NIN, Soundgarden leave their mark on Charlotte

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 6pm

Internationally renowned rock bands Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden graced Charlotte's PNC Music Pavilion on their co-headlining tour last Thursday. Both bands recently reunited after lengthy hiatuses, but proved to be as influential as ever.

American mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan kicked off the evening at 7:00 P.M. with a short six song set that allowed fans to filter in and get to their seats before the headline performances began.

Soundgarden came next, and though they present themselves casually, there is no doubt as to why they're considered one of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock (VH1). Dual talented vocalist and guitarist Chris Cornell founded the grunge style band in Seattle, Washington, in 1984. They are credited as being fundamental in the development of the alternative metal genre, though they did not reach commercial success until the genre became popular in the early 1990's.

Following "Searching With My Good Eye Closed," Soundgarden dove straight into "Spoonman," from their critically acclaimed fourth album, Superunknown. The album was released in 1994 and debuted at the number on spot on the Billboard 200. "Spoonman" was one of two Grammy winning songs from the album, taking home the award for Best Metal Performance in 1995. Despite being nearly 20 years later, Cornell's voice hasn't aged a bit as he flawlessly flew through the song alongside guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and touring drummer Matt Chamberlain. Despite releasing their sixth and most recent album King Animal in 2012, not a single new track was played. Instead, their set list favored singles and fan favorites throughout the first ten years of their discography, including: "Black Hole Sun," "Jesus Christ Pose" and "Rusty Cage." The band went all the way back to their roots and closed with "Beyond the Wheel" from their debut 1988 album Ultramega OK.

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