Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple Of The Dog, Metallica, Etc. Members To Perfom At Special Chris Cornell Tribute Concert

Members of Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple Of The Dog will be paying tribute to their late singer Chris Cornell with a special concert at The Forum in Inglewood, CA on January 16. The show, which is being called “I Am The Highway: A Tribute To Chris Cornell,” will also feature Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Ryan Adams. Jimmy Kimmel will host the event along with special guests. Tickets will go on sale November 16 at 10am PST via Ticketmaster. Proceeds will go towards the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation. As previously reported, Cornell’s career retrospective will be released on November 16.

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Kim Thayil On Recording & Touring As Soundgarden Without Chris Cornell: “I Don’t Think That’s Anything We’d Give Reasonable Consideration To At This Point”

The surviving members of Soundgarden have shown interest in working together again, but they do not plan on using the Soundgarden name without the late Chris Cornell. Kim Thayil told the Seattle Times that the group would most likely never use the moniker for touring or new music. However, they may use it for things like compilations, live tracks, and unreleased material. Thayil said the following:

“No, I don’t think that’s anything we’d give reasonable consideration to at this point. When I say ‘at this point,’ I mean perhaps ever [laughs]. I don’t know really what kind of thing is possible or what we would consider in the future. It’s likely nothing. The four of us were that. There were four of us and now there’s three of us, so it’s just not likely that there’s much to be pursued other than the catalog work at this point.”

Surviving Soundgarden Members “Would Certainly Love To Try To Continue To Do Something” Together

It appears the surviving members of Soundgarden may work together again following the tragic death of Chris Cornell. Matt Cameron told Rolling Stone the following: “We’re just still taking our time and giving ourselves space to process everything. We would certainly love to try to continue to do something, figure out something to do together.” Ben Shepherd added: “On a personal level, we haven’t even gotten a chance to hang out, just us three, yet. …We’re going through natural healing, then thinking about the natural next step.” The band members recently made an appearance during the unveiling of the new Cornell statue in Seattle, WA.

Soundgarden Drummer Matt Cameron Pays Tribute To Chris Cornell On The First Anniversary Of His Death

Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) has shared a new tribute for the late Chris Cornell. You can read what he had to say in the below Instagram post. The singer passed away one year ago today (May 18).

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Can't believe it's already been one year since I lost my musical soulmate and special friend Chris Cornell. Chris always led by example-his work ethic, his sense of humor, his love of animals, his love of the Cascades, his love of family. Bands are nearly impossible to get right, but Soundgarden felt incredibly fierce and so right for me on day one, mid February 1986. I auditioned for Soundgarden in Chris' living room, sat behind his rusty Tama kit and counted in Ocean Fronts, my all time favorite SG tune. The tune had kind of a long intro, it sounded great and then all of a sudden Chris starts singing the verse. I was instantly blown away by the impact of his voice and I felt myself settling into the band on my first try. It was all because of that mind blowing voice. When the song was over Chris turned to me with a big smile on his face and said "you played it perfectly, we have a gig at the Central in one week, want to do it?" "Yes, I want to do it," I replied. I will forever praise him for the decades of encouragement he gave me and for the fierce friendship we forged. I love you buddy.

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Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron On Chris Cornell’s Death: “We’re All Still Processing Our Grief”

Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron was recently interviewed by Billboard about his solo album “Cavedweller,” and during the chat he talked a bit about the tragic death of Chris Cornell. He said the following:

“I don’t think we’re [Soundgarden] ready to say anything other than…Kim [Thayil] and Ben [Shepherd] and I are certainly aware of how much our fans are hurting, and we’re certainly hurting right there along with them. But we’re extremely private people, and we’re all still processing our grief in our own way and on our own time. But we definitely are thinking of our fans and love them very much.”

In other news, Cameron has also released a new lyric video for “Time Can’t Wait”:

Chris Cornell’s Brother Condemns Conspiracy Theories Involving The Singer’s Death

Chris Cornell’s brother Peter has shared another tribute he wrote for the late Soundgarden, etc. frontman. You can see what he had to say below, including his comments regarding the unfortunate conspiracy theories surrounding his brother’s death.

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“My Friends:

Again you humble me with your kindness, empathy, love and support.

Although I pulled myself off Social Media, I’ve been able to glimpse bits and pieces of the selfless way so many people around the world continue to honor and pay tribute to my Brother.

I truly couldn’t believe the way you picked up and carried the message of doing push-ups for suicide prevention. Please don’t stop. What a devastating way to have my eyes opened to how many lives around me, and all of us, have been touched by such tragedy. Going forward I hope prevention is a conversation we can have more freely. Removing the stigma that discussing suicide is like speaking about a dirty little secret. If only … what I’d give to have had the tiniest shred of this awareness in early May.

I cannot deny the pain of this loss. In some ways I cling to it. Refusing to let go because I want to keep my little Brother close, even if all that’s left are memories. At least we are rich with memories. I replay them all to often, starting with our childhood and reliving the glory that was Seattle in the 90’s.

This process of grief has connected me to so many other grieving hearts and souls. As I said previously, my Brother belonged to the world and so many have been crushed by the weight of this passing. I revived this FB page to return the compassion you have shown to me from the very moments after this tragedy … THANK YOU and THANK YOU AGAIN!!! If it’s possible for this path to walk a little softer, it’s only because I haven’t had to walk it alone.

Compassion is like a new word to me these days. This horror has connected me to family I have not known for many, many years. It’s a bittersweet connection that is equal parts reliving the devastation and lovingly tearing down the fences that have separated us for so very long. Compassion arms me with the ability to feel for their loss as you and I have felt for each other. In some ways my family lost my Brother twice. That is a burden I don’t share with them. I’ve grown new ears and hopefully a bigger heart.

I miss my interaction with YOU but a hiatus from social media helps me from continually picking at the wound. It’s unfortunate the social media platform that allows us to share each other’s heartbreak and healing also becomes a forum for conspiracy theories and absurd conjecture that defy decency and continually attempt to blur the facts. The entities that fuel these avenues of chaos are self-serving at best. When is enough enough? Hasn’t the time come for my Brother to be allowed to rest in peace? Haven’t the children endured more than a child ever, ever, ever should?

Much love to ALL of you!!! Hold your families close. May peace find all of us

Goodnight Chester. Goodnight Brother.
PC”

Chris Cornell Statue To Be Erected In Seattle, WA

Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden) widow Vicky Cornell has decided to memorialize her husband with a new statue in Seattle, WA. “He is Seattle’s son,” Vicky told The Seattle Times, “and we will be bringing him home and honoring him, I hope, with all of you, your love and support.” Wayne Toth, who previously made a memorial statue of Johnny Ramone, has been recruited to craft this one.

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