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Soundgarden Prepping Live Album, Tour?

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I can not wait for this day!!!

Soundgarden released a statement online earlier this week saying that, “Over the past few months, we’ve been busy jamming, writing and hanging out together – exploring the creative aspect of being Soundgarden. It feels great. We have some cool new songs that we are going to record very soon. Thank you for all of the support!”

Now, guitarist Kim Thayil has spoken to Rolling Stone in more detail about what the band has in store. Their first-ever live album, Live on I5, comes out on March 22, and it is comprised of performances from their 1996 West Coast tour. Thayil says he would like to do some more extensive touring in the near future.

“I think we’re definitely interested in playing live again. It would be more satisfying if we were to get that momentum rolling,” Thayil told the magazine. “It’s never ultimately satisfying to play a one-off show here and there, because you don’t have the subsequent nights to redeem yourself if there is something that you feel went unsaid or something you feel went unexpressed or something you could do better. And the cool thing about being on a tour is there is always the next night. You have great nights, you have nights that aren’t so great. And when you’re on tour, you can build on that momentum.”

Asked about doing a full tour this summer, Thayil pointed out that drummer Matt Cameron has commitments with Pearl Jam and nothing is set in stone. “We’re always talking about stuff. There’s always ideas,” he said. “I don’t mean to be vague, but we’re always talking to each other and jamming with each other, and I think it’s probably likely that we’ll be playing live. And I think we would be happier to do that in tour form than just to do it as one-offs.”

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