Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Soundgarden to take extended break from touring

As Soundgarden prepare to launch their European tour in support of “King Animal” on September 4 in Helsinki, Finland, guitarist Kim Thayil says the band will be taking an extended break from the road to work on a variety of projects.

“I think [after the European tour] that will be it for awhile,” Thayil tells Seattle’s KIRO Radio. “I know that [drummer] Matt [Cameron]’s going to be some touring with Pearl Jam and I think [singer] Chris [Cornell] is going to be working on a solo acoustic record and he might be playing some shows during that. And I will be working on compiling the Soundgarden B-sides box, which we have a lot of songs that were released on European and Australian releases, movie soundtracks, various things like that that have yet to be compiled and put into album form.”

Bassist Ben Shepherd will release his debut solo album, “In Deep Owl,” on August 27.

Soundgarden’s European shows wrap up September 19 in London.

Cameron joins Pearl Jam for their fall tour in support of a new album, “Lighting Bolt,” due October 15; shows begin October 11 in Pittsburgh – full details are available here.

Soundgarden were recently featured on the public television series Live From The Artists Den. The band were filmed in concert at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on the final date of the first leg of their North American tour in support of “King Animal.”

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