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Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd recalls being with Nirvana when it stopped by 23 Parish in Denver

Soundgarden formed in 1984 as a three-piece with Chris Cornell on drums on vocals, Kim Thayil on guitar and Hiro Yamamoto on bass. Though noisier in the beginning, the band would go on to be one of the main purveyors of a slow, sludgy, intense, punk-rooted rock that was dubbed "grunge" by the British press. Though that label was slapped on anything that came out of Seattle, Soundgarden was more psychedelic than many of its peers.

See also: - Tuesday: Soundgarden at 1STBANK Center, 5/28/13 - Soundgarden's Matt Cameron on the band's reunion - Review: Soundgarden at Red Rocks, 7/18/11

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.