By the middle of 2012, Soundgarden fans had much to celebrate. Not only had the reformed band played a few festival shows and proved they sounded as good as ever, but there was also a new album on the horizon. Although nearing the end of the previous year Chris Cornell had suggested that the new album would appear in the spring, by June 2012 no release date had been set.
Fans had, however, already been given a taste of what to expect with the new single and video for ‘Live To Rise’ from the ‘Avengers Assemble’ soundtrack and hopes were set high. Strange, then, that for their seventy minute appearance at Germany’s Rock Am Ring Festival, the band chose not to play the track or, indeed, any of their upcoming material.
While it could be argued their Rock Am Ring set is a little unbalanced in places (let’s be honest, ‘Down On The Upside’ is hugely under represented and ‘Beyond The Wheel’ isn’t really an appropriate finishing statement!), the thirteen song set explores back catalogue in a more than appropriate manner, even finding time for a couple of earlier relative obscurities for the hardcore fan.
Below, you can watch the complete set, professionally shot for a German broadcast. Some consolation for those outside Germany and for those Germans who were not present on the night.