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May 10, 2013

Soundgarden to play the Louisville Palace tonight

LOUISVILLE —

Grunge is back, at least for a night.

One of Seattle’s finest, Soundgarden, is set to play the Louisville Palace tonight with the band’s full lineup.

The band first reunited in 2010 and released “Telephantasm,” a compilation album, following a hiatus that lasted more than a decade. The band broke up after a tour in 1997.

Soundgarden, with Chris Cornell, vocals, Kim Thayil, guitar, Ben Shephard, bass, and Matt Cameron, drums, is touring on the back of its first new album since the mid-1990s, “King Animal.”

During the band’s extended break, each dabbled with separate projects. Cornell worked solo and then went on to be the frontman for Audioslave, which enjoyed its own level of success. Cameron joined Pearl Jam and was the band’s drummer on several albums, while Thayil worked on several different compilations with other artists. But through a decade of side projects, the former members of Soundgarden were still tied together.

And despite the group’s success throughout the 1990s, including a No. 1 album “Superunknown,” Soundgarden is often placed behind its contemporaries Nirvana and Pearl Jam. But musically, the band certainly earned its place among its peers.

Tonight’s audience at the Louisville Palace can expect Soundgarden — which often treaded the border between hard rock and grunge — to play a host of its classic songs and new tracks off of “King Animal.”

The crunching backbeat, Cornell’s unmistakable caterwaul and Thayil’s brilliant guitar riffs are sure to delight the crowds looking to be transported back to the Seattle grunge scene.

A limited number of tickets remain. Visit livenation.com or call the Palace box office at 502-583-4555.

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