Soundgarden to take break from touringReunited grunge legends Soundgarden are planning to take a break from performing after their upcoming European tour, which kicks off on September 4 in Helsinki, Finland and conclude on Sept. 19 in London, England. Guitarist Kim Thayil tells Seattle's Kiro Radio: "I think [after the European tour] that will be it for awhile. I know that Matt's [Cameron, drums] going to be some touring with Pearl Jam and I think Chris [Cornell, vocals] 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."
Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd will release his debut solo album as Hbs, "In Deep Owl", on August 27. The collection of songs was recorded in the industrial neighborhoods of Georgetown and Interbay in Seattle, Washington and was produced by Dave French, Ben Shepherd, Chad MacMurray and Nathan Yaccino. It features guest appearances by Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain.
Soundgarden released the music video on January 29 for "By Crooked Steps", the second single from the quartet's new album, "King Animal".
The "By Crooked Steps" clip was directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who submitted a treatment for the video on his own initiative after hearing the song.
"King Animal" came out last November and was Soundgarden's first set of all-new material in 16 years.
Soundgarden reunited in 2010 after a 13-year break, releasing a retrospective collection called "Telephantasm" and a concert album titled "Live On I-5".