January 19, 2011 | 9:40am
Since the group's reunion in 2010, longtime fans of Soundgarden have clamored for new material from grunge's prodigal sons. Guitarist Kim Thayil won't rule out a new studio album, but the Seattle heroes seem to be concentrating on putting out selections from their deep vault of music from their golden era in the '90s. In fact, Soundgarden will release their first live album, Live on I5, on March 22.
The album features tracks culled from West Coast dates from their Down On the Upside Tour of 1996-97 and includes renditions of fan favorites such as "Spoonman," "Outshined," "Jesus Christ Pose" and "Black Hole Sun," as well as a bruising cover of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter." Live on I5 looks to be just the first of a slew of archival releases that will include more live tracks and a compilation of B-sides and other rare material. It's not be a new Badmotorfinger or Superunknown, but the devout will no doubt flip to hear previously unheard music from one of the most influential bands of their generation.
Live on I5 tracklisting [via Spin Magazine]:
2. "Searching With My Good Eye Closed"
3. "Let Me Drown"
(tracks 1-3 recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA, 11/30/96)
4. "Head Down" (recorded live at Mercer Arena, Seattle, WA, 12/18/96)
5. "Outshined" (recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 11/30/96)
6. "Rusty Cage" (recorded live at Pacific National Exhibition Forum, Vancouver, BC, 12/7/96)
7. "Burden in My Hand" (recorded live at Salem Armory, Salem, OR, 12/8/96)
8. "Helter Skelter"
9. "Boot Camp"
(tracks 8-9 recorded live at Crosby Hall, Dell Mar Fairgrounds, 11/30/96)
10. "Nothing to Say" (recorded live at Mercer Arena, 2/18/96)
11. "Slaves and Bulldozers"
13. "Fell on Black Days" (tracks 11-13 recorded live at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA, 12/5/96)
14. "Search and Destroy" (recorded live at Mercer Arena, 12/18/96)
15. "Ty Cobb" (recorded live at Crosby Hall, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 11/30/96)
16. "Black Hole Sun" (recorded live at Mercer Arena, 12/17/96)
17. "Jesus Christ Pose" (recorded live at Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, 12/5/96)