Reprinted without permission from Billboard, April 19, 1997

by Melinda Newman

They gave us a dozen good years: Soundgarden has called it quits after 12 years together. No reason for the split, termed "amicable" was given. According to sources, the band's four members - Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron - are each signed to A&M as individual artists and are expected to announce any solo plans shortly.

Additionally, it looks like the band's current album Down On The Upside is the last music we'll see from them as a collective unit: A source says there are no 'from the vaults' albums of any previously unreleased material planned.

In a statement released to staffers at A&M, the band's home since 1989, label CEO Al Cafaro said "[Soundgarden has] chosen this moment to end the creative chapter of Soundgarden and move on to other artistic challenges, parting with respect, grateful for their collective accomplishments."

The band had an amazing run, garnering both commercial and critical acclaim. According to A&M, Soundgarden sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.