Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is confident that King Animal is just the start of a new phase for the group, with more new albums to come. Unlike many reunited acts who make one album at most and call it quits again, Cornell told us that he thinks Soundgarden can go the distance: "I think it can. I don't see any reason why not. The overall attitude about keeping it going, that attitude seems to be really good. I mean, there's nothing stopping us from continuing to make records, that's for sure, and continuing to play shows. We had a great experience doing this album and since we've been back together everything we've done has kind of been that way."
- Cornell told Billboard.com about the way the band is handling itself these days, "I think that's a simple as us making the conscious decision to not be influenced by anything other than what the four of us want to do and not putting a business version of a timeline on it. Our attitude is that we're doing this because we love it and because it matters to us and not for any other reason, and everything else kind of takes care of itself."
- The group, which reunited in 2010 after a 13-year layoff, recorded King Animal last year and released it in November. It's the band's first new set of studio material since 1996's Down On The Upside.
- Soundgarden kicked off a North American tour last week that brought the band over the weekend to Washington D.C., where they performed as part of the festivities surrounding the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.
SIDE NOTES: Asked by The Phoenix whether Soundgarden's reunion was a "cash grab," guitarist Kim Thayil replied, "How is it a cash grab? Since when is there money in making records anymore (laughs)? . . . and by the way, since when do we need money? We're not like the Afghan Whigs or Pavement. We had a fairly successful career. Matt Cameron played in Pearl Jam for God's sake! What the hell does he need to spend another, you know, 20 hours a week dedicated to writing and rehearsing Soundgarden songs and tending to Soundgarden's business? He's doing just fine thank you."
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Soundgarden's video for "Been Away Too Long":
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Do you see the Soundgarden reunion as a "cash grab"?
- How about other reunions, like Rage Against The Machine or Stone Temple Pilots?
- Is a reunion more credible if the band makes new music, instead of just touring on the old hits?
- Did King Animal show that Soundgarden can pick up and continue from here?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
shakey27 wrote: "Any time a band reunites they get accused of a cash grab. While it may be true for some I don't see it with Soundgarden. As Thayil said they were fairly successful in their prime and had decent things going after."
Smashing Blumpkins wrote: "I just don't see why a band isn't entitled to a cash-grab. If they made good music and continue to perform it well enough, all the better."
Zambo wrote: "Bands are damned if they do, damned if they don't. They get harassed about reunions of their former bands every interview for the rest of their lives. And if they go through with it, then its a cash grab."
Steviestiches wrote: "I wouldn't hold it against them one bit. Cash in my friends. A good living is hard to come by. Rock on!"
Chris Cornell Says Soundgarden Can Keep Going
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