Rampant Rumors


  • Axl Rosenberg


Shinedown’s Brent Smith posing right after someone yelled “Look like a douche bag!”

I wouldn’t be shocked if Soundgarden reunited. Everyone else is doing it; Chris Cornell needs to try and get his street cred back; I’m sure Kim Thayil could use a paycheck; and then there was that whole Tadgarden thing. In fact, I’d imagine that, at this point, the biggest impediment to a Soundgarden reunion is the fact that Cornell’s ex-wife, Susan Silver, set up the Tadgarden show, which, presumably, means she’s still involved in the band’s business dealings despite what was reportedly a nasty split with the singer.

Now, all of that being the case… in the words of my associate Gary Suarez, I’ll believe the reunion is happening when “I hear it from Kim Thayil’s hairy lips.”

And Shinedown singer Brent Smith, whom Blabbermouth tells me claims he heard from “someone… specifically in their organization” that the reunion is happening, ain’t no Kim Thayil. His lips aren’t even hairy.

I don’t mean to rag on Shinedown. They’re not really my cup of tea but I know Vince thinks they’re the cat’s pajamas. But why the fuck would even talk about this? I mean, being the source of a rumor isn’t the end of the world or anything, but, uh, why don’t you just talk about your own fucking band?

Without knowing the full circumstances of how this even came up in the course of the interview, I’m inclined to say Smith ran his mouth because he was actively looking for some extra publicity (See how I just typed his name and his band name a bunch of times just now? I’m as susceptible to this kind of bullshit as anyone, I guess.).

In conclusion, Smith should shut his yap. Someone call me when Kim Thayil sticks his head out.


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