Soundgarden to reunite in 2010

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After months of mounting rumors, Soundgarden will officially reunite in 2010 for a tour. Frontman Chris Cornell made the announcement on New Year’s Day through his Twitter account.

“The 12 year break is over & school is back in session,” Cornell wrote on his Twitter page. “Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!” The message included a link to a new Soundgarden website where fans can sign up for further updates. Fan who sign up will receive access to watch a video for their 1989 song “Get On The Snake”.

The tour would mark the first time since 1997 that the grunge rockers (comprised of Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron) have played together live. The band formed in Seatlle in 1984 and went on to release five studio albums with their last being 1996’s Down on the Upside. Cornell went on to release three solo albums, as well fronting the now disbanded Audioslave with members of Rage Against the Machine. Cameron joined fellow Seattle legends Pearl Jam and has been their permanent drummer since 1998.

Billboard Magazine reports “the group is weighing offers from several major U.S. and international festivals”. However, when the tour will take place is unknown as Cameron’s has existing commitments to play with Pearl Jam next spring and summer.

A Soundgarden reunion was considered impossible for many years until Cameron, Thayil and Shepherd all appeared on stage together last March in Seattle during Tom Morello’s Justice Tour. With the help up of Tad’s Tad Doyle, they ran through a few Soundgarden favorites. In October, Cornell joined Pearl Jam on stage at their show in Los Angeles to sing “Hunger Strike” for an impromptu Temple Of A Dog reunion. Both Thayil and Shepherd were in attendance and it is believed that discussion over a potential Soundgarden reunion took place after the show.

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