7th Jul 2012 2:40pm | By Editor
Hyde Park becomes ‘Guitar Park’, the setting for rock gods, returning titans, reformed axe-masters and punk icons, along with a healthy dose of up-and-coming talent.
If you have even a passing interest in the six-stringed instrument, then you’d be a fool to miss out here.
Soundgarden were once the classic rock-meets-metal stalwarts of the Nineties grunge scene, but split in 1997, before regrouping in 2010. With the original four- piece line-up – Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd – this is the ‘Garden as they were, and are, and anyone who saw them destroy Download a few weeks back will know the boys have a classics-laden set of Superunkown and Badmotorfinger hits up their sleeves.
Support comes from none other than street-walking cheetah Iggy Pop and his Stooges, and, playing their first show in the northen hemisphere for more than 30 years, Cold Chisel, Australia’s proud torch bearers for powerful pub rock ‘n’ roll writ stadium size.
Saturday welcomes the Boss to town. After battling the mood of the storm-lashed Isle of Wight festival last month (and winning), where he pulled out the stops for a three-hour set, Bruce Springsteen will be hoping for a bit of sun this time.
We’ll be hoping he nails it as he did on the UK’s little island in the channel, delving deep into his remarkable back catalogue of true rock ‘n’ roll classics. Paul Simon closes the show on the Sunday, performing his groundbreaking 1986 album Gracelands, complete with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
July 13-15 | Doors at 12pm | £50+
Hyde Park, W2 4RU
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