In retrospect, this reunion news is hardly a shock. After Cornell released the pop-leaning solo album Scream in March, which was not well-received by his rock fans, the singer-songwriter had to face a stream of reunion questions from journalists, especially considering that other '90s bands like Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots, Blink-182 and Limp Bizkit were reforming. The group only added fuel to the reunion fires when they announced that they'd be putting out a B-sides collection, which inspired reporters to ask Cornell and guitarist Kim Thayil separately if this meant Soundgarden would be coming back together. Their answers were always suspiciously cagey; for instance, Cornell's response was "It takes somebody to really stand up and say, 'We should do this, we have to go do this, let's go do this,' and so far, no one has raised their hand to do that. Still, it's not impossible." In other words, the sense you got was that a reunion would happen eventually once all the logistics got worked out, but nobody from the Soundgarden camp was going to confirm anything before that moment.
Now that we do have that official confirmation, though, we still don't know much of anything else regarding their plans. The band's new website offers no information about whether this reunion means just a tour or a new album as well. Once you enter your email address to get on the band's mailing list, the site takes you to a video for "Get on the Snake" from their 1989 album Louder Than Love. Beyond that, you'll just have to wait for the group's next update.
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