Grunge tribute band Superunknown is scheduled to perform with Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) this fall. The band is a veteran of AFE shows, having performed on several tours in the past. This tour features seven shows, October 28-November 8.
Starting in 2018 as a solo act with vocalist/guitarist Jason Reed, Superunknown now consists of a full band, featuring Damon St. Alborne on vocals, Louis Graff on guitar, Tom Laskas on bass, and Ron DiSilvestro on drums. Superunknown covers a variety of bands from the 90s and 00s grunge music era, including Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine and Alice In Chains, among others. They have played popular venues like the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, New York; The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware; and the World Cafe Live and Underground Arts venues in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of the music of Chris Cornell,” says Jason Reed, vocalist for the band. “When I first heard Soundgarden in the early 90s, I was blown away, and I started learning their songs.”
Reed also creates original music with his band, the Reed Brothers Band. “When I was a kid, I was drawn to singers like Robert Plant and Steven Tyler, who could sing in a high register with power. With Soundgarden, Chris Cornell took that power to a whole new level. What stood out in Temple of the Dog was the writing; those songs are so heartfelt, with a universal message I think anyone can relate to, and I love the dynamic range of Audioslave.”
After Cornell’s death in 2017, Reed desired to perform a “one-off” solo acoustic tribute show. After opening for some of the local Grunge-A-Palooza festivals with his solo acoustic set, he performed all over the northeast United States, meeting band members who would become part of Superunknown. In addition to this tour, Superunknown currently has other events scheduled through the rest of the year.
AFE has been committed to boosting the morale and well-being of service members and their families stationed overseas through world-class live events and performances since 1951.