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Soundgarden Return Unlikely Says Kim Thayil

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil downplays possible Soundgarden activity without the late Chris Cornell following recent speculation.

When Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture unveiled a Chris Cornell memorial statue last weekend, music writers noticed the occasion pulled together the surviving members of Soundgarden in one place. Quotes gathered from Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd seemed to maybe leave a door open?

But Seattle Times, speaking with Thayil about upcoming MC50 gigs, asked for clarification. Here's what Thayil said about future new music or touring as Soundgarden:

No, I don’t think that’s anything we’d give reasonable consideration to at this point... When I say ‘at this point,’ I mean perhaps ever [laughs]... I don’t know really what kind of thing is possible or what we would consider in the future. It’s likely nothing. The four of us were that. There were four of us and now there’s three of us, so it’s just not likely that there’s much to be pursued other than the catalog work at this point.

So no new Soundgarden music or tours. Okay. But what about old music? Thayil manages the band's catalog, and it sounds like archival and reissue projects are already underway.

Thayil also believes he will likely continue to make music with Cameron and Shepherd. Maybe that turns into a full band with a new name? Maybe they hit the road and play a few Soundgarden songs? Time will tell. In the meantime, Thayil is psyched to be on the road with his hero Wayne Kramer paying tribute to the legendary proto-punk band MC5. You can see him on the right below.

MC50 Kick Out The Jams Sept 3 2018

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