Soundgarden And Brandi Carlile Team Up For Chris Cornell Tribute Release

Brandi Carlile will be paying tribute to the late Chris Cornell by releasing a new 12-inch, titled “A Rooster Says,“ on September 26 as part of this year’s Record Store Day. The effort will come 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.

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The twins and I met in the late 90’s in a famous Seattle studio called London Bridge. The guy in the picture with me is Rick Parasher (RIP) and he introduced us. Soundgarden were just gods to us back then. Total pioneers and unreachable to us in every way. We went about making our demos and cleaning the studio when we couldn’t afford the bill never knowing that in November of 2019 we would go back to London Bridge and RECORD TWO SONGS WITH THEM!! @chriscornellofficial was as great as a human singer can get and now he’s an angel. Thank you Kim, Ben, and Matt. I’ll never forget this day for as long as I live…. stay tuned!! 🤘 @soundgarden @themattcameron #kimthayil #benshepherd @londonbridgestudio

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Soundgarden & Rage Against The Machine Members To Guest On The Pretty Reckless’ New Album “Death By Rock And Roll”

Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello will be guesting on The Pretty Reckless’ new album “Death By Rock And Roll.” Frontwoman Taylor Momsen recently confirmed the news saying that Cameron and Thayil will be appearing on a track titled “Only Love Can Save Me Now” and that Morello will be appearing on a track titled “And So It Went.”

Momsen told Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF radio the following about “Only Love Can Save Me Now”:

“We recorded that in Seattle at London Bridge Studios, and it was just an awesome experience to get to actually spend some time in Seattle. Every time we’re on tour, we’re in and out so fast, it was really good to kind of experience the city for all that it is and all that history and record at such an iconic studio. I mean, PEARL JAM’s ‘Ten’ [was recorded] there, and ‘Louder Than Love’ by SOUNDGARDEN. And then to be there with SOUNDGARDEN, it was pretty surreal.”

The Pretty Reckless actually opened for Soundgarden during Chris Cornell’s final show on May 17, 2017 and Momsen, who is a longtime fan of the band, said she was “devastated” by the singer’s death. That and the April 2018 death of The Pretty Reckless’ producer Kato Khandwala had an impact on the new album. Momsen continued:

“We had a few hard years. I’m not gonna lie. I went pretty down. Not to get too heavy into it, but I went pretty down into depression, and it took music to get me out of it again. I finally started writing again to get out everything that I was feeling, and that is what turned into the record that you are all going to hear hopefully very soon.

I know it’s cliché, but music has saved my life time and time again — it’s the thing that I can always rely on and turn to, and it’s always there for me. It’s always supported me, so I support it.”

She added:

“[‘Death By Rock And Roll’] really feels like a rebirth for us. In a lot of ways, it almost feels like the first record in the sense that we really threw everything that we had at it — we worked so hard on it. And I’m just excited for it to be out and have people come on this journey with me and see where it took us. I think it took us, in my opinion, to a new level. It’s a new and improved PRETTY RECKLESS.”

She also had the following to say when asked about release plans:

“I don’t know the answer, ’cause everything’s still in kind of limbo right now just, obviously, with the pandemic and very unprecedented times. So we’re not exactly sure. But I do know that we’re gonna be putting out more songs and stuff, and more material before the full album. So this isn’t just a quick little flash in the pan and we’re going away. We’re back.”

If you missed it, you can find the title track for “Death By Rock And Roll” HERE.

[via Blabbermouth]

Brian Posehn Premieres New Song “Grandpa Metal” Feat. Scott Ian (Anthrax) & Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)

Brian Posehn has premiered a new track, titled “Grandpa Metal,” via Billboard. This song features Scott Ian (Anthrax) and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) and it will serve as the title track of Posehn’s new comedy metal album, which is set to be released on February 14.

Posehn commented:

“We had the title. The idea is that all guys my age [53] are kind of grandpa metal, stuck in the ’80s or whenever they liked heavy metal. Their opinions have not changed since then.”

“I came on the idea of just making fun of Scott [Ian], ’cause he literally hasn’t liked a new band since Refused, and I find that funny. Once I decided it would just be me busting his balls, I started filling the song with as many old-guy jokes as I could.”

“[Then I] got onto this thread commenting on all the different things I love about heavy metal and having a sense of humor about all these different genres of music and commenting on them.”

You can find more details on “Grandpa Metal,” including the track listing and special guests, HERE.

Slipknot, Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, Etc. Members To Guest On Brian Posehn’s New Album “Grandpa Metal”

Brian Posehn has officially confirmed all of the special guests that will appear on his new comedy metal album “Grandpa Metal.” That effort will be released on February 14 and it will feature members of Slipknot, Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, Soundgarden, and more. The full list of guests can be found below, along with the cover art and track listing.

Guests:

  • Brendon Small (‘Metalocalypse‘, Dethklok)
  • Scott Ian (Anthrax)
  • Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)
  • Jonathan Donais (Anthrax
  • Gary Holt (Exodus)
  • Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testament)
  • Chuck Billy (Testament)
  • “Weird” Al Yankovic
  • Pearl Aday
  • Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth)
  • Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things)
  • Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy)
  • Michael Starr (Steel Panther)
  • Jacob Bunton (Mars Electric)
  • Rob Cavestany (Death Angel)
  • Aiden Cavestany (Death Angel)
  • Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus)
  • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
  • Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses)
  • Jill Janus (Huntress)

“Grandpa Metal” Track Listing:

01. “Intro To Satan” (feat. Jacob Bunton)
02. “Satan’s Kind Of A Dick” (feat. Scott Ian & Gary Holt)
03. “Scary Nightmare”
04. “One Quarter Viking, Three Quarter’s Pussy” (feat. Scott Ian, Jon Donais & Johan Hegg)
05. “Big Fat Rock” (feat. Joe Trohman, Phil Demmel)
06. “My Phone Call With Weird Al” (feat. “Weird” Al Yankovic)
07. “Take On Me” (A-ha cover) (feat. Jill Janus, Chuck Billy, Brendon Small, Steve “Zetro” Souza, Rob Cavestany & Aiden Cavestany)
08. “Grandpa Metal” (feat. Scott Ian & Kim Thayil)
09. “New Music Sucks” (feat. Patrick Stump)
10. “New Music Sucks Reprise” (feat. Joe Trohman)
11. “Goblin Love” (feat. Scott Ian, Brendon Small & Jill Janus)
12. “Monster Mosh” (feat. Joe Trohman, Bumblefoot and Pearl Aday)
13. “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” (Ylvis cover) (feat. Corey Taylor and Michael Starr)
14. “Super Secret Track”

Posehn said the following about the album:

“The original concept for this album came from bands like Scatterbrain and S.O.D., and even Cheech and Chong. They all made music that was fun and funny, heavy music that also made you laugh.

I wanted this to be the ultimate comedy/metal record, a loving record that made fun of some of the things in heavy metal, so I called all my friends and asked for a bunch of favors.

There’s a Satan song, and there’s a Viking song, there’s one song that sounds like Black Metal, and then there’s one that sounds like a Van Halen party song. The intention was just to make a funny metal/comedy record for people who like both of those things.”

He also added:

“This was such a dream project for me. I wanted to take my time, I wanted it to be perfect, so it took us six years to complete. It’s the ‘Chinese Democracy‘ of comedy-metal records. And it didn’t cost thirteen million dollars to make.”

If you missed it, the first single from “Grandpa Metal”, Posehn’s cover of A-ha‘s “Take On Me”, can be found below:

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.”

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The Pretty Reckless Are Working On Their New Album With Members Of Soundgarden

The Pretty Reckless have been working on their new album at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, WA and it looks like Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron have been involved in the sessions. Frontwoman Taylor Momsen confirmed the news via Instagram:

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Big things in the works…#happening #tpr4 #Seattle

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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.

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.

Pearl Jam Joined Onstage By Soundgarden & Mudhoney Members At Seattle Show

During Pearl Jam’s August 10 show at Seattle’s Safeco Field the group were joined onstage by some special guests including Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Steve Turner. Thayil performed MC5’s “Kick Out The Jams” with the band during the first encore and returned to the stage to play Iggy and the Stooges’ “Search and Destroy” and The Dead Boys’ “Sonic Reducer” with Arm and Turner during the second encore. You can see footage of all that below. If that’s not enough, you can also see footage of Pearl Jam paying tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a cover of “Missing” and footage of them paying tribute to the late Tom Petty with a cover of ” I Won’t Back Down” as well.