Owing to a Twitter faux pas, the seminal grunge group broke its you-know-what and announced four live dates for July.
After falling from prominence over a decade ago, the four members of Soundgarden have reformed and announced plans to tour North America. Except for two special appearances last year in Seattle and at Lollapalooza, it will have been 14 years since the seminal grunge outfit took to the road, with plans to stop in four cities during July.
The Guardian reports that this stems from an announcement over Twitter on the launch of the band’s official website:
“The 12 year break is over amd school is back in session,” said frontman Chris Cornell on New Year’s Day 2010. “Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again! soundgardenworld.com”
Without further clarification from Cornell, this apparent call to arms stirred fans and friends into a flurry of anticipation. The reaction to the tweet made such an impression on the group that they, faithful to their legacy and fans, chose to return to the studio a year later.
Along with these four dates below, Soundgarden hopes to write new material and perhaps even record an album. According to the mentioned article, guitarist Kim Thayil said, “The last thing we want to make is another grunge or metal record.” Lord knows they can still rock, but, basing this on Cornell’s current focus on writing soulful acoustic rock, whatever comes down the road would probably roll at a slower pace than before.
Soundgarden 2011 Tour Dates:
07/02 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
07/18 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum