Fans of Soundgarden circa that press shot had a rough last decade. Yes I’m thinking Audioslave, but in particular it’s the tail end of the ’00s that hurt the most, thanks to Chris Cornell’s bizarre nosedive to a place where not even trenchant Trent Reznor zings could paint the singer in a light as silly as his Timbaland collabs did. But after that bottoming out, the sleek and soulless Jesus Christ poseur began the redemptive process, reliving some glory days with a Temple Of The Dog reunion which itself came months after the rest of his mates had an impropmtu reunion their own. And all of that was just the foreplay leading up to a very special/financially inevitable Chris Cornell New Year’s tweet: “The 12 year break is over … Knights of the Soundtable ride again!” Which is a super cool way to say Soundgarden, one of the grunge era’s heaviest, most distinguished, and influential acts is reuniting this year. And making a lot of money doing it.
Standing in the way of the band collecting all the festival checks is Matt Cameron, who’s spent the last decade as Pearl Jam’s drummer and has PJ tour commitments for this year already, but still, Billboard reports the band is weighing some big-time offers from festivals around the world. You can keep updated by signing up at soundgardenworld.com, or by keeping your eyes out for impromptu warm-up reunions at your local Cinnabon.