Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails Announce 2014 Tour

Two of the most influential bands of the 90s will soon hit the road together.

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Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails announced a co-headlining tour of North America for this summer,  Ultimate Classic Rock reports.

The tour will begin on July 19 in Las Vegas. They will play 23 dates across the continent - there is one show booked for Toronto - over the course to the next five weeks before winding it up on Aug. 25 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails have an uneasy history together. As Consequence of Sound notes, their career-defining albums - "Superunknown" and "The Downward Spiral," respectively - were released on March 8, 1994. But "Superunknown" kept "Spiral" out of the top spot, which angered NIN frontman Trent Reznor when they performed together in Canada later that year.

"We had a chip on our shoulder about Soundgarden," Reznor said. "That became a kind of professional showdown. And we did show them."

Reznor also took a couple of public shots at Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell for employing R&B and hip-hop producer Timbaland on his 2009 solo album "Scream." He later insisted his main target was Interscope - the record label both artists were signed to at the time - who Reznor said were also pressuring him to record with popular producers in order to get more radio airplay. "And that's what Chris did," he explained at the time. "I think that when somebody who is respected like he is goes that route, it sends the message that it's OK to give up any kind of core values you had to be the fashion of the moment. I don't think that's OK. I think it's harmful."

Before the tour starts, their paths will cross at the incarnations of Lollapalooza in Chile, Argentina and Brazil, which will take place between late-March and early-April.

Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden 2014 Co-Headlining Tour Dates

07/19 - Las Vegas, NV - Planet Hollywood
07/21 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/24 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/26 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/27 - Toronto, Ontario - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/29 - Mansfield, MA - XFINITY Center
07/30 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
08/01 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
08/02 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
08/04 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
08/05 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
08/07 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavillion
08/08 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Ampitheater at Lakewood
08/10 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
08/11 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/14 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
08/16 - Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
08/17 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavillion
08/19 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheatre
08/21 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
08/22 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre08/24 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre08/25 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Death Grips as supporting act. God.
    With Death Grips announced I'm even more inclined to go. Although I'm not a fan of the venue so I'll see how much I can afford.
    Thrice Capades
    And God said "let there be rock," and it was so. And of course by "God" I mean "Trent Reznor."
    If only I didn't have to sell my kidney and first born child to afford tickets to the Hollywood Bowl..
    Not sure if I'm a big fan of the double header. Recently went to the NIN/QOTSA dual gig in Sydney. Not a big QOTSA fan (can appreciate them though), MASSIVE NIN fan - and goddamn they were amazing. The fact that NIN played BEFORE QOTSA kind of killed the vibe, but that's just me. Anyway I think my point is both setlists were WAY too short. These gun bands are obviously good enough to host their own gigs.