Soundgarden: Screaming Back To Life

Cornell: Soundgarden reunion was a happy accident: Aidin Vaziri | Gulp. Chris Cornell doesn’t sound happy. The last time we talked, the hirsute rock god dismissed the idea of getting back together with his old band, the platinum-selling ’90s rock mainstays Soundgarden. “That, to me, is similar to playing the back of a Chinese restaurant,” he said. It was two years ago, and he was promoting “Scream,” his divisive, genre-bending collaboration with hip-hop producer Timbaland, so it was easy to understand his desire to move forward. But when I bring up the quote on the eve of the recently reunited Soundgarden’s first tour date in 14 years, Cornell insists his words were taken out of context. “I didn’t say that,” he huffs, calling from Toronto. “Start over.”
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