The snickering assumption made by everyone about reunion tours is that the group does it for the money. But apparently Soundgarden had another reason to reunite: They’re claiming in a new interview that a mis-worded tweet about their fansite relaunching led them to being harassed by fans and journalists and show bookers, which then led them to actually reuniting.
“We had neglected our legacy and our fans, so we were just starting the fan club up again,” guitarist Kim Thayil recently told Kerrang. Cornell said the same last year: “[There was a] concern about protecting the band’s legacy. There was no catalogue promotion, no Soundgarden website. So we got back together to have a discussion about serving the fanbase and it felt really great.”
But as soon as fans were reminded about the, er, Knights of the Soundtable, they were clamouring for the group to reunite. Even Rolling Stone misunderstood Cornell’s tweet. “I spent a lot of time trying to explain to my friends that we weren’t back together,” Thayil said. “My mother called and said, ‘We’ve heard the news, why didn’t you tell us?'”
So there you have it: Twitter accomplishing something real. Soundgarden are in the studio working on a new album, too. [Guardian]