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- Posted on Apr 15th 2011 11:00AM by Chris Cope
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A post on Twitter early last year from frontman Chris Cornell about the relaunch of the Soundgarden fan club led to overeager fans mistakingly thinking the Seattle band was reforming -- and word soon went viral.
In an interview with Kerrang! (via The Guardian), guitarist Kim Thayil revealed that talk of the band's 'return' led to the group being offered shows -- and after thinking it would be "fun" to play a Seattle show, the rest, they say, is history.
He said, "We had neglected our legacy and our fans, so we were just starting the fan club up again."
But a less-than-clear tweet from Cornell -- which said, "The 12-year break is over & school is back in session" -- led to mistaken hopes that the band were reuniting. He added: "I spent a lot of time trying to explain to my friends that we weren't back together. My mother called and said, 'We've heard the news, why didn't you tell us?'"
"It generated a lot of interest and my phone was ringing off the hook with people offering us shows. We turned most of them down, but thought it would be fun to play that show in Seattle [in April 2010] and eventually Lollapalooza. It was only around then that there was talk about doing some new material."