According to Deadline, Chris Cornell’s family have reached a settlement with the late Soundgarden frontman’s former doctor Robert Koblin. This news comes after Cornell’s widow Vicky previously filed a malpractice suit against Koblin after accusing him of prescribing drugs that led to the singer’s suicide.
Attorneys for the Cornell family had the following to say in some court papers:
“After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, plaintiffs and (Dr. Robert Koblin and Robertson Cardiovascular Center LLC) have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims asserted by each plaintiff. Unfortunately, as with many celebrity cases, this action has also attracted the attention of troubled individuals who have harassed plaintiffs, including by threatening the life and safety of plaintiffs Toni Cornell and Christopher Nicholas Cornell.”
Vicky originally filed the suit due to Koblin allegedly prescribing Chris 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (aka Ativan) and doses of Oxycodone during the last 20 months of his life. The suit went on to say that the doctor was writing prescriptions without re-examining Chris, despite the fact that he had a history of addiction. It also mentioned that Lorazepam can lead to impaired judgment and increased suicide risks in those that are prone to addiction and that Koblin did not warn Chris about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts.
For his part, Koblin claimed that Chris was aware of the dangers associated with the anti-anxiety medication he was prescribed and that he asked to “not to be informed” of potential side effects. He was also previously seeking to have the suit dismissed, saying that he was covered by a malpractice law that protects doctors during the death’s of certain patients.
Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell has confirmed that the late frontman’s estate is planning to release a second volume of his covers album “No One Sings Like You Anymore.” The first volume was digitally released in December and physical copies are set to be released on March 19. Vicky told 105.7 The Point’s “The Rizzuto Show” the following about the follow-up:
“There is a volume two. The thing with this volume one, though, that makes it special is that he mastered it, he sequenced it — this is all Chris from beginning to end. And the other one was mastered, not sequenced, volume two. And then, because he was just such a prolific writer, we’re blessed, because he has left us lots of music. Not in completely finished form, but there’s enough to work with, and the Cornell stamp is all over it. So that’s really special. So there’s a lot of music.”
A lyric video has been released for Chris Cornell’s cover of John Lennon’s “Watching The Wheels.” That track is from the Soundgarden frontman’s posthumous covers album “No One Sings Like You Anymore,” which was digitally released earlier this month. Physical copies are expected to be released on March 19, 2021.
Late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s posthumous covers album “No One Sings Like You Anymore” has received a digital release. You can find that on the service of your choice or pre-order a physical copy (out March 19) HERE.
“No One Sings Like You Anymore” Track Listing:
01. “Get It While You Can” (Howard Tate/Janis Joplin cover)
02. “Jump Into The Fire” (Harry Nilsson cover)
03. “Sad Sad City” (Ghostland Observatory cover)
04. “Patience” (Guns N’ Roses cover)
05.v“Nothing Compares 2 U” (Prince cover)
06. “Watching The Wheels” (John Lennon cover)
07. “You Don’t Know Nothing About Love” (Carl Hall cover)
08. “Showdown” (Electric Light Orchestra cover)
09. “To Be Treated Rite” (Terry Reid cover)
10. “Stay With Me Baby” (Lorraine Ellison cover)
Cornell‘s widow Vicky said the following:
“This album is so special because it is a complete work of art that Chris created from start to finish. His choice of covers provides a personal look into his favorite artists and the songs that touched him. He couldn’t wait to release it. This moment is bittersweet because he should be here doing it himself, but it is with both heartache and joy that we share this special album. All of us could use his voice to help heal and lift us this year, especially during the holiday season. I am so proud of him and this stunning record, which to me illustrates why he will always be beloved, honored, and one the greatest voices of our time.”
His daughter Toni also commented:
“When my dad was making this album, it was so fun – I remember waking up in the morning, having breakfast with him and going with him into the studio. We would take our piano lessons there, and Christopher would play video games with Brendan and my dad. We got to experience so much with him and have so many amazing memories. I’m really happy to be sharing this album. We love you, daddy”
His son Christopher added:
“We had so much fun in the studio during this time, and on days off we’d go to Tree People and hike around there. We would also play hide and go seek inside the Beverly Hills Hotel and when security would show up they would think it was so funny that my dad was running through fire escapes with us. For me, this album represents who my dad was. I’m really proud of him and his work. I hope you all love this record as much as I do.”
It was previously revealed that the new movie focusing on the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.), “Black Days,” is set to begin filming in October. However, a representative from Cornell’s estate has since issued a statement to Pitchfork saying that the film is “not sanctioned or approved by the estate” and that “no one contacted the estate for any information.” This news comes after a casting call was recently posted on Backstage.
“Black Days,” the new movie focusing on the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.), is scheduled to begin filming in October. The film will star John Holiday (“Walk The Line,” etc.) and a casting call for additional roles can be found HERE. COVID-19 guidelines will be required on set.
The statue of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has sadly been vandalized. Chris’ widow Vicky commented:
“My children and I are heartbroken to learn of the vandalization of Chris’s statue at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. The statue is not only a work of art but a tribute to Chris, his incomparable musical legacy and everything that he stood for. It represents Chris, who is beloved not only in Seattle, but worldwide. In the face of this hate and destruction, we are thankful once again to the fans who stood up to support him and showed such immense love. It lifted our hearts to hear that fans brought supplies and attempted to clean up the heartbreaking vandalism. The statue will be restored. Hate will not win.”
A new biography on late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be released through Simon & Schuster later this month. The book, which is titled “Total F*cking Godhead – The Biography Of Chris Cornell,” will be available on July 28 and a description of it can be found below:
“With input from those who knew and worked with him—together with his own words—Total F*cking Godhead recounts the rise of Chris Cornell and his immortal band Soundgarden as they emerged from the 1980s post-punk underground to dominate popular culture in the ’90s alongside Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Nirvana.”
“Seattle resident and rock writer Corbin Reiff also examines Cornell’s dynamic solo career as well as his time in Audioslave. He delves into his hard-fought battle with addiction, and the supercharged reunion with the band that made him famous before everything came to a shocking end.”
The family of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) have shared the frontman’s previously unreleased cover of Guns N’ Roses‘ “Patience“ in honor of his 56th birthday. You can check that out below:
Cornell’s widow Vicky commented:
“One of Chris’s engineers recently reminded me of Chris’s recordings from sessions in 2016, which he still had. “Patience” was one of them. That recording was inspired by our daughter Toni, who was a huge GNR fan and asked her dad to teach her to play it on the guitar. His cover is so hauntingly beautiful; it brought it all back in a rush of bittersweet memories.
His birthday seemed the perfect time to share this and celebrate Chris, his voice, music , stories and art. A man is not dead while his name is still spoken…and, through his art, an artist’s soul still burns as bright upon all those that look up to him and his memory. Releasing music that was special to Chris keeps a part of him here with us- his heart and his soul. His love and his legacy.
I want to thank everyone who continues to celebrate and keep Chris alive. A special thank you to Axl, Slash, and Duff for continuing to honor Chris in their live shows. And to all of Chris’s fans, thank you for holding him in your hearts and always sharing your love for Chris with us. I want to thank our children too; for you are a reflection of your father, both his strength and his kindness (and helping to put together this video he’d be so proud)!
The memory of your smile still makes my heart, broken as it is, beat as fast as the first time we met. We love you Chris, Happy Birthday.
As you are probably well aware of by now, scientists recently captured the first ever photo of a black hole. They are currently calling it “Powehi,” which is a Hawaiian phrase that means “the adorned fathomless dark creation.” However, a Soundgarden fan named Giuliana Jarrin has since launched a petition in an effort to get the black hole named after the late Chris Cornell to honor the frontman and pay homage to the band’s song “Black Hole Sun.”
Jarrin said the following:
“Thanks to the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, we have been able to see the first ever image of a black hole at the center of a galaxy known as M87.
Almost two years ago, we lost Chris Cornell. He was the lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, and above all, the voice of an entire generation. He was one of the most beloved figures not just in rock, but all of music, by people from all over the world. His music, his voice and his personality inspired, influenced, changed and even saved the lives of thousands of people. Chris left a heavy legacy for a new generation of musicians who follow in his footsteps. His memory will remain forever alive in the hearts of all his family, friends, fans and all the people who love him, and his music will do the same in each record, song or video we play.
‘Black Hole Sun’, written by Chris Cornell is without a doubt Soundgarden’s most recognizable and most popular song, and one of the biggest anthems of the 90’s. For this reason, and the impact Chris Cornell had in the lives of so many and music itself, I ask NASA, the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration and all the astronomers and scientists involved in this discovery, to name this black hole after Chris Cornell. This would be a “surreal” and amazing way to honor his life and his contribution to music.
I hope this petition is taken into consideration and with the respect with which it was created to honor a man loved by many. Thanks to all who sign, I hope we can achieve it!