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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 16: Kim Thayil performs at I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell at the Forum on January 16, 2019 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Last week, Kim Thayil celebrated his birthday. This week, the Soundgarden axeman is dishing about the band’s origins and last year’s Chris Cornell tribute.


SPIN shared this summary of a recent Kerrang! interview that featured Thayil talking about the early days of Soundgarden and the Seattle scene of the late 1980s.

“What people don’t recall is that for the first half-year we were ‘the Asian band.’ It was Hiro [Yamamoto, bassist] and I – a Japanese dude and an Indian dude – and Chris was the drummer. Seattle didn’t have that overt segregation, but it didn’t need to. It was primarily white. There were a few African Americans and Asians, but not many.”


Thayil goes on to talk about last year’s I Am The Highway tribute to the late Chris Cornell and how the performance aspect was wonderful, but everything else about the five-hour event was uncomfortable. Click here to read more.