus booking fee.
Tickets available at www.hardrockcallling.co.uk
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He (and his shoddy band) murdered every soundgarden song he attempted. His voice was shot to pieces. I wanted to cry.
Can Chris Cornell still sing? You've answered my question. Thank you.
quite the opposite in fact
he's supposed to be in the know.
My friend showed me loads of youtube clips of recent performances to try and prove this.
I remain sceptical - he wasn't as bad as when I saw him, but still sounded a bit weird.
See what you mean, doesn't sound quite right. I wouldn't want to cry though if I saw that.
So good! Wonder if the recordings he did with Janet Weiss and Zach Hill will ever get released?!
He played and missed with approx. 25% of his notes.
BIG enough to play this...? I'd have thought they were Wmbley Arena big rather than this size of crowd, though obviously were a charting band in their day so am perhaps underestimating.
Re-re-rereading the Azzerad Nirvana book, I was very surprised to learn Ben Shepherd was considered for second guitarist for a while, but other Sub Pop bands told Kurt to stick to a trio.
They're the band Soundgarden could have been.
and their Led Zep grungey rip off phase, then I'll be there. It was all downhill into silly heavy metal after that.
But they won't will they. It will be 12 minute versions of Black Hole Sun with everyone waving lighters. Not even the lure of Iggy will get me to that.
you'd rather hear hands all over and flower (as good as those are) than rusty cage and the day I tried to live?
I really really would
you're just being silly to claim otherwise.
I'm not being silly. Keep your lumpen overblown later albums matey.
is a lot for a band who have always had their doubters when playing big festivals and stadiums. They should have played a few nights at Brixton. This is just cash raking payday time, one big show to save time and Cornell's voice.
The lure of Iggy... saw him support Morrissey last year. Still a fun show, but didn't even bother to try and hit the notes on most of the songs.
and they were AMAZING. Two of my best gigs ever.
Saw them at Clapham Common and er, that wasn't at all amazing.
and some Screaming Life material live, and the songs still sound pretty ace!
at all. personally
Well done whoever that was :)
but £50 and more to see them play in a park?
saw him open with this at download http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OgwDVaCiSw
he's got a great track record and he obviously didn't realise how shit Cornell had become at that point
1) How have I managed to avoid this thus far?
2) Why did I listen to it now?
But the show got cancelled.
I could have had all my illusions shattered in one healthy go.
seeing them both at Download, the only reason I'm going (aside from stag do attendance) and I'm pretty sure both bands will let me down massively. Still, should be massively drunk so it won't matter.........or not
are now going for £20+booking fee through Ticketmaster:
so i'd recommend getting on this. I would but i'm off to see Low in the 'fax
....what are the chances of further reductions due to poor ticket sales?
A friend reckons they've been let into similarly undersold Hyde Park events for a tenner on the door....can anyone vouch for this?
I remember seeing them in '94. They played 3 + hours. I have never seen a crowd as revved up and violent as when that introductory tomtom blitz of "Jesus Christ Pose" kickstarted the gig. I left that evening with a bloody nose and two missing shoes. Cornell did "Mind Riot" by himself on 12-string acoustic and I remember thinking there was no way he could pull it off, but he did.
Soundgarden were bobbins at Download.
After hearing the new Soundgarden material I scoffed and pooh-poohed about going to see them.
But for £20 I am tempted, IF they can play all the old shit like murderous demons.
But if they can't, it will break another little piece of my heart.
on efestivals say that ticket says have been appalling for this.
£20 ticketmaster deal is actually £29 including fees.
I can see it being cancelled tomorrow if it rains - as I reckon the promoter can do same as the pop event today, getting insurance payout on grounds that the venue isn't capable of running the event due to bad weather making the ground conditions hazardous. (the hit factory thingy tickets were 80% off last week!! even then they couldn't shift any).
veered away from a crowd pleasing set (obviously still had some hits but still) and sounded ace.. Cornell sounded 100 times better than I expected, still not perfection but then when has he been live. For £20 they are well worth it. The old stuff sounded great.
The middle bit of the set was ace:
Jesus Christ Pose
despite the shite weather. Anyone know anything about tickets on the door?
I've heard from a source that 15,000 out of the 50,000 tickets have been sold.
big many decades ago.
"Cheap wine and a three day growth" was the aussie national anthem, or at least should have been.
Huge draw for the Kangaroo alley crowd and CUBS.
But I've got a spare for tonight going if anyone wants it for less than face value?
PM me if interested.
was what turned alot of people off them. The idea of a rage + chris cornell supergroup always sounded like it would be best as a one-album project.
probably didn't help matters either.
and Cornell's voice was completely blown
are still going for £60! A friend went and enquired earlier. You can still get the £20ish ones from ticketmaster.
amazing at ATP the other year doing Raw Power. Not sure on the current lineup, but they had James Williamson on guitar and Mike Watt on bass.
Doing Raw Power, and didn't think they were that great. Iggy was Iggy, but the others seemed like a buncha old men (which OK, they are - but so's Iggy).
But then saw them at Hop Farm last year and had an amazing time. Probably because I was in a good moshpit. So I think they're a bit hit and miss, on a good day, they're great, but you might not see them on a good day.
According to Wikipedia it's basically all members from the original days, other than Mike Watt obviously and Ron Asheton being dead.
seen him in various situations: + stooges, -stooges, festivals, gigs, don't look now gig. he's awesome.
i wish i could've gone tonight for iggy and also for soundgarden, but couldn't. today has the best lineup of all the hard rock callings. all the other days have like 2 good bands and that's including the headliner. i like bruce and paul enough sure but for that money? suck my dick. put 5 newer good bands on each day and yeah maybe.
do you think all the good bands just didn't wanna play below bruce/paul?
especially for the Bruce day which sold out before any of the rest of the lineup being announced.
would love to have gone but not for that price...
Just back. Soaked. It has to be said that the rain suited the music.
I went in with no expectation and it paid off. Thought they were really good. The crowd was a bit thin on the ground but that is a bonus.
That fucking rhythm section, man.
Oh and the way the heavens opened during the first chorus of Black Hole Sun - perfect.
Left after an hour or so, no energy - seemed lackluster and Cornell's voice sounds shot to pieces. Big let down...
You made a bad decision. The set and vibe just got better as the gig went on.
Ended up with six free tickets so got a little crew together and had a great time
My only gripe was the volume but otherwise better than I'd have expected, the rain made it even better!
...friend and I went after missing them first time around.
Before I get to Soundgarden, just wanted to say that Deap Valley were awesome in the 'Rising' tent. It was dry in there too, which helped.
Personally.. and it seemed to be a view that everyone I could see was sharing, Soundgarden were devastating. People totally freaking out, girls dancing to 7/8 time signatures. Cornell's voice isn't what it was like on Louder Than Love, but its still better than yours. And most other people too. They didn't compromise on set list choices or heaviness. Actually, they were heavier than any record might suggest. By Slaves And Bulldozers, my brain had collapsed.
Shame it was only about half full, and it just needs to be a lot, lot, LOT louder there, or the organizers need find another field for the weekend.
Sorry Iggy.. you were shite.
And the rain made it so much better I thought. Don't you think?
did anyone else see the camera on the wire smash into the crowd during Iggy?
Some people looked like they got hurt bad
Soundgarden were fantastic and well worth the ticket price. Never have I been drenched in such atmospheric rain!
The Mars Volta were the disappointment on the day - so boring live! I love them on record, but it didn't seem to translate well onstage (unless they were having an off day) The highlight of the set was when Cedric pulled part of the barrier off and then passed it into the crowd...
pretty soon the stooges will be known more for shit than shineola. soundgarden always sucked, so ... no great loss.
Is that a general comment on these bands or were you actually there?