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.