Sunday, April 23, 2023

Soundgarden reach agreement to release final recordings with Chris Cornell

Soundgarden has reached an agreement to release the band’s final recordings with Chris Cornell.

“Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, on behalf of the Estate of Chris Cornell, are happy to announce they have reached an amicable out of court resolution,” read the joint message posted on the social media sites for the band and Cornell. “The reconciliation marks a new partnership between the two parties, which will allow Soundgarden fans around the world to hear the final songs that the band and Chris were working on. The two parties are united and coming together to propel, honor and build upon Soundgarden's incredible legacy as well as Chris's indelible mark on music history - as one of the greatest songwriters and vocalists of all time.”

Guitarist Kim Thayil revealed in 2019 that the Seattle rockers were considering completing and releasing an album of recordings they were working on with Cornell before his passing in 2017.

"It is entirely possible, because that's what we were doing… We definitely have another record in us,” Thayil told SiriusXM Trunk Nation host Eddie Trunk. “Stuff that's written, stuff that's demoed and recorded – certainly. All it would need is to take the audio files that are available. I'd tighten up the guitar stuff that's on there, add other stuff. Ben [Shepherd] does the bass. Matt [Cameron] is able to get the drums he wants. We can get the producers we want to make it sound like a Soundgarden record. And yes, we can totally do that. And I think that will happen. It would be ridiculous if it didn't. But these are difficult things – partnerships and property."

In the years following Cornell’s death, the band worked through a series of legal issues with his widow to find solutions in a number of areas, including a dispute over ownership of the unreleased recordings and control of the group’s social media accounts.

Soundgarden – which Cornell co-founded with Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto in 1984 before Shepherd and Cameron went on to round out the band’s longtime lineup – released their final studio album, “King Animal”, in 2012.

Soundgarden are among the nominees for induction into the 2023 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame; inductees will be announced in May.

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