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Founding date

: 1984

Founding place

: Seattle, Washington, US


: 33 years ago


  • American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto
How old is Soundgarden in 2017? 33 years
Where was Soundgarden founded?Seattle, Washington, US

Who is Soundgarden? / Facts

  • Matt Cameron became the band's full-time drummer in 1986, while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990
  • Cornell died suddenly and unexpectedly in May 2017, leaving Thayil as the only remaining original member left in Soundgarden
  • Soundgarden was one of the seminal bands in the creation of grunge, a style of alternative rock that developed in Seattle, and was one of a number of grunge bands signed to the record label Sub Pop
  • Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M Records in 1988), though the band did not achieve commercial success until they popularized the genre in the early 1990s with Seattle contemporaries Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains
  • Soundgarden achieved its biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman"
  • In 1997, the band broke up due to internal strife over its creative direction
  • After more than a decade of working on projects and other bands, Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and their sixth studio album, King Animal, was released two years later
  • As of 2012, Soundgarden sold more than 10.5 million records in the United States, and an estimated 22.5 million worldwide
  • VH1 ranked Soundgarden at number 14 in their special 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock

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