Soundgarden Reunites for 2010 Tour
Soundgarden, grunge rock icons, appear ready to reunite later sometime this year. This is according to Chris Cornell, the band’s frontman, who posted a message online on New Year’s Day hinting that the band might be making a comeback.
On his Twitter account Cornell wrote that their 12 year break was over and school is going back in session. Knights of Soundtable will ride again. In the message there was a link to a new website for Soundgarden where fans are able to sign up to get future updates.
If the reunion does happen, it will be the first time that the alternative rock quartet out of Seattle, comprised of Cornell, Kim Thayil, guitarist, Ben Shepherd, bassist and Matt Cameron, drummer, will have played together live since spring 1997.
According to Billboard Magazine, the band is weighing several offers from some major international and U.S. Festivals. There are routing tour issues that still need to be worked out. This in large part due to existing commitments of Cameron’s to play next spring as well as summer with Pearl Jam.
Since 1998 Cameron has been the permanent drummer for Pearl Jam.
Originally Soundgarden broke up in 1997, the year following the release of “Down on the Upside,” the band’s fifth album. The set peaked all the way to No. 2 on Billboard’s 200, but never matched sales numbers from the previous studio album by the band, “Superunknown” released in 1994. “Superunknown” debuted on US album charts at No.1, spawning three singles in the top ten, which included their number 1 hit single “Black Hole Sun.”
After the band broke up, Cornell released a total of three solo albums. He was also the lead singer for Audioslave, a supergroup. Cornell fronted members from Rage Against The Machine and they released three albums. Since the disbandment of Soundgarden Thayil has contributed to different musical projects, including works from Presidents of the United States of American and SunnO))). Thayil was also a guitarist for a heavy metal project of Dave Grohl’s called Probot. They released one album in 2004, which was self titled.
Cameron, in addition to working with Pearl Jam, also worked with Shepherd on Hater, their side project. They released two albums. Their self title debut of 1993 along with “The 2nd” released in 2005.