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Soundgarden announces summer tour, Forum date in July

April 14, 2011 |  3:26 pm

Grunge-era titans Soundgarden announced the first dates of a summer tour Wednesday evening, and with them an appearance at the Forum in Inglewood on July 22 (a fan-club presale starts Monday). Though the band's reunion was recently described by guitarist Kim Thayil as the result of a Twitter-based misunderstanding, Soundgarden's appearance at Lollapalooza last year was well-received, and the group has been in the studio recently with plans to record.

While results can -- to put it charitably -- vary in these kinds of reunions, one has to give the band credit for at least giving a new album a shot. Recent tours by the Pixies and Pavement amounted to little more than well-earned victory laps, and Soundgarden has the potential to pick up where it left off with a heavy yet intricate sound that holds up better than most of its '90s contemporaries. The band's recently released "Live on I-5" was a reminder of the power Soundgarden could summon onstage, and footage from last year's Lollapalooza finds the group sounding almost shockingly none the worse for wear.

Video after the jump.


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Photo: Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, left, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd in 1996.