Chris Cornell’s Widow Sues Soundgarden Over Royalties And Unreleased Recordings

According to TMZ, Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky has filed a lawsuit against Soundgarden over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. She is claiming that the group have been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.”

In legal documents, Vicky said the recordings in question were “solely authored by Chris; contain Chris’ own vocal tracks; and were bequeathed to Chris’ Estate” for her and their children. The documents went on to say that she offered to share the tracks with Soundgarden if they respected Chris’ wishes by releasing them in a certain way and having his producer involved, but they allegedly refused. Furthermore, Vicky also accused guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her and her family in danger by suggesting that she is preventing the release of a new Soundgarden album.

For their part, Soundgarden are claiming that Chris and the rest of the group were “working on the files in a collaborative effort.” In a letter to Vicky, they added that “the entire band was feeling very positive about their rekindled artistic energy and creativity.” Soundgarden also claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings with other members of the band.

Vicky is now trying to get a judge to declare Chris’ estate as the sole owner of the tracks and get the band to pay her the money that she is allegedly owed. She also issued her own statement via Instagram:

“I have been taking time these past few weeks to be grateful for all the good people around me and for those who have lifted me up at the very worst times in my life. The silver lining, during the storm, is finding and appreciating the subtle glow of those who sincerely support you in your life unconditionally. However, sometimes while you grieve the one you physically lost, you realize that you must now grieve the loss of some of those you considered friends and family as well.

I am shocked at how often this occurs. It’s not just me, or the rock-star widow, or the political widow; it is the case for the vast majority of women after their partners have passed. It transcends socio-economic class, race, and religion. It is an unpleasant and unfortunately all too common theme. Hard-hearted family members, friends, and business associates; who will exploit a widow’s vulnerability when she’s broken and alone. These other people who have decided that her time is up as well.

Through support groups and other widowed friends, and during both difficult and supportive conversations, I have learned that I am not a unique case. This seems to be the inevitable plight of the widow in this world and I cannot help feeling angry, sad and betrayed. I will not be bullied or shamed into silence. I will not accept something so wrong, so lacking in compassion or decency, even with the clear but unspoken threat of social rejection hanging over me.

This was not the way I would have chosen to move forward. But I will not be pushed aside for someone else’s convenience or gain. I will not sacrifice our children’s futures for someone else’s greed. And I will not let someone else make me feel shame because the man I loved was taken from all of us too soon.

I will do justice by my husband’s work and memory; for our children and for everything we stood for. I want to thank everyone who has stood by Chris and has supported us through this devastating time. Your love and your kindness will never be forgotten.
#chriscornell forever 🖤”

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I have been taking time these past few weeks to be grateful for all the good people around me and for those who have lifted me up at the very worst times in my life. The silver lining, during the storm, is finding and appreciating the subtle glow of those who sincerely support you in your life unconditionally. However, sometimes while you grieve the one you physically lost, you realize that you must now grieve the loss of some of those you considered friends and family as well. I am shocked at how often this occurs. It’s not just me, or the rock-star widow, or the political widow; it is the case for the vast majority of women after their partners have passed. It transcends socio-economic class, race, and religion. It is an unpleasant and unfortunately all too common theme. Hard-hearted family members, friends, and business associates; who will exploit a widow’s vulnerability when she’s broken and alone. These other people who have decided that her time is up as well. Through support groups and other widowed friends, and during both difficult and supportive conversations, I have learned that I am not a unique case. This seems to be the inevitable plight of the widow in this world and I cannot help feeling angry, sad and betrayed. I will not be bullied or shamed into silence. I will not accept something so wrong, so lacking in compassion or decency, even with the clear but unspoken threat of social rejection hanging over me. This was not the way I would have chosen to move forward. But I will not be pushed aside for someone else’s convenience or gain. I will not sacrifice our children’s futures for someone else’s greed. And I will not let someone else make me feel shame because the man I loved was taken from all of us too soon. I will do justice by my husband’s work and memory; for our children and for everything we stood for. I want to thank everyone who has stood by Chris and has supported us through this devastating time. Your love and your kindness will never be forgotten. #chriscornell forever 🖤

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Slipknot, Clutch, My Chemical Romance, Black Label Society, Etc. Members Participate In Charity Auction For The Innocent Lives Foundation

Clutch’s Neil Fallon has organized a charity auction to help raise money for the Innocent Lives Foundation. A number of items are up for sale including a guitar signed by Clutch, a guitar Corey Taylor used to write his upcoming solo album (signed by Slipknot), a guitar signed by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), a guitar signed by Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance), a guitar signed by members of No Doubt, a guitar and signed LP from Thursday, posters signed by Foo Fighters and Black Label Society, and a photo print of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) signed by photographer Andrew Stuart. You can bid on the various items at auctions.innocentlivesfoundation.org.

Tool, Killswitch Engage, Death Angel, Bring Me The Horizon, Etc. Nominated For 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on January 26 and it will broadcast live on CBS at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The categories with rock/metal artists can be found below.

Best Metal Performance:

  • Candlemass & Tony Iommi – “Astorolus – The Great Octopus“
  • Death Angel – “Humanicide“
  • I Prevail – “Bow Down“
  • Killswitch Engage – “Unleashed“
  • Tool – “7empest“

Best Rock Performance:

  • Bones UK – “Pretty Waste“
  • Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land“
  • Brittany Howard – “History Repeats“
  • Karen O & Danger Mouse – “Woman“
  • Rival Sons – “Too Bad“

Best Rock Song:

  • Tool – “Fear Inoculum“
  • The 1975 – “Give Yourself A Try“
  • Vampire Weekend – “Harmony Hall“
  • Brittany Howard – “History Repeats“
  • Gary Clark Jr. – “This Land“

Best Rock Album:

  • Bring Me The Horizon – “amo“
  • Cage The Elephant – “Social Cues“
  • The Cranberries – “In The End“
  • I Prevail – “Trauma“
  •  Rival Sons – “Feral Roots“

The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) was also nominated in the Best Recording Package category for his posthumous career retrospective.

Kim Thayil Says “It Is Entirely Possible” That Soundgarden Could Release A New Album Featuring Chris Cornell

During a recent interview on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation LA Invasion”, Kim Thayil was asked about the possibility of Soundgarden releasing a new album featuring late frontman Chris Cornell. The guitarist responded by saying “it is entirely possible.”

Thayil said the following:

“It is entirely possible, because that’s what we were doing… We definitely have another record in us. 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.”

He continued after being asked if there are any obstacles that can stand in the way of a new record:

“There shouldn’t be — there really isn’t — other than the fact that we don’t have those files… And I think that will happen. It would be ridiculous if it didn’t. But these are difficult things — partnerships and property.”

He also added the following when asked if the band would ever more forward with a new singer:

“Reasonably, you’ve got a big part missing. So, I think in terms of the Soundgarden catalog, that’s still gonna be active as best as it can be. In terms of unreleased recordings, live material, I’m still gonna attend to that; that’s my gig. I love that. Let’s make records.

I do not see, given the commitments that other band members have, given our sentiments and love for Chris, I do not see us reconfiguring a tour or anything, as other bands have done in the past, without him.

This is really complicated, but I’ve known Chris since I was a kid, basically — we grew up together, our early 20s. You want to honor the work and legacy you did. Is it best to regard it with dignity and let it rest? Do you want to honor it by celebrating the music and work that he’s done?

This has been difficult for a lot of people in the family and the band, and I think our conclusion was that. I understand people are complicated, and experience and life is a bag of tricks, but… I don’t know. I think we reached a conclusion that we thought was correct. But then again, 20 [or] 30 years ago, we didn’t think the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was anything, but certainly, looking back, it’s an important part of our legacy — the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is — to acknowledge that, and now it’s important.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Soundgarden Hope To Finish Unreleased Songs With Chris Cornell’s Demos

It looks like there is a possibility that fans may get some new music from Soundgarden in the future. During a recent interview with Music Radar, Kim Thayil said the band are hoping to finish the songs they had in the works for their new album by using the late Chri Cornell’s demos.

Thayil said the following when asked about the new material Soundgarden had before Cornell’s death:

“It was demos, but the demo quality was pretty good, because both Chris and Matt had become very interested in their home recording technique, so they might demo a song, and then Ben and I would add our guitars or bass. Maybe Matt might play drums to a riff that Chris had recorded. And that would be recorded by one of our engineers or techs.

This is an interesting thing: our entire backline, our guitar techs and bass techs, are all also record producers and recording engineers, so we love that they want to go on the road with us, and we love the guys in the studio with us, but the only people who do both are Nate Yaccino, Josh Evans and Dave French. Those guys have worked with us in the studio and onstage, and that’s a great family to have, to be involved in all aspects of a band’s career. So that will help us.

So they come and record parts that we overdub on the demos. Right now, that’s all kind of stalled. We tried to get this going two years ago, but we’re not in possession of any of the demos that Chris was working on with them. We have copies of them, but what we need are the files, so that we’d be able to overdub and finish the record. We are not in possession of those.”

He also added the following when asked what it would take for the group to get the files:

“We don’t know. We’ve asked nicely, we’ve suggested that this will benefit all parties, if the band could just have these files, and we could finish the songs we were working on.

But there seems to be some confusion amongst various parties as to what that would entail and how that works, and who that would benefit. And it’s been tiring, you know. And we can’t move on until some future date when someone realizes the value of allowing the creative partners to have access to the material.”

Thayil also talked a bit about the direction of the material:

“Interestingly, there’s a psychedelic element, and there was more of a grooving, I’d say a little bit more, not ballad-y, but more guitar arpeggiations, like what you might hear on ‘Fell On Black Days‘.

And then we had maybe a couple of sad songs, and a couple of heavy songs that in general feel were – where we were at in the writing process – kind of mixed like ‘King Animal‘, but a little bit less of the heavy stuff. But it was still interesting, still quirky stuff.

Once Matt, Ben and myself get a hold of those songs and finish putting down our parts, the songs will very likely become heavier, darker and maybe a bit trippier.”

You can read more from Thayil HERE.

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn To Perform At Third Annual Chris Cornell Tribute Show In San Francisco, CA

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn has announced that he will be performing with Rusty Chains at the third annual Chris Cornell tribute show in San Francisco, CA. The event will take place at the Verdi Club on July 19 and it will find Rusty Chains performing Soundgarden’s “Badmotorfinger” in full, as well as other tracks from Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave.

Serj Tankian Joins Tom Morello Onstage For Cover Of Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” At Sonic Temple

During his May 17 set at the Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival in Columbus, OH, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.) was joined onstage by System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian. You can see footage of them performing Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” in honor of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) at the 4:28 mark in the below video: