Soundgarden: How 'The Onion' predicted their reunion
Sometimes life imitates art. And sometimes it imitates a story in The Onion. I got a real sense of deja vu when I read the news that Soundgarden reunited onstage last Tuesday. And then I remembered! Fake newspaper The Onion had predicted the band would meet up in a story they ran last August. True, The Onion did some details wrong. In their story, all four members of the band got together. In real life, lead singer Chris Cornell did not participate. And though the four ‘gardeners actually reunited at a Tom Morello solo show and performed together, The Onion described the event rather differently in its report, which was titled “Soundgarden Inadvertently Reunites At Area Cinnabon.” The parodical item related how “members of the popular 1990s grunge band Soundgarden shocked critics and fans alike Tuesday, appearing together for the first time in more than a decade after accidentally running into one another at the Northgate Mall Cinnabon. The unplanned reunion was the result of a number of unrelated events, including lead singer Chris Cornell stopping by the baked-goods franchise to buy a Caramel Pecanbon, drummer Matt Cameron taking a break from shopping at the nearby Banana Republic, bass player Ben Shepherd walking by and noticing his one-time bandmates in the food court, and former guitarist and Cinnabon daytime supervisor Kim Thayil working the 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift.” The article went on to describe how “tension arose… after Thayil scolded Cornell” for not wearing a shirt.
Okay, so the Onion guys clearly need to polish their crystal ball a little. But it makes me wonder if we’ll soon being seeing other music-related Onion headlines leaping off the page and into the real world. Personally, I can’t wait for the day the “National Funk Congress” finds itself “Deadlocked on Get Up/Get Down Issue” or for the occasion “Entertainment Scientists Warn Miley Cyrus Will Be Depleted by 2013.”
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