Rumour mill: Soundgarden for festivals in 2012?

Will Download or Sonisphere bag the reformed grunge legends?

Chris Swindells - 20 September 2011

Soundgarden are one group of Seattle grunge-legends who have never strayed far from industry rumour mill. It was you-know-my-name Cornell, their secret tongue-slipping frontman, who ushered on their 2010 reunion shows at Lollapalooza.

The festival marked Soundgarden's first shows in 13 years, and the multi-million selling alternative-rock act were now in retrospective mode with greatest hit collections and Guitar Hero promotion opportunities to be worked out.

It wasn't until earlier this year however that the superunknown question would be answered and the band confirmed officially they had new material penned. Fr the first time in more than a decade they'd be recording with Pearl Jam producer Adam Kasper.

As the band this week confirmed they'll play the New Orlean's Voodoo Experience Festival next month, it comes to the spoonman to ask when they'll finally come to play the UK festival arena?

If they do in 2012 will it be long-established rock giant Download or it's fiery younger cousin Sonisphere who gets the ultimate look in?

Chris Cornell played a solo set in 2009 at Download, dipping into Soundgarden and Audioslave material. Audioslave played the first Download event in 2003, replacing Limp Bizkit and Download Festival booker Andy Copping only today teased with his official Twitter feed;

"Do yourselves a favour...go & put 'Rusty Cage' on by Soundgarden, crank it up & then tell me you don't love it!"

But there's no certainties in this business and Sonisphere man Stuart Galbraith revealed he was still in discussion with a lot of acts for 2012, though paid no particular mention to Soundgarden.

Other rumours for Download 2012 and Sonisphere 2012 include Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Green Day, Foo Fighters and Tenacious D.

Click here for our Sonisphere line up 2012 rumours and Download line up 2012 rumours.

Another option for Soundgarden 2012 festival shows include Reading and Leeds Festivals 2011, Soundgarden last played Reading Festival in 1995.

Here is a video of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl rocking out to Soundgarden at a US show earlier this year.

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