Soundgarden reunion

On New Year’s Eve, Chris Cornell announced via Twitter, “The 12 year break is over & school is back in session. Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!”  Like Billy Corgan before him, a failed solo album paved the way for a much more-welcomed band reunion.

So, yes, Soundgarden is returning after almost 13 years.  When they left us, they were touring behind “Down on the Upside,” a fairly standard album that garnered merely average reviews.  Back then, in the few years post-“Superunknown,” it felt like the band had run out of steam.  And that proved to be true.
Nostalgia being what it is, both from the public and band sides, a Soundgarden reunion was inevitable.  After all, no band stays broken up forever anymore (I’m looking at you, Sting).  
At its best, Soundgarden is an ambitious, tough-as-nails, band fronted by one of the best voices in rock.  In a live setting, on a good night, the band could transform weaker album tracks into absolute epics.  And this is the band I hope we’re going to get.
The first big piece of rock news this year is certainly exciting.  Is it too early to speculate on a Lollapalooza headline slot?
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