Chris Cornell: 'Soundgarden Broke Up Because of Preservationist Attitude'

"There wasn't some sort of philosophical conflict, it was more of a day-to-day life becomes less enjoyable," the frontman explains.

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell recently discussed the band's 1997 breakup during a Guitar Center Sessions interview, naming "preservationist attitude" as No. 1 reason.

"There wasn't some sort of philosophical conflict," he said. "It was more of a day-to-day life becomes less enjoyable. And because of what we'd created, for me there was more of a preservationist attitude towards it. Like, if this is gonna be icky, then let's just not do it. So up to that point we hadn't made any mistakes with our music or made any mistakes in front of our fans."

Soundgarden are marking the 20th anniversary of their monumental record "Superunknown" this year. The effort is being re-released in two deluxe formats in June, you can check out the original "Black Hole Sun" demo here.

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    Seen Chris Cornells solo tour and it was the real deal. They played soundgarden, temple of the dog, audioslave and solo songs and his voice sounded amazing in them all.
    i saw that too and he did an acoustic set in the middle of it all and played hotel california. great show
    The Temple of the Dog album is a real gem. I'm still kicking myself that I passed on going to see the acoustic shows, the live album they released from it is very, very good
    If you can, try to locate the Unplugged in Sweden acoustic bootleg. It might be under a different title, but he plays Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog as well as Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Zeppelin and Bob Marley. It's an absolutely amazing performace.
    Whoa. When did Jesus join Soundgarden? I feel that would have been pretty newsworthy.
    Man i love the way chris's gibson looks. Was just thinking about a matte green gat the other day and now i think i'm sold on the idea!
    When I saw the title of the article I thought, "Wait Soundgarden broke up?" But then I was like oh.