For the first time, Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM channel, Howard 101, will exclusively broadcast a concert, and it’s a big one: Soundgarden’s June 2 Superunknown show presented by Citi at New York’s Webster Hall, slated to air June 13 at 10 pm ET.
Soundgarden, whose Superunknown album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard in 1994 and won Grammy Awards for singles “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman,” sold over 9 million copies of their influential masterpiece and is ranked near the top of Seattle’s grunge heap by most critics, alongside Pearl Jam and Nirvana. “When Nirvana started out, Soundgarden was huge, and they were like, ‘We’re not worthy,’ ” said Cameron Crowe in 1992.
But Soundgarden never played the album live until SXSW in Austin on March 13. The Webster Hall show will be their second performance of Superunknown, which will be reissued with many rarities on June 3 via A&M Records/UME. As the record’s producer, Michael Beinhorn, told Billboard in 1994, Superunknown is “both incredibly dense and overwhelmingly present. There is a tangible sense of air being moved.”
Soundgarden’s North American tour with fellow 1994 breakout band Nine Inch Nails begins July 17.