Soundgarden to perform at President Obama’s inaugural ball

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Soundgarden is performing at one of the official inaugural balls for President Obama this weekend, according to the Washington Post.

While the news is likely the strangest music headline you’ll read all day, Soundgarden isn’t necessarily an odd choice for a band to perform at a black-tie event for President Obama. It’s well-known that the president has good musical tastes and pals around with the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce, but as anyone who listened to his Kennedy Centers Honors speech honoring Led Zeppelin knows, he also has an affinity for good of fashioned rock and roll. Also, Chris Cornell has performed solo at Obama fundraisers in the past, which doesn’t make this too strange.

But one thing does sort of make Soundgarden’s appearance a bit out of place. Other artists performing at inauguration events include Alicia Keys, Usher, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson. So, okay, it’s a bit strange.

Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 14 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, and others and was the founder and editor of defunct music site Ear Candy.