Reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Monday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 13 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with SOUNDGARDEN by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).
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The members of SOUNDGARDEN spoke out on getting back together after 13 years in a recent cover story in Spin magazine. Singer Chris Cornell, drummer Matt Cameron, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Ben Shepherd are all interviewed, in addition to Cornell's ex-wife and SOUNDGARDEN's former manager, Susan Silver.
According to the Spin article, SOUNDGARDEN's upcoming projects could include a live album and a long-awaited collection of B-sides, but they have yet to write any new music. Cornell says, "It would be exciting to record one song to hear how soundgarden-ish that might be this much time later. But for me, it's been more of a trip relearning the songs and playing them together. Some of the songs we're approaching we've never played live."
Other notable parts of the feature include:
The "happily semi-retired" Thayil on what he hopes to get out of the reunion: "Look, there are certainly benefits. There's camaraderie. Actually, that might be one of the most important things, just being able to hang out with the guys."
Cornell on trying to go solo in 1999, after SOUNDGARDEN's demise: "It was mentally, physically, and spiritually a fucked-up point in my life. I was waking up and drinking a glass of vodka just to get a dial tone. My marriage wasn't working at all, and rather than face that, I turned to constant inebriation and then drugs."
Cornell also says that the members of SOUNDGARDEN never stopped being friendly even though they split up: "The one thing about SOUNDGARDEN most people don't get is that we always got along . . . we never had that internal negativity that usually spells the obvious reasons a band breaks up."
Susan Silver, however, says that Cornell was forced to reunite with SOUNDGARDEN after the failure of his disastrous 2009 album with Timbaland, "Scream": "Chris didn't have anywhere else to go. His solo career was so unfocused that he started to modify his behavior to make this work and earn the other guys' trust back."