3. Soundgarden made its first record in a small triangular building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. It became Reciprocal Recording in 1986, and it's also where Nirvana recorded its first album, "Bleach."
4. The band was named after the wind-channeling art sculpture called "A Sound Garden" next to Magnuson Park in Seattle. Thayil described it as "bleak" and "sublime."
FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, Chris Cornell plays guitar during a portrait session at The Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, Calif. Cornell, 52, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died at a hotel in Detroit and police said Thursday, May 18, 2017, that his death is being investigated as a possible suicide. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP, File)
Credit: Casey Curry
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5. The band first got major coverage in The Rocket, a local music newspaper that put it on the cover by name in December 1987 and by photo in October 1988. The first time The Seattle Times covered the band was Feb. 13, 1987, when it and six other bands played a benefit show. Tickets were $4.
6. Many of their early shows were at Gorilla Gardens/Rock Theater in Seattle's International District. The building is still there but is now home to a carpet business. The club moved to a building in the city's Fremont neighborhood in 1985. That building remains, but the club is long gone.
7. Another early venue for Soundgarden was The Vogue. That's also where Nirvana was said to have played its first show, though that's debated, and Pearl Jam played there under its first name, Mookie Blaylock. Today the space is a hair salon and boutique.
At PJ20, a festival in September 2011 for Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary, Eddie Vedder said Cornell was one of the first people he met outside the band.
“I had no idea how it would affect my life and my views on music and my views on friendship and what a big impact he would have,” Vedder told the crowd. He then introduced “my old neighbor, Chris Cornell.”