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?