SOUNDGARDEN's Breakup Wasn't 'Tabloid-Ish Enough,' Says CHRIS CORNELL

November 11, 2010

SOUNDGARDEN made its first national television appearance in 13 years on Tuesday night (November 9),when the band performed on the second episode of Conan O'Brien's new nighttime talk show on TBS, "Conan". SOUNDGARDEN reunited earlier this year after splitting up back in 1997, and singer Chris Cornell told The Pulse of Radio that there was never any juicy story behind their decision to break up. "Nobody really likes the answers they got with why did SOUNDGARDEN break up, because they almost feel like it wasn't tabloid-ish enough," he said. "People seem to want to sort of hear rumors and things that were based on what you normally hear, I guess, which is, you know, 'I hated that guy' or 'that guy hated me' or a specific thing happened one day that was unbelievable or horrible. And, like, none of that existed. We had just been a band, I think, a lot longer than a lot of people knew about."

SOUNDGARDEN played two songs on "Conan": the recently released 1991 studio cut "Black Rain" was broadcast on the show, while the track "Hunted Down"SOUNDGARDEN's very first single, released in 1987 — was posted online only.

SOUNDGARDEN has played just a handful of gigs since reuniting earlier this year, including a headlining show at this past summer's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.

The band has yet to announce any full-length tour plans.

SOUNDGARDEN released a CD/DVD retrospective set in late September called "Telephantasm", featuring singles, album cuts, live material and the previously unavailable "Black Rain".

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