Grunge rock group Soundgarden is set to reunite in 2010, according to a New Year's Day Twitter message from frontman Chris Cornell. The message directed readers to sign up for updates at soundgardenworld.com, which so far displays the same text as the tweet: "The 12 year break is over and school is back in session."
While details are so far not confimed, Billboard.com reports that "the group is weighing offers from several major US and international festivals," with issues to be worked out stemming from drummer Matt Cameron's previous commitments as drummer for Pearl Jam.
Such a reunion would mark the first time since 1997 that the Seattle group has played together live. Singer Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd, and drummer Cameron disbanded that year, shortly following the release of the band's fifth album, Down on the Upside. The band is best known for 1994's Superunknown, the group's fourth album, released when fellow grunge acts Nirvana and Pearl Jam were also enjoying some of their biggest successes.
Since the band's amicable split, Cornell has released three solo albums and three additional albums as lead singer of Audioslave. Kim Thayil has contributed to projects by experimental group SunnO))), Boris, and Presidents of the United States of America, and played guitar for Dave Grohl's project Probot. Ben Shepherd teamed with Matt Cameron to form Hater, which released two albums, and Cameron became drummer for Pearl Jam in 1998.