Now that the election is over, we can start counting down the days to the truly important event of Fall 2012: the release of the new Soundgarden album! This Tuesday, the legendary rock band will release King Animal, their first album of new material since 1996’s Down on the Upside, and today they announced a Winter 2013 North American tour in support of the release!

The tour includes two shows each in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, and the band’s hometown of Seattle, finishing off the run of shows with back-to-back dates at the Wiltern in LA on February 15th and 16th (saving the best for last, eh?). Fan club pre-sales begin this Monday, November 12th, and tickets go on-sale to the public starting next Friday, November 16th.

Soundgarden has also announced a commemorative poster art design contest for the tour, so all you creative types get to work using the album title as the theme to create “a ferocious and primal design that embodies the untamed disposition of a ‘King Animal’.” Pretty badass! The deadline for submission is December 21st, so I suggest you get inspired now by watching Soundgarden’s newly released video for “Been Away Too Long,” the first single from King Animal, below.

Soundgarden 2013 Tour Dates:

01/18 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
01/19 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
01/20 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
01/22 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
01/23 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
01/25 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
01/26 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
01/27 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
01/29 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
01/30 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
02/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
02/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
02/06 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
02/07 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
02/08 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
02/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
02/12 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
02/13 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
02/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
02/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

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