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Soundgarden Reunion Confirmed by Chris Cornell

By January 1, 2010

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Soundgarden broke up in 1997, but in the last year there have been whispers that they might reunite. Frontman Chris Cornell made it official around midnight EST through his Twitter account. "The 12 year break is over & school is back in session," Cornell tweeted, "Knights of the Soundtable ride again!" He also included a link to the band's brand new website. (Prior to this, Soundgarden had no official home page.)

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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January 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm
(1) Carrie says:

SWEET!!!!! I love Soundgarden!!!! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssss!

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