Chris Cornell announced early Friday on his Twitter feed that "The 12 year break is over & school is back in session," directing fans to www.soundgardenworld.com for future updates. The band has not performed live together since announcing its breakup in the spring of 1997, but it appears that will change in 2010.
Soundgarden was fairly active for an inactive band in 2009. Back in March, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron performed a trio of Soundgarden classics in Seattle with singer Tad Doyle, and in October Cornell participated in a Temple of the Dog reunion at a Pearl Jam gig in Los Angeles. The band has also openly discussed the possible release of a collection of b-sides and unreleased recordings.
It’s unclear at this time how this news might impact Cameron’s standing as the drummer for Pearl Jam, who have already announced a short European tour and an appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival later this year.