Soundgarden's reunion continues to be a fruitful one, with the band finally offering their first new music in 16 years with the 'King Animal' album. And while there are some that may question their motives for getting back together, guitarist Kim Thayil says it was truly a quite organic happening.
Although Soundgarden are in the midst of their current North America tour run, the recently reunited rockers just added a very special appearance to their itinerary. Frontman Chris Cornell has signed on to perform at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, helping President Obama and Vice President Biden honor U.S. armed forces, while all of Soundgarden will be providing entertainment at the Inaugural Ball on the same day.
After grunge legends Soundgarden chose call it quits in 1997, the band members who helped bring the group to worldwide prosperity all ventured out into various musical projects. Vocalist Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron continued their massive careers after the breakup, but guitarist Kim Thayil chose to keep a low profile. However, Thayil reveals that he had started a supergroup with Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and other prominent musicians.
Soundgarden are now back in full force after announcing their reunion in 2010, and to help welcome them back in style, the band performed on the Monday night (Nov. 26) episode of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' In front of a standing-room-only crowd, Soundgarden took the outdoor stage to play 'By Crooked Steps' and 'Been Away Too Long' before surprising the live audience with three extra tracks off the air.
A little more than a year ago, Soundgarden played a show at a venue just outside of New York City that has a capacity of well over 15,000, but for the release of their latest album, 'King Animal,' the band decided to get a little more intimate. As part of a string of small-venue shows, Soundgarden celebrated the release of 'King Animal' at New York City's Irving Plaza with a sold-out crowd of just over 1,000 screaming fans on Nov. 13.
Smashing Pumpkins visionary Billy Corgan does not have much of a filter when it comes to speaking his mind. The most recent example of this was his personal commentary on the Soundgarden reunion and the impetus behind it, saying, “They’re just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands.”