Rusty Chains, the tribute band “that focuses on the unique sound of the Northwest in the late 80’s and early 90’s,” have announced their fourth annual Chris Cornell tribute event. The group will be streaming 26 songs across two nights via HOWLIVE.tv. The sets will take place on November 11 and November 12 with multiple guests set to take part including: Dave Rude (Tesla), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Craig Locicero (ex-Forbidden), Steev Esquivel (Skinlab), and more.
Rusty Chains commented:
“With the tragic and sudden loss of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell to suicide while the band was in the middle of their spring tour in 2017, the world was shocked that someone so brilliant, who had transcended the grunge genre to become a world-renowned, mainstream solo artist would take his own life, seemingly at the height of his career. Our hearts were broken. We as a band knew that we needed to pay special homage to him in a way that was more profound than just playing our typical set of classics.
What we came up with was organizing a tribute show where we played a career-spanning set of songs, with the proceeds going to San Francisco Suicide Prevention as a way to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Our first annual Chris Cornell tribute and Suicide Prevention benefit took place a month after Chris’s death in front of a sold-out crowd at the legendary San Francisco venue, Slim’s, with the next two annual shows following suit. Our fourth benefit promises to be just as amazing, even though it will only be viewed on your screens. So please, tune in and help us help others in need.”
All donations and merchandise profits will benefit San Francisco Suicide Prevention.
The full list of special releases for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day event (November 27) has been posted. You can find a list of various rock/metal releases below. The full list can also be viewed HERE.
Alice In Chains – “Sap” (Legacy) (12″ vinyl) (limited to 8,500)
Anthrax – “Soldiers Of Metal” (Megaforce) (black in orange vinyl) (limited to 1,000)
Baroness – “Live At Maida Vale BBC Vol. II” (Abraxan Hymns) (limited to 3,500)
Beastie Boys – “Some Old Bullshit” (Capitol/UME) (limited to 1,000)
Blue Öyster Cult – “Live In Pasadena July ’83” (Real Gone Music) (2xLP) (limited to 1,300)
Buckcherry – “Buckcherry” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 1,500)
The Chariot – “Long Live” (Good Fight Music) (limited to 2,000)
Chris Cornell – “Patience” (Guns N’ Roses cover) (IGA) (7″) (limited to 6,000) [Features his cover of Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” live at SiriusXM as the b-side]
Crown The Empire – “7102010” (Rise Records) (12″) (limited to 1,500)
Dio – “Dream Evil Live ’87” (Niji/BMG) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2,500)
Brandi Carlile recently paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell by releasing a new 12-inch, titled “A Rooster Says,“ as part of this year’s Record Store Day. The effort comes with covers of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” and “Searching With My Good Eye Closed,“ which Carlile and her frequent collaborators, Phil and Tim Hanseroth, recorded with Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron. If you didn’t get your hands on the vinyl, you can still get a taste of the tracks in the below teasers:
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.”
Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless) and Alain Johannes (Eleven, etc.) were among the artists that performed as part of the “(De)Tour” virtual festival to raise money for NIVA and MusiCares. You can see footage of them covering late Sondgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s “The Keeper” below:
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.
Earlier this year, Soundgarden filed a countersuit against Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky, accusing her and Chris’ estate of “fraudulent inducement.” As part of the suit, the band claimed that their January 16, 2019 set at the Chris Cornell tribute show was done for free to benefit charity, but Vicky allegedly never provided them with a full list of donations and that she used the money for personal gain. However, that claim has since been dropped.
“When we threatened Soundgarden with the undisputed facts that their claims concerning Vicky Cornell and the Cornell Charitable Foundation were disgraceful and fabricated by requesting the court sanction them for their appalling conduct, they caved in and agreed to drop their claims. We were looking forward to having the court make Soundgarden and their attorneys accountable for their shameful conduct, but they instead backed off their meritless claims since they knew they would lose the Rule 11 motion, which is used in court to punish and deter parties and their attorneys from pursuing objectively frivolous claims.”
Last December, Vicky filed a lawsuit against the band over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. She claimed that the group have been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings” that she claimed Chris wrote alone while living in Florida. She also said 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. Vicky then went on to accuse 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 denied Vicky’s accusations, while claiming that Chris co-authored five of the recordings with other members of the band. In addition to that, they also made the aforementioned claims about the Chris Cornell tribute show and said that they were unhappy with the way Vicky was representing them on their social media accounts. The group were also seeking a trial so they can settle the dispute.