Monday, January 4, 2010


Soundgarden is on the short list of bands that I've always wanted to see but never got the chance. Maybe now is that time. They announced today that they'll be getting back together in some capacity this year, but the details remain unclear. Maybe they'll pull a Rage Against the Machine and only headline huge festivals or maybe they'll do a full-on tour. Either way, I'm excited. The new album will probably be terrible, and I have little to no expectations about it, but if they come anywhere near Salt Lake City and I get a chance to hear Slaves & Bulldozers live, I'm taking it. Soundgarden will reunite for concerts in 2010, according to a Twitter message from frontman Chris Cornell which directs fans to a new Web site, The Seattle rock quartet -- Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron -- has not played live since splitting up in the spring of 1997.

Although no details have been announced yet, sources tell Billboard the group is weighing offers from several major U.S. and international festivals. But a tour routing is still a work in progress, due to Cameron's prior commitments to play with Pearl Jam in the spring and summer of next year.

Cameron has been Pearl Jam's permanent drummer since 1998; that group recently announced its first North American date of 2010 as part of the second weekend of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 29-May 2), and will also play 10 European shows from June 22 in Dublin through July 10 in Oeiras, Portugal.

Also still amorphous are plans for some kind of Soundgarden best-of and/or reissues of its back catalog. In addition, Thayil and Shepherd have long discussed compiling a Soundgarden boxed set, which would include a wealth of unreleased studio material.

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1 comment:

  1. Seriously, Kim Thayil is one of the raddest guitarists to ever live, along with Bubba Dupree from Void. Its funny they both did guest spots on the Ascend record with Gentry Densley.