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Chris Cornell offers update on new Soundgarden album

Grunge legends are set to embark on a US tour later this week

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    Soundgarden recently announced dates for a summer tour, and along with it came confirmation that a new album was in the works. Now, in an interview with Billboard, frontman Chris Cornell has offered an update on the follow-up to 2012’s King Animal.

    Cornell said the band’s “halfway through writing the new album,” but added, “We’re not on a schedule.” While such a statement suggests the album is a ways off, it’s not for a lack of excitement on Cornell’s part. “What I look forward to the most — because I tour so much, especially the last couple of years, by myself — is the camaraderie,” he explained. “It’s what we missed when we weren’t a band. When I do solo tours, I’m really kind of alone all the time, so that’s the best thing about it.”

    Soundgarden are set to kick off their 2017 US tour later this week in Tampa, with dates stretching through the end of May. Presumambly, the band will resume work on the album following the tour, with an eye toward a late 2017 release.

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    Soundgarden 2017 Tour Dates:
    04/28 – Tampa, FL @ WXTV Rockfest
    04/29 – Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
    04/30 – Ft Myers, FL @ Fort Rock Festival
    05/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
    05/05 – Concord, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
    05/06 – Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
    05/07 – Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
    05/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
    05/12 – Council Bluffs, IA @ KIWR Rockfest
    05/13 – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
    05/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
    05/17 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
    05/19 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
    05/20 – Maryland Heights, MO @ KPNT Pointfest
    05/22 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
    05/25 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
    05/26 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
    05/27 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma

    Watch Cornell and Soundgarden bandmate Matt Cameron perform “The Promise” on The Tonight Show last week:

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