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What’s happening with the Soundgarden reunion?

February 8th, 2010 by travis hay

It’s been more than a month since Chris Cornell let the world know he is getting his old band back together via Twitter, and since nary a word has been spoken of the reunion plans.

On Jan. 22 a brief e-mail was sent out to those who signed up for the latest Soundgarden news over at Soundgardenworld.com. It reads as follows:

“Thanks to all for signing up. Stay tuned for more details! Loudest of Love – Ben, Chris, Kim and Matt.”

The band was rumored to be headlining a night of the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif. but when the festival’s lineup was dropped Soundgarden was missing. So what are Ben, Kim, Matt and Chris up to, and when will they make their reunion show debut?  I haven’t the foggiest idea, but here are a few guesses about what could be in the works for the Soundgarden camp.

The rumor has been that the band will likely tour the summer festival circuit instead of plot out a countrywide trek due to Matt Cameron’s commitments to Pearl Jam. This seems most likely what will happen, but don’t expect to see too many U.S. festival dates. I’m guessing the band will play lots of European festivals this summer and perhaps come back to the states next year.

Speaking of stateside festivals, while Coachella is out out the mix for potential festival appearances this year, don’t rule out other American festivals. Lollapalooza seems like a no-brainer given the band’s association with the 90s alt-rock roadshow. Also, Sasquatch! has yet to reveal its lineup and there’s Bumbershoot too. Yes, Soundgarden definitely is not your typical Sasquatch! fare but it would be a coup for the festival to nab a Soundgarden set and the festival is sort of on the band’s home turf. Also, a Bumbershoot with Soundgarden as a headliner could be massive.

Another interesting thing to think about is how many reunion shows the band will play. They could pull a Pixies and only perform select dates and then reunite for a full tour a few years later. Or they could pull an Eagles and reunite “when Hell freezes over” and have a reunion tour that lasts almost an entire decade. My money is on the former happening.

All of this is pure speculation of course, but since mums the word from the band speculation is all fans are left with for the time being.

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One Response to “What’s happening with the Soundgarden reunion?”

  1. Craig P Says:

    I doubt they will do anything besides a headlining tour. It’s all about the Benjamins. I’d love to eat crow and see a Bumbershoot appearance.

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