It’s a classic kind of Seattle story — a band reuniting over a cup of coffee. Candlebox, which sold six million copies of its first three albums and had a major rock radio hit with 1994’s “Far Behind,” disbanded in 2000. But a 2006 greatest hits set brought frontman Kevin Martin and guitarist Peter Klett back together and spurred them to reactivate the group.
“We got together that summer and got a cup of coffee and sat down and thought it would be interesting to go out and tour again,” Martin, 39, says. “We figured we could make some money and help sell this (greatest hits) thing and see if we want to continue further.
“We had a great time and started writing some songs and toured again in the summer of 2007. It was never that we didn’t like each other; we were unhappy with our label and wound up breaking up to get out of our deal. But that backfired ’cause we stayed broken up.”
Now Candlebox is ready to release its first new album in 10 years, “Into the Sun,” on July 22. It’s also recorded a live album that’s due later this summer, and Martin says he foresees the group as a going concern for the foreseeable future.
“You can’t help but think, ‘Are we seriously trying to make a comeback here? Is this a ‘Rocky’ movie?’” Martin says with a laugh. “We’ve always been apprehensive, but we’ve been apprehensive since we were a band coming out of Seattle after the whole grunge thing.
“Now I find it’s not as nervewracking to go out and play a live show. The fact is we still have a record on the radio, ‘Far Behind,’ that people always want to hear. So you can’t look a gift horse in the mouth. We have an opportunity here, so we want to take advantage of that.”
Candlebox performs a free show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (June 29) on the Budweiser National Stage at the Stars & Stripes festival takes place in downtown Mount Clemens. Hours are 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday (June 28), and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.starsandstripesfest.com.