Guitarist Kim Thayil recently spoke about the possibility of playing more live shows with his fellow surviving SOUNDGARDEN members, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron.
Speaking with Lifeminute, he said: “I think it’s very likely that Matt and Ben and I will play together. I think we know that the songs that we love, that we did for decades with SOUNDGARDEN, if we’re gonna play those songs again or hear those songs when we wanna hear them, at best it’ll be with at least the three of us; that’s the closest we’re gonna get at this point. So I think we’d wanna re-explore that and do that at some time in the future. And I think the three of us have an interest in doing new things. We certainly like working together.”
Last August, Thayil, Cameron and Shepherd joined Brandi Carlile onstage during her concert on at the Gorge Amphitheatre in in George, Washington to play SOUNDGARDEN’s “Searching With My Good Eye Closed” and “Black Hole Sun”.
Carlile took the stage at the 2019 ‘I Am the Highway’ Tribute concert, performing renditions of AUDIOSLAVE’s “Like a Stone,” TEMPLE OF THE DOG’s “Hunger Strike” and SOUNDGARDEN’s “Black Hole Sun”, which she played with surviving band members Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd.
The singer told Rolling Stone at the time that she wasn’t initially scheduled to sing “Black Hole Sun,” but did after another performer didn’t show up. “I was like, ‘Not only can I do it, but, like, I’m there. And I don’t need lyrics. I got this.’”
She also went on to record a cover version of the SOUNDGARDEN song as well as a rendition of “Searching With My Good Eye Closed,” from the band’s 1991 album “Badmotorfinger”, with the group last year. The release was titled “A Rooster Says”, and was part of the 2020 Record Store Day collection.
Carlile says that if she were given the opportunity to go on tour with SOUNDGARDEN, she would “make the time.”