"The 12 year break is over & school is back in session. Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!"
That's how iconic '90s grunge band Soundgarden engulfed those of us of a certain age in a swirl of flannel-scented nostalgia. After 12 years, the band is back together, they announced on New Years Day, to tour and bring the Seattle Sound back to the stage.
To come of age at the height of Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Alice in Chains was to be a fan of Chris Cornell's rich, husky vocals. The widely anticipated news - rumors of a reunion have been floating around for months, fueled in pard by the reformation of bands of that age like Rage Against the Machine, Faith No More, The Pixies, Stone Temple Pilots and the Smashing Pumpkins - was announced via Cornell's Twitter. Most ungrungy.
The Soundgarden lineup is singer Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd. Formed in 1984, Soundgarden won Grammy awards for the songs Spoonman (video above) and and Black Hole Sun, sold around 20 million albums worldwide. They disbanded in 1997.
Reunion talk began in earnest following a quick gig last year when they regrouped on stage to perform the Temple of the Dog song Hunger Strike together during a Pearl Jam show.