Happy New Year – it’s about time!

Lots of sentiment out there that today is a good time to bid farewell to a lousy year and look forward to a new day (and new year) with great optimism. 

OK, I’ll buy that, I guess.  No reason to downplay excitement for the future.  Even if the recent past has not been nearly as bad as many want to paint it to be.

But, regardless – 2010 opens with some great news for fans of the long, lost Soundgarden.

Chris Cornell made the announcement last night on TwitterThe 12 year break is over & school is back in session

Yes, folks, Soundgarden is back and it’s way past time for this reunion to take shape.

Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, Chris Cornell, & Matt Cameron of Soundgarden

Check out this Billboard feature today which provides as much detail as possible at this early date. 

One interesting note from the article states that reunion plans began to take shape shortly after Cornell’s appearance at an October Pearl Jam show in Los Angeles where he reprised the Temple of the Dog song “Hunger Strike” with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron (a PJ band member for over a decade) onstage and guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Ben Shepherd watching backstage.

It’s all rumor and speculation now, but soundgardenworld.com looks like the official spot for all future announcements.  And whatever evolves in the days ahead, we’re all winners as the details emerge.  Especially if we can bury the memories of that last Chris Cornell solo album.  

Stay tuned.

And Happy New Year!

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~ by acm213 on January 1, 2010.

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