Released on March 22, 2011, ‘Live on I5′ was a reference to the Interstate 5 which runs up and down the West Coast. The band took recording engineer, Adam Kasper with them on the West Coast leg of their 1996 tour – the first time they had ever recorded any live shows. They rented a mobile 24 track machine/truck and recorded the gigs on 2″ tape. Soundgarden had always intended to release the recordings as a live album soon after the tour, but after they disbanded the tapes were left in the closet of Studio X in Seattle (now called Bad Animals) to gather dust.
The album includes fan favorites like “Spoonman”, “Rusty Cage”, “Burden In My Hand,” and “Black Hole Sun” (performed by Chris Cornell solo), what many called the definitive live performance of “Jesus Christ Pose”, plus covers of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and The Stooges’ anarchic proto-punk classic, “Search & Destroy.”
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