SPIN Magazine’s “30 Best Summer Tours” [Link] Includes Soundgarden, Eddie Vedder
Why You Should Go: “Spoonman”? “Black Hole Sun”? “Fell On Black Days”!?!? These alt-rock classics helped define the grunge era, as much as “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” did the ‘67 Summer of Love. And now, after a 13-year hiatus, the Seattle vets are as tight, powerful, and heavy as ever. At last year’s Lollapalooza, singer Chris Cornell and Co. proved that “Soundgarden have always been good at big — even their ballads are apocalyptic epics,” wrote SPIN. What’s more, they are expected to debut new material from their upcoming reunion album — their first studio release in 15 years.
Why You Should Go: It’s a rare opportunity to catch one of rock’s most talented and enigmatic frontmen, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, perform with nothing more than a ukulele, an instrument he discovered during surfing trips to Hawaii. Expect songs from his just-released new solo album, Ukulele Songs, including a gorgeous debut with Cat Power, plus PJ covers and tracks from his Grammy-nominated solo record, 2007’s Into The Wild. If you’re dying to see PJ in the flesh, though, get tickets to their 20th anniversary festival this September, also featuring the Strokes and Queens of the Stone Age, among others.