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Soundgarden Says of 13-Year Breakup: They Didn't Want Things to Get "Icky"

Image courtesy of Courtesy Soundgarden via Instagram (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy Soundgarden via Instagram (via ABC News Radio)

Soundgarden  was the focus of the latest edition of  Guitar Center Sessions , which just aired on DirectTV. Besides talking about...well, guitars,  Chris Cornell  and company unexpectedly addressed a question fans have been asking for nearly 20 years: Why'd the band break up?

The members of Soundgarden spent 13 years apart, between 1997 and 2010. During that time, when asked for an explanation by the press, the guys would answer in vague terms. On  Guitar Center Sessions , Cornell said, "We were still all really good friends, so there was no 'story' when we broke up."

"There wasn't some sort of philosophical conflict," Cornell continued. "It was more of a day-to-day life becomes less enjoyable."

The singer said that he and his band mates didn't want to stay together unless it was fun and exciting. "Because of what we'd created, for me there was more of a preservationalist attitude towards it," he said. "Like, if this is gonna be icky, then let's just not do it. Up to that point we hadn't made any mistakes with our music or...in front of our fans."

The Soundgarden episode of  Guitar Center Sessions  is streaming now on  Guitar Center's YouTube channel .

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