Soundgarden Offer ‘Live to Rise’ as Free Download


Story by Anne Erickson

Chris Cornell-fronted Soundgarden give away ‘Live to Rise’ for free on iTunes

Soundgarden unchained their first new song in 15 years last week, a grungy concoction called “Live to Rise,” and the now, the boys are going one step further and offering the song as a free download on iTunes starting today (April 17). The freebie is part of a larger campaign for Disney’s upcoming movie, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” out May 4. The iTunes giveaway runs through April 24.

Soundgarden’s ditty is the first track from the movie’s soundtrack to arrive as a single. Other artists on the 14-track collection include Rise Against, Shinedown, Bush and Five Finger Death Punch. The soundtrack is out May 1.

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell says it wasn’t easy putting together a song for “The Avengers,” because it had to fit both Soundgarden and the film. “The hard part of writing a song for a film is it has to act as a Soundgarden song, first and foremost, then obviously, it has to coexist with the film,” Cornell told Billboard.

The gents of Soundgarden were approached in March to add a song to “The Avengers.” They were already writing their upcoming studio album, but after going through the songs in their current roster, nothing seemed to fit. Cornell and guitarist Kim Thayil decided to put together an entirely new song, and “Live to Rise” is the result.

“Live to Rise” is the first Soundgarden song that was written only for a film. Cornell, as a solo artist, has written songs for several movie soundtracks, however, including “Mission Impossible II,” “Casino Royale” and “Machine Gun Preacher.”




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