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Soundgarden's Kim Thayil talks 'Superunknown,' touring with Nine Inch Nails, the group's unconventional legacy and more

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Published Aug. 6, 2014

March 8, 1994 was a watershed day for alternative music. That day, Nine Inch Nails released The Downward Spiral, and Soundgarden released Superunknown. Today, both are hailed as masterpieces of heavy '90s alt-rock.

"We were fans of Nine Inch Nails," recalls Soundgarden's heady guitarist, Kim Thayil, chatting by phone from a music festival in Krakow, Poland. "Interestingly, we were supposed to tour with them in 1994, when those albums were out. We toured that summer off Superunknown, and I remember Chris (Cornell) hurt his voice ... and we just ended up having to cancel the rest of that tour."

Today, though, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails are back on the road for a co-headlining tour that comes to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Monday. (Click here for details.) "I think it's fantastic that almost 20 years later, we have that opportunity again, for both of us to play on a bill together," Thayil said.

For more of our interview with Kim Thayil, in which we talk about Soundgarden's unconventional approach to rock songwriting and the 20th anniversary of Superunknown, click here.