Soundgarden Guitarist Kim Thayil: ‘We Don’t Force Anything’

Soundgarden, Courtesy Photo

Grunge rock greats are back on the road after 14 years

Soundgarden fans will never forget the moment they heard Chris Cornell was rounding up the troops for what would be one of the biggest musical reunions of 2010. The moment — which happened New Year’s Eve 2010 via a Tweet from Cornell — was almost better than the feeling after patching up a messy breakup, right?

Now the band is smack dab in the middle of their first full-scale tour in 14 years, and Soundgarden guitarist and co-founder Kim Thayil says the trek feels “natural.”

“I guess there never really was a definitive point when we said we are back together,” he told the Washington Examiner. “… the rumors started that we were reunited. Those rumors generated offers for us to get together. When we got together and jammed … it just felt natural.”

Soundgarden have also been recording material for a new album– their first, as hard as it is to believe, in 15 years.

Many bands would crack under the sky-high expectations of making a solid comeback album, but not Soundgarden.

“We don’t force anything,” Thayil said. “There is a natural interest in what we have in music, and that has certainly changed in the past 12 years. All of us have grown but it’s a lot like putting on a nice pair of shoes and jeans that you wore [years before]. They still fit the same, but now there are more contours.”

The new album is slated to arrive in early 2012.

Soundgarden 2011 Summer Tour Dates:

07/12 — Fairfax, Va.
07/13 — Philadelphia, Pa.
07/14 — Atlantic City, N.J.
07/16 – Chicago, Ill.
07/18 – Morrison, Colo.
07/20 — Stateline, Nev.
07/21 — San Francisco, Calif.
07/22 — Inglewood, Calif.
07/23 — Las Vegas, Nev.
07/27 – Calgary, AB Canada
07/29 — Vancouver, BC Canada
07/30 – George, Wash.

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