It was previously revealed that the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) would be featured on the “Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music“ album that Johnny Cash’s son John Carter Cash put together. That effort features a collection of Johnny Cash’s poems backed by music, including “You Never Knew My Mind,” which Cornell guested on. The effort will be available on April 6, and a new trailer for it can be seen below:
UCLA is establishing a new scholarship in the name of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.). This comes as result of a coalition led by his widow Vicky Cornell, who has put together an endowed fund of more than $1 million to help support students at the UCLA School of Law.
Vicky Cornell commented:
“My husband and I agreed that given the opportunity of education, people have the power to change the world. UCLA School of Law is an institution known for its academic excellence and we are proud the Chris Cornell Scholarship will provide funding for future students and future leaders of the world under the leadership of Dean [Jennifer] Mnookin and Chancellor [Gene] Block.”
Chancellor Block added:
“This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world.”
During his life, Chris Cornell was an advocate of human rights and even wrote “The Promise” for the Armenian genocide film of the same name. Proceeds from the movie went toward human rights causes, and even led to the creation of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. The proceeds from the song itself, were also donated to the International Rescue Committee and the Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch.
Dean Mnookin said the following:
“Vicky Cornell and all the people paying tribute to Chris Cornell’s tremendous legacy are helping to ensure that the law school will extend and strengthen its commitment to our students and to the pursuit of justice. Through the work of the Promise Institute and the scholarships that this fund will support, Chris Cornell’s influence will be felt at UCLA Law and beyond for generations to come.”
The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) will be honored with the inaugural “Promise Award” for his track “The Promise,” which he created for the Armenian Genocide film of the same name. According to a press release, “the award recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way.” System Of A Down‘s Serj Tankian, who served as the Executive Music Consultant for the film, and contributed a song to the soundtrack, will be on hand to present the award at the Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner on November 14.
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”:
The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) will be honored with the Human Rights Hero Award by Cassia’s LA Chefs for Human Rights during a benefit charity dinner on September 25 at the Southeast Asian brasserie in Santa Monica, CA. The late singer is being given the award for his track “The Promise,” which he created for the Armenian Genocide film of the same name, as well as his philanthropic and humanitarian work. Cornell’s widow Vicky will be on hand to accept it.
Metallica’s Kirk Hammett was recently interviewed by 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich, and during the chat he discussed the iconic “Enter Sandman” riff. According to the guitarist, the riff actually came about when his was inspired by Soundgarden.
Hammett said the following [via Blabbermouth]:
“It was very specific,” he said. “I have a very specific memory. It was about two or three o’clock in the morning. I had just been listening to ‘Louder Than Love’, the [second] SOUNDGARDEN album. It was when SOUNDGARDEN [was] still somewhat underground and [was] on an independent label. I just love that album; it’s a great SOUNDGARDEN album. And I heard that album, I was inspired, I picked up my guitar and out came that riff.”
Hammett said that he knew right away “it was a cool riff. You kind of get an idea that a riff is cool, ’cause when you play it, if it’s a cool riff, you can just instantly groove on it,” he explained. “So, yeah, [I thought], ‘Yeah, this is pretty cool. It’s a good feel, it’s a good sound, it’s a good combination of notes.”
The guitarist recalled that the song started to take shape once he played the riff to one of his bandmates. “When Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] heard the riff, he said, ‘Repeat that first part four times,’ and I did, and he said, ‘There you go,'” Hammett told “Toucher & Rich”.
Asked if he ever got a chance to tell the SOUNDGARDEN guys that they were the inspiration for the song that eventually became METALLICA’s breakthrough hit, Hammett said: “It doesn’t sound like a SOUNDGARDEN riff, it doesn’t sound like a SOUNDGARDEN song. I was inspired by SOUNDGARDEN for sure — without a doubt — but I moved on to create something completely different.”
Thirty Seconds to Mars’ Jared Leto paid tribute to several artists we recently lost with a five song medley as part of a BBC Radio 1 session at the Live Lounge. That performance included: Prince’s “Purple Rain,” David Bowie’s “Heroes,” George Michael’s “Freedom,” Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” and Linkin Park’s “Crawling.”